Will yours be knee high by the fourth of July? This of course refers to an old expression by U.S. farmers for corn growth. This year "knee high by the 4th" is a real possibility for many farmers. According to the USDA 75% of the country’s corn crop is rated good to excellent, better than this time last year and several previous years. Even with America’s financial, political and social ups and downs over the years we still have a lot to celebrate on the 4th of July. First and foremost, we have the freedom to be able to “agree to disagree”; meaning, you can speak out if you disagree with how local, state, or federal officials do things without fear of imprisonment or even death. Also, if you have enough personal fortitude, desire, and ambition you can be whatever you want to be, no matter your race, sex, religion, or financial status. Essentially, we all have the freedom of saying what we want, wearing what we want, and doing what we want. So here’s to everyone having a fun and safe 4th of July, and remember we still live in the best country in the world!