While I agree that some on here take things way over the top, policy and markets have not been this intertwined in a long time. It is impossible to market without taking the current trade events into account. It is the number 1 issue affecting our markets right now. There are some tremendous marketers that read these forums and I have become a better marketer by reading their posts, but a lot of them no longer post, so I can see why you want to keep things civil. If when Mike was gone is any indication of what the site could become, I wish you luck.
Mike has approved the concepts in the Marketing Talk Forum post.
Take policy issues to the new, hopefully cleaned up, Ag Forum.
Pursue individual farmer marketing discussions here as we always have.
Good luck in today's challenging markets.