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It’s Friday

It's Rick Friday's cartoon submission for June 26, 2020

Farm and Food File

While the coronavirus pandemic was hammering global trade earlier this year, the various U.S. bureaucracies devoted to trade barely skipped a beat before returning to their usual grind.For example, the U.S. and the United Kingdom (U.K.) just began talks on a bilateral trade pact prior to the ...

‘US agriculture is socialist’

I think you can ask most any farmer if he wants socialism and you will get a "No""He!! No" or something even more negative than that answer from them. They have it in their narrative of the country that the urban liberal Dems are socialists who live in their basement and expect the government ...

Midwest Marketing Solutions

China's trade with U.S. sees growthChina has regained its position as the number one trading partner for the United States. Trade between the two countries approached $40 billion in April. That's up nearly 43 percent from March. The Chinese purchases of U.S. soybeans have ramped up over the ...

Weekly Market Review

U.S. Trade Representative, Robert Lighthizer admits that China is not currently at the pace needed hit their commitment in the phase one trade deal. However, he is confident China will comply with the deal and even hinted at purchases of ethanol and more soybeans on the way. Even though last ...

Dear County Agent Guy

There has been much talk lately about our nation's flagging economy. To hear some say it, the economy is like a man crawling across a vast desert under a burning sun, mumbling through parched lips, "Water! Water! But first, can you tell me whether or not this store has been restocked with ...

Crop watch

The longest daylight hour day of the year is here and with it come a few benchmarks. The sun is supposed to rise at 5:45 a.m. and set at 8:49 p.m. At 42 degrees latitude that gives us 15 hours and 4 minutes of sun up conditions. The longer days will trigger soybean plants to flower if they have ...

It’s Friday

It's Rick Friday's cartoon submission for June 19

Farm and Food File

Some observers see the Black Lives Matter movement as a tidal wave washing away America's original sin, slavery, and the systemic racism it fostered for more than 400 years.Maybe, but as the last 75 years of the American civil rights movement has proven time and again-and often in blood-rooting ...

Casuality of the culture war

Last week was a watershed week that I think will take months or even years to truly understand the significance of. I know that I am still processing. It started out with an event that I think most of the country had the same reaction too with the public execution of George Floyd and by the end ...