102-Young Farmers


FFA – New Century Farmeryoung farmers

The last two summers I have made a presentation to the FFA – New Century Farmer conference.  I really enjoy doing this.

In this podcast I go over the questions I always get asked when speaking to just starting out producers and what I tell them.  I also raise questions that I really do not have an answer for.

I also ask them questions, such as “do you really want to farm?”  I also ask them if they and their family are ready to sacrifice to make this happen.

Times have been very good the last few years and that will not always be the case.  Just want to make sure they understand that.

Enjoy this one.

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101-Where’s the Farmer?


Panel on Food – No farmers or ranchers on itwheres the farmer

New Farm Service Agency Administrator – of course he is not a farmer either

First the new FSA/USDA Administrator is a Lawyer with a bachelor degree in History.

This is not just a D problem in Washington the Rs did not have as many farmers and ranchers in positions at USDA as I would have had.

Last comment on administrator news release says he is a fifth generation Californian, how nice it would have been if he would have been a fifth generation Farmer.

New York Times is having a Food Conference (I guess making the news not reporting it).  Whole bunch of “experts” but no actual commercial production agricultural producers.

I discuss these two items and others that always have me wondering “Where’s the farmer?”



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100 – Agricultural Podcast


This is episode 100 of Farm and Ranch Country podcast.farm podcast 100

Thank you to lots of people for helping me make this happen.  Especially to Judi.

I look back at a few favorite episodes and look forward to what the future might bring.

I discuss what the future might bring.

I also touch on a few current events and what this might mean to production agriculture.

Future podcasts and what the plan are for the future are laid out.

Thanks for listening, without listeners this would not happen.

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99-Waning Political Influence Of the Agricultural Vote


Thanks for listening to my farm podcast.farm bill podcast

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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