Unlikely Politician & EPA Proposal

Unlikely Politician & EPA Proposal

Unlikely Politician & EPA Proposal plus Food Forethought. I'm Greg Martin with today's Northwest Report.

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy has responded to a leak of a proposal by her office that would lower the volume requirements for ethanol in the Renewable Fuel Standard for 2014. Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis says McCarthy assured them the agency hasn't made any decisions yet and the Office of Management and Budget is still reviewing the proposal.

BIUS: At least Gina McCarthy and Secretary Vilsack both came out and I think said what needed to be said. This is not a final proposed rule and again the key word there is "proposed." Even when they come out with something then you go through the public comment period and then they start the process again.

There have been many unlikely political candidates over the years. You might remember comedian Pat Paulsen running for President back in the 60's. Rosanne and even Paris Hilton have tossed their hats into the ring. Once again humorist and erstwhile politician Kinky Friedman says he's going to run for Texas agriculture commissioner as a Democrat. Friedman said legalizing marijuana and revitalizing the hemp industry would be his top priorities if elected. Friedman last ran for agriculture commissioner in 2010, but lost the Democratic primary. He ran for governor as an independent in 2006 and came in third with 12 percent of the vote.

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

As if the month of October wasn't already spectacular, with its warm days, cool crisp nights, brilliant fall foliage, and bountiful harvests, it is also National Farm to School Month. Over the last decade the farm to school movement has exploded, going from only a handful of schools participating nationwide to thousands of schools having such programs today. Farm to school programs were started in order to bring locally grown foods directly to local schools, providing students with fresh fruits and vegetables. These programs have proven to be successful well beyond even the original goal of supplying schools with locally grown foods, they have blossomed into educational tools as well. Teachers and students fortunate enough to have farm to school programs are often able to enjoy field trips to local farms and ranches where they benefit from "outdoor classrooms" introducing them to the world of agriculture and teaching how important and vital agriculture is to each of us. The fact that students can in many instances now name the farmers and ranchers suppling the fresh foods to their schools is a success story in and of itself.

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

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