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A Wisconsin farm boy who has kept his finger on the pulse of U.S. agriculture for the last half century paid a visit to Wadena Tuesday. Nationally-syndicated television and radio broadcaster Orion Samuelson was the guest speaker at Minnesota Valley Irrigation's Open House at the Elks Lodge. Samuelson's familiar voice resonated in the packed confines of the Elks Lodge as he shared his insights and his humor. Samuelson created the nationally-syndicated television program "U.S. Farm Report" and hosted it...

Orion Samuelson packs Wadena Elks Lodge

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Orion Samuelson packs Wadena Elks Lodge
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A Wisconsin farm boy who has kept his finger on the pulse of U.S. agriculture for the last half century paid a visit to Wadena Tuesday.

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Nationally-syndicated television and radio broadcaster Orion Samuelson was the guest speaker at Minnesota Valley Irrigation's Open House at the Elks Lodge.

Samuelson's familiar voice resonated in the packed confines of the Elks Lodge as he shared his insights and his humor.

Samuelson created the nationally-syndicated television program "U.S. Farm Report" and hosted it for 30 years making him a broadcasting icon. The 77-year-old is still involved with "This Week in Agribusiness" on television and a three-minute daily "National Farm Report" on radio.

Samuelson briefly outlined four major challenges facing U.S. agriculture today.

• The opposition animal agriculture is facing from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

• The weather: which Samuelson pointed out is a farmer's constant challenge.

• Foreign markets: because the United States is merely one player in a global game.

• The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): which Samuelson said "keeps coming down with rules that could make farming impossible."

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Brian Hansel
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