Stories by Alan Guebert

Where’s the SNAP charity and love?

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Perhaps we can agree that spending just $3, and maybe even $4, out of every $1,000 of GDP isn’t too much for the richest country in the history of the world to feed its hungry.

Free trade deals not about economics

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Given today’s global economy, poisonous politics and trans-national interests, however, many of Big Ag’s biggest trade backers don’t see as simple or divine.

Once again, the numbers never add up

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Some commentary on Congress and the numbers.

Taking a look at recent newspaper quotes in conversation on farm topics

Thursday, March 19, 2015

A renewable fuel standard and immigration are two farm topics that have been in the news recently.

The Iowa Agricultural Summit: Just call him Bruce, not kingmaker

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Columnist Alan Guebert did not attend the Iowa Agricultural Summit March 7 in Des Moines because, oh dear, this is embarrassing, he was not invited.

Striving to be more than average

Thursday, March 5, 2015

No one in farming or ranching buys a bag of seed corn or a couple of young bulls hoping for an average corn crop or an average calf crop.

The future of food and farming will look a lot like our past

Thursday, February 26, 2015

To look ahead, we also need to look behind, at where we’ve been.

Stuck with farm bill mess until 2018

Thursday, February 19, 2015

The low whimpering and muffled whining heard in farm country this month are not the gripes and grunts of corn and soybean growers trudging through 2015’s purgatory of under-$4 corn and less-than-$10 beans.

Common threads of Big Ag and ‘New Ag’ success farming takes risk, commitment

Thursday, February 12, 2015

The Progressive Farmer magazine’s February issue resembles most mid-winter issues of most U.S. farm magazines.

Big Ag’s weak hand in nitrate fight

Thursday, February 5, 2015

In May 2013 Iowa implemented the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy, a program that all but admitted the state’s ag runoff was a growing problem that required joint attention from farmers, local communities and the state.

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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