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The AgriTalk broadcast is done for today, but the conversation continues. AgriTalk host Mike Adams shares his thoughts and opinions on the news of the week and invites your feedback.
The recent announcement by ADM that they were creating a new world headquarters in another city must have been quite a shock to people in Decatur, Illinois. Anyone living in a community that has lost businesses and jobs knows that feeling. The ripple effect on other businesses, school districts and community morale is significant. I live in a community near Decatur that is still dealing with those kinds of losses. While I could feel their pain a closer look seems to indicate the news isn't all bad for Decatur. While losing 100 jobs, 4400 remain. ADM has announced it will establish a new intermodal transportation facility that could attract new businesses and create more jobs. Also, ADM announced it will maintain its current level of charitable contributions at a minimum level of $ 1 million a year for the next 10 years and $ 500,000 a year for 5 years to Decatur public schools. In addition ADM pledged $ 250,000 a year for 3 years to help economic development efforts. While no town wants to lose jobs, I'm sure a lot of communities around the country that have, wish their bad news was as good as Decatur's.
During our recent RFS debate between Bob Dinneen of the Renewable Fuels Association and Kristina Butts with the National Cattlemens Beef Association, it was interesting to note how often the two sides agreed. To be sure there were definite areas of disagreement especially on the waiver process and whether it needs to be changed or not. Both sides made good points and did so in a civil, friendly manner. It was refreshing to see, especially in Washington D.C., people on opposites sides of an issue willing to sit down face to face and discuss their differences while seeking a workable solution. Whether that solution is reached remains to be seen but both sides seem closer for being willing to talk and more importantly listen to each other. We can only hope members of Congress will try the same approach. Maybe then we'll see progress rather than gridlock on important issues facing our country.