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 By John Crabtree    Opinion    October 28, 2015

Corporate farming: who owns the world's seeds?

This summer, agrochemical, biotechnology, and seed giant Monsanto dropped their bid to acquire their Switzerland-based competitor Syngenta. Initial merger serenades were sternly rebuffed by Syngenta, and Monsanto’s interest turned into a $46.5...

 By John Crabtree    Opinion    July 15, 2015

Vibrant small towns embrace art and self-expression

Pablo Picasso said the purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls. And if you look in small towns and rural places you will find art and cultural expression in the most unlikely of places. Small towns develop art and cultural expe...

 By John Crabtree    Opinion    March 18, 2015

Water is Life

Here in the west, we understand that there is much truth in the old joke that whiskey is for drinking and water is for fighting. Rural and small town America depend on water and our neighbors downstream count on us to preserve the quality of that wat...

 By John Crabtree    Opinion    August 20, 2014

Moving rural America forward

In January, President Obama declared that despite Congressional logjams, “America does not stand still — and neither will I. So wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for American families, that’s what...