Recent Stories by John Phipps
Jan 20, 2020 by John Phipps
Fieldwork in January isn't normal in Illinois, but John Phipps says this year, the ground is prime right now for fieldwork. However, fieldwork in January just doesn't feel right to John. He explains in John's World.
Jan 13, 2020 by John Phipps
As wildfires in Australia continue to rage, it's having a major impact on agriculture. John Phipps explains in John's World.
Jan 06, 2020 by John Phipps
It's not just the size of a family farms that are changing. John Phipps answers a U.S. Farm Report's viewer about the future of family farms and why the answer is very complex.
Dec 02, 2019 by John Phipps
A shift in weather patterns is aiding agriculture in Alaska. Since the state imports 95% of its food, there is strong incentive to gamble on new ag ventures. John Phipps explains in John's World.
Nov 25, 2019 by John Phipps
Reflecting back on 2019, John Phipps weed escapes were common, and could turn into a a major headache in 2020... and one particular weed could become Crop Enemy number one.
Nov 19, 2019 by John Phipps
Not many farmers retire; instead, they pursue different roles on the farm. One of the most popular roles is driving a truck. John Phipps has a salute to those drivers in John's World.
Nov 18, 2019 by John Phipps
“The current dispute could be child’s play a few years from now when RFS mandated volumes will be set at EPA's discretion.”
Nov 11, 2019 by John Phipps
The conversation surrounding the farmers' share of the food dollar can spark emotions of unfairness, but John Phipps thinks those type of attitudes are mistaken. He explains why in John's World.
Oct 31, 2019 by John Phipps
Maybe you can’t find much thankfulness in your hearts this year. It’s probably there but buried under loss, grief, and worry. John Phipps is am happy to report, science may have an answer for you this Thanksgiving.
Oct 29, 2019 by John Phipps
John Phipps says because the biofuels market was created by politics it is constantly subject to politics, and the debate may be just getting started. He explains why in John's World this week.
Oct 21, 2019 by John Phipps
Rainy-day Syndrome is something John Phipps says many farmers can relate: persistently postponing indoor or non-harvest related work – like catching up the books – until you are forced out of the field.
Oct 01, 2019 by John Phipps
The acreage debate continues to surface, but John Phipps thinks there are larger issues at play. He explains in John's World.
Sep 30, 2019 by John Phipps
The audacious move assuming another significant MFP boost to farm income from the US Treasury in '20, and add it onto our rent bid to grow our acres. But what if the lease is a multi-year contract? John Phipps explains.
Sep 23, 2019 by John Phipps
John Phipps looks into state Extensions, and what it will take to not only survive, but for those groups to stay relevant in the evolving state of agriculture.