Washington column for April 26

Millers attend USCA in DC

Brooke and Ann Miller, on behalf of their Ginger Hill Angus Farm in Washington, attended the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) “Springing Into Action, Spring Fly-In 2012,” earlier this month in Washington, D.C. USCA members representing California, North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming and Virginia participated in an activity-packed schedule of meetings with both Congressional members and administration officials.

The USCA delegation focused its lobbying efforts on the 2012 Farm Bill; specifically, provisions that should be included in a 2012 Farm Bill Livestock Title. USCA will urge lawmakers to include several provisions within this title, including support for fever tick eradication, modifications to interstate meat inspection along with a comprehensive animal health infrastructure and innovative animal health research programs. In addition, USCA will advocate for the inclusion of the multiple livestock disaster provisions in this title to ensure a safe haven for these integral programs.

The USCA delegation also advocated for the “Preserving America’s Family Farm Act” (S. 2221) and “The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research” bill (S. 2274); both pieces of legislation aim to benefit the producer and will contribute to the long-term viability and profitability of the U.S. cattle industry. The fly-in also focused on USCA’s continued support for the country-of-origin labeling (COOL) case with the World Trade Organization (WTO). USCA remains actively engaged in this issue and will look to maintain support from both Congress and the Obama Administration within the appeal process

4-H Livestock club news and thanks

This note arrived from Courtney Dodson, club reporter for the Rappahannock 4-H Livestock Club:

It’s that time of year again, and the Rappahannock 4-H Livestock Club is busy. The members have their animals and are getting ready for the Culpeper-Madison-Rappahannock (CMR) Farm Show in July. The club has about a dozen members this year and they will be showing cows, pigs, sheep and goats.

This past weekend they held a bake sale and raffle on Saturday at the Rappahannock CFC. The following were winners of the raffle items: Shaw’s Services gift certificate, Dawn Dodson; Rudy’s Pizza gift certificate, Mike Ferrell; Burgers ‘N Things gift certificate, Tom Massie; B&B Services (wrench set), Brooke Woodward; Horse and Hound gift certificate, Sherry Hamill-Huff; Country Cafe gift certificate, Becky Harman; Hair Gallery gift certificate and products, Kristen Jenkins; Griffin Tavern gift certificate, Tina McLean; Travel Mug, Jimmy Foster.

On Sunday, the club held a trail ride and luncheon at Windsor Lodge Farm in Flint HIll. Despite the rain, there were many supporters out and about 15 riders and horses enjoying the trails.

The Club would like to thank all of the supporters and businesses for their donations as well as the Rappahannock CFC and Windsor Lodge Farm for allowing us to have the events at their facilities.

FLOWER POWER: From left, Mary Ann Kuhn, Beverly Sullivan and artist Ruth Anna Stolk check out the beautiful flower arrangements on view this weekend at Trinity Episcopal Church’s second annual Arts & Crafts Fair.Ruthie Windsor-Mann
FLOWER POWER: From left, Mary Ann Kuhn, Beverly Sullivan and artist Ruth Anna Stolk check out the beautiful flower arrangements on view this weekend at Trinity Episcopal Church’s second annual Arts & Crafts Fair.

Food Pantry on it own

With the Piedmont Community Action Partnership (PCAP) out of operation, the Rappahannock Food Pantry was facing uncertainty until February, when its advocates created the Rappahannock Pantry Inc., a locally funded and operated organization. With the help of Rappahannock County and the town of Washington and local supporters, they hope to meet their anticipated $65,000 annual budget. The first-ever Food Pantry Day will take place in Washington and around the county on May 12. Come out and give your support.

Democrats meeting

At 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, the Rappahannock County Democrats meet at the library. Open to  everyone. For more information, contact Steve Beatty at 540-522-2588 or visit rappdems.org.

Future of healthcare

Aging Together and Rappahannock County Public Schools co-sponsor the annual Community Conversation on Aging at 3:30 p.m. Monday (April 30) in the RCHS Band Room. The conversation will cover such topics as how can we all help get students excited about healthcare careers, how to develop a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program in Rappahannock and how to support our local rescue squads in staying vital. All are welcome. For more information, call 540-829-6405 or email info@agingtogether.org.

Birthday wishes

Birthday wishes go out to Darlene Moore, Tammy Ricketts and Jeanie McNear. They all celebrate their days on Monday, April 23. Birthday wishes also go out to one of the hollow boys, Chuck Moore, of Harris Hollow. He will celebrate his special day on Friday, April 27. (Hey Chuck, your wife wanted to wish you a happy birthday, too.) And to Sandra Gourley, who will celebrate her day on Monday, April 30.

Sympathy

Sympathies go out to the family of Wayne Jenkins (my uncle). Jenkins, 67, passed away on Sunday morning (April 22) at his residence. The family will hold a private memorial service at a later date.

Get-well wishes

Let’s remember Joyce Pullen in our daily prayers each day. Joyce had surgery on Monday (April 23).

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