Trade

Global Economy

November 26 2009

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I hope you had a happy Thanksgiving. I know these aren’t the best of times here in the good ole USA, but everything is relative and compared to many other places in the world – I guess…

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Trade

September 24 2009

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With all the noise coming out of Washington focusing on healthcare, cap and trade, and financial regulation, it is easy to forget about some other serious issues that need attention. This…

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You’re Up and then Down

September 3 2009

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Get the combine out. Get it ready to go. Harvest is just around the corner. We have work to do and we’re going to do it, but that doesn’t mean we are as confident as we might have been in…

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GM Crops Blessed By the Vatican

August 6 2009

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Maybe you missed this, but I think it is significant. The Vatican’s Pontifical Academy of Science has endorsed genetically modified crops. It’s good to have the Pope on our side. The Vatican…

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Trade Opportunities

July 16 2009

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How do we breathe some life into the agriculture economy? About 75 percent of what we produce is sold domestically. The other 25 percent is exported. Maybe we can grow the…

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Scary Times

March 5 2009

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supporters, and allies of a healthy farm economy and prosperous rural America. Thank you.

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Most years in the first month, I make predictions for the year ahead. There is so much uncertainty
right now, my crystal ball is fogged over. To me, there are a lot of…

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Global Financial Conference—My Thoughts

September 24 2008

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.

Last week, I told you about the Global Financial Leadership Conference. I reviewed the points made by former Prime Minister Tony Blair and former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Paul Volcker.

I was on the program…

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Trade Agreements

October 10 2007

Hello everybody out there in farm country. The American farmer takes a lot of pride in that we not only provide the safest, most abundant supply of food to our citizens but also, we run a trade surplus in farm exports. We export almost 30% of what we produce. To facilitate export trade, we have entered into a series of bilateral free trade agreements. Up until a few months ago, President Bush had the authority to negotiate trade agreements, bring them to the Congress which could approve…

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Trade Disputes

April 11 2006

I picked up the paper today and headlines tell the whole story. "Pessimism Looms as Trade Talks Set to Reopen." Things could change but the Doha Trade Talks appear to be dead.

Should we be surprised? I'm all for lowering trade barriers, but the process is a two-way street. On another page in the paper, I see where sales of General Motors cars fell 4% and Ford collapsed 9%. But -- Toyota is up 11.7%. Toyota makes a great car and we can't get enough of them. At the same time, the Japanese…

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Farm Exports

November 14 2004

For years and years we have bragged about the surplus of farm exports over imports. In fact 20 years ago we exported twice as much food as we imported and helped to keep the trade deficit from getting any worse. Would you believe that in June and August of this year our farm trade surplus melted away? We'll have a surplus for the year --- However, it is likely that in 1 or 2 years farm sales will be in deficit.

It's not that our exports have collapsed. In fact, we are exporting 50% more…

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