Asking for Help & Blaming Flatulence
Last Thursday, Washington Governor Jay Inslee asked U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to designate Snohomish County in Washington as a farm disaster area due to weather-related losses to agricultural producers. The declaration could provide emergency low-interest loans and other disaster assistance from USDA's Farm Service Agency to cover production and farm property losses in Snohomish County, where the Oso slide recently occurred, as well as contiguous counties.
You knew this was going to happen. The EPA is again blaming cow flatulence for global warming. Former Secretary of Agriculture John Block says the EPA and the Administration are obsessed with climate change.
BLOCK: They have released a climate action plan that includes the targeting of methane emissions from cows. Blame the cows and the sheep and the goats, ruminant animals for global warming and climate change. Methane emissions have already fallen by 17% since 1990 and our CO2 emissions are down by 20%. We haven't experienced any global warming in the last 17 years.
Now with today's Food Forethought, here's Lacy Gray.
Earth Day was first founded in the U.S. in 1970 and has now become a globally recognized and celebrated day of awareness and appreciation for the environment. April 22 is the official Earth Day, but many cities start celebrating weeks in advance making Earth Day a month long event. After more than four decades, Earth Day has definitely become more than a single day out of the year when people around the world unite for a common cause. And isn't Earth Day every day what we should all aim for anyway? Like those "little acts of kindness" we're encouraged to do, acts of caring for the world we live in don't have to be done on a monumental scale. Doing something as simple as picking up a little trash you see while lunching in the park, recycling instead of pitching your discarded clothing or electronics, or planting a pollinator friendly backyard garden are all ways to help mother earth on a daily basis. So don't be overwhelmed into thinking you have to change everything in your life on a drastic level. Today is a great day to start doing what little bit you can. No matter how small your efforts may seem, it's a step in the right direction.
Thanks Lacy. That's today's Northwest Report. I'm Greg Martin on the Ag Information Network.