October 26, 2021

In an effort to maintain its enviable, 34-year run of labor peace, Deere & Co. and the United Auto Workers recently announced a deal to boost worker pay — by 20% over five and six years, Deere said — to keep the iconic green-and-yellow machines rolling off its 11 assembly lines and through its three distribution centers.


For many in our country, this past summer was a time of care-free days, fun activities with the family and often some good food. Even our farmers have tried to unwind a little from time to time, though most were busier than ever doing what it takes to grow food for the other 98% of the country not fortunate enough to be farmers.


In recent days, crude oil prices rallied to their best levels in seven years. Oat prices hit an all-time high of $6.36 a bushel. Wheat supplies have tightened to levels that generally forecast much higher prices. Cotton prices, thanks to Chinese buying, hit a record high this week of $1.16.


It’s a rare honor to be named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow. In fact, in 40 years, only 1,061 Americans have been awarded the title and the no-strings-attached stipend, this year a plush $625,000, commonly referred to as a “genius grant.”


As my year as a National FFA Officer comes to a close, I am reminded of the opening of our FFA Creed: “I believe in the future of agriculture…” Here are a few of the reasons why I believe in the National FFA Organization even more strongly than when I was elected last October.




Several years ago, a family member living in the city purchased a husky puppy from a reputable breeder. It was a beautiful dog and adored its new owner, and its new owner adored his puppy.


For 102 years, the American Farm Bureau Federation has been The Unified Voice of Agriculture. Our unity is built from the ground up as our grassroots members set the policy priorities we advocate for in Washington.