Stories by Alan Guebert

USDA makes effort to politicize local FSA offices; your seat may be open

Thursday, September 30, 2004

In what many are calling a power grab, Secretary of Agriculture Ann Veneman used authority given the USDA in the 2002 Farm Bill to propose new guidelines that alter the composition and shorten the terms of locally-elected county Farm Service Agency (FSA) committees.

Livestock needs tomorrow’s solutions

Thursday, September 23, 2004

Two fact-laden summer reports on animal agriculture nearly mirror each other on the woe faced by many American dairy, cattle and hog producers.

Platforms tell real presidential story

Thursday, September 16, 2004

Before rural America loses an eye to campaign mudballs, election year slime and rose-colored lies, let’s go where farm and ranch voters rarely venture.

Farm and Food File: Your vote doesn’t count at the WTO

Thursday, September 9, 2004

The most important election in farm country this fall won’t be in presidential swing states like Iowa and Wisconsin nor will it involve mad cows, angry Brazilians or even promise-spewing, glad-handing politicians.

Where have you gone Danny, Pat, Dan, Trevor?

Thursday, September 2, 2004

Before September becomes a blur of harvest dust, election mud and campaign slurs, it’s time to catch up on some of the characters who have waltzed through this space.

Crop report prompts prognostication

Thursday, August 26, 2004

It happened again the other evening, just as it happens every year after the USDA farmer-rattling August Crop Production Report.

Farm Credit sale to Rabobank puzzling to many ag leaders

Thursday, August 12, 2004

The sale of Omaha’s Farm Credit Services of America to Dutch lending giant Rabobank, formally announced July 30, continues to rock American ag lenders.

Let’s recall, then recite the August Farm Creed

Thursday, August 12, 2004

Columnist Alan Guebert says the markets need to take August off.

Rabo-raider shakes up Farm Credit

Thursday, August 5, 2004

Columnist Alan Guebert tries to figure out what it’s all about.

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.

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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