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Fred the Farmer

February 25 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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All of the attention of the country has been on healthcare reform and cap and trade. So, when the President presented his budget plan, the U.S. Department of Agriculture portion…

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Food for Thought

December 7 2009

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 headlines read “Food Stamp Use Soars, and Stigma Fades.” The situation has changed a lot since I was Secretary of Agriculture. We were trying to get control of the growing cost of…

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Where Secretary Vilsack Stands

February 11 2009

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I called Secretary Vilsack last week and wished him well. Secretaries of Agriculture are never lacking for challenges. I inherited a grain embargo that was killing our farm economy. He has…

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The New Year

January 14 2009

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If we look back over our shoulder to last year, we can hardly believe it. Oil prices went out of sight to near $150 per barrel and then plunged to just over $30. Grain prices shot up and…

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Governor Vilsack as Secretary of Agriculture

January 7 2009

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 a new year and we'll see what it brings. Barak Obama will be in the White House and Tom Vilsack will be at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

I was encouraged when Governor Vilsack…

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Cabinet Secretaries Lunch

December 31 2008

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I have served as a host for the annual Cabinet Secretaries Holiday luncheon for more than 20 years. At this year's luncheon, we hosted 52 Cabinet members spanning the years from the Gerald…

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Panel of Ag Secretaries

December 10 2008

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A once-in-a-lifetime panel featuring seven former Secretaries of Agriculture spoke to the challenges that a Secretary faces and the issues of the day. This was presented at the Food and Ag…

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An Obama Presidency

November 12 2008

Hello everybody out there in farm country. Thank you to Wal-Mart, Monsanto, the Renewable Fuels Association, and John Deere for sponsoring this radio commentary. Today, just an extra word about Wal-Mart. This weekend, I picked up the newspaper. The 30 biggest companies on the Dow Jones were listed, and every company's stock value has declined this year -- some by a huge amount, except Wal-Mart. Up 14%. The explanation is simple. Wal-Mart is well-managed and is providing real value to their…

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Ag Investment

July 9 2008

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This week, I stood in one of my corn fields barely able to see over the rich green leaves reaching for the sky. We are fortunate. Our crops look good. I drove 50 miles west to the Iowa…

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Best of Times, Worst of Times

September 26 2000

I pick up a big city newspaper and read the criticism of the generous support for farmers in this election year. Okay, I'll admit the support is generous. But to provide some balance to this evaluation of the situation, it might be worth taking inventory of other conditions working against the farmer.

Is your diesel fuel much more expensive? What about the LP gas drying your com? Just wait 'til you see the price tag for nitrogen fertilizer. The simple fact is the higher energy prices will…

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