Animal Agriculture

Horse Slaughter

July 23 2009

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I grew up riding horses. I love horses. I also grew up raising 4-H calves and pigs. Yes, to me they were pets, but I also knew that they were property and were to be used…

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Down on the Farm

July 9 2009

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Down on the farm in Illinois. That’s where I was this week. We celebrated the 4th of July with a cake decorated like an American flag and watched the fireworks…

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We Eat Too Much

May 28 2009

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Combating obesity in the U.S. cannot be dealt with unless we understand how we got where we are today. A lot of organizations have jumped on this problem to further their own interests or…

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Down on the Farm

May 14 2009

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I’m talking to you today from the farm in Illinois. Here it is the 2nd week of May and we’re just getting started planting our corn. We are usually finished…

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Family Gardens

April 23 2009

Hello everybody out there in farm country. This radio commentary is brought to you by the Renewable Fuels Association, Wal-Mart Stores, Monsanto, and John Deere. They are all friends, supporters, and allies of a healthy farm economy and prosperous rural America. Thank you. And now for today’s commentary— It’s spring. Time to plant your garden. That is one way to contribute to the green revolution. Michelle Obama has set the example by digging up part of the White House…

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Animal Agriculture

April 9 2009

Hello everybody out there in farm country. This radio commentary is brought to you by the Renewable Fuels Association, Wal-Mart Stores, Monsanto, and John Deere. They are all friends, supporters, and allies of a healthy farm economy and prosperous rural America. Thank you. And now for today’s commentary-- It is time to sound the alarm. If the agriculture industry does not come together and aggressively defend our interests, we will see our ability to compete in the production of…

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Commercial Agriculture Under Attack

January 21 2009

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We have a new President. Congratulations, President Obama. As is always the case, those that support and help to elect the President expect to get their priorities addressed. That is the…

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Animal Agriculture

October 29 2008

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

Keep your eye on this. It could have serious long-term consequences for animal agriculture in this country. Next week, a California ballot initiative will be voted on that would prohibit the confinement of laying hens,…

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Best Practices

August 27 2008

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Last week, I was in the "heartland," on the farm in Illinois, walking in the corn fields, checking population and ear size. I was also in Western Iowa where the corn and soybeans could make a record yield. I don't know if…

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Horse Slaughter

January 30 2008

When I was Secretary of AgricuIture, the European Union delisted all of our meat packing plants, claiming that they needed to reinspect and recertify them.The real truth wasn't that our plants were in any way inferior totheirs. No! They just had too much meat in Europe and didn't want ours. After about 2 years, they certified 9 of our plants. They were all horsemeat plants. The French just couldn't get enough horsemeat. So -- we resumed shipping horsemeat to Europe.

But, that was 20 years…

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