WV Farm Bureau Magazine May 2012 - Page 2

bytes FFA Dinner Recognizes Supporters USDA Announces New Safeguards to Protect Consumers The US Department of Agriculture announced a series of prevention-based measures designed to better protect the public from foodborne illnesses and speed up notiļ¬cation of such events. New traceback measures, as well as earlier implementation of investigations are among the proposed measures. The Agency will act on presumtive positive tests for E. coli found during routine sampling in the hopes of identifying suppliers and processers more rapidly. For complete details on the policy changes, see the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service website at http://www. fsis.usda.gov. The West Virginia Future Farmers of America held an Appreciation Dinner during FFA week in February. A number of regional officers attended the meeting, recognizing several folks for their support of FFA, including outgoing Commissioner of Agriculture Gus Douglass. Douglass was presented with his very own FFA jacket by WV FFA president Wesley Davis, while master of ceremonies and Carhartt representative Gary Connell looked on. 2 West Virginia Farm Bureau News Douglass reminiced about his many years in the WV Department of Agriculture, as well as time he spent in FFA as a youth. WVFB president Charles Wilfong addressed the group, congratulating FFA on the vital role it plays in encouraging and teaching youth about agriculture. Also attending from WVFB were Secretary-Treasurer Stephen Butler, Director of Governmental Affairs Don Michael and Director of Public Relations Joan Harman. Articles for NewsBytes must be submitted by the 15th of the month prior to publication. Time-sensitive announcements must be submitted no less than 8 weeks prior to the date of the event. Electronic submissions, including photos, are preferred. Send to joanh@wvfarm.org.