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Rick Friday's cartoon submission for May 28, 2021

Ag groups make a united, hollow call on meatpackers to play nice

On May 17, six farm groups joined voices to call on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Congress, and the Department of Justice (DOJ) to ensure a “more financially sustainable situation for cattle feeders and cow-calf producers.” That’s make-nice farm talk for “Meatpackers are ...

The cattle industry is not for sissies

Part 1 Most ag producers are doing well today…with the exception of cattle producers. As a former cattleman who promoted the industry, with a family still much involved in the industry and someone who identifies with cattle production, I will discuss what I believe is the most profound ...

Crop watch

As the season progresses into late May there appears to be a big discrepancy for soil moisture levels between different sections of the state. In central Iowa and west, last week consisted of five days with rain but barely one inch of accumulated moisture. That will provide enough moisture to ...

Midwest Marketing Solutions

JBS shows first quarter profit The world’s largest meatpacker posted first quarter net profit of $377 million. One year ago, JBS suffered a $1.1 billion loss. With restaurants reopening, U.S. demand for meat is increasing. Exports to Southeast Asia from the United States is also very ...

Weekly Review

A Reuters article published last week revealed that the Chinese farm consultancy agency Cofeed has suspended operations. The agency was a valuable source for information of Chinese grain and oilseed data used by several traders and analysts. The abrupt halt comes at time of heighted interest in ...

A famous local author

We who hail from this neck of the woods hate to brag, but we have a world-renowned author living in our area. OK, so she is no longer physically with us anymore or even alive for that matter. But Laura Ingalls Wilder is very much a living force in the town of De Smet, South Dakota. Like ...

Do you want to retire on top?

Often farmers will delay retirement when prices rally and profits increase. Is that really the best strategy? With today’s grain prices we are seeing higher rents and higher machinery prices. Maybe retiring in high profit years might be a better strategy. There may be more options available ...

Rummage sailing

The days have warmed, the grass is green and the last vestiges of the glacial snowbank in our grove have finally disappeared. This can mean only one thing: it’s the sailing season. Let me clarify that. What I mean is that it’s the rummage sailing season. I know this because this is the ...