Opinion: Faster isn’t necessarily better when it comes to poultry inspection

I love Lucy (having just declared that,  Lucys all over the world probably have that deer-in-a-headlights look, but relax ladies). I’m talking about the TV series that starred Desi Arnez, Vivian Vance, William Frawley and one of the great comedians of the ages,  Lucille Ball. The series ran from 1951 to 1957 and in four of its six years on the air was the most watched series on television.  Lucille knows comedy acting in all time classic moments including : “Vitameatavegamin”, “Stomping Grapes”, and “Too Much Yeast”. But my all-time favorite, without a doubt, is the candy factory. In this episode named ”Job Switching”,  Lucy and Ethel go to work in a candy factory because their husbands, Ricky and Fred, are upset about their ladies’ spending habits.

Opinion: Big Ag coming up short on data ethics

When it comes to protecting sensitive farmer crop data, farm equipment and software makers —including DuPont, Monsanto’s The Climate Corporation, Dow AgroSciences LLC, Syngenta, and John Deere — have thus far have certainly talked the talked but haven’t been as successful in walking the walk, writes Dave Dickey.

Opinion: Proceed cautiously on new bird flu experiments

There has been some devastating avian influenza (bird flu) outbreaks in the U.S. in recent years. This includes the first outbreak of bird flu this year at a Tyson-contracted farm in Tennessee in March. Tyson is the largest chicken meat producer in the U.S. As Dave Dickey writes, researchers should be cautious.