Stories by Alan Guebert

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.

Farm bill ‘debates’ are deplorable

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Even by its Olympic standards for hyperbole and hypocrisy, the performance of the U.S. Senate during the fruitless, pre-Thanksgiving farm bill debate was breathtaking.

Harvest rarely done by Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Despite Thanksgiving’s late November arrival, neither we nor the neighbors of the southern Illinois farm of my youth were done with harvest by the harvest holiday.

Carbon credits are fraud

Thursday, November 15, 2007

In the science of agronomy, no more sacred ground exists than that of the Morrow Plots, a hemmed-in acre in the middle of the University of Illinois campus that, since 1876, has been under continuous corn production.

No surprise: Farm bill disappointing

Thursday, November 8, 2007

If you tuned into the webcast debate of the Senate Ag Committee approving its long overdue 2007 farm bill Oct.

Pork industry an illogical quagmire

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Before a months-long summer slips into a months-long winter, it’s time to use this week or two interlude – formerly called fall – to sweep my office.


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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.