Globalization

Repeal COOL

December 10 2015

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The World Trade Organization ruled this week that Canada and Mexico can impose retaliatory tariffs on our exports to their countries to the tune of more than 1 billion dollars per year. This is serious. It can cost pork producers,…

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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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Four Issues

September 24 2015

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I have four issues to put on the table today.

The first is Pope Francis’s visit to Cuba. I think his visit will help improve relations between our two countries. President Obama is moving to reduce business and travel…

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Trans-Pacific Partnership

April 24 2014

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We started planting corn this week on our Illinois farm. It is always exciting to begin a new season. A lot of people depend on the U.S. farmer; not only our own citizens, but we export almost 30% of what we produce, feeding people all…

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Wish List

January 30 2014

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Last year in January, I announced my wish list for 2013. Today, let’s review that list and see how we did. 

Wish Number 1: “Get a farm bill passed.” Well, we’re still wishing. 

Wish Number 2: “Deal with our immigration problem.…

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China Rejects Our Corn

January 16 2014

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As complex as the world trading system has become, it still relies on something as simple as trust. Basically, it requires that those who enter into mutually agreed contracts will abide by the terms of those contracts. Unfortunately, in…

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Our Water Transportation

January 2 2014

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 Happy New Year. I threw away my 2013 calendar and hung up the new one. There is a lot to get done in the new year. But, today I want to talk about one specific project. We need to modernize our water transportation system. Our locks and…

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Free Trade with Europe

December 12 2013

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We should get a farm bill in January. It appears that we now have a budget. That helps because now the Ag Department will know how much money the Department has to spend. Let’s keep the pressure on to get it done. 

The subject that I…

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World Food Prize

October 10 2013

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All the talk here in Washington, D.C. is about the risk of default and the concern about  shutting down the government. I’m not going to try to outline the process that will solve this  impasse. However, I do predict that we will…

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Trade Concerns

September 26 2013

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This week, I was on a panel with three other former Secretaries of Agriculture. The event, sponsored by Croplife, was a lot of fun for those of us on the program and also the audience. Not surprising, the farm bill was in the…

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