John PhippsColumnist

John Phipps is a farmer from Chrisman, Ill., who writes humor and commentary pieces in his columns, which appear regularly in Farm Journal and Top Producer. He is the TV host of "U.S. Farm Report." Contact him at [email protected] For local station listings, go to www.USFarmReport.com.
John Phipps is a farmer from Chrisman, Ill., who writes humor and commentary pieces in his columns, which appear regularly in Farm Journal and Top Producer. He is the TV host of "U.S. Farm Report." Contact him at [email protected] For local station listings, go to www.USFarmReport.com.

Articles By John Phipps

Soggy Fields
May 13, 2019

John Phipps: Waiting to Plant? 5 Suggestions to Help Pass the Time

John Phipps says his family is now pushing toward our latest start ever for planting. The record was May 21. As much of the country deals with more rain, John Phipps has suggestions on how to pass the time.
Farmstead on horizon 1
May 07, 2019

John Phipps: What to Watch When Measuring Health of the Farm Economy

Bankruptcies are a lagging indicator with a long delay, so by the time we see any sharp change, the economic conditions could be obvious or completely different. John Phipps shares the indicators he watches.
Risk
Apr 22, 2019

John Phipps: How Much Does Crop Insurance Really Cost?

Does the government make any money on crop insurance? That's a viewer's question during Customer Support. John breaks down is explanation.
John Phipps
Apr 22, 2019

John Phipps: Swimming Against the Tidiness

Apparently, owning things you never use, see or can identify the purpose of is now déclassée, which is a French word for uncool.
Apr 02, 2019

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

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.
John Phipps
Mar 22, 2019

John Phipps: Time For A New Insurance Company

My free-trade, anti-subsidy, professional accountability and egalitarian stands have previously been tolerated with genial indifference, but border on unpatriotic on the current Farm Bureau political spectrum.
John Phipps
Mar 19, 2019

John Phipps: I Live My Life On the Line

My point is while many lives like mine seem mundane and unremarkable from a distance, up close they are positively numbing.
John Phipps
Jan 17, 2019

John Phipps: “Outlook” Also Spells “Look Out!”

Jan. 1 is an arbitrary date. You would think the early calendarologists would have made the first of the year coincide with some regular astronomical event such as the winter solstice just to give it reality—whoa, not much sunlight today, must be the end of the year!
Oct 17, 2018

John Phipps: Where Babies Will Come From

Slowly, propagation techniques began to show up as common practice in another species: homo sapiens.