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Mar 22, 2011
***The following comments were received following the March 19-20, 2011 edition of U.S. Farm Report...
#1: Let me convey that I am a regular viewer of US Farm Report and appreciate your efforts. I have been a livestock market analysts for better than 30 years and I am currently the Market Director with the Texas Cattle Feeders Association in Amarillo Texas. During this weekend's show Al Pell made a Freudian slip when he was asking a question of the market analyst, he asked how the current market effects Indiana. The point I would like to make is your show is unfairly biased to the central and eastern Corn Belt and to row crop production. There is a whole bunch of agriculture that you cover just in passing. I am well aware you are working with a restrictive budget and geographic constraints but, please broaden your horizons. In his commentary this week John Phipps was commenting about the horrible situation in Japan and made the comment that he thought the future of U.S. agriculture exports would favor livestock producers and bulk grain exports could take a back seat. That is a well thought observation. Please, take head of your own observations and broaden your coverage.
Don Close - Canyon, TX
#2: This is in response to the "pop quiz" sent by a lady in Missouri about the price of cattle in the 1870's. This is an excerpt from a letter written by my great-grandfather in 1899. Although the price of cattle is not addressed, I thought your viewers might be interested. The price of corn was $.26 per cwt, wheat $.56/cwt, oats $.56/cwt, barley $.33/cwt, rye $.40/cwt, potatoes $.75/cwt, hogs $3.00/cwt, butter $.10/lb, eggs $.10/doz flour $1.50/cwt.
Sarah Bishop - Tulsa, Ok
I TOTALLY have to disagree with your statements about GMO's a few weeks ago as well as the commercials USFR runs every week for Dekalb and other GMO companies.
No, people are not dropping over like flies from GMO's, but there's no way I can ever believe that science is better than nature. They claim that we have to eat 5 times the food today to get the same nutritional value as our grandparents did. True, some of this may be due to soil depletion, but has anyone ever stopped to think that maybe this is nature's way of telling us to keep our fingers out of something? If people could get the same nutritional value of food today as they did 100 years ago, people could get by with less food. (We obviously eat much more than they did then.) Perhaps 1 reason food isn't as high in nutrition today is also due to our messing with nature. I believe the problem lies with, and started with, the big food giants and the almighty dollar. They make so much today off of their research and patened seeds, does anyone REALLY think that they're going to want to give that up? Is there anything someoe can do to have this studied?
#4: What is "The Market?" Put another way, what is so powerful and all-knowing that an event in Japan or half-way around the world will affect our livelihoods in such a dramatic way as we have just recently seen? And, it is not just agriculture.I have asked this question before in other settings and have never gotten an answer which I could understand.
Thanks a lot. Always enjoy your show.
William F Keever
#5: Very interesting conversation. Gregg (Hunt) keeps tapping the table when he talks. I can totally understand, if someone cut off my hands I couldn’t have a conversation with anyone! LOL! But the tapping is magnified by the microphones and it is really coming thru on my television. Thanks!
#6: I imagne there has been many messages about the comments John Phipps had about the price of oil, fuel & gas. Not often I have a need to write and make a complaint about a stteament made by somone but I feel a need to now. Last Sturday I watched John Phipps defend the oil companies. There is no need to quote John as you have a recording to play back, but in short I feel he was was off the mark with his comments. Personally I do not like to see anyone or any company make huge profits from taking away from the less fortunate. Then to get these profits they misuse natural resorces by having not safe working conditions, not safe protection from spills and not telling the truth when accidents happen. Oil companies get help from our tax dollars to explore, have roads furnised for transportation of their product and water and sewers built for workers. In North Dakota they are paying a former govener to promote less tax on oil companies while towns, townships and counties foot the bills for all the new traffic. Some they will see no tax revenue from for quite some time and not for the amount needed now. We as farmers and ranchers along with wholesalers and retailers have so much of our cost tied up into oil and it products. I see no starving oilmen or women. I do see despirate families trying to pay for heating bills, transportation costs and operating costs due to the profits made by the oil companies. Well that is a mouthful of concern on my part. It hurts when I see someone who has a pay check coming in when it is due to those who are only counting on profits from their operations and businesses to keep their family fed, clothed and sheltered. Please give that some thought.
Tom Lake, Underwood, MN