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Greg Martin Made In America & New Wine Exec
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Program: Northwest Report
Date: February 13, 12

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Made In America & New Wine Exec plus Food Forethought. I’m Greg Martin with today’s Northwest Report.

The Washington Wine Commission has a new Executive Director. Ryan Pennington is the Public Relations Director for the Commission and gives us the news.

PENNINGTON: His name is Steve Warner. He is coming to the commission from Merck Pharmaceuticals and he will be here officially as of March 12. He’s a big wine guy. Although he has spent several years in his career abroad he is an original Washingtonian so he is coming home and we are very much looking forward to having him.

What does the label “Made In America” mean to you? The President has been making a strong election-year push for an economic revival "built on American manufacturing. We also heard that message in TV ads during the SuperBowl. Since the recession officially ended nearly 2 1/2 years ago, manufacturing production has increased 15 percent, helped by the replacement of aging equipment and software and strong demand from foreign markets. Former Sen. Rick Santorum wants to eliminate the U.S. corporate tax completely for manufacturers, saying it would help put "men and women in this country who built this country back to work." Mitt Romney's get-tough rhetoric on China appears to be winning attention from workers and former workers in industries that have lost jobs to China.

Now with today’s Food Forethought, here’s Lacy Gray.

Whew, that’s a relief. It’s not me, my more and more frequent lack of activity, or deciding to have a double cheeseburger over a salad that put ten extra pounds on my normally average size frame. According to the most recent on-line article it’s my house. I knew I couldn’t trust that backstabbing pile of wood and brick. Okay, silliness aside, there were some household hints that probably could help when it comes to managing eating habits. Obviously the bigger the feeding trough, the more one eats, so reducing plate size makes sense, and so does removing mind numbing televisions from dining areas. But saying that the round shape of your drinking glass is responsible for your round shape is pushing it a bit. It’s an interesting concept, but people generally are not known to expand to fit the size of our cages, aka houses. Frankly, we can blame other people, the fast food restaurant across town, or now our homes, but the bottom line is we make our own choices when it comes to what and how much we put in our mouths. The decision is ours, eat unhealthy snacks and refuse to exercise, or exercise regularly, eat healthier, and be healthier.

Thanks Lacy. That’s today’s Northwest Report. I’m Greg Martin on the Ag Information Network. 

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