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Road Warrior Grounded Due to "9-1-1"

Road Warrior Grounded Due to "9-1-1"
In everyone’s lifetime there will be certain dates that will forever be etched in your mind. Now, for all of us, it is Sept. 11, 2001, or "911."

Just to share with you how my week unfolded. Early Monday morning, I completed the daily chores of feeding and caring for the livestock at our farm. At daybreak that day, my two sons, one a sophomore in high school, and the other in his second year of college, looked at the strange colored sky with yellow and pinkish tints. One of them said, "a terrible storm must be coming." We checked with the weather forecast and it indicated little or no change of rain.

As the day proceeded I became more and more nervous. The day before, Dr. Alex White (who some of you know because of lecturing with me at the Banking Schools) and I came to the conclusion that the economy looked bad and we needed to re-allocate all but 20 percent of my portfolio out of equities and stocks. Monday evening in the Small Business class I teach, I discussed what I did and told the class that there will be some event in the near future that will place us in a global recession.

Well, the next morning that event occurred. And as we watched it unfold, I had an eerie feeling. I have been on those flights and at the World Trade Center numerous times. Even now, I still get that empty feeling I experienced Tuesday morning.

With that being said, what will be the implications to agriculture?

First and foremost, the agriculture food supply produced in this country or Canada will be a high priority given the war scenario.

Second, continued support for the Farm Bill despite the negative publicity of payments to the rich and famous will be critical.

Third, I hope this doesn’t happen: high security must prevail over our food and water supply against the threat of bio-chemical warfare. Each of us must play our part to keep this country going. To all of you who either produce or support the agricultural industry, realize we must use our energies to a higher level as we are the foundation behind the freedoms this country allows and we can’t let any one group or nation impede that right. Let’s keep the ball rolling!

Air Travel Now
It is time to let the government supply the security measures at airports. Or, the government could subsidize the hiring of an independent organization to control security in all U.S. airports. No matter how it is done, I am feeling queasy about flying like so many others.

Sports Perspective
I don’t know about you but I appreciated the "Silent Sunday." It was a tough call, but I think we needed a time out for reflection.

Next week I may or may not be reporting back from Kansas. I just have to get my nerve up enough to fly.

Final Note
The enormity of this attack has touched us all. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the families who have lost loved ones.

P.S. I am reinvesting in equities and war bonds when they are issued.

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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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