Ban the Bag & Bigger Export Budget

Ban the Bag & Bigger Export Budget

Ban the Bag & Bigger Export Budget plus Food Forethought. I’m Greg Martin with today’s Northwest Report.

With the President’s multi-trillion dollar budget receiving mixed reviews others seem to be trying to do the right thing. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says he has put more money into the USDA's proposed 2011 budget for Foreign Market Development efforts by U.S. commodity group collaborators.

VILSACK: They’re constantly promoting American products and with additional resources they can have great reach, great access, greater opportunities to provide assistance and help and it is an effort to try to try to improve the American brand as opposed to an individual specific brand of a particular product and I think that’s important for us, especially in agricultural products.

An Oregon legislator wants to ban single-use plastic bags from the state's checkout stands. The measure being led by Sen. Mark Hass would still allow paper sacks, but is aimed at getting people to use reusable bags. Hass tells The Oregonian that plastic bags contribute to litter, are hard to recycle, hurt marine life and are made from fossil fuels. His bill is considered a long shot in the month-long session that began Monday.

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

Well, he’s done it again, Punxsutawney Phil, groundhog extraordinaire,  has managed to see his shadow forcing us all to endure another six weeks at least of winter. He’s even so proud of his prediction he posted a Twitter update and sent text messages announcing the fact. Phil better enjoy his notoriety and fame while he can. If People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals have their way ground hog Phil will be replaced by a robotic groundhog for any future weather predictions. Never mind that Punxsutawney Phil is probably the most pampered groundhog to ever grace the weather channel,  PETA would much rather he be cold and hungry struggling to survive or just plain road kill than have any connection whatsoever with human endeavors. Does PETA really care about this particular groundhog or any other groundhog for that matter? No, but once again their delving into the realm of utter idiotic ideology brings them what they do care about, attention. And I can predict without any help from Punxsutawney Phil or a robotic alter ego that People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals will continue to orchestrate such media stunts in order to make the evening news. 

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

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