Animal Agriculture

4-H

April 13 2016

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Just this week, our nation’s largest youth development organization, which happens to be 4H, made a presentation to the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Biotechnology and Research chaired by…

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European Trade Deal

November 12 2015

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The Trans Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement is sitting in Congress now. It was not an easy process to get the deal this far. If we can find the votes to pass it, it will be a big win for the American farmer.

Now, on the…

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Meat—A Carcinogen

November 5 2015

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Pick up the paper, turn on the TV, and someone pretending to know what they are talking about will be telling us what to eat and what not to eat.

I remember 30 years ago when I was Secretary of Agriculture and a number of food…

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Pork Under Attack

October 29 2015

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I was on the farm last week. Harvest is all wrapped up. Yields were not a record but good – corn 213 bushels per acre and soybeans 72 bushels per acre. Now, everyone up and down the road is starting to apply the fertilizer…

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Honey Bees

July 30 2015

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In the past 2 or 3 years, I have read (I don’t know how many articles) sounding the alarm of the dying honey bees. “Colony Collapse Disorder” will result in a shortage of food crops that rely on honey bees for…

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Bird Flu

June 10 2015

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There is no industry more volatile or more uncertain than agriculture. The draught came and Texas and Oklahoma ranchers had to sell their cattle – not enough feed. Beef prices shot up. We still don’t have enough beef. The…

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Chicken and Eggs

February 12 2015

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The State of California has a reputation for leading in many ways – especially in the area of government regulations. Now, they have bit off almost more than they can chew. Certainly, the poor will not be chewing on many eggs since the…

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COOL

November 20 2014

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Country of origin labeling (COOL) violates the trade rules of the World Trade Organization. WTO has ruled, for the second time, that the legislation which became law in 2002 as part of our farm bill is illegal and discriminates against…

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Rabbit out of a Hat

July 25 2013

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Have you ever been to a magic show and the magician pulls a rabbit out of a hat? All the kids cheer. What fun!

I read in the paper recently where the U.S. Department of Agriculture regulates bunny magicians. I never knew that, and…

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Herd Health

April 25 2013

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The first day of May isn’t far off, and we don’t have one grain of corn planted. Last year, we had finished planting corn by May 1. After last year’s drought, the whole Midwest is living with wet fields and cold soil.  

I remind…

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