Alan Guebert is an award-winning agricultural journalist and expert who was raised on an 800-acre, 100-cow southern Illinois dairy farm. After graduating from the University of Illinois in 1980, he worked as a writer and senior editor at Professional Farmers of America and Successful Farming magazine. In 1984, Guebert returned to Illinois to establish his free-lance writing business and to serve as a contributing editor to Farm Journal magazine.
He began his syndicated agriculture column “The Farm and Food File” in 1993 and it now appears weekly in more than 70 newspapers throughout the United States, Canada, and elsewhere. In addition to his weekly syndicated column, Alan writes “View From the Levee,” a bi-weekly column for the online publication Daily Yonder.
Guebert also wrote ”Letter from America,” a monthly perspective on U.S. farm and food policy for European and Asian publications. “Letter from America” ran from 1995 through 2007.
Throughout his career, Guebert has won numerous awards and accolades for his magazine and newspaper work. In 1997, the American Agricultural Editors’ Association honored him with its highest awards, Writer of the Year and Master Writer.
Alan resides with his wife, the lovely Catherine, a social worker, in rural Delavan, Illinois. Their son Paul is a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy. Daughter Gracie, a writer and editor, and her husband Andrew Foxwell, jointly own the creative agency Foxwell Digital.
When he’s not writing, Alan enjoys chopping wood for the home fire, fishing anywhere between Illinois and Canada, playing cards with friends, and herding the livestock: a 13 year-old yellow labrador named Maggie.
Posted on April 16, 2014
Members of Congress are finally getting around to reading the Farm Bill they approved late this winter after three years of gum bumping, chest beating, and finger pointing. Their big discovery so far? Many now are shocked (shocked! I say) that the money they thought they had saved in food stamps and commodity programs won’t […]
Posted on March 30, 2014
Almost everyone in American agriculture, from farmers to ranchers to the top executives of the biggest transnational grain trading and meatpacking firms, loves to say the United States is home to the cheapest, safest food supply in the world. Of course, the global commodity slingers love cheap. It’s the yeast that makes their dough rise […]
Posted on March 24, 2014
When Vladimir Putin sent his nation’s armed, but unmarked troops into sovereign territory of Ukraine, he became the latest in a long line of Russian Little Big Men to punch Eurasia’s famed breadbasket in the gut. First came the imperial czars, then the revolutionary Bolsheviks and, right behind them and most brutally, Soviet leader Josef […]
Posted on March 17, 2014
The tall, mostly dead red oak on the eastern edge of the farmette still stands this late, long winter, saved mostly by this late, long winter. The majestic, strong-armed tree, my age or a little more, had a date with the saw and maul as soon as the weather turned cold. Deep snow and face-cracking […]
Posted on March 9, 2014
On Jan. 5, 2011, www.gop.gov, the website for the “House Republican Majority,” trumpeted news that its members had acted on their “promise” to “ensure that bills are debated and discussed in the public square by publishing the text online for at least three days before coming up for a vote in the House of Representatives.” […]