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‘Biotech alfalfa’                        AFBF to continue push for much-needed
                                         guest worker program for agriculture
A court has changed
some of the require-
ments in an earlier
                                           After a total of nearly two dozen       farmers’ livelihood as immigration         tion, including AFBF, considered
ruling concerning                        days of floor debate and more than        reform.”                                   the bill imperfect, but emphasized
Roundup Ready                            70 amendments, the Senate on                 Stallman said in a statement that       that passing it would provide an
                                         June 28 failed again to limit addi-       the agriculture industry respected         opportunity to work with House
alfalfa plantings | 3                    tional debate on amendments and           the hard, bipartisan work that went        lawmakers to further refine it.
                                         bring immigration reform legisla-         into the legislation and considered          Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.), part
                                         tion (S. 1639) to a vote.                 the vote “a setback, not a defeat.”        of the group of Republican and

‘Farmer Up’                                The Senate’s 53-46 vote halts the
                                         bill for the foreseeable future.
                                                                                      “We have seen our share of dif-
                                                                                   ficulties and delays in the years we
                                                                                                                              Democratic senators who crafted
                                                                                                                              the compromise the Senate was
Missouri farmer stirs                      American Farm Bureau Federa-            have been working for immigration          debating, warned that the sand
                                         tion President Bob Stallman ex-           reform, when agriculture was the           was running quickly through im-
pride in agriculture | 7                 pressed disappointment at the Sen-        only sector drawing congressional          migration reform’s hourglass.
                                         ate’s inability to “move forward on       attention to the problem,” he said.
                                         an issue as vital and critical to our        Many supporters of the legisla-               Reform Continued on Page 3

Citing importance
to agriculture, Bush,                    FB: Don’t believe the ‘food v. fuel’ hype
AFBF continues call
for TPA renewal
Just before the sun set on President
George W. Bush’s trade promotion
authority (TPA) on June 30, the United
States finalized free trade agreements
(FTAs) with South Korea and Panama.

Continued on Page 6

                                         RISING CORN PRICES DUE TO ETHANOL PRODUCTION are not to blame for an increase in other food prices. Ethanol critics and
                                         others have pounced on the growing production of the corn-based fuel as the reason for higher grocery bills.

                                           High demand for corn to make            er Price Index (CPI). The AFBF             Post said, “A sudden rise in the
                                         ethanol is being blamed for driving       “marketbasket” survey for the first        price of corn, driven by demand for
                                         up the cost of a smorgasbord of           quarter of 2007 also shows the total       corn-based ethanol fuel, has had a
                                         foods, from milk to bacon to break-       cost of 16 basic grocery items is up       downstream effect on costs of ani-
                                         fast cereal. But the American Farm        about 4 percent or $1.65 from the          mal feed, beef, poultry, milk,
                                         Bureau Federation says that weath-        last quarter of 2006.                      cheese, eggs and the high-fructose
                                         er and high energy costs are more           Meanwhile, production of etha-           corn syrup used as a sweetener in
                                         to blame, and the “food versus            nol, mostly from grain corn, has           many products.”
                                         fuel” issue is one of rhetoric, not       more than doubled since 2002. Tax            Whether the root of such state-
                                         reality.                                  incentives and a government man-           ments is a lack of understanding of
                                           Terry Francl, AFBF senior econo-        date that increasing amounts of the        agricultural economics, opposition
                                         mist, said that nearly all the evi-       nation’s fuel supply must come             to government incentives for etha-
                                         dence points to factors other than        from renewable fuels are driving           nol production or food companies’
                                         ethanol demand, including an ear-         production even higher. As a result,       hype to justify their price increases,
 n e w s p a p e r

                                         ly freeze that zapped fruits and          the price of a bushel of corn has          the claim that ethanol demand so
                                         vegetables, low world supplies of         nearly doubled to $4 over the last         far has increased Americans’ food
                                         wheat, milk producers’ cutting            year.                                      bills is off the mark, said Francl.
                                         back on production in response to           Based on a realization of how              “These articles and reports are
                                         last year’s low prices and the rising     many foods either contain corn or          generally vague about the specific
                                         cost of energy.                           come from animals that are fed             connection between ethanol de-
                                           Food and beverage prices rose           corn, dozens of news stories have          mand and food prices,” Francl said.
                                         about 4 percent in May 2007 com-          focused on a perceived ethanol-            “In fact, there is little if any evi-
                                         pared to a year ago, according the        food price connection.
                                         Labor Department’s latest Consum-           A June 15 story in the Washington                   Hype Continued on Page 2
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Viewpoint                       2|

  It’s time to take immigration reform off hold
           s I travel the countryside, I hear one      $9 billion annually in domestic agricultural pro-                 Farm Bureau has seen its share of steps for-
           resounding echo from producers:             duction is at risk of being lost if we don’t solve              ward and backward in the last decade of
           We need immigration reform now!             this problem. In layman’s terms, that’s $9 billion              working for comprehensive immigration re-
    Growers in the upper Midwest have had to           that will go to farmers in other countries to pro-              form; so, while the inaction in the Senate is
  mow down crops of asparagus because of a             duce food to be sent back to the United States—                 disappointing, we hope it is just another pot-
  lack of workers. Strawberries and oranges by         food that’s not as fresh, not as safe and more                  hole in the long road to solving this critical
  the tons have rotted on the ground in the            expensive.                                                      problem for many of our nation’s farmers.
  West. Producers everywhere are dealing with                                                                            The $9 billion question is: Given the prob-
  class-action lawsuits against them because of          Looking ahead                                                 lems associated with America’s dependence
  the current system’s malfunction.                      The immigration bill has been declared all but                on foreign sources of oil, do we really want to
    These hardships aren’t isolated. It’s happen-      dead in the Senate. The Senate has voted twice                  create the same dilemma by outsourcing the
  ing all over the nation. The time is now to          against limiting debate and allowing a vote on                  nation’s food supply and, indirectly, compro-
  pass immigration reform.                             a comprehensive immigration reform bill. But                    mise our national security? I think the answer
                                                       none of those senators who voted against the                    for most Americans is “no.” That’s why it’s
     $9 billion out the door                           bill has offered a real solution to agriculture’s               time to take immigration reform off hold.
     Agriculture, Michigan’s second-largest in-        severe worker shortage. Ignoring the problem
  dustry after automotives, is really suffering. It    won’t make it go away, but it will make a huge
  is estimated that Oceana County, the largest         portion of our agricultural production go away.                              The
  asparagus-producing county in the state, has           Time is running out to pass a bill in this Con-
  less than 75 percent of its needed workforce.        gress, but it’s still doable if members of Congress
  This burden, coupled with the average cost of        show some political will and stop listening only
  $36,000 in unsold asparagus for every 100            to a vocal minority of people who are worked up
  acres mowed, which some growers have re-             by listening to inaccurate anti-immigration
  sorted to, has producers hoping they will            slogans on television and radio.
  have enough workers for other crops that will          While the Senate bill was not flawless, it                                                    Bob Stallman
  be harvested following asparagus.                    would have provided answers to critical prob-                                                              PRESIDENT
     Farm labor is hard work. Pickers, for exam-       lems and paved the way for improving the bill                                          American Farm Bureau Federation
  ple, work in extreme weather conditions up           in the House. The bill would have provided
  to 14 hours a day, seven days a week. Their          strong incentives for migrant workers to stay in
  jobs are fluid, causing them to move around          agriculture for several years, while allowing
  the country each crop season with uncertain          them to work toward legal citizenship. It would
  start and end dates.                                 have fixed the “catch 22” of the current system
     I cringe when I hear the criticism that farm-     that requires producers to check papers—yet
  ers are taking jobs away from Americans to           discourages questions about those papers—or
  give to migrant, seasonal workers. Truth be          face a Homeland Security raid. But, if produc-
  told, most Americans, other than farmers             ers do question a worker’s papers, they could
  themselves, won’t take farm jobs because of          also be faced with a lawsuit. Catch 22.
  the required intensified labor and job volatility.     For example, Evans Fruit, a Farm Bureau mem-
     It’s not that producers are looking for cheap     ber family and third-generation orchard opera-
  labor, either. Farmers on average pay $10 per        tion in Yakima County, Wash., is in a class-ac-
  hour. Take Michigan asparagus farmers Steve          tion lawsuit brought by a Chicago law firm
  and Julie Dillingham, who offer free housing,        that’s seeking millions of dollars in damages.
  free utilities and $10 to $14 an hour, and still     The lawyers allege that Evans Fruit and hun-
  can’t get an adequate supply of workers. Sen.        dreds of apple growers in the area are conspiring
  John McCain (R-Ariz.) earlier this year offered      to hire illegal workers, but the farmers are com-
  $50 per hour to anyone who finished out the          plying precisely with the law—a law that says
  lettuce harvest in Yuma, Ariz. He had few if         farmers must accept the documents presented
  any takers.                                          by workers at the time of hire, unless obviously
     Farm Bureau economists estimate that up to        fraudulent.

Farm Bureau: Don’t believe the ‘food v. fuel’ hype
                                         food, energy and corn prices done                corn flakes has been estimated to            pact on the price of soft drinks.
                                         by LECG, a consulting and eco-                   be 2.2 cents.                                  “Ethanol is unfairly getting a bad
 “There is no conflict                   nomic analysis firm, showing that                  “Even if the cost of the corn              rap,” Francl said, “because people
                                         rising energy costs have had twice               doubled, it is hard to understand            aren’t looking at all the other fac-
between food and fuel—                   the impact of corn prices on the                 how this relates to an increase of           tors that are involved in food pric-
                                         CPI for food.                                    10 to 20 times that much in the              es. It could dilute support for a re-
we can produce both.”                       “Energy costs have a much great-              price of a box of cereal,” he said.          newable fuel that diversifies our en-
                                         er impact on consumer food costs                   Some news stories have focused             ergy supply and provides economic
                                         as they impact every single food                 on high-fructose corn syrup, the             and environmental benefits.”
Continued from page 1                    product on the shelf,” said the                  largest industrial use of corn com-            Francl would not rule out the
dence that higher corn prices have       report’s author, John Urbanchuk.                 pared to feed, export and ethanol            possibility that corn prices could
influenced consumer food prices.”        “Energy is required to produce,                  production. However, Francl                  have a greater impact on grocery
   The National Corn Growers As-         process, package and ship each                   pointed out that soda producers              bills in the future. However, he said
sociation (NCGA) also disputes           food item. Conversely, corn prices               who use HFCS to sweeten soft                 the increases are likely to be moder-
the claims that ethanol demand           impact just a small segment of the               drinks contract for their HFCS sup-          ate and extended over several years.
is making food more expensive.           food market as not all products                  plies once a year, typically at the            USDA’s Economic Research Ser-
   “There is no conflict between         rely on corn for production.”                    start of the year. He said only about        vice forecasts the CPI for food will
food and fuel—we can produce                Francl said the value of corn usu-            one-half of the run-up in corn               increase 3 percent to 4 percent this
both,” said Ken McCauley, NCGA           ally is just a tiny fraction of a prod-          prices occurred before the first of          year as retailers pass on their ris-
president.                               uct’s price. For example, the value              this year, so higher corn prices             ing input and energy costs to
   The group cites an analysis of        of corn that goes into a box of                  would have had only a small im-              consumers.

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                                                                                                                       |3          Capitol View
Court rulings will benefit farmers
   The U.S. District Court for the      information must be disclosed and      statutory requirements. The group
Northern District of California has     how quickly the government must        said that delegating the permitting
modified requirements that the          provide the information.               authority to states without a spe-
same court imposed in early May            The court removed the require-      cies review would have foreclosed
on Monsanto, USDA and farmers           ment that biotech alfalfa hay be       future ESA reviews and consulta-
who have planted Roundup Ready          placed in containers, agreeing with    tion requirements because the ESA
                                                                                                                            A bill introduced in the House in June
alfalfa.                                USDA that the requirement was          applies only to federal actions, not
   While the modifications do not       impractical. In addition, the court    state issuance of NPDES permits.             would phase out the current farm safe-
change the underlying ruling and        agreed that mid-season equipment          The Supreme Court disagreed,              ty net that includes direct payments,
prohibition on planting the bio-        cleaning requirements were im-         and held that the delegation of per-         countercyclical payments and loan
tech variety, they address practical    practical, and instead APHIS could     mitting authority to the states is           deficiency payments. Farm Bureau op-
concerns expressed by USDA.             issue best management practices        not discretionary if a state satisfies       poses the bill, titled the Food and Risk
   The court earlier ruled that USDA    on equipment cleaning.                 Clean Water Act requirements. As
                                                                                                                            Management for the 21st Century,
and Monsanto must publicly dis-            The court in May banned further     a result, the ESA cannot impose ad-
close on a USDA Web site where          planting of Roundup Ready alfalfa      ditional requirements.                       or FARM21, Act (H.R. 2720).
the biotech alfalfa was planted.        —a herbicide tolerant variety—until       “Owners of livestock operations              The FARM21 Act would shift fund-
Now, USDA and the plaintiffs—an         USDA completes a comprehensive         and other farms may have faced               ing from the current farm program to
environmental group and several         review of its environmental and        more regulatory burdens if ESA               conservation, nutrition, rural devel-
organic growers—will work out a         other impacts. The ruling allowed      review applied to all non-discre-            opment and energy programs. It
disclosure procedure that gives         farmers who planted the crop be-       tionary government actions, such
                                                                                                                            would cut the farm program by bil-
farmers access to biotech alfalfa lo-   fore March 30 to grow and harvest      as granting the states authority to
cation information as needed, but       it, as long as they complied with      issue stormwater and concentrated            lions of dollars and create farm risk
is not a blanket public disclosure      containment, equipment cleaning        animal feeding operation (CAFO)              management accounts (RMA) that
requirement.                            and other steps to prevent cross-      permits,” said Quist. “This ruling           would be similar to Individual Re-
   “That is good news, because there    pollination with non-biotech crops.    means that the requirements of the           tirement Accounts. Commodity sub-
have been cases where farmers who       The earlier ruling also ordered the    ESA are no more important than               sidies would decline over seven years,
planted biotech crops were harassed     manufacturers that sold the Round-     the requirements of the Clean Wa-
                                                                                                                            with an increasing portion of each
and fields destroyed by anti-bio-       up Ready alfalfa seed to use their     ter Act or any other law. That’s im-
tech activists,” said Danielle Quist,   best efforts such as GPS technology    portant for farmers and ranchers.”           year’s payment going into the farm-
American Farm Bureau Federation         to locate the biotech alfalfa plant-      AFBF submitted two briefs in the          er’s RMA. Farmers could deposit their
assistant general counsel. “This        ings and provide that information      case, National Association of Home-          own money into the RMA tax-free.
change in the ruling makes more         to APHIS for public disclosure.        builders v. Defenders of Wildlife, to in-       Rep. Ron Kind (D-Wis.) says his bill
sense, because it gives those pro-         In other legal news, the Supreme    form the Supreme Court of the wid-           “takes farm policy in a bold new di-
ducers who feel they have a ‘need       Court on June 25 issued an impor-      er-ranging ramifications, even be-
                                                                                                                            rection,” but the American Farm Bu-
to know’ the right to access that       tant ruling that the Endangered        yond CAFO permitting, and on the
information, but it doesn’t unnec-      Species Act (ESA) is not a “super      merits of the complex legal issues.          reau Federation and 37 other groups
essarily expose farmers who have        statute” that overrides the man-          “The principal question presented         say it would be the wrong direction.
planted the crop to harassment.”        dates and procedures of other laws,    is whether [the ESA] overrides the di-       The groups sent a June 21 letter to
   The court also gave Monsanto         such as the Clean Water Act.           rectives and limitations of other fed-       the full House urging members not
more time to locate the biotech            The environmental group Defend-     eral statutes,” AFBF said in one brief.      to co-sponsor the bill.
alfalfa fields and comply with the      ers of Wildlife claimed that the En-      The court ruled that the EPA con-
                                                                                                                               “The stringent requirements placed
disclosure requirements.                vironmental Protection Agency          sultation requirements apply only
   The disclosure requirement now       must consider the impact on en-        to the extent that they don’t im-            on the risk management accounts
requires USDA’s Animal and Plant        dangered species when delegat-         pede on the federal government’s             that replace direct payments in
Health Inspection Service (APHIS)       ing National Pollutant Discharge       responsibility to comply with other          FARM21 would not provide producers
and the plaintiffs to negotiate the     Elimination System (NPDES) per-        laws.                                        with the necessary flexibility to effec-
specifics as to how farmers can make    mitting authority to the states.          “This is the first time in decades        tively manage their operations,” the
inquiries about biotech alfalfa loca-   As written, the Clean Water Act        that the Supreme Court has limited
                                                                                                                            groups wrote. “Aside from crop losses,
tions, what information farmers         requires EPA to delegate this au-      the ESA,” said Quist. “For that rea-
have to provide, how much of that       thority if a state satisfies certain   son alone, it’s a significant ruling.”       producers can face a wide range of
                                                                                                                            challenges, including dramatically
                                                                                                                            increasing input prices.”
                                                                                                                               The RMA could be tapped when

AFBF to continue push for much-needed                                                                                       there is a gross revenue loss of more
                                                                                                                            than 5 percent. The 2002 farm bill’s

guest worker program for agriculture
                                                                                                                            countercyclical payments kick in when
                                                                                                                            market prices fall below target levels.
                                                                                                                            In addition, direct payments provide
Continued from page 1                     The compromise was hailed as         Calif.) said she was surprised about         a safety net against rising costs for
  “It is getting late into the season   a major turning point that would       the demise of the Senate’s immigra-          energy, fertilizer and other inputs.
now,” Kennedy said on June 27,          allow the Senate to make progress      tion reform discussion.                         The current farm bill has saved
speaking on the Senate floor about      on immigration reform. When              “It was stunning to us because we          the government billions of dollars,
the upcoming vote on whether to         the bill was debated on the Sen-       anticipated that we would be work-           because market prices for most
move the legislation forward. “July     ate floor in late May and the first    ing on an immigration bill soon,”
                                                                                                                            commodities have been well above
and August we will be out and in        week of June, however, disagree-       Pelosi said. “[I]n any event, my
September is the appropriations         ment over the number and type          conversations with our leaders on            target levels. The government has
time. We will move into a highly        of amendments that would be            this issue in the House, as well as          paid out about $21 billion less in
politicized period of time, and we      allowed resulted in Senate Major-      interested parties throughout our            farm payments than was expected
will move into a presidential cam-      ity Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.)       caucus, is that we’ll come back in a         when Congress passed the bill. Still,
paign. So we will miss an incredible    pulling the bill from the floor.       week [and] take stock of what the            Farm Bureau says that even with
opportunity.”                             The weeks of June 18 and June 25     options are from there.”
                                                                                                                            good farm prices, there is no guaran-
  Kennedy said that if Congress         marked the Senate’s second stab at       U.S. farmers are committed to
does not succeed in reforming im-       immigration reform.                    continue their push for an ad-               tee that high prices will continue and
migration policy, the country             During the most recent round of      equate workforce, without which,             farmers still need a safety net.
would be maintaining its current        debate, senators rejected a number     according to AFBF analysis, up to               The bill has been referred to the
policy of “silent amnesty” toward       of AFBF-opposed amendments that        $9 billion of U.S. agricultural pro-         House Agriculture Committee, as
undocumented workers. Sen. John         would have driven critical support     duction could be lost to foreign             well as three other committees. It
McCain (R-Ariz.) has also used that     away from the bill.                    competitors who have lower labor
                                                                                                                            has 18 co-sponsors, including Reps.
phrase to describe the U.S.’ ap-          However, senators did approve an     and production costs.
proach to immigration.                  amendment offered by Sen. Max            “We will look for and use every            Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Joseph Crowley
  The legislation being debated on      Baucus (D-Mont.) that would have       opportunity to secure a workforce            (D-N.Y.), Dave Reichert (D-Wash.),
the Senate floor last month was the     weakened employment identifica-        for agriculture,” said Austin Perez,         Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.), Earl Blue-
product of a bipartisan compro-         tion provisions. Approval of that      AFBF immigration and labor spe-              menauer (D-Ore.), Mark Kirk (R-Ill.),
mise. Among the components of           amendment was a factor in the          cialist. “Whether that’s moving              Jim McDermott (D-Wash.), Thomas
the bill that farmers and ranchers      bill’s downfall.                       these provisions individually
                                                                                                                            Petri (R-Wis.), Paul Ryan (R-Wis.),
are most interested in are “Z” visas      Across Capitol Hill, House law-      through Congress, incorporating
for undocumented workers and            makers have signaled they may be       them into a relevant bill that’s be-         Christopher Shays (R-Conn.) and
“Z-A” visas for agricultural work-      ready to make their own move on        ing worked through the legislative           Adam Smith (D-Wash.) as original
ers, as well as changes to the H-2A     immigration.                           process or again tackling immigra-           co-sponsors.
agricultural guest worker program.        House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-       tion reform in one large package.”
                                                     Public Relat
  FBs recognized for outstanding public relations
     Twenty-three state Farm Bureaus      awards; and Arizona, Florida, Kan-      writing; publications; and pho-               In addition to any awards they
  received top awards at the recent       sas, Oregon, Vermont and Wiscon-        tography and graphics. Within               may have won in other catego-
  American Farm Bureau Federa-            sin, with two awards each. Other        the promotion, public relations             ries, the following 25 state Farm
  tion Public Relations Conference,       winning states were Arkansas, Col-      and media relations category is             Bureaus received honorable
  June 24-27, in Rochester, N.Y.          orado, Illinois, Minnesota, Mis-        the Dave Lane Award for Media               mentions: Alabama, Arizona, Ar-
     Every year, state Farm Bureau        souri, New Hampshire, New York,         Relations Excellence, which rec-            kansas, California, Florida, Ida-
  staff members submit their organ-       Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Vir-      ognizes the state public relations          ho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kan-
  izations’ news stories, publications,   ginia and Washington.                   staff that does the best job of             sas, Kentucky, Michigan, Missis-
  photos, advertising campaigns,             Independent public relations and     building and maintaining work-              sippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire,
  Web sites and other communica-          agricultural journalism profession-     ing relationships with members              New Mexico, New York, North
  tions projects for national recog-      als who do not work for Farm Bu-        of the news media. The award is             Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma,
  nition at the AFBF conference.          reau volunteer to judge the compe-      in memory of former AFBF direc-             Pennsylvania, South Carolina,
  Thirty-six states submitted 328 en-     tition. The judges said they were im-   tor of media relations Dave Lane.           Texas, Virginia and Washington.
  tries, a record for the competition.    pressed by how well agriculture is        Separate awards were given for              Here’s the list of who won
     Winning multiple awards were         represented through the efforts of      Farm Bureaus with more or fewer             what. AFBF, again, congratulates
  California and Ohio, with six           Farm Bureau public relations staff.     than 70,000 members, except in cas-         these hard-working public rela-
  awards each; Iowa, Michigan                AFBF gave awards for best audio;     es where not enough entries were re-        tions professionals who have
  and New Mexico, with four               promotion, public relations and         ceived, in which case all entries were      dedicated their talents to help
  awards each; Idaho, with three          media relations; video; Internet;       combined into one competition.              tell farmers’ and ranchers’ stories.

           AUDIO                          Best Audio Commentary/Edi-              Wisconsin. Honorable mention: John          Swan, Mark O’Neill, Pennsylvania.
                                          torial (combined category):             Stuhlmiller, Dan Wood, Patrick              Honorable mention: Dan Wood, John
           Best Audio Public
                                          Denny Banister, Missouri. Honor-        Connor, Dan Fazio, Scott Dilley,            Stuhlmiller, Gary Joiner, Patrick
           Service Announce-
                                          able mention: Alan Jarand, Illinois.    Gary Joiner, Washington.                    Conner, Scott Dilley, Washington.
           ment or Series (over
           70,000 members):               Best Regularly Scheduled Au-            Best Advertising Campaign                   Dave Lane Award for Media
           Rodger Meschke, Michi-         dio Program or Service (com-            or Spot (over 70,000 mem-                   Relations Excellence (over
           gan. Honorable mention:        bined category): Joe Cornely,           bers): Bill Johns, South Carolina.          70,000 members): Greg Hicks,
           Rod Hemphill, Florida.         Rebecca Everman, Seth Teter,            Honorable mention: Dana Ardary,             Pam Wiley, Norm Hyde, Sherri
                                          Natalie Walston, Ohio. Honorable        Jessica Skinner, Bo Geigley, Iowa.          McKinney, Mark Cramer, Kelly
Best Audio Public Service An-
                                          mention: Mike Feldhaus, Kentucky.       Best Advertising Campaign or                Pruitt, Bill Altice, Maria La Lima,
nouncement or Series (under
                                                                                  Spot (under 70,000 members):                Barbara Zeidman, Chris Baxter,
70,000 members): Chad Vorth-
                                                                                  Erik Leroy Ness, New Mexico. Hon-           Cathy Vanderhoff, Virginia. Hon-
mann, Colorado. Honorable men-                       PROMOTION, PR                                                            orable mention: Dennis Rudat, Jill
tion: Erik Leroy Ness, New Mexico.                                                orable mention: Gary Swan, Joel
                                                     AND MEDIA                                                                Corrin, Jeremy Nagel, Paul Jack-
                                                                                  Rotz, Lorraine Potochney-Kobold,
Best Audio News Story (com-                          RELATIONS                    Pennsylvania.                               son, Erica Venton, Dennis Bond,
bined category): Erik Leroy Ness,                    Best Communica-                                                          Stephanie Lonier, Rodger Meschke,
New Mexico. Honorable mention:                                                    Best Public Relations Cam-
                                                     tions Tool (over                                                         Steve Paradiso, Kristi Kirkpatrick,
Mike Feldhaus, Kentucky.                                                          paign (over 70,000 members):
                                                     70,000 members):                                                         Dana Smith, Bill Bogle, Michigan.
                                                                                  Kathy Richardson, Florida. Honor-
Best Audio Feature Story                             Laurie Groves, Holly                                                     Dave Lane Award for Media
                                                                                  able mention: Kurt Ely, Pat Petzel,
(combined category): Natalie                         Coppola, Iowa. Honor-                                                    Relations Excellence (under
                                                                                  Lynn Snyder, Cara Lawson, Mike
Walston, Ohio. Honorable mention:         able mention: Norm Hyde, Sherri                                                     70,000 members): Erik Leroy
                                                                                  Pullins, Galen Harris, Cindi Good,
Sam Knipp, Oklahoma.                      McKinney, Nathan Blair, Virginia;                                                   Ness, New Mexico.
                                                                                  Susan Gaughan, Anthony Huey,
                                                         Kurt Ely, Joe Cornely,
                                                                                  Shannon Powell, Ohio.
                                                         Amy Beth Graves,
                                                                                  Best Public Relations Campaign                         VIDEO
                                                          Galen Harris, Gayle
                                                          Lewis, Seth Teter,      (under 70,000 members): Tom                           Best Promotional or
                                                           Natalie Walston,       Thieding, Paul Ketring, Wisconsin.                    Educational Video
                                                           Bob Worrall, Ohio                                                            (combined category,
                                                                                  Best Media Relations Event
                                                                                                                                        *Tie*): Scott Monaco,
                                                           Best Communi-          (over 70,000 members): Dennis
                                                                                                                                        Tracy Sellers, California;
                                                           cations Tool           Rudat, Jill Corrin, Steve Paradiso,
                                                                                                                                        Jake Putnam, Steve Rit-
                                                            (under 70,000         Michigan.
                                                                                                                                        ter, Idaho. Honorable
                                                            members):             Best Media Relations Event                  mention: Mark O’Neill, Joel Rotz,
                                                             Tom Thieding,        (under 70,000 members): Gary                Gary Swan, Pennsylvania; Tina
                                                                                                                              Henderson, Nebraska.
                                                                                                                              Best Video Newsletter (com-
                                                                                                                              bined category): Steve Paradiso,
                                                                                                                              Michigan. Honorable mention: Matt
                                                                                                                              Hilton, Bob Shrader, Kentucky.
                                                                                                                              Best Video News Story (com-
                                                                                                                              bined category): Mike Matson,
                                                                                                                              Kansas. Honorable mention: Ken
                                                                                            California Farm Bureau’s          Moore, Robert Potter, Steve Edding-
                                                                                            and Vermont Farm Bureau’s         ton, Arkansas; Norm Hyde, Vir-
                                                                                            magazines were judged “the        ginia; Tom Nicolette, Edward Wolff,
                                                                                            best” in this year’s competi-     Texas.
                                                                                            tion. According to the judges,
                                                                                            Vermont Fences is “a very         Best Video Feature Story (com-
                                                                                            attractive publication from       bined category, *Tie*): Mark
                                                                                            cover to cover,” and California   Williams, Mark Pressburger, Jim
                                                                                            Country is “an outstanding        Polus, Helen Dobbyn-Reedy, Illi-
                                                                                            publication, which appeals        nois; Scott Monaco, Jim Morris,
                                                                                            greatly to member and non-        California. Honorable mention: Gene
                                                                                            member alike.”                    Hall, Tom Nicolette, Edward Wolff,
                                                                                                                                                                   July 9, 2007
                                                                          S P E C I A L        R E P O R T

tions Awards
 Texas; Greg Gibson, Mississippi;       sas. Honorable mention: Ed Albanesi,                                                               California Farm Bu-
 Richard Wonderling, Richard Nord-      Florida.                                                                                           reau’s “Faces of Farm
 strom, Ohio; Matt Hilton, Bob                                                                                                             Bureau” brochure
 Shrader, Kentucky; Steve Ritter,       Best Series of Editorials or                                                                       shows “imagination,
 Jake Putnam, Idaho.                    Commentaries (under 70,000                                                                         energy, whimsy and
                                        members): John Thompson,                                                                           humor,” according to
 Best Regular Program or Ser-           Idaho. Honorable mention: Alan                                                                     the judge.
 vice (combined category): Kurt         Knight, New York.
 Ely, Pat Petzel, Cara Lawson, Kitty
 Lensman, Deborah Andrews, Ohio.
 Honorable mention: Kevin Worth-
 ington, Alabama; Scott Monaco,                    Best Pamphlet or
 Jim Morris, Tracy Sellers, Ron                    Brochure (over
 Miller, California.                               70,000 members):
                                                   Rosanna Westmoreland,
                                                   Rhonda Asher, Sarah
            INTERNET                               Lee, Scott Monaco, Jim
            Best Internet Feature                  Morris, California. Hon-
            (combined category):        orable mention: Steve Eddington,
            Dennis Bond, Michigan.      Arkansas.                                   New York Farm Bureau’s “Join Farm
            Honorable mention: Ted                                              Bureau” brochures concisely and clearly
            Jankowski, John Haw-        Best Pamphlet or Brochure
                                        (under 70,000 members): Alan               explain the benefits of Farm Bureau
            kins, Josh St. Peter,                                                 membership, according to one judge.
            Illinois.                   Knight, New York. Honorable men-
                                        tion: Lorraine Potochney-Kobold,        NYFB even developed customized bro-
 Best Web Site (over 70,000             Erin Carlin, Pennsylvania.              chures for different agricultural sectors,
 members): Lynn Snyder, Karen                                                   from horse owners and goat farmers to
 Lotus, Pat Petzel, Ohio. Honorable     Best Leader Newsletter (over               micro-breweries and Amish farmers.
 mention: Chris Baxter, Virginia.       70,000 members): Alton Audie
                                        Ayer, Arkansas. Honorable mention:
 Best Web Site (under 70,000            Meagan Cramer, Kansas.                 fornia. Honorable mention: Paul W.            (under 70,000 members): Kris-
 members): Julie Murphree,                                                     Jackson, Stephanie Lonier, Tim                tin Harner, Karin Nordling, Madsen
 Arizona.                               Best Leader Newsletter (under          Rogers, Dennis Rudat, Jeremy Na-              Ink, Minnesota. Honorable mention:
                                        70,000 members): Chris Coon,           gel, Michigan; Linda Goltz, Dan               Sabrina Matteson, New Hampshire.
                                        Cecilia Abeyta, New Mexico. Hon-       Grant, Dave McClelland, Martin
            WRITING                     orable mention: John Stuhlmiller,      Ross, Kay Shipman, Bob Standard,              Best magazine (over 70,000
                                        Dan Wood, Patrick Connor, Dan          Richard Verdery, Cyndi Cook, Nan              members): California Farm Bu-
            Best News Story
                                        Fazio, Scott Dilley, Washington.       Fannin, Ken Kashian, Sharon New-              reau Federation, California Coun-
            (over 70,000 mem-
                                                                               ton, Grace Rist, Tony Wilson,                 try. Honorable mention: Kathleen
            bers): Teresa Bjork,        Best Newspaper or Tabloid
                                                                               Illinois.                                     Dutro, Lew Middleton, Mindy
            Iowa. Honorable mention:    (over 70,000 members): Califor-                                                      Reef, Indiana; Kurt Ely, Pat Petzel,
            Kate Campbell, Califor-     nia Farm Bureau Federation, Cali-      Best Newspaper or Tabloid                     Galen Harris, Lynn Snyder, Seth
            nia; G.B. Crawford,
                                                                                                                             Teter, Natalie Walston, Gayle Lewis,
                                                                                                                             Ohio; Dave Smith, Curtis Hayes,
 Best News Story (under 70,000                                                          “It just doesn’t get much            Chris Street, North Carolina.
 members): Sean Ellis, Idaho.                                                           better than this” says the
                                                                                        judge of the photo competi-          Best Magazine (under 70,000
 Best Feature Story (over                                                               tion concerning the photo            members): Tim Buskey, Beth
 70,000 members): Seth Teter,                                                           produced by Joseph Mur-              O’Keefe, Vermont.
 Ohio. Honorable mention: Dirck                                                         phy and Jeremy Coyle of the
 Steimel, Iowa.                                                                         Iowa Farm Bureau staff. “This                   PHOTOGRA-
                                                                                        photo screams wholesome.
 Best Feature Story (under
                                                                                        It’s American agriculture at
 70,000 members): Anne Marie                                                                                                            Best Single Photo
                                                                                        its best.”
 Moss, Oregon. Honorable mention:                                                                                                       (over 70,000 mem-
 Teresa Paisley, New York.                                                                                                              bers): Joseph L. Mur-
 Best News or Feature Series                                                                                                            phy, Jeremy Coyle,
 (over 70,000 members): Kate                                                                                                            Iowa. Honorable mention:
 Campbell, Barbara Arciero, Rhonda                                                                                                      Jim Morris, California.
 Asher, Sarah Lee, California. Honor-                                                                                        Best Single Photo (under
 able mention: Dale Johnson, Teresa                                                                                          70,000 members): Anne Marie
 Bjork, Tom Block, Dirck Steimel,                                                                                            Moss, Oregon. Honorable men-
 Joseph Murphy, Iowa.                                                                                                        tion: Chris Coon, New Mexico.
 Best News or Feature Series                                                                                                 Best Use of Photos (over
 (under 70,000 members): Sabri-                                                                                              70,000 members): Galen Har-
 na Matteson, New Hampshire.                                                                                                 ris, Megan Nadolski, Ohio.
 Honorable mention: Jim Klinker,                                                                                             Honorable mention: Larry Kem-
 Paul Brierley, Arizona.                                                                                                     merlin, South Carolina.
 Best Editorial or Commen-                                                                                                   Best Use of Photos (under
 tary (over 70,000 members):                                                                                                 70,000 members): Beth O’Keefe,
 Rod Hemphill, Florida. Honorable                                                                                            Vermont. Honorable mention: Sa-
 mention: Paul Wenger, Rosanna                                                                                               brina Matteson, New Hampshire.
 Westmoreland, California.
                                                                                                                             Best Graphic Design (over
 Best Editorial or Commen-                                                                                                   70,000 members): Bo Geigley,
 tary (under 70,000 members):                                                                                                Evelyn George, Dana Ardary,
 Jim Klinker, Julie Murphree, Ari-                                                                                           Iowa. Honorable mention: Bill
                                           This photo, taken by Anne Marie
 zona. Honorable mention: Robert                                                                                             Johns, South Carolina; Stepha-
                                           Moss, Oregon Farm Bureau com-
 Johnson, New Hampshire.                                                                                                     nie Lonier, Michigan.
                                            munications director, features a
 Best Series of Editorials or               “strong cover subject” and “full                                                 Best Graphic Design (un-
 Commentaries (over 70,000                  range of colors,” says the photo                                                 der 70,000 members): Marc
 members): John Schlageck, Kan-                          competition judge.                                                  Northrop, Washington.
                                                                                   fbnews.org                                                                                      July 9, 2007
For the Record                                    6|

Senate votes on energy, immigration legislation
  Vote 1—June 20                              requirement, in effect, killed the              1639). The Baucus amendment                           Vote 3—June 28
  The Senate rejected, 36-56, a mo-           amendment. The American Farm                    would have stricken the require-                      The Senate rejected, 46-53, a mo-
tion to waive the federal budget              Bureau Federation favored a “nay”               ment that the identification card                   tion to invoke cloture, limit debate
“pay-as-you-go” requirement con-              (N) vote.                                       employers must check to verify                      and proceed to a final vote on the
cerning an amendment offered by                                                               work eligibility be “Real ID”-com-                  immigration reform bill (S. 1639).
Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.) to the                 Vote 2—June 27                                pliant. The Senate’s failure to strike              The Senate fell 14 votes short of the
CLEAN Energy Act of 2007 (H.R. 6).              The Senate rejected, 45-52, a mo-             the amendment from the immigra-                     60 needed to invoke cloture. The vote
The amendment would have elim-                tion to table (i.e. remove from con-            tion bill made it all the more diffi-               halts consideration of immigration
inated the current import tariff on           sideration) an amendment offered                cult to get the immigration bill                    reform for now, but AFBF hopes it is
imported ethanol. The failure of              by Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) to                 passed. AFBF favored a “yea” (Y)                    only a temporary set-back. AFBF fa-
the motion to waive the budget                the immigration reform bill (S.                 vote on the motion.                                 vored a “yea” (Y) vote on the motion.

  Name/Vote        1  2  3   Name/Vote            1  2  3      Name/Vote            1  2  3   Name/Vote            1  2  3      Name/Vote             1  2  3   Name/Vote            1  2  3

  Alabama                    Georgia                           Maine                          Nevada                            Oregon                          Virginia
  Shelby (R)       y  n  n   Chambliss (R)        N  Y  n      Snowe (R)            y  n  Y   Reid (D)             N  Y  Y      Wyden (D)             N  n  Y   Warner (R)            y  Y  n
  Sessions (R)     N  n  n   Isakson (R)          N  Y  n      Collins (R)          y  n  n   Ensign (R)           y  Y  n      Smith (R)             N  Y  n   Webb (D)              y  n  n
  Alaska                     Hawaii                            Maryland                       New Hampshire                     Pennsylvania                    Washington
  Stevens (R)      N  Y  n   Inouye (D)           N  Y  Y      Mikulski (D)         N  n  Y   Gregg (R)            y  Y  Y      Specter (R)           N  Y  Y   Murray (D)           N  n  Y
  Murkowski (R)    N  Y  n   Akaka (D)            N  n  Y      Cardin (D)           N  n  Y   Sununu (R)           y  n  n      Casey (D)             N  n  Y   Cantwell (D)         y  n  Y
  Arizona                    Idaho                             Massachusetts                  New Jersey                        Rhode Island                    West Virginia
  McCain (R)       ?  ?  Y   Craig (R)            N  n  Y      Kennedy (D)          y  Y  Y   Lautenberg (D)       y  n  Y      Reed (D)              y  n  Y   Byrd (D)             N  Y  n
  Kyl (R)          y  Y  Y   Crapo (R)            N  n  n      Kerry (D)            N  n  Y   Menendez (D)         y  n  Y      Whitehouse (D)        ?  n  Y   Rockefeller (D)      N  n  n
  Arkansas                   Illinois                          Michigan                       New Mexico                        South Carolina                  Wisconsin
  Lincoln (D)      N  n  Y   Durbin (D)           N  Y  Y      Levin (D)            N  n  Y   Domenici (R)         N  Y  n      Graham (R)            y  Y  Y   Kohl (D)             N  Y  Y
  Pryor (D)        N  n  n   Obama (D)            ?  n  Y      Stabenow (D)         N  n  n   Bingaman (D)         N  n  n      DeMint (R)            y  n  n   Feingold (D)         N  n  Y
  California                 Indiana                           Minnesota                      New York                          South Dakota                    Wyoming
  Feinstein (D)    y  Y  Y   Lugar (R)            y  Y  Y      Coleman (R)          N  Y  n   Schumer (D)          y  Y  Y      Johnson (D)           ?  ?  ?   Barrasso (R)         *  n  n
  Boxer (D)        y  Y  Y   Bayh (D)             N  n  n      Klobuchar (D)        N  Y  Y   Clinton (D)          N  Y  Y      Thune (R)             N  Y  n   Enzi (R)             y  n  n
  Colorado                   Iowa                              Mississippi                    North Carolina                    Tennessee
  Allard (R)       y  Y  n   Grassley (R)         N  n  n      Cochran (R)          N  Y  n   Dole (R)             y  n  n      Alexander (R)         y  n  n
  Salazar (D)      N  Y  Y   Harkin (D)           N  n  n      Lott (R)             y  Y  Y   Burr (R)             y  Y  n      Corker (R)            y  Y  n
  Connecticut                Kansas                            Missouri                       North Dakota                      Texas
  Dodd (D)         N  Y  Y   Brownback (R)        ?  Y  n      Bond (R)             N  Y  n   Conrad (D)           N  n  Y      Hutchison (R)         y  Y  n
  Lieberman (I)    y  Y  Y   Roberts (R)          N  Y  n      McCaskill (D)        N  n  n   Dorgan (D)           N  n  n      Cornyn (R)            y  Y  n
  Delaware                   Kentucky                          Montana                        Ohio                              Utah
  Biden (D)        ?  ?  Y   McConnell (R)        N  Y  n      Baucus (D)           N  n  n   Voinovich (R)        N  Y  n      Hatch (R)             N  n  n
  Carper (D)       N  Y  Y   Bunning (R)          y  n  n      Tester (D)           N  n  n   Brown (D)            N  n  n      Bennett (R)           y  Y  Y
  Florida                    Louisiana                         Nebraska                       Oklahoma                          Vermont
  Nelson (D)       y  Y  Y   Landrieu (D)         N  n  n      Hagel (R)            N  n  Y   Inhofe (R)           y  n  n      Leahy (D)             y  n  Y
  Martinez (R)     y  Y  Y   Vitter (R)           N  n  n      Nelson (D)           N  n  n   Coburn (R)           ?  n  n      Sanders (I)           N  n  n

                                                            Legend:  Y,y  —  Yea  N,n  —  Nay  ?  —  Not voting  *  —  Vacant

  No shortage of weather disasters this year
    So far, 2007 is shaping up as             heat wave this summer, after freez-
  a year of extreme weather.                  ing temperatures in January dam-
    Drought throughout the                    aged citrus, artichokes, strawberries           More than two
  Southeast is stunting corn and              and other crops.                                straight weeks
  other crops and causing feed                   And a blizzard that hit Colorado             of rain and
                                                                                                                                                                                                PHOTO By MELISSA BARNISTON, TENNESSEE FARM BUREAU

  shortages. The Southeast had its            and other Plains states in early Jan-           flooding has
  driest spring on record, and con-           uary stranded thousands of                      caused this Ok-
  tinuing drought has farmers                 livestock.                                      lahoma wheat
  praying for rain.                              At least the California and Plains           to sprout in the
    “I believe it’s the driest I can          state farmers who lost crops and                head, making it
  ever recall in my lifetime,” said           livestock to disasters in January               worthless for
  Georgia Agriculture Commis-                 and February will be eligible for               bread making.
  sioner Tommy Irvin.                         some of the $3 billion in disaster              PHOTO By BROOk
    The drought led to wildfires in           assistance Congress approved in                 STRADER, OkLA-
  southern Georgia and northern               May. The Agricultural Assistance                HOMA FB MEMBER

  Florida in May.                             Act of 2007 covers losses in either
    Weather forecasters estimate              2005, 2006, or the first two months
  that 30 inches of rain are needed           of 2007.
  in Tennessee just to get back to               As far as the farmers and ranch-
  normal. January through May                 ers hit with disasters this spring
  were the driest there in 118                and summer are concerned, “They
  years.                                      will see nothing out of the disas-
    Meanwhile, flood waters are               ter package that was passed,” said
  receding in Oklahoma, Texas                 Tara Smith, American Farm Bu-                                                          Tennessee Farm Bureau President Lacy Up-
  and Kansas after 19 straight days           reau Federation farm policy                                                            church (left) and Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.)
  of rain. The rain has caused                specialist.                                                                            in mid-June visited a drought-stricken farm in
  wheat to sprout in the head,                   She said that there has been no                                                     Philadelphia, Tenn., about 40 miles southwest
  rendering it useless for bread              talk of another disaster assistance                                                    of Knoxville, where the corn was only a quarter
  making.                                     package to cover the losses since                                                      of its normal size. Alexander said he couldn’t
    A tornado all but wiped out               February. Politicians who have                                                         promise federal disaster aid, “but will try to
  the town of Greensburg, Kan.,               toured parched fields have not been                                                    make sure that whatever we can do, we will do.”
  in early May, blowing away                  able to promise much in the way of
  farm buildings and causing the              a federal response.                               The new farm bill could include                   gram that would not duplicate or
  loss of crops and livestock.                   “I am not here to make a lot of              a permanent disaster program;                       lessen the importance of crop in-
    An Easter freeze affected                 promises, but will try to make sure             however, no one knows what such                     surance coverage. Rather, the Farm
  crops and trees throughout                  that whatever we can do, we will                a program would look like or how                    Bureau-recommended program
  much of the eastern part of the             do,” said Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-              to pay for it.                                      would be more integrated with
  country.                                    enn.) at a news conference with                   AFBF has recommended a county-                    crop insurance and countercycli-
    California is experiencing a              Tennessee Farm Bureau.                          based catastrophic assistance pro-                  cal farm payments.
July 9, 2007                                                                   fbnews.org
                                                                                                                                |7           State FB Links

Missouri grower urges youth to ‘Farmer Up!’
  Missouri farmer Becky Plattner            farmer who did not share                      a positive way,” she said.                   you’re involved in agriculture,” she
has put a new spin on the old ad-           this passion that                                “Even in our everyday adult               explained.
age about “wearing your heart on            inspired Plattner                                      world, it’s those flashes. It’s        Similarly, she considers her work
your sleeve.” With Plattner’s               to create the                                              driving 60 miles an             as Saline County presiding com-
“Farmer Up!” bands young and fu-            bracelets.                                                        hour down the            missioner as an extension of being
ture growers can wear their pride             “I asked                                                            highway and          a farmer and an ambassador for
about being involved in agriculture         him what                                                              seeing a phrase      agriculture.
on their wrists.                            he was do-                                                            on a billboard.         “Being a county commissioner
  Plattner’s wristbands come in two         ing these                                                             Sometimes            gave me the opportunity to pro-
colors: orange, which represents            days and                                                              that phrase          mote the agricultural business of
safety, and brown, which repre-             he put his                                                            sticks with          our county—from an economical
sents the earth. Both colors bear           hands in                                                              you.”                standpoint and a personal stand-
the phrase Farmer Up! Borrowed              his pockets                                                              Plattner em-      point,” she said.
from the rodeo saying “cowboy               and looked                                                            phasized that           Plattner distributed some of her
up,” it means when things are               down to the                                                          farming and           wristbands at the Missouri FFA
down in agriculture, farmers and            floor,” she said.                                                   ranching go            convention in April in Colum-
ranchers get right back up, Platt-          “He quietly an-                                                     beyond pro-            bia, but with recognition from
ner said.                                   swered, ‘Oh, I                                                      viding food.           people like Trent Loos, a farmer,
  “There are many tough days in             farm.’ He almost                                                      Furthermore,         radio show host and motivational
agriculture, some tougher than              acted ashamed                                                           it’s not just      speaker, word has spread beyond
others,” she explained. “It’s on the        to answer me                                                             those who         the Show-Me State. Plattner has
toughest of days, when you want             and at that point,                                                       are raising       fielded inquiries from people in
to walk away, that you have to              I began my                                                               crops and         Vermont, Iowa and elsewhere.
farmer up.”                                 mission.”                                                                livestock            During the April convention,
  Plattner, who with her husband,             That mission is to                                                     who are in-       Plattner’s youngest daugher, Mi-
Russell, runs a custom farm in part-        convey to peo-                                                           volved in         chaela, received her state FFA
nership with Russell’s brother,             ple in as few as                                                         the industry.     degree. She will receive her na-
Spencer, grew up with a love of the         the 30 seconds it                                                           “If you’re     tional degree later this year.
land and has always been proud to           takes for a person                                                       behind a             At their upcoming meeting,
be in agriculture. Through the wrist        to see and read the                                                      counter and       the American Farm Bureau Feder-
bands, and ideally the legions of           bracelet that farm-                                                      you a sell a      ation Young Farmers and Ranch-
FFA and 4-H students who will               ing and ranching                                                          farmer or        ers Committee will consider ways
wear them, she hopes to create              are careers to as-                                                           rancher       to help Plattner encourage youth
momentum and passion for agri-              pire to and                                                                  a part        to Farmer Up! and sport the
culture among youth nationwide.             be proud of.                                                                 for their     wristbands.
  It was an encounter at a wed-               “It captures                                                               work          PHOTO By CHRIS FENNEwALD, MISSOUR FARM
ding four years ago with a young            kids’ attention in                                                           truck,        BUREAU

State Focus
                                                                                                                                          The Califor-
                                                                                                                                          nia Farm Bu-
                                                                                                                                          reau Federa-
                                                                                                                                          tion has three
Ohio FB task force close to        Oregon legislature passes                              Texas FB ‘dumbfounded’ over                     changes. On
finishing guide for group’s future ban on gestation stalls                                governor’s property rights veto                 Aug. 1, Rich-
                                                                                                                                          ard Matteis
Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s Enhanc-       With Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski’s sig-        Texas farmers and ranchers are not              will become
ing the Vision task force, charged with     nature on S.B. 694, Oregon on June 28         pleased with Gov. Rick Perry’s recent           administra-       Richard Matteis
providing a guideline for the future        became the first state to ban gestation       veto of legislation that would have             tor of the orga-
of OFBF, is in the process of develop-      stalls through the state legislature. The     helped ensure that property owners              nization. Matteis has served since
ing a draft report that will be finalized   measure, which takes effect in 2012,          are treated fairly when the state takes         1980 as chief executive officer of
this summer. The report will be pre-        makes it a misdemeanor to confine a           their property. According to a state-           the California Grain and Feed As-
sented to the OFBF board of trustees        sow for more than 12 hours in any 24-         ment from Kenneth Dierschke, Texas              sociation. Rosanna Westmoreland
in October. The task force was formed       hour period. The bill was approved 32-        Farm Bureau president, property own-            has been named manager of the
last year and is made up of 22 county       25 in the Oregon House and 20-9 in the        ers in that state are “dumbfounded”             communications/news division.
Farm Bureau leaders—one from each           state Senate. Oregon is the third state to    that a governor they thought agreed             Westmoreland joined CFBF in 2005
trustee district—and six OFBF trustees.     ban gestation stalls but the first to do so   with them about the need for eminent            as manager of internal communi-
Guided by the concept that “the things      through the legislature. In Florida and       domain reform would not support                 cations. Elizabeth Giannini was
that got us here, will not get us there,”   Arizona, gestation crates were banned         the legislation. “The taking of private         hired as field representative for
the task force members are approach-        after voters approved a referendum in         property has become far too easy in             region II. Giannini most recently
ing their work with five goals in mind:     2002 and 2006, respectively. Like Florida     this state,” Dierschke said. During the         served as executive director of the
better serving the needs of future          and Arizona, the law would affect few,        2007 legislative session, one of TFB’s          Lodi Grape Growers Association.
OFBF members, developing a vision           if any, producers in Oregon. There are        priorities was passage of legislation that
for membership, promoting volunteer-        fewer than 4,000 sows in the state and        reforms the eminent domain process              Two new employees joined the
ism in Farm Bureau, improving the           it’s been reported that none of them are      and restores protections for property           Montana Farm Bureau Federa-
organization’s efficiency, and ensur-       housed in stalls. In all three states the     owners. “We cannot overstate our deep           tion. Nicole Griffin has been hired
ing responsibility and accountability       push for the ban was largely led by the       disappointment that Governor Perry              as western regional manager.
in the governance of the organization.      Humane Society of the United States           chose to veto [the bill].” The eminent          Kevin Arntzen is serving as sum-
Among the issues the group has ex-          and other animal rights groups. Last          domain legislation (H.B. 2006) passed           mer field services associate. Griffin
amined are the relationships between        year, Arizona Farm Bureau and a number        the Texas House with 125 of 150 votes.          served as MFBF summer field
state and county organizations, their       of other agriculture-related groups           The Senate passed it unanimously.               services associate in 2006 and
governance, structure, programming,         came together under the Campaign for          “With the projected growth of this state,       worked part time for the organi-
membership criteria and finances. A         Arizona Farmers and Ranchers to edu-          takings will occur much more frequent-          zation throughout her senior year
central element of the task force report    cate the public about the humane treat-       ly for roads, reservoirs and other public       at Montana State University. Arnt-
will address how the organization           ment of farm animals and the danger           needs,” Dierschke said. “It is imperative       zen will be a senior at Montana
should position itself to continue its      Proposition 204, which bans sow gesta-        that we treat property owners, urban            State University this fall.
success.                                    tion stalls, posed to animal agriculture.     and rural alike, fairly.”
July 9, 2007                                                           fbnews.org
                                                                                                                              |8             Grassroots

  ‘Join the Ride Iowa’ roars through the state
    Inspired by Iowa’s extensive renewable           agriculture they
  energy efforts, the crew from The Learning         can to move
  Channel’s “American Chopper” hopes their           us away from
  recently unveiled “green” chopper—the first        foreign oil.”
  of its kind—will in turn inspire further de-         The custom-
  velopment and use of renewable energy.             built chopper
    The Iowa Farm Bureau Renewable Energy            features spin-
  Chopper is a central part of IFB’s “Join the       ners in the
  Ride Iowa” campaign to highlight Iowa’s lead-      wheels that run
  ership in renewable energy and its connection      to the scale of
  to Iowa agriculture.                               a genuine wind
    Through the campaign, launched in mid-           turbine, front
  May, IFB is encouraging Iowans to ask retail-      fenders with
  ers for E85, make their next vehicle purchase      3-D sculpted
  a flex-fuel vehicle (FFV) and support their        corn and rear
  local livestock farmers.                           fenders with 3-
    “People may not realize livestock farmers        D sculpted soy-
  are a critical link in the renewable energy val-   beans, an E85
  ue chain and how important responsible live-       engine and a
  stock farming is in continuing to sustainably      cowhide leather
  grow Iowa’s economy, statewide,” explained         seat with artis-
  Craig Lang, IFB president. “We need livestock      tic renderings
  to consume the co-product of ethanol.”             of livestock.       The Teutul family of The Learning Channel’s “American Chopper” unveils the Iowa Farm Bu-
    The Renewable Energy Chopper was de-               The chopper       reau Renewable Energy Chopper, which has an E85 engine. Paul Teutul Sr. sits on the bike,
  signed and built by the Teutul family—Paul Sr.,    was unveiled        while his sons, Paul Jr. and Mikey, IFB President Craig Lang and Craig Armstrong, Iowa Speed-
  Paul Jr. and Mikey. The trio runs Orange Coun-     June 24 at the      way general manager, stand behind him (left to right).
  ty Choppers, which is featured on the TLC          Iowa Corn
  program “American Chopper.”                        Indy 250, which marks the first year the Indy-               nered with Kum & Go and General Motors for
    “We had no idea Iowa had so many cutting-        Car Series race cars are running on 100 percent              the campaign. Kum & Go is a Midwest-based
  edge renewable energy efforts under way until      fuel-grade ethanol. Iowans will have the op-                 gasoline and E85 retailer. Kum & Go is offering
  we came to the state for inspiration in the        portunity to win the chopper as it makes its way             three cents off a gallon of ethanol throughout
  design of the E85 chopper,” said Paul Jr. “It      on the “Join the Ride Iowa” tour across the state            the summer with each raffle ticket purchased.
  was really amazing to see a wind turbine up        this summer by purchasing $10 raffle tickets.                  General Motors is providing IFB members
  close and learn that a single wind farm could        Gross proceeds from the raffle will go to the              discounts on FFVs.
  power more than 5,000 homes. It was cool           American Lung Association of Iowa in support of
  to learn that cattle were necessary for renew-     the organization’s “Clean Air Choice” program,
  able energy; something we found out when           which promotes consumer education of E85,
  we climbed a [dried distillers grains] pile.       biodiesel and other clean energy initiatives.                                 www.jointherideiowa.com
  They are literally using every component of          Along with the Teutul family, IFB has part-

Citing importance to agriculture, Bush, AFBF continue
call for renewal of trade promotion authority
Continued from page 1                   to urge Congress to reauthorize the       tance of TPA to agriculture and the           “We cannot cede our global lead-
   Emphasizing how important TPA,       critical trade negotiating power.         nation’s economy.                           ership position by unilaterally tying
which limits Congress to only an           TPA renewal supporters are con-          “Since trade promotion authority          our hands at the trade negotiating
up or down vote on trade agree-         cerned that without TPA many              was last authorized in 2002, U.S. ag-       table, while our competitors secure
ments, is to agriculture and the en-    countries will be reluctant to nego-      ricultural exports have grown from          agreements that give them better
tire U.S. economy, administration       tiate new trade agreements with           $53.1 billion to $68.7 billion in           market access and put U.S. exporters
officials and a number of organiza-     U.S. officials if Congress will have      2006,” he said in a statement. “Each        at a disadvantage,” he continued.
tions, including the American Farm      the opportunity to make changes           billion dollars in agricultural exports       AFBF is also urging Congress to
Bureau Federation and the U.S.          to those pacts.                           support 13,400 jobs throughout              approve the recently completed
Chamber of Commerce, continue              “The best chances for progress and     America, both on and off the farm.          FTAs.
                                        to secure positive outcomes for the
                                        United States is for our lawmakers

  Williams joins                        to come together to provide trade
                                        promotion authority for the admin-

  AFBF staff
                                        istration,” AFBF President Bob Stall-
                                        man said in a statement earlier this
                                        year. “TPA approval will provide our
                                                                                      Corner Post
     Russell Wil-
  liams joined the
                                        negotiators the authority they need
                                        to address the many trade barriers            Farm Share
  American Farm                         faced by American agriculture.”                                                              Percent of U.S. farms
  Bureau Fed-
  eration public
                                           Although the Democratic leader-                                      1.7                  Small family farms
                                        ship on Capitol Hill has signaled
  policy team as                        that TPA renewal is not a legislative                                                        Large-scale family farms
  director of regu-                     priority, administration officials,                                                          Non-family farms
  latory relations
  handling bio-
                                        including U.S. Trade Representa-                              7.1
                                        tive Susan Schwab and Agriculture
  technology and international          Secretary Mike Johanns, continue
  environmental agreements.             making the case for renewing TPA.
     Williams moved to Wash-               Schwab highlighted TPA as a
  ington, D.C., in 2002 to work         critical element of the increase in
  for then-House Agriculture            U.S. exports in the past six years.
  Committee Chairman Larry                 “President Bush has used trade
  Combest (R-Texas). Most re-           promotion authority to open new
  cently, he worked for Sen. Pete       markets for American farmers,
  Domenici (R-N.M.) as agricul-         ranchers, manufacturers and ser-
  ture legislative assistant.           vice providers,” Schwab said. “U.S.
     Williams was raised on a fam-      exports to the 10 countries with
  ily farm in rural west Texas. He      which we have implemented FTAs                Are family farms disappearing? The news media frequently run
  received a bachelor’s degree in       since 2001 have increased nearly              stories about the perceived increase in “corporate” farms and de-
  international business and Span-      twice as fast as U.S. exports to the          crease in family farms. But USDA data show that more than 98 per-
  ish from Texas Tech University.       rest of the world.”                           cent of farms are still family owned.                Source: USDA, ERS
                                           Johanns zeroed in on the impor-

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