Hard experience teaches that biotech companies, chemical corporations, and other agribusiness giants have no sense of respect for Mother Nature. Now, Rick Friday has learned they have no sense of humor either. Friday, a lifelong Iowa farmer, also happens to be a talented, self-taught cartoonist. For 21 years, he supplemented his cattle-raising income by drawing cartoons each week in an Iowa publication called Farm News. Friday really enjoyed this side job \u2014 until April 30. The day before, the News had published his drawing of two hard-hit farmers chatting by a fence about the low prices they were getting for their products. \u201cI wish there were more profits in farming,\u201d mused one. \u201cThere is,\u201d exclaimed the other. \u201cIn year 2015, the CEOs of Monsanto, Dupont, Pioneer, and John Deere combined made more money than 2,129 Iowa farmers.\u201d Not exactly a harsh comment. But the next morning, Friday was slapped with an email from a Farm News editor announcing that, at the direction of the publisher, Friday was being immediately terminated. The drawing \u201chad caused a storm here,\u201d the editor explained, adding that a major corporation had pulled its advertising. \u201cIn the eyes of some,\u201d the email confided, \u201cbig agriculture cannot be criticized or poked fun at.\u201d And yet, Big Ag wonders why it\u2019s so loathed across America\u2019s farm country. The petulant corporate bully that mugged Friday won\u2019t identify itself, but why won\u2019t Farm News? Does its publisher feel no journalistic responsibility to report actual news \u2014 in this case, news that farmers really could use? The publication\u2019s pusillanimous sacrifice of its longtime cartoonist is a shameful betrayal of both its farmer readership and journalism ethics. They should rename it the Agribusiness Shill. OtherWords columnist Jim Hightower is a radio commentator, writer, and public speaker. He\u2019s the editor of the populist newsletter, The Hightower Lowdown.