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Friday, April 11, 2008

What to tell ya

My father would say that whenever there was a lull in a conversation. That was usually my cue to ask something or say goodbye.

Same ole same ole around here. We have had a first round of severe storms of the seasons. Nothing too nasty. I hope my Plano, Tx readers are ok.

I got a phone call yesterday from an orginization that is raising money to get more politicians into government that are pro-organic foods. If started his speil an I interupted, knowing wat he was going to say about what the USDA is allowing to be organic. I feed him back the info, before he could say it and he seemed surprised that I knew. He actually said that most people didn't get it. We chatted a bit more, and soon I was the one lecturing him. I got him interested in NAIS and he asked questions. By the end of the conversation he thanked me for teaching him something.

Speaking of NAIS:

DeLauro, who is a longtime advocate of a mandatory program pointed out there are mandatory ID programs in European Union, Canada, Argentina, Brazil and Australia. When the U.S. program was originally announced by USDA in 2001 it was to be mandatory, she recounted. "Early on USDA recognized NAIS would help the U.S. in world competition." Read the entire article here.

Also from Feedstuffs

Last week USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) released a draft Business Plan to further the implementation of the National Animal Identification System (NAIS). AMS encourages participants in voluntary marketing programs such as the USDA Process Verified, the Quality Systems Assessment and the Non-Hormone Treated Cattle Programs to meet the inherent animal identification requirements by using NAIS. Entire article here>>>

It's beginning to look a lot like spring around here. Our fruit trees are in bloom.
peaches***necterine
pear***plum 2
plum

4 comments:

Fountainpen said...

Could you talk about lettuce? I tried growing some in pots and it didn't do to good. The plant got about two feet tall, with small spaced out leaves, then it flowered and went to seed.

alrescate said...

They are talking about a round of frost here...I hope it misses you!

Ginnie said...

Love the fruit tree blossoms!

abbagirl74 said...

I have a peach tree in the back yard. It produces peaches, but the squirrels always get to them. Do you know how I can keep those pesky long-tailed rats away!

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