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Reporter moves to different ‘beat’

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Hemingway went to Paris to discover, he once explained, if “I could write two good sentences.”
While there, however, Papa wrote two good books, The Sun Also Rises and Farewell to Arms.

Farm and Food File: Mad over mad cow disease testing

Thursday, July 7, 2005

Once, while researching the amount of grain the USDA’s Commodity Credit Corp. had in storage, I hit the brick-solid bureaucratic wall of silence.

Why may ethanol be imported?

Thursday, June 30, 2005

The harder anyone scratches the Central American Free Trade Agreement pushed by the White House, the worse the smell in American agriculture gets.

Made in America? Yeah, right

Thursday, June 23, 2005

After a sip of (Brazilian) orange juice and a nibble of bacon (from a market hog farrowed in Canada), U.

Talking the truth about trade

Thursday, June 16, 2005

You know you’re far off the reality map when the American Farm Bureau’s former president, Iowan Dean Kleckner, publicly praises the Humane Society of the United States for its support of Central American Free Trade Agreement.

School’s in session across Potomac

Thursday, June 9, 2005

If you think schoolchildren dread summer school, consider the eight-week summer session agriculture’s friends in Congress face.

Supreme confusion over checkoff

Thursday, June 2, 2005

After the U.S. Supreme Court surprised both sides of the beef checkoff court fight May 23 by declaring the $80-million-per-year mandatory tax constitutional, opponents and proponents alike offered a dizzying display of spin.

Got debt? Milk giant downgraded

Thursday, May 26, 2005

The finances of Dairy Farmers of America are souring faster than cream in a July sun, according to a May 9 Moody’s Investors Service report.

Farmers’ windfall is breath of fresh air

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Standing atop the sweeping farm ridge 70 miles north of Berlin, the stiff wind off the Baltic Sea painted my cheeks apple red in minutes.

Your turn: Some readers can really write

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Thirteen years ago this week a thin packet containing four agricultural columns hit the cluttered desks of 124 newspaper editors and publishers in 14 Midwestern states.

Broken promises of rural development

Thursday, May 5, 2005

It happened again the other week at a local public forum on agriculture.
The panel of speakers included me, two farmers and a state Farm Bureau economist.

Lessons from 22 tons of education

Thursday, April 28, 2005

Today’s Southern breeze gently rustles the heavy-headed tulips outside my office window before sweeping through the apple tree to sprinkle a shower of blossom petals onto an emerald lawn.

Farm groups captivated by CAFTA

Thursday, April 21, 2005

The Congressional battle to approve the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) began in earnest with the usual suspects mouthing the usual platitudes to the usual inside-the-Beltway audiences.

Don’t know much about ag econ?

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Had I known my professional life would center on chronicling the takeover of global ag business by global ag business, I would have listened more closely to Professor Lyle P.

MCP: Value-added, little gained

Thursday, April 7, 2005

The lessons contained in the proposed settlement of a civil lawsuit arising over

Cotton ruling is blow to exports

Thursday, March 31, 2005

You don’t own any cattle, so the court-clouded Canadian beef import rule doesn’t affect you, right?
Likewise, you don’t make fructose, raise sugar beets or grow cotton so all that mumbo-jumbo about NAFTA, CAFTA, TRIPS and the WTO is better left to those smart trade-talkers in Washington, Brussels and Geneva.

Free trade won’t feed the world

Thursday, March 24, 2005

The first hint of spring brings big iron and big irony to the winter-rested Illinois prairie.

Senate, judge kick USDA’s mad cow

Thursday, March 17, 2005

The scene, often repeated these bitterly political days, was straight out of Alice in Wonderland.
On March 3, U.

State ag directors take a whack at CAFTA and White House

Thursday, March 10, 2005

It was an embarrassing moment for the White House and its free trade acolytes.
There, hat-in-hand before the agriculture commissioners, secretaries and directors of each state and four U.

Grab attention: Show me the numbers

Thursday, March 3, 2005

The trick in getting farmers to read farm magazines, a long-time editor of mine repeatedly admonished, is to put numbers in the headline, the lead and every paragraph thereafter.

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