Congressman Tom Cole on the Hyperactive EPA and MoreThu, 08 Jul 2010 6:27:22 CDT
Oklahoma Congressman Tom Cole acknowledges he does not know a lot about agriculture- but he got a healthy dose of education down in Cotton County on the Kinder Family Farm. Jimmy Kinder and his wife Trudie have two sons that operate their family farm opeartion- and some grandkids that are involved as well. Son Jimmy Wayne Kinder is the lead person in the operation- he showed Congressman Cole some of their equipment designed to make their operation more productive, and at the same time, more environmentally friendly.
For example, Cole saw a sophisticated liquid fertilizer cart that allows in row fertilization to take place just as the seed goes into the ground- meaning that the Kinder operation uses one third of the fertilizer they once used and they still get the same yields. Kinder told the Congressman that the piece of equipment was not cheap, but had paid for itself by the savings in the fertilizer bill. And, it offers the extra benefit of minimizing any runoff of nutrients into steams or water sources.
After Congressman Cole received a mini tutoral on Sesame that Kinder is growing this season (The picture here is of Congressman Cole and Kinder in that Sesame field)- we talked with him about several issues of importance to the farm community- including the regulatory frenzy that is coming from the EPA, led by Lisa Jackson. We also talk Estate Taxes and the outlook for the fall elections- and what that could mean in dealing with the Obama Administration the next couple of years.
Click on the Listen Bar below to hear our conversation with Congressman Tom Cole.
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