• Josh Flint

    Livestock vs. Ethanol: The Scene Is Set for a Showdown

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     by Josh Flint
     on July 25, 2012

    Don’t kid yourself; this corn crop is going to be small. Just how small is up for debate. A lot of folks are clinging to an average yield estimate in the 140 bushel range. Others, including many Illinois farmers, say this is wishful thinking. During the Illinois Farm Bureau’s Commodities Conference, University of Illinois economist Darrel Good examined various rationing scenarios for the coming year. With an average yield of 135 bushels, Good notes price will have to ration…

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    Quinn's Downstate Drought Trip Was Less Than Admirable

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     by Josh Flint
     on July 17, 2012

    Yesterday, I drove down to Waltonville to see Illinois Governor Pat Quinn discuss the severe drought that’s devastating much of the state. An hour later, I felt like Linus standing in the middle of a pumpkin patch, albeit more like a sweet-corn patch in 100-degree-F heat. Here’s how it went down. The Illinois Farm Bureau announced it would be hosting Quinn to tour some sad-looking corn fields in Jefferson County. That’s right, he was leaving the confines of Chicago to move…

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    Five Days Without Basic Freedoms

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     by Josh Flint
     on July 3, 2012

    Having returned from a five-day trip with the Illinois Farm Bureau to Cuba, I’m feeling quite thankful to be an American. Yeah, that’s right, it’s a patriotic blog the day before Independence Day. Upon arrival in Havana, the group went to a nice restaurant near the waterfront. As we settled in, I happened to draw a seat next to the interpreter/tour leader, Jesús. He began asking me questions about why I chose journalism as my career. Metaphorically speaking, he may…

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