Corn, soybean prices to rise since floods swallowed crops

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  • To benefit of
    June 23, 2008 11:51 p.m.

    I know how tough farming and ranching is today--we've been in the ag industry for nearly 40 years. It is true that SOME ranchers and farmers are unwise--and more were in the past than I believe would be today. I didn't say that grazing on federal land should necessarily be unpoliced, either.
    In fact, I'm rather in the case of believing in private ownership of land--I've seen the care farmers and ranchers and timber farmers, too, take of their own land and it's certainly more care than many would give land they could just rape and leave. A rancher who plans to graze his land (or his leased land) next year is more apt to be careful of his number of cattle so that he CAN graze next year.
    So I'm still in favor of allowing grazing--if our federal land people are as smart as they think they are, they can study range conditions and only give permits for the amount of cattle and sheep that the land can carry that year. Give them something to do to earn their pay.

  • benefit of the doubt
    June 23, 2008 11:44 a.m.

    grazing, you had me right up until you said "ranchers are wise enough not to allow overgrazing." First of all, I was raised on a ranch and I can attest that this statement is patently false. Ranchers are literally scraping by and therefore cannot afford think beyond the here and now. I can't imagine any rancher I know saying "you know what, Billy? I think we're overgrazing this land. Time to stop feeding the cows." Second, allowing any industry to police itself is a recipe for disaster. If one rancher is overgrazing, do you think any other rancher's going to stop him? Of course not - the other rancher will just start overgrazing his stock as well so he can compete with his buddy.

  • grazing
    June 23, 2008 11:04 a.m.

    Maybe this is the time for the government to start allowing ranchers to graze cattle and sheep on federal land, something that the environmentalists have been working diligently to curtail for years.
    Range-fed beef is healthier; ranchers are wise enough not to allow over-grazing. A huge amount of land in the west is in the hands of the federal government and needn't be sitting totally idle--or just used for recreation by the few who can still afford the gas to go there!
    Food for our people is more important!