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David Sparks Ph.d Zippy visits Idaho
by David Sparks Ph.d, click here for bio

Program: Idaho Ag Today
Date: July 12, 2017

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"I’d say right now we are right at break even point. theres not going to be any money made at it. I'll cover my expenses but I wont make anything on it, it wont pay me back.

All my holdover wheat was sold. Last year and I did fairly well is was sold at 5-dollars a bushel, that don't sound very good but in last years market it was good. This years market I’d be tickled pink to get $4 and a quarter consistently but I did lock in a contact for 4 and quarter two weeks ago, so mine is sold.”

Those words come from Gem County wheat farmer Danny Walton summarizing the status of his wheat crop past and present. Danny spoke with us during a visit from American Farm Bureau Federation president Zippy Duvall. I asked Danny how he felt about the president of the American Farm Bureau Federation making a visit to Idaho farmers. “It’s nice that we are recognized as a state that has a lot to offer agriculturally. We have a lot of very forward thinking farmers, a lot of diversity in this area that they don’t have anywhere else in the world. For them to understand what we go through here versus what they do in areas where they don’t irrigate, where they don’t fight the cold in the winter and the heat in the summer, we go both extremes. I hope they understand we support what they are doing and they will support what we are doing. He’s the man who should have some influence and hopefully he uses that influence to make the decisions to allow us to stay doing what we are doing. That is being able to provide a good wholesome living and provide a good food source for the American public that is safe and they will know it will be there for a long time."

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