By John Phipps

  • Perspective: It's Time To Take Interest in Your Conflicts

    03/29/2017 02:30 AM

    The phrase “conflict of interest” could get worn out soon as observers remark on the surprising unconcern by the public over actions by political figures in matters where they have an economic stake. 

  • Perspective: After the Estate Tax is Gone
    02/22/2017 02:35 AM

    Agriculture looks to be a big winner as a result of the 2016 election. 

  • Why Dad Can't (Won't) Quit
    01/25/2017 02:27 AM

    Despite countless words printed on magazine pages and delivered from conference lecterns, carefully crafted farm transition plans are often frozen by the inability of the older generation to let go. What is Dad’s problem?

  • Perspective: Lessons from the '80s
    12/29/2016 04:42 AM

    As a group, we Baby Boomers make up an enormous cohort of active farmers. 

  • Why Farmers Must Think Like Librarians
    11/23/2016 02:39 AM

    Knowing how to find answers, more than knowing the answers outright has replaced pliers as the go-to tool. 

  • Perspective: Autonomous Anticipation and Anxiety
    10/26/2016 02:34 AM

    Maybe it’s just because I’m an aging engineer whose dreams of the future were largely shaped in the 1950s and 60s, but the recent debut of a concept autonomous tractor by CNH Industrial riveted my attention. 

  • Perspective: Agenda For November 9: Go Outside And Work
    09/28/2016 02:22 AM

    According to astrophysicists around the globe, the sun will appear to rise on Nov. 9, 2016, because of the rotation of the earth.

  • Perspective: All The World's A Cornfield Now
    09/07/2016 02:10 AM

    Like many other corn growers, I have been poring over supply and demand estimates for this year’s crop and next year’s and wondering how the heck we will ever get the two numbers within shouting distance of each other.