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Posts by Bill Buckner

Science and Technology Solutions Through Public-Private Partnerships

November 05, 2012 Agriculture -science -tech -banner

In the 1940s, a farmer in the United States produced enough food to feed 39 people. Less than 75 years later, each farmer now feeds 155 people from less land than the previous generation. These advances in production might encourage some hubris if not for the daunting task that lies...

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The Need For Balance in Research

December 13, 2012 Agriculture -research -banner

The next 40 years will see a global population explosion unlike any in recorded human history, placing unparalleled demands on the agricultural industry.  It is clear that science and technology will serve as catalysts for change—just as they have throughout history. Be it a cure for polio or surfing an...

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Private industry an invaluable partner for public researchers

January 29, 2013 Banner 2 1-29-13

In my last post, I discussed two interrelated issues that impact the potential productivity of research in the United States.

First, we live in a critical age that requires scientists to focus their primary research efforts on developing tangible outcomes.  Pure knowledge-based research, as part of a larger research “portfolio,” has...

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Research legislation could infuse private funds

March 22, 2013 3_22_13Banner

A little more than a year ago, I became aware of the Charitable Agricultural Research Act. This innovative federal legislation sought to create a type of 501(c)(3) organization—an agricultural research organization (ARO). AROs would allow more private wealth from individuals and families to establish research institutions for the purpose of...

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Activists continue nonsensical attack on modern agriculture, GMOs

May 24, 2013 5-28-13 Banner

In recent months, op-ed pages from The New York Times to the Des Moines Register—and numerous blogs in between—have taken a swipe at agricultural biotechnology and the Farmer Assurance Provision, which attempts to afford some protection for the use of these technologies.

These mostly misinformed pundits stir a cauldron of fear,...

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New legislation could infuse agricultural research with new funding

July 25, 2013 Banner 7-26-13

Earlier this month, members in both houses of Congress introduced a progressive new piece of legislation, the Charitable Agricultural Research Act. In a time when it seems legislative impasses are commonplace and statesmanship is a forgotten art, the Charitable Agricultural Research Act is a result of a close working relationship...

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Pure imagination: Chipotle makes nonsensical attack ad against production agriculture

September 30, 2013 10-1-13 Banner

By now, almost everyone has seen the Chipotle Mexican Grill commercial.

You know, the one with a sad scarecrow in a dystopian future rebelling against mass processed food by opening his own wholesome “Chipotle” style stand, all while Fiona Apple mournfully croons “Pure Imagination” in the background.

This is supposed to be...

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A new sheriff in town: Lusk brings facts and research to skewed arguments

November 26, 2013 11-26-13 Banner 2

Sometimes one hour is all you need to change a perspective.

Each year, the Noble Foundation sponsors the Profiles and Perspectives Community Enrichment Series. This multipart series brings highly regarded national and international speakers to southern Oklahoma to share experiences and insights. In one hour, these speakers detail subjects from the...

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New initiative to advance soil health research, management

December 04, 2013 12-05-13 Banner


Every once in a while, a moment comes along that changes everything. A small idea sparks action. Action fosters collaboration. Momentum builds. And a movement is born.

On Nov. 13 and 14, a handful of men and women experienced the beginning of something profound, something I believe...

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It's a dirty job, but someone has to do it—or we're all in trouble

March 13, 2014 3-14-14 Banner

I’ve been thinking a lot about dirt lately.

I know that most people give dirt—or the more accurate term, soil—about as much thought as they do mattress tags, but I can’t seem to get the subject off my brain. After all, soil is life and we’re running out of it.

Last month,...

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