So with lots of drinks and snacks and blankets on board we headed out to the wilds of rural Chatsworth
Giggling girls probably had the best time
But young men and little boys enjoyed the ever popular and oh so high tech rock-scissors-paper game
|Youngest son Kyle and our youngest grandson Wes |
(son of daughter Raven, the night shift nurse)
The highlight of the ride is always tricking someone into getting off the wagon and then leaving them behind
|Oldest son Colton demonstrates that turning 30 has not affected his ability|
to chase a speeding hay wagon one bit. Puff-Huff-Puff-Puff
Raw Milk Advertising in Illinois Continued
Michael Schmidt is on day 25 of his hunger strike. So, as promised, today was was Monday and I started making phone calls. This time around I am working from the top down. My reasoning being when I reach someone on the local level who tells me an untruth I will have the date and source and individuals name at the top levels to back me up. Well, its a theory anyway.
I started with NASDA, an organization brand new to me I am sad to admit. But then again the layers of US government are so deep its hard to know what you know and what you don't know. NASDA is The National State Department of Agriculture, not to be confused with the plain old Department of Agriculture. NASDA's mission is
"to represent the state departments of agriculture in the development, implementation, and communication of sound public policy and programs which support and promote the American agricultural industry, while protecting consumers and the environment."
Apparently in July 2011 NASDA sent a Raw Milk survey to every state in the US. The survey had 9 very interesting questions which each state then returned to NASDA. The summarized results were published but I wanted to specifically see the exact responses made by Illinois and I wanted to see the individuals name who answered the survey. NASDA's web site would not allow me to open the survey in its entirety. So I called NASDA. A very nice woman felt confident I could indeed see the results but was unable to do so herself when she got on NASDA's web site.
She gave me a contact name, Bob, to call "tomorrow." And I will.
Next I called the Illinois Department of Agriculture to see if I could get the answers to the raw milk survey which they gave to NASDA, from that direction. Several transfers got me to Steve who was pleasant but stated it would take him a little time to find those answers his department sent to NASDA. He said he would email them to me "tomorrow."
Stay tuned as I work my way through the US law layers looking for answers to my questions about why its illegal to advertise raw milk sales and how, pray tell, might I go about changing that law? Something tells me I am going to discover so much more on this little road trip of mine then I bargained for.