2007

Healthy Diet

March 21 2007

It wasn't that long ago, the Atkins Diet was all the rage. The traditional nutritionists and vegetarian crowd couldn't stand it. They screamed, "Atkins is a fraud. Encouraging people to eat meat and dairy products is unhealthy." There has always been a certain elite "know it all" group preaching that saturated fat will not only make you fat, but it will also raise your cholesterol and give you a heart attack.

Well, just when the anti-Atkins Team thought they had the protein diet on the run,…

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National Agriculture Week

March 21 2007

Another year rolls around and we find ourselves celebrating National Ag Week. This is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by this amazing industry. The Ag Council ofAmerica coordinates the celebration. Last week at t he National Press Club here in D.C., ADM and John Deere served as hosts of an impressive luncheon event. Ag Secretary Johannes headlined the program preceded by House Ag Committee Chair Collin Peterson.

Although it is difficult to make the public,…

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Chairman Peterson

March 14 2007

When House Ag Committee Chairman Peterson speaks, I suggest that it's wise to listen. He is not going to make a lot ofpredictions unless he is confident of the support from other Committee members. This week, I was in a meeting with Secretary Johanns. He has introduced a serious Ag program proposal, however, I recall, what House Ag Committee Chairman Kika de la Garza told me during the early 1980s. He said, "Don't forget Mr. Secretary, the way the system works is the Secretary proposes and…

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