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No surprise: Farm bill disappointing

Thursday, November 8, 2007

If you tuned into the webcast debate of the Senate Ag Committee approving its long overdue 2007 farm bill Oct.

Pork industry an illogical quagmire

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Before a months-long summer slips into a months-long winter, it’s time to use this week or two interlude – formerly called fall – to sweep my office.

Farm bill revives New Zealand truth

Thursday, October 25, 2007

As sure as the rooster crows every morning, someone will crow every farm bill year on how New Zealand’s 1984 elimination of government farm programs has brought a never-ending dawn to Kiwi farmers.

Balancing ‘free trade’ with free facts

Thursday, October 18, 2007

During a long-ago interview, the great grandson of a Kansas homesteader noted that only a handful of the 40 or so families who staked out farms with his family a century before remained after three years of disease, drought and death.

Wheat wave takes world by storm

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Maybe the unseasonably hot temperatures that blistered the Midwest most of September can be traced to global warming, solar flares or the high volume of hot air blowing westward from Washington.

Guebert to hog farms: I told you so

Thursday, October 4, 2007

(NOTE: Below is the second of a two columns on a now-collapsing, multimillion-dollar farmer-owned cooperative.

Part I: Pork cooperative a disaster

Thursday, September 27, 2007

NOTE: Below is the first of a two columns on a now-collapsing, multimillion-dollar farmer-owned cooperative.

Import safety group a serious joke

Thursday, September 20, 2007

In response to a tidal wave of tainted imported food and consumer goods hitting America this summer, President George W.

The short, unhappy life of Doha

Thursday, September 13, 2007

In one episode of the 1970s television series M*A*S*H, an eminently paranoid Army intelligence officer tags flag-waving Frank Burns a Communist sympathizer because Burns subscribes to flag-waving Reader’s Digest.

September will pack several punches

Thursday, September 6, 2007

In the summer’s waning warmth after Labor Day, my mother would order her child army into the big garden of my youth to gather the year’s final flush of vegetables.

Sugar deal a sweet dream for ethanol

Thursday, August 30, 2007

In the down-is-up world of American biofuels, success carries enormous costs. The latest evidence of these costs is an amendment tucked into the House version of the 2007 farm bill: As Mexican granular sugar flows into the U.

What goes around comes around

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Some of the sagest advice my father ever offered my brothers and me urged us not to “hit back at bullies” because, sooner or later, “They’ll get theirs.

Neither cheap nor poor, just genius

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Every August, about silage chopping time, my mind flits back to a burning question of my youth: Given the old fashioned way we made corn silage on that southern Illinois dairy farm, were we just poor or were we just cheap?

Disaster relief an ace in the ag hole

Thursday, August 9, 2007

About 10 seconds after the Democrats reclaimed the House of Representatives last November, Collin Peterson, the Minnesotan who would lead the chamber’s Ag Committee come January, began to think about the 2007 farm bill.

Farm bill is first step in long process

Thursday, August 2, 2007

If the writing of federal legislation is, as often described, a kabuki dance, then the farm bill passed by House Ag Committee July 19 is only the first, essential step of a complex drama that has two more months of rewrites before its scheduled Oct.

Dairy farmers take co-op to task

Thursday, July 26, 2007

After years of private gripes and government investigations, 17 Southeast dairy farmers filed two federal class-action civil lawsuits in Tennessee July 5 charging the nation’s milk giants with “conspiracy

An eating trip through New Mexico

Thursday, July 19, 2007

When the lovely Catherine and I slipped out of steamy Illinois for a driving trip to New Mexico June 30, the last item I tossed into her car was a rain parka.

Everyone’s a critic, but be original

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Just after I completed the previous reader-mail column in late December, a Christmas card, carrying a festive stamp, arrived.

Pork producers respond to column

Thursday, July 5, 2007

If you were to interview yourself, then write a story based on the interview, it’s a safe bet the story might be more self-serving than, say, what your neighbor or mother-in-law might write about you.

Technology wave started years ago

Thursday, June 28, 2007

About the time I broke the cotton shackles of my mother’s apron strings for the glorious freedom of my father’s farm fields, a technology wave hit the southern Illinois farm of my youth.

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