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Breezy Hill Update

Posted 3/22/2009 9:08pm by Art Ozias.
  • Just finished watching  The Future of Food on Link TV.   It is worth watching.  A great chance to learn more  about GMO foods.  Here is the link http://www.linktv.org/programs/future.   Times for more showings are given.
 
  • Just finished another chicken day.    We have a few that were not spoken for and are in the freezer.  Let me know if you would like a great 4-6 pound fryer.
 
  • Remember we will be at the KC Food Circle Expo this next Sat  9-2pm.

  • NAIS will be an uphill struggle, since most on the sub-committee are pro NAIS 
 Group Encourages Legislators to Follow McCaskill’s Lead in Opposing NAIS Washington, D.C. – Members of R-CALF USA wish to thank publicly Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., for her correspondence to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack that makes clear her opposition to the implementation of the agency’s National Animal Identification System (NAIS). Missouri is one of four states to have enacted legislation that prohibits mandatory premises registration programs. “On behalf of the hard-working men and women who earn their living raising and selling cattle in this great country, we want Senator McCaskill to know how deeply we appreciate the fact that she has listened to the concerns of independent U.S. cattle producers – her constituents, the people on the ground who know what is best for their operations,” said R-CALF USA President/Region VI Director Max Thornsberry, a Missouri veterinarian who also chairs the group’s animal health committee.  “Senator McCaskill pointed out that USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture) has already spent more than $130 million of taxpayers’ money to promote NAIS, and at last week’s congressional hearing on NAIS, it was projected that additional costs would escalate to at least $200 million or more,” he continued. “We agree with the Senator that the current economic situation in the U.S. has stretched many producers to the breaking point, so it just doesn’t make any sense ‘to place such a significant and unjustified financial burden on our independent producers, particularly when we cannot value the benefit.’ “NAIS is not a solution for food safety, and we hope every Senator and every Representative will realize that the vast majority of meat recalls are due to food-borne illnesses caused by contamination at the processing level, not the producer level,” Thornsberry pointed out.  

“Senator McCaskill’s letter identifies the monumental problems that are destined to cause NAIS to be a colossal failure at the expense of the U.S. cattle industry,” he concluded. “We can only hope that the rest of our country’s legislators will realize, as Senator McCaskill has, that NAIS is an ill-conceived scheme that should not be pursued in the United States.” 

 

that's it from the hill.  Art and Debra