VIewers Speak: Income Up, So Are Expenses
Dec 05, 2011
The following viewer comments were received in response to the Dec. 3-4, 2011, edition of "U.S. Farm Report"
#1: You reported that 2011 gross farm income is expected to reach an all-time high. Please soon report that farm expenses are also at an all-time high. Sometime during the early 1970s while working at a rather large farm service center at Bellevue, Ohio, I sold potash to dairy farmers for $36 per ton for alfalfa topdress. Granted, that was for a VERY short time. Potash soon went back to $45 to $50 per ton. Today I think if you could buy potash for $400 per ton you would be getting the low price. I am not complaining or bragging. The high price of inputs is just another way of keeping the farmer "down on the farm."
Successfully, Bert Livingston - Fremont, OH
#2: I was watching your TV program this Saturday, and I have a topic which has been bothering me for some time. I know that our government has gotten involved in telling farmers what to plant and how much. While driving around farm country and seeing some fields sitting bare, the question comes up as to why? Why can't all available fields be planted with food plants to help feed our families who are having a hard time putting food on their tables?
We have a big and terrible problem in our country, which should not be happening here. We have enough farms in every state of our country to help supply enough food, to help feed our U.S. citizens. We have good soil that is sitting bare due to our government telling farmers how much they can plant. I watch the wind blow topsoil, stirring up dust, while these fields sit with growing weeds.
The government needs to get out of our farmers' lives and let them plant their fields to help feed our country. We need to start supplying our own food and get our country back to being the most productive country with canneries in putting our own food in our grocery stores at a price every low-income family can afford. It's a shame what is going on with all the emergency food banks throughout our country.
Would like to see you cover this subject on your TV program.
#3: I am a small farmer, and am very concerned with things going on in this country.This new Roundup Ready seed from Monsanto is a very big concern of mine. It has put us on a pesticide treadmill, and we wonder why there is so much cancer today. Isn't the answer black and white, or have we all lost common sense? The corn that we grow in this country that is Roundup Ready is considered a pesticide. I would urge everyone on RFD and the Farm Report monitor who have not watched www.thefutureoffood.com commercial-free video to please do so. This will inform a lot of people who truly don't understand what is going on with the Roundup Ready seed and the small farmer. I do not have anything to do with this video, I stumbled upon it and found it to be very informative.
Another thing that bothers me is ethanol. Do we really think that we can grow enough corn to fuel this country and feed the people? Please correct me if I am out of line here, but this will be impossible. It also will cause food to keep increasing in price. One of the reasons, as I'm sure you know, is it is driving the cost of feed for livestock, which in turn drives up consumer prices.