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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.

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.

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