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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.

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