I just finished up writing a fairly wide-ranging article for our next newsletter regarding the sound management of water resources for rural and urban areas. And lo and behold what do I see on the web the very next day but this:
Despite passage by a significant majority in the Iowa Senate, SF 504, a bill that would have required meatpackers to purchase 25% of the hogs they slaughter in Iowa from independent producers in the cash market, died in a legislative subcommittee. Senate President Jack Kibbie (D-Emmetsburg) introduced the bill in the Senate and urged passage to help preserve market access for independent hog farmers and competition in livestock markets.
<br /><i> Statement of John Crabtree of the Center for Rural Affairs of Lyons, Nebraska to the U.S. House Agriculture
Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy and Poultry on April 17, 2007.
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You may have noticed. We're trying to raise $15,000 in individual donations by May 15th. That might be pocket change for some of the larger non-profits that raise money online, but at the Center for Rural Affairs that is real money.
It is also more money then we have ever raised at this time of the year before. The few of us in the office that hatched this idea were met with raised eyebrows from some of the other staff members: "Fifteen-thousand dollars by May 15th?"