2012

Farm Programs

May 31 2012

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This is the year that we are supposed to write a new farm bill. Every 5 years, we write a farm bill. Over the years, farm programs and supports have evolved, driven by a series of changes in the U.S. and…

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A West Point Cadet

May 24 2012

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Renewable Fuels Association, Monsanto, and John Deere. They are all friends, supporters, and allies of a healthy farm economy and prosperous rural America. Thank you.

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This week, I attended my West Point class reunion. Memories came flooding back. I had been out of Knoxville High School only a month. I climbed on a train in Galesburg, Illinois – on to Chicago – on…

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Obesity & Hunger

May 17 2012

Hello everybody out there in farm country. This radio commentary is brought to you by the Renewable Fuels Association, Monsanto, and John Deere. They are all friends, supporters, and allies of a healthy farm economy and prosperous rural America. Thank you.

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Just this week on Tuesday, May 15, we celebrated the establishment of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. President Abraham Lincoln signed the legislation 150 years ago. It has been a very successful 150…

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Ag Issues of the Day

May 10 2012

Hello everybody out there in farm country. This radio commentary is brought to you by the Renewable Fuels Association, Monsanto, and John Deere. They are all friends, supporters, and allies of a healthy farm economy and prosperous rural America. Thank you.

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As you know, we win a few and lose a few.

After thousands of comments criticizing the Department of Labor’s proposed rule to disallow children under 16 years of age to work on farms, they withdrew the…

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NAFTA

May 3 2012

Hello everybody out there in farm country. This radio commentary is brought to you by the Renewable Fuels Association, Monsanto, and John Deere. They are all friends, supporters, and allies of a healthy farm economy and prosperous rural America. Thank you.

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Let me review with you a success story that has been a major plus for the U.S. and especially for our ag industry. I’m talking about the North American Free Trade Agreement between U.S., Canada, and…

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