USDA

The U.S. Department of Ag Team

November 30 2017

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The U.S. Department of Ag is taking a very long time to fill some of our most important management positions. The administration has 4 under secretary posts unfilled and…

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Perdue as Ag Secretary

January 26 2017

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I am calling this program in on the telephone from Florida. You know what farmers work so hard for – “corn, beans, and Florida.” The news of the day is that Donald Trump is President.…

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Peanuts

May 5 2016

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As a farmer, I would not like it if Europe shipped subsidized beef into our market.  That would undercut our prices.  What if Brazil shipped subsidized soybeans to us?  We would be furious.  

Did you know…

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Dietary Guidelines – Confused About Caffeine

March 25 2015

Hello everybody out there in farm country. This is Rick Frank sitting in for John Block. 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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The news wires have been buzzing lately about the recently released scientific report of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. One of the hottest topics for discussion is how out of…

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Dietary Guidelines 2015 – Part 2 – Sugar

October 29 2014

Hello everybody out there in farm country. This is Rick Frank sitting in for John Block. This radio commentary is brought to you by Monsanto, and John Deere. They are both friends, supporters, and allies of a healthy farm economy and prosperous rural America. Thank you.

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There are a variety of disturbing questions surrounding the Dietary Guidelines for Americans now being drafted for release in 2015. The questions relate to whether the Dietary Guidelines…

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Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015 Edition – Losing It’s Way on Caffeine

October 22 2014

Hello everybody out there in farm country. This is Rick Frank sitting in for John Block. This radio commentary is brought to you by Monsanto, and John Deere. They are both friends, supporters, and allies of a healthy farm economy and prosperous rural America. Thank you.

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There are a variety of disturbing questions surrounding the Dietary Guidelines for Americans now being drafted for release in 2015. The questions relate to whether the Dietary Guidelines…

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Trade, Budgets, and Raw Milk

April 10 2014

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I’m starting to get excited about planting season – maybe 10 days or 2 weeks away. This has been a tough winter. Makes it hard to get very much done. As I’m sure you are aware, they haven’t been getting much done out here in…

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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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Mislabeled Products

February 28 2013

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   Mislabeling food products has consumers up in arms in the U.S. and Europe. You can understand the customers’ concerns. Stop at the supermarket and pick up some beef stew. You would be angry to find…

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HSUS on the Offensive

November 1 2012

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The pig auditors are on the way. Get ready for them. Yes, it’s a fact.

A week ago, I received a letter from Tyson Foods stating that they will be coming to my farm to perform an audit to see how we…

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