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Viewers Speak: The Economy, Term Limits & Legacy

May 20, 2013


***Editor’s Note:  The following comments were received in response to the May 18-19, 2013 edition of U.S. Farm Report…

#1: John, In my opinion, your positive macro-economic assessment can be distilled into a few simple equations. First, production X price = income. This equation is valid, regardless of what is produced and consumed domestically, from corn on the cob to the tooth picks we use after we eat it. Absent a depression in nature, it's almost impossible to prevent an economic recovery when domestically produced raw materials flow through the economy at parity prices because raw material prices dictate the demand for inputs. Nature credits and mankind debits...This natural exchange equation is the primary ingredient of the capitalist miracle. It seems that Ben Bernanke understands this much better than Paul Volcker and Alan Greenspan. See:

 Sincerely, Fred Lundgren - Katy TX

#2:  Hi John and Tyne. We love your show and look forward to watching it each week.  While we are not farmers, we appreciate the hard work and effort of U.S. producers and your report about them.  We also enjoy your many features, including Tyne’s Legacy Report.  We so wish we had sent this to Tyne earlier, since this family farm is in the backyard of the Valley Ford feature she just recorded.  We are hoping the email below will prompt another trip to California for Tyne.  Thank you for your consideration. Lisa and Glenn Miller - Clayton, CA

#3:  Yes, John your right. Despite the fears and concerns about where the country is going (which are well founded with a rear view mirror on history) the essence of Spirit that this country has been founded on is what allows this Democracy to flourish. Simple, adapt and overcome. All living things will do it. What makes this country one of the better places to live is that we still have enough freedom to overcome obstacles, although some question that, but hey, we can vote and CHANGE that too. TERM LIMITS WOULD FIX MOST OF IT! From the Federal level to State and Local, this is what will allow Democracy to flourish and relieve us of the gridlock in our government.  For me as a builder, I was totally wiped out financially. I still have not recovered. I am in school full time pursuing a Construction Engineering Management Technology degree from Purdue at IUPUI, Indianapolis. I will be moving there from Monterey, California. With all of the red tape for building in California, I will probably never go back. There are greener pastures out there. Yes, it was hard personally to be financially ruined, but the light came on late one evening at 10:30pm looking down the back yard of my now foreclosed home and realized is was the best thing that could of ever happened to me. I was free of the obligation and sure, my credit was ruined, but that would change in 7 years. I realized that in the meanwhile, I could go school and really expand my mind and leave the familiarity of despair trying to make ends meet. I have been in school for three years and nothing could be better. In a year, I will be in Indiana; I love that state. With little hassles to be self-employed and a lot of very large businesses have been setting up shop there, the future looks VERY BRIGHT. Caterpillar, GE's new Green Diesel locomotive shop in Muncie, Cummins diesel in Columbus, Rolls Royce - Aircraft Engines - (having taken over the old GM plant in Indianapolis); near the new Indianapolis' 4 Billion dollar airport, Subaru adding a 3rd shift (960 employees) next to Lafayette, Honday staying quite busy; it is hard for me to stay in California (WITH NO WORK). Yet here in California, Governor Brown gets upset when Governors come from other states to California siphoning off business. I can't blame the businesses for leaving.  With time going to pass no matter what, this will have been the best four years of my life. Three more years of school to complete my Masters In Science for Construction Management and opportunity will be everywhere for a guy like me. We all have heard of and may of said "Gee, if I only knew what I know now when I was younger,..."; well that is exactly what has happened for me. Everything is as it should be in every moment in time, even when it seems like a setback. In fact the things that seem to be the detriment to us are the best, it makes us change, adapt, and overcome the paralyzing fear of what to do. Most important of all, get a plan, anything. It is a sure way to leave behind the old. With Indianapolis reviewing their city and zoning codes that have not been looked at since 1969 (really?) a lot of big changes are coming to this area. I was speaking to an employee in Menard's (a home improvement store that Home Depot and Lowes could learn a thing from) and he said that Menard's is going to build 6 NEW STORES in Kentucky. Hey, they must know something because that is a big investment in the housing sector. The future looks great!  Thank you to all at US Farm Report for a consistent great job, Eric Dittmer

#4:  Dear U S Farm Report, hearing the statement that unemployment is down on your show today was a big turn-off.  Real unemployment is not down.  Homelessness is up:

They live in tents:

Park rangers see as many as 10 full-time campers in a park at one time. It's been a steady number of people in recent years who are often trying to climb back into the economic mainstream.  While I admire a man with GPS controlled tractors, I believe he has insulated himself with 200 miles of air from the real world of America today.  And it is going to get worse.  I expect serious civil disturbances this year esp. in cities in the Democratic states, but for the first time, I expect it in Texas; big, ugly and dirty.  All the best, Jim 

#5:  Has anyone ever compared planting techniques when planting soybeans?  My question is this – the difference in yield and quality between fall plowing and spring fitting, spring plowing and fitting, spring chisel plowing and fitting, and no till.  I realize that time and fuel costs play a large factor, but I wonder if it affects quality and yield between the four ways I mentioned?  Thank you – Ray Stephenson


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