Debt Reduction & Nominate Mom

Debt Reduction & Nominate Mom

Debt Reduction & Nominate Mom plus Food Forethought. I’m Greg Martin with today’s Northwest Report.

President Obama hopes to cut the budget by $4-trillion dollars over the next 12 years including cuts to some mandatory programs like agricultural subsidies.

OBAMA: And now that our economic recovery is gaining strength, Democrats and Republicans must come together and restore the fiscal responsibility that served us so well in the 1990’s. We have to live within our means. We have to reduce our deficit and we have to get back on a path that will allow us to pay down our debt. And we have to do it in a way that protects the recovery, protects the investments we need to grow, creates jobs and helps us win the future.

Monsanto is looking for America’s Farm Mom of the Year. One lucky farm mom will win the title and a 75-hundred dollar cash prize. Applications will be accepted through Mother’s Day (May 8) at AmericasFarmers dot com. Chris Chavis with  Monsanto explains what the judges will be looking for.

CHAVIS: We have partnered with the American AgriWomen to spearhead the judging process this year. They’re looking for women who essentially embody the farm family way of life. Each nomination will be judged on how the farm mom contributes to her farm, contributes to the family, community and the ag industry overall.

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

Hades must be forecasting freeze conditions about now, at least that would seem to be the case when environmentalists and foresters actually come together in an effort to promote legislation to  improve federal forest management and forest and watershed health, and preserve habitats, all while saving and creating jobs in Oregon. Why the joining of forces, and why now? Because both sides are willing to admit that the forests are in severe crisis, and that only by working together for the greater good will the forests’ ecosystems and the communities that depend on them survive. This partnering began several months ago, ran into some brick walls, and had their bill proposal stall out last December in the Senate. Neither of these two groups are known as quitters though, and on January 27th the bill was reintroduced with a few revisions. While the new version of Senate Bill 220 won’t please everyone on both sides, something that’s nearly impossible to do in such an endeavor, it has been adjusted to reflect legitimate concerns from both sides. As U.S.Senator Ron Wyden states, “Keeping the forests healthy, translates into a healthy economy”.

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

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