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March 2014 Archive for U.S. Farm Report Mailbag

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Comments, questions, opinions...this is your chance to speak out regarding anything and everything reported on U.S. Farm Report. Viewer feedback updated regularly.

Viewers Speak: GMO's, Gluten & Tax Codes

Mar 27, 2014

 ***Editor’s Note:  The following comments were received in response to recent episodes of U.S. Farm Report…

#1:  Dear Mr. Phipps - Your commentaries on March 8 and March 15 hit the bullseye concerning the misconceptions about a connection between childhood vaccinations and autism, the GMO debate, and the possible connection between gluten content and celiac disease. My view is that this rejection of science is caused by the fact that over the last 40 years, our high schools and colleges have taught people what to think, not how to think. Plus, high school graduation requirements in science and math have been reduced dramatically. When my kids were in high school, I had to (on a daily basis) dispel numerous fallacies presented to them by teachers with some kind of personal agenda. The most egregious was when a teacher told them they should not eat chocolate because, he claimed, it comes from the same plant as cocaine!  One of my current co-workers, who has kids in junior high and high school, is having to fight the same battle I did 20 years ago. We have produced a couple of generations of highly ignorant people with this self-destructive methodology. The dumbing down continues, and far too few parents are combating it.  Ed Jones - Palmdale, CA

#2:  Gluten is just another in the long line of food related concerns and like the majority of the others, is being pushed by a small group.  It's the old adage of the wheel that squeaks gets the grease.  Others of note are the GMO/GME's and it appears to me that none have looked in a mirror lately and as all humans are a genetic product and all that game and animals that we have been eating over the years is also, so it's a bit late to be of concern. Organics are better than conventional but when analyzed in a lab - come out exactly the same.  Add items like peanut butter and minimize that perhaps one in 10K has an allergy and it becomes time to panic. FDR put it best … "We have nothing to fear - but fear itself."  It gets a workout these days.  Bill Lindblad - Hillsville, VA

#3:  I suggest a website by Janelle Saar.  Go to the Blog section and find "Do you want to keep that belief?"  GMO opponents have evolved to the "belief" stage with sufficient time and distance to become internalized.   Logic, science, marketing, money, etc…are not effective as John pointed out.  If GMO is to survive, the belief must be changed.  Please check the Blog.  Thanks -Harry Wallace 

#4:  I enjoy US Farm Report.   The other day John Phipps commented on a congressman speaking on the subject of redoing the income tax forms (simplifying it to a 10% or 25% level).  I agree that the tax code is too complicated.  However, when John Phipps said that this congressman proposed that fertilizer no longer be deductible, I sat up straight and said "WHAT ?????".     I can only assume that this congressman thinks that fertilizer is over applied and more of a pollutant than a necessary input for the crop.  This is just plain absurd, and in my opinion another example of how out of touch with agriculture many of our elected officials are.  Pat Bird - Marcus, IA

Viewers Speak: Cost of Production and a Weather Question

Mar 11, 2014

 ***Editor's Note:  The following viewer comments were received in response to the March 8-9, 2014 edition of U.S. Farm Report...

#1:  I'll tell you right up front that I am a retired part time farmer and certainly don't pretend to be a marketing expert. One statement that marketing advisers like to make that always raises questions in my mine is roughly "Know your cost of production and if the price of corn, beans, etc. is above your cost of production you need to think about selling". I would NOT dispute that you MUST know your cost of production. However I would argue that your decision to sell needs to be made only on your best understanding of the markets. It seems to me that if the market is up, yet still below your cost of production, you need to be thinking about how to either enhance the value of your crop, or lower your cost of production! Holding for a higher price will simply compound your losses. The Achilles heel of the part time farmer is a high cost of production. Gail Metzger - Bronson, MI

#2:  Does humidity affect how we perceive cold as it does how we perceive hot?  I have noticed a few times that a day will feel colder than the day before, but the temperature is a few degrees higher.  Everything thing else is almost the same such as wind speed, cloud cover, etc.  If humidity does affect how we perceive cold, is it not mentioned because wind chill is a bigger factor?  Thanks, John Morgan - Lexington, MO

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