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Apr 20, 2011

Farm visit is ideal Earth Day activity

I celebrated Earth Day a few days early this year – Tuesday, April 19....More
Apr 11, 2011

We love big in America, but look who’s bucking the trend

We like big in America, but one of the biggest stores in America is planning to downsize....More
Apr 11, 2011

Is this what you voted for in November?

Farm organizations are turning their attention to the House Budget Committee's drastic cuts in farm program spending....More
Apr 07, 2011

Handicapping the new season of Congress includes evaluating players and positions

Priorities for USDA, he says, include biofuels, nutrition programs, and the co-existence of organic and conventional farmers. Of the latter, adds....More
Apr 05, 2011

Ongoing challenge to growers: boost per acre yields even more

As U.S. food, feed, and fiber producers are confronted with increasing and more diverse demand, they will be challenged to expand the boundaries of....More
Mar 31, 2011

An energy-independent U.S.

President Obama, in a speech today outlining his administration’s national energy policy, set a goal of reducing U.S. oil imports by one-third over....More
Mar 22, 2011

Annual exercise in frustration: calculating the income tax bill

Could the taxation process be made simpler? Of course it could. But how much screaming would arise from the many thousands of tax prep businesses....More
Mar 21, 2011

We appreciate your calls and e-mails

Some interesting communiqués have arrived via phone and email over the past week or so, some in response to the article I wrote recently on my mother....More
Mar 21, 2011

High cost for healthy food -- not for this shopper

Uninformed columnist blames agricultural subsidies for obesity and other societal ills. Must be farm bill debate time again....More
Mar 11, 2011

Cotton mill comeback

Cotton mills making a comeback as domestic cotton use increases....More
Mar 11, 2011

Observant readers catch editor’s error

In a recent commentary about picking cotton—actually about my mother picking cotton since I was of little use in the endeavor, being only four or....More
Feb 24, 2011

Cotton mill tour rekindles memories

The first real job, the first work I did for which I got a company paycheck, was in a cotton mill. The summer after I graduated from high school my....More
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