Recent contents by John Phipps
Mar 23, 2020 by John Phipps
How does weather affect the spread and virulence of disease, and especially COVID-19? John Phipps explores in "Weathering the Storm."
Mar 19, 2020 by John Phipps
I think we’re about to have a come-to-Jesus moment about how flexible our food system is.
Mar 17, 2020 by John Phipps
John Phipps says no phrase has been more overworked than “don’t panic” over the last week, and he thinks it's singularly unhelpful for several reasons. He explains why in John's World.
Mar 05, 2020 by John Phipps
While it’s always been a buzzword, sustainability has grown into a movement. It pervades the food chain, but also energy, urban development, and even clothing, but often these movements in agriculture miss the mark.
Feb 17, 2020 by John Phipps
The claim "we're paving over farmland" is overblown. John Phipps explains why farmland isn't vanishing as quickly as some think in John's World.
Jan 13, 2020 by John Phipps
States are passing legislation around factory farming. John gives his thoughts on if the recently passed pieces of legislation are justified.
Sep 04, 2019 by John Phipps
A U.S. Farm Report viewer has a question about the wide spread in milk prices at the grocery store. John Phipps discusses why milk is a famous "loss-leader" at the retail level.
Jul 23, 2019 by John Phipps
John Phipps thinks the balance of trade, especially with single countries, is a poor indicator of economic performance.He explains what grade he gives the current trade policy in this week's Customer Support.
Jul 22, 2019 by John Phipps
While it's difficult to gauge the health of the farm economy, John Phipps says now is the time to sit down at the computer and enter yields and prices and costs to get a peek at a possible future.
Jun 24, 2019 by John Phipps
The undercover video of animal abuse at Fair Oaks Dairy and the subsequent actions by the management have been all over the news the last two weeks. John Phipps has some observations.
Apr 22, 2019 by John Phipps
John Phipps has a fundamental issue with the ag census -- it takes far too long. John breaks down his issue with it during John's World.
Dec 17, 2018 by John Phipps
It been a while since John Phipps' Tariff 101 series, so he thinks this might be a good time to look at what we have learned from trade data gathered from tariff actions.