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Just a few acres

Even though I’ve never met Pete Larson, it feels as if I know him. Pete and his wife, Hilarie, and their three children live on a 45-acre farm located near Ithaca, New York. More than 1,300 miles separate the Larson farm and ours. I became acquainted with Pete and his family during a ...

Midwest Marketing Solutions

Alista and Pineda fined The Commodity Futures Trading Commission announced that the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida entered an order granting the CFTC’s motion for entry of default judgment against defendants The Alista Group, LLC of Orlando, Florida and other ...

Weekly Review

On Friday April 9th the USDA released their April WASDE Report. Several changes were recorded on the domestic balance sheets, but overall no major surprises were reported. Export demand for corn was increased 75 million bushels to 2.675 billion. Increases of 50 million bushels were made to feed ...

The boys of summer arrive every April

I was very young—I had just turned eight—to begin a torrid love affair but the St. Louis Cardinals made it easy. It was 1963, Stan Musial’s last year in baseball, and the young team began the season hot and stayed hot through July. So hot, in fact, that the starting infield for the ...

The senate filibuster depends on hot air

Part 2 of 2 Frankly, the way that I see it, President Biden is using the filibuster to limit the power of the left wing of his party. In my opinion Biden is a moderate and if all of the crazy thing’s progressives are willing to die on their sword for were enacted there would be a backlash ...

Crop Watch

After one of the fastest warmups and snow melts in late winter we are now encountering a drop into a period where the temps are double digits cooler than normal and snowflakes are predicted for early this week. After the much-delayed planting seasons of 2018 and 2019 most growers have either ...

It’s Friday

Rick Friday's cartoon submission for April 23, 2021

It’s Friday

Rick Friday's cartoon submission for Friday, April 9, 2021

Big Agbiz’s big ‘price fixing’ settlements need a big fix

In a now too-common story in U.S agriculture, Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) last month agreed to pay farmers $45 million to settle what the March 13 Wall Street Journal described as “price-fixing allegations leveled at its peanut processing division.” While $45 million is, indeed, peanuts ...

The senate fillibuster depends upon hot air

Part 1 of 2 The strongest hurdle determining what can be legislated in Washington is the U.S. Senate. When the Dems won both Georgia seats in the Senatorial runoff election, it had huge consequences on the balance of power in Washington. The party in control is the gate-keeper deciding what ...