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Grange Calls for "Agroterrorism" Czar, Adopts 2002 Ag Policies
National Grange ^ | Nov. 15, 2001 | Richard Weiss

Posted on 11/16/2001 1:20:36 PM PST by farmfriend

Grange Calls for "Agroterrorism" Czar, Adopts 2002 Ag Policies

Cedar Rapids, Iowa (November 14, 2001) - The National Grange, meeting for its 135th annual convention, has voted to ask Tom Ridge, new head of the Office of Homeland Security, to create a high level position with appropriate resources, to prevent "agroterrorism" in the United States. The Grange defines "agroterrorism" as "the undermining and destruction of a food source through contamination of livestock or the genetic sabotage of grains."

Agroterrorism is major concern among state directors of agriculture, and farmers are well aware of the devastation that can be wrought on the farm. The continued existence of Foot and Mouth Disease in other parts of the world and the ease with which it can be carried and introduced into an agricultural area is of particular concern. Foot and Mouth Disease is not harmful to humans but extremely harmful to cattle, sheep and swine. It can be easily transported by humans on clothing. According to the Grange, "The devastation of this form of terrorism is limitless and can be crippling to agriculture, our health and food supply and the national economy."

Senate should preserve $179 billion Farm Bill The newly adopted Grange resolution states that it is paramount that the Senate retains the $179 billion dollar budget approved by the House for the lifetime of the Farm Bill. "Agriculture's survival, our self sufficiency, our food supply and its safety depend on agriculture's profitability," the resolution states. The resolution also calls for sufficient funding for technical assistance on environmental practices. The Grange maintains that too much federal money is spent encouraging farmers to take land out of production and not enough is spent teaching them environmentally sound production practices. The Grange does support voluntary short-term conservation reserve programs targeted to meet price goals of at least production costs.

Other actions called for by the Grange's 2002 farm policy resolution include a return to tariffs on imported asparagus; a review of grazing policies to enhance weed control; a determination of how 31.4 million pounds of stored cheese where not accounted for by U.S.D.A. and caused a severe price drop in cheese when discovered; tracking of the identification, movement and disposition of Genetically Modified Organisms by USDA; support of initiatives to use farm silos as bases for communications antennas; equal standards for measuring hail damaged fruit; and encouragement for the development of value added products by America's farmers.

Founded in 1867, the National Grange is this nation's oldest general farm and rural public interest organization. The National Grange currently represents approximately 300,000 members affiliated with 3,400 local, county and state Grange chapters across the nation. The National Grange will hold its 135th Annual Convention at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Cedar Rapids, IA November 12-18, 2001. At that time, Grange delegates from across the nation will adopt grassroots policy positions related to the next Farm Bill and other rural issues.


TOPICS: Announcements; Breaking News; News/Current Events
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1 posted on 11/16/2001 1:20:36 PM PST by farmfriend
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To: farmfriend
Grange Takes Stand on Environmental Regulations
2 posted on 11/16/2001 1:20:37 PM PST by farmfriend
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To: farmfriend
Grange Leader Calls for More, Not Less Farming
3 posted on 11/16/2001 1:20:37 PM PST by farmfriend
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To: *grange_list
indexing
4 posted on 11/16/2001 1:20:37 PM PST by farmfriend
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To: farmfriend
I sure hope that Agroterrorism is beyond the capability of Al-Quaeda, because making people scared of their food is a better fright than worrying about suspicious mail laden with Anthrax.
5 posted on 11/16/2001 1:20:38 PM PST by The KG9 Kid
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To: The KG9 Kid
Europeans are already afraid of their food.
6 posted on 11/16/2001 1:20:38 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
Music interlude......

Attack!!! Of the Killer Tomatos!!!

NeverGore

7 posted on 11/16/2001 1:20:39 PM PST by nevergore
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To: farmfriend
BTTT
8 posted on 11/16/2001 1:20:39 PM PST by Fiddlstix
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To: Iowa Granny; brityank; tank_sherman; going hot; marsh2; Carry_Okie; forester; SierraWasp...
ping
9 posted on 11/16/2001 1:20:39 PM PST by farmfriend
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To: farmfriend
...a determination of how 31.4 million pounds of stored cheese where not accounted for by U.S.D.A. and caused a severe price drop in cheese when discovered...

Are you sure a FReeper didn't do this????

10 posted on 11/16/2001 1:20:49 PM PST by Alas Babylon!
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To: farmfriend
"agroterrorism" - what a gimmick. Just the latest to piggyback on the post-911 bailout orgy.
11 posted on 11/16/2001 1:20:56 PM PST by billybudd
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To: billybudd
A non-gimmick Agroterrorism Czar bump.
12 posted on 11/16/2001 1:21:00 PM PST by doxteve
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To: doxteve
And what's with "czar"? I hate that word. It's so dumb.
13 posted on 11/16/2001 1:21:03 PM PST by billybudd
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To: billybudd
This is a lower profile, but very real threat. PETA says foot-and-mouth disease coming to World Dairy Expo would be positive ,

Just one of many articles on the subject at this great place!

Welcome to FreeRepublic!

14 posted on 11/16/2001 1:21:04 PM PST by Balding_Eagle
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To: farmfriend
Iowa passed an Agroterrorism Bill last year. Many states have them. Were these pieces of legislation discussed at your meeting in Cedar Rapids?

Your meeting in CR got a decent amount of coverage in the Gazette, given the small membership in Eastern Iowa. Most Farmers in Eastern Iowa are Farm Bureau members, with a few in the Southern 2 tiers of counties belonging to Farmers Union.

15 posted on 11/16/2001 1:21:08 PM PST by Iowa Granny
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To: farmfriend
Ever since this round of terrorism began, I keep thinking about that James Bond film, "On Her Majesty's Secret Service." For those who can't remember the plot, JB discovers Blofeld's plot to ruin the major agricultural product of first world countries through use of (gasp) gorgeous women who are brainwashed into becoming the instruments of sabotage.

A number of scholars have predicted that the next global crisis will be over control of food and fresh water. It's already happening in sub-Saharan Africa and the ejection of white farmers in Zimbabwe by the government in the name of "land reform" is a pretty good precursor of a coming famine in this once rich and fertile nation.

All the more reason to eradicate these mad dog destroyers. Who do they think is going to feed the subjects of their new ultra-Islamic empire if they wipe out the means of production? I hope the Islamicists find a way to make petroleum nutritious, but somehow, I doubt it. Maybe they think Allah will provide.

16 posted on 11/16/2001 1:21:14 PM PST by tank_sherman
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To: tank_sherman; farmfriend; Phil V.
"Allah will provide."

Pffft!

17 posted on 11/16/2001 1:21:44 PM PST by SierraWasp
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To: SierraWasp
What's pffft taste like? I hope it's filling.
18 posted on 11/16/2001 1:21:51 PM PST by tank_sherman
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To: farmfriend
Oh, great. Create yet another federal "high-level position" for some fatass parasite (kinda like Ridge, now that I think about it) to retire on.

These welfare farmers are good at cooking up more government goodies, aren't they?

19 posted on 11/16/2001 1:22:37 PM PST by Hank Rearden
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To: Alas Babylon!
...a determination of how 31.4 million pounds of stored cheese where not accounted for by U.S.D.A. and caused a severe price drop in cheese when discovered...
Are you sure a FReeper didn't do this????

Uhmm, seems there has been a big increase in cheese threads lately.

What's the market price of moose ?

20 posted on 11/16/2001 1:22:48 PM PST by dread78645
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To: Hank Rearden
Searchable Government Farm Subsidy Records Available To Public

Senate Moving to Spend Over $100 Billion On Failed Programs, Internet Database Shows 10% of Biggest Producers Gobbled Two-Thirds Of Past Assistance

WASHINGTON - On Tuesday, November 6, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) will offer to farmers and other taxpayers the first-ever publicly available, searchable Internet database of government farm subsidy payment records.

The database will be offered free of charge and will be searchable by name, zip code, county, or municipality. It will detail how, under the current farm programs that Congress is considering expanding, taxpayer funds intended to help family farmers were instead awarded to the largest agribusinesses and commodity growers. Two-thirds of the nation's farmers - often residing in big agricultural states in which livestock or non-commodity crops are raised - were bypassed entirely. For 80 percent of those eligible for the funds, the average annual subsidy check was roughly $1,000. Nationwide, two-thirds of the funds went to just 10 percent of all eligible recipients, while the bulk of all commodity program money went to approximately eight Great Plains and Deep South states.

Big government checks have enabled big producers to buy neighbors' farms or out-compete them in the farmland rental markets. This has helped fuel the increased concentration in agriculture long decried by a group of Senators who are now advocating an expansion of these very same programs. The Bush Administration and newspaper editorial pages of every ideological leaning have criticized the programs. A House bill passed in October would expand the programs, locking in the inter- and intrastate inequities for another 10 years.

This week, the Senate Agriculture Committee embarks on consideration of a Farm Bill locking in subsidy inequities while committing to spend $170 billion over the next decade. The Senate bill would short change popular and effective conservation programs, which provide environmental benefits while distributing aid equitably across economic and regional lines.

EWG assembled the database through multiple Freedom of Information Act requests to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It includes 70 million records of farm subsidy checks sent from 1996-2000.

The data have long been available - technically speaking - but never through the World Wide Web. Obtaining the information was made possible by prior news media organizations' efforts to acquire the data for news reporting purposes.

21 posted on 11/16/2001 1:22:53 PM PST by chambley1
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To: Hank Rearden; Carry_Okie
These welfare farmers are good at cooking up more government goodies, aren't they?

I suppose you are all in favor of dependence on foreign oil? Right now we are moving that direction in our food supply. We can not rely on the third world to provide us with a safe and steady supply of food. We need to keep our farmers in business. It is national security.

22 posted on 11/16/2001 1:23:12 PM PST by farmfriend
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To: Iowa Granny
Were these pieces of legislation discussed at your meeting in Cedar Rapids?

If they were discussed at all, it would have been in committee. I didn't sit in on the Ag committee so I have no idea what the discussions were.

23 posted on 11/16/2001 1:23:13 PM PST by farmfriend
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To: Hank Rearden
Congressman Leach Says Grange Very Important During These Times

Cedar Rapids, Iowa (November 12, 2001) - Congressman Jim Leach, addressing the general session of the 135th annual convention of the National Grange, stated that during these troubled times the Grange is an important organization in American society. Leach told the audience that never before has America experienced terrorism at home and never before has the world experience biological warfare. Additionally, the concept of religious hatred is very foreign to Americans, whose country was founded on the concept of respect for all religions. It also troubles Americans that we are hated for our freedom and prosperity. Thus, during these times of uncertainty and coping with new and unfamiliar threats, "the American values demonstrated by the Grange are so very important." He portrayed the Grange as an organization that builds up, not destroys, and an organization that offers brotherhood during times of need and uncertainty.

In spite of the hatred directed at America from many parts of the world, Leach said that it is morally right that American production agriculture produce enough food and fiber to feed, not just America, but places suffering drought and famine, including Africa and even Afghanistan. He talked of the plight of the efficient American farmer, who for decades has out produced domestic demand and, thus, suffered low returns. He called for flexible Federal policies that adjust to the times and thus keep the American farmer producing enough to feed those at home and those in need around the world.

24 posted on 11/16/2001 1:23:14 PM PST by farmfriend
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To: Hank Rearden
Congressman Leach Says Grange Very Important During These Times

Cedar Rapids, Iowa (November 12, 2001) - Congressman Jim Leach, addressing the general session of the 135th annual convention of the National Grange, stated that during these troubled times the Grange is an important organization in American society. Leach told the audience that never before has America experienced terrorism at home and never before has the world experience biological warfare. Additionally, the concept of religious hatred is very foreign to Americans, whose country was founded on the concept of respect for all religions. It also troubles Americans that we are hated for our freedom and prosperity. Thus, during these times of uncertainty and coping with new and unfamiliar threats, "the American values demonstrated by the Grange are so very important." He portrayed the Grange as an organization that builds up, not destroys, and an organization that offers brotherhood during times of need and uncertainty.

In spite of the hatred directed at America from many parts of the world, Leach said that it is morally right that American production agriculture produce enough food and fiber to feed, not just America, but places suffering drought and famine, including Africa and even Afghanistan. He talked of the plight of the efficient American farmer, who for decades has out produced domestic demand and, thus, suffered low returns. He called for flexible Federal policies that adjust to the times and thus keep the American farmer producing enough to feed those at home and those in need around the world.

25 posted on 11/16/2001 1:23:14 PM PST by farmfriend
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To: farmfriend
Sorry about the double post. I don't know how that happened.
26 posted on 11/16/2001 1:23:14 PM PST by farmfriend
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To: chambley1
If you knew how many uncompensated claims and takings were placed upon farms by urban interests, you would recognize where the true subsidies were. The problem is that they are not accounted as such.
27 posted on 11/16/2001 1:23:32 PM PST by Carry_Okie
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To: Carry_Okie
The current farm program is centered around a "cheap food" policy - this dictates into the cheapening of the American farmer. Here is how it works: Increased subsidy payments based on planted acreage for already surplus crops = increased planting of alreay surplus crops to get more government payments based on acreage = more subsidies and emergency bailout payments due to increased distressed prices for alreay over produced surplus crops!

Plus, large payments to corporate farms = more campaign contributions to those in Congress that keep the gravy train going.

Conservation payments are better - go to the land and to more farmers.

Senator Lugar has the best plan - revenue insurnace like crop insurance.

Cheap food policy hurts farmers.

28 posted on 11/16/2001 1:23:48 PM PST by chambley1
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To: chambley1; Carry_Okie
Recommended reading:

Natural Process

29 posted on 11/16/2001 1:23:51 PM PST by farmfriend
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To: farmfriend
Are you nuts? He wrote the UN Agenda 21 plan for Santa Cruz county? Do you know what UN Agenda 21 is? It is part of the land grab scheme in the Klamath Basin - water taken from 1400 farmers due to some b.s. save the fish study, enviro freak organizations go in to buy up the land, turn it into a preserve, farmers are set to urban centers to learn new skills and we depend on the thord world for food (as Al Gore prescibed!
30 posted on 11/16/2001 1:23:53 PM PST by chambley1
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To: billybudd
"agroterrorism" - what a gimmick. Just the latest to piggyback on the post-911 bailout orgy.

Bio-crops under attack Militants destroy test plots of genetically modified foods

USA TODAY

Opponents of genetically engineered foods have staged night attacks on university and corporate research sites in at least 18 incidents and seven states since July.

Underground activists have trampled and sheared corn, uprooted sugar beets, stripped the bark from experimental trees, smashed greenhouse windows, damaged vehicles and spray-painted graffiti at research locations in California, Maine, Vermont, Minnesota, Washington, Wisconsin and Michigan. . .

How-to guide

One Web site operated by biotech foes contains a detailed how-to guide for would-be crop vandals, advising them on what to wear, how to evade security, what plants to target and when to strike (www.tao.ca/ban/).

"If you care about biological and cultural diversity as opposed to a global corporate monoculture, you should resist genetic engineering," it says.

That hits home with Nancy Oden, of Jonesboro, Maine, who belongs to RAGE, Revolution Against Genetic Engineering. She says her e-mail to hundreds of activists led vandals in August to genetically modified corn at the University of Maine.

The corn was part of an experiment designed to find ways to reduce herbicides from leaching into the soil. Attackers cut or knocked down nearly a 1/2 acre of stalks. "I was hoping someone would do this," Oden says.

She says she does not know who did the damage, but warns: "We are going to kill genetically engineered foods in this country, and we are going to do it any way we have to."
http://www.tao.ca/~ban/200ARusatoday.htm

Nancy Odin is the Green Party official who tussled with security at a Maine airport and was prevented from boarding her flight. Don't underestimate these people. Greens got a couple percent of the vote last election. Not all are dangerous but thousands are. Search around, you'll find their calls to ecoterrorism all over the net.
31 posted on 11/16/2001 1:23:57 PM PST by LarryLied
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To: LarryLied
Another liberal eco freak contradiction. BT crops not only use less environmental harming artificial inputs, they use less land bases and result in higher yields on the land base that is used = more land "preserved" and not plowed under, less use of harmful artificial inputs = cleaner water and more open space while more food to fight world hunger. This people are stupid idiots.

Like that tree freak that "lived" in the redwood tree name "Luna" to protest globalization and corporations. She used a cell phone (made by corporate America) to call the media.

They are idiots indeed!

32 posted on 11/16/2001 1:23:59 PM PST by chambley1
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To: chambley1
He wrote the UN Agenda 21 plan for Santa Cruz county?

Did you get that out of my bio or did you hear some rumor?

Get your facts straight.

First of all, I didn't write the whole plan, I only worked on the Biodiversity and Ecosystem management Roundtable. I volunteered for that committee in order to keep the idiot wacko environmentalists from doing more harm than good! I did it because I thought that in a consensus process that I could force them to confront reality. I got screwed. That's what started me writing the book.

Further, in 1994, I didn't know what the UN was up to or what it portended and learned a great deal while doing the research which is why Henry Lamb endorses it, it is why I was invited to speak at the Freedom21 Conference, and it why I am here. That ought to be sufficient proof for anyone that I do not endorse the mission or means of the Agenda 21. I do hope that you aren't spreading bogus rumors and would correct whoever might be doing so.

33 posted on 11/16/2001 1:24:01 PM PST by Carry_Okie
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To: LarryLied
$179 billion to fight a couple of wackos. Great idea. GIMMICK.
34 posted on 11/16/2001 1:25:25 PM PST by billybudd
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To: billybudd
Er....$179 billion is not being spent fighting eco-terrorists. The farm bill itself is another issue.
35 posted on 11/16/2001 1:26:59 PM PST by LarryLied
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To: chambley1; Carry_Okie
Are you nuts?

No, I'm not.
Having purchased and read (in part) Carry_Okie's book I can assure you that I am in full conservative support of everything he has written there. His consistent replies to environmental discussions show not only his heart but knowlege as well. Check any of the Klamath threads and you will find him there. You will find me there as well. Know us before you judge us. Read the material and chapters available on the web site link.

36 posted on 11/16/2001 1:50:36 PM PST by farmfriend
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To: farmfriend
Pretty scary that a person could read my stuff and decide that I supported the outcome of the Agenda 21 process.
37 posted on 11/16/2001 3:30:21 PM PST by Carry_Okie
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To: Carry_Okie
Very scary.
I thought you defended yourself well.
Anyone who reads the Klamath threads can see what your opinions are. You are not one to hide what you really think. Or at least that is my impression of you.
38 posted on 11/17/2001 5:47:15 AM PST by farmfriend
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