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  • Free Republic "Bump List" Register

    09/30/2001 4:46:44 AM PDT · by John Robinson · 191 replies · 12,118+ views
    I have created a public register of "bump lists" here on Free Republic. I define a bump list as a name listed in the "To" field used to index articles. Free Republic Bump List Register
  • 4-H fears being put out to pasture

    08/21/2003 4:12:03 PM PDT · by Willie Green · 24 replies · 465+ views
    The Lowell Sun ^ | Thursday, August 21, 2003 | AMANDA KRUPKOSKI
    For education and discussion only. Not for commercial use.WESTFORD -- Sheep will be sheared, horses will be mounted, and local youths will display prowess honed with a multitude of other beasts and crafts when the 48th annual Middlesex County 4-H Fair opens tomorrow. But the fair and the 4-H Youth and Family Development Program may be an endangered species. "4-H is very much in limbo-land right now," says Mary McBrady, executive director of the Massachusetts 4-H Foundation, a non-profit organization that holds fund-raisers to support 4-H training and after-school programs statewide. 4-H is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture,...
  • 4-H Needs Your Help!

    11/13/2003 1:50:17 PM PST · by tiamat · 46 replies · 385+ views
    My in-box | 13 NOV 20003 | tiamat
    FReepers, I found this in my "in-box". I ask Michigan Freepers to take a moment to write, call, fax, e-mail, whatever it takes. 4-H is a family oriented, CONSERVATIVE group that deserves our support. My daughter is mildly autistic and 4-H has done her a world of good! Having to talk to judges, work as a team, complete projects and work with a large, cranky animal has ALL done her a world of good ! She has blossemed! And this is REAL confidence she has grown, not some "self-esteem" crap. Sorry for the crummy formatting. I am SO upset just...
  • Opposition Swamps Sweeping Farmland Bill

    06/17/2003 12:41:15 AM PDT · by farmfriend · 9 replies · 386+ views
    Grange News ^ | June-July, Issue 3 | Jay Hartz
    Opposition Swamps Sweeping Farmland BillA barrage of final-hour opposition overcame the most sweeping California farmland protection bill in a generation, scuttling it on the brink of its first hearing. Builders, real estate agents and California cities mounted vigorous opposition in recent days to SB-898l by state Sen. John Burton, D-San Francisco, that would have created some of the nation’s toughest barriers to growth on millions of acres of the state’s best farmland. California reportedly paves over 50,000 acres of irrigated farmland yearly. The bill called for new growth restrictions on 8.1 million acres until 2015, and portrayed farmland preservation as...
  • Fly-in Focuses On Grassroots Advocacy

    06/17/2003 12:24:50 AM PDT · by farmfriend · 7 replies · 426+ views
    Grange News ^ | June-July, Issue 3 | Julie Clausen
    Fly-in Focuses On Grassroots Advocacy By Julie Clausen, Executive Director The Eighth Annual Fly-In hosted by the National Grange in May was attended by Grange members from 16 states. Items on the agenda included sessions on Grassroots Legislative Programs, Transportation Policy for Rural America, Addressing the Needs of Rural Victims of Crime; The National Victim Services in Rural Law Enforcement Grant Program, and Pending Legislation to Reform Federal Health Care Programs and their Impact on Rural America. Jerry Hagstrom, Senior Agricultural Reporter for the National Journal spoke on The Politics of Agriculture Today in Washington, D.C. State Master Leo Bergeron,...
  • Local Empowerment Key In Fighting Federal And State Bureaucracy

    05/02/2003 10:03:43 AM PDT · by farmfriend · 12 replies · 1,905+ views
    Grange News ^ | April edition- issue Two | Jay Hartz
    Local Empowerment Key In Fighting Federal And State Bureaucracy"We want to keep what rightfully belongs to the people from coming under the command and control of the federal government,” stated Ric Costales in introducing the Grange-sponsored Western Lands Use Conference (WLUC) in Klamath Falls, Oregon. For two days, February 22 and 23, those attending the WLUC were shown case law, U.S. Supreme Court rulings, and Constitutional guarantees that make local government the lead agency in any federal or state projects, including environmental regulations or land takings. Ric Costales and Kathy Van Tuyl at a planning session. They are the Master...
  • Support Sound Science for Endangered Species Act Planning Act of 2003!

    04/10/2003 11:03:07 AM PDT · by farmfriend · 15 replies · 396+ views
    National Grange ^ | 4/10/2003 | Chil-Sook Hwang
    National Grange Legislative Action Alert 2003 A special update of timely issues for e-mail subscribers to "View from the Hill" 4/10/2003 In this Issue: Support Sound Science for Endangered Species Act Planning Act of 2003! On April 7, 2003, Rep. Greg Walden introduced “Sound Science for Endangered Species Act Planning Act of 2003” to amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to require the Secretary of the Interior to give greater weight to scientific or commercial data that is empirical or has been field-tested or peer-reviewed. The bill number is H.R. 1662 and is attached in a pdf file. Please...
  • National Grange Supports Troops

    04/01/2003 10:59:47 AM PST · by farmfriend · 3 replies · 323+ views
    View from the Hill (email version) | Kermit Richardson
    We Hope War with Iraq Will Be Resolved As Quickly As Possible! The National Grange National President, Kermit Richardson, sent a letter to President Bush Regarding Grange’s position on the war with Iraq. His letter is as follows:------------ March 27, 2003 The Honorable George W. Bush Executive Office of the President 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20500 Dear President Bush: When we last contacted you in January regarding your State of the Union Address, the National Grange expressed support for whatever actions you deemed necessary to meet the threat of an impending war with Iraq. Although it has been...
  • Idiot Protester Alert: Man Chains Himself To Wrong Building

    03/19/2003 8:53:12 AM PST · by poindexter · 153 replies · 764+ views
    The Olympian ^ | 3/19/2003 | SCOTT GUTIERREZ
    <p>Jody Mason of Olympia is locked to the Washington State Grange office building Tuesday to protest war. He intended to chain himself to a federal Department of Energy office building, but discovered he was at the wrong location.</p> <p>OLYMPIA -- A man spent hours chained to the wrong building Tuesday in an ill-planned effort to protest war with Iraq, police said. Jody Mason padlocked himself to an entrance of the Washington State Grange building at 924 Capitol Way S., thinking it was a sub-office of the U.S. Department of Energy.</p>
  • National Grange Responds to State of the Union Address

    02/26/2003 11:27:55 AM PST · by farmfriend · 7 replies · 425+ views
    National Grange ^ | Feb. 2003 | LeRoy Watson
    National Grange Responds to State of the Union Address The National Grange sent a letter to President George W. Bush commending him for his recent State of the Union Address. This provided the National Grange an opportunity to express their support to the President while making suggestions regarding the ways in which the objectives outlined in the State of the Union Address can be expanded and applied to meet the needs of rural Americans. One of the concerns shared by Grange members and discussed by the President was the issue of tax reform. To ensure the viability of American agriculture,...
  • Oliver H. Kelley Farm in Minnesota Should Stay Open!

    02/26/2003 11:21:03 AM PST · by farmfriend · 11 replies · 726+ views
    National Grange ^ | Feb. 26th | Chil-Sook Hwang
    National Grange Legislative Action Alert 2003A special update of timely issues for e-mail subscribers to"View from the Hill" 2/26/2003 Oliver H. Kelley Farm in Minnesota Should Stay Open! Under the 15% Funding Cut of the budget of the Minnesota Historical Society in the MN Governor Tim Pawlenty’s Proposed FY 2004-2005 Budget, Oliver H. Kelley Farm Will be Closed on June 30, 2003. Since 1962 The National Grange Has Worked with the Minnesota Historical Society to Develop and Maintain the Kelley Farm as an Educational Living History Farm that Celebrates Grange Heritage. Please Contact the Members of the MN House of...
  • National Grange Unveils It's "Blueprint for Rural America 2003"

    01/21/2003 12:10:02 AM PST · by farmfriend · 12 replies · 425+ views
    National Grange ^ | January 2003 | Leroy Watson
    National Grange Unveils It's "Blueprint for Rural America 2003" For over a century, the National Grange has served as a political advocate for the rural community. Every January, the National Grange releases a priority issues document that helps focus the Grange's political advocacy efforts for the coming year. The "Blueprint for Rural America" consists of a ten-point plan that outlines for Granges key issues on which to base grassroots activity. With each passing year, the "Blueprint" is updated to reflect those changes that have occurred over the previous year while maintaining objectives that are still relevant. 1. Return Prosperity to...
  • Habitat conservation planning

    04/26/2002 8:14:18 PM PDT · by hedgetrimmer · 58 replies · 1,123+ views
    Monterey County Farm Bureau ^ | March 12, 2002 | Bob Perkins
    Habitat conservation plans impose unnecessary new burdens on land owners without corresponding benefits Comments and analysis regarding habitat conservation plans By Bob PerkinsMarch 12, 2002 Prior to becoming executive director of Monterey County Farm Bureau, Bob Perkins served for 22 years as executive manager of Riverside County Farm Bureau, where he represented farmers and ranchers in stakeholder committees and discussions of four habitat planning efforts.  This is a compilation and explanation of notes, issues and recommendations accumulated from those habitat plan discussions.“I would always recommend that local government avoid habitat conservation plans and that citizens challenge adoption of habitat conservation plans until...
  • Causes Affect Farming

    04/26/2002 7:56:46 PM PDT · by hedgetrimmer · 3 replies · 425+ views
    American Farm Bureau ^ | April 2002 | Bob Stallman
    Bob Stallman President American Farm Bureau By Bob Stallman President, American Farm Bureau Low commodity prices, rising input costs and productivity-sapping government paperwork challenge us to run our operations as efficiently and professionally as possible. We do. We produce abundant, affordable and healthy food and fiber. The vast majority of consumers in this country respect our efforts, when they ever think about it. Most of the time, they do not have to because the shelves are full, the price is right-for them. A vocal few, though, are having more of an impact on agriculture than any other time I...
  • PUSA Creates New Blueprint for Land Rights Battles

    04/16/2002 7:49:15 AM PDT · by madfly · 21 replies · 341+ views
    The Sierra Times ^ | Apr. 15, 2002 | J.J. Johnson
    Report by J.J. Johnson Published 04. 15. 02 at 10:21 Sierra Time MEDFORD, OR - With a goal of taking the message against radical environmentalism to the public, the grassroots organization, People for the USA (PUSA), used the power of country music to spread its message. Over 1200 fans attended the Jackson County Expo Center to hear country legend Joe Diffe, and help Restore the Spirit of America. The Saturday event began with Helen Chenowith-Hage stating, "we are at war" against the radical environmental movement. Her discourse focused on water rights and emphasized, "water is like gold." Hage motivated...
  • Land-sale tax-credit plan hit

    02/23/2002 7:07:45 AM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 25 replies · 473+ views
    WASHINGTON TIMES ^ | 2/22/02 | Audrey Hudson
    <p>President Bush's budget includes a conservation tax credit that gives a 50 percent capital-gains-tax break on land sold to the government or land-trust groups.</p> <p>The budget describes the incentive as a "cost effective, non-regulatory, market-based approach to conservation."</p> <p>But private-property activists, who typically support the Bush administration, say the tax incentive benefits environmental groups over the private sector and ultimately puts more property and wealth into government hands.</p>
  • Grange Supports High Speed Internet Access for Rural America

    12/11/2001 11:59:04 AM PST · by farmfriend · 135 replies · 890+ views
    The National Grange ^ | Dec. 3, 2001 | Richard Weiss
    Grange Supports High Speed Internet Access for Rural America (Washington, DC) December 3, 2001--One hundred years ago this year, the Grange was instrumental in winning Rural Free Delivery Mail service. That legislation opened vast new opportunities for communication and commerce for millions of Americans living on our nation’s farms and in rural communities. Today, the Grange wants to celebrate that victory by supporting HR 1542, the Internet Freedom and Development Act of 2001, legislation that will help bring high speed Internet access to rural America. “The Grange believes that rural Americans deserve access to the same basic public and ...
  • Congressional coalition fights to change farm subsidies

    11/25/2001 9:18:19 AM PST · by FairWitness · 15 replies · 345+ views
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | 11-25-01 | Bill Lambrecht
    <p>WASHINGTON - The "Eggplant Caucus" is gathering recruits in a drive to upset the congressional apple cart delivering billions of dollars to Midwestern farmers.</p> <p>The caucus is an alliance of Eastern senators bent on reshaping the new farm bill to spread around the government subsidies enjoyed primarily in the central and southern United States.</p>
  • Some NRA Directors lead charge against CARA Land Grab

    11/20/2001 9:33:50 AM PST · by madfly · 44 replies · 885+ views
    Sierra Times ^ | Nov. 8, 2001 | Mike Hardiman - American Land Rights Association
    News - Sierra NRA: Heroes and Zeroes By Mike Hardiman - American Land Rights Association 11.08.01 The National Rifle Association's Board of Directors met on November 3 and placed new restrictions and qualifications on its support for the &quot;CARA&quot; Land Grab bill. Below is what various Board Directors and others had to say about CARA. CARA is HR 701, the Conservation and Reinvestment Act. But our nickname for it is CARA - the Condemnation and Relocation Act, since it provides over one billion dollars per year for state and federal government agents to condemn private property. IMPORTANT: The ...
  • CARA Almost Dead—But Still Breathing Time to Strike a Death Blow!

    11/20/2001 3:58:28 PM PST · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 17 replies · 578+ views
    The Conservation and Reinvestment Act (CARA) is on its last legs, at least for this session of Congress. However, we can’t celebrate quite yet. Congress will most likely remain in session until after Thanksgiving, and considering lawmakers’ current raid on the treasury, the pork-barrel beast is still very much alive. This is the time of year, when Congress is winding down, that lawmakers rush to cut backroom deals and ram pet legislation through at the last minute. Considering CARA is a 15-year, $45 billion, land grab trust fund, it is enticing to many Congressmen who may be hungry for ...
  • Grange Wants Financial Support for War on Terrorism

    11/20/2001 7:40:52 AM PST · by farmfriend · 1 replies · 257+ views
    The National Grange ^ | Nov. 15, 2001 | Richard Weiss
    Cedar Rapids, Iowa (November 15, 2001) - Delegates to the National Grange 135th annual convention have voted to support the sale of bonds to back America's involvement in the war on terrorism. Similar to WWII, these bonds would generate extra funds to cover the cost of this new, extraordinary effort. Delegates also voted to support the establishment of a federally funded terrorist reinsurance plan. The resolution noted that the "Attack on America" could result in withdrawal of insurance coverage on potential terrorist targets, causing serious financial consequences for the nation.
  • Push to eliminate inheritance tax and create more savings incentives

    11/20/2001 7:47:43 AM PST · by farmfriend · 2 replies · 289+ views
    National Grange ^ | Nov. 15, 2001 | Richard Weiss
    Push to eliminate inheritance tax and create more savings incentives Praising Grange staff for their efforts toward the new Inheritance Tax Bill, the delegates voted to continue lobbying for acceleration and eventual abolishment of the inheritance tax. Until that is achieved, the Grange will lobby for the tax basis to be on current use value and not the prospective development value. The delegates also passed a resolution favoring legislation that would raise exempt contributions to IRA plans from the current $2,000 to $3,000 in 2002, $4,000 in 2003 and $5,000 in 2004. The Grange proposal would apply the $5,000 limit ...
  • Grange Calls for "Agroterrorism" Czar, Adopts 2002 Ag Policies

    11/16/2001 1:20:36 PM PST · by farmfriend · 37 replies · 385+ views
    National Grange ^ | Nov. 15, 2001 | Richard Weiss
    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 ...
  • Grange Takes Stand on Environmental Regulations

    11/16/2001 1:19:56 PM PST · by farmfriend · 8 replies · 420+ views
    National Grange ^ | Nov. 17, 2001 | Richard Weiss
    Grange Takes Stand on Environmental Regulations Cedar Rapids, Iowa, (November 13, 2001) - Delegates to the 135th annual convention of the National Grange drew a line in the sand today with several tough resolutions regarding environmental regulations affecting Grange members. In an unprecedented move, delegates moved to authorize the Grange to initiate appropriate legal action against the Federal government over the cut off of irrigation to the Northern California/Southern Oregon Kalamath Falls Basin. Last spring, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation denied irrigation water to 1500 farmers in order to protect the endangered suckerfish. The Bureau explained that it had no ...
  • Grange Leader Calls for More, Not Less Farming

    11/16/2001 1:13:57 PM PST · by farmfriend · 39 replies · 605+ views
    National Grange ^ | Nov. 12, 2001 | Richard Weiss
    Grange Leader Calls for More, Not Less Farming Calls Dairy Compacts Most Innovative Agricultural Innovation of 1996 Farm Bill Cedar Rapids, IA (November 12, 2001) - Speaking to the 135th annual convention of the National Grange, Kermit W. Richardson, National Master (President), called on Congress to create a new Farm Bill that will "…encourage increased participation in agriculture by the largest number of individuals and families through the broadest possible distribution of agricultural assets possible." Contrary to popular thinking that the United States currently has too many farmers and too much production, Richardson hammered home the point that, "Our nation ...