CAP AND TRADE: HORRIBLE IDEA

Regarding “Do Carbon Credits Make Sense?” on page 6 of October Corn & Soybean Digest (http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/ag-issues/1001-carbon-credits-costly/index.html):

We had just been chased out of the cornfield with the beginning of the third snow storm in October (the joys of global warming), when my husband picked up your magazine that had just arrived. He read the cover, “Will carbon be the next cash crop?” He groaned and started to pitch it in the trash. I rescued the magazine because I wanted to write you.

Your “My View” gave me a little hope that you had not fallen into the hype the way some of the large farm organizations have. It's our opinion that the whole scheme is nothing more than a huge power-broking operation that will transfer billions into the pockets of politicians like Al Gore and corporations like GE.

It will raise the cost of everything produced in this country, sending more jobs and industry to countries like China and India who won't be penalizing themselves by signing on.

Man-made global warming is not a concrete fact but a hotly contested debate; unfortunately most media and politicians are proponents of the hype and are working to muffle the opposition as much as possible. The far left has made this its religion; as in the case of a Denver radio caller who gave up having a refrigerator to reduce her carbon footprint.

There is no way that agriculture won't be hurt by cap and trade. Once the left establishes its power with health care, along with the housing, banking and automobile industries, how long do you think they will settle for having the nation's food supply in the hands of independent farmers?

You should be running information on some of the truly frightening concepts in the “food safety” legislation that is making its way down the pike.

Farmers who don't care for government meddling in their markets are going to be shocked at the control government will exert through environmental and “food safety” guises.

If you want an interesting read, I suggest “Green Hell” by Steve Milloy, which outlines hidden agendas of far left environmentalists.

Farmers need to stick together to find their voice that cap and trade is very dangerous to our way of life. I believe that we do need to educate ourselves; however, that cover statement might have landed more than one copy of your magazine in the trash.
Carol Friesen
Wallace, NE

THE SMELL OF FARM COUNTRY

Regarding “The War for the Customer Next Door” article on page 32 of October Corn & Soybean Digest (http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/ag-issues/1001-offshore-hog-production/index.html):

I can see how our production could move to other countries, but there are several reasons not mentioned that may be more important than odor. I am a native Taylor County Iowan, Vietnam vet and Iowa State Grad (1967), Senior trip U.S. Army. My wife Nancy and I raised hogs from 1969 to 2007. When we terminated that part of our operation we were turning out 2,500 finished pigs/year from 150 sows. Concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) had been in our area since 1998 (Swine Graphics and Iowa Select). Some of the other reasons we'll see production move out of contry are:

  1. We import a lot of labor for the dirty work of raising (as a nation) livestock in large numbers in confinement. We had lots of good part-time help, but the ones who would stay with a pressure washer for six to eight hours were few and far between.

  2. I would invite you to come to our county and see what happens when we have absentee landowners owning large tracts of highly erodible land with three acres in a corner sold off for a site for three buildings and 4,000 finishing hogs. The land around those sites gets intensively row cropped. The last two years with excessive rainfall during early spring has taken as much topsoil as the last 20 when land was farmed less intensively in row crops. In five to 10 years there won't be enough topsoil left on those farms to raise grain.

  3. We are only an affluent nation as long as some other country will finance our deficit spending.
    Paul Ackley
    Bedford, IA


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