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Thank You!

It’s ironic that after 48 years of making a living with words that I find myself at a loss of them to describe my feelings as I retire.  I look back in amazement at the […]

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AoA Commentary

Follow the Law

Deadlines are a part of life.  We all deal with them and most of the time we try to meet them whether we like them or not especially if they are required by law.  Unfortunately […]

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AoA Commentary

Long Overdue

It was long overdue but Congress has finally passed an infrastructure bill.  Like most spending bills this one has some good and some not so good.  Overall it does address some needs that have been […]

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AoA Commentary

Full Speed Ahead

Despite recent election results and perhaps because of them, House Democrats continue to push ahead with two massive spending bills.  To some the recent election results indicate a lack of support for these big spending […]

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AoA Commentary

Underdogs

When I heard about a group of beef producers planning to start their own packing plant I thought about a similar effort that took place several years ago.  Back then it was a group of […]

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AoA Commentary

Muddy Waters

Leading up to the 2016 presidential election many farmers told me their biggest issues were selection of Supreme Court justices and the Waters of the US rule.  Donald Trump said he would get rid of […]

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AoA Commentary

Getting Greedy

The recent failure to pass an infrastructure bill reminds us of the dysfunctional way our government often operates.  In recent years both Republicans and Democrats have repeatedly promised passage of meaningful infrastructure legislation only to […]

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AoA Commentary

Energy Sprawl

I’m old enough to remember when urban sprawl was a big concern.  Valuable farmland being taken out of production for development happens all across the country in the name of progress.  Fortunately thanks to the […]

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AoA Commentary

Carrots & Sticks

As Congress works on another multi-trillion dollar spending package, agriculture finds itself in an interesting position. Proponents of the bill keep dangling carrots in front of agriculture to get its support. Dollars for research, conservation, […]

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AoA Commentary

Who Makes The Call?

Every year there are crop production concerns somewhere.  This year drought has hit the western and upper midwestern states very hard.  The eastern corn belt is doing much better.  Some areas may have record or […]