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Cape Gazette FARM & GARDEN TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 18- THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2008 23 National Grange convention opens with president's speech National Grange President Ed Luttrell opened the 142nd annual session of the National Grange convention Nov. 11, addressing the organization's delegates from across the country. Luttrell focused on a number of key issues including the na- tion's food supply, conservation and domestic energy production, education and rural health care. According to Luttrell, food production and prices are an on- going challenge as the nation's agricultural industry strives to provide affordable sustenance domestically and around the globe. Luttrell noted that as fuel, fer- tilizer, chemical and machinery prices escalate many farmers are adjusting to the f'mancial signals they are receiving. "Farmers are exploring alternative marketing strategies such as producing tra- ditional as well as specialty food," said Luttrell. 'Additional- ly, farmers are using new risk management tools, strongly sup- ported by the Grange, that were included in the 2008 Farm Bill, allowing them to ensure the mar- ket value of their production, the total value of their annual farm income or a combination of both." Luttrell addressed conserva- tion and energy issues at the con- vention stressing good steward- ship of natural resources by con- serving energy while additional or new energy sources are devel- oped and implemented. Luttrell stressed that biofuels are part of the answer to energy independ- ence. According to Luttrell, bio- fuel-based energy has demon- strated its viability, and he chal- lenged researchers working on the biofuel production including Award Continued from page 22 nator conservation within the agricultural community. Following a workshop pres- entation highlighting Lister Acres' bee-friendly practices, 11 additional farmers expressed in- terest in participating in the De- partment's bee project. In 2008, the Lister Acres model of an acre pollinator meadow was copied by a Mary- land cucurbit farmer. Hurd's efforts and interest pro- vided a catalyst for the Delaware Department of Agriculture to seek funding from the Natural Resources Conservation Service for the publication of two book- lets for farmers: Farm Manage- ment for Bees, a Guide for Delaware, and Delaware Native Plants for Native Bees. In recognition of Chuck Hurd's award, Austin Short, act- ing secretary of agriculture, said, "I congratulate Chuck Hurd on being chosen for this award and thank him for his pollinator con- servation efforts. As a farmer and a forester, I fully understand the importance of pollinators. Seventy-five percent of the world's flowering plant species rely on pollinators. One hundred and thirty of the crop plants grown in the United States are pollinated by bees. The rich bio- diversity "m our forests and other natural areas is dependent both directly and indirectly upon our native pollinators. Our food sup- ply and our quality of life would be seriously impacted if we lost our pollinators." Super, Super Deal THANKSGIVING SPECIAL 11AM to 6PM Traditional Turkey Dinner Adults $11.95 Children 4-10 $6.95 Children 3 & under FREE Additional Specials Prime Rib $20.95 Veal Oscar $21.95 Reservations Suggested Call for more information Eat-in or Take-out cellulosic ethanol to continue their efforts until successful Luttrell also challenged Na- tional Grange's younger mem- bers. Stating that education is a crucial element of the nation's success, he encouraged students to excel in school ' good edu- cation opens minds to new pos- sibilities and encourages stu- dents to think for themselves," LuttreU noted. "In this age where the world is always changing, we must explore how we can create a society that is constantly learn- in_g:' Finally, Luttrell supported an open debate on healthcare, stat- ing changes to the current sys- tem will impact virtually every person in some manner. "It is obvious that there is a difference of philosophy of how to provide healthcare in our nation," Luttrdl said. "Mandatory health insur- ance, public and private partner- ships, government programs and increased freedom for patients to shop for competitively priced health'insurance that meets their needs all offer different options. We need an open public debate on each option:' Lattrell urged policy makers at the federal and state level to put aside politics and enter into an open debate to ensure that all Americans have viable options for their health- care. "In 2009 the National Grange will continue to remember its roots in agriculture and will move boldly into a rapidly changing and evolving world," he said. Colon cancer is the second-leading cause of all cancer deaths in the United States. And it can be prevented. If you're 50 or olderm younger if you have a family history of colon cancer--it's important to get tested. A colonoscopy can detect polyps---growths in your colon that could become cancerous--and remove them. You may even qualify for a free test through Screening for Life. Schedule your colonoscopy " ' today. And be there for the life you ve . -L"g I  ,g.. 00rLllt00