Saturday, July 30, 2016

Spring finally found the legs to arrive in central Illinois nearly a month after the calendar alerted us to be on the lookout for...

American humorist Will Rogers once joked that “there’s no trick” in coming up with political wisecracks “when you have the whole government working for...

The last time the hefty price of wheat was a dinner conversation topic the then-secretary of agriculture, Earl Butz, hit the road to deflect...

Today’s barely functioning cash grain and livestock markets will soon be getting their price signals from the world’s largest single, for-profit, around-the-clock money, grain, meat and metals futures trading operation.

One fine spring evening 35 or so years ago, I rang the doorbell of the home of the young lady I intended to ask...

If either you or I get in a high-stakes poker game and we lose our shirts, an absolute certain bet is that the government will not bail us out.

When a former National Football League player known for his dirty play was asked if he ever “threw” a game — purposely helped the opposing team win — the player replied by stating the obvious.

A furrowed brow and clenched teeth usually accompany the phrases “Officer, you’re right,” and “I don’t know.” The former hasn’t split my lips since,...

History doesn’t record who first uttered the ageless business maxim that “Time is money,” but a good bet might be a meatpacker because minutes...

Be it bird hunting in Minnesota or vote hunting on Capitol Hill, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson is seen as a straight shooter of both pheasants and fools.
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