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USDA: Defenders of the corrupt

Thursday, April 20, 2006

During Australia’s inquiry of the $215 million in kickbacks paid to the Saddam Hussein regime, documents have been made public that show American-based Australian diplomats working hand-in glove with U.

Ethanol boom continues to advance

Thursday, April 13, 2006

In his opening address to the 11th National Ethanol Conference Feb. 21, Renewable Fuels Association President Bob Dinneen declared loudly and proudly that “ethanol has arrived.

Animal ID compelling, not convincing

Thursday, March 30, 2006

When the USDA announced the discovery of the nation’s first mad cow in late December 2003, consumers and ranchers were met by a government search-and-destroy blitz worthy of war.

A knucklehead trade strategy

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Lawyers are fond of noting there are only three courtroom strategies to pursue in any legal case. First, if the facts favor your client, argue the facts.

More food labeling, not less, is needed

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Given the sad state of affairs in today’s affairs of state – record federal budget deficits, record trade deficits, illegal domestic eavesdropping, the sale of key U.

Numbers predict an up-and-down year

Thursday, March 9, 2006

When March arrives like a lamb, the old saying goes, it roars out like a lion. How then will the 2006 growing season finish if current numbers, courtesy of the USDA, show it hobbling out of the gate on weak knees and a bent back? Six months, of course, will tell the tale, but February USDA figures begin it with some opening lines that are grim – Brothers Grimm grim.

Evidence of AWB selling U.S. grain to corrupt nations is too much to ignore

Thursday, March 2, 2006

A month ago this space outlined the ongoing Australian probe of AWB Ltd., that nation’s single-desk wheat exporter, and the nearly $215 million in kickbacks and bribes it paid to Iraqi officials to keep Aussie wheat flowing into Iraq between 1999 and the U.

Looking for answers to old problems

Thursday, February 23, 2006

On any other day, the Jan. 23 confirmation that another BSE-carrying cow had been discovered in Canada would have rocked that nation and its Canadian beef-importing neighbor to the south.

White House proposes to slice USDA

Thursday, February 16, 2006

The federal government’s annual game of fact or fiction – once known as the budget process – kicked off its nine-month season Feb.

February brought butcherin’ weather

Thursday, February 9, 2006

If the weather forecast for the southern Illinois farm of my youth promised three or four cold and clear days in early February, the work forecast promised three or four days of hot and heavy hog butchering.

Sleeping dog ignores market faults

Thursday, February 2, 2006

For nearly a decade, the Packers and Stockyards Administration, the USDA watchdog to ensure competitive, fair livestock markets, has been little more than a sleeping dog, according to a devastating, 36-page report released by USDA’s Office of Inspector General Jan.

Exposing Aussie wheat bribery plot

Thursday, January 26, 2006

When it comes to international bribery and illegal kickbacks, Australia’s inquiry of its state-sanctioned wheat exporter’s, AWB, sleazy dealings with Saddam Hussein-led Iraq is giving an all new meaning to the nation’s clever Down Under nickname.

Dollars flow, favors sure to follow

Thursday, January 19, 2006

A decade ago, the most dangerous place to be in Washington was between then-Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and a television camera.

2005 fun facts won’t make you smile

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Under the pile of wrapping paper left from the holidays and newspapers left from 2005 lurks some not-so-fun, 2006 items for the nation, farmers and ranchers.

Breaking bad ag habits this year

Thursday, January 5, 2006

From the high, clear-view perch of the new year, certain facts and events of 2006 are already visible.

A life of simple living and giving

Thursday, December 29, 2005

(Author’s note: The following column was first published the week of Christmas 1994. Now, by tradition, it returns.

Ifs and buts, candy and nuts

Thursday, December 22, 2005

‘Twas the week before Christmas and all through the House nothing was stirring but Rep. Tom “T-Bone” Maxilla.

Merry economy and happy free market

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Despite overt hints to Santa’s elves that I own enough dress shirts and too many ties for someone who works at home, chances are nearly 100 percent that a swell new shirt and a very understated tie are in my immediate future.

Hong Kong WTO talks meaningless

Thursday, December 8, 2005

If the dullest knife causes the deepest wounds, the Bush administration should stock up on gauze and duct tape as it takes its traveling trade show to Hong Kong’s World Trade Organization Ministerial Dec.

When will voices raise real facts?

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Rare is the day when either an editor or several readers do not call or e-mail to note the heavy population of facts residing in this space.

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