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Best gift is for Congress to stop giving

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Before the cheerless rush to abandon Washington, D.C. hits, here are a few suggestions for our hired hands in Congress on what they should not give farmers, ranchers and the rest of us in rural America this holiday season.

Farmland price bubble will burst

Thursday, December 6, 2007

American humorist Will Rogers once cracked that Americans are the only people in the world to drive themselves to the poor house.

Farm bill ‘debates’ are deplorable

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Even by its Olympic standards for hyperbole and hypocrisy, the performance of the U.S. Senate during the fruitless, pre-Thanksgiving farm bill debate was breathtaking.

Harvest rarely done by Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Despite Thanksgiving’s late November arrival, neither we nor the neighbors of the southern Illinois farm of my youth were done with harvest by the harvest holiday.

Carbon credits are fraud

Thursday, November 15, 2007

In the science of agronomy, no more sacred ground exists than that of the Morrow Plots, a hemmed-in acre in the middle of the University of Illinois campus that, since 1876, has been under continuous corn production.

No surprise: Farm bill disappointing

Thursday, November 8, 2007

If you tuned into the webcast debate of the Senate Ag Committee approving its long overdue 2007 farm bill Oct.

Pork industry an illogical quagmire

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Before a months-long summer slips into a months-long winter, it’s time to use this week or two interlude – formerly called fall – to sweep my office.

Farm bill revives New Zealand truth

Thursday, October 25, 2007

As sure as the rooster crows every morning, someone will crow every farm bill year on how New Zealand’s 1984 elimination of government farm programs has brought a never-ending dawn to Kiwi farmers.

Balancing ‘free trade’ with free facts

Thursday, October 18, 2007

During a long-ago interview, the great grandson of a Kansas homesteader noted that only a handful of the 40 or so families who staked out farms with his family a century before remained after three years of disease, drought and death.

Wheat wave takes world by storm

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Maybe the unseasonably hot temperatures that blistered the Midwest most of September can be traced to global warming, solar flares or the high volume of hot air blowing westward from Washington.

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