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Letter from Langdon: Trump Rewards the ‘Prime Cuts’ of Farmers. The Rest Get Ground into Sausage.

It’s been a good year on farms. Reports are that it’s the best year out of the last six. It’s not management, marketing, higher farm gate prices, or trade-war victories that get the credit. That’s because government money has been fattening farmer bank accounts., Thanks Covid-19. You’re my hero.  Government handouts in election years are […]

Posted inPolitics and Government

Letter from Langdon: ‘Big Boats’ Swamp the Little Guys in Missouri

A few years ago when Missouri’s falling population dribbled one whole congressional district down the drain, Republicans didn’t waste much time gerrymandering a popular Democratic member of Congress, Russ Carnahan of St. Louis, out of a constituency. Some might say it was payback (or fear) for the fact that Carnahan’s father Mel, former U.S. representative […]

Posted inAgriculture

Letter from Langdon: Corporate Power Means Huge Profits for Big Ag and Bare Bones for Farmers

In 2008 we staked our hopes on President Obama. And when Obama nominated former Iowa governor Tom Vilsack to head up USDA (with its oversight of the Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) there was optimism that with a sympathetic ear in government, independent farmers and ranchers would finally see crucial support to liberate […]

Posted inAgriculture

Letter from Langdon: Monopoly Forever

The Missouri House of Representatives has passed a bill put forth by the Missouri Senate, SB 391, that outlaws something called “local control.” Odds are good that Governor Mike Parsons will sign it. They’ve been working on this for awhile. The waiting game is finally over. Local control was an obstacle to corporate-owned livestock and […]

Posted inAgriculture

Letter from Langdon: Notes from the Flood

EDITOR’S NOTE: Throughout the flooding in the Midwest along the Missouri River, we’ve stayed in touch with Daily Yonder columnist Richard Oswald, whose land and structures near the Missouri River have been inundated. Richard has provided frequent email updates about conditions and consequences in northwest Missouri and other parts of the Midwest. The emails are […]