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Northwest Iowa Dairy Outlooks

A local discussion of current science and issues concerning dairying in northwest iowa

The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture reports USDA’s “Know Your Farmer” campaign, designed to educate the public about where their food comes from, has drawn the ire of U.S. Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) and Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), for its heavy focus on “hobbyist and organic producers,” rather than major conventional farmers. It seems to me that these senators are dividing producers at a time when we all need to speak with one voice.

Organic producers have found a niche that the public is willing to pay a premium for- good for them. I see McCain’s lips moving but I wonde3r if the words are coming from the big chemical companies. I wonder if the Senators would be better off objecting to “seed police” who are changing the age-old system in agriculture of saving seed to plant in the upcoming year. But that would be biting the hand that feeds them!!

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