California Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer have strongly endorsed California Department of Food and Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross’ call for inclusion of a margin insurance program in either the Farm Bill or any disaster aid measures.In a letter to Sen. Debbie Stabenow, chair of the Senate Ag Committee and Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS), ranking member of the Senate Ag Committee, the two Senators asked for quick action on a full five-year Farm Bill.advertisementadvertisement Said the Senators, “If any package is to be considered to provide emergency aid to those impacted by the current drought, we strongly urge that you include assistance for dairy producers that is equitable nationally and reflective of the severity of the impact that some producers are facing.”Acknowledging the political roadblocks the Farm Bill faces in the House, the Senators backed two options offered by Secretary Ross last week.One is a program that appropriates 30 percent of annual custom receipts at the USDA Secretary’s discretion to assist farmers. In the past these funds have been used to pay for ag disaster relief.The other avenue would be passage of a modified version of the Retroactive Margin Insurance program in the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act (FARRM).Ross said the program should be adjusted by “adding a provision giving dairy producers the option of calculating average feed costs based on prices in the top ten milk producing states rather than on a national average.”This modification is necessary to address the effects that this could have on the supply of milk. The loss of significant production capacity would have a devastating effect throughout the U.S.”advertisementRoss also recommended that the proposal be backdated to the expiration of the Milk Income Loss Program to prevent any gap in assistance. PD—From Western United Dairymen news release
Reported by Farmington and Walled Lake school officials issued a “stranger danger” reminder Friday, after a man in a white van was seen watching children in a Farmington Hills neighborhood.According to WDIV-TV, the incident occurred on a street east of Haggerty Road, between 13 Mile and 14 Mile Roads. The neighborhood is in Walled Lake Consolidated School District.In a statement released Friday evening, Superintendent George Heitsch said Farmington Hills Police Department has notified the district of stepped up patrols in the area.“We share this information with you, not to raise anxiety, but as an opportunity to remind our families of the importance of being observant,” Heitsch wrote. “With spring weather approaching, our children will be spending more time outdoors, which is encouraged. Having said this, we must remind our children to report any suspicious behavior promptly to a trusted adult. As a family, please discuss how to respond to unknown adults and encourage children that when they feel uncomfortable fleeing and finding a known, safe adult is the right decision.” Farmington Voice Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)
IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES Pitcher Ryoju Kihara has struggled in the inaugural season of the Israeli Baseball League. The right-hander, who pitches for the Netanya Tigers, has a 24.79 ERA in four appearances (one start). He’s worked four innings and allowed 11 runs on six hits, walked nine and struck out none through Thursday’s games. Kihara, a native of Hiroshima, resides in Yokohama. The six-team IBL began its season in late June.