Not Ready Yet & Using Your Full Name

Not Ready Yet & Using Your Full Name

Not Ready Yet & Using Your Full Name plus Food Forethought. I’m Greg Martin with today’s Northwest Report.

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack has been listening to the concerns of livestock producers on a mandatory animal ID system and has decided he isn’t ready just yet. But he’s still listening.

VILSACK: My goal is to have as much participation as possible. Now you may say a mandatory system will guarantee participation; maybe yes, maybe no. If you have serious resistance to a system you could potentially get yourself into a situation where you don’t have as much participation as you need and it’s fairly clear that you need 70 to 80% participation or a system’s not going to work.

I’m one of those people who doesn’t use my first name and it has caused some issues when I book airline tickets. Now when you buy a plane ticket you are going to be required to use your full name. Beginning last Friday the Transportation Security Administration began requiring the full name of air passengers – first, middle and last names, just as it appears on ID cards and passports and keep in mind it must match the identification presented at security gates. Good luck.

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

Here a while back I included the supposed quote from Benjamin Franklin on beer’s relation to our happiness. I received letters informing me that good old Ben was in actuality speaking about wine; which is just fine with me. I myself enjoy an occasional glass of wine, and unlike one wine connoisseur that I’m acquainted with, I have found wines I like for under $40 a bottle. And apparently there are a lot of us out there. Surveys are showing that medium to lower priced wines have not only held their own during the economic downturn, they have even made gains in sales. Reportedly, while a large number of people have been cutting what could be considered “luxury” costs by foregoing expensive restaurant outings to eat at home, they still find the funds for that occasional bottle of wine.  The number of new wineries in the Pacific Northwest continues to grow, reaffirming that even with the economic downturn; it still remains a good time to be in the wine business.

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

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