Stories by Alan Guebert

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.

Twenty years later, the GMO fight goes on

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Consumer concerns over GMOs are not going away.

Heavyweight India defies WTO deal

Thursday, August 21, 2014

800 million people can’t be wrong, right?

Yup, fact is stranger than fiction

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Herman Melville was a pretty good fiction writer, but his 1851 whale of a tale — something about a big fish and a peg-legged man named Ahab — was, in fact, based on the true story of the American whaling ship Essex that, in 1820, was attacked and sunk by a huge whale in the South Pacific.

While Congress is on recess, there is much we can still learn

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Congress left a lot undone, before going on summer recess.

High prices: What’s a carnivore to do?

Thursday, July 31, 2014

If most Americans followed commodity prices as blindly as they follow the Kardashians, the national dinner menu might well feature bushels of cheaper-by-the-day grains and teaspoons of record-priced pork, beef, poultry and fish.

‘Missouri Farmers Care’ falls short in some major areas

Thursday, July 24, 2014

You’d think that a state constitution eight times longer than the U.S. Constitution might cover every right, act or idea any of its citizens might need, do or ponder.

Silly season, again, in Washington

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Washington Nationals are the real show in our nation’s Capital.

Checkoffs: More and more of the same

Thursday, July 10, 2014

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, there now are federal commodity checkoffs for beef, blueberries, Christmas trees, cotton, dairy products, eggs, fluid milk, Hass avocados, “Honey Packers and Importers,” lamb, mango, mushrooms, paper and paper-based packaging, peanuts, popcorn, pork, potatoes, processed raspberries, softwood lumber, sorghum, soybeans and watermelons.

Readers respond to farm and food column

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Columnist reviews his feeback — the compliments and the criticism.

Betting against climate change

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

According to 2013 data compiled by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, you and I owe our very existence to water. After all, 92 percent of our blood, 75 percent of our brains and muscles, 60 percent bodies and 22 percent of our bones is plain, simple old water. Even more to the point, while most […]

Who will be big meat’s next fat hog?

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Two of the world’s biggest meatpackers, Tyson Foods and JBS SA, are in a bare-knuckled, checkbook throw-down over who will own Hillshire Brands, the Chicago-based maker of branded processed meats and packaged food. Whichever firm wins this brawl will matter less to Tyson and JBS than to you or me because it will enable one […]

Rainy days had their charm

Thursday, June 19, 2014

On the big southern Illinois dairy farm of my youth, a rainy June day was a treat almost as great as homemade ice cream.

A monopoly in the flour industry?

Thursday, June 5, 2014

The deal, which joins two of the top three flour millers in the nation, marries ConAgra Mill’s 21 mills with the 20 operated by Horizon Milling, an existing joint venture between Cargill and CHS.

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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