Stories by Alan Guebert

People’s department’ switching to USDA Inc.

Thursday, July 29, 2004

It used to be known as the “people’s department,” but the USDA has been hijacked, writes columnist Alan Guebert this week.

Rest easy, Bob Zoellick’s on the job

Thursday, July 22, 2004

Columnist Alan Guebert says like Eric Clapton, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Zoellick is a god

Bubba’ isn’t only rural American

Thursday, July 15, 2004

Columnist Alan Guebert tries to figure out what a ‘Bubba’ is and if it will matter in the election.

White House, USDA target CRP, CSP

Thursday, July 1, 2004

Columnist Alan Guebert watches the Bush administration renege on soil and water programs from the 2002 farm bill.

Organic’s only problem is USDA

Thursday, June 24, 2004

Columnist Alan Guebert asks, “What would you call a hugely successful USDA program whose biggest threat is the USDA?”

Reagan planted today’s ag seeds

Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Columnist Alan Guebert says some of the more progressive farm programs of the last 25 years came into being under Ronald Reagan.

The men and hayfields of my youth’

Thursday, June 10, 2004

Columnist Alan Guebert reflects on a rare and valuable commodity - the men of the hayfields of his youth.

It’s a long, hot summer already

Thursday, June 3, 2004

Columnist Alan Guebert says political events suggest temperatures in farm country will be rising.

Cargill says thank you to Brazilians

Thursday, May 20, 2004

Columnist Alan Guebert says Cargill has every economic and legal right to move ahead with its Brazilian ethanol import plan

Cotton ruling goes beyond the South

Thursday, May 13, 2004

Columnist Alan Guebert says Brazil “kicked major U.S. farm trade butt” when it declared some American cotton subsidies as illegal.

Justice is blind: Pickett jury wrong

Thursday, May 6, 2004

U.S. District Judge Lyle Strom turned into a one-man jury with the latest action in the Pickett vs. Tyson case, says columnist Alan Guebert.

Checkoff boosters’ facts are weak

Thursday, April 29, 2004

Columnist Alan Guebert comments on the USDA’s lenthgy, costly and failing devense of commodity checkoffs.

Indian scientist proves ‘good’ GM seeds have place in developing nations

Thursday, April 22, 2004

Alan Guebert’s final column in a series on developing world agriculture and its impact on U.S. farmers.

Don’t count on U.S. ag exports to developing nations just yet

Thursday, April 15, 2004

The second in a series from columnist Alan Guebert on developing world agriculture and its impact on U.S. farmers.

India: On the road with developing ag

Thursday, April 8, 2004

Columnist Alan Guebert tells the story of Gitaben Senma, 38-year-old mother of four who earns $1 a day.

The facts, numbers jumble: Go figure

Thursday, April 1, 2004

Columnist Alan Guebert speculatees on the mystery of how identical facts and figures often lead people to draw different conclusions.

Playing politics? Ain’t nuthin’ to it

Thursday, March 25, 2004

Columnist Alan Guebert serves up a tongue-in-cheek letter offering to help steer the Bush campaign.

Dead cow walking: USDA questioned

Thursday, March 18, 2004

Columnist Alan Guebert explains the reasons for more USDA mad cow testing.

The WTO tries to reinvent the wheel

Thursday, March 11, 2004

Columnist Alan Guebert thinks WTO negotiators could find the way to their goals through policies as simple and as proven as the good old wheel.

The truthful answer is four

Thursday, March 4, 2004

Columnist Alan Guebert always manages to cut through the murky lines we’re fed every day by ag leaders and economists.

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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