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It's Friday

April 26, 2019 It's Rick Friday's cartoon submission for April 26, 2019. more »»

Farm and Food File

April 26, 2019 If what we’re seeing now is the Trump trade “strategy” — cram trade talks between the U.S. and China, the U.S. and Japan, and the U.S. and European Union (E.U. more »»

County Agent Guy

April 26, 2019 My wife and I, like millions of others, watched the event unfold on live TV. The affair was billed as possibly the biggest comeback since Lazarus. more »»

Crop watch

April 26, 2019 Finally the skies cleared and spring seems to have made up her mind and decided to stay, instead of letting Old Man Winter back into the Midwest. more »»

Weekly market review

April 26, 2019 Planting progress for the week ending April 12th was as expected at 3 percent complete for corn, up 1 percent from the previous week and just behind the 5-year average at 5 percent. more »»

Midwest Marketing Solutions

April 26, 2019 Arrest made in farm loan scheme A former U.S. more »»

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 »»

 
 

 

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