Farm Bureau to meet in Seattle

The American Farm Bureau Federation will have its annual meeting Jan. 10-13, 2010, at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle.

Bob Stallman, president of the Farm Bureau, will address the opening session. Four rounds of conferences are planned, as are a trade fair, seminars, meetings, luncheons, delegate sessions and presentations.

Terry Bradshaw, of NFL fame, will deliver the keynote address.

Hotel registrations must be completed by Dec. 1.


-- Capital Press

Official: Forests slow warming

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) -- The nation's top Forest Service official says national forests can store more carbon to slow global warming, but he warns that such a goal must be balanced against the risk of catastrophic wildfires.

Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell told a Senate panel on Wednesday, Nov. 18, that the Forest Service is trying to thin out young trees and underbrush to control wildfires that are increasing in frequency and intensity in part because of global warming.

Taiwan protests imports of beef

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) -- Thousands of Taiwanese have taken to the streets to protest a government decision to lift a six-year ban on imports of some kinds of U.S. beef.

Participants in the opposition-led protest Saturday, Nov. 14, demanded the government continue to ban bone-in beef, ground beef and offal, and renegotiate with the U.S. about beef imports to safeguard against bovine spongiform encephalopathy, commonly known as mad cow disease.

Taiwan previously only allowed imports of boneless beef from the U.S., but decided last month to end the ban on the three beef cuts.

Congressman protests pork putdown by police

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A North Carolina congressman says police got their facts wrong when they denied a messy Capitol Hill protest against corporate hog farms out of concern about spreading swine flu.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Wednesday, Nov. 18, that U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge scolded the reasoning of U.S. Capitol Police after they blocked the protest by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

PETA wanted to fill thousands of buckets with pig waste to give politicians a whiff of what it's like near sprawling hog operations.

When police said the protest could spread swine flu, Etheridge balked.

The part-time farmer from the nation's No. 2 pork-producing state says hog growers are hurting from the mistaken belief that pigs or their meat spreads swine flu.

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