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Breezy Hill Farm Update Apr. 2, 2018

Posted 4/2/2018 2:48pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE


  • The next ground beef day is scheduled for April 21.  Pick up will be at the farm between 12 and 1 pm.  The price will be $5.50 per pound.  We were at the KC Food Circle this past Saturday, and the prices for ground beef from two to the participants were $8.40 and $7.00.  The EXPO was well attended and thankfully the weather was nice.  Just missed a snowy disaster.
  • I received a call from a local pork producer and they have three extra market hogs.  They will weigh around 260# live weight.  Hanging weight will be around 200#.  The price will be $1.05/# hanging weight.  I have one and a half on my list.  If interested let me know.  
  • I have a new source for raw milk.  He has Brown Swiss and it is possibly A2.  He was not familiar with the benefits of A2 milk protein.  Here is his phone number, 816-716-8601.  He is located about 5 miles east of Holden, just south on O highway.
  • I guess the Purple Martins knew something that we didn't.  They are still not here.  They must have known it was going to snow.  They aren't coming until there is something to eat.  They are not the bird feeder crowd.  They just like flying insects.
  • Our young tomato plants survived the cold last night in our small greenhouse.
  • The price for our freezer beef for 2018 will be $4.25/#.  This is a six percent increase from last year.  This tracks with the local grocery stores price for their ground beef.  Our pricing is tied directly to their price for their best ground beef; has been at $5.29 for the past few months.  Last year it was $4.99/#.
  • Remember, Virginia's chicken day is April 12.  Contact her at souscon4@gmail.com.

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Washington, DC – Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY), the top Democrat on the House Small Business Committee, commented today on a new report released by the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Office Inspector General (OIG) that finds more than a billion dollars in SBA-backed loans may have inappropriately gone to ineligible companies operating in the poultry industry. 

 

“When SBA loans go to firms that aren’t supposed to receive them, it means there are fewer resources available for deserving, small businesses who struggle to secure capital,” Velázquez noted.  “The findings in the OIG report are profoundly troubling and I look forward to working with Chairman Chabot to exercise vigorous oversight, including potentially holding hearings in the future.”

 

The OIG’s recently released report found that large chicken companies exercised such control over chicken growers that government-backed small business loans made to the growers should not have been eligible for assistance under the SBA’s flagship 7(a) program.  In fact, the report suggests, between Fiscal Year 2016 and Fiscal Year 2017, $1.8 billion worth of ineligible loans may have been made to chicken growers.  

 

“It appears from this report that chicken growers that are effectively controlled by Big Agriculture are benefiting from taxpayer-backed loans that are meant for small companies,” Velázquez added.  “It remains to be seen whether this is a violation of SBA procedure or the law, but certainly it runs afoul of the intent of this program, which is to help small business and startups that struggle to access credit elsewhere.”

 

I have wondered for some time how these “contract growers” could build eight of those houses at over $500,000 each???

 

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Weekly Use of Chemical Cleaning Solutions Is Comparable to Pack-a-Day Smoking



Story at-a-glance

  • Although automobile emissions are declining, contributions to air pollution from household products is rising, now estimated to be 50 percent of volatile organic compound (VOC) air pollution

  • Once VOCs migrate outside your home they react with nitrogen oxides and heat, transforming into ozone, and when exposed to sunlight, the VOCs transform into fine particulate matter

  • Researchers find those who use cleaning sprays as seldom as once a week for 20 years suffer similar decline in lung function as those who smoke a pack a day for 10 to 20 years

  • Irritants and VOCs in cleaning supplies are linked to long-term health damage, including cancer and reduced lung function. Short-term effects include increased asthma, skin conditions and reproductive problems

  • You likely already have the best cleaning supplies in your kitchen, as you can clean most anything in your home with different combinations of white vinegar, baking soda, castile soap, lemons and coconut oil

 

Here is the link for the above, https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2018/03/07/cleaning-products-as-bad-as-smoking.aspx?utm_source=prnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art1&utm_campaign=20180307Z1_UCM&et_cid=DM191025&et_rid=234892836

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May be a solution to a neck ache. https://youtu.be/jcrii9_Um0I

 



THAT'S IT FROM THE HILL FOR THIS WEEK.  ART AND DEBRA

Art Ozias

(aozias@gmail.com)
(660) 656-3409
www.breezy-hill-farm.com