Thursday, March 16, 2006

Right on

I don't normally do this kinda thing, but I liked this latest release from my favorite U.S. Senator, I just decided I had to post it:

Harkin Praises Nation's Farmers, Rural America on National Agriculture Day

WASHINGTON, DC ­--Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today praised America's farm families and rural communities for their hard work and dedication in providing an affordable and abundant supply of food, energy and other goods for the nation. In celebrating National Agriculture Day, Harkin called on all Americans to recognize the vital role of agriculture in meeting everyday needs ­ from food and fiber to renewable energy and biobased products.

"U.S. agriculture is the most productive in the world, meaning a steady supply of reasonably priced food and other products," Harkin said. "The strength of our agriculture is a stabilizing force in the American economy ­ and that strength is rooted in the people who make American agriculture what it is today."

America's farmers are currently leading the way in producing renewable energy. Farmers have been greatly expanding America's production of ethanol, biodiesel, windpower and also have begun using farm-based commodities in producing industrial greases, lubricants, plastics and many other products traditionally made from petroleum. Just last week, USDA moved forward with a program Harkin established in the farm bill that requires government agencies give preference to purchase industrial (non-food) biobased products as long as they are available, perform well, and are not unreasonably priced. "It's an exciting time for American agriculture," said Harkin. "Today, farmers and rural Americans are not only meeting the nutritional needs of Americans at the dinner table, but also supplying farm-based renewable energy and fuels while improving our environment. The sky is the limit with what America's agriculture can do to reduce our country's dependence on foreign oil and boost our energy security."

"Our farmers remain good stewards of the land," Harkin said. "We in Washington must do more to reward sound stewardship and encourage even further environmental gains. Much has been done, and more needs to be."

Amen, brutha.

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