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Soybeans and Pigs

January 20, 2022

January 20, 2022

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There is a powerful push all around the world to cut back on greenhouse gas emissions. Greenhouse gas is driving climate change. That’s what they tell us. Soybean growers are positioned to cash in on this new opportunity. The American Soybean Association had this to say: “Renewable diesel is a cousin of biodiesel, but the two fuels are not the same. Renewable diesel is produced by processing fats and vegetable oils. Renewable diesel will dramatically reduce airplane emissions.”

President Biden has a goal to produce and use billions of gallons of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF)
to drop aviation emissions 20% by 2030. We are planting about 80 million acres of soybeans per
year now. I am looking at a Farm Journal chart predicting 130 million acres of soybeans by 2024
to satisfy growing demand for vegetable oil. The Bioenergy Tech Office tells us – “Aviation is the
cheapest opportunity for biofuels to have an impact.” Southwest Airlines, Delta, Jet Blue, United
and more airlines are making long term commitments to bio-based fuels. Other oilseeds including
sunflower and canola oil will see more demand also. According to James Fry, founder of LMC
International “soybean oil is in the driver’s seat as the key feedstock to fuel renewable diesel.” As
a corn and soybean farmer, this is very exciting.

I’m also a pig farmer, and now there is talk about how the heart of a pig could save a dying human being. Doctors transplanted a pig heart into a patient. Patient, David Bennett 57 said: “It was either die or do this.” He did not qualify for a human heart transplant. Doctors at the University of Maryland Medical Center say the transplant showed that a heart from a genetically modified pig can function in the human body. So far so good. We shall see how it works. There are not enough human organs donated for transplant. So here come the pigs.

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Previous Weeks

Challenges

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…

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NATO vs. Putin

January 6 2022

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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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Predictions

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
tornadoes. Hog barns, grain elevators, family homes, churches, everything destroyed. Kentucky
was…



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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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Down on the Farm

November 18 2021

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Last week I was on the farm in Illinois. We wrapped up harvest. Normally we would have
everything picked by the end of October. Not this year. Fall rains have held a lot of farms back.
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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