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Monday, July 22, 2019
Featured Story: Michael Weeks of Stuart Elected New President of the Oklahoma Cattlemen at 67th Convention of the OCA
Every other year, the Oklahoma Cattlemen elect their new officer team- and the changing of the guard happened over this past weekend at the 2019 OCA Convention in Norman, where
Weston Givens of Arnett handed over the gavel to new President
Michael Weeks of Stuart.
As the new President was elected by the membership, we had the chance to sit down for a few moments and talk to President Weeks- and you can hear that visit which is featured as an Ag Perspectives Podcast on our website-
click or tap here.
Our interview is making the rounds on social media- and one of many "shares" that has happened on Facebook is from the
Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association account- and they offered a quote from their new President in conjunction with our interview- "I am looking forward to the challenge of leading the organization in the next two years and helping tell the
story of beef production in the state of Oklahoma to consumers not directly involved in the beef cattle industry."
Also elected Saturday was the new Vice President of the OCA- Mike Armitage of Claremore- and several new district directors were elected- they include:
Justin Barr, Arnett (Northwest)
Cody Beach, Bristow (North Central)
Matt Fulbright, Bluejacket (Northeast)
Shari Holloway, Chattanooga (Southwest)
Zac Poage, Duncan (South Central)
Jim Dismukes, Cheoctah (Southeast)
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As America celebrates the Apollo landing on the moon of fifty years ago,
Oklahoma Congressman Frank Lucas says his role as the top Republican on the House Science Committee provides the opportunity for him to be an agricultural advocate in the current activities of NASA, the National Weather Service and more.
The Congressman tells me that these agencies and others offer access to GPS, broadband and more to the farm- essential to accurate Weather Forecasting and Precision Ag operations for crop and livestock production. Congressman Lucas and I talked on
the sidelines of the 2019 Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association Convention ahead of his keynote address to the cattlemen and cattlewomen on Friday afternoon.
Congressman Lucas says short term and long term weather forecasting is vital to farmers and ranchers- and says he is advocating for the National Weather Service to have the resources and tools they need to get the job done.
He also is interacting with NASA and making sure agriculture has a seat at the table as modern production agriculture becomes more and more dependent on technologies that have come from the space program.
or tap here for our conversation with Congressman Lucas about this aspect of his work in Washington for his district and for the industry he has represented since arriving in our nation's capitol in the 1990s.
American Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox Sr. issued a statement last week in response to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's announcement
that two-thirds of employees at the Economic Research Service (ERS) and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) have said they will not relocate from Washington to the Kansas City area as the agency is demanding.
"Reports that two-thirds of employees at ERS and NIFA would rather lose their jobs than be forced to move more than a thousand miles from their homes with no time to plan demonstrates what an epic failure the administration has created with this forced
relocation," Cox said. "AFGE has made proposals to USDA management that would encourage more employees to accept the relocation by providing for a longer transition period. Management so far has refused to consider these common-sense proposals."
Cox says that numerous employees have resigned in the recent months due to the ill-advised relocation, and many have said they will not relocate. The USDA is likely to retain less than 10% of the total workforce at these two agencies once all is said and done,
You can read Cox's full statement regarding the relocation of these two agencies,
by jumping over to our website.
The Environment Protection Agency last week announced it would not ban chlorpyrifos, although court battles likely are ahead to fight the action. EPA denied objections to the agency's 2017 order denying a 2007 petition from the Pesticide Action Network North
America, and the Natural Resources Defense Council to cancel all registrations for the insecticide.
CropLife America says the decision "reinforces the integrity of the registration process, protection of consumers and the needs of farmers and health officials who rely on this vital tool." EPA claims there was a lack of evidence of neurological damages to
humans from chlorpyrifos. A court previously ordered the EPA to make a decision regarding the use of the insecticide.
The Pesticide Action Network calls chlorpyrifos a "brain-damaging pesticide," adding the administration has "put corporate interests ahead of the health of children, workers and the environment." The organization vows to continue its fight to get chlorpyrifos
banned. Meanwhile, the EPA is expediting the review process for chlorpyrifos that is currently underway.
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A new book, "What Would Jesus Really Eat? The Biblical Case for Eating Meat," looks at what the Bible has to say about using and eating animals from several different perspectives. The book, co-authored by Palm Beach Atlantic University professor
and pastor, Wes Jamison, PhD, tackles topics including the challenges to Christian meat-eating, human exceptionalism and humanity's dominion over other living creatures. In a recent interview, Jamison explained that
animal rights activists have attempted to impose their agenda on Christians, targeting their faith and presenting the consumption of meat as immoral in the Biblical sense.
Jamison says activists have formed relationships with various churches that have agreed to promote their ideas about the immorality of eating meat. He says the activists have used Christian beliefs and twisted their historical meanings to align with their own
agenda and convince the faithful to join them.
"They have tended to take up a sort of social gospel approach to living in this world - that we are called to do good in order to do well," Jamison said. "The animal rights, animal welfare message fits very nicely into this idea that how you treat others
(as well as animals and the environment) are a reflection of how you treat God."
You can listen to the whole conversation between Jamison and I and learn how to order a copy of the book on Friday's Beef Buzz -
Glen R. Smith has been designated by President Donald Trump as chairman and CEO of the Farm Credit Administration (FCA). The designation was effective July 17. FCA has examination and regulatory authority
over the Farm Credit System, with oversight by Congress. Collectively, the institutions of the Farm Credit System constitute the nation's largest single provider of agricultural credit, with offices in all 50 states and assets over $350 billion.
Smith has served as a member of the FCA board, as well as a member of the board of directors of the Farm Credit System Insurance Corporation, since December 2017, when President Trump appointed him to the FCA board. He succeeds Dallas Tonsager,
who died in office in May. As CEO, he succeeds Jeffery Hall, who became acting CEO following Mr. Tonsager's incapacity from illness. Mr. Hall continues to serve as a member of the FCA board and as chairman of the board of directors of the Farm Credit
System Insurance Corporation.
Smith is a native of Atlantic, Iowa, where he grew up on a diversified crop and livestock farm. He graduated from Iowa State University in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science in agricultural business.
You can read more about the appointment Glen Smith as the chairman and CEO of the FCA,
by jumping over to our website.
U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., have announced the Committee will hold a hearing titled,
"Hemp Production and the 2018 Farm Bill."
The hearing will take place on Thursday, July 25, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. There will be two panels consisting of many stakeholders and experts in the hemp industry.
You can read the full list of experts and what they bring to the table,
by clicking or tapping here.
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