Minnesota Farmer


Sometimes being connected can be interesting.

I never knew how much things can change in a persons being connected to the world until after my daughter’s wedding.  It really is all her fault, she married a guy whose father is a commodities analyst.  Now those not in the world of commodities (farm crops like corn, soybeans, hogs and cattle) trading would not recognize Rich, but those in that world do.  Many depend on the research he does to make informed choices.

I first met Rich when I was invited to one of the seminars he put on in our area.  I was impressed, still am.  This guy has made a life out of sifting through large quantities of data on the buying and selling of farm crops and all the matters that affect them.  For a little farmer from Minnesota like me to get this kind of information is a bit humbling.  He can absolutely blow you away with the volume of facts he aims your way.  Rich is not telling you what to do, but he does give you the information you need to make a decision.

It was after we met and talked that the phone calls started.  Today it was a reporter from the Wall Street Journal who wanted an insight on what was happening on the farm.  Luckily this was a subject I had already talked to Rich about.  All of a sudden this small town farm boy is being sought out.  It is indeed humbling.

Being connected to the greater world is something that is important for all of us.  Most of the time we do not feel we have any say in what is happening.  There are also times I read or hear quotes on the news and I wonder what rock did they find this guy under.  So if you read or hear my name quoted in the coming months, it’s all Rich’s fault.  He connected this farm boy from Minnesota to the larger world.  We’ll see what happens from here.



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Well, Michael, you are certainly well-qualified to provide a Wall Street Journal reporter with insights into farming and farm life. Please keep us posted on publication. Good for you to get this opportunity.

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