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Rural Road 2

John Phipps: Rural America Needs Triage

Jun 12, 2019 by John Phipps
Employment sources are numerous and varied enough for a town to survive certain business shocks. John Phipps isn't sure we can revitalize all or even most of rural America in the way we seem to envision its past.
Planting

John Phipps: Planting Speed is a Race Against Weather and Geography

Apr 30, 2019 by John Phipps
If it’s April it must be time to talk about planting speed. Indeed, many farmers are frustrated by the way corn traders seem to be ignoring the calendar. In turn, analysts and traders point out how fast modern equipment can get the seeds in the ground, so there is less to worry about as far as the date goes.
China trade

John's World: Is the Trade War a "Voluntary Sacrifice" Or Not

Apr 02, 2019 by John Phipps
American consumers have enjoyed the significant benefit of much cheaper consumer goods, like textiles and electronics, raising the standard of living for virtually all Americans. Meanwhile, American commodities like grains and meats helped improve foreign diets with their quality and low cost.