• P.J. Griekspoor

    The 'what were you thinking' question hits a new level

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     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on March 15, 2015

    I had an uncomfortable experience Sunday morning when I watched my Congressman, 4th District Rep. Mike Pompeo, in an interview on the KAKE-TV Sunday morning news program, “This Week in Kansas.” Talking about the issue of 47 U.S. Senators signing a letter to the leaders of Iran in an attempt to sabotage the ongoing negotiations for a multi-national, unilateral agreement to end the Iranian move toward a nuclear weapon, Pompeo said President Obama should have brought the negotiations…

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    Farm bill, policy highlight Flinchbaugh-Roberts square-off

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     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on February 6, 2015

    When it comes to economists, Kansas doesn’t have anyone more admired that Kansas State University professor emeritus, Barry Flinchbaugh. When it comes to politicians admired by Kansas farmers, Sen. Pat Roberts has no equal. On Friday, the 400-plus attendees of a joint session of Women Managing the Farm and The Kansas Commodity Classic got a rare treat – the much-admired duo, who have been known to have a disagreement or two – on the same stage. As chairman of the House…

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    Time To Take Deep Breath, Overcome Ebola Fear

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     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on October 31, 2014

    I thought about dressing up as Ebola for Halloween tonight. It seems to be the most terrifying thing in America, especially if you get your views from Fox News. But then I decided that the costume would be too skimpy and could I really stand up on those swirly bottom things? On a more serious note, I have to admit that I am an Ebola-phobe. It started way back in 1976 when I read about the first outbreak of this horrid virus in Africa. Nobody then knew where it came from and mostly, we still…

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    Can Focus on Surviving Drought, Ending Hunger Help Conquer Ebola?

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     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on October 14, 2014

    As Ebola Fever sweeps the U.S. – not REAL Ebola, mind you, just the fear of it – most of farm country is plugging along with real worries such as soybean cyst nematode, drought damage to subsoil biology and getting corn harvested between storm systems. Where I am – Des Moines, Iowa for the next couple of days – there are also strong minds and capable hands devoting time to figuring out the problem of how to feed 9 billion people over the next couple of decades…

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    Migrant Children Issue Touches Human Cord

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     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on July 7, 2014

    I’ve been listening with increasing horror to the reports from the southern U.S. border and wondering who we are as Americans and what we have become as a nation of principled people. In this politically polarized era when we try to blame some political faction for everything, we can’t admit that some things are NOT initiated inside the U.S. Some things happen outside our political power to control. And when they do, they can affect our country. This is happening. In Central…

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    Over-regulated? Don't Blame EPA; Go After The REAL Bad Guys

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     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on May 30, 2014

    For the past several years, I have observed that farmers and ranchers hit by ever-more-onerous environment regulations blame the “overreach” of the Obama administration and the EPA for the problem. I’m here to tell you, guys, you are blaming the WRONG PEOPLE. Today, I got a news release that illustrates my point. It’s all about a new legal action being taken by a bunch of organizations, led by Earthjustice, to force EPA to move faster to implement regulations on…

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    Supporting Rural Kansas Is Marci Penner's Mission

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     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on February 26, 2014

    If any of you out there haven’t heard of the amazing work done by the Kansas Sampler Foundation, consider this your invitation to learn. The Kansas Sampler Foundation is perhaps the best example of grassroots activism and community service in the whole country and its co-founder, Marci Penner has my vote year in and year for “Person of the Year” in Kansas. The Foundation has a mission to support and promote rural Kansas communities and help them thrive. It is the force…

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    Farm Bureau Meeting Introduces Someone Special

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     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on December 3, 2013

    One of the cool things about going to conventions is that you see things you might never see otherwise. A really neat one of those came Tuesday at the 95th Annual Meeting of the Kansas Farm Bureau in Manhattan when retiring KFB CEO Dan Yunk introduced someone special. Most Farm Bureau members know Dr. Yunk is the author of the popular series of children’s books, “Kailey Ag Adventures” and “Milk Comes from a Cow.” But someone most folks had never met was the…

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    Farm Bill Detractors Tell a Few Whoppers

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     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on June 20, 2013

    There’s a great deal of publicity surrounding the ongoing debate in the U.S. House on its version of the Farm Bill, most of it lambasting the “waste” and “giveaways” and “subsidies” that the senders of said publicity find appalling. But when you start going down the list of just exactly what it is that is so appalling, my vote goes to the misleading verbage and outright lies in the press releases about what the Farm Bill would do. Example…

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    Farm Bill Publicity on Christmas Trees Rings False

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     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on June 20, 2013

    did a double-take a couple of days ago as I plowed through the blizzard of Farm Bill propaganda that clogged my e-mail inbox as the U.S. House of Representatives prepared for their imbecilic performance on Thursday. “War on Christmas” and “Christmas Tree Tax” were the phrases that jumped out at me. What on earth are they talking about? I wondered. I got even more befuddled when the language was repeated by Kansas Congressmen, including Tim Huelskamp and Mike…

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