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Brother, can you spare a dime?

Thursday, January 17, 2008

One of the oldest truisms in agriculture noted that “when farmers make money, everybody in town makes money.

Happy cotton pickin’ New Year

Thursday, January 10, 2008

While other prophets and forecasters fill the first week of January – and endless inches of newspaper space – with predictions of what will happen this year, permit me 600 or so words to predict what won’t happen in 2008.

Current ag just isn’t sustainable

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Every fence or barn built by a rancher, every tractor purchased by a farmer is an act of faith in the future because that fence, barn or tractor is an investment in 20, 30, maybe even 50 years of tomorrows.

Mail bag a mixed holiday blessing

Thursday, December 27, 2007

‘Tis the warm-wish sending season; the once-a-year time when family, friends and former neighbors post colorful cards and newsy letters to the lovely Catherine and me detailing their lives since last Christmas.

Grandma has connections to Santa

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Of the many memories I have of Christmas on the farm, I don’t have a single memory of ever telling Santa what I wanted for Christmas.

Best gift is for Congress to stop giving

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Before the cheerless rush to abandon Washington, D.C. hits, here are a few suggestions for our hired hands in Congress on what they should not give farmers, ranchers and the rest of us in rural America this holiday season.

Farmland price bubble will burst

Thursday, December 6, 2007

American humorist Will Rogers once cracked that Americans are the only people in the world to drive themselves to the poor house.

Farm bill ‘debates’ are deplorable

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Even by its Olympic standards for hyperbole and hypocrisy, the performance of the U.S. Senate during the fruitless, pre-Thanksgiving farm bill debate was breathtaking.

Harvest rarely done by Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Despite Thanksgiving’s late November arrival, neither we nor the neighbors of the southern Illinois farm of my youth were done with harvest by the harvest holiday.

Carbon credits are fraud

Thursday, November 15, 2007

In the science of agronomy, no more sacred ground exists than that of the Morrow Plots, a hemmed-in acre in the middle of the University of Illinois campus that, since 1876, has been under continuous corn production.

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.

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