• John Vogel

    Adversity Brings Opportunity

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     by John Vogel
     on March 27, 2009

    This week I listened to farmers at our Master Farmer Awards Luncheon and to others at our Christian Farmers Outreach board meeting. And everybody was talking about how tough the ag economy is.   A number of the first group were thinking about the opportunities – a buyer’s market for equipment and expansion and increased local labor availability to mention a couple things. Others lamented over the loss of neighboring dairy businesses due to low milk prices.   And maybe you’ve read the New…

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    Congress' Common Sense is MIA

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     by John Vogel
     on March 13, 2009

    Just when you might think Congress would be slowing down their take-over of the American enterprise system, these elected ladies and gents come up with another huge whopper. In early February, while they were dreaming up new economic stimulus earmarks, 31 House Democrats – not one Republican – introduced the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009. At latest count, there are 39 co-sponsors.   At first, I thought it might be an early-arriving April fools joke. But H.R. 875 is a real thing. You…

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    Focus, Mr. President, Focus on Goal #1

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     by John Vogel
     on March 3, 2009

    America’s number one goal must be to get people back to work. That’s the message I’ve been getting from this country’s hardest, most dedicated workers – farmers.   And that’s the message all common, nonpolitical – taxpaying – citizens must get across to President Barack Obama and Congress. The world’s economy hinges on getting the U.S. economy back on track.   It can’t be done by talking about “the difficult road ahead” or “the worst is yet to come”. True leaders vision what they want…

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