Tornado Record & Insurance Deadline

Tornado Record & Insurance Deadline

Tornado Record & Insurance Deadline plus Food Forethought. I’m Greg Martin with today’s Northwest Report.

As many of you probably know I grew up on the flat plains of Kansas where severe weather was just a part of every day life. At one radio station I was actually a tornado chaser giving live broadcasts of the events. Well according to meteorologist Brad Rippey April could just set a tornado record.

RIPPEY: Through April 25th we have seen more than 600 tornadoes across the United States, April 1st through 25th and looking at the historical numbers which go back to 1950 the greatest number of tornadoes in the U.S. in one month was 543 back in May 2003.

He says they have to verify those numbers but it could very well be a record month.

The USDA’s Risk Management Agency is advising Pacific Northwest nursery growers of the Monday sales closing date for 2012 Nursery Multi-Peril Crop Insurance coverage. The insurance provides protection for wholesale nurseries producing and marketing nursery plants grown in standard nursery containers or in the field. New policy applications may be filled at any time; however, all applications, including those for new or amended coverage, are subject to a 30-day waiting period before commencement of coverage. Current nursery policyholders may request changes in coverage and/or obtain the Pilot Nursery Grower’s Price Endorsement in Oregon and Washington, prior to the May 2 sales closing deadline.

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

Perseverance pays off. Potato growers have been fighting a seemingly uphill battle over the last several years to counter the negative publicity that potatoes have received in the wake of a multitude of popular low carbohydrate diet plans. Current surveys however now show that only eighteen percent of consumers regard potatoes negatively, compared to thirty-four percent seven years ago. Why the drastic difference in consumer attitudes? For one thing, the focus on low carb diets has severely waned, by nutritional experts and the general public alike. But even more importantly, the potato industry met the challenge head on, in a manner that did more than just sell potatoes, they helped educate consumers on the nutritional value of the potato. It’s hard to ignore the facts, and the simple irrefutable fact is that the potato is a healthy and easy food choice in today’s busy world. American consumers have regarded their choices and the facts, and have made their educated decision; potatoes are more than a good food choice, they’re great. Now if the potato industry can just educate the lawmakers. It’s a challenge, but they’re up to it!

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

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