• T.J. Burnham

    Sometimes A Great Moment

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     by T.J. Burnham
     on November 26, 2012

    I can't get over the feeling that we are on the brink of a great agricultural age. When I look at how the world population is about to mushroom, combined with the fact our industry has never been so technologically tweaked to precision and efficiency, it seems our time has come. How can it not be so? Food is the elemental essential, and that is what we do. As the global community widens an unprecedented need for protein and fundamental nutrients, our role will become more pivotal…

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    In The Effervescent Flicker Of My Florescent Desk Light

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     by T.J. Burnham
     on November 19, 2012

    Plane crashes and April 15 aside, life is good. Of late I have been using the "Life is hard, then you die," cliché to friends and family. Since very few of these listen to me anyway, I have failed to make an impression. Anyway, I really am an angry optimist. Angry that I am not so rich I can live in Paris in the Ritz, optimistic because there's always that next lottery ticket! Oh, I have such visions of myself as James Bond, or maybe Ward Bond at least. I put my…

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    Why Sometimes This Job Gets Me Down

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     by T.J. Burnham
     on November 12, 2012

    I really love my job, but there are moments a journalist wants to use bad language (to myself) and get really impatient. That's when I send important calls out to sources asking important questions, letting them know I am on a deadline, and asking them to simply return the call even if they are not interested in participating in a story. And the phone sits silent for days. Sometimes forever. And, that leaves me wondering if the message wasn't even heard, or if the source…

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    $1.5 Million Grant Project Looks At Columbia Basin Water Modeling

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     by T.J. Burnham
     on November 5, 2012

    With $1.5 million to find ways to involve primary water users in the research process to develop scientifically sound and economically feasible public water use in the Columbia Basin, let's hope the dollars produce helpful new directions. The Washington State University USDA grant will build what researchers call collaborative water modeling project for the Basin. I think that means better management. The project is what WSU School of the Environment Director Stephen Bollens…

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