Economy

Things to Do

February 18 2016

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As the days and weeks go by, we get closer and closer to elections next November. The U.S. House and Senate will find it more difficult each day to get legislation passed. Legislators don’t like…

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2016 Dietary Guidelines

January 14 2016

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I asked a couple of friends of mine in Illinois and Kansas – what do you think of the newly released Dietary Guidelines? Their answer – what Dietary Guidelines? The public is not paying much attention…

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The TPP Again

November 26 2015

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Last week, six former U.S. Secretaries of Agriculture released a letter urging the Congress to pass the Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement. Support for passage is bipartisan and enthusiastic. Standing together, you…

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Agriculture Today

October 15 2015

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We read and hear so much about our weak economy. The stock market is going through a correction. Well, that is what is going on down on the farm. Not just our farms but European farms U.S. farmers are looking at a 36% plunge…

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Back to Illinois

August 27 2015

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Last week, I flew to Illinois – drove down to Springfield to attend Ag Day at the Illinois State Fair. Governor Bruce Rauner, State Senator Darin LaHood, and State Representative Don Moffitt led a crowd of 1,000 people in…

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Gas Tax

January 15 2015

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How many of you out there think that we would be well-advised to spend some money repairing our roads and bridges? What about our locks and dams and seaports that carry our grain to countries around the world? Are you aware that our…

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Labor Day

August 28 2014

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Hard to believe, but summer is over. It’s Labor Day. On that note, I want to say how much respect I have for the hard-working men and women that labor in the trenches. I’m not talking about big corporation managers, not talking about…

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Look Back at 2014

January 1 2014

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Year 2014 is history now. It seemed like a lot of bad things happened. After fighting in the Middle East for more than a decade to neutralize the terrorists and bring stability to Iraq, overnight Islamic State militants took over half of…

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Crop Insurance

September 12 2013

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Here is what Bloomberg had to say: “Taxpayers Turn U.S. Farmers into Fat Cats with  Subsidies.” They point their finger at crop insurance. They go on to say, “Federal crop  insurance encourages farmers to gamble on risky…

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Trade Protectionism

September 5 2013

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These are the words of Congressman Steve King (R-Iowa) – It is the responsibility of “Congress, not the states” to regulate interstate commerce.

Here is what this is all about. Mr. King offered an amendment to the farm…

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