Shaking it Up & Overhauling Dairy plus Food Forethought. I'm Greg Martin with today's Northwest Report.
National Milk Producers Federation President and CEO Jerry Kozak says it's past time to overhaul the nation's dairy programs – and the 2012 Farm Bill will be the place to do it. Kozak says the dairy industry must undertake wholesale reforms in the next farm bill – the boom and bust cycles of recent years are no longer acceptable
KOZAK: This is the opportunity we have to make significant changes and I think the Congress understands that and I think it's absolutely vital and critical that we do it at this time and we prepare ourselves in this farm bill.
It was a little rock 'n roll in parts of Idaho, Utah and Wyoming late last week as a 4.9 earthquake hit just before 6pm. The epicenter was about five miles east-northeast of Randolph in Idaho's Rich County. People in the state capital also reported feeling the temblor, along with some reports of shaking in Idaho and Wyoming There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. Earthquakes of low magnitude are actually a fairly common occurrence across the Pacific Northwest.
Now with today's Food Forethought, here's Lacy Gray.
Maybe she missed the memo. Maybe her internet has been down. Whatever the reason, New York Assembly woman Barbara Clark is working to introduce legislation that would ban products that contain high fructose corn syrup in either restaurants or retail stores. Any violators could face possible criminal charges along with large fines. Granted, this is aimed at the state of New York, but if it does manage to pass it could very possibly have the domino effect, giving rise to similar legislation in the other forty-nine states. Not all that long ago key players in all the high fructose demonization hype admitted there is no difference between regular table sugar and high fructose corn syrup. Even the college professor Barry Popkin who originally claimed a direct connection between obesity and HFCS recently agreed the two are basically no different. So why the continued efforts to ban high fructose corn syrup? Perhaps Clark refuses to believe the current reports, or maybe she's one of those people with a compelling need to control others, or it could be as simple as she craves the attention and has nothing better to do. Quick, someone get that woman a legitimate cause.
Thanks Lacy. That's today's Northwest Report. I'm Greg Martin on the Northwest Ag Information Network.