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Articles by Blake Hurst

Scientists Sit Out Genetic Engineering Debate Wednesday, September 24, 2014
If scientists cannot or will not explain the issue, then farmers have very little chance of protecting a technology that has immense value to consumers.
The EPA Overreaches Again Monday, June 23, 2014
A new EPA rule is a disaster for farmers and the traditional understanding of the relationship between the federal government and the states.
California’s Chicken Law and the Commerce Clause Thursday, January 16, 2014
The country is awash in legislative efforts to increase regulation of agriculture, but only California has had the chutzpah to impose the preferences of that ...
Big Farms Are About to Get Bigger Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Big data will make farming more environmentally responsible and easier to regulate, but will lessen the sense of place cherished by the local food movement.
When Saving Is a Problem Not a Virtue Thursday, April 18, 2013
The Obama administration’s proposed limits on ‘reasonable’ retirement savings would penalize success and patience in favor of the nebulous concept of fairness.
The Next Real Estate Bubble: Farmland Friday, March 29, 2013
Farmers have been taking on mounting debt, creating an unsustainable increase in land prices and risking a crash that would ripple through our economy.
Organic Illusions Monday, October 1, 2012
We don’t have enough land and we can’t afford the opportunity costs of a return to a romantic version of agriculture. But we can afford a food system that ...
Raining Nonsense during a Drought Tuesday, August 21, 2012
The only conclusion to draw from a year like this one is that Mother Nature is not always kind.
The High, High Cost of Low, Low Rates Saturday, August 4, 2012
Monetary easing combined with a promise to increase both nominal GDP growth and interest rates would jump-start this stagnant economy.
And the Regulatory State Drones On Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Forget the kerfuffle over EPA drone flights; nobody pays attention to the things that the EPA is doing that are truly frightening.
The Forgotten Man of the Tax Debate Thursday, February 9, 2012
Obama, Romney, and Buffett, listen up. In all the bickering over incentives and tax fairness, there has been little mention of the thing that matters most of ...
An Imaginary Dustup? The Incalculable Harm of Regulation Sunday, January 8, 2012
Why surveys cannot begin to capture the cumulative damage of regulations. It’s not aggie paranoia or ‘right-wing nuttery.’
Why I’m ‘Ginned Up’ about Regulation Wednesday, September 7, 2011
President Obama seems to be unaware of any regulations that would concern farmers and equally ill-informed as to the source of those regulations.
A Big, Muddy Project Alright Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Floods are inexorable, and inevitable, but they’ve got nothing on environmentalists. Farmers and families who live along the Mississippi should prepare ...
Our Real Food Problem Saturday, January 22, 2011
We don’t have a food system problem, but a problem of self-control. We can’t solve that with quinoa or locally grown, free-range chicken.
The 21st-Century Land Rush Wednesday, September 22, 2010
The move toward securing farmland in faraway places can be seen not only as a bet on increasing food prices, but also as a hedge against a breakdown in world ...
The Sweet 'n Lowdown on GM Crops Thursday, August 19, 2010
Farmers should be allowed to continue growing genetically modified sugar beets despite a recent flawed court decision.
No Butz About It Saturday, July 17, 2010
How a long-ago Secretary of Agriculture became the demon of industrial food critics; and how those critics get the last half-century of agricultural history ...
Green Menace Tuesday, July 6, 2010
To saddle hungry Haitians with American romanticism about agriculture is the worst kind of imperialism.
‘The First White Farmer Had Been Murdered’ Thursday, April 15, 2010
An eyewitness account of Zimbabwe’s collapse.
Give Thanks for This Harvest Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Nobody but we farmers celebrates a great crop like this one. The rest of America should celebrate, and be grateful for the abundance that agriculture provides.
The Omnivore’s Delusion: Against the Agri-intellectuals Thursday, July 30, 2009
Farming has always been messy and painful, and bloody and dirty. It still is. This is something the critics of industrial farming never seem to understand.