Commentary: Putting food prices in perspective

decrease font size  Resize text   increase font size       Printer-friendly version of this article Printer-friendly version of this article

Editor's note: The following commentary was written by Gene Hall, Public Relations Director for the Texas Farm Bureau and published on the Texas Agriculture Talks website.

Here in Texas, we nervously watch the skies and the weather reports to see if we can get a clue as to how much rain we’ll get soon and even later on. When a Texan tells you, “What a beautiful day!,” chances are it’s raining.

What does this mean for food prices? I get asked that all the time, and the truth is, I don’t know. It won’t surprise you that I do have an opinion. I think we’ll be okay. Not perfect, but okay.

I’ve also been asked several times to describe the great Texas drought of 2011. I’ve got that distilled to a single word: Epic. It was the worst ever. In 2012, other parts of the country like the Midwest saw a carbon copy of that. We felt especially sorry for them. They are not used to it like we are.

Because of that two-year event, some experts are predicting food price increases of as much as 4 percent. That’s not good news. But remember, that is 4 percent of the 10 PERCENT of disposable income we pay on average for food in this country. For most of us, that’s a minor inconvenience. It doesn’t take away the sting of folks in unfortunate circumstances who do not have enough to eat. The Texas Farm Bureau is allied with a group called Feeding America.  They and I would sure appreciate your help.

For those who must make every nickel count, it’s also good news that our agriculture capacity in the U.S. has not yet “topped out.” We can do more as long as America’s farmers and ranchers are reasonably free to use the technology that makes it possible.

I hope I’m not talking about “the epic drought of 2013″ in a few weeks. That could change a lot of things. But again, if we don’t handicap our farmers and ranchers with silly rules and block the road to technological advances, I think we’ll be okay.

Having enough to eat is so very basic and yet something we should never take for granted.


Buyers Guide

Doyle Equipment Manufacturing Co.
Doyle Equipment Manufacturing prides themselves as being “The King of the Rotary’s” with their Direct Drive Rotary Blend Systems. With numerous setup possibilities and sizes, ranging from a  more...
A.J. Sackett Sons & Company
Sackett Blend Towers feature the H.I.M, High Intensity Mixer, the next generation of blending and coating technology which supports Precision Fertilizer Blending®. Its unique design allows  more...
R&R Manufacturing Inc.
The R&R Minuteman Blend System is the original proven performer. Fast, precise blending with a compact foot print. Significantly lower horsepower requirement. Low inload height with large  more...
Junge Control Inc.
Junge Control Inc. creates state-of-the-art product blending and measuring solutions that allow you to totally maximize operating efficiency with amazing accuracy and repeatability, superior  more...
Yargus Manufacturing
The flagship blending system for the Layco product line is the fully automated Layco DW System™. The advanced technology of the Layco DW (Declining Weight) system results in a blending  more...
Yargus Manufacturing
The LAYCOTE™ Automated Coating System provides a new level of coating accuracy for a stand-alone coating system or for coating (impregnating) in an automated blending system. The unique  more...
John Deere
The DN345 Drawn Dry Spreader can carry more than 12 tons of fertilizer and 17.5 tons of lime. Designed to operate at field speeds up to 20 MPH with full loads and the G4 spreader uniformly  more...
Force Unlimited
The Pro-Force is a multi-purpose spreader with a wider apron and steeper sides. Our Pro-Force has the most aggressive 30” spinner on the market, and is capable of spreading higher rates of  more...
BBI Spreaders
MagnaSpread 2 & MagnaSpread 3 — With BBI’s patented multi-bin technology, these spreaders operate multiple hoppers guided by independent, variable-rate technology. These models are built on  more...


Comments (0) Leave a comment 

Name
e-Mail (required)
Location

Comment:

characters left


Smooth Wall Grain Bins

Meridian’s SmoothWall bins are the ultimate storage bins, used to handle and store fertilizer, grain, feed and seed, and extend ... Read More

View all Products in this segment

View All Buyers Guides

Feedback Form
Feedback Form