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Sunday morning, at the end of "U.S. Farm Report," you talked abut the importance of maintaining the infrastructure that allows us to get grain to ports for overseas shipment. While nobody would disagree with that editorial, I have the opinion that we are making a big mistake in shipping our production overseas mostly as grain.
In the late '40s and early '50s, there would be a line of trucks zigzagging through the parking lot of the administration building of Peoria Union Stock Yard waiting to unload cattle and hogs. That is, a considerable percentage of our production in central Illinois left the farm as live animals rather than as grain. Some of those animals were butchered a block or two away in Peoria and left the city as processed meat. Chicago was known as the hog butcherer of the world. Going back to the years through WWII, our farm of about a quarter section of bottomland and river bluff had chickens, a few milk cows, beef cows, hogs and sheep plus the work horses.
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