• P.J. Griekspoor

    Peanut Recall Gets More Confusing

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     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on February 13, 2009

    I guess some answer is better than no answer. I heard back from the FDA on the peanut issue on why such a tiny company could spur such a big recall. They say it's because the peanuts went to various distributors who sent it on to more and more. My follow-up question was don't intake facilities test the safety of their incoming products before they dump them into the vat? For YEARS, the HACCP protocol in meat processing has required additional testing at critical access points. Surely, the…

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    Peanut Math Doesn't Add Up

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     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on February 8, 2009

    I initially wondered why I'd never heard of Peanut Corporation of America. Reading today's newspapers, I found the answer. The story described Peanut Corp. as a "small, niche" company, employing 50 people. I'm confused. Can somebody please explain how a small, niche company with 50 workers can be responsible for what FDA says is the largest food recall in memory? Folks, we're talking more than 1,000 products from almost 100 companies, including major brands, big grocery operations…

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    More Funds and More Time to Apply for EQIP Is Welcome News

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     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on February 4, 2009

    I was happy to see that the deadline for sign-ups to the EQIP program have been extended to April 10 and that the federal budget may include some funding for additional EQIP projects. Farmers and ranchers in Kansas have long know that the cost-sharing by EQIP enables completion of  many projects that significantly improve the impact of cattle operations on the environment. On Tuesday, I was talking to Master Farmer Berry Bortz in Pratt County about his operation and he said that…

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    Telling Agriculture's Story Is An Important Job

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     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on February 1, 2009

    I had the pleasure of spending a little over an hour on Saturday with an outstanding group of young people, the members of the Kansas Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers.   I led a workshop on "Speaking Effectively for Agriculture," coaching about 70 young farmers and ranchers on how to deal with the media and how to tell agriculture's story to an urban audience.   I was struck by the intense love of agriculture that I saw demonstrated in that room. Many of the young people struggled…

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