***The following viewer reaction was received following the March 26-27, 2011 edition of U.S. Farm Report...
#1: I know I am not a farmer but I still have a question. I so enjoy your show on Saturday mornings. I have heard comments that we don’t have enough farm land left. Is this shortage due to the gov’t paying farmers not to farm? Contractors building huge shopping malls where a farm once was? What does this mean? We travel across the country from Northern Michigan to Southwest Colorado each summer and we used to see “just corn”. We are seeing less corn being grown but we do see open land. I often thing if there were camps out there where a parent could send their son or daughter to learn about farming. My daughter has two young boys and I have often told her they need to go volunteer their time and learn to feel the dirt. Have you noticed most farmers are getting rid of their milking cows? Is this so our milk will come from overseas?Nancy - Ocqueoc, MI
#2: Dear Mr. Pell - you mentioned the lack of information regarding corn stillage this morning on U.S. Farm Report (3/26/11). A lot more is needed…if the industry waits until corn is short and the critics are long, loud and plentiful, farmers will take the brunt of a lot of hate. I've heard criticism from two people behind the camera ---- both good Christian people but they need to be better informed -- one was the retiring Pat Robertson of the 700 club who in so many words said that ethanol was taking the food out of starving people's mouths. The second, Hal Lindsey, a man who was once the most read nonfiction writer in the world and now makes a living explaining current events against Bible prophecy: he had this to say – "the corn used to flll a 25 gallon fuel tank with ethanol would have fed one starving person for a whole year." He did not say where he learned that, and I have no idea of how correct he is. A very acute felt need for straight information exists. I'm sure that among the departments of agriculture in Indiana, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois and Ohio the knowledge, supported by hard facts, can be found. It is important that the public knows that less than a third of the corn kernels are used up for ethanol. What about the two thirds that is not used(?) – the stillage – how much food does this produce? Shirl
#3: I really enjoy your show, especially the commodity reports and analysis. Being a full time teacher, I don't have a lot of time to keep up on daily markets and read daily analysis, etc. Watching your show gives me a good update on markets for the previous week and analysis as to what may happen. It helps when I talk to local farmers to know what is currently happening. Thanks again for the good show. John Morgan, Lexington R-5 Ag Dept/FFA - Lexington, MO