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  •  I just contacted him and (6+ / 0-)

    told him not to crush small farmers like me.  I also have a small flock of chickens and defy them to make me band them.  

    Every time Kohl talks to us, his talk is ag-oriented.  He reflexively acts as if farmers want goodies from him.  What I want to know is, how does he define farmer?  Do his constituents fare better if they are big businessmen farmers?

    "When the bar is low enough, you can never be too wrong." ----Bill Moyers, 6/7/08

    by Onkel Trygve on Mon Jun 23, 2008 at 10:40:06 AM PDT

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    •  Agribusiness versus farmers (5+ / 0-)

      I don't know about Kohl in particular, but unfortunately that's how a lot of Congressmen are.  "Agriculture" has somehow come to mean "agribusiness."  And Kohl's been making sure that Wisconsin gets lots of federal funding for NAIS, so he probably thinks he is doing a good thing.  

      •  that's the kind of funding (3+ / 0-)
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        Floja Roja, judith2007, Onkel Trygve

        that the federal govt can KEEP. Go give it to Halliburton or something. We don't want it.

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        by OrangeClouds115 on Mon Jun 23, 2008 at 02:00:37 PM PDT

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        •  Do something radical, fund organic research (2+ / 0-)
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          I can come up with LOTS of ideas for how they could be spending the money that they're wasting on NAIS.

          ATTRA is a fabulous government-funded program that does research on organics and educates farmers on practical ways to manage their crops and animals sustainably, which helps the farmer, the environment, and consumers.  (I forgot to mention them in yesterday's comments when people were asking about organic research, unfortunately!).  They do incredibly useufl work, but they run on a shoestring and are constantly being threatened with having their funding cut.

          Or, if the issue really is food safety, then fund proper inspections of slaughterhouses.

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