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AgFax Editors Blog: I’m taking a college course online! OMG

January 31, 2013
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Warning: This could go well, or not. I’ll let you know if I start having dreams of finding myself in a classroom wearing my pajamas. Don’t tell me you’ve never had that dream! I’ll be blogging in the next few weeks about what it’s like to take a college course online after many years...

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AgFax Editors Blog: Coffee Shop Talk?

January 29, 2013
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Traditionally, every small town has a gathering place where locals either start their day with breakfast or stop in for lunch. Our office staff started wondering if the “coffee shop” talk was still a reliable source of information for farmers.  We posted the question below on the AgFax Facebook page. The answers surprised us...

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Farming: It’s Not All About US as Individuals

September 18, 2012
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Most of us think of “real farming” as the place we happen to be practicing or living it (in my case reporting or photographing it).  Individually, that means our mindset is all about row crops or catfish ponds in the Mid-south, or Midwest corn and soybeans, or even the diverse fields of California crops...

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California Rice Has a Long History

August 30, 2012
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California Rice Has a Long History

Most of the time we southerners think of the rice growing states as Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas, but today I was reminded that California also has a long history in growing rice. Based on the photos, the Rice Experiment Station Field Day this week in Biggs, California, looked just like any other field...

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3 Young Farmers Go Viral With “I’m Farming and I Grow It”

June 28, 2012
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If you recognize the song, “I’m Sexy and I Know It” then you can hum along with “I’m  Farming and I Grow It.” Or you can just spend the whole song laughing! Young Assaria, Kansas, farmer Greg Peterson hates the LMFAO song, but while sitting at the Sonic one afternoon and hearing the dreaded...

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Competition and Agriculture: U.S. Department of Justice Releases Report

June 25, 2012
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“Free and fair competition” in agriculture is what Eric Holder, U.S. Attorney General, had in mind when he set up workshops to explore the subject in 2010.  The U.S. Department of Justice recently released this report from the workshops: “Competition and Agriculture: Voices from the Workshops on Agriculture and Antitrust Enforcement in our 21st...

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Photograph Captures a Small Town Moment in the 1930s

June 22, 2012
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Photograph Captures a Small Town Moment in the 1930s

One click of a camera decades ago offers a quick trip back to the late 1930s in downtown Cleveland, Mississippi, at the north end of Sharpe Avenue on a Saturday afternoon. This tidy row of Model A (correct me if you know for sure!) tractors stands in front of the first home of the...

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The Mississippi Delta – If You Can Make it Here, You Can Make it…

June 3, 2012
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Gone. That’s the one word repetitive answer a newspaper reporter heard when he interviewed small town leaders about the Mississippi Delta’s shrinking population. Where are the people? Gone. Where are the jobs? Gone. I guess it makes sense for the Memphis newspaper, The Commercial Appeal, to take a poke at the region. Longtime Mississippi...

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African Water Reserves – Up Until Now – Have Been An Unknown Quantity

May 29, 2012
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African Water Reserves – Up Until Now – Have Been An Unknown Quantity

Researchers are gaining a better idea about how much water Africa holds in vast, untapped reservoirs. Writing in the Christian Science Monitor, Pete Spotts reports on a study conducted by the British Geological Survey and University College London that quantifies for the first time the extent of the continent’s underground water reserves and to...

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Shredder Versus Farm Burning Barrel

May 28, 2012
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Doesn’t the inflow of paper into your life just drive you crazy? How about the stack of stuff that’s riding around in your truck, car, or dare I say it, piled in the bathroom? We’ve all got too much paper and too little time to deal with it. My worst moment recently was finding...

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