Environmentalism

EPA Land Grab

February 25 2016

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Last week, I was on the farm in Illinois. Only thing to report is that the pigs are happy  eating that cheap corn and going to market. Before I went to the farm, I spoke at a Pro Farmer  event in…

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EPA Overreach

September 3 2015

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There they go again. The EPA has levied a fine of $37,500 per day on farmer Andy Johnson of Fort Bridger, Wyoming. Mr. Johnson’s offense is that he built a pond for his horses and cattle on his eight-acre property. Before…

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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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Water Rule

September 18 2014

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The ag industry has been hammering Congress to stop EPA’s new Waters of the United States rule, and last week, the House voted to block EPA’s rush to extend their jurisdiction.

EPA wants to take control of farm and ranch streams, wet…

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Here Comes the EPA

April 3 2014

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We start this commentary by acknowledging that agriculture is not going to have a great year in 2014. Net farm income is projected to fall by 26 percent. Livestock farms should fare a little better, but corn, soy bean, and other grain…

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GE to the Rescue

February 27 2014

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It’s not new news to report that genetically engineered products are under assault. We are in free trade talks with Europe. The EU public is adamantly opposed to GE food. There are bills in 23 of our state legislatures to label foods…

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Global Warming

February 20 2014

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We are experiencing one of the coldest winters that we have seen in decades. The news is reporting about all the flights cancelled. It has been a challenge on our farm to make sure we have the heat for our baby pigs. Natural gas prices…

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Forest Fires

August 8 2013

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Just like we’ve seen in past summers, large wildfires are leading the evening news as big tracts of federal forests go up in smoke. Large fires are burning in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and elsewhere in the west. We’ve seen over…

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Locks, Dams, and Ports

July 4 2013

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Another 4th of July has come and gone. We can all be grateful for our “Land of the Free and Home of the Brave.” We look to our leaders of our nation today to preserve it.

Before I focus on today’s priority issue, I…

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HSUS Attacks

September 27 2012

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I grew up showing pigs at the Knox County 4-H show. The first talk I gave at my 4-H Club when I was 10 years old was: “What I Feed My Pig.” As a pig farmer, I have paid money to the pork industry…

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