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Using the Term 'Waste' Is Misleading
"...There is so little mulch in modern soils that agriculture campuses instruct farmers to put 10 times as much..."

Aug. 23, 2008 Postmarks

The Hightower Report
Sweatshop Crucifixes; and the E. Coli Loophole
"...consumers, and get your precooked, United States Department of Agriculture-approved package of E. coli beef!..."

Dec. 14, 2007 News Column by Jim Hightower

Aurelia's Chorizo
Leslie Horne's Aurelia's Chorizo produces authentic Spanish chorizo right in Austin's back yard, in Boerne
"...went all the way to [the U.S. Department of Agriculture]. We got tremendous help from the [Texas Department of..."

Dec. 7, 2007 Food Review by MM Pack

King Corn
The film’s light hand, appealing style, and simple exposition make it an eminently watchable inquiry into the politics of food, public health, and the reasons why corn has become an ingredient in virtually everything we eat.
"...farm subsidies all the way to former Secretary of Agriculture Earl Butz, who, though nearly a century old, staunchly..."

Nov. 9, 2007 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

The Hightower Report
Verichip Implants, Tumors, and Cash; and USDA: A Brothel for Agribusiness
"...of the rolling accommodators is the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which has been especially servile to Monsanto and other..."

Oct. 5, 2007 News Column by Jim Hightower

The Hightower Report
Country-of-Origin Labeling; and George's 'Excessive Punishment' Doctrine
"...The food importers also stacked Bush's Agriculture Department with their own henchmen. One beef industry-trade group,..."

July 20, 2007 News Column by Jim Hightower

Planting a Seed
Local schools see students not only eating all of their vegetables but growing them, too
"...She had a vision of kids learning about sustainable agriculture, seasonal eating, ecoliteracy (www.ecoliteracy.org), and environmentally conscious thought and..."

March 23, 2007 Food Feature by Mick Vann

Reefer Madness
North Dakota ag commissioner still waiting to hear from feds on whether they'll waive individual federal registration for qualified farmers who gain state approval to farm hemp; and hemp revolution seeds germinating in South Carolina
"...It's been more than a month since North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Roger Johnson penned a request to the U.S...."

Feb. 9, 2007 News Feature by Jordan Smith

The Hightower Report
Banning "Hunger"; and Sensible Priorities
"...BANNING "HUNGER" The U.S. Agriculture Department has exciting news for you: Hunger no longer..."

Dec. 15, 2006 News Column by Jim Hightower

Reefer Madness
Hemp Farming Battle Update
"...On Nov. 15, North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Roger Johnson announced that his state is one..."

Dec. 8, 2006 News Column by Jordan Smith

The Future of Biodiesel
Texas Biodiesel Conference and Expo sells out, casts spotlight on the alternative fuel
"...hard-liners from across the country that included oil men, agriculture industry players, investors, commodities traders, and truck fleet managers,..."

Oct. 6, 2006 News Feature by Daniel Mottola

Naked City
Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond
"...a statement Monday openly criticizing the U.S. Department of Agriculture's plan for responding to a U.S. outbreak of bird..."

Sept. 29, 2006 News Feature

Naked City
Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond
"..."Biofuels for Transportation: Global Potential and Implications for Sustainable Agriculture and Energy in the 21st Century." The study predicted..."

June 16, 2006 News Feature

To Your Health
Is mangosteen really a more powerful antioxidant than blueberries?
"...and Dr. Ronald Prior of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Research Service estimates that the ideal intake is 3,000..."

June 9, 2006 Column

Full Circle
The road to a PBS documentary
"...Susan Auler also helped convince the Texas Agriculture Department to take part, another major step to provide..."

June 9, 2006 Food Feature by Wes Marshall

Weed Watch
North Dakota could be first state to issue farmers licenses to grow industrial hemp; and Limbaugh off the hook
"...in accordance with state law. Last week, North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Roger Johnson announced a set of proposed rules..."

May 12, 2006 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Feds' Animal ID Program Raises Ruckus Among Small Farmers
National Animal Identification System favors factory farms over Ma and Pa
"...first conceived by Secretary Ann Veneman's U.S. Deptartment of Agriculture in December 2003. At first, it was an attempt..."

March 17, 2006 News Feature by Frank Rivera

Endorsements
Democratic and Republican Primaries, March 7
"...likely to be able to do that is Grant. Agriculture Commissioner: Koecadee Melton Jr...."

Feb. 24, 2006 News Feature

Primary Colors: Part II
More races to watch, up and down the ballot
"...very low profile, owns a business in Carrizo Springs. Agriculture Commissioner, Democrat: Un-Stapled..."

Feb. 17, 2006 News Feature by Michael King

Challenge to Local Restaurants
"...Dear Editor, Central Texas agriculture offers extensive local organic fare via numerous farmers' markets..."

Jan. 26, 2006 Postmarks

Naked City
Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond
"...working out the details with the US Department of Agriculture to approve "telephonic signatures" and, signature or not, the..."

Dec. 30, 2005 News Feature

Point Austin: Jobs to Go
The sunny side of the state's assault on social services
"...federal food stamp honchos at the U.S. Department of Agriculture have not signed off on the new system, which..."

Oct. 21, 2005 News Column by Michael King

The Legendary Snow Monkeys of Texas
A brief open season on monkeys resulted in protections for them in the Lone Star State
"...Almost simultaneously, the U.S. Department of Agriculture began pressuring the volunteer observatory managers to improve the..."

Aug. 5, 2005 News Feature by Ed Baker

Yummer Reading
"...Dunmire begins the book with an examination of indigenous agriculture of the 15th and 16th centuries. The ease with..."

May 27, 2005 Food Feature by Rachel Feit

Lege Notes
Odds and ends from the 79th
"...mostly – is served from 7:30-8:30am in the Texas Agriculture Museum, Room 1W.14 at the Capitol. – A.S...."

April 1, 2005 News Column

Bush's Brain
Bush's so-called brain is Karl Rove, whose mastery of dirty tricks deserves clearer scrutiny than it gets in this documentary.
"...Cleland and the political assassination of two Department of Agriculture officials that resulted in jail time for the both..."

Aug. 27, 2004 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

The Story of the Weeping Camel
A story about a Mongolian camel and her newborn calf becomes a transfixing lesson about the rhythms of life.
"...Desert, where the economy and lifestyles are based on agriculture and animal husbandry. The story shifted from the general..."

July 16, 2004 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Naked City
Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond
"...a gubernatorial run as an independent – and now Agriculture Commissioner Susan Combs has said that if Strayhorn does..."

May 21, 2004 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

The Rove M.O.
If you read this story, your career could be over by the end of the day: Michael Paradies Shoob examines 'Bush's Brain'
"...called in, or some issues-irrelevant innuendo. The populist, progressive agriculture commissioner, Jim Hightower, losing his job in 1990 to..."

March 12, 2004 Screens Feature by Anne S. Lewis

Facing the South
The Democratic primary for the new CD 25 pits Austin's Lloyd Doggett against McAllen's Leticia Hinojosa
"...very rural and agricultural. And here in South Texas, agriculture is changing, but it's still largely a farming community...."

Feb. 13, 2004 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

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