Stories by Alan Guebert

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.

Groundhog Day again and again

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Thanksgiving is in the rearview mirror, Christmas in the windshield and, given the glacial pace of key policy decisions awaiting resolution in Washington, D.C., it’s just another Groundhog Day out here in rural America.

On immigration, Congress needs to do what we elected them to do: Lead

Thursday, December 4, 2014

If you ran your farm or ranch like the White House and Congress run the federal government, your corn would never get planted and your cows would be long gone.

Quantitative spinning: It’s in the numbers

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Against all odds, economics, the dismal science, has become even more dismal.

‘Coincidences’ of the November election

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Things that just hapend to — well — happen!

Bring on the winter season

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Fall’s first frost — usually a mid-October event in my adopted central Illinois — waited until the last possible monthly moment — deep into Halloween night — to finally show winter’s white face.

Endless politics of GMOs in the USA

Thursday, November 6, 2014

It’s tough being a genetically modified organism in election season because no election passes without someone or some state slamming you for being, well, you.

Already unimpressed with farm bill

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Plenty to criticize in the new farm bill.

Confused? No, not at all. (I think)

Thursday, October 23, 2014

All right, listen up! We’ve got a lot to sort out here and little time to do it.

Want reform? Audit, please

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Secretary of Ag Tom Vilsack threatened to impose a second beef checkoff that would double the annual, non-refundable collections of the now-$80 million federal program if members of his reform effort didn’t come to an agreement.

$1.2 billion can buy ‘access’ to Congress, but not much else

Thursday, October 9, 2014

What did individuals and political action committees believe they were buying when they contributed $755.1 million this election cycle to Republican and Democratic candidates for the U.S. House and $415.2 million to Republican and Democratic candidates to the U.S. Senate?

Who knows … where big money goes?

Thursday, October 2, 2014

If only we knew … where the money went.

Slouching toward Election Day

Thursday, September 25, 2014

There are facts on which the world operates and there are facts on which politics operate. Spoiler alert: The two are not the same.

Farm Bureau and big ag misrepresenting EPA water rule

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The stark differences between what EPA proposed and what farm and ranch groups believe the proposals mean.

A change in the wind is coming

Thursday, September 11, 2014

As fall approaches, the signs of the season are becoming more clear.

Call farming like it is: slaughtering, drugs, herbicides and manure

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Columnist says farmers need to stop sugarcoating what they do.

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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