Jul 24, 2014
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By John Phipps

  • The Growing Impact of Agri-Dystopia
    04/02/2014
    We might have been telling our story nonstop, but apparently not many were buying it. One of the more important and least understood reasons is how current dystopian views of the future bleed into ag—hence my term, “agri-dystopia.”
  • Back to School
    04/02/2014
    Since inexplicably being asked to host “U.S. Farm Report” in 2005, I have made the 3-hour-9-minute (not that I’m timing, of course) trek to South Bend, Ind., each week to record the show.
  • This Is Your Brain on $4 Corn
    02/26/2014
    Too often, people aren’t poor because they make bad decisions; they make bad decisions because they are poor, John Phipps explains.
  • Perspective: Lessons from Winners and Losers
    01/29/2014
    Much of our industry’s economic analysis is based on data from USDA or farm management associations. While this data is diligently collected, it could offer a misleading picture.
  • Perspective: Spot the Flawed Business Model
    01/08/2014
    What if farmers distanced themselves from actions in D.C.? Suppose we developed a private crop insurance system instead of the “Medicare for farmers” we now demand?
  • Perspective: The Party That Never Happened
    10/02/2013
    There is scant evidence of either mindless revelry or foolish extravagance.
  • Cheap Is Not Enough Anymore
    01/09/2013
    Farmers, especially grain farmers, intuitively reach for consumer economics as the first line of defense for subsidies.
  • Insurance Market Change Could Have Ripple Effect
    11/28/2012
    In all the post-election analysis, farmers might have missed one election consequence.
  • Our Plans, Our Dreams
    11/14/2012
    Farm planning has been pushed to the proverbial next level as a result of economic and political factors but long-range plans are a good way to combat short-term volatility
  • Now Is the Time for Cooperatives
    10/31/2012
    The co-op structure might be on the cusp of outgrowing its historic role of self-help group for underserved sectors.

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John PhippsMeet John Phipps

John Phipps is a farmer from Chrisman, Ill., and the author of Top Producer's "Perspective" column. He is the TV host of “U.S. Farm Report.”

Contact him at johnwphipps@gmail.com. For local station listings, log on to www.USFarmReport.com.

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