Monday, November 30, 2015

Giddy. Everything ethanol touches seems to get giddy on either the grain alcohol's future or its fumes.

While most farmers and ranchers spent February focused on rising futures and cash grain prices, the U.

Regardless if March arrives with a lion's roar or a lamb's bleat, grain and livestock markets will spend each of its days sweating over the U.

Ag journalists were well-blessed last Election Day when, in the Dem's retaking of the U.S. House of Representative, Collin Peterson assumed the chairmanship of that chamber's Agriculture Committee.

In a surprisingly move, Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns offered three reforms in his Jan. 31 farm bill proposal to fence rich farmers from the farm program payment trough.

When longtime Texas congressman "Cotton" Charlie Stenholm got bushwhacked for re-election by colleague Tom DeLay's infamous Texas redistricting plan in 2004, most ag policy hands lamented that much of the House Agriculture Committee's farm bill experience went down with him.

By Capitol Hill standards, $95.5 million is chicken feed; but even chicken feed has a purpose: fatter broilers, happier hens, more eggs.

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.

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.

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