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Wet Spring

May 16 2013

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Last week, I was down on the farm in Illinois. I had hoped to watch the corn planter  crossing the field – back and forth, back and forth. But, it didn’t happen. It just didn’t get dry  enough. This week, the planter is…

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PETA

March 28 2013

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If you ever questioned whether animal agriculture was under attack, PETA’s (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) assault on a 14-year-old boy this week should answer that question.  

I turned on my television and could hardly…

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This and That

March 21 2013

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We celebrated Ag Day this week. Secretary Vilsack did an outstanding job of making the case for our industry at a dinner held in the Atrium of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Barry Nelson (John Deere) provided the welcome, Orion…

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Down on the Farm

March 7 2013

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Last week, I was on the farm in Illinois. I was greeted with 5 days of snow with accumulation of about 7 inches. In ordinary times, I would not have liked the wind and snow, but not this year, after last…

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A Look Back and Ahead

January 17 2013

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Today, I want to look back at 2012 for some positive things that were done. Then, I will give you my wish list for 2013.  

2012 

  1. Russia joined the World Trade Organization last August. For us to take full…

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Happy New Year

January 3 2013

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Merry Christmas

December 27 2012

Hello everybody out there in farm country. This radio commentary is brought to you by the Renewable Fuels Association, Monsanto, and John Deere. They are all friends, supporters, and allies of a healthy farm economy and prosperous rural America. Thank you.

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I hope you had a Merry Christmas this week. This is a joyous time of year as we celebrate the birth of Christ. Friends and family all come together to give thanks for our blessings. We know everything is…

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Cabinet Secretaries Lunch

December 13 2012

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Last Friday, I hosted the Cabinet Secretaries Lunch at the famous Blair House. The Blair House is right across the street from the White House and provides overnight lodging for foreign leaders visiting…

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Thanksgiving

November 22 2012

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We just celebrated Thanksgiving. I know some of our citizens might have wondered if the good outweighs the bad. We have 8% unemployment. We suffered the worst drought in decades. Our economy is…

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Farm Broadcasters Annual Convention

November 8 2012

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I’m talking to you by phone from Kansas City where the Farm Broadcasters Annual Convention is in progress. Yesterday, I was privileged to have been part of their featured Newsmaker Session with…

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