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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.

Criminal activity but no criminals

Thursday, March 29, 2007

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filed a civil complaint in the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.

Ethanol is more free trade Kool-Aid

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Giddy. Everything ethanol touches seems to get giddy on either the grain alcohol’s future or its fumes.

It’s time to put exports 6 feet under

Thursday, March 15, 2007

While most farmers and ranchers spent February focused on rising futures and cash grain prices, the U.

Planting report doesn’t have a clue

Thursday, March 8, 2007

Regardless if March arrives with a lion’s roar or a lamb’s bleat, grain and livestock markets will spend each of its days sweating over the U.

Peterson gives us straight answers

Thursday, March 1, 2007

Ag journalists were well-blessed last Election Day when, in the Dem’s retaking of the U.S. House of Representative, Collin Peterson assumed the chairmanship of that chamber’s Agriculture Committee.

Come on, let’s redo payment limits

Thursday, February 22, 2007

In a surprisingly move, Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns offered three reforms in his Jan. 31 farm bill proposal to fence rich farmers from the farm program payment trough.

Farm bill is a wobbly effort at best

Thursday, February 15, 2007

When longtime Texas congressman “Cotton” Charlie Stenholm got bushwhacked for re-election by colleague Tom DeLay’s infamous Texas redistricting plan in 2004, most ag policy hands lamented that much of the House Agriculture Committee’s farm bill experience went down with him.

Millions of reasons for lobbying reform

Thursday, February 8, 2007

By Capitol Hill standards, $95.5 million is chicken feed; but even chicken feed has a purpose: fatter broilers, happier hens, more eggs.

Too many cooks in farm bill kitchen

Thursday, February 1, 2007

If urban sprawl consumes two acres of America’s finite farmland every minute, should Congress, through the 2007 farm bill, address farmland protection? If one out of three Americans is either overweight or obese, should the $57 billion the U.

The great acreage race of 2007 is on

Thursday, January 25, 2007

As the roaring combine sawed through 30 feet of soybeans at a fast-walk pace last October, a farming friend, through the convenience of his cell phone, sold 160 acres of still-standing corn for a couple or three nickels over $3 per bushel upon harvest.

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