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John Visits an Auction

Apr 14, 2009
Over this weekend I watched an episode of U.S. Farm Report, as I regularly do.  I found this week's version of "John's World" with John Phipps in reference to an auction he attended to be particularly enjoyable--equal parts humor, sensibility, and truth ("any excuse to gossip with old friends seems like a good idea these days").  I am only 27 years of age, but look forward to the commentary of folks like Phipps and Orion Samuelson on a regular basis.
 
After Phipps' segment he asked for feedback and this e-mail address popped up.  So...I have a small suggestion.  How about a portion of your website where his commentary segments are archived in print?  I have the ability to get RFDTV with my local satellite dish carrier, but I have family and friends who would thoroughly enjoy his thoughts but do not have the luxury of viewing them.  I would like to pass them along via a link or e-mail if that were made possible.
 
Thanks for your consideration and keep up the great work.
  
Josh Fiedler
 
Waite Park, MN

EDITOR'S NOTE:  Printed transcripts are available for each edition on the U.S. Farm Report home page, listed under "weekly recaps".  Below is a copy of the commentary that aired April 11-12, 2009:

 
 
I STOPPED BY A NEARBY LAND AUCTION ON MY WAY TO SOUTH BEND TO TAPE THE SHOW THIS WEEK. THERE ARE FEW SPECTATOR SPORTS MORE ENJOYABLE FOR FARMERS THAN WATCHING A NEIGHBOR SPEND ENORMOUS AMOUNTS OF MONEY IN PUBLIC.
 
JUST LIKE CHURCH, THE BACK ROWS WERE CROWDED WITH ONLOOKERS AND SECRETIVE BIDDERS, WITH THE MORE SERIOUS PARTICIPANTS SEATED SOMEWHAT CLOSER. I WAS STRUCK BY THE AGE OF THE AUDIENCE - IT'S NOT TOO OFTEN WHEN I'M IN A PUBLIC GATHERING AND REALIZE I'M BELOW THE MEDIAN AGE.
 
BUT AUCTIONS LIKE THIS ARE A GREAT PLACE TO SEE NEIGHBORS WHO WE MAY HAVE MISSED DURING THE WINTER, AND I VISITED WITH SEVERAL BEFORE THE BIDDING BEGAN. I FOUND OUT ABOUT FAMILY HAPPENINGS AND CHILDREN UPDATES, DIVORCES AND DEATHS, AND OF COURSE, WHO WAS FARMING WHAT LAND THIS YEAR.
 
THE AUCTION WAS SLIGHTLY DISAPPOINTING FOR MANY I THINK. A NEIGHBORING FARMER BOUGHT ONE ADJACENT PARCEL, AS WE ALL EXPECTED. THE SECOND PARCEL WAS PURCHASED BY A FATHER-SON PARNERSHIP IN THE AREA AFTER REMARKABLY BRIEF BIDDING. ON THE WHOLE, FEW OF US COULD REACH ANY CONCLUSION ABOUT WHAT THESE TWO SMALL FIELDS MEANT TO THE OVERALL LAND MARKET.
 
STILL, I'M GLAD I WAS THERE. NOT EVERY AUCTION CAN BE A NAIL-BITING DRAMA, BUT ANY EXCUSE TO GOSSIP WITH OLD FRIENDS SEEMS LIKE A GOOD IDEA THESE DAYS.
  
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