Face to Face

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Ok, I give up. I just can’t stay away from here. This is such an avenue of creativity for me and a place to journal my days.

NAIS, is very important BUT I’m not going to allow it to consume me. I can’t.

In all of this I am reminded………… JESUS IS LORD OF ALL!

We were hit with another snow storm. I guess the damage was 6-8 inches, high winds and VERY frigid temps. I shoveled for 2 hours. And I’m still sore.

And,

Honey’s beloved Uncle TG died yesterday. We are all sorrowful. He was a very wonderful vicarious man. His laughter was contagious! His love of family strong. We will miss him greatly. Now Honey’s mom (87) is the only remaining person in her family, except of course for her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and grandpa. It’s hitting Honey and me. Now it’s our parents at the top and then it’s us.

BUT, in times like this, TG is the winner! He’s walking the streets of gold. No more pain from bone cancer. No more falls. It’s all of us remaining that yearn for our heavenly home with our Papa God and to bask in His glory. Oh what a day that will be to see Jesus face to face!

Welcome Home TG!

URGENT NAIS ALERT

If you are a small farmer in America, please copy and past this article from nonais.org and post it on your blog. Urge everyone you know to call and write to express their opposition to NAIS.

To My Faithful Readers….this legislation is so important to me that I will not be posting again until March 12….oh, how hard will that be, especially if my Jersey Girls come home….but it is more important to me that the word about NAIS get out.   Please tell everyone you know.  Next, they will come to chip us.  1984.  Wake up America!

Congressional Hearing on NAIS

****ACTION ALERT*****
WHAT: *Congressiona*l *Hearing on NAIS
*WHEN: *Wednesday, March 11
*WHERE: *Washington, DC

The U.S. House Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy and Poultry will hold a hearing on NAIS on March 11. Bills to put NAIS into law, HR875 and companion Senate S814, are being pushed through Congress, as well as an Appropriations Bill with funding for NAIS. This hearing is critical to blocking mandatory NAIS.

*ACTION: Please call and fax all members of the subcommittee (below). *

*1. When you call, ask to speak to the legislative aide for agriculture. Form a positive relationship with the aide. Become his or her source of knowledge for NAIS. Be RESPECTFUL and POLITE. Remember, who would the aide rather speak with, someone who is courteous or someone angry and resentful?*

*2. **Please send this to everyone you know, ESPECIALLY to people in the states with members on the subcommittee. Members need to hear from their constituents–the people who vote them into office.*

*If you are in one of these states, please arrange a meeting with the district representative of the Congressman. That makes a big difference. We need to be real people to the legislators, so that when they think “farm” or “food” they think of us, not Monsanto, Cargill, Tyson, etc…*

*State***
*Party/Dist***
*Representative***
*Phone***
*Fax***
*Website email form*

AL
R-13
Mike Rogers
202.225.3261
202.226.8485
web site

CA
D-18
Dennis Cardoza
202.225.6131
800-356-6424
(202) 225-0819
web site

CA
D-20
Jim Costa
202-225-3341
(202) 225-9308
web site

CA
D-43
Joe Baca
(202)225-6161
(202)225-8671
web site

CO
D-4
Betsy Markey,
(202) 225-4676
(202) 225-5870
https://forms.house.gov/betsymarkey/contact-form.shtml”>web site

GA
D-13
David Scott (Chair)
(202) 225-2939
(202) 225-4628
web site

IA
D-3
Leonard Boswell
(202) 225-3806
(202) 225-5608
web site

IA
R-5
Steve King
202.225.4426
202.225.3193
web site

ID
D-1
Walt Minnick
(202) 225-6611
(202) 225-3029
web site

MD
D-1
Frank Kratovil, Jr.
(202) 225-5311
(202) 225-0254
web site

NE
R-3
Adrian Smith
(202) 225-6435
(202) 225-0207
web site

TN
R-1
David P. Roe
(202) 225-6356
(202) 225-5714
web site

TX
R-11
K. Michael Conaway
(202) 225-3605
(202) 225-1783
web site

TX
R-19
Randy Neugebauer,
Ranking Minority Member
(202) 225-4005
(888) 763-1611
(202) 225-9615
web site

VA
R-6
Bob Goodlatte,
(202) 225-5431
(202) 225-9681
web site

WI
D-8
Steve Kagen,
(202) 225-5665
(202) 225-5729
web site

For more information, or if you need help in this process, please contact:

Doreen Hannes
animalwaitress@yahoo.com
(417) 962-0030

Sharon Sabo
muttipie@htc.net
(618) 458-7745

Sue Dederich
suediederich@comcast.net
(847) 873-0251

Sharon Zecchinelli
henwhisperer@gmail.com

Obama Halts Pending Regulations

PRAISE GOD!

The following was a press release by Fox News on Tuesday, January 20, 2009.

“One of President Barack Obama’s first acts is to order federal agencies to halt all pending regulations until his administration can review them.

The order went out Tuesday afternoon, shortly after Obama was inaugurated president, in a memorandum signed by the new White House chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel. The notice of the action was contained in the first press release sent out by Obama’s White House.”

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This is good news for those of us fighting for an end to NAIS (National Animal Identification System). I urge you to write to the USDA, Congress and to also go here and write to The White House. You can point out that President Obama’s agenda for Rural America goes against every aspect of NAIS and that the Bush Administration on January 13, 2009 has tried to make NAIS mandatory nationally. Tell them that NAIS is inconceivable for small family farmers; it will bankrupt them and/or be financially burdensome. That it is an act of the argibusiness to control the food source in America and that it shouldn’t apply to our family farm animals. That it is an intrusion on our privacy rights and that according to our 1st amendment rights it goes against our freedom of religion. For some of us, the implanting of chips is seen as “the mark of the beast” and we would resist such actions. Please don’t hesitate to write today, your grandchildren will thank you one day for the freedom to farm without government intrusion. AND don’t forget that even if you don’t farm, you still have the responsibility to write on behalf of all the small family farmers in America who provide food for our communities.

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On Tuesday, President Barack Obama said it well when he declared: “What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them — that the stale political arguments that have consumed us for so long no longer apply.”

Let’s unite together to fight the controlling FDA, USDA, and FTC. We must wake up America so that we can live free.

This is President Obama’s agenda for Rural America:

  • Strong Safety Net for Family Farmers: Fight for farm programs that provide family farmers with stability and predictability. Implement a $250,000 payment limitation so we help family farmers — not large corporate agribusiness. Close the loopholes that allow mega farms to get around payment limits.
  • Prevent Anticompetitive Behavior Against Family Farms: Pass a packer ban. When meatpackers own livestock they can manipulate prices and discriminate against independent farmers. Strengthen anti-monopoly laws and strengthen producer protections to ensure independent farmers have fair access to markets, control over their production decisions, and transparency in prices.
  • Regulate CAFOs: Strictly regulate pollution from large factory livestock farms, with fines for those that violate tough standards. Support meaningful local control.
  • Establish Country of Origin Labeling: Implement Country of Origin Labeling so that American producers can distinguish their products from imported ones.
  • Encourage Organic and Local Agriculture: Help organic farmers afford to certify their crops and reform crop insurance to not penalize organic farmers. Promote regional food systems.
  • Encourage Young People to Become Farmers: Establish a new program to identify and train the next generation of farmers. Provide tax incentives to make it easier for new farmers to afford their first farm.
  • Partner with Landowners to Conserve Private Lands: Increase incentives for farmers and private landowners to conduct sustainable agriculture and protect wetlands, grasslands, and forests.


More On NAIS

Picture courtesy of Indyweek.com

If you’re still wondering how NAIS affects you, then you must read on. Sharon over at Hen Whisperer sent this link to me that explains more of how it will affect you whether you eat meat or not, whether you drink milk or not.  We must voice our concerns on this important issue.  “Control the food and you control the people.”

First we’re  putting chips in our animals to track them NEXT it will be humans!

National Animal Identification System ~~ NAIS

If you’re new to eating locally from small farmers in your community, then you may not have heard about NAIS. Even if you don’t eat locally from small farmers in your community you may not of heard about NAIS. I mean how many of us can really keep up with all the government control programs that are out there. If you think that CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN or FOX will tell you what you really need to hear to remain free than you’re seriously mistaken. The media for the most part shapes the way they want us to think. I urge you to step out of the box and think for yourself.

Please take the time to read “Can NAIS affect me?”. I will continue this series as a deadline is quickly approaching for us to voice our concerns about such government intrusion. There is a saying, “Control the food and you control the people.”


I’ve copied the text below with permission from the owner of NONAIS.org

Can NAIS affect me?

General — walterj 3:22 pm

NAIS will help some big corporations, like the big beef producers, by opening up export markets for them to other countries.

NAIS will hurt a lot of different people including consumers, pet owners, children, homesteaders and small farmers.

Consumers will face higher meat prices under NAIS because the cost of producing meat will go up with the addition of fees to the government to support the NAIS program. The cost of other foods, like vegetables, will likely also go up as well since the manure from meat animals is used to fertilize the soil to grow better crops. Most importantly, NAIS will result in many small farms going out of business. The consolidation of the meat industry into fewer, big, agri-biz producers means they will have more control of the market and be able to charge higher prices for the same product.

Pet owners will be forced to register their family horse, pet sheep, llamas and other ‘livestock’ that aren’t part of the food chain. This will cost them money and be a hassle with paperwork and premise ID fees each year. Furthermore, every time you want to take your pet to the vet, on a trail ride or even just cross the road you’ll have to submit paperwork with the government and probably pay a fee. Every time. In time, they plan to do the same for pet dogs and cats. See PAWS legislation and the Vermont Pet Merchant bill that requires you to register as a pet dealer if you cat has kittens or your dog has puppies.

Children who are in 4-H or Future Farmers of America will have to register their parents house as a farm and get a Premise ID as well as paying the annual fees and doing paper work every time an animal is bought, sold, shown or moved. This will also stifle county fairs which are already on fragile footing. Figure you’ll not be seeing livestock at fairs of the future – there will just be the midway and amusement rides that are poorly inspected, but no animals.

Homesteaders, people who grow some of their own food, will have to register with the government as a farm and obtain a Premise ID. They’ll also have to pay the annual fees associated with that and fill out the paperwork on all of their livestock. Every time you have chicks, goats, piglets or other animals born you’ll need to register it with the government. Every time an animal dies you’ll have to register it with the government. Got a predator problem? Expect to fill out a lot of paperwork. Have an animal escape the fence and cross the road or go onto a neighbor’s property? Fill out more forms and the neighbor may have to fill out forms, too. Animals come on to your property uninvited? More forms. And no, there are no exceptions. Every livestock animal must be registered, tagged and tracked from birth to death.

Small Farmers who sell direct to their customers will be devastated. Small farmers already work at higher costs than the big factory farms. Under NAIS they’ll have to identify each and every animal at a high cost because they can’t use the group identification techniques of the big Agri-Biz corporations. The big guys do all-in/all-out animal management. Each mass group of animals are of one gene stock and the same age. The factory farms need only apply for one ID to cover the entire group of thousands of animals. Small, traditional-style farmers have many, genetically diverse animals of different ages on their farms. Each individual animal will be required to have an ID. The result is that the cost of farming will go up greatly for small farmers. This is likely to be the final nail in the coffin of small farming. Developers will be over joyed as they buy up farm land at rock bottom prices to divide up into condos and strip malls. Rural America will turn dingy with pavement. Gone will be the fields, pastures and meadows filled with grazing livestock. Vermont can kiss it’s tourist industry good-bye.

Sugar Mountain Farm Customers who buy our pastured pork, pigs, piglets, lambs and chickens will be looking at higher prices because it will cost us more time and money to fill out all the government’s paperwork and pay their ridiculous new fees. I would estimate that this will raise the price by $10 to $15 per animal, possibly more since the full fee structure is not yet known. More over, if you’re buying live animals like laying hens, lambs or piglets then you’ll have to get a Premise ID from the government for your home, pay the annual Premise ID fee and do any paperwork for each and every livestock animal you have as well as paying the associated animal fees. Currently you save money and get better meat by raising it yourself or buying our pasture raised products. Under NAIS you’ll pay more money for the same thing without any benefits.

Big Agri-Biz are the clear winners under NAIS. They will get expanded export markets and legal liability protection at minimal cost. Because small farmers will be forced out of business due to all the additional fees and paperwork the big Agri-Biz corporations will gain more domestic market, bigger monopolies, more market control and higher profits. They’re salivating at the prospect. Not only that, but it will be harder for individuals to raise their own better quality food, it will cost them more money and they’ll face more paperwork and government regulation.

Just what we all need – Not.