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CHS net income CHS is reporting net income of nearly $70 million for the first quarter of the fiscal year. That’s down from $178 million in the same quarter last year. The cooperative got a boost from good harvest weather, increasing volumes and margins across its agriculture segment. The ...

Blood washes away; lies will be remembered

Like any schoolboy, I was both giddy and awed when I walked into the U.S. Capitol for the first time. Here Abraham Lincoln walked and John Kennedy laid. This is where Henry Clay and Daniel Webster debated, where wars were declared, peace was cherished, and democracy watered. Only I wasn’t a ...

Were actions on Jan. 6 a last ditch effort to overthrow our republic?

The FBI has classified the rioters that participated in the January 6th insurrection at the Capital as “terrorists”. The reason that they can do that is that the thugs did a great job of sharing what they did via social media. The FBI has evidence of the crimes on tape, so to speak. Peter ...

It’s Friday

Rick Friday's cartoon submission for Jan. 8, 2020.

‘Operation Warp Speed’

“Operation Warp Speed” did give Covid-19 vaccine a boost in reaching the public but it was far from being the ‘Manhattan Project’, in terms of government producing a new technological achievement. Pfizer is the first company to get a vaccine cleared through FDA and the contribution of ...

Happy slow, quiet, dull New Year

The week between Christmas and New Year’s Day was wonderfully different than every other week of the year on the southern Illinois dairy farm of my youth. Overall, it was the slowest, quietest, and-especially for my hardworking parents-dullest week of the year. Most post-Christmas weeks, ...

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COVID-19 relief package The latest COVID-19 relief package provides $284.5 billion to reopen and strengthen the Paycheck Protection Program for first time and second time borrowers. PPP loans are reserved for businesses with fewer than 300 employees that sustained a 25 percent loss in ...

New Year’s resolution

Enrollment for the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) program for the 2021 crop year runs through March 15, 2021. Local Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices are encouraging producers to evaluate their ARC/PLC program decisions for the 2021 crop year as soon as possible. ...

Scoping out the sky

Winter has well and truly arrived, much to the disappointment of those (such as me) who had hoped that global warming would spare us from this season of freezing blizzards and stinging snowstorms. Winter is actually a gift. Without winter, we wouldn’t fully appreciate spring and summer. A ...