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Say What?

Farmers and ranchers have a well-deserved reputation for straight talk. Saying what you mean and meaning what you say, after all, were essential elements in the handshake deals that were the hallmark of rural business for generations. They still are. Now, however, some folks outside the nation’s fields and fences are working overtime to wash—and, […]

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Screenshot at Sep 09 20-39-47

The cool summer heated up mid-month when a longstanding war of words re-ignited with three little matches labeled “GMO.” That this fire still burns hot 20 years after the introduction of GM crops is testament to both the public’s continuing unease about putting something known as “genetically modified organisms” in their mouths and the immense […]

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800 Million People Can’t Be Wrong, Right?

Anti Corruption Rally, Dehli

When 800 million of anything moves in the same direction at the same time, the world changes. In mid-May the 800 million voters in the world’s largest democracy, India, rejected the long-in-power Congress Party for the BJP, the Bharatya Janata Party, led by Narendra Modi, described by the Indian press as a ‘business-friendly” job creator. […]

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You Can’t Make This Stuff Up


Herman Melville was a pretty good fiction writer but his 1851 whale of a tale—something about a big fish and a peg-legged man named Ahab—was, in fact, based on the true story of the American whaling ship Essex that, in 1820, was attacked and sunk by a huge whale in the south Pacific. I’m sorry, […]

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Going to School During Recess


As the calendar turns to August, Congress turns to recess. What, our federal legislators haven’t earned a five-week furlough after 90 or so days of sweaty inaction since January? In preparation for their stopovers in fly-over country, farmers, ranchers, and foodies should read “Packing Political Punch in Rural America,” a six-part online series, on, literally, […]

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