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The McGregor Company has found a wellspring of strength and intelligence in the pool of applicants in the Standing Tall for American Agriculture Scholarship Program. This program focuses support of agriculture at a most important level—students. Five local high school seniors each received a $1,000 Standing Tall for American Agriculture Scholarship, to go towards their college tuition. Maxwell Mielke of Davenport Washington, Maya Wahl of Lind Washington, Bridger Smith of Ritzville Washington, Taryn Coffman of Athena Oregon, and Margaret Elliot of Prosser Washington all showed great interest in the ag industry as evident in their applications and essays. The following is a short report on their future endeavors.
After six months of hard work and determination, third through sixth grade students in the Washtucna School District, pushed through a bill that made Palouse Falls the state waterfall. Last fall, the students made a field trip to the falls, and inspiration struck. Soon after, joined by Rep. Joe Schmick, R-Colfax, they started lobbying to get the bill passed. Five students travelled to Olympia to testify in front of a house committee.
FACTS ABOUT I-522
It’s not what it seems to be…
The promoters of Initiative 522 on Washington’s November 2013 statewide ballot claim it’s just a “simple” proposal to require the labeling of “genetically engineered” foods. In fact, I-522 is a complicated, costly measure that is not what it seems.
For the first time since the Great Depression, the House of Representatives has voted down a farm bill. It is a sad day for what has traditionally been a bipartisan process—though we can all recall battles along the way, observers describe past farm bills as “beacons of bipartisanship in an increasingly rough and tumble chamber.” Not this time. Critics came from the left and right, the President lobbied for savings from crop insurance, not food stamps and extremists from all quarters undercut efforts at consensus. As one columnist cynically suggested: “Let’s have an even more dysfunctional Congress. Something good may come of it.” A Public Policy poll came out with a survey listing ‘Thirteen Things More Popular than Congress’ including traffic jams, NFL replacement referees, Donald Trump, root canals and colonoscopies. Beyond the ‘blame games’ and the levity, it is a serious situation. Look on news sites and find the five minute video of Frank Lucas, chair of the House Agriculture Committee, begging for twenty more votes so the Farm Bill could move to a House-Senate conference committee to resolve remaining issues. Painful. With so much political rhetoric standing in the way of a solid five year farm bill, we need to contact members of the House to let them know how vital this is to an industry that is the Northwest’s largest employer and a mainstay to our economy.
The McGregor Company has partnered with Washington Business Week to help start Agri-Business Week. Now in its second year, high school age kids learn what it takes to feed the world. Agriculture is big business in the Pacific Northwest states! Participants follow the food chain on industry tours and discover the career opportunities at every link. Additionally, kids can earn 2 college credits! Agri-Business Week is held at Central Washington University in Ellensburg July 21-27, 2013. Washington Business Week is a program of The Foundation of Private Enterprise Education. More information about this program can be found at www.wbw.org.
The Senate recently passed its version of a Farm Bill. The House of Representatives is now beginning debate on its version of FARRM (Federal Reform and Risk Management Act) as developed by the House Agricultural Committee. Frank Lucas (R-Okla.), who with Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) has been a committee leader, is pushing for quick action---“headed out the door like a cat with his tail on fire,” as he puts it. As many as two hundred amendments may be suggested, many of them designed to gut crop insurance—the last remaining safety net for farm families, an essential tool in a high risk trade. Lucas urges farm bill supporters to contact “those Congressmen and Congresswomen and Senators who maybe don’t live these issues on a day-to-day basis, the way we do” pointing out that the legislation “really does matter to every member who has people who eat in their district.”
On August 15th the McGregor Deep Furrow Drill headed out the shop door to a much anticipated field test in Lind. It’s McGregor Orange™ coating could be seen for miles...for the first 50 feet in the ground, that is. The goal was to engineer a drill that could seed into higher surface residue which would reduce wind erosion and improve overwintering moisture infiltration, do a better job of maintaining furrows and improve stand establishment in marginal conditions.
Quincy Farm Chemicals (QFC) originated in the mid-1950s when agriculture literally took root in the Columbia Basin of Washington state. It wasn’t until the completion of the Grand Coullee Dam system that there was enough water available to support production agriculture in the region.
The McGregor Company was honored as the first Spirit of Respect Award winner at the DuPont Country Club Friday, July 24 as part of a week-long Environmental Respect Awards celebration and stewardship forum. Winners were selected May 6 in Willoughby, Ohio.