***Editor's Note: The following comments were received in response to the November 19-20, 2011 edition of U.S. Farm Report...
#1: John...just wanted to comment on your editorial in part of your Sunday November 20th show. You made a statement regarding the role of the USDA, perhaps connected with the existing farm programs. Although you need to be commended for raising the question, my thoughts about it, however does not fit the entire situation. I do see things happening that should be looked at, but the question always before us is who should do the looking. I personally have been involved with the NRCS part, formerly the Soil Conservation Service, preparing soil surveys mostly throughout SE Minnesota. I now serve in an elected position as a Soil and Water Conservation Supervisor for my local county, which I do voluntarily. I was also asked to chair the Hiawatha Valley Resource and Development Council, which is a part of a series of 370 councils that were formed as a part of a program started by the former secretary of the USDA, Orville Freeman and administered under the NRCS budget. The latter part of the 2011 USDA's budget year zeroed out funding for this organization, which was a real disappointment for me for a number of reasons.