99-Waning Political Influence Of the Agricultural Vote

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I discuss and look at the declining influence of the true agricultural vote.  Demographics are giving us less and less agricultural voters.  These voters are also trending more and more conservative in their voting.  Progressive liberals do not really care if commercial production agriculture votes for them.  They will win or lose without worrying about the farm vote.

I look at my own township and how the votes have changed through the years.  The rural vote is not really up for grabs anymore.  The rural vote is becoming more and more conservative in its makeup.  Does agriculture have the “ponies” to get relief, if it needed it anymore?

Who does agriculture partner with if it needs to?  Is there any partners.  Social issues are becoming more important and rural voters are trending more conservative.  Many rural towns are losing population.  People are moving to the country to get their own “5 acres of paradise”.

So where does this leave agriculture in the future?

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098- Current Events In Agriculture

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Farming Current Eventsworld grain markets

This podcast is about what is currently going on in the world and how it is affecting agriculture.

It touches on the Middle East, Ukraine, South China Sea, immigration, and how the United States just seems to not be able to get along with itself.  The agricultural markets are mentioned and just how this summer the whole world seems to be slipping into chaos.  Military cutbacks, the BRICS nations wanting to start their own bank and the economic doldrums with the employment situation thrown in.

Is it the leadership or lack of it in Washington D.C. or is it just us.  And most important how does this affect everybody in agriculture.

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097 – United States no longer the World’s Leader?

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Has the United States went from being the undisputed World leader to just one of the “boys”??????

Did we give it away or has others worked to take it away.

Who is the competition now?

I look at several things that looks to me we are fading away from being the World’s leader.

Many would say that is a good thing.  Both inside and outside this country.  From liberals who view most things about America as to being “bad”, to enemies who want us to fail.

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096 – Ukraine, Russia, China

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So why all the fuss about Ukraine?

Why is Putin doing what he is doing?

BRICSHow does this affect American agriculture?

What is a bi-polar versus a uni-polar world?

Blame America first crowd is now firmly in control of many of the administration’s policies.

How/why does China fit in all this?

What is happening in the far western Pacific between China, Japan, Philippines, and other countries?

What is or are the BRICS?

Natural resources and the ability to get them at a reasonable cost?

Why do our allies not even trust us now?

The world is at a very dangerous crossroads right now and this does and will affect American agriculture.  We export so much of what we produce and import a lot of our inputs, so this all could just blow up.

Does this somewhat resemble what happened at the beginning of the last century when the whole world seemed to go to war?

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095 – 2014 Farm Bill additions and other topics

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Update on the Farm Bill

I have some additional thoughts on the farm bill I share.

Other topicsMicro Brewery

California Drought

Trade talks with Japan

Micro Breweries and distillers grains

GMOs in Hawaii

Bundy Cattle stand off

Keystone Pipeline

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