Friday, January 20, 2017
Farmer's Almanac with best days to wean
Well in light of a very inspiring Inaugural speech by President Donald J. Trump on Jan 20, 2017 I have bad news to share.
We wean all of our calves by the sign of the moon. We have found that if we don't wean on the proper sign they will bawl longer, run the fence longer and really cause holy hell longer.
The best wean dates for Jan 2017 do not start until Jan 22, 2017.
Given that we know 94 million American citizens have been relying on the Federal Teats and today officially wean they are going to work as hard as possible to get back to their mother. Best of luck to those in law enforcement in this country keeping the fences up to snuff.
Here is a link to the Mirror with story from photo above. http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/riots-break-out-washington-over-9660568
Loup City, NE
Thursday, January 19, 2017
Sonny Perdue to be named for Secretary of Agriculture post
On Jan 19, 2017 Sonny Perdue from Georgia was named to be the Trump Administration's Secretary of "the People's Department" - the Department of Agriculture.
On this very day in 1861, Georgia withdrew from the Union. I feel that is very symbolic of the division that currently exists in the Union. I personally feel that Mr. Sonny Perdue is the perfect person to lead our nation, particularly from a food production standpoint, toward unity.
A person that understands farming and politics yet is not afraid to speak his mind and stand up for what he believes is right is the perfect choice for this day and time.
Thank you President Trump
Loup City, NE
Government versus Manufacturing Jobs
I have decided that I will log a monthly running total of the change in government employees versus people who actually produce something we need. Lets remember that 20% of the eligible work force does not work. That is the number much more important the unemployment statistic the Federal Government has provided for us.
So today the best numbers I can get have 22,235,000 Federal, State and Local employees and 12,275,000 manufacturing jobs.
LET THE COUNTDOWN BEGIN
Monday, January 16, 2017
An open letter to President Donald Trump January 17, 2017
Mr. Trump, please let me begin by saying how excited those of us are who proudly call Rural America home. We want to say Thank You. You stood tall for the very values and principles the founding fathers put forth in the Constitution of the United States of America. All we have ever asked for is power for “we the people” and the “pursuit of happiness” which our forefathers envisioned.
With that said, I feel I represent the lion’s share of farmers and ranchers in this great nation who ask for your deep consideration in naming your final cabinet position, that of Secretary of Agriculture.
As Abraham Lincoln stated on May 15, 1862, the USDA shall be referred to as “The People’s Department.” And for this very reason we feel very strongly that it should be run by a real person of the land – to be specific: A Farmer.
The farmers of today are survivors. They have weathered challenges not only from Mother Nature but more severely from the Federal Government. The farmer develops a plan but understands the need to adapt to any storm and figures out a solution regardless of the obstacles.
I see the political arena sharing parallels to these challenges. The Secretary of Agriculture undoubtedly will need to be someone who has experienced adversity, learned from it and become stronger and wiser in weathering political storms.
The farmer of today has learned to judiciously implement the latest and greatest in technology. No longer can we rely on back breaking work and high labor inputs. We must run an efficient operation with each person on the team pulling their full weight and balancing many roles.
I see the same requirements for the crew chief at the USDA. The USDA currently employs 105,778 people making it the largest agency in the Federal Government. That number is tremendously troubling when a report from the Farm Foundation Organization states that only 76,000 farm families produce 80% of the food in this country.
As well as knowing agriculture, the farmer of today must be well versed in health and nutrition. With millions of acres of land planted to crops of all types, they only flourish if the organic matter of the soil is at a healthy level. The farmer must feed an ideal diet to each of the 9 billion animals they produce each year in order for them to maintain high health and efficient growth in order to be competitive in the market place.
The head chef, also known as the Secretary of Agriculture, must oversee a food guide pyramid that all institutions in the United States will follow. I must say, Sir, if the farmer fed his livestock or plants like the USDA feeds our nation’s youth, seniors or military, he would be broke. The nutrition guidelines put forth do not come close to the proven scientific recommendations available for healthy living today.
The farmers of today have moved away from a reliance upon a government subsidy and more on the basic principle of supply and demand for sustainability. We have accomplished great things through our work ethic and the knowledge gleaned from the USDA-driven Land Grant institutions so that we may produce more with less.
Meanwhile, we know that 80% of the Farm Bill goes to SNAP and only 15% is actually paid to farmers in the form of a safety net for domestic food production. It would appear to me that the farmer would be the perfect person to run the USDA and implement this reduced reliance strategy for the nation as a whole. This would go a long way in decreasing the 94 million Americans that currently draw some form of government assistance.
While I could go on for quite some time with a logical list of reasons that an actual farmer should be the Secretary of Agriculture, this one statement summarizes it best.
When Abraham Lincoln created the USDA it took in excess of 5 acres of land to produce enough food to feed one person for a single year. As you begin your term in 2017, it will require less than 1/3 of an acre for the farmer to produce the same supply of food for one person for one year.
While it is widely known in Rural America that “God made a farmer” to tend to his creation, we ask and even pray that you understand the importance of that statement and give serious consideration to continuing the great thing that God started.
Loup City, Nebraska
6th United States Farmer
Member Trump Agricultural Advisory Committee
I see so many saying the right things about celebrating Martin Luther King, really? I think the truth of the matter is we should have Martin Luther King shame.
The man dedicated his life to CIVIL RIGHTS FOR ALL. He was not about privilege for one over another not matter their race. I believe today he would be speaking on behalf of police officers who have been targeted. He would be speaking on behalf of the whites who are being targeted. He would speak out for the blacks being targeted by men of all colors.
He believed and gave his life because he thought it was worth fighting for not sitting back and playing with the hand he was dealt. Quit giving lip service to equal treatment of all human beings, roll up your sleeves and get to work in the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr.
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