A Comment & a Question
Apr 08, 2011
#1: John, after watching this program for well over a year know I’ve come to respect and your views and analysis on issues affecting the Ag community and the majority of the time completely agree with them. So here’s one for you. The EPA seems to constantly be at odds with every farm organization these days. And not being a farmer or in the Ag industry for all I know maybe it’s always been the case. But what I keep hearing from these AG organizations that are attacking the EPA is that they (the EPA) are not basing their decisions on sound science. Is the EPA really that incompetent so that every regulation, at least the one’s affecting the Ag community is based on unsound science? Frankly I don’t believe this and while it may be at least partially true for a few issues, I believe it’s more likely the it’s just the latest “catch phrase” being used by these organizations, and are probably other non-Ag originations, that are at odds with new EPA regulations and the reason they are so against these regulations is it’s going to affect their “bottom-line” or make it harder to do business. I know the EPA is not perfect and some regulations may need to reviewed or modified because they are over burdensome but the EPA has done much more good than harm since they’ve been around and I have much more respect for EPA than most business’ that are at odds with them. I would say the EPA has a much better track record than anyone who opposes them (on average). Thanks John! And I’ll keep watching! Keith Larochelle - Hartford, MN
#2: I am writing this email in the hope that you can help me locate the necessary information and resources for pursuing a career change. I have a bachelors degree in electrical engineering and have worked in the computer software industry for the past two decades. I am interested in pursuing farming at this point in my life due to the independence and lifestyle it affords. I would appreciate if you could provide me with the name of a good consultant who can educate and guide me regarding how to secure funding, how to identify the best crop to grow considering the present and future markets, how to find an appropriate piece of land on which to grow that crop, and on how to grow, harvest and market that crop. I would also appreciate if you could provide me with the names of any websites, articles, books, informational brochures or other resources that I can use to research these topics. Thank you in advance for your help in this matter. I look forward to hearing from you soon.
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