Bedford Grange Prays for the Victims of the Boston Marathon Bombings

Bedford Grange sends out its prayers and thoughts for the victims of the bombings in the city of Boston today.

We agree with President Obama:

“Today is a holiday in Massachusetts, Patriot’s Day. It’s a day that celebrates the free and fiercely independent spirit that this great American city of Boston has reflected from the earliest days of our nation, and it’s a day that draws the world to Boston’s streets in a spirit of friendly competition, Boston is a tough and resilient town, so are its people. I’m supremely confident that Bostonians will pull together, take care of each other, and move forward as one proud city and as they do, the American people will be with them every single step of the way.”

May God be with the victims, the city of Boston, and our country in the days ahead.

Our Worthy Master (President) Speaks about Grange Youth at Norfolk Pomona

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Corey Assistant StewardCorey Spence, Master (President) of Bedford Grange and State Grange Assistant Steward, spoke about youth in the Grange at Norfolk Pomona’s State Officers Day, April 13th, 2013.

Here is the text of his speech:

Thank you Worthy Master, Associates of the State Grange and brothers and sisters all. Think back ten or twelve years when all of you in this room were teenagers. Remember how the most important things you wanted were to feel that you had a voice, adults trusted you, and that you could meet and go to fun events with lots of amazing people all over the country. Continue reading

View from the Hill Blog from the National Grange Legislative Director on the “Monsanto Protection Act”

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Click on the Grange logo to read more from the National Grange “View From the Hill” blog

Grace Boatwright, the National Grange Legislative Director, writes:

“In the past few weeks, I’ve received a few calls here at the office regarding what many are calling the “Monsanto Protection Act.” There seems to be some confusion about what it is and what it does, so I’m going to try and clear things up.

To begin, its formal name is not the “Monsanto Protection Act.” That’s the name that critics have assigned to Section 735 of the continuing resolution signed by President Obama in March. As a provision of the continuing resolution, Section 735 grants the USDA the authority to TEMPORARILY grant permits or deregulation of a crop whose use is being debated in court. That sounds bad but is really nothing new. In fact, this has been the USDA’s practice for quite sometime, but now it’s on paper and “official.””

National Grange President’s Welcome to Grange Month

Ed Luttrell_PROFILE“For the past 146 years the Grange has been helping citizens in thousands of communities strengthen their hometowns. We believe in American Values and the power of people coming together. We believe that each of us can reach their full potential and lead rich and rewarding lives. We also believe that our organization gives our members the power to affect great change to improve our communities, our states, and our nation.”

The National Grange Admonishes Congress for Failure to Provide Effective Postal Reform

In recent months, the National Grange – America’s oldest advocacy organization for rural America and agriculture – has encouraged Congress to relieve the USPS of their requirement to prepay future retiree health benefits, a mandate that costs the USPS $5 billion annually, as well as liberate the USPS to a private entity, free of congressional control.

“For several years now, our legislators in Washington have watched the Postal Service spiral into financial ruin and done little to stop this inevitable downfall. This comes as no shock to the American people who are growing increasingly frustrated with Congress’ lack of action towards anything,” National Grange President Ed Luttrell said Wednesday. “The Grange has strongly urged USPS to continue six-day-a-week mail service so rural Americans – who often don’t have access to high-speed internet used by those in urban and suburban areas to conduct professional and personal business –wouldn’t suffer.”

The National Grange Supports the Protection of Country of Origin Labels on Food

On Thursday the National Grange sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture along with 228 partner groups in an effort to protect the integrity of Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) for meat products. The Grange was one of many farm, rural, faith, consumer and environmental organizations from 45 states that contributed in the delivery of this important message.

April is Grange Month!

Grange Month 2013Bedford Grange joins with our friends and fellow Grangers all over the country in celebrating Grange in the Month of April.

The National Grange of the Order of Patrons of Husbandry is celebrating 145 years of service to America.

As we celebrate our history, we are positive and enthused about our future and we open our doors to our community with pride.

We will be posting tidbits and quotes from Grange websites all over the country each day in April. See our Facebook page for these great quotes about the Grange!

Don’t forget to come and check out Bedford Grange on Monday, April 22nd at 8:00pm! We are planning to put on the Obligation Ceremony for new members – come and join this amazing organization!

National Grange Vice President Jimmy Gentry meets with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture

Jimmy GentryJimmy Gentry, Vice President of the National Grange and President of the North Carolina State Grange, along with other leaders in agriculture, attended a roundtable meeting with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack on March 26 to discuss immigration reform, particularly as related to the need for an affordable guest worker program for agriculture.

Click on the picture to read more at the National Grange Website.