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A Better Way to Farm Podcast

Sep 23, 2019

Hey guys, rod here at a better way to farm and we are super excited to be dropping this podcast with you. I just had some ideas I've been thinking about roll around for a long time and we want to share these and I want to say right up front, this is for you the grower, but it's also for you the consumer. So for those of you who listen to our podcast and follow us that are farmers, you might want to share this with some of your city friends with some of the people who maybe aren't hands on in agriculture but have an interest. One of the things that we see in America that I wish was different is the fact that we have lost the ability to be civil. We titled this, please vote. I'm going to get there and we're going to connect the dots and talk about what we're talking about on voting.

But I don't mean that the voting booth, you know, in America today, it seems very difficult to be civil to one another if, if you and I disagree politically, we tend to line up on opposite sides of the road and yell and scream and maybe throw a fit or rock even. And that's not what this country was founded on. Our country was founded on that you and I could completely disagree, but we would sit down and have a civil conversation. And even though when it's over, we might not agree. We could at least understand one another or attempt to understand one another. The polarization that we're seeing is not good. It's not good for anybody. And I think it would sadden our founding fathers. So let's talk about voting. Not for a political appointee or a political person, but let's talk about voting with our dollars.

For those of us who are involved in agriculture, we vote with our dollars every day. If there's something on direct TV and I disagree with it, I don't think it should be on, I don't have to throw a fit. I don't have to have a demonstration. We just don't click on that channel. Why? Because we vote with our dollars. When I watch some show that I disapprove of or think shouldn't be on, they track that and then they go to their advertisers and say, this many million people watch this disgusting show. This is what the ad is worth. So what do we do here? We vote with our remote control and we vote no, we don't watch those shows and I would encourage you to do the same. We vote every day. We vote. When we decide that, you know, we get that chain store that comes to town and we say, boy, we don't like this chain storage.

Certain a mom and pop organizations here in town. It's, it's hurting our local hardware store. It's hurting our local grocery store. We vote with our dollars. So when I go and I support our local grocery store and I support our local hardware store and I don't go in that other store that I wish wasn't here, I'm voting. And it's funny because we just had this happen in our home town and some of the people who were most vocal that didn't want the chain store to come to town, who wrote letters to the editor who said the city council should not let that happen. I see them coming out the door and it's like, to me, really where are your principles cause you're voting with your dollars. So here's what I'm getting at in voting with your dollars in regards to production agriculture. We have people who want to line up on the other side of the street and really rail on and throw a fit and Holler and scream about GMO, about all of the different GMO type crops that are being grown.

And I would suggest that rather than having a demonstration that they should vote with their dollars. So if you're listening to this and you're a consumer here, and let's pretend, let's say you are a consumer and you are Super Anti GMO, I'm okay with that. I respect your right to have that opinion. Please respect the right of the grower who if at this stage, if that grower is going to be of significant size and he is going to make a living for his family, he has going to have to do GMO type crops because he cannot sustain himself without them. So the fact of the matter is how does the consumer, how does the activist make a difference? You see, one of the things that really concerned me is that we all want to tell everyone else how to run their life here. Where we live in southeast Iowa, we have a tremendous deer population, horribly high deer numbers.

And it's funny because people who don't own the ground, the people who don't have two and a half or 5 million or $10 million worth of land, people who are not losing a hundred thousand or $400,000 a year due to crop damage cost strictly by dear want to tell us how many deer we should shoot. Want to tell us how we should manage the deer herd. Well, see, here's what I believe. Vote with your dollars. If you'd like to have a lot of deer, drop $5 million, buy a bunch of acres and let them grow, that's awesome. But don't try and tell the guy who's being economically impacted what to do. It's the same thing with GMO crops. There's no reason to try and do a legislation. There is no reason to try and tell that farmer what he has to do. He's fiercely independent and he has earned that right because he took the risk because the laid down the money and he bought the farm or he paid the rent and he bought the machinery and he bought the seed and the chemicals and the fertilizer and all the things that it takes to grow that crop.

And he has hundreds and hundreds of dollars invested in every acre. And so he has to figure out how to get every one of those dollars back plus enough to pay the interest plus enough to make the land payment plus enough to eat. And if he can't do that, he can't stay in business. So how does a consumer vote? It's really easy. And here's my suggestion to the growers. Growers don't get involved in the screaming match. Farmers don't get sucked into this. Don't get on Facebook and rail and talk about how someone else isn't very smart, don't talk about, don't do the inflammatory type things. Maybe you should share this podcast with the people because I'm not trying to be uncivil and I am not trying to be preachy at anyone. I am just saying for the people who desire to change the GMO scene, it's easy. Pay a premium vote with your dollars.

Folks, if you're listening to this and you're an activist, you would like to change and you would like to see GMO crops lesson. You'd like to see less people growing them. You'd like to see them not in your food supply. Then Walk to the store and tell the store owner that you will pay extra for non-gmo, that you will do what it takes to do that. Because here's what I know about farmers. The farmers are business people and they have to make a profit and they're very astute business people. They're going to make changes as they see fit. They're not going to do something over here on site a when they can move over to side B and make more money when they can move out of the GMO type crops and move into non-gmo because there's more money in it, they're going to go and so this is an easy fix.

Growers, let's not argue. Let's be civil. Let's talk to our people and realize that the people who, our consumers are our friends, we need them. They're the ones who write the check. They're the ones who make this work. People who do not farm realize that the grower is your friend. He is not trying to do anything wrong. He has sit actually trying to do everything as best they can, and let me say this, we're recording this. In 2019 the American farmer has went through the most challenging, unbelievable, frustrating, growing season in a long, long time. There were a lot of financial pressures that earlier in the year the markets were not good. They were in fact terrible. We had snow in Iowa in the month of April when we should've been planting corn. It has been too wet to wet, too wet. We only finished planting our own corn here on the 12th Day of June.

We're not proud of that, but the Rowley two days that we could plan here one day in April and we had something we had to do for a better way to farm and so we didn't take advantage of it and it rained that night. And the next time that we could get in to the field here was June 12th and so if you're listening to this and you're not a grower, please understand these guys that live along the Missouri, the Mississippi, all of Nebraska, bunches of Iowa, lots of Missouri, Illinois, they're the flooding has been unbelievable. They have really struggled, a very challenging here. And so these guys do take the risk. These guys do take the challenge. These guys do their dead level best. The men and women that are American farmers today are dedicated. They're loyal, they're are relentless and how hard they will work.

And they will pay any price to do what it takes. But they have to do what it takes. And right now from a financial standpoint, if you're growing thousands of acres that the odds are you're going to have to do something with the GMO type crop and so people who are consumers vote with your dollars. I just want to encourage everyone listening to this. Help me take the challenge. Let's be civil to one another. Let's work at being a little bit more understanding. Let's work at being willing to listen to the other side. I'm not saying you have to change your opinion. I'm saying you just have to listen and then maybe we can seek some understanding. There are lots of people that I don't agree with and I'm not going to probably agree with them, but when I listened to them, at least I can understand how they got there and that's far better than not.

Guys, the word of the day is civility. The second word of the day is vote and we are proud to be a part of American agriculture. Hopefully you find us very civil and we want to stay on that side of things. Hopefully you find us very understanding to the growers. We believe in you. We know you guys are doing the right thing. We know you're working really incredibly hard, and to those of you who are consumers, we thank you. It's an honor to get to be a part of the production process that feeds not only this nation, but literally feeds the world. I hope everyone listening has a better day.

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