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3/24/2014 5:55:00 AM
Nancy Prill column: Who understands the farm bill?

Nancy Dinelli-Prill

After a very early morning doctor’s appointment and giving away still more of my blood, I felt faint of heart from not having eaten for hours and hours and hours. We stopped, on our way home, at the local coffee watering hole where a few farmers group each day.

I didn’t want to disturb them, so “The Farmer” and I stayed pretty much to ourselves. However, having said all that, I did pick up some tidbits of the new farm bill situations. I think I heard the discussion to be “who would handle the rented ground situation.”

I’ve told you before, I know nothing about the farm bill, but there must be something in that bill as to who claims what when the land is rented.

I heard one of the farmers say the “landlord” farmer should handle that. What he should handle, I have no idea. I think there are many “who should” in the new farm bill, but at least we have a farm bill.

Have you been out to see how your back 40 looks?

I think I’ve told you before that along the south side of our property runs a fenced-in and gated lane to what we call “The Votech Tower.”

The lane runs about 2,000 feet from the edge of the road up to the tower. Nothing can be built within 1,400 feet of the small tower, they told us when a “subdivider” came in. The land could be worked for crops, but they also said equipment had to be taken off the land at night.

The little tower is owned by the United States, in what division, I really don’t know. All we understand is that it is, allegedly, full of electronics that track airplanes, day and night.

To stop that subdivision with the farmland surrounding it, we had to work with the United States government and some countess in Italy, who owned land on one of the properties’ sides.

There is just farmland there now.

All of that got my mind thinking, and I wondered what could be hiding under those big piles of snow out there on your back 40.

Every day when yet another theory comes up as to the whereabouts of the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner and the 239 passengers on board and all the technology we have in this world, it just makes me wonder.

Isn’t Malaysia kind of like a jungle?

Couldn’t that plane have landed in the jungle and some resident of Malaysia used his water buffalo to drag that plane into hiding? I could picture that in some movie with his family enjoying the plush interior.

The thing I don’t understand with 239 people reported aboard and if each one had a device to contact their families, why had no one heard from any of them.

Or just maybe, if you haven’t checked under the piles of snow on your snowed-in back 40, maybe, just maybe? What do you think?

Last, but not least, for those of you who get rural mail delivery, how is your mailbox holding up against the snow plows? We finally put reflectors around ours, hoping they help the plow drivers know our mailbox is under that pile of snow and not an airplane.

By the way, who really understands the farm bill? Ciao!

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