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Feb 13, 2012

How many pounds of $1 cotton are in a $1,100 (!) men’s shirt?

Talk about value-added: Growers have been giddy for the past year or so over attaining the Holy Grail of $1-plus for their cotton, but that pales....More
Feb 06, 2012

Opera star, farmer, innovator all rolled into one

Opera and farming. Rarely have these two callings been mentioned in the same breath....More
Feb 02, 2012

No progress seen on U.S. immigration until after 2012 election cycle

Bob Redding, who lobbies on behalf of agricultural interests in Washington, D.C., had no illusions of being a crowd favorite at the recent Southeast....More
Jan 26, 2012

A little planning can improve wildlife potential of land

Whether you are seeking to maximize the wildlife viewing opportunities on your property or attempting to restore native ecosystems on your land, this....More
Jan 24, 2012

Taking issue with negative article on ag majors

Apparently Mr. Loose is one of those fortunate souls who live in cities and don’t have to worry about how they get fed....More
Jan 17, 2012

Drill, baby, drill—then wave goodbye as fuels leave U.S.1

In a world where politics and marketing have more and more become one, ironies abound. And one that stands out like a sore thumb is the continuing....More
Jan 12, 2012

Labor laws hurting more than agriculture2

Amidst state enactment of highly restricted migrant labor laws comes announcement by the Department of Labor that new, equally restrictive, Federal....More
Jan 09, 2012

Education, farmers’ willingness to learn remain keys to the success of agriculture

One of the most profound misconceptions I’ve had the pleasure of disproving over the years is that farmers are resistant to change, or that they’re....More
Dec 27, 2011

Back to the farm for young professionals

Seems like a small exodus has begun away from mega companies that treat employees like numbers and back to rural America, where folks can at least....More
Dec 23, 2011

When guidelines become regulations: tackling the EPA’s sleight-of-hand

Regulatory issues are likely to continue to be an area of skirmishing as discussions for the 2012 farm bill go forward, members of the Mississippi....More
Dec 09, 2011

Government proposal jeopardizes rural life, work ethic

Some wounds were caused during work as a teenager on the Blake family’s ‘choose and cut’ Christmas tree farm — the state’s oldest Christmas tree....More
Dec 07, 2011

ROL (return on life) an important factor when making farm decisions

If I had a nickel for every farmer I’ve interviewed, every meeting I’ve attended, and especially every session on agricultural economics I’ve sat....More
Dec 05, 2011

Christmas without the giant, green toilet bowl brush

The Christmas decorations have come down from the attic, including a 7-foot plastic tree with pre-hung lights. When it’s put together, it will grace....More
Dec 02, 2011

State legislatures create problems with strict immigration reforms3

With the issue of migrant farm labor hitting a fever-pitch in the Southeast — especially in states like Alabama and Georgia — it might be a good time....More
Dec 01, 2011

The best Christmas gifts don’t come from the mall or online browsing

Christmases past: the best gifts didn't come from the mall or online ordering....More
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