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Cotton ruling is blow to exports

Thursday, March 31, 2005

You don’t own any cattle, so the court-clouded Canadian beef import rule doesn’t affect you, right?
Likewise, you don’t make fructose, raise sugar beets or grow cotton so all that mumbo-jumbo about NAFTA, CAFTA, TRIPS and the WTO is better left to those smart trade-talkers in Washington, Brussels and Geneva.

Free trade won’t feed the world

Thursday, March 24, 2005

The first hint of spring brings big iron and big irony to the winter-rested Illinois prairie.

Senate, judge kick USDA’s mad cow

Thursday, March 17, 2005

The scene, often repeated these bitterly political days, was straight out of Alice in Wonderland.
On March 3, U.

State ag directors take a whack at CAFTA and White House

Thursday, March 10, 2005

It was an embarrassing moment for the White House and its free trade acolytes.
There, hat-in-hand before the agriculture commissioners, secretaries and directors of each state and four U.

Grab attention: Show me the numbers

Thursday, March 3, 2005

The trick in getting farmers to read farm magazines, a long-time editor of mine repeatedly admonished, is to put numbers in the headline, the lead and every paragraph thereafter.

Trillion-dollar debt shapes budget, but Washington can’t blot red ink

Thursday, February 24, 2005

As the White House and Congress pout, parry and plot over the 2006 federal budget plan of President George W.

Budget’s math, politics don’t add up

Thursday, February 17, 2005

Presidential budget proposals usually are about two things, politics and mathematics. Both elements carry equal weight.

Agbiz’s sweet deal on EPA air regs

Thursday, February 10, 2005

For generations, U.S. meat and egg producers joked about the earthy aromas emanating from their farms.

Wise words from outgoing secretary

Thursday, February 3, 2005

By tradition, an outgoing president leaves just one item – a letter to the incoming president – on the Oval Office desk when departing the White House for the final time.

The most to lose: Social Security ‘reform’ to hit rural America hardest

Thursday, January 27, 2005

No American group has more to lose in Social Security reform than farmers, ranchers and other rural dwellers, according to USDA demographic and income data.

USDA’s mad cow circus: Act II

Thursday, January 20, 2005

After spending the last four years marrying the U.S. cattle market to Canada’s cattle market – the new family’s name is “the integrated North American beef market” – the USDA is now saddled with its handiwork.

USDA’s ‘mad cow’ circus act

Thursday, January 13, 2005

The only thing worse than the USDA’s timing in the announcement of new rules to permit Canadian live cattle and cow beef imports into the U.

Cork the bubbly: 2005 won’t be 2004

Thursday, January 6, 2005

When bidding my first, large freelance writing job decades ago, I telephoned an experienced friend for guidance.

More dollars and less conservation

Thursday, December 30, 2004

There is no shortage of American grain; current cash prices prove it.
Corn is marking time at $2, wheat hangs just above $3 and soybeans, at $5.

A life of simple living and giving

Thursday, December 23, 2004

(Author’s note: The following column was first published the week of Christmas 1994. Now, by tradition, it returns.

Johanns’ confirmation is easy; it’s everything else that will be hard

Thursday, December 16, 2004

A few days after his presidential nomination to replace Ann Veneman as secretary of agriculture, Nebraska Gov.

Even without WTO free trade deal, U.S. ag export surplus evaporates

Thursday, December 9, 2004

For nearly two years, U.S. farmers and ranchers watched as the second shoe grew bigger and bigger.
On Nov.

Confessions of an errant cow milker

Thursday, December 2, 2004

Based on the e-mails, brickbats and live grenades sent me the last few weeks, it’s time to come clean: I kidnapped the Lindbergh baby.

Getting the worst job in Washington

Thursday, November 25, 2004

Even before Ann Veneman quietly submitted her resignation as secretary of agriculture Nov. 12, the Washington grapevine hung heavy with a long list of likely replacements.

Political wisdom for the heartland

Thursday, November 18, 2004

The first political wisdom ever sent my way came from the gravelly throat of Everett Dirksen.
During Dirksen’s 1968 reelection stop in my southern Illinois hometown, I asked the white-maned Senate Minority Leader how he’d outflank Mayor Daley’s Chicago vote machine.

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