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Ah, The Midwest

Ah, The Midwest
This week I was in Nebraska and Ohio speaking to producer groups sponsored by bankers, Farm Credit, and cooperative extension. I would like to respond to a question asked by a producer in the group.

He wanted my reaction to the following: "The children or grandchildren of today’s commercial producers may be forced to go to South America or somewhere outside the U.S. to farm – similar to what the Dutch are having to do. What do you think about that?"

My View
I believe there will be migratory agriculture in the future as producers attempt to find the best natural resources and structure bases to create successful business growth.

Before pursuing this outside the U.S., consider the stability of the government and financial system. One needs to look no further than Argentina for an example. Whether it is a move inside or outside the U.S., the evaluation process needs to consider lifestyle.

I’ve observed very successful business moves that turn into total disaster when the lifestyles or the amenities of the areas were not compatible to the owners’ family and workers. This is why the Dutch often move to North America to establish a social culture while assimilating into the local, regional, and national society.

Down on the Farm
My number two son is looking for a cheap and reliable DSL system for our computer. Does anyone have any suggestions? Of course, this is the price you pay for living in the country, even though we are less than 45 minutes from a WalMart! We are too far out to get city cable and its high-speed Internet connection. My son drools every time we talk about high-speed connections, but the systems are so expensive. I wonder if they would take a heifer or two in trade?

Sports Perspective
Of the 140 lenders, producers, and students in attendance in Kearny, NE, only two (did you get that – two!) are going to the Rose Bowl. Many cited security costs and time factors for staying home. Are collegiate sports becoming corporate like the Pros?

As promised each week until the Rose Bowl, I will give you one tip on how to beat Miami. Here is the second installment.

Tip #2: Run north and south rather than east and west. The team is extremely quick and the pursuit will allow Nebraska to use quick hitters to break long gains if executed properly.

The next stop for me is … Kansas! I am hoping for no snow. There’s none so far in Blacksburg, VA, where my cows are. And none in La Crosse, WI, home of Barbzilla’s aunts and uncles. Cousin Stevie promised her husband his first snowmobile ride, but that will have to wait.

My e-mail address is:sullylab@vt.edu

Editors' note: Dave Kohl, Soybean Digest Trends Editor, is an ag economist at Virginia Tech. He recently completed a sabbatical working with the Royal Bank of Canada. He is now back at Virginia Tech with his academic appointment, which is teaching, extension, and applied research.

To see Dave Kohl's previous road warrior adventures type Dave Kohl in the Search blank at the top of the page.

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