Pushing Immigration Reform & ODA Looking To Fill Seats

Pushing Immigration Reform & ODA Looking To Fill Seats

Pushing Immigration Reform & ODA Looking To Fill Seats plus Food Forethought. I'm Greg Martin with today's Northwest Report.

The lame duck session is underway but one thing that has yet to be cleared is any kind of meaningful immigration reform. Jon Wyss, President Okanogan County Farm Bureau and part of the Partnership for a New American Economy urging Congress to focus on passing reform.

WYSS: There's always an answer it just takes political will and courage. The legislature and the congress can pass immigration reform if they sit down and work together. We passed the Senate bill last time around and it wasn't going to pass in the House but the House had some some good legislation that was working its way through and they just need to carry that out so that we can get a bill in both chambers.

The Oregon Invasive Species Council is seeking nominations for 4 at-large member seats that become vacant at the end of December. Strong nominees will have expertise in one or more of the following areas: environmental law; marine and estuary ecology, including shellfish aquaculture; horticulture; weed control; small woodlands; parks and recreation; science education/K-12; pet industry; regional coordination; and seed or nursery industry. The council is particularly interested in nominees from Eastern and Central Oregon.

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

Fame and money seem to act as a generator for "foot in mouth disease". Take 73 year old fashion designer Dame Vivienne Westwood's comment recently that those who can't afford organic foods should "just eat less". Westwood is now trying to defend that statement, which left most people just shaking their heads and wondering if the Bozo the Clown red hair dye she used for years damaged her little gray cells. Back peddling as fast as her little legs can go Westwood now says that she is "deeply upset" if anyone thinks she doesn't care about starving people; she just meant that people should eat less meat - talk about switching in mid-stream. Obviously this was not a very well thought out retort. Has this woman never heard of organic meat? But perhaps this was the plan all along, to make an outrageous comment that she could then retract in order to redirect attention to her anti-meat platform. Nah, probably not; that would imply a method to her madness.

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

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