Good Advice: Invest in farmland

Last night on TheBlaze TV, Jim Rogers gave a pretty bleak outlook on future of the U.S. economy. But there was a bright light for one small (and shrinking) portion of the population: the American farmer.

This morning, after recapping the plans the President laid out in his SOTU on Tuesday — spend, spend, and spend — Glenn spoke to his listeners about what the future looks like to him and one of the best investments he thinks Americans should consider looking into.

"What's the best investment you can make?" Glenn asked.

Glenn has talked about how he invests his money for years, always reminding his audience that what's best for him may not be right for you and your family. Among these investments is gold. But for the average family, the window on buy gold has closed. The price has risen well over 300% is the last five to ten years. But this morning, gold wasn't the commodity Glenn was focused on.

"I've told you for awhile that there were going to be food shortages. I've told you that food prices are going to go through the roof. I've told you that the average age of a farmer worldwide is 58. In ten years from now they're going to be nearing 70," he explained. "Who's replacing them? Who's studying farming?"

The answer is, not near as many people as the industry will probably need.

Most agricultural studies are focusing more on the environment than they are crop production.

"Who's going out and saying, 'Yeah, I need to learn about the soil because I'm going to be a farmer.  I'm going to own my own tractor and I'm going to start my own farm.'  Who does that?" Glenn asked. "Who grows up in a farming family and says, 'This is the life for me'?  The Amish?  And who else?"

Glenn and Jim Rogers discussed the direction of agriculture yesterday on radio:

"So who does it? Nobody. Nobody's doing it," Glenn said. "The real growth, if you are somebody who's thinking about going to college and you don't know what to do, go into farm studies."

If what Glenn's believes is going to happen to our currency does happen, the Wall Streeters of the next generation — maybe even of this generation — are going to be in a world of hurt.

"The farmers will be the ones who control the world," Glenn explained.

There is an article on right now that lays out what exactly is happening with the price of farmland in the U.S. It's clear why Glenn is encouraging more people to look into farming and farmland.

“Farm income and land values were boosted by high crop prices and high crop insurance payments. In North and South Dakota, land lease revenue increased thanks to the region’s energy deposits,” Business Insider notes.

“Bankers in the Corn Belt and Central Plains reported strong annual increases.  Meanwhile in Texas, where growing conditions were poor, farmland values increased a modest 2.6 percent year-over-year,” the report adds.

And that’s not all: For the remainder of FY2013, analysts expect farmland values to grow — and grow some more.

The report from TheBlaze explains that non-irrigated cropland in the United States is skyrocketing in value: Monatana is up 10%; Wyoming, Colorado, northern New Mexico, 18%; North Dakota, 30%; South Dakota, 30%; Nebraska, 30%; Kansas, 22%; Oklahoma 12%; Western Missouri, 22%; Iowa, 18%; Minnesota, 26.9%; Northern Illinois, 15%.; Northern Louisiana, 15%; Southern Wisconsin, 8%; Northern Indiana, 11%; and Texas farmland, 2.6%.

Glenn emphasized, "do not listen to me for investment advice, but also don't listen to anybody who refuses to think out of the box."

He reminded his audience that the people involved in investments they're making — retirement or otherwise — makes money by managing your stuff. They're incentivized to keep your money where it is. And while the stock market may go up, it's built on sand. At some point, because the value of the dollar is going down, you're going to pull your money out and it's not going to hold real value.

"I'd rather be able to grow my own food, thank you very much," Glenn said. "It's not for everybody but, boy, there's a great story on now on farmland.  What is happening with farmland?"

On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck sat down with chief researcher Jason Buttrill to go over two bombshell developments that have recently come to light regarding former Vice President Joe Biden's role in the 2016 dismissal of Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.

"Wow! Two huge stories dropped within about 24 hours of each other," Jason began. He went on to explain that a court ruling in Ukraine has just prompted an "actual criminal investigation against Joe Biden in Ukraine."

This stunning development coincided with the release of leaked phone conversations, which took place in late 2015 and early 2016, allegedly among then-Vice President Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Ukraine's former President Petro Poroshenko.

One of the audiotapes seems to confirm allegations of a quid pro quo between Biden and Poroshenko, with the later admitting that he asked Shokin to resign despite having no evidence of him "doing anything wrong" in exchange for a $1 billion loan guarantee.

"Poroshenko said, 'despite the fact that we didn't have any corruption charges on [Shokin], and we don't have any information about him doing something wrong, I asked him to resign,'" Jason explained. "But none of the Western media is pointing this out."

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A recently declassified email, written by former National Security Adviser Susan Rice and sent herself on the day of President Donald Trump's inauguration, reveals the players involved in the origins of the Trump-Russia probe and "unmasking" of then-incoming National Security Adviser, Gen. Michael Flynn.

Rice's email details a meeting in the Oval Office on Jan 5, 2017, which included herself, former FBI Director James Comey, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, former Vice President Joe Biden, and former President Barack Obama. Acting Director of National Intelligence, Richard Grenell, fully declassified the email recently amid President Trump's repeated references to "Obamagate" and claims that Obama "used his last weeks in office to target incoming officials and sabotage the new administration."

On Glenn Beck's Wednesday night special, Glenn broke down the details of Rice's email and discussed what they reveal about the Obama administration officials involved in the Russia investigation's origins.

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Fellow BlazeTV host, Mark Levin, joined Glenn Beck on his exclusive Friday episode of "GlennTV" to discuss why the declassified list of Obama administration officials who were aware of the details of Gen. Michael Flynn's wiretapped phone calls are so significant.

Glenn argued that Obama built a covert bureaucracy to "transform America" for a long time to come, and Gen. Flynn was targeted because he happened to know "where the bodies were buried", making him a threat to Obama's "secret legacy."

Levin agreed, noting the "shocking extent of the police state tactics" by the Obama administration. He recalled several scandalous happenings during Obama's "scandal free presidency," which nobody seems to remember.

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Colleges and universities should be home to a lively and open debate about questions both current and timeless, independent from a political bias or rules that stifle speech. Unfortunately for students, speaking out about personal beliefs or challenging political dogma can be a dangerous undertaking. I experienced this firsthand as an undergraduate, and I'm fighting that trend now as an adjunct professor.

In 2013, Glenn Beck was one of the most listened to radio personalities in the world. For a college senior with hopes of working on policy and media, a job working for Glenn was a ticket to big things. I needed a foot in the door and hoped to tap into the alumni network at the small liberal arts school where I was an undergrad. When I met with a career services specialist in early March 2013 about possible alumni connections to Glenn Beck, she disdainfully told me: "Why would you want to work for someone like him?" That was the beginning and end of our conversation.

I was floored by her response, and sent an email to the school complaining that her behavior was inappropriate. Her personal opinions, political or otherwise, I argued, shouldn't play a role in the decision to help students.

That isn't the kind of response a student should hear when seeking guidance and help in kick starting their career. Regardless of the position, a career specialist or professors' opinion or belief shouldn't be a factor in whether the student deserves access to the alumni network and schools' resources.

Now, seven years later, I work full time for a law firm and part time as an adjunct teaching business to undergraduate students. The culture at colleges and universities seems to have gotten even worse, unfortunately, since I was an undergrad.

College is a time to explore, dream big and challenge assumptions.

I never want to see a student told they shouldn't pursue their goals, regardless of their personal or political beliefs. College is a time to explore, dream big and challenge assumptions. I never got access to the alumni network or schools' resources from the career services office.

Lucky for students in 2020, there are several legal organizations that help students protect their rights when an issue goes beyond what can be handled by an undergraduate facing tremendous pressure from a powerful academic institution. Organizations like Speech First and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), for instance, are resources I wish I knew about at the time.

When I experienced mistreatment from my college, I spoke up and challenged the behavior by emailing the administration and explaining what happened. I received a letter from the career services specialist apologizing for the "unprofessional comment."

What she described in that apology as a "momentary lapse of good judgement" was anything but momentary. It was indicative of the larger battle for ideas that has been happening on college campuses across the country. In the past seven years, the pressure, mistreatment and oppression of free expression have only increased. Even right now, some are raising concerns that campus administrations are using the COVID-19 pandemic to limit free speech even further. Social distancing guidelines and crowd size may both be used to limit or refuse controversial speakers.

Students often feel pressure to conform to a college or university's wishes. If they don't, they could be expelled, fail a class or experience other retribution. The college holds all the cards. On most campuses, the burden of proof for guilt in student conduct hearings is "more likely than not," making it very difficult for students to stand up for their rights without legal help.

As an adjunct professor, every student who comes to me for help in finding purpose gets my full support and my active help — even if the students' goals run counter to mine. But I have learned something crucial in my time in this role: It's not the job of an educator to dictate a student's purpose in life. I'm meant to help them achieve their dreams, no matter what.

Conner Drigotas is the Director of Communications and Development at a national law firm and is a Young Voices contributor.