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explain it, I have to do it still for the love of farming, something that no one can explain and everyone here knows that feeling.

        My ideas are that there are so many farms sitting empty that a young guy like me can’t buy a farm to get started even in the dairy industry.  If I didn't have my family or her family and a neighbor guy that we rent the barn from to get started, there would be no way that I could get started milking 40 cows.  I think there should be tax incentives to these elderly people.  I don’t like to say that, but 50-year-old farmer that got this nice 50 -

    (Audience boos.)

       MR. CARL OLSON:  Sorry, I didn't mean it like that.  But there are a lot of these dairy farms with 50 cows that they are getting out of the business because their kids don’t want to do it.  There’s a lot of people that if you give them the opportunity, they are going to succeed.  I’ve gotten the opportunity and I’m going to do my fullest to succeed. But with the government’s help, it will make it a little easier for me to survive because every day there’s a new challenge in the industry.

         I think that we’ve got to work with the old -- I’m not going to say that word again.  We’ve got to work with the experienced -- thank you, sir -- the experienced people and the youth because when you combine those two you’ve got the most powerful thing that you can imagine.  If we do that, even if it’s a dollar premium on 100 pounds of milk for a young guy, I mean, that’s huge for that family.  It’s not like the government is wasting the money, it’s going to come right back into the economy because this is where your economical is going to come in and you are going to see more kids out there farming.  We just have to give them the opportunity and there’s a lot of people out there.  With your help we can do it and I’ll help any way I can.

         I want to thank Mary Ellen, she’s milking my cows because it’s a bad time right now, this meeting.  That’s Bob’s wife, she’s milking the cows now at home.  So I want to thank her for letting me come down.

        MODERATOR:  Thank you.


      MODERATOR:  Do we have a question over here?  Go ahead.

       MR. DAN ZANDER:  (sp)  Yes, I do.  First I would like to say to the gentleman who just spoke, I’m glad I’m only 49 plus.


       MR. DAN ZANDER:  My name is Dan Zander.  I am from  Waseca County.  Gil probably knows me from the AGRA News.  I’ve been fighting with MNDOT [Minnesota Department of Transportation] since 1998. And the reason I came is to address the Secretary concerning issues of conservation.  What it boils down to is we have a situation in our county where politically, Gil, I’m in favor of having the road built just as you are,  and just as the Highway 14 Partnership is.  The issue is, my feeling, and I think the feeling of most people in this arena, is that we all have to comply with the law.  The

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