Soybean checkoff opposition thwarted

The American Soybean Association (ASA) this week flagged an amendment in the agriculture appropriations bill that unfairly criticized the soybean checkoff. Fortunately, the House beat back the amendment, on a vote of 49 to 377. Many of you know I was chairman at Illinois Soybean Association and United Soybean Board [...]

October 5, 2023|

New Philadelphia: New National Park Site

I traveled to Omaha last week to deliver some paperwork on the New Philadelphia National Historic Site project we have been working on for some time. As long-time President of the New Philadelphia Association, I am proud to have been a part of this important recognition, and shepherd it through [...]

September 20, 2023|

My first adventure: Mexico A trip with lasting impressions

Nearly 65 years ago, my friend Johnny Warton and I hopped in his green MG TF two-seater sports car for our first international road trip to Mexico. The idea that two Illinois farm kids would travel over 1,000 miles, crossing a border into another country, was not entirely unheard of [...]

August 9, 2023|

US-China Trade: Important to both sides

The relationship between the US and China remains a current topic in many circles. Since the beginning of 2023, two US officials, Secretary of State Antony Blinken and US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, have met with Chinese officials to warm the relationship between the two countries. Over the past 50+ [...]

July 25, 2023|

Blinken Goes to China

Blinken goes to China U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken traveled to China recently to start to “mend fences” between the two countries, whose relationship has been strained due to tensions over the spy balloon, intellectual property issues, and the relationship between China and Taiwan. In a report airing on [...]

July 3, 2023|
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