Showing posts with label farmers. Show all posts
Showing posts with label farmers. Show all posts

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Did The President REALLY Say This??

Boy, this really has some farmers scratching their heads!!

Virginia Farmer/2010
Obama Wrongly Disses Farmer
By  Brian Sussman

During a Wednesday town hall meeting in Atkinson, Illinois, a farmer expressed concern to President Obama regarding forthcoming regulations involving dust.

President Obama arrogantly dismissed the farmer, saying, “Don’t always believe what you hear.” Obama added that, “Nobody is more interested in seeing our agricultural sector successful than I am, partly because I come from a farm state.”

Once again Mr. Obama proved himself to be a reckless, uncaring demagogue.  The fact is the Environmental Protection Agency is considering revising the National Ambient Air Quality Standard in such a way that particulate matter, such as agricultural dust, could be regulated.

In a letter written to Obama’s handpicked EPA Administrator, Lisa Jackson, 16 Senators–representing both parties– concerned about these potential regulations stated, “Whether it’s livestock kicking up dust, soybeans being combined on a dry day in the fall, or driving a car down the gravel road, dust is a naturally occurring event.”  If the EPA particulate standards were altered, the Senators wrote,  it would “impose significant costs to farmers and businesses.”

Mr. Farmer, you sir, are the backbone of America. Our President dissed you, but we salute you.  You work hard and provide us with a wonderful product that we enjoy and depend on.

By the way, Mr. President, we didn’t know Indonesia is a farm state.


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Egg Recall - Simonella Found On Ohio Egg Farm

WASHINGTON (AP) - Evidence of salmonella has been found at an Ohio egg farm that's received financing from the owner of an Iowa egg farm that was behind a massive recall earlier this year.

Cal-Maine Foods Inc., the nation's biggest egg seller and distributor, said it is recalling 288,000 eggs the company had purchased from supplier Ohio Fresh Eggs after a test showed salmonella at the Ohio farm.

No illnesses have been reported. According to Cal-Maine Foods, the Ohio Fresh eggs were distributed to food wholesalers and retailers in Arkansas, California, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas.

In a statement from company officials, Ohio Fresh Eggs said the farm had held back eggs from the Croton, Ohio, barn where the salmonella was found. However, through discussions with the FDA, the company discovered that some eggs from that barn were mistakenly sent to a distributor.

"Ohio Fresh Eggs sincerely regrets the error made on our farm, and we apologize to our customer and to consumers who may have purchased the eggs," the officials said. "We are redoubling our efforts to ensure thorough and ongoing training of our workers so that this situation is not repeated."

Cal-Maine Foods said the FDA told them about the positive sample.

Earlier this year, salmonella was found on two Iowa egg farms, Wright County Egg and Hillandale Farms. The two companies recalled 550 million eggs in August when the products were linked to as many as 1,600 illnesses.

Austin "Jack" DeCoster owns Wright County Egg and has lent money to Ohio Fresh Eggs.

Ohio officials said DeCoster hid behind other farmers to get permits for the company in 2004. The permits listed two men who had put up just $10,000 apiece while DeCoster had pumped $126 million into the four farms, according to testimony in an administrative proceeding there. At the time, DeCoster had already been labeled a "habitual violator" of environmental laws in Iowa.

Ohio officials yanked the permits after learning about that, but an environmental appeals panel overturned that decision.

DeCoster has often tangled with the government. He has paid millions of dollars in state and federal fines over at least two decades for health, safety, immigration and environmental violations at his farms.