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Big data conversations

By Seymour Klierly After Target had its data systems breached, privacy concerns have hit closer to home in America. Millions of customers lost personal and financial data for while shopping in their own neighborhood, causing consumers

 



240 Articles:

APR 14, 2014 —FSA field office fight

By Seymour Klierly In an era of divided government between the two political parties and tighter budgets, the majority of the federal government has been asked to do more with less. Restoring fiscal responsibility is an admirable goal [Read More]



APR 7, 2014 —End is near

By Seymour Klierly With a mission to “protect human health and the environment,” the Environmental Protection Agency may as well add the line “no matter the impact to human lives and businesses.” The agency continues to push its regulatory reach as far as [Read More]



MAR 31, 2014 —Played by the policy

By Seymour Klierly Passed in a bipartisan fashion, the farm bill was hailed as an opportunity to break the partisan fever in Congress. Unfortunately, just weeks after the bruising battle to find a sweet spot for the farm bill’s passage, t [Read More]



MAR 24, 2014 —No love lost

By Seymour Klierly In a yearly obligation, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack answered budget-related questions for the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration. While the hearing was designed fo [Read More]



MAR 17, 2014 —Family farms

By Seymour Klierly Happy International Year of Family Farming! In case you missed it, the United Nations launched an effort to raise the profile of family farming and its role in eradicating hunger and poverty worldwide. According to the UN Food and Agri [Read More]



MAR 10, 2014 —Obama's budget falls flat

By Seymour Klierly With no major self-imposed economic crisis looming, the release of President Barack Obama’s budget request for fiscal year 2015 was met with little fanfare. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell immediately [Read More]



MAR 3, 2014 —Western water woes

Although much of the Great Plains and the Midwest are continuing to battle sustained droughts, the State of California is now making national headlines for its lack of moisture. President Barack Obama recently traveled to the Golden State to an [Read More]



FEB 24, 2014 —Democrats stall trade legislation

By Seymour Klierly During his State of the Union speech in January, President Barack Obama laid out his agenda for the year. “In the coming months, let’s see where else we can make progress together. Let’s make t [Read More]



FEB 17, 2014 —PILT payoff

By Seymour Klierly While the final vote tallies in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives seemed overwhelmingly in favor of the farm bill conference report, a little-known program may have provided enough of a boost to guarantee passage of the legisla [Read More]



FEB 10, 2014 —Different states of mind


FEB 3, 2014 —Farm bill flurry for final passage


JAN 27, 2014 —Soon-to-be Ambassador Baucus


JAN 20, 2014 —OSHA oversteps its bounds


JAN 13, 2014 —Even-numbered year


DEC 23, 2013 —Dysfunctional D.C. and dairy


DEC 9, 2013 —SNAP snafus


DEC 2, 2013 —Extension exasperation


NOV 25, 2013 —Riders drag on the bill


NOV 18, 2013 —One last chance


NOV 11, 2013 —Timing is everything


NOV 4, 2013 —Down to 2 words


OCT 28, 2013 —Regional representation


OCT 21, 2013 —Crop insurance controversies


OCT 14, 2013 —Shutdown slowdown


OCT 7, 2013 —Farm lobby fatigue


SEP 30, 2013 —Roadblocks


SEP 23, 2013 —Certainly uncertain


SEP 16, 2013 —Fighting Chairman Lucas


SEP 9, 2013 —Expectations of no extension


SEP 2, 2013 —Fear vs. facts


AUG 26, 2013 —Pressure to extend


AUG 19, 2013 —No SNAP decisions


AUG 12, 2013 —Venting frustrations


AUG 5, 2013 —Summer of uncertainty


JUL 29, 2013 —Uncharted territory


JUL 22, 2013 —Don't let facts get in the way


JUL 22, 2013 —Trade talks


JUL 15, 2013 —No such thing as a free lunch


JUL 8, 2013 —Daydreaming


JUL 1, 2013 —Worst of both worlds


JUN 24, 2013 —Split the check


JUN 17, 2013 —As the world turns


JUN 10, 2013 —Agriculture on the agenda


JUN 3, 2013 —Farm bill steeplechase


MAY 27, 2013 —New approaches, similar roadblocks


MAY 20, 2013 —Fast track to the past


APR 22, 2013 —Budgets versus reality


APR 15, 2013 —What's ahead in Washington


APR 8, 2013 —Is agriculture relevant today?


APR 1, 2013 —Some doors are open


MAR 25, 2013 —Claws out


MAR 18, 2013 —Future of the farm safety net


MAR 11, 2013 —Timing is everything


MAR 4, 2013 —Heartstrings and headstrong


FEB 25, 2013 —Limited help for livestock producers


FEB 18, 2013 —They deserve a vote


FEB 11, 2013 —Sequestration games


FEB 4, 2013 —Beefed-up markets


JAN 28, 2013 —Politics as usual


JAN 21, 2013 —Scabs ripe for picking


JAN 14, 2013 —Review mirror


DEC 31, 2012 —Stick and carrot


DEC 24, 2012 —Fighting words over flyover country


DEC 17, 2012 —Water wards


DEC 10, 2012 —Casting calls


DEC 3, 2012 —Different disasters, different responses


NOV 26, 2012 —Fiscal cliff diving


NOV 19, 2012 —Cooperation or confusion in lame duck


NOV 12, 2012 —Renewed optimism for a farm bill


OCT 29, 2012 —To sequester or not


OCT 22, 2012 —Don't split the bill


OCT 15, 2012 —Presidential plans for agriculture


OCT 8, 2012 —Fall's farm bill frustrations


OCT 1, 2012 —Uncertainty in D.C.


SEP 24, 2012 —Elections matter


SEP 10, 2012 —No time like the present


SEP 3, 2012 —Drought lessons


AUG 27, 2012 —Presidential politics


AUG 13, 2012 —Reasonable Fuel Standard?


AUG 6, 2012 —Feet to the fire


JUL 30, 2012 —Drought disaster drama


JUL 23, 2012 —Why the wait?


JUL 16, 2012 —Paths forward


JUL 9, 2012 —Takes two to tango


JUL 2, 2012 —What the Senate got wrong


JUN 25, 2012 —Senate showdown


JUN 18, 2012 —Budget battles


JUN 4, 2012 —Hate the player and the game


MAY 28, 2012 —Spittin' contest


MAY 28, 2012 —In a cage with the devil


MAY 21, 2012 —In a cage with the devil


MAY 7, 2012 —Flying pigs


APR 30, 2012 —What's the beef?


APR 23, 2012 —Good times roll


APR 9, 2012 —The twilight zone


MAR 26, 2012 —Priorities


APR 2, 2012 —Deja  vu


MAR 26, 2012 —Priorities


MAR 12, 2012 —Come together


MAR 5, 2012 —Crop insurance and conservation compliance


FEB 27, 2012 —Agricultural espionage


FEB 20, 2012 —Budget blues


FEB 6, 2012 —State of the Campaign


JAN 23, 2012 —Time to reshuffle the cards


JAN 16, 2012 —Making waves


JAN 9, 2012 —The end of an era


DEC 26, 2011 —Merry Christmas


DEC 19, 2011 —Speculate


DEC 12, 2011 —Maggie's Farm


DEC 5, 2011 —What now?


NOV 21, 2011 —Weren't they supposed to have fixed that?


NOV 7, 2011 —Silent spring or duplicative permitting?


OCT 31, 2011 —They should know better


OCT 24, 2011 —A long time coming


OCT 17, 2011 —Bye, bye commodity title


OCT 3, 2011 —Harvest Moon or Bad Moon Rising?


SEP 26, 2011 —If you're not for us, you're against us


SEP 19, 2011 —Free pass?



SEP 12, 2011 —Wake me up when September ends


AUG 22, 2011 —The wheels on the bus


AUG 15, 2011 —Should we give Congress a mulligan?


AUG 1, 2011 —Kicking the can or a bucket?


JUL 25, 2011 —Tick tock


JUL 18, 2011 —Hurry up and wait


JUL 11, 2011 —It's the end of the farm bill as we know it


JUN 6, 2011 —And they're off!


MAY 30, 2011 —Battleship


MAY 23, 2011 —Hello debt ceiling


MAY 16, 2011 —Helicopter government


MAY 9, 2011 —Spring flooding


APR 25, 2011 —Put me in, Coach


APR 18, 2011 —So much for the slush fund


APR 11, 2011 —Budget trouble





MAR 28, 2011 —National Agriculture Day


MAR 21, 2011 —Earthquake rocks Japan, the markets and confidence in nuclear energy


MAR 14, 2011 —Horse trading


MAR 7, 2011 —A penny saved is a penny earned


FEB 28, 2011 —Good to see you, Mr. Secretary


FEB 21, 2011 —Will you be my Valentine?


FEB 14, 2011 —The battle of biotech


FEB 7, 2011 —About-face on trade engagement


JAN 31, 2011 —Sputnik speech


JAN 17, 2011 —Tragedy in Arizona


JAN 10, 2011 —Year of the Rabbit


DEC 27, 2010 —Checking the rearview mirror


DEC 20, 2010 —Rockin' around the Christmas tree


DEC 13, 2010 —Gut ache


DEC 6, 2010 —It's enough to drive you crazy if you let it


NOV 22, 2010 —The IRS = THEIRS


NOV 15, 2010 —Show me the money (so I can take it away)


NOV 15, 2010 —Show me the money (so I can take it away)


NOV 8, 2010 —Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes


NOV 1, 2010 —China--Threat or opportunity?


OCT 25, 2010 —Confusion at the pump


OCT 18, 2010 —Can government reports be trusted?


OCT 11, 2010 —Public enemy No. 1


OCT 4, 2010 —Why do today what you can do tomorrow?


SEP 27, 2010 —Aiding and abetting the disaster


SEP 20, 2010 —Wearing raw meat as clothing


AUG 23, 2010 —Let's move...money!


AUG 16, 2010 —Old bulls


AUG 9, 2010 —Making and breaking promises


AUG 2, 2010 —Time is of the essence


JUL 26, 2010 —Rough week for USDA (and America)


JUL 5, 2010 —The passing of a true statesman


JUN 28, 2010 —Budgeting for summer


JUN 21, 2010 —Let's get ready to rumble


JUN 14, 2010 —Oil slicks


JUN 7, 2010 —Policy with a side of politics


MAY 31, 2010 —Big Problem


MAY 24, 2010 —Changing the batting order


MAY 17, 2010 —Disapproving the endangerment


MAY 10, 2010 —Travelin' man


MAY 3, 2010 —ABCs


APR 19, 2010 —Cruise control versus drag race


APR 12, 2010 —The Brazil cotton case: Down to the wire


MAR 22, 2010 —Health care reform: Clear as mud


MAR 15, 2010 —Preparing for flight


MAR 1, 2010 —The burden of choice


MAR 8, 2010 —Standing on principles


MAR 1, 2010 —The burden of choice


FEB 22, 2010 —Digging out


FEB 8, 2010 —New year, old message


FEB 1, 2010 —Freeze?


JAN 25, 2010 —Writing on the wall


JAN 18, 2010 —Taiwan's about-face


JAN 11, 2010 —Robin Hood, friend or foe?


DEC 14, 2009 —Promises, promises


DEC 7, 2009 —The rising heat of climate change


NOV 30, 2009 —Is oversight being overlooked?


NOV 23, 2009 —Changes in climate change


NOV 9, 2009 —EPA hits the accelerator


NOV 2, 2009 —Boxer's prize fight


OCT 26, 2009 —Double standard?


OCT 19, 2009 —Sibling rivalry


OCT 12, 2009 —Food fights


SEP 28, 2009 —Cartoons and common sense


SEP 21, 2009 —Paying labor's dues


SEP 14, 2009 —The lion passes


AUG 24, 2009 —Political geography


AUG 17, 2009 —Calm before the storm


AUG 10, 2009 —Coffee shop politics


AUG 3, 2009 —Rivalries


JUL 13, 2009 —Odd behaviors


JUL 6, 2009 —Duped


JUN 29, 2009 —A year later


JUN 22, 2009 —Stimulus or superfluous spending?


JUN 15, 2009 —Entrance exam


JUN 15, 2009 —Do you want it done right or quickly?


MAY 18, 2009 —Dissension in the ranks


MAY 11, 2009 —Center of attention


MAY 4, 2009 —Political self-preservation


APR 20, 2009 —It's tough being teammates


APR 13, 2009 —While you weren't looking





MAR 16, 2009 —Selective memory


MAR 9, 2009 —Who's really in charge of agriculture?


MAR 2, 2009 —A little perspective, please


FEB 23, 2009 —When in doubt, punt


FEB 9, 2009 —Can anyone spare some "change?"


FEB 2, 2009 —The power of one


JAN 26, 2009 —Nominations galore


JAN 19, 2009 —Star power


JAN 12, 2009 —Quick learners


DEC 22, 2008 —O' Christmas Tree


DEC 15, 2008 —The Christmas letter


DEC 8, 2008 —Smell that money


DEC 1, 2008 —Hold on to your hats


NOV 24, 2008 —Dangerous diagnosis


NOV 17, 2008 —Elections and fast cars


OCT 27, 2008 —The power of 60


OCT 20, 2008 —Making good on campaign promises


SEP 29, 2008 —Waving the white flag


SEP 8, 2008 —Calm before the storm?


AUG 18, 2008 —Olympic medicine


JUL 21, 2008 —Common sense--Not so common


JUN 23, 2008 —Step up to the plate


JUN 16, 2008 —Dusty old speeches

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