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Wise words from outgoing secretary

Thursday, February 3, 2005

By tradition, an outgoing president leaves just one item – a letter to the incoming president – on the Oval Office desk when departing the White House for the final time.

The most to lose: Social Security ‘reform’ to hit rural America hardest

Thursday, January 27, 2005

No American group has more to lose in Social Security reform than farmers, ranchers and other rural dwellers, according to USDA demographic and income data.

USDA’s mad cow circus: Act II

Thursday, January 20, 2005

After spending the last four years marrying the U.S. cattle market to Canada’s cattle market – the new family’s name is “the integrated North American beef market” – the USDA is now saddled with its handiwork.

USDA’s ‘mad cow’ circus act

Thursday, January 13, 2005

The only thing worse than the USDA’s timing in the announcement of new rules to permit Canadian live cattle and cow beef imports into the U.

Cork the bubbly: 2005 won’t be 2004

Thursday, January 6, 2005

When bidding my first, large freelance writing job decades ago, I telephoned an experienced friend for guidance.

More dollars and less conservation

Thursday, December 30, 2004

There is no shortage of American grain; current cash prices prove it.
Corn is marking time at $2, wheat hangs just above $3 and soybeans, at $5.

A life of simple living and giving

Thursday, December 23, 2004

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

Johanns’ confirmation is easy; it’s everything else that will be hard

Thursday, December 16, 2004

A few days after his presidential nomination to replace Ann Veneman as secretary of agriculture, Nebraska Gov.

Even without WTO free trade deal, U.S. ag export surplus evaporates

Thursday, December 9, 2004

For nearly two years, U.S. farmers and ranchers watched as the second shoe grew bigger and bigger.
On Nov.

Confessions of an errant cow milker

Thursday, December 2, 2004

Based on the e-mails, brickbats and live grenades sent me the last few weeks, it’s time to come clean: I kidnapped the Lindbergh baby.

Getting the worst job in Washington

Thursday, November 25, 2004

Even before Ann Veneman quietly submitted her resignation as secretary of agriculture Nov. 12, the Washington grapevine hung heavy with a long list of likely replacements.

Political wisdom for the heartland

Thursday, November 18, 2004

The first political wisdom ever sent my way came from the gravelly throat of Everett Dirksen.
During Dirksen’s 1968 reelection stop in my southern Illinois hometown, I asked the white-maned Senate Minority Leader how he’d outflank Mayor Daley’s Chicago vote machine.

Big GOP win: Tough ag fights ahead

Thursday, November 11, 2004

Just before midnight Nov. 2, the empty Guinness cans in my kitchen sink rattled.
Two (of the three; there would be more later) fell.

Rabobank isn’t out for the count

Thursday, November 4, 2004

Just as the noisy presidential campaign reached its October crescendo, the biggest, most bitter issue in farm country – Rabobank’s bid to buy Omaha’s Farm Credit Services of America (FCSA) – skidded to a quiet end.

Not knowing beans about seed corn

Thursday, October 28, 2004

Love him or hate him, controversial filmmaker Michael Moore has his self-described “America’s biggest slacker” act down pat.

Few fan-o-grams in columnist’s mail

Thursday, October 21, 2004

It’s been more than a year since readers have had their say in this weekly space, so, in the spirit of this election season – warning: mudballs ahead – here’s their take on my take of agriculture.

Autumn leaves bring world of hope

Thursday, October 14, 2004

The words “Fall Classic” meant nothing to me on the dairy farm of my youth until 1964.
That year, after 18 years of futility, the St.

USDA head blatantly campaigning

Thursday, October 7, 2004

Officially, the 2004 presidential election kicked off Labor Day. Unofficially, the Bush re-election effort at the U.

USDA makes effort to politicize local FSA offices; your seat may be open

Thursday, September 30, 2004

In what many are calling a power grab, Secretary of Agriculture Ann Veneman used authority given the USDA in the 2002 Farm Bill to propose new guidelines that alter the composition and shorten the terms of locally-elected county Farm Service Agency (FSA) committees.

Livestock needs tomorrow’s solutions

Thursday, September 23, 2004

Two fact-laden summer reports on animal agriculture nearly mirror each other on the woe faced by many American dairy, cattle and hog producers.

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