Thursday, April 26, 2018
American flags

In farm and ranch country, spring brings tough questions and choices. Both could have been softened if farm and political leaders sought compromise.
American mink

Alan Guebert recounts his childhood efforts trapping muskrats and the prized mink that brought his trapping career to a screaming halt.
Barn and American flag

According to Alan Guebert, the 2018 farm bill is a 2014 clone. That means market trends funded under the 2014 Farm Bill will get more fuel to grow.
grocery store

Trump's new budget proposes big cuts in the USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Medicaid.
Donald Trump

Trump’s trade strategy is deadly for America’s farmers and ranchers because Congress is writing a multi-year farm bill completely tied to trade.
cattle feedlot

The owner of the largest cattle feedlot operation isn't a rancher, feedlot operator or meatpacker. It's "a private ... alternative asset management firm."
cotton

Alan Guebert believes the cotton gang sees the disaster relief bill as an opening to take another shot at a new payment scheme it has wanted for years.

Much of last year's bad mojo — the crazy weather, its bitter politics, policy gridlock — also crossed December's ice bridge into the new year.
capitol

For more than 20 years, farm groups, Congress and big agbiz have used the phrase "sound science" to undermine ag policy they want to alter or bury.

Alan Guebert visits the ruins of his grandparents' Depression-era farm.
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