Stallman on Dust and Hostess Files Chapter 11

Stallman on Dust and Hostess Files Chapter 11

Stallman on Dust and Hostess Files Chapter 11 plus Food Forethought. I’m Greg Martin with today’s Northwest Report.

The president of the nation’s largest farm organization talked to members about the challenges farmers and ranchers will face in the year ahead. AFBF President Bob Stallman talked about potential regulations on farm dust.

STALLMAN: Dust is a fact of life in rural America, from the roads we drive to the work we do to bring in the harvest. The amount of dust we encounter depends largely on the amount of rain we receive and whether the wind is blowing. If the EPA can figure out a way to regulate Mother Nature and give us all our fair share of rain, I know a lot drought stricken farmers in Texas who’d go along with it in a heartbeat.

One of the staple foods for me as a kid was a Hostess Twinkie. The Twinkie might be in trouble as parent company Hostess Brands, Inc. has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. They are blaming their financial troubles on pension and medical benefits obligations, increased competition and tough economic conditions. Hostess said that it will look to restructure into a "strong, competitive" company. It will continue to run bakeries, outlet stores and distribution centers and deliver its goods during the process.

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

With the new year comes New Year’s resolutions which for most of us by this second week in January are already starting to fade. If one of your New Year’s resolutions was to try and eat healthier and you happen to enjoy sandwiches, there’s help out there that may just satisfy both. Let’s face it, sandwiches are one of those food choices we make when we are in a hurry, and can often get out of hand when it comes to piled on toppings. So, how do you make a sandwich that not only tastes good but is healthy too? Well, there are now several online tool programs to be found on many university extension and outreach websites that will help you determine whether your favorite sandwich toppings are healthy or if you maybe need to rethink an ingredient or two. But whether you’re wanting healthy sandwich tips or just bored with your norm these online tools can help. Besides that, the online sandwich making tools are actually kind of fun. I definitely found my inner Dagwood Bumstead, and for the days when I feel like I can maybe afford an extra calorie or two I have kept those Dagwoodian creations on file for future reference.

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

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