It's been an embarrassing long time since I've updated my blog. It's not that we haven't been farming or working or living our best (and most hectic) farm life, it's just that whenever I sit down to write an update or talk about an issue something comes up and I close the computer promising to … Continue reading It’s Been A While . . . We’re Still Here
To say it's a bad time to be a farmer would be an understatement the size of the grain piles dotting the Kansas landscape. During the past few years farming has become a losing proposition. Grain prices are down, international rhetoric and negotiations have killed export opportunities and a drought has made it nearly impossible … Continue reading Taking Care of our Farmers
As 2016 came to a close, I found myself at my computer several times, attempting to summarize and reflect on the year that was. It was quite a year for the Sawyer family - kicked off with the birth of our second son, Owen, on Jan. 5 and accentuated with tough times on the farm, … Continue reading 2017: Adventure Awaits
Regardless of party affiliation, I think we can all agree that this election was an emotionally draining and complex series of events that had many different actors, aspects and potential outcomes. We struggled to make sense of people, opinions and polls. Many did not want to believe and even more made assumptions hoping they would … Continue reading The Day After – Why I voted Republican
We are in the homestretch of a year-long primary battle between our incumbent Congressmen, Tim Huelskamp, Republican, and his challenger, Dr. Roger Marshall. This race has taken on a life of its own, garnering outside money, attention and headlines. I have spoken with several reporters about the race - some as far away as Washington, … Continue reading Politics Hits Home
Note: This is a letter to the editor I authored in support of Dr. Roger Marshall, who is challenging incumbent Republican Tim Huelskamp. While I normally do not use this blog for political purposes, I am sharing this to demonstrate my support for Dr. Marshall's campaign and efforts to help the state of Kansas earn back … Continue reading Marshall for Kansas 1st District
*This column was originally published in the Fall 2014 issue of Kansas AgLand. For more from that issue, log onto http://www.kansasagland.com. If you’ve watched even an hour of television this fall, you’ve noticed the steady stream of political ads. Yes, the number of commercials has decreased with the primary election now over, but the pitches, … Continue reading Elections Will Impact Ag
In a speech to farmers and ranchers this past weekend, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack stood on the side of his political party and declared rural America irrelevant. The man who is supposed to be the voice and representative of the farming community in Washington D.C. did not support his constituent base but instead declared … Continue reading Are we relevant?