Solving A Mystery & Farm Bill Cuts

Solving A Mystery & Farm Bill Cuts

Solving A Mystery & Farm Bill Cuts plus Food Forethought. I’m Greg Martin with today’s Northwest Report.

It has been a mystery to rival Ellery Queen or Agatha Christie. D.B. Cooper with his parachute and briefcase with $200-thousand dollars. Has that mystery been solved? Marla Cooper now believes that D.B was actually her uncle L.D. or Lynn Doyle Cooper and has provided the FBI with evidence. Proof? As yet, the fat lady has yet to sing..

The Farm Bill is yet another mystery yet to be solved. Under the current budget atmosphere it’s clear agriculture will sustain some cuts. But Kansas Senator Pat Roberts who is also the Ranking Member of the Senate Ag Committee - says it’s important for the committee to determine how to dole out those cuts.

ROBERTS: We’ve got a lot of expertise around the table at the Senate Ag Committee. We need to be sure that those of us who had had this experience are allowed to make any cuts to the program in a way that is best for America’s farmers and ranchers. So I think the whole business boils down to once we know the number, let us do it. We will do it with a scalpel and it’s across the board, I’m not mentioning any particular program but instead of playing a numbers game let’s play a policy game that is fair to the farmer and rancher and those who feed America and a troubled and hungry world.

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

Walla Walla, Washington has long been known for the delicious sweet onions that are grown in the area, but Walla Walla is about more than just onions. Garbanzo beans or chickpeas are also one of the traditional crops grown here, although you don’t often hear about this unassuming legume. But that’s all about to change. The garbanzo bean has become quite popular over the last several years offering up healthy nutrients such as protein, iron, and manganese, plus they’re chock full of fiber. They’re also the most consumed legume in the world. This new found popularity with consumers here has Walla Walla growers harvesting this crop in a whole new way. Generally garbanzo beans are harvested as dried beans; now however to meet consumer demand growers are trying for the first time to harvest these tasty little morsels for the fresh market through a process that cleans, cooks, and fresh freezes them for sale nationwide. Reportedly, this has never been tried any where else in the world before with this particular crop, but greatness has to start somewhere and right here, right now seems to be the garbanzo beans time to shine.

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

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