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January 13, 2022

January 13, 2022

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We are in the New Year and Congress is supposed to start work on the next Farm Bill. The current bill expires at the end of 2023. There is plenty of time to get it done, but it takes a lot longer than you would expect. Sometimes there are some big changes. When I was Secretary in 1985, we ended the annual set aside program and started the Conservation Reserve Program. That was a big deal.

The American Farm Bureau Federation convention is this week. AFBF President Zippy Duvall is
pushing the Biden Administration to negotiate a Phase 2 trade deal with China and rejoin the
Trans – Pacific Trade Agreement. Another strong positive statement made by AFBF President:
“It is critical that this Administration understand that we should not need a team of lawyers and
consultants just to farm our land.” He is exactly right. This Administration wants to rewrite the
Waters of the U.S. rule to dictate to us how to farm. We have all kinds of challenges in
agriculture. Farmers in the business of raising pigs have a lot to worry about. In presenting this
threat I want to rely on Gary Baise (an attorney with Olsson Frank Weeda Terman Matz PC).
Gary is a lawyer working full time trying to protect and help farmers and ranchers faced with
over regulation and costly lawsuits. His article “Defending Agriculture – California’s New Pig
Rule Will Wreak Havoc With Pork Producers” notes:


“California Proposition 12 took effect on Jan 1, 2022. The law says anyone who wants to
sell pork to California’s consumers must abide by that state’s arbitrary, non-scientific
livestock housing requirements, passed by California voters 4 years ago. California will
send inspectors out to your farm to ensure your livestock buildings meet Proposition 12’s
space requirements. Did you know that California residents consume 13% of our nation’s
pork, but California farmers only produce 0.1% of that which is consumed? The case has
been taken to the Supreme Court but so far, no action. I thought we had free trade
between states. If this is left to stand, can you imagine the number of states putting up
similar barriers to protect their business? Think about how this California law will force
many family farms out of the pork business. Only big corporations will be able to pay the
price to rebuild their barns. Why should one single state be able to dictate if you can sell
their citizens a pork chop?”

Good job Gary Baise. We need all the help we can get to protect our industry.
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The United States and our European allies are being challenged again as they were 8 years ago by Mr. Putin’s Russia. In 2014 we warned Vladimir Putin “don’t invade Ukraine or you…

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December 30 2021

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I am on the phone today – will be back in the recording studio next week. Hope you all had a Merry Christmas. And now the New Year is just ahead. Today I want to talk about the…

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Merry Christmas

December 23 2021

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It’s Christmas this weekend. There will be gift exchanges but what comes to my mind is how thankful I am to be here to enjoy friends, family and the love of life. I know we…

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Issues of the Day

December 16 2021

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National Corn Growers Association, CropLife America, and Renewable Fuels Association.
They are all friends, supporters, and allies of a healthy farm economy and prosperous rural
America. Thank you.

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Here I am looking at a full-page picture of damage and destruction delivered by deadly
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American Hero

December 9 2021

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Senator Bob Dole, after 98 years of service to his country, died December 5 th at age 98. There have been many articles written about his service in the military, service injuries…

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Uncertain Times

December 2 2021

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I can hardly believe it. It’s December. Christmas is coming and then the New Year. Now I am grateful for a good crop this year and the prices are the best we have seen since…

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Thanksgiving 2021

November 25 2021

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The House of Representatives last Friday passed a huge spending bill. It is a liberal spending bonanza. If we give enough money, that should buy votes. The bill passed 220-213.…

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November 18 2021

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Last week I was on the farm in Illinois. We wrapped up harvest. Normally we would have
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In…

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Recent Elections

November 11 2021

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This is Randy Russell sitting in for my good friend Jack Block. And now today’s commentary. 

Just one week ago there were elections in Virginia and New Jersey that sent a clear…

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