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May 9 2013

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Last week, I talked about the farm bill and prospects for passage. This week, I want to focus on a series of current issues. These are my thoughts:

Immigration Reform – We desperately need to get it done. If we don’t, who’s going…

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Farm Broadcasters Annual Convention

November 8 2012

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I’m talking to you by phone from Kansas City where the Farm Broadcasters Annual Convention is in progress. Yesterday, I was privileged to have been part of their featured Newsmaker Session with…

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Busy Times

October 11 2012

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It seems like there is a lot going on all around us. We are right in the middle of harvest on the farm – corn and soybeans a little more than half done. I’ll be on the combine next week, weather…

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Get the Work Done

October 28 2010

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.

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I was on the farm in Illinois last week as we wrapped up our corn and soybean harvest. We finished at about the same time as we started last year. I don’t think we have ever finished…

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Mid-Term Elections

October 7 2010

 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.

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The mid-term elections are just around the corner. That’s all you read about, all the news on radio and TV. Who’s ahead? Who’s behind? Can the President motivate his base? How powerful…

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Mid-Term Elections

September 16 2010

 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.

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Rural America has not been happy with the direction our federal government has taken in the last 2 years. Now, we have a mid-term election coming up in less than 50 days that could…

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Labor Day

September 2 2010

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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…

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A New World

July 8 2010

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.

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Last weekend, we celebrated Independence Day (our 4th of July). It makes us look back at what we have achieved as a nation. It also should cause us to contemplate our future.

Michael…

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Turmoil & Uncertainty

May 20 2010

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Wherever you look locally, nationally, or globally, there is a lot going on that we didn’t anticipate. We have tornadoes and storms ripping through the heartland of our country. Oil is…

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Greece Now, Who’s Next?

May 13 2010

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—

Just when we begin to believe that our economy is on the upward trail to recovery, and the world economy is looking more promising, there we see Greece – in the head lights. World stock…

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