La. Farm Bureau/Radio Network
November 6, 2013
Conferees for WRRDA Named by Senate
The Senate has announced conferees for the upcoming negotiations for the Water Resources Reform and Development Act. Senators David Vitter of Louisiana, Barbra Boxler of California, Max Baucus of Montana, Thomas Carper of Delaware, Benjamin Cardin of Maryland, Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, David Vitter of Louisiana, James Inhofe of Oklahoma and John Barrasso of Wyoming will represent the Senate on the conference committee. The House has not named its conferees. The hope is that the legislation can be completed this year. The Water Resources Reform and Development Act was overwhelmingly approved by the House with a 417 to 3 vote recently. The bill seeks to reauthorize the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to develop, maintain and support the nation's vital port and waterway infrastructure needs and support flood protection and environmental restoration needs. The Senate's Water Resources Development Act was approved on an 83 to 14 vote.
Lucas Names Three Areas of Farm Bill Controversy
During a visit to the Texas Tech Experimental Sciences building - Farm Bill Conference Chairman Frank Lucas spoke a little bit about the farm bill. He highlighted three primary areas of contention between the House and Senate that need to be resolved. Those areas include the safety net in the commodity title, specifics in the dairy title - where Lucas doesn't support the supply management component included in the language passed by the Senate - and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Lucas said the important thing to do with the nutrition title is to structure reforms in a way that ensure those who need help are not denied help. His goal is to ensure everyone who receives assistance is truly worthy of it. While Lucas said most legislators agree SNAP reforms are needed - the degree of cuts is in question. The Senate called for a four-billion dollar cut in its farm bill - while the House measure would cut nearly 40-billion dollars. As long as legislators can work out their differences - Lucas believes a final version of the farm bill can be presented to President Obama by theend of the year. Noting it's taken two years to get the farm bill to even this point - Lucas said it shouldn't be this hard to make sure everyone has enough to eat.
New YouTube Channel Features Ag Safety Videos
A new YouTube channel provides agricultural safety videos with value for extension agents and educators, agricultural science teachers, producers, owners and operators, first responders and agricultural families. The U.S. Agricultural Safety and Health Centers channel is a joint project of the 10 agricultural centers funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Project leader Amanda Wickman of the Southwest Center for Agricultural Health, Injury Prevention and Education says the videos can be used during job orientation, safety and health education, 4-H meetings and classes at the high school and collegiate level. Wickman adds that the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Healthy established these agricultural centers to protect the safety and health of more than 5.5-million full and part-time contract and seasonal workers in agriculture, forestry and fishing - as well as farm family members. Videos were created for this purpose by many of the centers - and Wickman says they're trying to enhance the dissemination to people who can benefit most from them. Allison DeVries of the High Plains Intermountain Center for Agricultural Health and Safety says the YouTube channel provides an inexpensive way to reach millions of people with this important safety and health information.
The YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/USagCenters) launched Friday.
Some Rules of Male/Female Etiquette From Lyle Lovett
The first rule of manhood is that they are in charge. Give it up. Realize they're smarter and better looking. We don't have a chance. You have to do everything you can to help yourself.
Never guess a woman's age. Never guess a woman's weight. Never even talk about weight in front of a woman. And never, ever ask a woman when she's due.
Women always go through the door first. Even ardent feminists would admit it's nice. It's not an acknowledgment of women as the weaker sex; it's perhaps an acknowledgment of women as the stronger sex. We follow.
There's etiquette to listening: If they're talking, shut up. Just shut up. Simple enough?
Never look in a woman's purse -- invited or uninvited. Especially invited. Just refuse. Bring her her purse, don't fish around in there. We don't know what's in there, and we don't want to know.
Who are these guys that order for women? Never order for a woman. You're going to tell a woman what to eat? Never tell a woman anything. Ask. And be grateful for whatever reply you might get.
The idea is that you'd be like Cary Grant or George Clooney, in a graceful ballet of walking down the street, opening the door, and ushering a young lady into a limousine. But I'm really more like Maxwell Smart. I was opening a door for my fiancée today and I stepped on the back of her shoe and almost knocked her over. It happens a lot.