Wide Variety of NAICC Topics
Grady Coburn was recognized for being a charter member and giving 35 years of service to NAICC. The top recruiter of new members was Ed Plunkett with Monsanto. There were four other recruiters who were recognized for signing new members at the local level; they were David Bennett, Bennett Agricultural Research Corp., Richland, Iowa; Allan Miller, Agricultural Research of Wisconsin LLC, Madison, Wis.; Kathleen Meagher, Canada; and Marla Siruta, AgPro Partners Midwest LLC, Dana, Iowa.
Siruta, was also introduced to the crowd as the new board member for the alliance, and it was noted that she had already been chosen to serve as secretary of the board.
The meeting keynote speaker was James Wiesemeyer, senior vice president, Informa Economics, Washington, D.C. Even as an optimist, he said he has major concerns when it comes to how the federal government isn’t functioning in a reasonable manner without negotiation and compromise among the political parties.
James Wiesemeyer, senior vice president, Informa Economics, was the keynote speaker. Wiesemeyer went through a laundry list of what to look out for in the coming four years and longer. The takeaways from his presentation were predictions and questions as he summed them up in bullet points plus comments. The following are points and comments from Wiesemeyer.
• Will Obama, or Republicans, overreach in pushing their agenda is a big question.
• Most second terms are not robust in accomplishments.
Most second terms are not robust with accomplishments when you look back in history.
• Watch for use of executive orders if partisan discord returns.
Watch the use of executive orders by Obama if he can’t get much through Congress. He has used executive orders more than any president that he has covered in my lifetime.
• Foreign policy issues usually prevail in a President’s second term.
Foreign policy issues usually prevail in a president’s second term—think North Korea, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan and more.
• Major U.S. tax reform coming…big impacts for businesses/farmers.
Major tax reform is coming but it’s not going to be any time too soon. There are more lawyers per square inch in Washington, D.C., and lobbyists; so this will take some time.
• Changing U.S., world energy sector to have major implications.
The changing U.S. energy sector is already having major implications, and he thinks it will aid agriculture in the long run. And we are going to see the use of natural gas in farm equipment again; it should be there now, but it is coming.
- How much corn can the ethanol industry use?
- Economist: Taxing P could reduce risk of algal blooms
- Commentary: Government wants farmers to quit farming
- What is the relationship between maturity group, yield?
- Commentary: Ambulance-chaser lawyers take on Syngenta
- Berman: Camouflaged activists threaten agriculture