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in El Reno feeder steers steady to 3.00 lower, with most decline on heavy 6 weights. Feeder heifers steady in a light test - click here
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offered 433 head of cattle with 184 head actually selling on Wednesday, October 30th - click here
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Thursday, October 31, 2019
| Featured Story: Oklahoma Garners More Three Star FFA Chapter Ratings Than Any Other State- 33 Oklahoma FFA Chapters to Be Honored Thursday Afternoon
It's a sign of the health of the local chapter like no other- your overall program of work and involvement in your community as measured by the National FFA against other chapters from around the United States. We are talking about the National Chapter Awards that will be handed out later today here in Indy at the National FFA Convention-
Oklahoma qualified and sent to the National organization 37 Chapters for consideration- and this afternoon- 33 of those chapters will be presented the three star award on stage. Oklahoma's 33 is NUMBER ONE in America- with Ohio garnering 31 and Missouri picking up 30 Three Star Chapter Ratings.
Oklahoma's full list can be seen on our website- click or tap here to check it out.
Three Oklahoma Chapters are in the finals for the Model of Innovation Awards handed out- these are the best of the best three star chapters (Oklahoma has three of the ten nominations)_
Those chapters are Edmond, Elgin and Stillwater.
The strength of the local chapters shows why Oklahoma is one of the top states in America when it comes to the FFA
In other FFA news- Oklahoma's Prepared Public Speaking and Extemp Speakers did not advance on Wednesday- while we watch Thursday in the National Creed Contest as Caleb Horne of Morrison will compete.
Our latest Episode of The Road to Rural Prosperity is out Episode Nine is all about Oklahoma at the National FFA Convention- we feature segments from Ridge Hughbanks and his time as a National Officer, Bree Kisling and her Public Speaking skills that got her to Indy and Blake Kennedy- in the race to be the American Star in Agribusiness.
It's good stuff- click or tap here to jump over to our Soundcloud platform and listen to these tremendous young people on the Road to Rural Prosperity.
Our exclusive coverage of the 2019 National FFA Convention in Indianapolis October 30- November 2 is a service of ITC Great Plains, Your Energy Superhighway- and we also appreciate the support of the Oklahoma FFA Association and the Oklahoma FFA Alumni Association
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The House Agriculture Committee passed H.R. 4895, legislation to reauthorize the Commodity Futures Trading Commission through 2025 by voice vote earlier this week.
"The bill ... helps strengthen our financial market infrastructure and makes it more resilient. It also combats fraud and promotes cooperation among regulators," said Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson of Minnesota. "But it's even more important to me that we've done it in a bipartisan way that sends a strong message to the Senate. The people that look to our markets for integrity don't care about political wins and losses. They expect us to conduct the business of this Committee."
National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) Manager of Legislative Affairs and Market Regulatory Policy Darryl Blakey today released the following statement in response to the U.S. House Agriculture Committee's approval of legislation reauthorizing the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) :
"We're pleased to see that the House Committee on Agriculture took the first step towards getting the U.S. CFTC reauthorized. The committee leadership has come together to move this legislation forward in a bipartisan fashion and having this approach has allowed all parties to be honest in their negotiations to build a constructive and sound legislative product that can equip the Commission for the markets our members face today.
You can read more about the reauthorization of CFTC, by jumping over to our website.
Stan Bevers is a ranch management consultant who works with ranches in Texas and Oklahoma. It is printed on his business card, "Let's measure it, and manage it." In a recent conversation with me, Bevers explained how important the action behind that slogan really is to cattle producers' bottom lines here on the Southern Plains.
"When I started in this business over 30 years ago, I could pretty much say it was going to be a dollar a day to keep a cow. Now, with the consulting I have and the ranches I work with across the country - that average is right at $1,100," Bevers remarked. "That sounds like that's impossible; that it could increase that much. But really, if you do the math that's about $700 over a 30-year period. You do the math and that's about a two percent inflation. And that's the way it is."
The key to this equation though, Bevers explains, is understanding not just the costs of running a cattle operation but understanding what the second and third components of it are. These factors often go overlooked when attentions are too tightly focused on expenses. These of course, Bevers says, are productivity - defined as the number of calves your mama cows can produce and how much weight they can move through the weaning process - and what he calls the "vulgarities of the market." Bevers says that while costs are somewhat manageable and able to be brought under control to a degree, productivity and the tides of the market are quite unpredictable.
You can listen to the entire conversation between Bevers and I on Wednesday's Beef Buzz - here.
The veterinary medicine program at Oklahoma State University is moving forward as they strive to become innovative world leaders in healthcare, research, and professional education. Thanks to implemented recommendations made by the American Veterinary Medical Association's Council on Education (COE), Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine is once again fully accredited by the COE.
Facility upgrades were made in the College's Veterinary Medical Hospital and a state-of-the-art classroom building, the Roger J. Panciera Education Center, is under construction with an anticipated completion date of March 2020. All three years of the pre-clinical curriculum will be taught in the new building where flexibility in classroom layout and new technology will allow instructors to incorporate newer practices for teaching and learning for students. Instructors will have the freedom to decide which method of instruction will be best for that particular content.
"I want to personally thank our faculty and staff for diligently working to improve our learning and teaching facilities," said Dr. Carlos Risco, dean of OSU's College of Veterinary Medicine. "They meticulously moved us through the important process of a complete curriculum review and established learning outcomes and expectations. The college will continue to look at expanding our faculty and staff numbers to ensure the best possible learning experience for our students."
Click here to read more about the full accreditation of the veterinary medicine program at Oklahoma State University.
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Minnesota farmer and National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) Ethanol Action Team member Brian Thalmann yesterday called on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to follow the law and accurately account for expected refinery waivers in the 2020 RFS volume rule.
"We're in the thick of harvest and, quite frankly, I would rather be in the field. But the issue we're discussing today is too important to corn farmers like me not to be here. I have a simple message - when it comes the Renewable Fuel Standard, we need EPA to follow the law. As farmers, we follow rules put in place by state and federal agencies, including the EPA. We are simply asking EPA to do the same for us," Thalmann said.
"Good intentions don't provide certainty. Without a binding commitment that the RFS will be kept whole, this rule gives EPA free rein to change direction any time," Thalmann said.
You can read more from NCGA regarding the 2020 RFS volume rule, by clicking or tapping here.
Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a new partnership with the Food Waste Reduction Alliance, the latest effort in the Winning on Reducing Food Waste Initiative launched by the three federal agencies in 2018.
"USDA shares many common goals with the Food Waste Reduction Alliance, including our belief in the power of teamwork," said U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. "We are proud to join this public-private partnership to prompt action throughout the food system."
"EPA is proud to build upon the Winning on Reducing Food Waste Initiative through this partnership with leaders of the Food Waste Reduction Alliance," said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. "Reducing food loss and waste has many environmental and social benefits. By collaborating with these major segments of the food supply chain, we are making progress toward the national goal to reduce food loss and waste by 50% by 2030."
"The FDA strongly supports our shared goal of reducing the amount of food that Americans waste through important efforts like today's agreement," said Acting FDA Commissioner Ned Sharpless, M.D. "The issues of food waste and food safety go hand in hand and we will continue to work with our federal partners and other stakeholders on enhancing our efforts to reduce food waste and do it safely. We are committed to doing all that we can to support safe and sound food policy decisions that are good for our families, good for our communities, and good for our planet."
Click here to read more about the partnership between the EPA, USDA and FDA.
The National Cattlemen's Beef Association applauded the introduction of bipartisan legislation by U.S. Reps. Angie Craig (D - 2nd Dist., Minn.) and Lloyd Smucker (R - 11th Dist., Penn.) that would provide flexible and common-sense relief from Hours of Service (HOS) rules for agricultural haulers.
The Responsible & Efficient Agriculture Destination (TREAD) Act would ensure that the current Hours of Service exemption that applies to the 150-air-mile radius from the source of an agricultural commodity adds the same 150 air mile radius flexibility to the back end of a trip, or the destination. The bill also clarifies that this exemption would apply in every state year-round, as agriculture and specifically livestock move across this country every day.
"Agricultural haulers - and especially livestock haulers - face very unique challenges that haulers in other industries don't face, and this bill recognizes that need," said NCBA President Jennifer Houston. "On behalf of America's cattle producers, I want to thank Representatives Craig, Smucker, and all the other original co-sponsors for their leadership on this issue and working towards needed flexibility within Hours of Service for our livestock haulers."
You can read more from NCBA regarding the Hours of Service rules, by jumping over to our website.
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