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Sep 01, 2011

Some public servants do their work in secret

Three environmental organizations have filed suit in federal court to stop the planting of genetically-modified crops on federal lands in the South....More
Aug 31, 2011

Oil from the reserve: Was it an emergency or just politics?

How have you spent all the money you’ve saved on gasoline this summer as a result of the president ordering the release of 30 million barrels of oil....More
Aug 19, 2011

Summertime, swimming holes, watermelons and chigger bites

Summer offered three months of near unfettered freedom to roam the woods, fish and swim in the creek, play baseball most every day and read books....More
Aug 17, 2011

Abandoned cotton acres recall the great plow-up of 1933

In 1933, a plow-up campaign to improve cotton prices resulted in a loss of 28 percent of the cotton crop and over 3 million bales. While total....More
Aug 11, 2011

Good times for farm prices, but costs keep upward climb

Good times for farm prices, but costs keep upward climb....More
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
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