Seven students from Sandy, Ore., High School paid a visit Thursday to the Capital Press to practice the skit they prepared for the upcoming state FFA convention on the impact a new law will have on food processors and livestock owners.
The skit focuses on issues surrounding the handling of processing byproducts that go into animal feed and pet food in light of strict new requirements that are part of the Food Safety Modernization Act. The regulations require added processing and protection of the feed from possible spoilage or other problems.
Titled “Byproducts for Bessy and Bruno,” the skit is a takeoff of the “Pioneer Woman” and “Rachael Ray” television shows and includes a panel discussion of the issues by students who represent ranchers, FFA members, food processors, government officials and animal rights activists. The skit will be part of the Ag Issues Forum at the FFA convention March 22-25 in Redmond, Ore.
“Each student took their part and made it their own,” said Trisha Smith, the chapter advisor.
The idea for the skit came from the managers of Ever Fresh Fruit Co., a nearby business that processes apples. The regulations written to implement FSMA include strict new requirements for byproducts that can be used for animal feed, the students said. The regulations add to the cost of doing business and mean higher prices for consumers, they said.
Fallon Marshall, the chapter and Mt. Hood district vice president, played Rachael Ray, and Anna Persell, the district and chapter treasurer, played the “Pioneer Woman.” Both are juniors.
Other cast members were Kadi Atiyeh, the chapter secretary and a junior; Evin Hagemann, a freshman; Kara Atiyeh, chapter reporter and a junior; Cailey Allzey, chapter president and a senior; and Robert Gorham, chapter historian and a sophomore.
The cast also gave performances for other groups, organizations and businesses in Salem and Portland.