What Iowa soybean farmers told Newt


This is a release from the Iowa Soybean Assciation. I thought it had some good information on how agriculturalists will vet presidential candidates: 

Soybean farmers across Iowa participated in a telephone townhall meeting, speaking directly with Republican Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich on Tuesday evening. It was the first of several opportunities planned by the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) in an effort to focus attention on the critical topics of agricultural policy and trade issues impacting America’s farmers.

ISA has extended the invitation to all major Presidential candidates to participate in telephone calls with Iowa farmers. Former House Speaker Gingrich was the first candidate to accept the invitation.

The questions raised by ISA members during the call aligned closely with the issues that have emerged during the association’s recent District Policy Conferences.

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Why you should clear your throat and weigh in on the farm bill...


...because everyone else is.

This e-mail letter came addressed to yours truly, and with some notion that I am a comrade of the folks over at the Concerned Citizens Network. 

On a matter of principle, I've never joined a club or organization with the word "concerned" in its title. "Concerned citizens" steers me to even more skepticism. If you can't bother to say what you're for, why organize? In this case, the cause is veganism. And if you plumb into the depths of the concerned's website, you’ll see that veganism is the answer to a mounting list of humanity's hobgoblins and pinching crises, including our impending doom from climate and trace gasses.

The ruling class likes a crisis. So do the professionally aggrieved. It gives them something important to do and a way to concentrate power to fulfill their world view (or in this case our destiny. Our destiny!)

When the climate is out to kill us, it's necessary to go vegan to rescue ourselves. 

When we're a nation of fatties, veganism is a necessity that must be implemented by fiat and law. 

If it's not veganism, its carbon. If it's not carbon, it's nuclear power. If it's not nuclear power, it's population control. If it's not population control it's deficit control. 

Regardless of the season on earth, Something. Must. Be. Done.


William Pitt the Younger, prime minister of England at the turn of the 19th century burned that straw man for eternity when he said, "Necessity is the plea of every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants. It is the creed of slaves."

Here is "my fellow journalist" urging me toward action. I wonder how many "journalists" buy it?:






Food Policy Determines Our Destiny

Dear Fellow Journalist Steve,

If you know of an important solution which could save millions of lives and the world, would you choose to keep quiet or to help to put out  the fire? 

We all want a healthier nation with cleaner water, cleaner air, food free from toxic chemicals and genetic modification, and to curb the climate change crisis. With a huge financial deficit, high unemployment, food security issues, water shortage crisis, and rising health care costs, just one single change in our food policy, we can significantly alleviate each  of the issues above and reset things back to the right track. Now is the time to do it.

The 2012 Farm Bill does not only impact to the future of United States, it also affects the welfare of people all over the world. Tell Congress to start subsidies for Organic Plant Farming. By helping farmers transition and succeed in Organic Plant Farming, United States will build a solid foundation for sustainable agriculture. It is a win win policy for the government, farmers, taxpayers, consumers and the world. This new food policy will determine our destiny.

A good practice goes a long way beyond staying with the law. We urge you to help American recognize the cruel truth about the meat culture. A shift to plant-based Organic Agriculture is the quickest way to restore the health of each American and the health of our Planet. For the continual survival of the human race, food choice is no longer a personal preference.

Join us. Sign the letter today and  share the solution.

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Corps gets input from stakeholders

Hears concerns and commits to flexible water releases this winter, spring

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently concluded eight open house sessions and public meetings in cities throughout the Missouri River basin to listen to the concerns of citizens. Brig. Gen. John McMahon, Northwestern Division Commander, said, 

“The top priority of the Northwestern Division is to responsibly prepare for the 2012 runoff season.”
According to the Corps, the approach to the Missouri River will change in the coming season. First, the Corps will assume a more flexible posture as water is evacuated through the system for the remainder of the fall and early winter. “We will get as much water out of the system as possible as weather permits and the repair work allows,” said Jody Farhat, Chief of the Water Management Division.

Second, the Corps will take an aggressive stance with winter and spring releases.
Third, the Corps will communicate more frequently and more broadly as the 2012 season unfolds. Farhat will conduct bi-monthly conference calls. During those calls, conversation will continue with officials, emergency management officials and the press to discuss conditions on the ground and current Corps’ reservoir release plans and forecasts. Audio files of the conference calls will be widely available.

A primary concern raised in the public meetings was the Corps’ strategy to only evacuate water from the reservoir system back to the designated amount of flood control storage.  “We set the target in late July as an initial first step to safely drawdown historic releases in time for people to get back into their homes, farms and businesses, and for the Corps and state agencies to begin making repairs as quickly as possible,” said McMahon.

View daily and forecasted reservoir and river information on the Water Management section of the Northwestern Division homepage at http://www.nwd-mr.usace.army.mil/rcc.

The final version of the Annual Operating Plan is expected to be complete by the end of December.

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