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Trade

May 26, 2022

May 26, 2022

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U.S. farmers have had their foot on the accelerator pushing to get the crops in the ground. Wet and cold weather was a problem for a while, but we are approaching the finish line. My farm in Illinois is all planted with the corn up and growing and most of the soybeans. Now, all we can do is pray for good crop weather. Some of our northern Midwest states have had to deal with terrible weather. Also, if you go west drought doesn’t want to let up.

Let’s talk about trade now. President Biden has not been in a hurry to rejoin the Transpacific
Partnership. President Trump pulled us out of that agreement which would have improved our
trade relations with many Asian countries. Japan is still urging the U.S. to rejoin. I don’t know
why we don’t rejoin. Instead, President Biden launched negotiations in Tokyo this week with 12
countries to create the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework. That agreement will include Japan,
Australia, South Korea, New Zealand, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, India and others. The
agreement is supposed to strengthen our trade ties and national security relations in that part of
the world. Taiwan is left out of the deal because that would anger China and might cause some
of the members to object. The countries in the agreement want to work more closely together and
deliver a positive economic impact. The details of the pact will take months maybe a year to
work out.

U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai had this to say, “collectively the trade pillar in this agreement will unlock enormous economic value.” Robert Manning, Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council has his doubts. “No matter how they package it, IPEF is not a substitute for TPP. There is trade liberalization, no tariff reduction, and unclear if any binding agreements.” The new Asian agreement is clearly designed to get the U.S. back into the region and counter China. It is too soon to know if it will be worth the effort. We need to begin negotiating tariff reductions – especially with China.

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Energy

May 19 2022

Hello, everybody out there in farm country. This radio commentary is brought to you by the
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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Issues

May 12 2022

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National Corn Growers Association, CropLife America, and Renewable Fuels Association.
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America. Thank you.

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I have 5 different issues to bring up today.

1. Here is something proposed by the Securities and Exchange Commission that will cost
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This and That

May 5 2022

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I have been reading reports that our beef cow numbers on farms and ranches are in a steady decline. That should not be a big surprise given the fact that some of the states that…

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Immigration

April 28 2022

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I find it hard to believe that since last October more than one million migrants were arrested at our border. They are just flooding into our country. They are coming…

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E15

April 21 2022

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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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Just back from the farm in Illinois last week. I always love to plant my feet on that rich soil. It
was too wet to plant. Hope we can get that corn and bean seed in the ground soon.
A…




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Pork

April 14 2022

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When you hear this radio show, I will be on my farm in Illinois. I am hoping that we can get started planting corn. However, we have had so much rain this last week. Planting is…

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Food Production

April 8 2022

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President Biden announced his proposed $5.8 trillion budget for the 2023 fiscal year. Now Congress will begin work to change, add and subtract that budget. As always it…

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Bird Flu and More

March 23 2022

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Thank you.

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I’m going to cover some different issues today. As we all know the war in Ukraine dominates all

the news. But if you were in the poultry industry, you would be very concerned…



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Issues

March 17 2022

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National Corn Growers Association, CropLife America, and Renewable Fuels Association.
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America. Thank you.

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We have been wondering if our elected officials would ever pass legislation to fund our
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Ag Challenges

March 10 2022

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Ag challenges - the whole global landscape is in such turmoil it is hard to predict where our ag industry is going. We will be planting this year’s crop soon. Livestock markets…

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