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Weekly Telegram 25 - Outsourcing - Outsourcing on the Farm

In this week's weekly telegram, Will Roberts gives us his views on the Farm Bill legislation.

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Show 1217: Weekly Telegram 25 - Outsourcing - Outsourcing on the Farm

Air date: April 22, 2012

 

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ROB MCCLENDON:  WELL OUTSOURCING IS AN ALL TOO COMMON TREND IN TODAY’S ECONOMY; BUT, HOW ABOUT DOWN ON THE FARM?  HERE IS WILL ROBERTS, WITH HIS WEEKLY TELEGRAM.

WILL ROBERTS:  NOW THE MORE I THINK ABOUT IT, THE MORE I REALIZE THAT OUTSOURCING IS NOT SOMETHING NEW.  MOTHER NATURE, SHE’S THE ORIGINAL.  I MEAN, SNOW STORMS, HEAT WAVES, TORNADOES, HURRICANES, A GOOD PERCENTAGE OF THOSE COME FROM OUTSIDE OF THE UNITED STATES, AND VICE VERSA.  SHE’S PLAYING BOTH SIDES OF THE GLOBE.  HOWEVER, WHO DOES HER PRODUCT AFFECT THE MOST?  I’D SAY THE FARMERS.  I MEAN, WE CAN WEATHER THE STORM AND COME OUT DRY.  FARMERS, WELL THEY CROSS THEIR FINGERS, THROW THEIR SEEDS DOWN AND HOPE AND PRAY EVERY YEAR THEY’RE GOING TO MAKE ENDS MEET.  NOW IN THE SEVENTIES, THEY DEVELOPED FARM AID.  IT WAS A BANDAID TO HELP AMERICAN FARMERS KEEP THEIR HOMES AND THEIR FARMS AND EDUCATE FOLKS WHY THEY SHOULD BE EATING AND GROWING IN THE UNITED STATES.  BUY AMERICAN, OR I’LL POKE ‘YA; YEAH.  BUT THERE SEEMS TO BE A WEED GROWING RAPIDLY THROUGH THE COUNTRY.  AND THAT’S THE FARM BILL.  AMONGST OTHER THINGS, IT’S SUPPOSED TO BE A SAFETY NET, BUT BECAUSE IT CAME FROM WASHINGTON D C, IT JUST SEEMS TO BE FILLED WITH BY-PRODUCTS.  NOW I’M A FIRM BELIEVER THAT WE SHOULD HELP PUT FOOD ON FOLKS TABLES IF THEY NEED IT.  BUT MAYBE THE FIRST POOR FOLKS THAT WE FEED ARE THE SMALL FARMERS.  I’VE GOT A PLAN.  I SAY WE GO BACK TO THE BASICS, LIKE THE BILL WAS BACK IN THE THIRTIES, TO HELP THE FARMER.  AND IF WE WANT TO HELP THE FOLKS WHO NEED FOOD ALONG THE WAY, THAT COULD BE PART OF IT, BUT NOT MOST OF IT.  LET’S HELP FAMILIES EAT FARM FOOD, NOT FAST FOOD.  OH AND BY THE WAY, IF YOU’RE CAUGHT EATING YOUR DESSERT BEFORE YOU EAT YOUR VEGETABLES, WE JUST WON’T PAY.  LET’S CHANGE THE NAME OF IT.  FARM BILL; I MEAN NO ONE, ESPECIALLY THE FARMERS WANTS TO BE HANDED SOMETHING THAT’S CALLED, THE BILL.  LET’S CALL IT SOMETHING LIKE, A THANK YOU GIFT.  I’M WILL ROBERTS, AND THIS IS YOUR WEEKLY TELEGRAM.