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Aug 04, 2011

The debt ceiling farce: straining at gnats, accomplishing not much of anything

The debt ceiling farce: straining at gnats, accomplishing not much of anything....More
Jul 29, 2011

Rural population decline poses ag program challenges

Farm spending makes a great target when so much of the U.S. budget is off limits. A recent report from the non-profit Population Reference Bureau....More
Jul 12, 2011

Agricultural land - a positive for communities

Can producing an acre of houses be much more lucrative to a landowner than renting the land out to produce an acre of grain? Maybe so, but according....More
Jul 07, 2011

A sad day in Virginia agriculture

Finding a new home for barley and figuring out what to plant this fall has some Virginia growers perplexed....More
Jun 23, 2011

Who wants to be a millionaire? It’s not as great as it once was…

Who wants to be a millionaire? Well, it’s not as great as it once was…....More
Jun 20, 2011

Drought of 2011 one of most depressing to cover

I’ve written about a lot of droughts in the course of more than 30 years reporting on agriculture. And I’ve probably written about more droughts in....More
Jun 16, 2011

Iowa Sen. Grassley offers payment limit amendment -- again

Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley has introduced a new bill that would place a “hard cap” of $250,000 on farm program payments. It’s not....More
Jun 03, 2011

Manure, farmer’s markets: solution for a growing world’s food needs?

Manure and farmer's markets: The solution for a growing world's food needs?....More
May 26, 2011

Be prepared for tornadoes in rural areas

Rural areas seldom have the warning systems available to those of us who live in town. And, even if they do, farmers and ranchers are often caught....More
May 23, 2011

Food sermons by rich and famous include heaping helping of hypocrisy

Food sermons of the rich and famous often include a heaping helping of hypocrisy....More
May 17, 2011

Soynut butter taste test

Soynut butter good, but just not peanut butter....More
May 10, 2011

Funding cut may jeopardize satellite for weather, flood, drought forecasts

A key weather forecasting satellite program is in limbo as a result of congressional budget cuts....More
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