Your mail bag response showed a level of gracious humility with an acute perception of farming reality. Rare in life, rarer still in journalism, whether from a conservative or liberal viewpoint.
Utilizing skills learned from family, 4H, and FFA I raised sheep that partially paid my way through college during the triple double era (late 70s - early 80s) for interest, inflation and unemployment. Many farms were lost during this time. I am fortunate my parents were able to survive through those times; however, I know of many who did not. I can’t help but wonder if the current economic climate parallels the late 70s/80s. Albeit inflation and interest is lower; and yet, I perceive a national economic storm brewing. Not because of the recent banking issues but rather because the average American worker can no longer afford to buy the products they produce while their own corporate executives achieve even greater bonuses. Ten percent of Americans earn fifty percent of the income.
Does one corner of a field produce 50% of the yield? Of course, it would stand to reason, that portion of the field deserves 50% of the home grown “fertilizer”?
Again, thank you for comments and for your weekly thoughts.
Jay Kottke, CPA, MBA
I'm not a farmer, living in a higher density populated area near the nations capitol, I miss the years when I lived in productive lands. I enjoy watching the show. You are carried on WBFF 45.1 here in the Baltimore/DC market. Since I've converted over to Over the Air DTV I'm happy to find programs such as yours being broadcast over the air. I love Baxter Black, John's comments, and the ability to remain aware of the challanges and successes of America's Farmers. Many in my area forget the significance of Agriculture in our Nations significance in the world as a whole. Thank you for your work!