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Visionary genius, short-sighted fools

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Last October, several University of Illinois alums sent a letter “to encourage [me] to … join [them] by making a contribution to a scholarship fund that has a personal meaning to you.” College cost What, I toss a pebble-sized check into the Big U’s pond and that “C” in Math 111 nearly 40 years ago […]

Two ways to write a letter

Thursday, January 17, 2013

There are ways to write a letter and then there are ways to write a letter. One way includes pleasantries, ideas, even artful persuasion. Another features anger, bile and bricks. These differences were on display recently when two members of Congress wrote and sent letters of withering dissent. One, from Collin Petersen, the ranking member […]

2012 farm bill: Cliff walking in clodhoppers

Thursday, January 10, 2013

In an almost endless stream of post-vote analyses Jan. 2, Capitol Hill pundits focused mostly on who the political winners and losers were in the Christmas-to-New Year’s Grinch-vs.-Grinch brawl to “save” the nation from a “fiscal cliff.” </p><p>That’s to be expected because it’s a lot more fun to read about sandbox fights between 7-year-olds than […]

A ‘gasified windbag’ starts a new year

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Alan Guerbert discusses 2012 and readers’ reactions to his column.

Crop insurance: ‘Just insane’

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Neither the outcome of the federal election nor the fast-approaching budget “fiscal cliff” bothered any of the 250 gawkers and bidders at a 1,170-acre land rental auction Nov. 10 in Thurman, Iowa. That’s right, an auction where the right to crop one family’s five parcels of Fremont County, Iowa, the absolute southwest corner of the […]

Santa, if you can’t bring a combine or a farm bill, how ’bout some hay?

Thursday, December 13, 2012

You, my friend, are one tough customer for Santa. I mean, like many, the Fat Man knows food, but he doesn’t know farming. As such, he gets lost in the jargon when trying to pick the perfect gift for you and your farming and ranching pals. For example, just last week Old Kris texted to […]

Lame ducks holding up the farm bill

Thursday, December 6, 2012

On the face of it, few things carry a more apt name than today’s “lame duck” Congress. Indeed, how lame is it that after two years of raw partisanship and paralyzing inactivity, we believe two legislative bodies that haven’t agreed on what day it is since 2010 will — what — reform taxes, pass a […]

Did Mississippi Farm Bureau railroad state director for opinions?

Thursday, November 29, 2012

To hear Fred Stokes tell it, he got carried away “a mite” in a Kansas City news conference Aug. 10 with his explanation of a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Cattlemen’s Beef Board over the management of the beef checkoff. Noting that the Humane Society of the U.S. had done the […]

Cooking goose brings back memories

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

For the first year in five, the lovely Catherine and I will not be driving a sack of sweet potatoes, a cooler with a thawing turkey buried under dozens of adult beverages and a jar of sauerkraut to Washington D.C. for Thanksgiving with The Heirs. Different plans Instead, we’ll be slicing a bird and playing […]

Grandpa and dad knew balance while farming was vital

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Life seems to bounce from one hard lesson to the next. For example, no sooner than someone tells you “It’s not about the money,” you learn that, yes, it’s always about the money. Then, after years of working hard to acquire that money, you discover that, no, you can’t take it with you. Farming and […]

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