Perhaps we can agree that spending just $3, and maybe even $4, out of every $1,000 of GDP isn’t too much for the richest country in the history of the world to feed its hungry.
Given today’s global economy, poisonous politics and trans-national interests, however, many of Big Ag’s biggest trade backers don’t see as simple or divine.
Some commentary on Congress and the numbers.
A renewable fuel standard and immigration are two farm topics that have been in the news recently.
Columnist Alan Guebert did not attend the Iowa Agricultural Summit March 7 in Des Moines because, oh dear, this is embarrassing, he was not invited.
No one in farming or ranching buys a bag of seed corn or a couple of young bulls hoping for an average corn crop or an average calf crop.
To look ahead, we also need to look behind, at where we’ve been.
The low whimpering and muffled whining heard in farm country this month are not the gripes and grunts of corn and soybean growers trudging through 2015’s purgatory of under-$4 corn and less-than-$10 beans.
The Progressive Farmer magazine’s February issue resembles most mid-winter issues of most U.S. farm magazines.
In May 2013 Iowa implemented the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy, a program that all but admitted the state’s ag runoff was a growing problem that required joint attention from farmers, local communities and the state.