From The Editor

Matching Wits with Mother Nature

“One of the things that I enjoy is the challenge of Mother Nature,” says Nik Wallenda, a 35-year-old American acrobat, aerialist, daredevil and high-wire artist. Described as “The King of the Wire,” he is known for his high-wire performances without a safety net. Among his many feats, he has traversed the Allegheny River, Niagara Falls and the Grand Canyon. Nik ... Read More »

Mentoring Comes Full Circle

While watching Late Night with Seth Meyers recently, I learned that Seattle Seahawks’ quarterback Russell Wilson had attended the Manning Passing Academy when Wilson was a tenth-grader in high school. In fact, he said that during the camp Peyton Manning had been his coach, mentoring him in the intricacies of what it takes to become a winning quarterback. It appears ... Read More »

Walking in Memphis

By Carroll Smith Editor You don’t have to strap on your blue suede shoes to travel to Memphis for the 2014 Mid-South Farm and Gin Show, but it might be a good idea to throw some comfortable walking shoes in your suitcase. With more than 400 exhibitors packed into and outside the Cook Convention Center, this year’s show promises to ... Read More »

Gotta wear shades

By Carroll Smith Editor When the song, “The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades” was written in the mid 1980s, listening audiences picked up on the title and began using it as a positive mantra although the actual lyrics wear of a darker nature. To this day, the positive spin continues. I was inspired by Betsy Ward’s column this ... Read More »

‘Well, we’re still here…’

By Carroll Smith Editor Buzzwords, which can be a word or a phrase, catch on from time to time in society, business groups, industries, the media, politics, etc. A popular buzzword in agriculture these days is sustainability. In rice, as well as in other commodities, it’s dominating conversations among consumers, end users, merchants, millers, researchers and university personnel, farmers, organizations ... Read More »

Bad timing for ‘chill out’ weather

By Carroll Smith Editor “It was a dark and stormy night” was first penned by English novelist Edward Bulwer-Lytton in the opening sentence of his 1830 novel Paul Clifford, according to Wikipedia – an online encyclopedia. Now, in 2013, Bulwer-Lytton’s words popped into my head more than once this spring, but with a little different twist: “It was a wet ... Read More »

Ag banks increased lending

By Carroll Smith Editor For many farmers, securing a production loan for the upcoming year is a critical part of the process to make sure the growing season runs smoothly and the bills get paid. The Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation recently provided some good news on this topic that I think all farmers will appreciate. Following are some excerpts from ... Read More »

Thinking outside the box

BY CARROLL SMITH EDITOR The origin of the phrase “thinking outside the box” is typically attributed to the Nine Dots Puzzle, pictured below. Three rows of three dots are inside a box. The challenge is to connect the dots with four straight lines without picking up your pencil. As it turns out, the solution to the puzzle involves going outside ... Read More »

‘So God made a farmer’

BY CARROLL SMITH  EDITOR In 1978, Paul Harvey, a popular radio broadcaster, delivered a speech titled, “So God Made a Farmer,” at the Future Farmers of America convention in Kansas City, Mo. Thirty-five years later, the beloved voice of the late commentator was heard once again during the Dodge Ram trucks commercial, which aired in the fourth quarter of Super ... Read More »

Will ‘13’ be ag’s lucky number?

BY CARROLL SMITH EDITOR When the House and Senate finally passed the so-called fiscal cliff bill, it happened on Jan. 1, 2013, and extended what we typically refer to as the 2008 Farm Bill through Sept. 30, 2013. After the extension was announced, the USA Rice Federation noted that, “The bill authorizes direct payments at no reduction for the 2013 ... Read More »