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Optimists Vocal Regarding
’08 Season

In the midst of uncertainty and political and economic pressure, do U.S. cotton farmers perceive the ag cup to be half empty or half full?

In November, we asked our readers if they are optimistic about the ’08 season despite acreage shifts and a new farm law.

Although the vote was close – 52 to 48 percent – most of the respondents’ comments were positive. Here is a sampling of what they had to say:

• “I’m optimistic because of strong commodity prices and the probability that the ’02 Farm Bill will be extended since there is little progress being made on the new bill.”

• “I have very little faith in our elected officials to agree on something that will be good for southern agriculture and even less faith in our President to sign the bill.”

• “I voted ‘No’ because we have dry weather, low prices and clowns for elected officials. Need I say more?”

• “Currently, the Senate working on the new Farm Bill is trying to make drastic cuts to the crop insurance program, which will be detrimental to the risk management of growers using this very responsible program.”

• “Yes, it’s better to be optimistic. You feel good for one thing. Remember the ’02 Farm Bill? It took a long time to get it approved and was almost voted down. We have the same scenario, but instead of Stenholm and Combest – southern legislators – we have north-ern legislators running the show.”

• “With the strengthening drought, growing world population and the increasing need for energy, farming has a very bright future. Farmers are about to enter an era where they are going to be of utmost importance to the security of this great country.”

• “Inputs are out of control price-wise. Rainfall has increased some but not enough to alleviate drought conditions. Politicians aren’t going to spend much money on such a small percent of the voters in an election year.”

• “The term ‘farmer’ should be considered a synonym for the word ‘optimist.’ Farmers must be optimistic to tolerate the challenges they face every year. In my opinion, ag is in the best position it has seen in a long time. The real problem is that our government continues to ignore the importance of agriculture to the security of the nation. Our legislators need an injection of reality.”

• “Change is something that we have to accept. Prices are good, and we need to look at becoming less dependent upon government to survive. Yes, my glass is half full!”

• “I voted ‘Yes,’ but this country as a whole, agriculture in general and cotton in particular, needs to be more concerned about WTO than the Farm Bill. Anybody who thinks Brazil and Oxfam are going to stop with cotton is living in a dream world, whether you’re a northern grain and bean or southern cotton producer. Our enemies and detractors are rewriting our laws and stripping the power from our elected leaders, whatever your opinion of them or the job they are doing is.” – Danny Davis, Elk City, Okla.

• “The water situation in California has put cotton on the back burner for many growers due to the fact that permanent crops get top priority with water. The prices that we should get in ’08 for ELS cotton are encouraging.”

In this month’s Web Poll, we are asking our readers what will have the most influence over the future of U.S. farm programs.

Cast your vote and post your thoughts in the Web Poll comments section. To participate, go online at www.cottonfarming.com. The January results will be reported in the March issue of Cotton Farming.

Web Poll Results

In November, we asked: Despite acreage shifts and a new farm law, are you optimistic about the 2008 season and why?

  • Yes — 52 %
  • No — 48 %

January Web Poll Question

What will have the most influence over the future of U.S. farm programs and why?

(1) Change in payment limits
(2) Presidential election outcome
(3) World Trade Organization (WTO)
(4) Mood/makeup of Congress
(5) Commodity prices

Register your vote at www.cottonfarming.com.


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