May 12, 2022

May 12, 2022

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And now today’s commentary-

I have 5 different issues to bring up today.

1. Here is something proposed by the Securities and Exchange Commission that will cost
family farms and small business agriculture a lot of time and money. They want to
require corporations to report on greenhouse gas emissions in their supply chain. Farmers
are part of that supply chain. The American Farm Bureau Federation is right. It would
increase agriculture costs that are already going up.

2. Putin’s war in Ukraine is front page every day. Russia’s military is stealing hundreds of
thousands of tons of Ukrainian wheat. They are stealing vegetable oil also. Russia and
Ukraine are the biggest exporters of wheat in the world. However, Ukraine is not able to
export on the Black Sea. Russia has shut that door. The countries that rely on that food
supply are very concerned, as they should be.

3. An incentive to encourage more U.S. production has been suggested. The idea is to offer
an extra $10 per acre to farmers if they double crop wheat and soybeans. Some farms do
that now. I have done it in years past. But you can expect to experience a lower yield –
especially from soybeans. We have very good prices for wheat and soybeans now. I think
most farmers will make the judgement of their farming practice that will bring in the
most money. We shouldn’t be trying to subsidize this farming decision.

4. The Homeland Security Secretary has created a “Disinformation Government Board.”
That is scary. Government departments can be very political. They will strive to shut
down any free speech that doesn’t agree with them. The media is supposed to evaluate
the issues and give us the facts. I know they have not done the job they should but
handing that job to a politically appointed government department would be complete

5. Last subject: here is a “very sobering picture” said Gene Dabaro who has headed the
Government Accountability Office. “Our federal government faces an unsustainable
fiscal future.” We are all aware that if we keep running a big budget deficit our
government will have to just borrow more money. And with interest rates going up, that
borrowing will cause our debt to skyrocket. Think about the money we are spending to
support Ukraine. Until next week.

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