September 23, 2022

September 23, 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.

And now today’s commentary-

We face some serious global challenges. The human population has doubled in the last 50 years
to 8 billion. We will need productive farmland to increase food production and forest land to get
the wood to build houses. Demand for land has pushed land prices to a record level. In the state
of Illinois foreign companies and individuals have bought 519 thousand acres. That land cost
more than $4 billion. Foreign investors, including China, want our farmland.

Texas Republican Louie Gohmert is pushing legislation to protect our U.S. land. When farmland
is sold to a foreign buyer, it steals it away from one of our farm families that might have wanted
it. That is just one serious challenge that we need to deal with. Another challenge is hard to even
imagine. Militant vegan activists are calling for “scare pollution” policies. The USA is not the
only country with a serious challenge. The Netherlands wants to restrict the amount of animal
manure Dutch farmers can spread on their land. The objective is to cut nitrogen emissions in half
by 2030.

Also, other countries are supporting organic farming. We can not feed the world if we refuse to
use new technology to increase yield. Maybe we have not thought about it, but if climate change
moves ahead, we are expected to lose more than 4 million acres by 2050 as the ocean water rises
and it floods our land. Focus on the state of Louisiana – They are projected to lose 2.5 million
acres. That would amount to 8.7% of Louisiana land. The U.S. is just one country. The whole
world needs to use common sense as we move ahead to navigate the global challenges on our

Back to the farm. We have started harvesting corn. Maybe soybeans next week. My hogs are
happy. They don’t have African Swine Fever. So far, the U.S. has been able to keep our country
free of that deadly disease. A lot of poultry farms have been hit with bird flu. Beef cow slaughter
is 16% higher than last year. We have a weather problem called drought. The result is herd
liquidation because ranchers don’t have enough food for their cows. That’s enough challenges
for today. Have a safe harvest.

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