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David Kruse

February 8, 2019 Is the economy real? The president describes it in historical terms as the greatest economy that the country has ever experienced and then takes the credit of course. more »»

County Agent Guy

February 8, 2019 There are those who believe that our Valentine’s Day tradition began in 1620 when Rudolph Valentino, weary and bedraggled from his heroic journey to a local shopping mall, stood on Plymouth Rock and... more »»

Crop watch

February 8, 2019 So far, so good. We are now past what is traditionally the coldest and worst part of the winte. more »»

Government shutdown ends

February 8, 2019 USDA’s chief economist, Robert Johansson, says the USDA will not issue the January WASDE report. more »»

Midwest Marketing Solutions

February 8, 2019 Young entrepreneur’s businesses could be in jeopardy Hunter Hanson, 21, of Leeds, N.D., is a young man in a hurry. more »»

Crop watch

February 4, 2019 This is a big week for the many ag companies that either call Iowa home or do business in the state. Their big and typically well attended Iowa Power Show is due to kick off on Tuesday morning. more »»

It's Friday

February 4, 2019 It's Rick Friday's cartoon submission for February 1, 2019. more »»

Farm and Food File

February 4, 2019 There was no “shutdown”-not in the U.S. government sense, anyway-on the southern Illinois dairy farm of my youth. more »»

Slavery and the development of agriculture

February 4, 2019 Growing up in Iowa, I was relatively unexposed to the regional cultural differences of this great country. more »»

County Agent Guy

February 4, 2019 Travel south from our area and you’ll eventually find yourself among people who are very different than us. more »»

It's Friday

January 25, 2019 Rick Friday's cartoon submission for Jan. 25, 2018. more »»

Farm and Food File

January 25, 2019 Two hundred and forty-three years after the not-yet United States declared its independence in a lengthy letter to England’s King George III, the old enemies are, yet again, new allies. more »»

David Kruse

January 25, 2019 My Congressman Steve King got more infamous while I was gone on vacation. He was one of the dominant story lines for a couple of national news cycles. more »»

County Agent Guy

January 25, 2019 During our interminable Northern winters — when it’s so cold outside that liquid nitrogen stays liquid - it’s difficult to get the amount of physical activity recommended in the Federal Exercise... more »»

Crop watch

January 25, 2019 As we enter the last half of January 2019 we will slowly acknowledge that the spring planting season is now only about three months away. more »»

New five-year Farm Bill provides changes to ARC/PLC

January 25, 2019 On December 20, 2018, the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018, aka “the 2018 Farm Bill” was signed into la. more »»

Midwest marketing solutions

January 25, 2019 I-states hit hard by declining farm incomes Farm incomes have been on a steady decline since their peak in 2013. Just how much incomes are depressed varies, sometimes greatly, by state. more »»

Weekly review

January 25, 2019 To no surprise, China reported its December soybean imports at 60 percent of the previous year. It appears the Chinese have been successful at rationing protein demand during the trade war. more »»

Farm wife wedding anniversaries

January 25, 2019 Not that long ago we celebrated our wedding anniversary — number 32 on the way to a lifetime together. more »»

Let’s start speaking human again

January 23, 2019 Rudeness. Insults. Demonization. If it seems like these behaviors are on the rise, you’re right. You see these behaviors in politics. more »»

 
 

 

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