Friday, February 12, 2016

The USDA not only provides the budget for local Farm Service Agency offices and programs, it funds and administers dozens of other programs related to food safety and distribution, land management, rural development and agricultural research.

Returning my coffee mug to my drawer of personal stuff at work, I noted the apron still there from my camera room days at Farm and Dairy.

When word leaked Sept. 15 that the USDA planned to close more than 700 of it 2,353 Farm Service Agency offices around the country, reaction among Capitol Hill aggies was swift and mostly unkind.

The livestock industry wants the government involved in the national animal identification system. And yet it doesn't want the government involved.

Standing by the ocean, I have always felt an incredible wave of awe and inspiration. There is simply nothing as powerful as watching that massive movement's waves crash to the shore.

Once again, I have let a perfect opportunity for martyrdom pass me right by. Isn't that always how it is? Blink, you miss it, and before you know it, all the good victimizations are taken.

Home from college for the weekend, Josie begged me to help her get into the book her English class was discussing.

Since early spring, Republican aggies in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate have warned their farm and ranch constituents that farm program spending will be cut $3 billion over five years, beginning with the 2006 federal budget.

Who would I be without my sisters? I am talking both about the sisters who were born into my life, and the sisters I have chosen throughout my adult life.

Obviously, it is never too early for me to start scheming - and worrying - about where my next sugar rush will come from.
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