Stories by Alan Guebert

Touching the electric fence

Thursday, May 29, 2014

American humorist Will Rogers once noted that he “wasn’t a member of any organized political party” because “I am a Democrat.” The crack is dead-on funny because it’s bulls-eye true. Just ask any Democrat.

Fix rural broadband’s leaky, creaky ‘net

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Moving just six miles from a small central Illinois farm town to an even smaller, rural enclave in 2005 took the lovely Catherine and me from a drafty, big house on a leafy, wide street to a tighter, smaller house in a leafy, wide woods. Fabulous.

Feeding the world: Part two

Thursday, May 15, 2014

It’s just a fact that some people see the proverbial glass half-full rather than half-empty and some people say tomahto, others tomato. These tomahto/half-fullers aren’t knuckleheads. They simply view the world from a different angle and, often, that difference offers fresh insights and solutions others can’t see given their never changing, tomato view. Read part […]

Two words that will feed the 9 billion

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Just before this weekly effort began 21 years ago this month, its two founders, the lovely Catherine and me, compiled a list of nearly 30 words we thought its title could include. Two words, however, shouted to be in every permutation of every possible title: farm and food. The point of farming was — is […]

And the moral of the food supply is…

Thursday, May 1, 2014

By ALAN GUEBERT If you’re a regular reader of the American agricultural press you already know that the three greatest threats to U.S. farmers and ranchers are the nut-eating vegans at PETA, HSUS and Chipotle Mexican Grill. You were thinking drought, flood and low prices, right? Nope. When the apocalypse arrives, according to we in […]

Wal-Mart’s organic plan could boost demand

Thursday, April 24, 2014

What will Wal-Mart’s new organic sales mean for farmers?

Just give me the facts, please

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Some interesting facts on food, ag policy and ethanol.

Climate change: Doing nothing does nothing

Thursday, April 10, 2014

The recent U.N. climate change report was big news for everyone everywhere except, it seems, U.S. farm and ranch groups and their members.

Spring cleaning interupts winter

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Winter stayed, and most days thereafter brought more clear, cold evidence that the lion that came in with March planned to stay the entire month.

That ol’ ‘I know what I know’ logic

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Little wonder why Congress got the Farm Bill math wrong: it knows what it knows and everyone else can just shut up.

Food inspection: safe, not sorry

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Farmers and ranchers, on the other hand, aren’t in the cheap business.

Punching Russia’s breadbasket

Thursday, March 13, 2014

When Vladimir Putin sent his nation’s armed, but unmarked, troops into sovereign territory of Ukraine, he became the latest in a long line of Russian Little Big Men to punch Eurasia’s famed breadbasket in the gut. First came the imperial czars, then the revolutionary Bolsheviks and, right behind them and most brutally, Soviet leader Josef […]

I need more wood for the stove, but…

Thursday, March 6, 2014

The tall, mostly dead red oak on the eastern edge of the farmette still stands this late, long winter, saved mostly by this late, long winter. The majestic, strong-armed tree, my age or a little more, had a date with the saw and maul as soon as the weather turned cold. Deep snow and face-cracking […]

Congress: Be sure to read it and then pay

Thursday, February 27, 2014

On Jan. 5, 2011, www.gop.gov, the website for the “House Republican Majority,” trumpeted news that its members had acted on their “promise” to “ensure that bills are debated and discussed in the public square by publishing the text online for at least three days before coming up for a vote in the House of Representatives.” […]

HSUS and PETA are the least of your problems

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Early February was not a good time to be an American carnivore. First, on Feb. 8, Rancho Feeding Co. of Petaluma, Calif., announced it was recalling 8.7 million pounds of beef carcasses and cuts. That’s virtually every pound of the company’s 2013 throughput. Reason The reason for the recall, explained the Feb. 11 Los Angeles […]

The gift that keeps on giving

Thursday, February 13, 2014

If you’re an ag-dependent advertising agency, a commodity organization hired hand or an ag journalist who can’t do math, commodity checkoffs are a gift that just keeps on giving. The most recent checkoff gift comes courtesy of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of Inspector General. The OIG released a 29-page report Jan. 31 on […]

New farm bill less than ‘miraculous’

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Columnist says the new farm bill does not justify the time and work it took.

New farm bill was a shameful process

Thursday, January 30, 2014

The farm bill may be settled, but the process was ugly.

Go slow on the bull market

Thursday, January 23, 2014

You wouldn’t order a new pick-up truck without reserving the right to amend—choose—how the truck is equipped inside and out. The same goes for a new combine or an operating loan. After all, it’s your farm or ranch so, naturally, you’ll choose what’s right for you and it and not let some ratchet-jawed salesman dictate […]

Ag’s budget math favors crop insurance

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Claims of food stamp fraud just don’t match up with reality.

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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