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Across the editor's desk: April 2007

Agriculture.com Staff 04/10/2007 @ 11:00pm

It is spring, and planting season quickens the pulse. Chances are, both your heart and your mind are racing a bit as you turn the pages of this issue. There is urgent work to get done and decisions to make on-the-fly.

Still, you are a learner. You'll dart in and out of these pages like a brawny teenager at a Swedish smorgasbord. You'll chew fast and reload for more.

The Table of Contents (TOC) on pages 1 and 2 gives you a quick preview of this issue. For a slightly different guide to the pages ahead, here's the insider's TOC from the Editor in Chief for readers who are really crunched for time!

Page 8. Meet Aggie. Then listen to our new ace reporter give you the Top Tip each day on Agriculture Online® (www.agriculture.com).

Page 10. Is your opinion on immigration cast in stone? In "Your view," read what farmwife Consuelo Ortiz Brenner, who came to America at age 17, says the U.S. should do.

Page 16. Same old, same old. Washington insiders are predicting the new farm bill could look exactly like the current one. Is that what you want? Read of a new approach advocated by the National Corn Growers Association.

Page 18. Whether you are having a good day or a bad day, I hope you'll always read Farmers for the Future. These young farmers are on a path for success. You'll recognize qualities of yourself in each of them. Tyler Rider, featured in this issue, holds the same degree I do from the same esteemed university. Go Wildcats!

Page 24. How well do you know your lawyer? More important, how well does your lawyer know you? You better read Dr. Don Jonovic.

Page 26. T. Boone Pickens is said to be worth more than $1.5 billion. He made most of that wealth by making a lot of smart decisions in the energy business. Now he is aggressively buying water rights. That should be enough to spark your curiosity to read "Water wars."

Page 34. About half of women say they don't know if ethanol is "safe to use in my car." Only 12% of women believe that consumers benefit the most from buying biofuels. Learn why swaying consumers toward positive opinions is a key to growth of biofuels.

Page 36. More than 60% of farmers now use at least one precision farming tool. Learn why precision ag is now considered both profitable and mainstream.

Page 40. It is now several weeks after the March 30 USDA Planting Intentions Report. Have prices roared back? Fallen further? Read why one commodity adviser is still looking for $5 to $5.50 corn prices this summer.

Page 41. Read why net wrap for large round bales outperforms twine.

Page 48. Are you tired of Machinery Pete reporting how much used tractor prices have gone up? Then check out soil finishers.

Page 50. Grow more ethanol. The new Dodge Ram 4.7-liter V-8 burns up to 85% ethanol mixtures.

Page 56. Do you ever say you can feel it in your bones? Then bone up on five steps to boost bone health.

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