/Viewers React to Inflation, Russia and a New Truck/

Published on: 19:15PM Dec 29, 2014

***Editor’s Note:  The following comments were received in response to the December 27-28, 2014 editions of U.S. Farm Report…

#1:  John, I get up early just to watch USFR and I enjoy your comments, but I have to worry who buys the things around your farm. You said inflation is almost nothing.  I doubt you buy much baler twine, but we can start there. It has tripled (300%) in not too many years, almost $10.00 a bale (2 balls) in the last year. I’d rather not get into parts, fertilizer, non GMO seed etc.  Willard Wamsley - Clarksville, MO

#2:  John's new truck looks like John.  It's NOT a 4 door 4WD diesel dually.  It is red though (must have got a real deal on it). Seriously, maybe you can occasionally include with your future talkers a guy who does technical analysis.  Charts, including long term charts, can be revealing.  Joe Lane - Carthage, TN

#3:  As much as you may be fed up with “the goof from Issaquah”, I do wonder about your opinions about two questions:   1: Even as a kid, and not even related to a farmer, I was appalled at the massive loss of farmland to development.  This makes a great case for GMO farming, and I get that.  I wonder if in your reading and ponderings if you have ever seen a way to get that slowed, (I never have).  2:  Also, speaking of GMOs, I’ve never heard anyone but the non-GMO community address the idea that GMO farming allows and might even give incentive to farmers to grow in less-than-optimum soil conditions.  This would make the craft less expensive for them, but less valuable to the consumer,  i.e., less vitamin and nutrient value.  All this may, or may not be true, since I’ve heard only one side of the story.  Joe Carlson - Issaquah, WA

#4:  To Mike Hoffman - I am the guy from the Crawfordsville area (Indiana) that runs the fertilizer plat south of Linden at the overpass.  I talked to you about the rain here last year, well we have had a bumper amount again this year (91.4 inches to date) that is a big flood for Indy.  God bless and  have  Merry Christmas and Happy Safe New Year.  Dale Newhouse

#5:  Russia is going to pivot to Asia, to coin a term.  Most Russians have a natural affinity towards Europe and the United States.  Still, they will only allow themselves to be pushed so far, after which they will take their business elsewhere.  The sanctions are about as effective as throwing tennis balls at a tank.  The drop in oil prices does really hurt.  The most serious problem for Russia is that it allowed itself to become overly dependent on oil revenues, rather than building a broad-based economy.  Russia's leaders are well aware of their problems and have expressed a desire to set things right (for Russia).  They don't appear to have a specific plan, but sometimes just recognizing that you have a problem is a good start.  Watch for Russia to continue to strengthen ties with China, Iran, India, Kazakhstan, etc, while reducing trade with Europe.   To learn more about China, turn to CCTV and Xinhua.  Russia is harder to learn about, but try the Moscow Times/St. Petersburg Times or talk to people from Russia who live in your area.  If you haven't done so already, you should become familiar with the SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organization) and the Silk Road Project.   Peter Gadwa

 #6:  Thanks for the insights on political and military restraint at times of world crisis. Ukraine brings to mind the WWII Yalta meeting between Roosevelt, Stalin, and Churchill, which was supposed to be a negotiation of terms and division of a liberated Europe. The Crimea was the scene of the famed Charge of the Light Brigade years earlier, and it became the Soviet's sole warm water military port. But Stalin never did allow army occupation lands their self-determination. As he had understood it, that was settled earlier with Churchill, as scribbled on a half-sheet of paper, on October 10, 1944 in Moscow as an understanding of "proportionate influence" with a wink and a nod. To him, from then on, it was his by right of conquest, for security if not for tribute. World-wide communication now brings to people's minds a government's level of fulfillment of its duties of ownership in comparison to others. Prosperity and services elsewhere are easy to see. And tyrants can't as easily sell security as their reason for disparities. Putin wants the economic benefit to Russia, and selling both Soviet-era strength and pride is important to a party boss. But he'd be wise to recognize that it's cheaper to rent. Making strong business relations can do all of his wishes without all the responsibilities. Though, he will not be "de-clawed" at Sevastopol. He's not there to vacation at the "Czar's Riviera." The true danger of world conflict is the unfair distribution of wealth and opportunity. Tyrannical totalitarian or religious control that hogs profits, while preventing the fair flow of commodities to satisfy real human needs, is what brings about change. That's usually more violent than the fall of the Berlin Wall. Wouldn't you agree? Empty stomachs and idled youths are dangerous things. I hope John has time and inclinations to serve the nation in office, above sea level and as he has on the air. Keep up the great work on your wonderful show! Gregory Clifford - St. Francis, MN