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Farm and Food File

It’s a challenge to find one person with the combined skills of a farmer, rancher, forester, food aid administrator, tribal leader, attorney, economist, conservationist, miner, insurance expert, food scientist, and finance specialist to fill the about-to open job of the secretary of ...

Will the Main Street economy improve?

It is hard to fathom the quickness of change in the economy. I did not sense a great change in November but the Creighton Rural Main Street Index (RMI) took an unhealthy dip, falling from 53.2 in October to 46.8 this month. Did anyone get the license number of the truck that just hit us? The ...

Dear County Agent Guy

Many of us feel that 2020 has lasted way longer than a normal year. This is not an illusion; 2020 is a leap year, which means that has a full day more than the usual 365. But that doesn’t explain why it seems as if this year has lingered for more than a decade. This year brought the twin ...

Crop Watch

The last month of the year is here as I sit writing this article. Dec, 7th is commemorated each year as it marks the anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. It was the event that pulled our country into WWII, which they had hoped to avoid. The blatant, dawn attack work the citizens ...

Making 2021 ARC/PLC decisions

Enrollment for the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) program for the 2021 crop year is underway at your local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office. That decision is by FSA farm number and the historical base acres of crops on that farm and tract. The signup period runs ...

Midwest Marketing Solutions

Deere and Company fourth quarter earnings Deere and Company is reporting fiscal year fourth quarter earnings of $757 million. That’s an increase compared to $722 million one year ago. For fiscal 2020, Deere says net income is $2.75 billion compared to $3.25 billion last year. Deere’s ...

A challenging year but unforgettable Thanksgiving

Rural people often reminisce by years. The general rule for any talk about “good” or “bad” years is that good years rarely merit as much mention as great years and great years usually play second fiddle to bad years. The reason that challenging or tough years like 2019 and 2020 leave ...

Butter boy

Nutritional advice can be confusing. Getting a definitive answer regarding whether any particular food is good or bad for you is like trying to pin Jell-O to a wall with a red-hot branding iron. For instance, there once was a time when nutrition authorities implied that coffee is bad for ...

Covid is still here

It’s after November 4th. The president had promised that we would no longer be talking about the Covid pandemic because it would just go away after the election. Has any prediction ever been more wrong? Covid positives are up near 200,000 per day. At that rate the country in on track toward ...