Stories by Alan Guebert

Farm and Food File: Time is money and money corrupts

Thursday, March 6, 2008

History doesn’t record who first uttered the ageless business maxim that “Time is money,” but a good bet might be a meatpacker because minutes and hours, like cattle and hogs, are valuable commodities under constant assault by packers. As such, the most efficient packer — or, as they say in the business, the one that […]

Farm bill discussions are ‘ridiculous’

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Be it bird hunting in Minnesota or vote hunting on Capitol Hill, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson is seen as a straight shooter of both pheasants and fools.

Bull and bear get piggish competition

Thursday, January 24, 2008

An unwritten motto of a former employer, market adviser Professional Farmers of America, was that it’s easier to turn journalists into economists than economists into journalists.

Brother, can you spare a dime?

Thursday, January 17, 2008

One of the oldest truisms in agriculture noted that “when farmers make money, everybody in town makes money.

Happy cotton pickin’ New Year

Thursday, January 10, 2008

While other prophets and forecasters fill the first week of January – and endless inches of newspaper space – with predictions of what will happen this year, permit me 600 or so words to predict what won’t happen in 2008.

Current ag just isn’t sustainable

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Every fence or barn built by a rancher, every tractor purchased by a farmer is an act of faith in the future because that fence, barn or tractor is an investment in 20, 30, maybe even 50 years of tomorrows.

Mail bag a mixed holiday blessing

Thursday, December 27, 2007

‘Tis the warm-wish sending season; the once-a-year time when family, friends and former neighbors post colorful cards and newsy letters to the lovely Catherine and me detailing their lives since last Christmas.

Grandma has connections to Santa

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Of the many memories I have of Christmas on the farm, I don’t have a single memory of ever telling Santa what I wanted for Christmas.

Best gift is for Congress to stop giving

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Before the cheerless rush to abandon Washington, D.C. hits, here are a few suggestions for our hired hands in Congress on what they should not give farmers, ranchers and the rest of us in rural America this holiday season.

Farmland price bubble will burst

Thursday, December 6, 2007

American humorist Will Rogers once cracked that Americans are the only people in the world to drive themselves to the poor house.

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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