Nature’s Engineers? Or Nature’s Despoilers?

I talked this past weekend with a rancher who was trapping beavers. Their dams have flooded some of the land he hays, taking away feed from his cattle. I like trees and I like cattle. In my personal experience, that leads — inevitably and unavoidably — to being none too fond of beavers. If I…
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Think He’s Right About GMOs?

I’m always preaching to Agweek readers about the importance of reading and listening to a wide range of views and opinion. And I try to practice what I preach. Recently, I came across a short article by a financial analyst on the future of GMO seed sales worldwide. His aim was evaluating whether sales will…
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Are You Game For Agweek’s Ag Acronym Quiz?

If you’re involved with modern agriculture, you know it’s riddled with acronyms, usually derived from government agencies or programs. As an ag journalist who routinely deals with ag acronyms, I can tell you from personal experience that there are countless of ’em, some pretty well known, others specialized and obscure. Here are six of the…
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If You Like Ag, Science And Space Exploration, You’ll Love This Story

If you’re an Agweek reader, you definitely enjoy agriculture. And most likely you value science, too. I have no idea how many of you support space exploration, as I do, but I’m certainly not the only aggie who does. So some of you will like reading about work at the International Potato Center in Lima,…
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Water Or Oil: Which Will We Run Out Of First?

Like me, you probably missed World Water Day on March 22. It was brought to my attention today, the 23nd. There’s an awful lot of things Americans disagree on: climate change and GMOs, among many others. But surely all rational Americans can agree that a reliable supply water — for our homes, our factories and…
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