Politics are like a bad marriage.

Over the last number of years I have been getting more and more irritated with our politicians.  It is the “I am always right and you are always wrong” or “you spent $ on that so I’m going to get this”  that is really getting under my skin.  This is the exact attitude that gets a marriage into BIG trouble.  What ever happened to listening and negotiating with the other side for a good middle of the road solution that benefits everyone?  I’m not talking about the lowering of taxes and spending more money solution that Washington came up with in December either.  That was a “how can I buy votes” bill the way I see it.  How can a country with such financial problems seriously think it is a good thing to keep adding to and putting off “real” solutions to “real” problems.  Don’t get me wrong, I will benefit greatly from this latest tax bill short term but long term I’m sure we will all pay greatly down the road.

So, how do we fix this?  I don’t have any great solutions anymore. Eight years ago I thought I knew how to fix it but the administration went in the opposite direction and now we have a big mess with tensions really high.  The new administration is only acting like the old and adding to the problem at an accelerating rate.  When tensions get this high in a marriage it almost always ends in divorce.  How do we file for divorce in congress?  Sadly we may find out if things don’t change soon.  Wisconsin may be the leader to watch how it is done.

The attitude is what will have to change now before any solutions can happen.  Politicians will have to establish the attitude of looking at the big picture,(marriage) working with the other side (partner) to relieve tensions and then work on the problems. (house mortgage is defaulting) We will never solve anything with the me, me, me attitude…marriage or politics.

 

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My take on “organic” food

The last couple of days I have watched on the news how “organic” food is being projected by some as being the fix to all of our health problems.  Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against organic food but I think this way of thinking is a little exaggerated.

Fact of the matter is we have the safest food of all time in this country right now, organic or not.  We also enjoy the fact we have a very plentiful supply at a very reasonable price when looking at percentage of disposable income we spend on food.  I do question whether farmers could keep up with the growing demand for food if we would all convert back to raising food organically as they did almost a century ago.  Technological has helped organic farmers increase production over what our grandfathers could raise but it is still very difficult for organic production to keep up with standard production practices today.

Will organic food help solve our health problems?  I don’t have a scientific answer for that, I don’t think anyone does.  I do know some organic foods can be better for us just as I do know some organic foods are not as safe for us to eat because they are not tested or processed in a way to make sure of there safety.  Looking at it this way I think we will solve some problems while creating other problems with organics.

I guess I didn’t really give much for guidance but the thing I wanted everyone to come away with here is the fact we have a choice of two plentiful types of food and I am very grateful for that. You should decide yourself when you buy, which safe type of food is the best for you.  The markets will then tell us farmers what to produce.  The system does work.

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Extended Warranties

I am not a big fan of extended warranties, always turn them down when ask if I would like to purchase them and now I have good reason.  Kathy and I traded campers two days before or yearly trip to South Padre.  The camper we purchased came with a short term extended warranty as part of the deal from the dealer. (yes I was ask if I wanted to purchase a longer one)  After we got to Texas I notice the refrigerator is not working so I make some phone calls and a VERY accommodating dealer (United RV Center in Fort Worth)  has a new one and can put it in right away for us.  They explained I may have to pay the difference between the complete refrigerator and the cooling unit, which was the problem, as the warranty would not cover a new fridge. I accepted the $200 difference and started the process.  The dealer called the warranty company and to make a long story short the warranty company would not pay for a new cooling unit either.  They found some oddball reman cooling unit to put in for $400 less than a new one.  The part would take three weeks to get, I need it NOW!  This leaves me with no other option than to put in the new refrigerator for a difference of now $600 plus $100 deductible.  The short term complimentary warranty the dealer gave me did save me a $1000 but I am darn glad I did not purchase the longer version.  Bottom line, the law of averages will come out in your favor if you don’t purchase the extended warranty.  Even if you need the extended warranty like I did, they will not pay like they should.

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Last day as official NeCGA board member

I have been a Nebraska Corn Growers board member for 15 years. Tonight it came to an end. Looking back I see all of the doors it opened for me, all of the opportunities I got. Two trips were once in a life time opportunities to say the least. I would like to publicly thank the Nebraska Corn Board and the Nebraska Corn Growers for all that they have given me. I would also like to encourage others to run for local boards and offices. On the surface it seems all you do is give a lot of time and work but looking at the big picture I see we get much more back than we give. That is one of the several reasons I have moved on to our local NRD board. What doors will that open? What opportunities will that give? Only time will tell.

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Hello world!

Hello world.  A little about myself and the reason I am here.

I am Randy Uhrmacher and I am a Corn and Soybean farmer from South Central Nebraska.  I would like to share some of the activities on the farm as well as what ever is running through my head at the time.  You have to bear with me as I about flunked out of that English class. (excelled in math and economics) In the coming days and weeks I hope to express a little of the farm and what is on my mind.  I expect it to be pretty random to say the least.  I hope you enjoy.

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