Agriculture

Local County Councilperson Ken Mann Goes Wingnut

Bless his heart…Whatcom County Councilmember Ken Mann (left-wingnut and puppet for the “5 Fair and Equal” cabal) tells everyone publicly how he really feels. With the multiple postings from Mr. Mann where he is very open (thank you) of his real feelings about everything and everyone who oppose having their property rights, business, farm, home, etc. … controlled by the cabal, are out in the open for all to see. Could it be that Mr. Mann does not plan to run for his current political office again? Is he getting set to seek a higher political office to reign down his kind of tyranny on a larger segment of the population? We’re just saying…he’s become very public about his opinions. Those wingnuts that Mr. Mann is talking about are the people he fooled into thinking that he actually cares about “fair and balanced.”

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Geo-Economics Education from the Farm…aka “Cownomics”

This could be part of a winning thesis to get a Masters in International Economics! ~ Lorraine Newman

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Let’s Celebrate

Most city folks don’t know but March 13-19, week is Agriculture Week. It is a time to celebrate agriculture across our country. The 2016 theme is, “Agriculture: Stewards of a Healthy Planet.”   Ag statistics show that farmers have used careful stewardship that has spurred a nearly 50 percent decline in erosion of cropland by wind and water since 1982. Ag Stats: Farmers and ranchers make up less than two percent of the U.S. population. They are diverse growing conventional, biotech and organic crops. One U.S. farm feeds 168 people. There are 2.1 million farms and 36,000 in Washington state. Ninety-seven percent of farms and ranches are family owned. Just 3 percent of America’s farms and ranches are owned by non-family corporations. China is America’s top ag trade partner receiving $24.6 billion in U.S ag exports. Canada is a close second with $21.9 billion and Mexico, $19.4 billion. Ag programs equal 11 percent of the U.S. Department of Agriculture budget. Food Assistance and Nutrition programs make up 75 percent. Farmers receive only 16.7 percent of your food dollar. The rest of that dollar goes to marketing, processing, wholesaling, distributing and retailing. The U.S. continues to have the least expensive food in …

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Saturday Morning Live for Mar. 12, 2016

Host Kris Halterman interviews Bill Bryant, candidate for Washington State Governor. Learn who Bill Bryant is, where and what he’s done in his life, why he wants to be Washington State’s next Governor, and how he plans to make Washington State great!

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Whatcom County Ag Needs Your Vote

Did you know there’s a countywide election happening in this March? Did you know that to vote in this election you need to request a ballot, or show up on election day to participate? Did you know what the make up of these public members are and how they are selected to have a seat on this Board? The Whatcom County Conservation District oversees millions of our tax dollars to insure that best farming practices are used to keep Whatcom County farms productive. Two of the board members are appointed by the sitting governor of Washington State (aka. Gov. Inslee) and three of the board members are elected by you, the Voters of Whatcom County. Please take a moment to read the info I’ve posted below, or click the link to the Whatcom Conservation District’s website here:  Board Elections Whatcom Conservation District (District) Supervisor Election; Notice of Election An election for one seat on the District Board will be held on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at the District’s office at 6975 Hannegan Road, Lynden. Polls will be open between 9:00 am and 6:00 pm.   All registered voters residing within Whatcom County may vote in person at that date, place, and time or …

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Last Night at County Council: RE Sources vs. Cherry Point Industry?

This year Whatcom County will put the final touches on what is called the Whatcom County Comprehensive Planning Document (Comp Plan). This planning document will be the playbook used to plan for the future growth of Whatcom County for the next 20 years. The Comp Plan is mandated by the Growth Management Act as a tool to be used as a way to insure that Cities, Counties, and our State plans for growth in a manner that meets the needs of these areas to avoid the waste of resources and provide an overlap between cities and counties as a guard against conflicts within each entity. Proper planning promotes good growth. To do anything but that creates deficiencies in education, infrastructure, livability, safety and protection, and discourages economic growth for the residents and tax payers living here. Last night the Whatcom County Council held a published, public comment period for the people of Whatcom County to show up and voice their vision of what they want Council to address within the 2016 Comp Plan update. That was the stated purpose of last night’s public comment. Council Chambers were overflowing out into the Rotunda and many people used this opportunity to share their thoughts  to the …

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Saturday Morning Live for Jan. 23, 2016

Part 1: Host Kris Halterman interviews Krystal Garmon and Mike Hudson, about the needs of the mentally ill in Bellingham/Whatcom County and a new service available to all Whatcom County residents; the Compass Health – Crisis Prevention and Intervention Team. Part 2: Host Kris Halterman interviews Tony Larson about the importance of public participation in the 2016 Whatcom County Comprehensive Plan update, and the actions of RE Sources and the Lummi Nation to implement a moratorium on fossil fuel exports and industry expansion at the Cherry Point Industrial sites. Quoted from Cascadia Weekly’s Community Posting by, Matt Petryni, January 20, 2016 The comprehensive plan update is an opportunity to protect productive farmlands and beautiful forests from the destruction wrought by urban sprawl. Land is finite and we are in a position to use this resource well as long as we plan for the growth we are expecting. While it may not line the pockets of the real estate speculators that brought about America’s housing crisis, restricting the expansion of urban growth areas will serve the interests of the public and future generations. And then, there are fossil fuels. The fact that Whacom County is the prime location for exporting the continent’s …

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The Hammonds vs. the United States of America…What if the People Actually Understood the Whole Story?

Dwight and Steven Hammond got in trouble with the feds because they started a “backfire” to create a fire break and protect their home and ranch from a major fire and accidentally burned 139 acres of federal land in Oregon. They put the fire out, but could still have been charged under a 1948 law that provides penalties for setting a fire on government lands without permission. Instead, the Obama Justice Department charged them as terrorists under the 1996 Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act – and got them sentenced to five years in prison. Activists protesting that unfair sentence and federal land mismanagement in general have occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge headquarters building, also in Oregon. Although they praised Occupy Wall Street actions and excused the Ferguson, MO riots, the White House and news media have sharply criticized the Malheur occupation. John Kerry added to the hypocrisy, saying: with Charlie Hebdo there was “perhaps … a rationale … [and] you could say, okay, they’re really angry because of this and that.” So twelve Hebdo staffers murdered by Islamist terrorists might be labeled “rational,” but occupying a federal building is intolerable. You figure it out. I can’t – though …

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Saturday Morning Live for Jan. 2, 2016

Today’s show was not broadcast in it’s entirety due to problems with the stations transmitter. The full podcast will be made available once it’s posted to the KGMI Sound Cloud site. My humble apology to the listeners who tuned-in today. ~ Kris Halterman Whatcom Family Farmers – Scott Bedlington and Gerald Baron join the host to talk about the new Watershed Improvement Districts (WID) and Whatcom Family Farmers. All Whatcom family farmers are united in protecting the future of farming. The most immediate threats: potential litigation against dairy farmers and Ecology regulations that would devastate the industry. Learn more about these threats and how you can help.

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Saturday Morning Live for Dec. 26, 2015

Host Kris Halterman interviews Gary Knaus (Whatcom County Cattlemen’s Assoc.) and Larry Helm (Whatcom Conservation District Supervisor) about how we keep Farmers on the farm? The number of farms in Whatcom County and Washington State are shrinking…Why?

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