Stories by Alan Guebert

Too many cooks in farm bill kitchen

Thursday, February 1, 2007

If urban sprawl consumes two acres of America’s finite farmland every minute, should Congress, through the 2007 farm bill, address farmland protection? If one out of three Americans is either overweight or obese, should the $57 billion the U.

The great acreage race of 2007 is on

Thursday, January 25, 2007

As the roaring combine sawed through 30 feet of soybeans at a fast-walk pace last October, a farming friend, through the convenience of his cell phone, sold 160 acres of still-standing corn for a couple or three nickels over $3 per bushel upon harvest.

The missing word rule applies here

Thursday, January 18, 2007

A college friend once noted that everyone is missing one word from their personal vocabulary. “My missing word is modesty,” he pronounced.

Jungle of food safety may consolidate

Thursday, January 11, 2007

One hundred years ago this week, the nation’s first extensive food safety laws went into effect. Inspired by Upton Sinclair’s stomach-churning novel The Jungle, President Theodore Roosevelt bullied Congress into passing the Food and Drug Act.

Ethanol’s long tail to wag 2007’s dog

Thursday, January 4, 2007

In 2006, ethanol was the strong tail wagging the farm dog. In 2007, ethanol will be the big, well-muscled dog whose price-pumping tail will stir every farm market and nearly every public policy debate.

Deleting 2006, one e-mail at a time

Thursday, December 28, 2006

The move from the big house to the smaller home a year ago brought a pint-sized office, three dozen banker boxes to replace nine, overfilled filing cabinets and a new, tiny-by-comparison work desk.

Easy as hitting a bull in the backside

Thursday, December 21, 2006

In late July, this space highlighted recent investigative stories by reporters at the Washington Post.

’07 farm bill: Seeing the light of day

Thursday, December 14, 2006

The big wins Senate and House Democrats enjoyed Nov. 7 will deliver them bigger titles, bigger offices, bigger staffs, bigger responsibilities and bigger expectations when the 110th Congress convenes in early January.

Australia’s AWB Ltd. days are over

Thursday, December 7, 2006

About the time most Americans werecarving their Thanksgiving turkey, Australia’s virtual wheat export monopoly, AWB Ltd, was being carved up like a Christmas turkey – a Christmas turkey for U.

Riding (and writing) the ethanol tiger

Thursday, November 30, 2006

For years, farmers’ hearts would leap when the word “ethanol” appeared in a newspaper headline. Now farmers almost dread it because they know the ensuing story is likely to outline the inevitable bust that awaits them if the current unplanned, willy-nilly ethanol boom continues.

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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