In The Lair Of An International Criminal? (Or Not)

ST. LOUIS — I’m on the electronic mailing list of a group that calls itself the International Monsanto Tribunal. It consists, far as I can tell, of some European critics of Monsanto, the giant agrochemical company based in St. Louis. Now and then I receive unsolicited emails from the group informing me of its plans…
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‘You’ll Be Very Busy, And It’s Hot Out’. Agweek In St. Louis

ST. LOUIS — I’d like to think it’s because ag journalism is important to me. Or maybe it’s because I’m not very smart. Whatever the reason, I’m here in St. Louis at the start of a four-day National Press Foundation fellowship on the Future of Food and Agriculture. The event features 12-hour days filled with…
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‘Evil Empire’ Or ‘Force For Good’? An Agweek Visit To Monsanto Research Facilities

Monsanto, the giant agrochemical and biotechnology company, has been described as both an “evil empire” and a “force for good.” Hate it or love it, Monsanto plays a leading role in U.S. agriculture. I’ll be visiting Monsanto’s research facilities in St. Louis during the week of July 24. I’m among 20 journalists, who come from…
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How You Define This Word Reveals If You’re A Farmer Or Not

THOMPSON, N.D. — The word is lodging. To people who aren’t knowledgable about crops — and the overwhelming majority of Americans aren’t — the word means taking up residence somewhere, usually temporarily and away from home. But if you’re a farmer, or otherwise involved with the production of small grains, lodging refers to the stems…
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The Thing That Most Often Keeps Farmers Awake At Night

I increasingly think that health insurance, not weather or prices, is the thing that most often keeps farmers and ranchers awake at night. My July 5 column looked at this crucial issue in modern ag. In the column, I stress how much I want to write an Agweek cover story on health insurance, one featuring…
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