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Corn and Soybean Farmer Says Americans May See Grocery Bills Increase $1,000 a Month – The Minnesota Sun


Minnesota Sun Staff

by Debra Heine

A corn and soybean farmer from Iowa said on Wednesday that Americans can expect to see grocery bills increase $1,000 a month due to a massive increase in the price of fertilizer .

Ben Riensche, who runs the Blue Diamond Farming Company, predicted on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” that the Russian sanctions, the Green New Deal, and other factors will cause a massive spike in food prices later this year, spurring more economic hardship for Americans.

“Soaring fertilizer prices are likely to spike food prices,” Riensche told host Tucker Carlson. “If you’re upset that gas is up a dollar or two a gallon, wait until your grocery bill is up $1000 a month. And it may not manifest itself in terms of price, it could be quantity as well. Empty shelf syndrome may just be starting.”

“I’m sorry, I just wanted to make sure I heard you correctly. Up $1000 a month?” an incredulous Carlson asked.

“Sure,” Riensche replied. “The price of growing my crops, or the major crops, corn, soybeans, wheat, rice, cotton are up 30 to 40 percent. They are on my farm. And most of it is fertilizer. Nitrogen prices are up three times from the last crop we put in. Phosphorous and potassium have doubled.”

“The planting season in the northern hemisphere is just weeks away. There is no miracle technology that can cut that in a half or a third,” he said. “It’s a pretty fixed formula. For me to grow an acre of corn on my farm, I need 200 pounds of nitrogen, 200 pounds of phosphorus, and 100 pounds of potash [fertilizer potassium].

Riensche told Carlson that it remains to be seen how this plays out, and speculated that some farmers may opt to “switch to other crops that produce less.”

He said the main culprit is the price of natural gas. “It’s the key stock of most fertilizer inputs,” he explained. “But then we’ve got supply chain rules that came from the pandemic, a few hurricanes that knocked down some supply sources.”

“This could kind of be described as the food crisis of the Green New Deal,” Riensche added.

Policies that have made us more dependent on foreign energy, energy plants that have been decommissioned from other power sources, and transitioned to natural gas, and that’s competing against  fertilizer input stocks, Wall Street taking an activist investor role with strategic plant closures, but the kingpin in this—the worst part for a farmer—is this action that’s been taken by the International Trade Commission (ITC)—tariffs that they put in place that are creating monopolies.

Riensche said farmers now can’t buy from friendly parties that have a third of the supplies.”

In in February 2021, the Biden administration recommended that the International Trade Commission (ITC) implement tariffs of over 19 percent on imported fertilizers from Morocco after the Mosaic Company, which manufactures fertilizers used in the U.S. and abroad, filed a petition with the U.S. Department of Commerce seeking the levies.

A month later, the ITC voted to impose the tariff, and adding similar levies on Russian imports.

In November of 2021, The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) joined four other agricultural groups to demand that the ITC overturn its decision to impose tariffs on the  phosphate fertilizers from Morocco.

According to the NCGA, the tariffs resulted in critical sources of imported supplies being shut out of the U.S. market, an increase in the the costs for fertilizers, and a near monopoly of the phosphate market for the Mosaic Company.

“Mosaic, whose control of the phosphate market has grown from 74 percent to over 80 percent, is gaining a near-monopoly over the phosphate fertilizer supply in the U.S. In fact, Mosaic’s share price has quadrupled since a March 2020 low,” the NCGA wrote.

“Farmers are feeling the pain from these tariffs,” said Iowa farmer and NCGA President Chris Edgington. “We’re facing severe cost hikes on our fertilizers, and we are worried about fertilizer shortages next year. We desperately need the U.S. Court of International Trade to remedy this situation.”

Four months later, no actions have been taken, and Americans are preparing for severe inflation and shortages.

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Debra Heine reports for American Greatness.
Photo “Corn Farmer” by Ark. Agricultural Experiment Station. CC BY 2.0.


The wave of the future: high school computer classes in the 1970s

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High school students in the late 1970s. (Photo by Fred Ross/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

Karen Harris

The connection between computer technology and education began early on. In fact, when computers first came on the scene, there were many experts that believed that only universities and the military would ever use the modern invention. 

Yet by the 1970s, computers had found their way into high schools and dedicated computer science cases were added to the curriculum across the country. Leading this push for computer education at the high school level were two main factors … the Cold War and Steve Jobs. Let’s take a look at high school computer science classes of the 1970s in this collection of colorized photos. 

Mainframes and Punch Cards

By the end of the 1970s, computers had come a long way from mainframes and punch cards, as this colorized photo shows. (historyextra.com)

If your high school was affluent enough, students may have had a room-sized IBM mainframe computer for rudimentary computer programming classes. Students wrote their own programs which were transferred onto a stack of punch cards that the students rubber-banded together and turned in to the teacher. The teacher would run the punch cards through the IBM mainframe and assign you a grade based on whether the program worked or not. It was a frustrating and cumbersome ordeal, but these students were the lucky ones. The majority of high schools didn’t have computers for their students to use. 

Keeping Up With Our Cold War Rivals

Check out that “Star Wars” poster in the back of this colorized pic from 1978. (aadl.org)

In the heat of the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union engaged in an unofficial war of technology. To keep ahead of our political rivals, the greatest minds in the U.S. worked to advance technology and create new innovations. But some experts feared American students were in danger of falling behind. If we didn’t start to get high schoolers interested in technology, it was feared, the Soviets could pass us up with their technological superiority. 


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Walmart Is Recalling Over 25,500 Bags of These Chips


By Amanda McDonald

Update: Walmart informed  Eat This, Not That! on March 11 that the product never made it to stores. “The supplier made us aware of the potential product issue on February 22. Impacted products were stopped at Distribution Centers and never shipped to stores. The supplier retrieved the product and it is our understanding they destroyed all impacted products,” a spokesperson said. 

Therefore the recall is not a danger to consumers.

More than 2,500 cases of tortilla chips sold at Walmart are being recalled because they could be contaminated with a foreign material.

Walmart Great Value Restaurant Style White Corn Tortilla Chips

The 13-ounce bags of Great Value Restaurant Style White Corn Tortilla Chips may contain metal, according to a notification sent by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The chips were sold at Walmart stores in Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

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This initiative has been classified as a Class II recall by the FDA. That means it’s “a situation in which use of or exposure to a violative product may cause temporary or medically reversible adverse health consequences or where the probability of serious adverse health consequences is remote.”Courtesy of Walmart

Because Shearer’s Foods initiated the recall late February, the chips are unlikely to be on Walmart shelves—but they may still be lurking inside your pantry. The recalled items have a lot code of 112051## or 123051## and a “Best By” date of May 23, 2022.

No other information, such as if there had been any injuries or illnesses related to the recall or how it was discovered, were provided. Eat This, Not That! has reached out to Walmart for more details.

This isn’t the only food recall that you should be aware of before your next shopping trip. These Grocery Products Are Being Pulled From Shelves in 15 States.

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These Grocery Products Are Being Pulled From Shelves in 15 States


By Amanda McDonald

With thousands of items in each grocery store, it can be hard to keep track of every single item, especially when there are safety concerns that arise for some of them. Luckily, the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regularly post details about items that are being pulled from grocery store shelves because they have been recalled.

However, these items could still be in your kitchen. Right now, there are several new recalls that have just been announced for items sold in stores across 15 states. Keep reading for the full details on these problematic foods to make sure they’re not in your own pantry. And for more grocery news, here are 6 Things You’ll See at Costco This Year.Courtesy of the FDA

Sprouts Farmers Market Chocolate Cherries

The dark chocolate-covered cherries sold at Sprouts Farmers Market locations in six states are being recalled because the packages may contain dark chocolate-covered almonds. If someone who has an allergy or sensitivity to this tree nut eats the cherries, they run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction.

“The recall was initiated after it was discovered that product containing Dark Chocolate Covered Cherries was mixed with Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds in the bag,” the recall announcement posted by the FDA on March 4 states. “Subsequent investigation indicates that some Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds were used for Dark Chocolate Covered Cherries by Production personnel.”

No illnesses or reactions related to the recalled cherries have been reported, but if you shopped at a Sprouts Farmers Marker in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, or Utah recently, check your kitchen for these snacks ASAP. They have an item number of 638-011, a UPC Code of 6 46670 46342 6, and a “Sell By Date” of 07/24/2022.

coffee crumb cake pastry

Assorted flavors of coffee cake and paczkis made by Chicago Sweet Connection Baker and sold at retailers in Illinois and Wisconsin are also bring pulled from stores because they could contain egg, milk, and wheat which were not declared on the product label.

The bakery items have a brand name of Chicago Sweet Connection Bakery and were produced between Feb. 21 and 23, 2022, with expiration dates either Feb. 26 or 28. The recall was sent out “after it was discovered that the allergen statement was not correctly printing on labels due to a computer error,” the company says in the recall notice. The allergens were not listed because the label was being cut off during printing. The issue has since been resolved.

Flavors of the Paczki—a fried dough pastry filled with sweet fillings—include apple, apricot, blueberry, chocolate custard, strawberry, pineapple, and more. Coffee cake flavors include custard, caramel, pecan, chocolate chip, and more. For a full list of all affected varieties, click here.

The Paczkis were sold in packs of 4 in a plastic clamshell container, and the coffee cakes were sold in single packs with an aluminum rectangular tray and a plastic dome lid. Anyone with any of these recalled pastries in their home is instructed that they can notify the company via phone at 773-283-4430.Courtesy of the FSIS

Beef Jerky Recall

Boyd Specialties is recalling over 1,600 pounds of ready-to-eat jerky products because they may contain Listeria, according to a recall notice from the FSIS. The problem was discovered by the organization after a routine product sample tested positive for the harmful bacteria.

The products and flavors of the recalled jerky include garlic pepper, straight whiskey, carne asada, mango habanero, Carolina reaper, cracked black pepper, and several more. You can view the full list here.  They were shipped to retail locations in Alabama, California, Connecticut, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Texas.

No reports of an illness related to this issue are known, but consuming food contaminated with Listeria can cause fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, loss of balance, and more. It is especially harmful in older adults, those with a weakened immune system, pregnant women, and newborns. Symptoms can arise as late as two months after consumption.Shutterstock

Should any of these three items be in your kitchen, throw them out or return them to the place of purchase immediately. After they are gone, clean any area the food touched using this two-step cleaning and sanitizing process, recommended by a registered dietitian.

Senior aged woman baking in home kitchen.

For more on keeping your food safe, here are The Basic Food Safety Tips Home Cooks Need to Know.


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Amish Man Smiles Smugly As He Rides By Gas Station With $6 Prices


SMICKSBURG, PA—Local Amish patriarch Ezekiel Yoder was seen smiling smugly as he rode his market wagon by an outsider’s gas station where the cost per gallon broke six dollars a gallon.

He calmed his horse and observed the chaos at the pump. People were ripping each other apart to throw away their money on high-priced fuel. Thank Gotte he was not like them!

Yoder cried out to those embroiled in the chaos. “Blowing at the smoke doesn’t help if the chimney is plugged!” he said, snorting divinely.

“Ah, it’s gut to be blessed, Baalam,” he said to his horse.

Witnesses at the gas station were deeply offended that a kind-hearted Amish man could be so passive-aggressive and consequently resolved to never become Amish. They were, however, unable to deny that their devotion to the almighty automobile had doomed their souls.

Esther Yoder greeted her husband later in the day. He regaled her with tales of the outsiders, but she disapproved and, sadly, would not churn any butter for his supper.


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