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Sep 11, 2012

‘The Survivor Tree,’ like agriculture, embodies resilience

This July, I visited the 9/11 Memorial erected on the site of the original World Trade Center in Downtown Manhattan....More
Sep 07, 2012

Suspension of Georgia water permit applications could be harbinger of things to come

Most news media outlets in Georgia treated it as a minor item, and it wasn’t even worthy of mention out of state, but a recent action concerning the....More
Sep 05, 2012

Choose organic if you like, just not for nutrition advantages

People who feel better about themselves by eating organic food, should, by all means, continue to spend the extra money on these products. Just don’t....More
Aug 31, 2012

Defaults send chilling signal to cotton shippers

As world cotton supplies dwindled in 2011, nervous end users in foreign countries bought hundreds of thousands of bales of high-priced U.S. cotton to....More
Aug 31, 2012

As lure of China’s cheap labor dims, more jobs may be returning to U.S.

Reshoring is a term you may not have heard (I hadn’t). It’s industry-speak for bringing manufacturing and jobs back to the U.S. from overseas....More
Aug 27, 2012

Farm group coalition faces uphill battle

In years past, when the American Farm Bureau Federation or the National Corn Growers Association or the National Cotton Council spoke, most members....More
Aug 22, 2012

Killing those awful earmarks: And just whose ox got gored?

Be careful what you wish for, the old adage goes, because you just may get it....More
Aug 20, 2012

Crappie fishing brings luck of the gool

“Do you believe?” he asked with the expectation of an evangelist. “Do you believe in the gool?”....More
Aug 16, 2012

Native warm-season grasses offer grazing alternative

Landowners searching for a natural grazing alternative that provides increased wildlife and overall ecosystem benefits, may want to consider....More
Aug 14, 2012

For 13 years, drought has been on my mind

I don’t know how many of the last 13 years have been unusually dry — I’m not even certain what the term unusually dry would mean in a region that....More
Aug 10, 2012

Alphabet soup: New farm legislation will offer an expanded roster of programs

No matter which farm bill eventually emerges — House, Senate, or some combination thereof — producers will be coping with an alphabet soup of new....More
Aug 03, 2012

When down becomes up: How 379 acres of peanuts got confused

Geotropism isn’t a term that’s tossed out in everyday conversation, and you can be forgiven if it sends you to the dictionary....More
Aug 01, 2012

Bizarre farm bill journey takes another odd turn

As much of the country bakes under a merciless sun, the bizarre journey of the 2012 farm bill has taken another strange turn....More
Jul 25, 2012

What are we waiting for on the next farm bill? Christmas?

A group of congressmen have written House Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor urging them to schedule a vote on H.R. 6083, the....More
Jul 25, 2012

In the research pipeline: Ways to improve peanut production

I believe the future of peanut production lies in biotechnology,” says Marshall Lamb, director of the USDA/Agricultural Research Service Peanut....More
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