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Farm and Food File

May 13, 2020 For over a month now, nearly anyone who can lift a fork has asked what the “new normal” in American agriculture will be after Covid-19 loosens its terrible gri. more »»

An explanation

May 13, 2020 A recent Commstock report, “Test all Packing Plant Workers and their Families” brought out a response from an industry insider telling me that testing is exactly what they are doing or attempting to... more »»

Dear County Agent Guy

May 13, 2020 We are at that in-between time of year when the furnace runs in the morning and the air conditioning kicks in during the afternoon. We are paying to heat and cool the same air each day. more »»

Crop watch

May 13, 2020 Most people involved in ag agree that they have never seen such a fast and problem free planting season. Lots can happen in ten days if most of the days are sunny and rain free. more »»

It's Friday

May 7, 2020 It's Rick Friday's cartoon submission for May 7, 2020. more »»

Farm and Food File

May 7, 2020 Before we take the next unsteady step into a very different future, let’s make sure it’s a step up the ladder and not a step off the plank. more »»

US energy security under attack, ethanol industry listed as a causality

May 7, 2020 I am a little surprised that there has not been more concern expressed over the ramification of everything going on relative to our national security, both general and energy security. more »»

Midwest Marketing Solutions

May 7, 2020 Cow-calf producers expected to see largest impact from COVID-19 Cattle producers will receive $5.1 billion of the $9.6 billion of the USDA direct payments for livestock producers. more »»

Weekly Market Review

May 7, 2020 Markets across the board started the week off on edge after the energy sector brought some volatility to the market. more »»

Expect changes when interacting with local FSA offices

May 7, 2020 Once producers have completed planting their spring crops, they report these planted acres to their local USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) offic. more »»

Dear County Agent Guy

May 7, 2020 In times such as these we turn to things that are familiar and comforting. We long for things that seem permanent and unchangeable, such as the faces on Mount Rushmore or Che. more »»

Crop watch

May 7, 2020 What a difference a year makes. We went from an Easter snow in northern Iowa to planting the first corn and beans in the later part of the week. more »»

It's Friday

April 29, 2020 It's Rick Friday's cartoon submission for April 24, 2020. more »»

Farm and Food File

April 29, 2020 One reason-there were others-for my departure from farm magazine writing was laughter. Let me explain. more »»

County Agent Guy

April 29, 2020 Some signs of our times: ? A farmer friend told me that he just received his economic stimulus payment. “I’m going to use the money to buy hand sanitizer,” he said wryly. more »»

Crop watch

April 29, 2020 One week after much of northern Iowa received up to ten inches of snow and we had winter like temperatures it looks like the weather has finally turned around and farmers and their planting equipmen... more »»

Demand destruction continues

April 29, 2020 An early spring storm brought up to 10 inches of snow to parts of the northern Corn Belt and Plains over the last weekend, bringing field work to a hal. more »»

Midwest Marketing Solutions

April 29, 2020 PPP loans Agriculture enterprises that employ 500 or fewer people are eligible for Paycheck Protection Program loans. more »»

Stay lucky

April 29, 2020 We are so very lucky to live where we do. We have roofs over our heads, living mostly in single family dwelling. more »»

It's Friday

April 16, 2020 It's Rick Friday's cartoon submission for April 17, 2020. more »»



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