It's tough being a genetically modified organism in election season, because no election passes without someone or some state slamming you for being, well, you. This election was no different.
All right, listen up! We've got a lot to sort out here and little time to do it. First off, sure, you're confused. Hey, your neighbor is confused. Your uncle's confused. Your dog's confused. Fact is, everyone's confused. But we've been confused worse than this before and we all managed to somehow find our way to less confusion by working it out together.
Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack stunned the cowboy crowd Sept.
What did individuals and political action committees believe they were buying when, according to Sept. 30 totals compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics, they contributed $755.1 million this election cycle to Republican and Democratic candidates for the U.S. House and $415.2 million to Republican and Democratic candidates to the U.S.
Who knew ... ... that Bill Gates, the Harvard drop-out who co-founded Microsoft, owns 8.4 percent of Deere & Co., worth about $2.5 billion and "at least 100,000 acres of farmland in California, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana and other states" that includes a 490-acre Wyoming ranch once owned by William "Buffalo Bill" Cody. Gates also holds a stake (oh my) in Beyond Meat, a California company whose mission is "to create mass-market solutions that perfectly replace animal protein with plant material"? Who knew that on Aug.
There are facts on which the world operates and there are facts on which politics operate. Spoiler alert: the two are not the same. For example, key Republicans in both the U.S.
This summer delivered many significant, round-numbered anniversaries. For example, June 6 was the 70th anniversary of D-Day, Aug. 1 the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I, August 9 the 40th anniversary of the resignation of President Richard M. Nixon, and Aug. 12 the 200th anniversary of the British burning the U.S. Capitol. Most are remembered because, in some manner, they mark the triumph of a new order, democracy, over old orders like tyranny and lawlessness.
Farmers and ranchers have a well-deserved reputation for straight talk.
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," six-part online series, on, literally, the lay of the farm and food political landscape in today's badly fractured Washington, D.C. Authored by Sara Wyant, Agri-Pulse Communication's editor and publisher, the series dives into the changing demographics of rural America and ho
If most Americans followed commodity prices as blindly as they follow the Kardashians, the national dinner menu might well feature bushels of cheaper-by-the-day grains and teaspoons of record-priced pork, beef, poultry and fi sh. Call it the revenge of the vegan or (with apologies to author Michael Pollan) the carnivore’s dilemma, but 2014 is fast becoming a year of dirt-cheap grain protein and to-the-moon expensive animal protein. It began with nearly ideal weather across most U.S. grain-growing areas.