Sustainability

Pain and Productivity

November 3 2011

Hello everybody out there in farm country. John Block is back on his farm this week; I am Rick Frank sitting in. This radio commentary is brought to you by the Renewable Fuels Association, 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 bad news just keeps rolling in. The unemployment rate rests at 9% with over 400,000 new applicants each week. Worse yet, many…

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Ethanol

August 18 2011

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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For more than a year now, the big city press has had ethanol in their cross hairs. They blame the increase in food prices on the fact that part of our corn crop is processed into fuel.…

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U.S. Postal Service

June 16 2011

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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It’s Saturday.  I just went to the mail box and brought the mail into the house.  We’ve always expected mail on Saturday.  But for how long?  The U.S. Postal Service is an…

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21st Century Challenges

May 26 2011

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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U.S. agriculture exports in the first 6 months of this fiscal year have exploded to a new record – 75 billion dollars. That’s a 27% increase over last year. Now that’s something to…

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Food Security

February 24 2011

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 headline reads: “Hungry North Korea Seeks Food Hand Outs.” “Plagued by floods, an outbreak of livestock disease, and a brutal winter, the North Korean government ordered its…

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Biofuels

September 9 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 believe in and support the agriculture industry from the farms and ranches to the nation’s dinner tables. Rural America is where common sense prevails. I am convinced that this…

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Trade & Jobs

June 17 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 want to compliment Secretary of Agriculture Vilsack. He has been promoting renewable energy, stressing how that can mean thousands of jobs in rural America. He reminds us that a…

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Biotechnology on the March

March 18 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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As we fought the weather challenge last fall, I couldn’t help but marvel at how the corn was still standing like trees – straight and tall. It was almost Christmas. Thirty or forty…

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Farmer Coops

February 18 2010

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Earlier this month, I spoke to a meeting of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives. Farmer cooperatives are essential to the foundation of rural America and always have been. On…

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Look Ahead to 2010

January 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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I can’t believe it but we are already in 2010. We’ve turned the page. We’ve escaped 2009 – not a very good year. What does 2010 look like?

In the nation’s capital, the actions and…

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