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Editors' Notebook: Revisiting the Year's Big Stories

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By  Greg D. Horstmeier , DTN Editor-in-Chief
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The past year had some challenges, but brought some bright spots as well, such as an enthusiastic future for domestic soybean needs, and the continued promise of expanded packing plant choices for livestock producers, keeping truckers busy moving crops and animals. (DTN photo by Elaine Shein)

As everyone settles in for winter holidays and end-of-year financial chores, we've once again tasked our staff to delve into the top 10 ag stories that defined the year. The 2022 countdown started Dec. 19 and carries through the eve of the big ball drop in New York City's Times Square.

One of the most startling things to contemplate, as I look back, is that a year ago most of the world thought the prospect of a fully declared war was absurd. I was just recalling my exchange with one of our more popular columnists, who at the time was convinced the whole notion of Russia attacking Ukraine was a scare tactic of a certain political party he disagreed with. My cup was less than half full on that notion. I don't recall ever wishing I had been more wrong.

Ten months, hundreds of billions of dollars, and possibly tens of thousands of lives later, we are once again shown what happens when political power is too concentrated in one human's hands.

The past year brought bright spots as well, which we'll call out in pieces about solid land prices, slowly recovering supply chains, an enthusiastic future for domestic soybean needs, and the continued promise of expanded packing plant choices for livestock producers.

We'll document the continued challenges with input prices and supply chains, as well the heavy hand of that natural force that always holds sway with us in farm country: weather.

As always, we don't just hope you'll enjoy the retrospective. We hope those stories set the stage for thoughts of the issues we'll face, and enjoy, in the coming year.

What were your biggest challenges, and triumphs, in 2022? You can share them on our social media pages, or directly with me at

To see the first five stories of the year:

No. 10: "Farmland Values Smash Records in 2022, Undeterred by Interest Rate Hikes,"…

No. 9: " Machinery Shortages Continued in 2022,"…

No. 8: "Big Year for Ag in Supreme Court Cases on Prop 12, Clean Water Act, Roundup,"…

No. 7: "Mississippi and Ohio Rivers Hit Rock Bottom in Fall 2022,"…

No. 6: "Climate Takes Center Stage With Inflation Reduction Act, USDA Grant Programs in 2022,"…

Have a safe and rewarding holiday season!

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