The Fall 2007 edition of "FB Update," the 20-minute quarterly video newsletter of the Michigan Farm Bureau, is now online at michiganfarmbureau.com/video. This edition's feature story covers the decision of Michigan dairy processors to no longer accept milk from producers who use recombinant bovine somatotropin beginning Feb. 1, 2008. Also known as Posilac, rBST is a duplicate version of a natural hormone found in cows that helps increase their milk production. The decision comes after Kroger, one of the nation's largest grocery retailers, announced it would only sell rBST-free milk. The grocer claims that "consumer demand" drove the decision, but farmers are skeptical because rBST use has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as safe for the past 20 years.
There's also a segment on U.S. Department of Agriculture Undersecretary for Rural Development Thomas Dorr visiting a Jackson County farm to discuss issues such as alternative energy and rural access to broadband technologies.
The show wraps up with the meeting of MFB's Policy Development Committee in Lansing in preparation for the organization's upcoming annual meeting in November.
Along with being able to watch the program online, Web users can download a Windows Media version to their computer, along with a version for use on a video iPod. And there's an MP3 file which can be listened to on any MP3 player.
Contact: Steve Paradiso, (800) 292-2680, ext. 3208.