***Editor’s Note: The following comments were received in response to the July 27-28, 2013 edition of U.S. Farm Report…
#1: I particularly enjoyed your comments last week. I call mowing a pleasant "mindless job". It is often employed on our farm when I just want to be outside while involved in a functional duty; besides the results enhance the looks of the property. The wedding thing is a huge waste of money. Several years ago when I advised my daughter how much I would contribute to her wedding, it did not go over very well. Negative feelings were evident for a very long time. There are so many other worthwhile things money can be spent on rather just trying to impress people. Bill Patterson - Shelby County, Ohio
#2: I just wanted to thank John for his commentaries the past two weeks (July 13 & 20) that occur midway through the program. The one last week about the wedding bubble and marriage was right on. The one two weeks ago was also excellent. There isn’t any difference between the actions of the voters and those we elect and we often do get what we ask for. As John accurately points out, there is a difference between asking for results and having our own way. John also refers to our elected officials as politicians. Instead of politicians, if we can only start electing statesmen. There is a difference between those two also. Dave Sauers
#3: I tune in to your program every Sunday morning to get farm and market news and weather. I always enjoy the program until you start spouting your obvious democratic socialist talking points. Some of us do not think that the constitution is an outdated document and believe in the freedom that it has afforded us over the first 200 years before the socialism began creeping in. If you feel that you need to tell us about your love of a united socialist states of America please at least give someone who believes in a free United States of America equal time. Ira Crumbaugh - Slater, MO
#4: Hi John, No doubt a marriage is better off with prudent planning ahead of time-- especially monetary issues, but let's go back a bit further than that-- if we take a look at who invented marriage in the first place. If a marriage is not grounded in the faith of the Father who created it, then it is likely to fail... a bond of unevenly yoked if you will. If something is not used or practiced the way it was intended don't expect it to last long-- whether it's marriage or farm equipment. Godspeed - Matt Holewinski
#5: Al Pell, my hearing is not the best but on this weekend's (July 27-28) farm report I thought I heard you say that the price of the JD 730 Diesel new in 1958 that was featured on the show was $3700. The price was actually about $5500- $5700 depending on how it was equipped. I grew up running those two cylinder tractors and still use a 620 on a regular basis around the farm. I try not to miss your show.
Jerry Ouverson - Fertile, Iowa
#6: Al, you say you are going to talk about wheat, then you don't. Instead, your guests restate what they have already said. I will keep watching, hoping for info pertaining to our commodity, but my Better Half just walked out. Lorri Williams - Washington State wheat, barley, canola grower
#7: Thank you John for your positive comments about rural carriers that you made last Friday on AgriTalk!!! City dwellers have no idea of the connection between a carrier & his patrons. I am a carrier in a rural area of central Missouri. We know whose cattle are on what farm, when you order chicks in the mail we call you early that morning to let you know that you can come to the back door of the post office before we open to pick them up. We know who is in the hospital & keep a daily eye on their place as we go by each day. If a birthday card comes without a complete address we can tell by the return address who it goes to. If your grandkids give us a card to be delivered that day we will make sure it gets same day delivery. We call the elderly on snowy days & tell them their mail is between the doors because we couldn’t live with ourselves if you slipped & fell going to the mailbox!!! We pull over & take our hats off when there is a funeral procession going to a rural cemetery. We leave bubble gum for your kids & now for their kids. I have some folks that I have to tell ahead of time if I am gonna take off or they will be calling wanting to know if everything is alright? This is another piece of rural America I feel is going by the wayside. p.s. you can’t believe all the goodies we receive @ Christmas time!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Proudly serving the residents on rural route #2, New Bloomfield, MO - Paul Claypool