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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.

EPA wants its millions returned

Thursday, June 21, 2007

The Office of Inspector General at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recommended EPA seek to recover nearly $25.

Farm Credit System wants favors

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Some things are more reliable than even death and taxes. Take the Farm Credit System for example. Since it’s farm bill-writing time again, the giant, government-sanctioned, cooperative ag lender is again asking Congress for favors to boost itself in the farm lending marketplace.

Hope you’re hungry for a harvest

Thursday, June 7, 2007

On the southern Illinois farm of my youth, the beginning of summer marked the kick-off of a season of great food.

Sir Isaac Newton meets Congress

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Newton’s Third Law of Motion, “For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction,” has direct application to the physics of farm bills.

Common ground: Europe is changing

Thursday, May 24, 2007

If you believe the 2007 U.S. Farm Bill process is complicated – 2 million farmers, 435 representatives, 100 senators, innumerable ideas – it’s a simple souffl

Mergers killing healthy competition

Thursday, May 17, 2007

When University of Wisconsin law professor Peter Carstensen read the U.S. Department of Justice May 4 press release announcing its blessing on pork giant Smithfield, Inc.

Meat that actually looks like meat

Thursday, May 10, 2007

During a pork roast dinner with my parents on the farm 15 or so years ago, my father issued one of only two edicts I recall him ever uttering.

Origin labeling being resurrected

Thursday, May 3, 2007

If you could save, say, $1,000 on the purchase of a new car or truck because it did not have a shatterproof windshield and side glass, would you cut the deal? Of course not; the safety of you and your family is priceless.

Fight is on for piece of conservation pie

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Farm bill fights usually center on the legislation’s commodity title, the section that explains who, when and how farmers can tap the federal treasury should crop prices fall.

Food safety laws are counterintuitive

Thursday, April 19, 2007

In the upside down world of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s current leaders, sound science is what they say it is and food safety seems to be what is best for agribusiness.

North Korean trade deal is ‘lunacy’

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Be it mere coincidence or clear symbolism, the delightfully early and deliciously warm spring enjoyed by farmers and ranchers came to a stone-cold halt just days after the U.

Spring welcomed at the Gueberts’

Thursday, April 5, 2007

The signs and sounds of another Illinois spring are everywhere and each one sends me daydreaming to another time, another place.

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