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Feb 22, 2010
***We had quite a bit of feedback following the February 20-21, 2010 edition of U.S. Farm Report...

*COMMENT #1:
Gentleman,
   I apologize for my lack of corn knowledge up front,  But if I heard you right the biodiesel companies will be short a million corn bushels, but you also reported the large number of micro toxins in the stored corn.  I know these micro toxins could be a problem in feed and producing whiskey, but if it boiled and distilled for biodiesel why can't the micro toxin corn be used for this without a discount to the farmer.
Thank you for your patience.  kjsanville

***John's Reply:
   The problem is the mycotoxins are not eradicated in the process of making ethanol.  This article may help.
Thanks for watching and for your feedback.
John

*COMMENT #2:
John,
    Maybe the financial situations of our governments will open our eyes to how poorly they handle "our" money.  This country was set up so that the private sector provided the services the government tries to run.  They have proven over and over that they are inefficient and ineffective; a waste of the taxpayers money (If the average person spent a week living in government housing, I guarantee they would understand this point.).
    Perhaps we will learn that the private sector doing these services, 1) puts money in the taxpayers pocket, 2) provides better services, 3) produces more efficient results, and 4) ensures the government has the tax money it requires.  Leaving the money in "our" pocket keeps money moving throughout our businesses and will ultimately require less taxation by the government.
    Either the people will have money or the government will have money.  If the people have the money, they will be able to make their own choices, spending their money that keeps the economy moving.  If the government has the money, we have less money to spend and they will make choices for us.
Scott Anderson

*COMMENT #3:
   Listening to your broadcast last week it seemed that you inferred that countries in Europe had larger economies than states in the United States. Looking at state economies: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_U.S._states_by_GDP_%28nominal%29 and country economies http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_GDP_%28PPP%29 shows the European Union economy about the same size as the United States and countries in Europe similar in size to states of the United States. It seems to show Illinois $633,697 million vs Greece $341,688 million. It might help me if your economists explained these relationships in more detail.
Rollin Strohman, Professor Emeritus
BioResource and Agricultural Engineering Department
Cal Poly


*COMMENT #4:
    Farmers grow other things besides corn ie tomatoes peppers watermelons swt. corn potatoes ,get the idea? Maybe you should change the name of the show to THE US CORN REPORT. 
Harry Hopkins
 
*COMMENT #5:
     To John and Staff at U.S.Farm Report: In regard to  your weekend shows  it is so good to have John at the roundtable discussions as it gives the viewer an Agricultural Farm based opinion which is so much better for us lay people to understand.   We have a small family farm in Homer, N.Y. which is 30 minutes south of Syracuse.  Enjoy your show very much!  
Annette and Gerald Neuman
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