Before rural America loses an eye to campaign mudballs, election year slime and rose-colored lies, let’s go where farm and ranch voters rarely venture.
The most important election in farm country this fall won’t be in presidential swing states like Iowa and Wisconsin nor will it involve mad cows, angry Brazilians or even promise-spewing, glad-handing politicians.
Before September becomes a blur of harvest dust, election mud and campaign slurs, it’s time to catch up on some of the characters who have waltzed through this space.
It happened again the other evening, just as it happens every year after the USDA farmer-rattling August Crop Production Report.
Columnist Alan Guebert says the markets need to take August off.
The sale of Omaha’s Farm Credit Services of America to Dutch lending giant Rabobank, formally announced July 30, continues to rock American ag lenders.
Columnist Alan Guebert tries to figure out what it’s all about.
It used to be known as the “people’s department,” but the USDA has been hijacked, writes columnist Alan Guebert this week.
Columnist Alan Guebert says like Eric Clapton, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Zoellick is a god
Columnist Alan Guebert tries to figure out what a ‘Bubba’ is and if it will matter in the election.
Columnist Alan Guebert watches the Bush administration renege on soil and water programs from the 2002 farm bill.
Columnist Alan Guebert asks, “What would you call a hugely successful USDA program whose biggest threat is the USDA?”
Columnist Alan Guebert says some of the more progressive farm programs of the last 25 years came into being under Ronald Reagan.
Columnist Alan Guebert reflects on a rare and valuable commodity - the men of the hayfields of his youth.
Columnist Alan Guebert says political events suggest temperatures in farm country will be rising.
Columnist Alan Guebert says Cargill has every economic and legal right to move ahead with its Brazilian ethanol import plan
Columnist Alan Guebert says Brazil “kicked major U.S. farm trade butt” when it declared some American cotton subsidies as illegal.
U.S. District Judge Lyle Strom turned into a one-man jury with the latest action in the Pickett vs. Tyson case, says columnist Alan Guebert.
Columnist Alan Guebert comments on the USDA’s lenthgy, costly and failing devense of commodity checkoffs.
Alan Guebert’s final column in a series on developing world agriculture and its impact on U.S. farmers.