Fearless ag predictions for 2015

By Mike Barnett

Time. Where did it go? Seems like yesterday I made my fearless ag predictions for 2014. I wasn’t exactly on target on all of them. But that doesn’t deter me from trying again this year.

Here’s what’s going to happen in 2015. At least in my warped view of the world…

January. “Howdy y’all” becomes the official greeting in Washington, D.C. as members of the Texas delegation assume leadership of six of the 21 House committees, including the House Agriculture Committee.

February. Farmers continue to try to figure out the new farm bill, struggle with ARC and PLC decisions and finally say the heck with it and go with EIEIO.

March. The Texas Department of Agriculture defines sustainability by adding to the list of 4,800 families in Texas who successfully farmed or ranched the same land for over 100 consecutive years.

April. Farmers and ranchers take a moment to celebrate Earth Day, tip their caps in salute to the good earth and continue to grow the food that sustains us all.

May. Farm Bureau’s “Ditch the Rule” campaign revives as EPA tries to extend Clean Water Act regulations to cover the songs Blue Bayou and Green River.

June. Chipotle Mexican Grill goes bankrupt as farmers bite back and quit supplying the overpriced burrito king after it renews its Farmed and Dangerous online miniseries.

July. Cattle prices and demand continue to reach record highs. Daily. Consumers discover they can’t do without the great taste of beef.

August. Texas farmers officially listed as “endangered” when spurious listings under the Endangered Species Act gobble thousands of acres of crop and ranch land.

September. Scandal erupts as paparazzi photograph vegetarians/country singers Carrie Underwood and Kellie Pickler sharing a bucket of fried yard bird at KFC.

October. Oil prices continue slide to $40 a barrel, which is good news for agriculture, unless royalty checks support your farming habit.

November. Food labeling activists suffer setbacks as Congress decrees labels be accurate and helpful, not misleading and confusing.

December. National Agricultural Statistics Service reports record yields and high prices on all crops grown in Texas during 2015.

Happy New Year!

Mike Barnett

Director of Publications
Texas Farm Bureau
I’m a firm believer that farmers and ranchers will continue to meet the needs of a growing world population by employing equal measures of common sense, conservation and technology.
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5 Responses to “Fearless ag predictions for 2015”

  1. Carolyn Felux says:

    Happy, happy New Year!

  2. Hi Mike- I am wondering if you have anytime this Friday morning to do a recorded phone interview. They usually are 4-5minutes. Basically I am interested in your predictions for 2015.

    If Friday is not possible. How about one day next week? thank you. Tim

  3. Larry Winkelmann says:

    In Washington Co. It not the endangered species act that wil cause ranchers to become endangered, it’s land fragmentation. Read in the Cattleman magazine that 1.1 million acres has been lost to fragmentation from 1997 to 2012. Play grounds with high use of water and natural resources.

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