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Wednesday, November 6, 2019
| Featured Story: It's Time for Farmers and Ranchers to Stand Up to Food Bullies- Michele Payn Tells All
Agricultural advocate Michele Payn has released her third book this week(as of yesterday)- Food Bullying- and this past week- I caught up with her between meetings during the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis. "Food Bullying" Details a six-step action plan to overcome food bullying and relieve guilt.
Payn says, "I wrote Food Bullying because I really felt we needed to identify how people are being manipulated in their choices around food, which of course affects their perception of the farming"
Why the Title Food Bullying? Well she says Bullying operates from a point of fear, and unfortunately we have way too much fear created around food and eating today. Food bullying helps to simplify food choices and it highlights some of the ways that the 6 trillion dollar food business is actually manipulating what choices we make as consumers when it comes to food. In this day and Age we have so many options when it comes to food, and reading food labels.
"The Challenge we have is to understand which labels are meaningful and measurable Food Bullying walks you through the labels that are actually monitored by FDA, USDA, and the EPA" I went through pages and pages of documents to try and understand that. also in restaurants So the challenge really is that food bullying has become and epidemic it is a far reaching problem so we have to be able to overcome that."
Click or tap here to read more- and to listen to my visit with one of my favorite Ag Advocates, Michele Payn.
The Oklahoma Pork Council is a producer organization representing the interests all of pork producers throughout Oklahoma.
Pork Farmers in Oklahoma recognize our obligation to build and maintain the trust of customers and the public in our products and our practices. To promote confidence in what we do and how we do it, we affirm the following ethical principles: food safety, animal Safety, environment, public health, employee care and the communities in which we operate.
Lawmakers Tell US Fish and Wildlife Control Measures Needed for Avian Predators
U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) and U.S. Representative Sanford D. Bishop Jr. (D-GA)led a bicameral letter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) urging the agency to streamline the permitting process to allow livestock and aquaculture producers greater flexibility in protecting their animals from avian predators shielded under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA).
Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe along with Congressmen Frank Lucas, Tom Cole, Kevin Hern and Markwayne Mullin also signed the letter.
"We recognize there are federal processes in place for affected producers to manage protected avian predators. However, these processes are often insufficient to adequately address the problem," members wrote in the letter.
Some predatory birds protected under the MBTA, such as double-crested cormorants, black vultures and ravens, can inflict serious harm upon livestock and fish. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) estimates double-crested cormorants cause more than $25 million in damage annually for the aquaculture industry. USDA has also reported that black vultures are responsible for 10 percent of all calves lost to predators. While producers are permitted to use certain methods to protect their animals against these birds, the current permitting process is onerous for farmers and is often not enough to prevent loss or deter further predation.
Click or tap here to read more- including the full text of the letter sent to Fish and Wildlife.
| Cattle Industry Delighted with Congressional Letter Seeking Help from US Fish and Wildlife with Avian Predators
Both the National Cattlemen's Beef Association and the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association have been quick to praise lawmakers looking to engage the US Fish and Wildlife Service- seeking to get control measures in place against avian predators like the Black Vulture.
Ethan Lane, National Cattlemen's Beef Association vice president of government affairs, today released the following statement in response to a congressional request for increased regulatory flexibility under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA):
"Whether it is black vultures, ravens, or cormorants, MBTA-protected avian predators pose a significant risk to newborn calves and livestock operations across the country. Despite populations of each species numbered in the millions, current regulations place arbitrary caps on permitted take and incur heavy restrictions on preventative measures necessary to protect farming and ranching operations. We appreciate the leadership of Sen. Boozman and Rep. Bishop and look forward to engaging with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to implement commonsense solutions to this problem."
As for the OCA...
Michael Kelsey, Executive Vice President with the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association offered this reaction- praising the members of the Oklahoma delegation that signed onto the Congressional letter:
" This is a step in the right direction for Oklahoma cattle producers. The black vulture has become a menace especially to cow/calf producers during calving season. We applaud this request and are very appreciative of the Oklahoma delegation members who signed onto this letter. Representatives Lucas, Cole, Mullins and Hern as well as Senator Inhofe responded to our request to sign on showing their support for a common sense approach to addressing this important issue."
The Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer improved 15 points to a reading of 136 in October. The upswing is attributable to 15-point increases in both of the barometer's sub-indices. The Index of Current Conditions rose to a reading of 155 and the Index of Future Expectations rose to a reading of 146. The barometer is based on a mid-month survey of 400 U.S. crop and livestock producers.
"Almost across the board, farmers were more optimistic about the agricultural economy in October," said James Mintert, the barometer's principal investigator and director of Purdue University's Center for Commercial Agriculture. "While the level of optimism among farmers is higher than earlier this year, the survey uncovered additional uncertainty related to trade agreements that are still being negotiated."
Our webstory unpacks more details about this month's survey- and has links back to the full report and previous monthly releases- click or tap here to jump over to our website and this story.
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| John Pfeiffer Satisfied That the Angus Breed Well Positioned for Continued Success
This latest Beef Buzz is a part two from our interview over this past weekend at the American Angus Association Annual Meeting in Reno, Nevada- John Pfeiffer of Orlando, Oklahoma has wrapped up his year as President of the largest Purebred Cattle Association in the country- and he and I talked more about what is going on with the Angus breed here in the US.
The Angus Association has done a great job implementing new programs to help their commercial producers who are buying Angus bulls. Programs like Angus Source and Angus Link. Pfeiffer says the Process Verified Programs or PVP's are going to be instrumental as new markets open up. Pfeiffer adds, "They are going to be a real value to our producers."
The Association also has a new research project that is ongoing that includes a new Genomics chip. This will help identify cattle with high immunity, Pfeiffer says this will not only provide better tools for our breeders, but also provide better tools for our consumers. "If this high Immune response does what we think its going to do, we'll be able to reduce the amount of antibiotics and find those cattle will be healthier. It also helps with the CAB, as we have some who do the sickness that don't make the grade they could, so it offers lots of possibilities" says Pfeiffer.
When asked about the Mood of Angus Producers across the country- Pfeiffer says for the most part it's pretty good. There is some concern about the amount of change that is taking place, but change has always been a part of the day to day in cattle production. Pfeiffer agrees, "I think we are going to have to accept the fact that change is inevitable and its going to occur at rates faster than we've seen in ages and we are going to have to learn how to adapt"
The way producers did things in the past, may not be the way they do them in the future.. Pfeiffer says "Over the years the things we have believed to be true about cattle before may have not been as true. But they were the best tools we had at that time and we used them to go forward. The New tools that are being put in place will allow us to move forward at an even faster pace."
Click or tap here to read more- and to listen to more of our visit with cattle industry leader JohnPfeiffer.
On the latest episode of the Southern Plains Podcast, Host Clay Pope visits with Dannele Peck, the Director of the USDA Northern Plains Climate Hub.
Dannele talks about the Northern Plains Hub and some of the tools they've developed to help ag producers cope with the changing climate including GRASSCAST--a computer tool that helps ranchers by predicting potential future forage conditions.
Clay is definitely one of those guys with a gift of gab- and you can listen to his latest Podcast effort by clicking or tapping here.
Farmers and contractors operating fleets of machinery from different brands will in the near future be able to securely exchange and view machine data through a common interface called DataConnect. In addition, they will be able to control and monitor their entire machinery fleet using their preferred telematics platform, without having to switch portals or manually transfer data from one system to another.
DataConnect is the first direct, manufacturer-independent solution that enables the seamless, automatic and real-time exchange of important machine data between the various machine brand platforms.
With John Deere, CLAAS, CNH Industrial and 356FarmNet as part of the initiative, producers operating Deere, CLAAS, New Holland, Case IH or Steyr brand farm equipment can easily access and view basic machine data elements including current and historical machine location, current fuel tank level, working status and forward speed from these connected machines via the portal of their choice. These include the John Deere Operations Center, AFS Connect, MyPLM Connect, CLAAS TELEMATICS or 365FarmNet portals.
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