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John Phipps Columnist

John Phipps is a farmer from Chrisman, Ill., who writes humor and commentary pieces in his columns, which appear regularly in Farm Journal and Top Producer. He is the TV host of "U.S. Farm Report." Contact him at johnwphipps@gmail.com. For local station listings, go to www.USFarmReport.com.
John Phipps is a farmer from Chrisman, Ill., who writes humor and commentary pieces in his columns, which appear regularly in Farm Journal and Top Producer. He is the TV host of "U.S. Farm Report." Contact him at johnwphipps@gmail.com. For local station listings, go to www.USFarmReport.com.

Articles By John Phipps

Dec 06, 2018

John Phipps: Practical Presents are Worth the Risk

It’s not too early to despair about Christmas shopping for your beloved victims. After all, when I went to buy a replacement patio umbrella in August, shelves were already loaded with Christmas lights.
Nov 06, 2018

John Phipps: Six Suggestions to Live By

It dawned on me if philosophers now come from the internet, maybe I could be one. I’ve had thoughts—often more than one a day. There might be some hidden depth to them. No, seriously.
Sep 17, 2018

John Phipps: Tariffs Equal Trouble for Agriculture

The more complex our trade wars become, the more important it is for farmers to understand the basics of trade actions. Central to these are tariffs—and misconceptions abound. Here are some basics.
Aug 21, 2018

John Phipps: Essential Oils for Farmers

During a family gathering with my in-laws, I found myself sitting next to a young woman whose age I would guess to be under 60, which is about as close as I can come these days. As we cast about for a topic of discussion, she mentioned she sold essential
Mar 04, 2017

Perspective: A Solid Plan for My First 31 Days

The administration change in Washington has been marked by the excitement of jettisoning burdensome traditions and legal niceties.
Jan 07, 2017

John's World: My Life Has Been Debunked

One strong candidate for Word of the Year for 2016 has been “post-truth.”
Dec 02, 2016

John's World: Merry Christmas? Yes, We Can Do That

I think we are heading for an historic, happiness-record-breaking Christmas season.
Oct 22, 2016

John's World: Things That Go Bump in the Night

Of all the tribulations of modern life, one of the greatest trials today is the intermittent fault.
Sep 24, 2016

John's World: Why We Can't Have Good Things

I’m going to make a wild guess and say if you have a Y-chromosome and file a Schedule F, you probably have a Good Hat.