Letter to the Editor

U.S. agriculture

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Most people take for granted that grocery stores will always be full of food. But when foreign nations reduce trading with America; and weather disasters decimate crops; the nation's food supply will be in peril.

American agricultural dominance has steadily eroded. Its share of the global grain market is only half of what it was at its peak. Brazil, Russia and Ukraine are now producing huge harvests of soybeans, wheat and other crops. The resulting glut is punishing U.S. farmers as surpluses drive down crop prices by 50%.

California farmers have been cursed with drought, while Midwest farmers have been cursed with floods. These disasters have cost U.S. farmers billions of dollars. The Midwest floods of 2018 were the most devastating agricultural disasters in U.S. history. Satellite images show that over 6 million acres of farmland were submerged and left unplanted that spring.

Ancient prophets describe the destructive effects that trade wars and natural disasters will have on America (and the world) in the end time. "The field is wasted, the land mourneth; for the corn is wasted; the new wine is dried up, the oil languished; fires have devoured the pastures of the wilderness." There is only one way that God will protect us: "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land," (II Chronicles 7:14). And that's a Might Big “IF.”

— Wendell E. Carr, Ottumwa