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Muddy Waters

Leading up to the 2016 presidential election many farmers told me their biggest issues were selection of Supreme Court justices and the Waters of the US rule.  Donald Trump said he would get rid of […]

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Getting Greedy

The recent failure to pass an infrastructure bill reminds us of the dysfunctional way our government often operates.  In recent years both Republicans and Democrats have repeatedly promised passage of meaningful infrastructure legislation only to […]

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Energy Sprawl

I’m old enough to remember when urban sprawl was a big concern.  Valuable farmland being taken out of production for development happens all across the country in the name of progress.  Fortunately thanks to the […]

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Carrots & Sticks

As Congress works on another multi-trillion dollar spending package, agriculture finds itself in an interesting position. Proponents of the bill keep dangling carrots in front of agriculture to get its support. Dollars for research, conservation, […]

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Who Makes The Call?

Every year there are crop production concerns somewhere.  This year drought has hit the western and upper midwestern states very hard.  The eastern corn belt is doing much better.  Some areas may have record or […]

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Failed Policy

As I watch the images of Cubans protesting in the streets of Havana I can’t help but remember my two visits to the island nation several years ago. The Cuban people were very friendly but […]

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Strings Attached

If you believe government can fix problems or at least make them better then you are probably happy with the Biden administration’s approach on several fronts.  Issues such as livestock markets, meat labels, Waters of […]

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Ag In the Courtroom

It’s been a tough couple of weeks for the biofuels industry.  A couple of court decisions seemingly have snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.  After the Supreme Court overturned a 2020 appellate court ruling […]

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Waiting For Details

As the temperatures heat up so do many issues facing agriculture and the honeymoon with the new Biden administration may be coming to an end.  Already concerned about proposed tax changes to pay for expensive […]

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Land Use

The battle over how we use our land is heating up again.  Critics of biofuels have claimed for years that increased biofuels production has caused more land to be put into crop production causing a […]