Friday, March 5, 2021
Farm and Food File

Farm and Food File

A lean hog is not a fat chicken but the marketing geniuses hired by the National Pork Board sure sold a lotta’ hams, bacons...
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."
Ethanol sign

Alan Guebert predicts the bloodletting oil war's shock waves will pound the U.S. ethanol market throughout the spring and summer. 
Donald trump cartoon with thumbs up

Alan Guebert scrutinizes President Trump's recent actions in working toward — or backpedaling out of — a trade agreement with China.

A sudden surge of spring-like warmth put a hint of green in my backyard just in time for St. Patrick's Day. Whether the lovely...
corn field partially harvested

Farmers are being challenged by climate change, retreating stock prices, large crop yields, an overdue farm bill, ongoing trade wars and more.
barn and flag

Alan Guebert explains how three events on consecutive mid-November days show farmers, ranchers and all Americans where U.S. agriculture is now.

If the USDA's forecasts are right and the nation's politicians continue their feud, football players won't be the only ones on their knees in protest.

Columnist Alan Guebert says some of the more progressive farm programs of the last 25 years came into being under Ronald Reagan.
Soybeans

Donald Trump's trade policy and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s rising crop estimates are putting pressure on farmers and ranchers.