By Mike Barnett

There’s a lot of controversy about when the new decade begins. Perhaps I’m getting ahead of myself, but I believe it started on Jan. 1, 2010. If I wait until 2011 to make these fearless agricultural predictions for a new decade, I’ll be a year behind.

So as I gaze into my crystal ball, here’s what I see:

Texas Farm Bureau: Fearless ag predictions for a new decade

October 2010. Beef critic and country-western singer Carrie Underwood diagnosed with severe Vitamin B-12 deficiency. Now eats beef for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

March 2011. New York State Assembly decrees that all food be locally grown, ultimately resulting in mass starvation and food riots in New York City.

June 2012. After observing Third World hunger firsthand, Time magazine writer Bryan Walsh has a revelation. Writes piece in Time Magazine entitled Americans Are High Over Cheap Cost of Plentiful Food.

December 2013. Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) dissolved after beef industry undercover video details gluttonous staff gorging themselves on Big Macs and fried chicken at Christmas party.

January 2014. Former HSUS head Wayne Pacelle finds new life as late night talk show host, replacing retiring David Letterman.

January 2015. Climate change legislation takes effect. Timber replaces corn as main Midwest crop as farmers try to capture carbon credits. When concerns over food shortages arise, President Obama, in his second term, says “Let them eat wood.” Number one medical problem reported in emergency rooms is splintered digestive tracts.

November 2016.  Referendum banning beef cattle production fails in California after charges of fraud leveled at VEGAN (Voter Earmarks Gag Animal Nurturers), a get-out-the-vote effort of animal rights groups.

February 2017. Congress lambasted after trying to extend Clean Water Act regulations to cover the song Old Man River and the ballet Swan Lake.

December 2018. New Midwest forest is so successful in capturing carbon that the world is plunged into new Ice Age.

July 2019. Muckraking journalist and modern agriculture critic Eric Schlosser seeks other writing venues as America slims down, following huge success of agriculture’s personal responsibility campaign, Eat Right and Exercise.

Have a great decade. 




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 a new decade”

  1. Mel Gardner says:

    Gene Hall, Publisher

    You had requested to hear from "more of us" in your recent article "Climate Change" so here comes this member’s comments:

    They, the environmentalist, finally are about to get their terminologies correct since they could not prove global cooling or global warming it would be safer for them to say "Climate Change".

    First, I guess I too could be labeled as a heretic because I worship a supreme God and not the Earth. If you are not in this category then you can stop reading my response at this point.

    Second, I have to assume that you are in the same category or you would not continue reading. That being the case you more than you likely believe the bible. Therefore if you would like to find the real cause of "Climate Change" then I recommend that you read Genesis chapter 8:22. This "Climate Change" has been going on since the beginning of time.

    Third, About 20 years ago the late Dr. Salk, the inventor of the Salk Vaccine for the prevention of Polio, appeared on ABC’s TV program "20-20". He stated that these regulations invented by the EPA that were to protect us were a $80 billion hoax on the American taxpayer. I should have a VCR copy of this presentation somewhere in my files. If not I feel you could obtain a copy from ABC.

    Fourth, All these regulations are about "greed and control". It has been reported that Al Gore already has in place a company that will handle all the "Cap and Trade" transactions that will produce him billions of dollars. Also those who espouse the idea of "One World" government will achieve their goal through the controls that are currently being considered.

    In conclusion if any of the above points you find incorrect I would appreciate you refuting by return E-mail


    Mel Gardner

  2. Mel, I’ve never been much into conspiracies, but I think there is some truth to what you say. I also believe the folks who would prefer heavy government involvement in most everything we do see an opportunity in "climate change." The high taxes and strict regulation that accompany it will eventually put a straightjacket on our economy. As I’ve written before, I believe this cap and trade (cap and tax) bill is a potential disaster. I don’t know anything about Mr. Gore’s plans, though I expect some will make a lot of money off carbon credit trading when and if this monstrosity becomes law. Lastly, I too am a man of faith. Praying for our country is something we should do every day. I’ve been able to reconcile in my own mind and heart the obvious truths of science and what I believe to be the truths of the Bible. In that way, God has given us a tool – science – to understand our world. Unfortunately, much environmental policy is based on emotion, with little regard for science.

    Genesis 8:22 says – "While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease."

  3. Great predictions for the upcoming years. I especially like the humane society one and Carrie Underwood. Great blog!

  4. Mr. Barnet,

    I took a break from scholarship applications and read your blog. I couldn’t help but to laugh as I read your predictions for the years to come. I thoroughly injoyed this blog out of all the ones I have read and would like for some of these predictions to come true. Keep up the good work!

  5. Mike Barnett says:

    Thanks Dakota. You made my day!


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