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Posts by Robert Paarlberg

What the Election Will Mean–or Not–For Agriculture

November 02, 2012 Farm -food -policy -agriculture -banner

Election day is shaping up as not particularly important for American agriculture. The real drama will come after the election, when a lame duck Congress confronts what is called the “fiscal cliff,” namely the threat of a combined $500 billion in federal spending cuts and tax increases, currently set to...

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A Manhattan "Fix" for Farming

December 18, 2012 Livestock -in -field -banner

In recent weeks two separate New York Times columnists have suggested that America’s farmers should go back to traditional integrated crop and livestock systems with much longer crop rotations. Food writer Mark Bittman called this “A Simple Fix for Farming,” and Rural Life columnist Verlyn Klinkenborg said...

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The changing politics of CAFOs

February 25, 2013 2_25_13Banner

Concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) are the heart of poultry, egg, pork and dairy production in the United States.  This successful style of managing animal agriculture has also spread rapidly to the rest of the world.  CAFOs are now especially prevalent in China, Thailand and Vietnam, where consumer demand for...

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New England confronts GMOs

August 16, 2013 Banner 8-20-13

When you think of New England you don’t normally think about agriculture, and for good reason. Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island rank 47th, 48th and 49th in the country in farm production, just barely ahead of Alaska. Yet the nation’s agricultural eyes are now turned to New England because...

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What African governments can learn from U.S. agricultural history

December 09, 2013 12-10-13 Banner

As 2013 draws to a close, U.S. farming has much to be thankful for—even without a new farm bill. USDA has just forecast that net farm income this year will reach $131 billion, 15% above last year, and the highest level in 40 years. In 2013 we will...

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