With COVID-19 We All Really Are “In the Same Boat” Jul 9, 2020

🕔Jul 9, 2020
In late June 2020, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in consultation with the Food and Drug Administration issued Interim Guidance […]

Farm Groups Have a Change of Heart About Climate Change – Commentary Jun 19, 2020

🕔Jun 19, 2020
Farmers are often frustrated with the attitudes of urban dwellers who by their words or actions indicate that they really do not understand the issues that the rural/agricultural community faces […]

Meat Packing Concentration – Advantages and Disadvantages May 28, 2020

🕔May 28, 2020
Five weeks ago, when the first wave of panic over the impact of COVID-19 hit grocery stores, consumers quickly emptied out the meat sections of grocery stores—especially hamburger and chicken. […]

COVID-19 Created Disconnect Between Where Food Is Produced, Where It’s Needed May 21, 2020

🕔May 21, 2020
As perfect storm is currently hitting agriculture. An extended period of low farm product prices, Reduced need for corn-based ethanol due to reduced driving in response to sheltering in place, […]

Coronavirus: Meat-Packer Concentration — The Weak Link In Livestock Industry Apr 29, 2020

🕔Apr 29, 2020
Five weeks ago, when the first wave of panic over the impact of COVID-19 hit grocery stores, consumers quickly emptied out the meat sections of grocery stores—especially hamburger and chicken. […]

Agriculture Faces Financial Pounding from Multiple Sources Apr 3, 2020

🕔Apr 3, 2020
With the appearance of COVID-19 earlier this winter, we believe that US agriculture has found itself in a multi-crisis situation. We are facing the development of a farm financial crisis, […]

Are the “High” Crop-Price Years of the Last Decade the New Norm? Mar 17, 2020

🕔Mar 17, 2020
The number one issue facing row crop farmers for the past 4 or 5 years has been price and, with it, net farm income. Since the 2005 crop marketing year, […]

Rural Folks, City Folks, And Differing Attitudes About Conservation, Environment Feb 25, 2020

🕔Feb 25, 2020
As we were growing up, Soil Stewardship Sunday was a regular part of the church calendar, landing on the last Sunday of April as farmers were in the midst of […]

USDA’s Climate Change Stance Ignores Sustainable Ag’s Positive Potential – Commentary Feb 18, 2020

🕔Feb 18, 2020
USDA recently announced that “Sustainable Ag Intensification” and “Ag Climate Adaption” were included in a 5-year blueprint. That interested us. The announcement came from Scott Hutchins, Agriculture’s Deputy Under Secretary […]

Ag Subsidies Pale In Comparison To What Fossil-Fuel Industry Receives – Commentary Feb 12, 2020

🕔Feb 12, 2020
We were recently struck by a paper that was referenced in a recent column by Nobel Prize Economist Paul Krugman (here) that discussed the subsidies that we directly and indirectly […]

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