Stories by Alan Guebert

Atrazine review: Nothing to hide

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Forty-five years may have dimmed a frame or two of memory but I can still see my father emptying small bags of flour-like powder into a five-gallon bucket and then slowing stirring in a trickle of water until the two ingredients combined to make a chalky, white cream. The bags contained the still-new, pre-emergent herbicide […]

Main Street banks want reform

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Rare is the day when the U.S. Senate Ag Committee lands on the front page of the New York Times. That day, however, came April 20 when the Times, in its running coverage of financial reform in the Senate, highlighted the aggies’ role in that effort: regulation of casino-like derivatives. The story centered on committee […]

I saw it in the newspaper

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Asked once for the source of his best material, American humorist Will Rogers quickly replied that “Everything I know I get from the newspaper.” Were he alive and reading today’s newspapers, Rogers might die laughing. Laughing For example, the Wall Street Journal reported in its April 13 print edition that Cerberus Capital Management LP, a […]

It may not be Paris, but it comes close

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Journalism and jets have carried me to some of the world’s great capitals. Most of those cities, like New Delhi, Paris, London, Prague, Mexico City, Rome, Brussels and Berlin, were in full flower hundreds, even thousands of years before the very idea for our nation — let alone its capital — was planted. And yet, […]

Confirmation Sunday: Starting down the path to heaven in front of a forsythia bush

Thursday, April 8, 2010

We may have thought Confirmation Sunday as parole day from catechism purgatory but (as our gray-haired elders predicted back then) it would become the first step on a journey of deeper understanding and deeper commitment.

Cowboy checkoff fight grows: Ag groups blast NCBA effort

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Of all the political hot rocks farm groups are juggling now in Washington, D.C. — cap-and-trade, cuts in crop insurance, shrinking farm program budgets — I’ll bet you a cup of coffee you cannot name the issue that recently united ag heavyweights as diverse as the American Farm Bureau Federation and National Farmers Union. That […]

U.S. financial reform: We, like sheep, have been led astray

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Not one new rule, not one new regulation and not one new knuckle-rapping regulator was created in 2009 to rein in the knuckle-draggers that traded an estimated $592 trillion, or 12 times the world’s total economic output, in over-the-counter, in-the-dark derivatives last year.

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day was a rare occurrence on Guebert farm

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Sometime shortly after March 1, winter lost its frozen grip on my backyard and brown blotches of lifeless grass and small mats of soggy hickory leaves began to emerge from their cemetery of snow. It didn’t come as a surprise, though, because for a week the loud, love-sick calls of flaming red cardinals had drifted […]

Let’s hope workshop on competition in agriculture produces results

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Farm seed prices almost tripled in four years and, unlike other big input markets, now show no sign of backing — or even letting — up. Columnist Alan Guebert wades in to the ag competition fray.

Managing food supply past 2050

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Type the phrase “farmers feeding world” into Google’s search engine and “about 15 million results” pop up in “0.12 seconds.” Some results may surprise American farmers who, in good old U-S-of-A modesty, may have thought they had been, were and will be feeding the world. Not so, suggests the hunter-gatherers at Google. Every farmer matters […]

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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