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Mother’s words convey joy of season

Thursday, December 10, 2009

It’s been quite a while since I shared with you one of my columns written for Farm and Dairy by my mother, Berenice T. Steinfeld, who used the pen name “Aunt Teek” for her weekly columns form 1952 to 1965, the year of her death. But going through the box in which she kept her […]

It would be lovely to turn back time

Thursday, December 10, 2009

“I can’t imagine there has ever been a more gratifying time or place to be alive than America in the 1950s. No country had ever known such prosperity. When the war ended, the United States had $26 billion worth of factories that hadn’t existed before the war, $140 billion in savings and war bonds just […]

FSA Andy for Dec. 10, 2009

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Dear farmers: In the midst of the holiday bustle we need to catch up on paperwork after the long harvest season. I still have several farmers that have corn in the field and can’t deliver it to the elevator that it’s contracted to. With that thought in mind, here are some Farm Service Agency programs […]

Get used to schizophrenic farming

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

We’re often challenged to explain why agriculture deserves special treatment, and those are always good questions. But it’s very simple: Farming is the only sector that is wholly irreplaceable.

Grain market turns back south

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Last week we looked at charts, trying to find signals of direction. Well, we know more about direction now. Corn prices broke sharply on the Chicago Board of Trade this week for no particular reason I can think of. That should give you confidence that you are not wasting your time reading this! Actually, the […]

I call it ‘the rearview mirror’ grain market

Thursday, December 3, 2009

It is hard to get a handle on where markets are going these days. The easiest method, with the least recriminations when you are wrong, is to look in the rearview mirror.

Hazard A Guess: Week of Dec. 3, 2009

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Each week Farm and Dairy challenges readers to identify a small tool or gadget (or at least ‘hazard a guess’ as to its use).

Farm income: Anemic expectations

Thursday, December 3, 2009

It will be several years before farm incomes return to 2007 or 2008 levels.

The pros and cons of Christmas pro shopping

Thursday, December 3, 2009

In life there are two kinds of people: those who start shopping for Christmas Dec. 26 of the previous year, and those who wait until Black Friday (or later) to even think about crossing anything off their holiday shopping list. Many people delight in having their shopping “all done” prior to Thanksgiving. They are at […]

While I can’t do math, I can read

Thursday, December 3, 2009

If you asked unimpeachable sources such as St. Peter or former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee why so many pretty average people often choose journalism for a career over, say, rocket science or particle physics, the simple, one-word answer you’ll likely get is “mathematics.” Please understand, we journalists do arithmetic reasonably well — addition, division, […]

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