You are missing the point. There is plenty of room for expressing your 
political and religious views in other forums.

“Discussion relating to all aspects of apple production from cultivar 
selection, tree growth and performance, rootstock development and testing to 
the development of sustainable production systems is welcome.”

Vincent Philion, agr. M.Sc. IRDA.

“an environment that once again values and rewards the entrepreneur”. 
Hopefully, there is room for the “environment” in your environment!

Le 29 janv. 2017 à 16:28, Kurt W. Alstede 
<<>> a écrit :

Hello Fellow Horticulturalists and Farmers,

I debated whether I should opine or not…there seems to be so little tolerance 
these days for alternative view points.  Yet, to suggest that politics don’t 
influence our businesses and farms would be not only a mistake but also a 
disservice to our goal of helping and supporting one another who grow apples.  
What I can share with you with confidence as a full time family farm owner in 
New Jersey is that farming under the Obama administration was more difficult, 
more costly, and much more challenging than any other time in my 35 years of 
farming.  I have seen a steady increase in the direct costs associated with 
regulatory compliance as well as the amount of management time that I and my 
team spend simply making sure that our business can operate….none of which 
helps us grow a better apple for our customers.  We are only 10 days into the 
new administration and I can tell you that I look forward to the opportunity to 
advance our family business to the next generation in an environment that once 
again values and rewards the entrepreneur, hard work, rural values, and the 
risk that we all take each year as farmers.   I also look forward to a positive 
business environment that will allow us to expand our farm, purchase and 
preserve more farmland, employ more people, and stimulate the local economy.

Simply stated….I am very excited!

Best wishes for a successful growing season and may God Bless the United States 
of America.

Kurt W. Alstede
General Manager,
Alstede Farms, LLC
P.O. Box 278
1 Alstede Farms Lane,
Chester, New Jersey 07930
United States of America

Tel:  908-879-7189
Fax: 908-879-7815<>


From: apple-crop [] On Behalf Of 
Vincent Philion
Sent: Sunday, January 29, 2017 4:14 PM
To: Apple-Crop discussion list
Subject: Re: [Apple-Crop] Future of Extension Assistance to Apple Crop

Please keep "alternative facts" and politics out of this thread.

Vincent Philion, agr., M.Sc.

Le 29 janv. 2017 à 16:06, Hugh Thomas 
<<>> a écrit :
The intended effect was to promote the idea that the right wing extremist 
Donald Trump was trying to suppress opposition voices. Contrast this to the 
fact that for years the fascist left has threatened any scientist that 
questions global warming. The death penalty has been called for many times. By 
the way, the idea:  “97% of scientists agree…” is just more fake news.

On Sun, Jan 29, 2017 at 11:04 AM, Daniel Cooley 
<<>> wrote:
Since journalists are among the most dishonest human beings on earth, we 
probably should all just stop paying attention to the news, and let the new 
administration get on with the important business of making America great 
again. No offense Con, but America first!

But if you’re not inclined to stop paying attention, it turns out the USDA 
kerfuffle came about from an internal decision, not the White House. It strikes 
me as typical of ARS culture.


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