Randy Bloch, CEO of CattleFax, joined us on Friday’s Ag Issues program. We spoke with Randy, this past week, during the Cattle Industry Convention in New Orleans. CattleFax gave their annual outlook during last week’s convention.
Georgia is the nation’s leader in forestry, wood fuel, and pellet export. However, insect damage from Southern Pine Beetles (SPB) creates a significant loss in production. This infestation can effectively girdle a tree, causing its death. Fort Valley State University (FVSU) is using aerial drones to monitor and evaluate SPB outbreaks in Loblolly pine trees. Researchers will also evaluate heat spikes and vegetation loss associated with SPB will be evaluated as well as fuel analyses and pelletization quality.
The rural, poverty-stricken community of Sylvester, Georgia, with a population of less than 6,200, is bridging arts and agriculture to create the world’s largest sculpture that feeds people. Agricultural researchers and 4-H extension staff at Fort Valley State University (FVSU) combine aeroponic technology with a bee farm, banana farm, and integrated black plastic research to grow traditional crops that feed more than 1,000 households annually for free.
Todd Neeley, Staff Writer with DTN/Progressive Farmer, commented on President Trump’s State of the Union address this week. Trump talked extensively about trade issues, especially trade with China and the USMCA. Neeley also explained the current state of the U.S. ethanol industry. Trmp made no mention of biofuels in his address.
Randy Dickhut, Senior Vice President in Real Estate Operations with Farmers National Company looked at what is going on in the agricultural land market. He said the market is holding its breath as the Ag economy continues to stumble and trade issues continue to worry agricultural markets. Farmers National is the nation’s leading agricultural services company.
Danielle Beck, Senior Director of Government Affairs with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, joined us on Tuesday’s Ag Issues program. Greg Akagi spoke with her, last week at the NCBA Convention in New Orleans, to get an update on where we stand with regards to the regulation of cell-based meat or fake meat. Beck has been the point person for NCBA with regards to this issue.
Dr. Art Douglas, Professor Emeritus at Creighton University, was one of our guests on Tuesday’s Ag Issues program. Dr. Douglas has been the longtime presenter of the weather outlook during the CattleFax outlook seminar at the NCBA Convention. He gave his presentation last week in New Orleans. Greg Akagi spoke with him after his presentation.
Larry and Elsie MacArthur are the winners.
Hands down the Richmond farm couple has been to more 580 WIBW Farm Profit Seminars than anybody.
That even includes the individual WIBW farm program directors and seminar coordinators, who’ve shared attendance through the years.
“We always went to the daylong seminars there at the downtown motel in Topeka,” Larry reflected. “That wasn’t so far from home, and since the seminars have been in other towns we’ve just kept going.”
A snow storm one time kept the Franklin County actually retired farmers, Larry, 81, and Elsie, 78, home. “We hated to miss it, but we sure didn’t want to be caught on the road,” he insisted.
It’s 186 miles from their farm to Washington, Kansas, but they didn’t miss the Farm Profit Seminar there. “We rented a motel room and stayed overnight after some programs that were a long ways from home,” Larry said.
“We enjoy those seminars. They are so well coordinated, educational, sometimes the speakers are quite entertaining, too. That Darrell Holaday when he talks is something else; he really gets enthused,” Larry contended.
“Of course we enjoy the great suppers, too,” Elsie inserted with a smile.
Likely, the always most congenial farm couple has collected a record number of door prizes at the seminars as well. “Between the two of us, we’ve had our names drawn several times. Got some nice things we still use,” Larry said.
Of course, Larry and Elsie are dedicated 580 WIBW radio listeners. “I’ve been listening ever since I was a kid,” he said.
Several of the farm directors through the years were remembered. Wilber Levering, Harold Ross, Virgil Huseman, George Logan, Rich Hull and today’s team Kelly Lenz, Greg Akagi and Dan Johnson.
“They’ve always been so good with the farm news and market reports. I couldn’t do without WIBW,” Larry declared.
Just as prominently strong in Larry’s reflections are of the Pleasant Valley Gang’s live entertainment every morning on WIBW. “Edmund Denney, Miss Elsa and Bill Kirk were always the highlight as we were eating breakfast,” he contended.
“What are the rest of the words to that song they sang? ‘Yeah you know I’m a tomcat. And I’m scratching around in your windowpane.’ It was our favorite, but I just can’t remember the rest of the words. Can you figure those out for me?” Larry wondered.
The “Gang,” Denney, vocals and guitar; Kirk, accordion; and Miss Elsa, organ, were live on WIBW from the 1940s through the mid-1980s.
“We still wake up every morning to the Wall Street Report, then the Ag Roundup,” Larry and Elsie appreciated.
The most congenial farm couple have their reservations in and will be at the Farm Profit Seminar in Alma Wednesday evening, Feb. 6.
Everybody else can come too for supper, visiting with 31 sponsors at their booths and hearing the educational, always entertaining farm management panelists.
It’s important to call Karaline Mayer at the Wabaunsee County Extension Office 785-765-3821 to guarantee supper count.
Sponsorships with commercials and booths are available by calling 785-228-7259.