Stories by Alan Guebert

Cleaning my desk uncovers more dirt

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Forget the past week’s winter weather. The calendar called for spring a couple of weeks ago so, fact is, it’s spring. That means it’s time to collect, then toss, the loose paper, used tea bags and unused facts that found a home in my tiny office over the long winter. All were saved for, well, […]

To NCBA leaders, silence is golden

Thursday, March 31, 2011

By law and by USDA’s failure “to restore operational integrity” to the checkoff, NCBA remains the single, biggest benefactor of checkoff cash.

Real ag agenda seems to be football and pheasants

Thursday, March 24, 2011

In Congress, the House aggies aren’t exactly tied up with policy debates to address, say, today’s soaring food prices, the nation’s perilously thin food stocks or a dysfunctional federal dairy policy.

Will all tomorrow’s farms be organic?

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Families, careers, whole lives take turns that are completely unpredictable. I mean, one minute you’re looking out the window of your third-floor college dorm room in sleepy boredom and the next minute you can’t breathe because, on the sidewalk below, is the lovely, curly-haired creature you absolutely must meet and marry. Hey, it happens. Then, […]

CCC — the nation’s pantry — is Mother Hubbard bare

Thursday, March 10, 2011

It’s not the choices you make in the bad times that usually cause you the most trouble. It’s the choices you make in the good times that often lead to the biggest disasters.

The circus comes to town

Thursday, March 3, 2011

As has been noted here before, most journalists get into the writing game because they cannot do math. I don’t mean the hard stuff like differential equations; I mean the incredibly hard stuff like subtraction and division. Math-challenged as we ink blots might be, we are Nobel Laureates compared to the sausage grinders on Capitol […]

Let’s take a meeting at the USDA

Thursday, February 24, 2011

On Dec. 20, 17 people from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, including Secretary Tom Vilsack, 10 from non-governmental organizations, 10 from seed and food firms and 18 from industry groups like the American Farm Bureau Federation and the Biotech Industry Organization met at USDA to discuss “Alfalfa Production Co-Existence.” The benign title belied what many […]

Forecast for March: Very, very hot

Thursday, February 17, 2011

After hiring into the market newsletter biz 30 years ago, my new bosses informed me that I’d sink or swim on how well I learned either fundamental or technical market analysis. I had two weeks to master one. Since fundamental analysis centers on farm and ranch facts and figures and technical analysis relies on charts […]

Motherhood, apple pie and ethanol

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Rare is the person, topic or issue that finds the editorial boards of the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal in unison. In the last two months, however, the voices of the world’s most-respected liberal and most-respected conservative editorial pages sang perfect harmony on one topic, their intense dislike of ethanol, the corn-based […]

Looking for the truth in food labeling

Thursday, February 3, 2011

When the nearby link of a national grocery chain hosted a beef sale last summer, this carnivore grabbed his checkbook and motored to the store’s meatcase as fast as the Exploder’s worn wheel bearings allowed. They’re Angus At the store I was greeted with a ruby wave of shrink-wrapped beef loins sporting stickers that announced […]

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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