Asparagus Compensation & Toy or Weapon?

Asparagus Compensation & Toy or Weapon?

Asparagus Compensation & Toy or Weapon? plus Food Forethought. I’m Greg Martin with today’s Northwest Report.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced on Friday that a total of $15 million is available to domestic asparagus producers to compensate them for marketing losses resulting from imports during the 2004 through 2007 crop years. Affected producers may apply for compensation beginning on February 7th. Chris Bieker, Outreach Coordinator with the Farm Service Agency.

BIEKER: We don’t know yet until we find out how many people actually sign up what they payment is going to be for each producer. My guess is that it may not be everything that they have hoped for but it is for a specialty crop like asparagus, this is a big deal that they are getting some financial compensation.

My son had one…I enjoyed playing with it as well. Airsoft guns are similar to a BB gun but shoot plastic pellets. They have become a hot commodity with kids and now the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms has said they are too real. Most toy guns must have an orange tip on the barrel. The problem though lies inside the guns as parts could conceivably be converted to fire live ammo. Your thoughts?

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

Oprah proves once again she’s not afraid to put her foot in her mouth for the sake of ratings. This isn’t the first dieting tirade Ms. Winfrey has gone on and it won’t be the last. Everyone has been witness to her struggle with her weight from the time she was just a “weather girl”. Troubling thing is, this time she went one giant step further and combined it with yet another attack on the meat industry and all those who eat meat. Guess Oprah’s gotten so big, financially speaking, that she just doesn’t care anymore if she offends a vast majority of people around the world who still enjoy eating meat and don’t feel that by doing so they are committing a moral or ethical crime. She challenged her staff to go vegan with her and was just thrilled when they reported back to her that so far for the most part they felt pretty good. Like they were going to tell their billionaire boss anything different. It was interesting to see the woman who has practically orgasmed on national t.v. over fried chicken, mac and cheese, or sausage muffins spout off about going vegan. Of course it was only for one week. That gave the show just the right amount of media attention with a brief amount of suffering!

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

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