Stories by Alan Guebert

The future of food and farming will look a lot like our past

Thursday, February 26, 2015

To look ahead, we also need to look behind, at where we’ve been.

Stuck with farm bill mess until 2018

Thursday, February 19, 2015

The low whimpering and muffled whining heard in farm country this month are not the gripes and grunts of corn and soybean growers trudging through 2015’s purgatory of under-$4 corn and less-than-$10 beans.

Common threads of Big Ag and ‘New Ag’ success farming takes risk, commitment

Thursday, February 12, 2015

The Progressive Farmer magazine’s February issue resembles most mid-winter issues of most U.S. farm magazines.

Big Ag’s weak hand in nitrate fight

Thursday, February 5, 2015

In May 2013 Iowa implemented the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy, a program that all but admitted the state’s ag runoff was a growing problem that required joint attention from farmers, local communities and the state.

The COOL facts: American people love it, others don’t

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Country of origin labeling, or COOL, for meat, fruit, vegetables and nuts sold in the U.S. has been kicked around by the courts, politicians, international trade panels and special interest farm groups since it became law in 2008.

Winter from the window

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Short snaps of deep cold were not rare but all were deeply unwelcome. The cows, the hired men, the plumbing, the shivering calves, the machinery—everyone and everything—moved slower or not at all when temperatures fell to zero or below.

Patterns: Welcome back, foodie

Thursday, January 15, 2015

We didn’t know it back then but everyone on the big southern Illinois dairy farm of my youth was a foodie.

2015 is dirt’s big year to shine

Thursday, January 8, 2015

This year, center your resolutions around soil health.

You’re right, I’m wrong… Next!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Readers respond to Alan Guebert’s columns from second half of 2014.

Crop insurance: Flawed and fixable

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Federally subsidized crop insurance is the elephant in the Farm Bill pantry and anyone who had any role in pushing the law through the zoo called Congress knows it.

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About Alan

Alan Guebert was raised on an 800-acre, 100-cow southern Illinois dairy farm. After graduation from the University of Illinois in 1980, he served as a writer and editor at Professional Farmers of America, Successful Farming magazine and Farm Journal magazine. His syndicated agricultural column, The Farm and Food File, began in June, 1993, and now appears weekly in more than 70 publications throughout the U.S. and Canada. He and spouse Catherine, a social worker, have two adult children. farmandfoodfile.com