Stories by Alan Guebert

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.

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 […]

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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