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A sap shouting into the hurricane

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Today’s barely functioning cash grain and livestock markets will soon be getting their price signals from the world’s largest single, for-profit, around-the-clock money, grain, meat and metals futures trading operation.

A sap shouting into the hurricane

Thursday, April 3, 2008

One fine spring evening 35 or so years ago, I rang the doorbell of the home of the young lady I intended to ask to a high school dance. After a short pause, the front door opened to frame her father, his bare feet and a can of refreshment in the doorway. Momentarily stunned at […]

Government playing the patsy again

Thursday, March 27, 2008

If either you or I get in a high-stakes poker game and we lose our shirts, an absolute certain bet is that the government will not bail us out.

Food inspection a big, germy joke

Thursday, March 20, 2008

When a former National Football League player known for his dirty play was asked if he ever “threw” a game — purposely helped the opposing team win — the player replied by stating the obvious.

Farm and Food File: I must confess: I don’t have a clue

Thursday, March 13, 2008

A furrowed brow and clenched teeth usually accompany the phrases “Officer, you’re right,” and “I don’t know.” The former hasn’t split my lips since, oh, probably 1974, but the latter is quickly becoming a staple of daily conversations with farmers and ranchers emailing or telephoning to ask how long today’s grain and land markets can […]

Farm and Food File: Time is money and money corrupts

Thursday, March 6, 2008

History doesn’t record who first uttered the ageless business maxim that “Time is money,” but a good bet might be a meatpacker because minutes and hours, like cattle and hogs, are valuable commodities under constant assault by packers. As such, the most efficient packer — or, as they say in the business, the one that […]

Farm bill discussions are ‘ridiculous’

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Be it bird hunting in Minnesota or vote hunting on Capitol Hill, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson is seen as a straight shooter of both pheasants and fools.

Bull and bear get piggish competition

Thursday, January 24, 2008

An unwritten motto of a former employer, market adviser Professional Farmers of America, was that it’s easier to turn journalists into economists than economists into journalists.

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.

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