Raw milk amendment gets shot down

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Overwhelming opposition from a strong coalition of dairy farmers, processors, consumer groups, food safety advocates, federal and state public health regulators, the medical community, and other key stakeholders led to the defeat of an amendment to the 2018 House Farm Bill that would have allowed the interstate sale of unpasteurized milk.Amendment 30, offered by Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY), would have removed existing regulations that prohibit the interstate sale of raw milk for direct human consumption — a development that the coalition of opponents said would have threatened the health of millions of Americans. The Massie amendment failed in the House by a vote of 331 against to 79 in favor.In a May 14 letter to House leaders Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) insisted that Massie’s proposed amendment to the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (H.R. 2) represented “an unnecessary risk to consumer safety and public health.”“This amendment defies decades of proven food safety by removing requirements for pasteurization, which has been cited by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as one of the great achievements in public health in the 20th century,” said Jim Mulhern, president and CEO of NMPF.In addition to opposition from NMPF and IDFA, strong letters of opposition to the amendment were also sent to House leadership by the Safe Food Coalition — a consumer group consortium consisting of the Center for Foodborne Illness, Research & Prevention; the Center for Science in the Public Interest; the Consumer Federation of America; the National Consumers League; STOP Foodborne Illness; and The Pew Charitable Trusts.The National Conference on Interstate Milk Shipments, a national food safety regulatory program that includes state milk regulatory agencies, dairy companies and FDA, also came out against the Massie measure, as did a coalition of 53 dairy cooperatives, state dairy associations and the American Association of Bovine Practitioners.According to the dairy coalition letter, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that unpasteurized milk is 840 times more likely to cause foodborne illness than pasteurized milk, and nearly 75% of raw milk‐associated outbreaks have occurred in states where the sale of raw milk was legal. Thus, the dairy groups argued, eliminating any regulations that stem the interstate sale of raw milk in the United States “would increase the risk to public health, exposing consumers nationwide to the inevitable consequence of falling victim to a foodborne illness.”“Nationally, our dairy industry benefits from a very high degree of consumer confidence — confidence built in large part by the excellent food safety record of milk and dairy products,” said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., president and CEO of IDFA. “Legalizing and regulating the sale of raw milk sends a signal to consumers that drinking unpasteurized milk is safe when, in fact, the opposite is true.”Current statistics estimate only 1% to 2% of reported foodborne outbreaks are attributed to dairy products. However, of those, more than 70% have been attributed to raw milk and inappropriately aged raw milk cheeses.While this is the first time that Congress has debated changing federal laws to expand access to raw milk, NMPF and IDFA have worked for years to battle similar bills at the state level, including recent efforts in Tennessee, Virginia and Louisiana. NMPF and IDFA have long advocated against the consumption of raw milk and raw milk products because of the high risk of illness, as well as the potential for misinformation that could inappropriately tie raw milk health concerns to the safety of pasteurized dairy products.“We greatly appreciate those who joined the current effort — from dairy producers, to dairy processors, state dairy regulators, consumer and food safety groups, state and local dairy organizations, the medical community, and veterinarians — and took a stand to oppose this irresponsible amendment that would have significantly compromised food safety,” Mulhern said.last_img read more

It’s almost July and we are all done with our herbicide applications. Right?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Harold Watters, Ohio State University Extension Field AgronomistGot weeds? Did you use a burndown, and apply a pre-emergent herbicide at the same time? Then you had some luck on your side and you had patience. What a spring.As I drive around today however, I find corn and soybean fields that have weeds taller than the crop. That means we missed something. And yes I know we now have dicamba soybeans. But we still need a good burndown and those pre-emergent herbicides. Part of our goal is to slow down weed emergence so they are shorter when we do spray our post application. Oh, and yes, to get high yields. MarestailYou know the drill so I won’t go into that again. But it continues to be our number one weed in soybeans, and yet it is manageable — even in conventional soybeans. Giant ragweedThe other big problem in soybeans and occasionally in corn is giant ragweed. This quick growing weed has developed tolerance to many of our herbicide programs. Waterhemp? Or pigweed, or Palmer?I have been getting calls and samples the entire month of June. Sounds like it’s a good year for pigweeds in general. One person I just spoke with said the waterhemp was a bit tall in his Liberty beans. My suggestion, spray now, wait three weeks and spray it again (do read the label to make sure that is allowed). If you want to know if your “pigweed” is resistant: https://web.extension.illinois.edu/plantclinic/downloads/herbicide.pdf.On Mark Loux’s YouTube channel there are videos related to marestail and giant ragweed control, along with his pigweed series: https://www.youtube.com/user/OSUWEEDS.last_img read more

On Internal and External Distractions

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now There are countless external distractions that can keep you from focusing on what’s important. Some of these distractions are really important, and you need to pay attention them. Your child calling from the school sick and needing a ride home. Your best client calling with a serious challenge that needs your attention. These important external distractions happen, but not so frequently as to be the source of a real productivity problem.Most of the external distractions aren’t really important and shouldn’t command your attention. That conversation about the game last night. The water cooler chatter about Game of Thrones or Walking Dead (two of the only television shows I ever watch, and a conversation that could easily drag me away from what I was doing). The weapon of mass distraction, the Internet, with all of its countless novelties and trivialities.You can shut down, turn off, and avoid the external distractions if you are disciplined and thoughtful. You can say “no” to these distractions. But there are other distractions that are more difficult to turn off.Internal DistractionsYou might have a lot of things on your mind that distract you from being productive. If you have a health issue, it can be hard to find focus. If you haven’t gotten enough sleep or are dehydrated you can also have poor focus. Or maybe you have a relationship challenge that is commanding your attention. Internal distractions are more complicated.But mostly, these important internal distractions aren’t what prevents you from doing the work you should be doing. Instead, you do nothing when you aren’t compelled by your real purpose, your mission. You do nothing when you haven’t spent the time to think deeply about your real goals, short and long term. If you haven’t spent the time to plan your week and your days, committing to doing what will move you closer to your goals, you sit paralyzed in a reactive mode, waiting for the world to work on you and for someone to provide you with what comes next.This would not be the case if you made widgets, but because you do knowledge work, you have to define your own work.To be truly productive, you have to do the work that helps you fulfill your purpose, your mission. You have to do the work that gives your life meaning. You have to continually do the few things necessary to move you ever close to the goals you’ve defined for yourself. This doesn’t mean you ignore whatever captures your attention. This is the work that fuels you, that allows you to be productive, leaving those distractions for their proper time, and keeping you on course in the other areas of your life–in spite of internal distractions.last_img read more

Two Maoists killed in Sukma

first_imgThe security forces gunned down two alleged members of the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) in Sukma district of south Chhattisgarh on Saturday.The encounter took place in Burkapal area of Sukma when the District Reserve Guard (Chhattisgarh police’s special anti-Maoist unit) and the Special Task Force were conducting an anti-Maoist operation in the area.The security forces also recovered 11 country-made weapons from the spot of the encounter suggesting some more Maoists may have been injured or killed.In a separate development, Maharashtra police found one more body of a Maoist in Gadchiroli district.“A decomposed body was found in the forest near Indravati river in Tadgoan forest area of Gadchiroli where an encounter had taken place on last Sunday. One AK-47 rifle was also recovered during a search operation in the area today. Today’s recovery has taken the total number Maoists killed in Kasansur encounter to 34,” Gadchiroli police said in a statement.Mr.Abhinav Deshmukh, the district Superintendent of Police, Gadchiroli, informed that 19 bodies have been identified so far and 14 bodies have been handed over to the relatives of the deceased.last_img read more

LJP confident of getting fairshare of seats in Bihar, U.P.

first_imgWith the Narendra Modi government fighting the perception of being anti-Dalit, leaving the BJP vulnerable, key NDA ally from Bihar Lok Jan Shakti Party (LJP), headed by Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, is confident of getting more seats to contest in Bihar during the 2019 Lok Sabha poll. The LJP is also lobbying for seats in Uttar Pradesh. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who heads the Janata Dal(U) and Union Minister Upendra Kushwaha of the Rashtriya Lok Samta Party, have staked claim for a fair share of the 40 seats. The BJP holds 22 seats, LJP has six and JD(U) four. Mr. Kushwaha’s party has the lone seat that he himself represents. The BJP has indicated that it is not willing to fight the poll on fewer than 20 seats. The remaining 20 has to be shared among the three allies. “The government is not in a position to discount us if it wants to ensure that its pro-Dalit credentials are not questioned. We contested seven seats in the last election and lost only one, that too by a very small margin. So there is no question of us accepting fewer than seven,” a top LJP leader said.The party said that if its services are to be utilised in Uttar Pradesh, then it should be rewarded. “There is a huge population of the Passi caste in eastern Uttar Pradesh and also in Rae Bareli and Amethi. It is obvious that the BJP would want LJP leader Ram Vilas Paswan and his son Chirag to be involved in campaigning. The BJP will do well to at least give us three or four seats in the State,” the leader added.Mr. Paswan has been maintaining a studied silence. “We have had no discussions on seats. It will be done at the due time,” th Minister told The Hindu.last_img read more