Stories by Alan Guebert

Hope you’re hungry for a harvest

Thursday, June 7, 2007

On the southern Illinois farm of my youth, the beginning of summer marked the kick-off of a season of great food.

Sir Isaac Newton meets Congress

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Newton’s Third Law of Motion, “For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction,” has direct application to the physics of farm bills.

Common ground: Europe is changing

Thursday, May 24, 2007

If you believe the 2007 U.S. Farm Bill process is complicated – 2 million farmers, 435 representatives, 100 senators, innumerable ideas – it’s a simple souffl

Mergers killing healthy competition

Thursday, May 17, 2007

When University of Wisconsin law professor Peter Carstensen read the U.S. Department of Justice May 4 press release announcing its blessing on pork giant Smithfield, Inc.

Meat that actually looks like meat

Thursday, May 10, 2007

During a pork roast dinner with my parents on the farm 15 or so years ago, my father issued one of only two edicts I recall him ever uttering.

Origin labeling being resurrected

Thursday, May 3, 2007

If you could save, say, $1,000 on the purchase of a new car or truck because it did not have a shatterproof windshield and side glass, would you cut the deal? Of course not; the safety of you and your family is priceless.

Fight is on for piece of conservation pie

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Farm bill fights usually center on the legislation’s commodity title, the section that explains who, when and how farmers can tap the federal treasury should crop prices fall.

Food safety laws are counterintuitive

Thursday, April 19, 2007

In the upside down world of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s current leaders, sound science is what they say it is and food safety seems to be what is best for agribusiness.

North Korean trade deal is ‘lunacy’

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Be it mere coincidence or clear symbolism, the delightfully early and deliciously warm spring enjoyed by farmers and ranchers came to a stone-cold halt just days after the U.

Spring welcomed at the Gueberts’

Thursday, April 5, 2007

The signs and sounds of another Illinois spring are everywhere and each one sends me daydreaming to another time, another place.

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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