Healthy Farms Food and Fuels Act by Mitch E. Perry09/14/06
Today in Washington, a bipartisan bill was introduced that advocates say will help farmers address the countryÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s energy crises. The billÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s aim is to boost funding for renewable energy development on farms, ranches and forest lands.
The bill, Ã¢â‚¬Å“The Healthy Farms, Foods and Fuels Act of 2006Ã¢â‚¬? is the first major agriculture bill introduced prior to the expiration of the current farm bill next year.
Karl Gephardt is a consultant with the group Environmental Defense in Ohio. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the former executive director of the Ohio Department of AgricultureÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Office of Farmland Preservation.
WMNF asked Gephardt to explain why he thinks this bill should be approved (roll tape#1 o.q.Ã¢â‚¬?benefit for more areasÃ¢â‚¬?)
ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Karl Gephardt, a consultant with the environmental group Environmental Defense based in Ohio. He spoke to WMNF today about the Healthy Farms, Foods, and Fuels Act of 2006Ã¢â‚¬?, that was just introduced on the floor of the House of Representatives today in Washington.