Sustainability

What Did We Get Done in 2015?

December 24 2015

Hello everybody out there in farm country. I want to sincerely thank Monsanto for being a reliable, enthusiastic sponsor of this program for so many years. They are stepping back for a year. The National Corn Growers Association is stepping up. My sponsors this coming year will be John Deere and the National Corn Growers Association.

And now for today’s commentary—

The U.S. Congress didn’t get much done this year until this month. Agriculture had a long wish list that just sat on the…

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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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2015 Dietary Guidelines - Will They Be Credible?

November 19 2015

Hello everybody out there in farm country. This radio commentary is brought to you by 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—

USDA and HHS are close to issuing the 2015 version of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The Guidelines, issued every five years, must be based on “the preponderance of the scientific and medical knowledge current at the…

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Agriculture Today

October 15 2015

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And now for today’s commentary—

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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California Water

April 9 2015

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Every time I go to California, I marvel at the lush green lawns, the gorgeous golf courses, vegetable crops, and fruit trees – all meticulously well-tended and growing green -- maybe not anymore.

Governor Jerry Brown of…

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Our Debt Problem

March 13 2014

Hello everybody out there in farm country. This radio commentary is brought to you by 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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When our country was founded, Thomas Jefferson had this to say about the U.S. government. “When the people realize they can vote themselves benefits, all is lost.” 

Well, we have arrived. The vast majority of people want our…

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Locks, Dams, and Ports

July 4 2013

Hello everybody out there in farm country. This radio commentary is brought to you by 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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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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Food Waste

November 29 2012

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Every time I pick up a paper, I read about hungry people. Just to keep pace, we will have to double food production by 2050. If we don’t raise more food, millions will starve. What are we going to…

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Death Spiral

October 4 2012

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Look at our debt. Sixteen trillion dollars and rising. For every dollar our government spends, we have to borrow 40 cents. Are we in as bad a shape as Greece? No. Not yet, but if we stay on this path, we…

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Serious Problems

September 20 2012

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The first thing I want to put on the table is – “the wolves are back.” After settling our country, farmers, ranchers, and trappers got rid of almost all of the grey wolves. Along came the…

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