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Vinegar and the sum of trade progress

April 26, 2019 President Trump uses vinegar to get what he wants but rarely any sugar. more »»

It's Friday

April 18, 2019 Rick Friday's cartoon submission for April 19, 2019. more »»

There was too much at risk

April 18, 2019 Agriculture carries with it inherent risk. Any farmer can tell you that. more »»

Farm and Food File

April 18, 2019 One tried-and-true tool politicians use to deflect public criticism directed at them is as old as politics itself: beat up the press. Someone in Secretary Sonny Perdue’s U.S. more »»

Autonomy of the Federal Reserve

April 18, 2019 One characteristic of the Trump presidency has been the challenge of American institutions in some of the most heretofore bedrock ways that they operate. more »»

County Agent Guy

April 18, 2019 Following several cruel false starts, it appears that the vernal season has finally arrived. more »»

USDA report doesn’t surprise

April 18, 2019 Rumors continue to circulate of more Chinese buying but uncertainty continues with negotiations. more »»

Crop watch

April 18, 2019 Mid-April is here and in most recent years the corn planters in the central and western Iowa have begun running strong across many acres, while the growers in Eastern and Northern parts of the state... more »»

Midwest Marketing Solutions

April 18, 2019 Corn analysis Corn closed the week $.01 1/2 lower. Last week, private exporters did not announce any export sales. Weekly export inspections for U.S. corn for week ended 4/04/19 of 40. more »»

It's Friday

April 12, 2019 It's Rick Fridays cartoon submission for April 12, 2019. more »»

Why we should never stop asking why

April 12, 2019 Ever been asked to speak at career day at the local middle school? If you haven’t, trust me when I say it’s an eye-opening, slightly nerve-wracking experience. more »»

Farm and Food File

April 12, 2019 On an April Sunday afternoon a year ago, the last ancestral connection to the southern Illinois dairy farm of my youth was severed when my mother died quietly and peacefully. more »»

Farmers are not making money

April 12, 2019 Percentages can be misleading. more »»

County Agent Guy

April 12, 2019 Studies have shown that boosting literacy levels increases living standards. Your library card doesn’t just open the door to a building full of books; it opens the doors to the entire universe. more »»

USDA crushes hopes and dreams

April 12, 2019 The farmer’s reaction to last week’s reports went as well as one could imagine with the market closing down 17 cents on the May contract. more »»

Midwest Marketing Solutions

April 12, 2019 MGEX has productive March MGEX reported March 2019 as the third-best March in MGEX history with a total volume of 163,316 contracts traded. Total electronic volume for March was 144,487 contracts. more »»

Crop watch

April 12, 2019 Except for the forecasted potential for snow and cold weather mid-week it appears that spring and spring like conditions are with us. more »»

It's Friday

April 8, 2019 It's Rick Friday's cartoon submission for April 5, 2019. more »»

Unlocking the rural economy requires different keys

April 8, 2019 Of all the places you’d expect to see a fight between the cold, hard face of ag economics and the warm, tender heart of rural America, that place would not be the corner of West 41st St. more »»

Backstabbing the ethanol industry

April 8, 2019 I was told by a director of the Iowa Corn Growers that at a meeting they discussed my recent reports where I had noted that the NCGA is dropping the ball in pushing back against Trump personally on... more »»



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