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I talked with Oklahoma Third District Congressman Frank Lucas on Wednesday morning, December 5th as House Democrats continued their efforts to brings articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. Hays and the Congressman Lucas talked about those efforts ongoing in the House and the political implications of a House vote late this year or early next- and they also talked about Market Facilitation Payments, US-China Trade Negotiations, the completed US-Japanese Trade Deal and a possible vote in the House to ratify the US Mexico Canada Trade Agreement.
Congressman Lucas also talked about the appropriations process and the current political winds that are blowing in DC- and concluded with a few words about his colleague Mike Conaway of Texas, who has said he is not going to run for reelection in 2020.
Click here to listen to the whole conversation between Rep. Lucas and I regarding the impeachment, MFPs, trade and more.
Midwest Farm Shows is proud to produce the two best Farm Shows in the State of Oklahoma annually- the Tulsa Farm Show each December and the Oklahoma City Farm Show each April.
They would like to thank all of you who participated in their 2019 Oklahoma City Farm Show.
Up next will be the Tulsa Farm Show in December 2019- the dates are December 12th, 13th, and 14th.
We hope to see you NEXT WEEK in Tulsa!!!!!
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At the direction of President Donald J. Trump, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced a final rule to move more able-bodied recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) towards self-sufficiency and into employment. The rule restores the system to what Congress intended: assistance through difficult times, not a way of life.
"Americans are generous people who believe it is their responsibility to help their fellow citizens when they encounter a difficult stretch. Government can be a powerful force for good, but government dependency has never been the American dream. We need to encourage people by giving them a helping hand but not allowing it to become an indefinitely giving hand," said Secretary Perdue. "Now, in the midst of the strongest economy in a generation, we need everyone who can work, to work. This rule lays the groundwork for the expectation that able-bodied Americans re-enter the workforce where there are currently more job openings than people to fill them."
In 1996, when then President Bill Clinton signed welfare reform instituting the current work requirements for able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDs) he said, "First and foremost, it should be about moving people from welfare to work. It should impose time limits on welfare... It gives structure, meaning and dignity to most of our lives."
With a booming economy that has more jobs than workers to fill them and the lowest unemployment rate in more than 50 years, now is the time for every work-capable American to find employment. In fact, the latest U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) figures show the unemployment rate is 3.6% and there are 7.0 million job openings.?The longer an individual is out of the workforce, the harder it is to re-enter. Now is the time for these individuals to enter, reenter, and remain in the workforce.
You can read more from Secretary Perdue regarding the SNAP program, by jumping over to our website.
Protein options, refrigerated snacks, a new generation of foodies and more are on the menu for 2020, as the Oklahoma State University Robert M. Kerr Food and Agricultural Products Center selects the hottest food trends for the upcoming year.
Andrea Graves, FAPC business planning and marketing specialist, said change is inevitable and trends help indicate what is coming next.
"Businesses need to pay attention to trends in order to find new growth opportunities and their target audiences," Graves said. "Understanding these trends helps businesses stay ahead of upcoming change, whether it is regulatory or a new flavor profile. Also, in most cases, consumers drive the trends and are looking for products and companies that are meeting their needs and lifestyles."
The Number ONE trend identified by FAPC for 2020- PROTEIN POWER: While there is no doubt protein will be on the menu in 2020, the number of choices available to follow this food trend seem almost endless. This past year saw a surge in popularity for food items such as the Impossible Burger and the Beyond Burger - imitation ground meat patties made of structured plant proteins and other ingredients derived from non-meat sources. The start of the new decade will likely shed even more light on these products and others like meat plant blends, or ground proteins made of both meat and plant additives, to appeal to the flexitarian.
Click here to read the rest of the top 10 trends for 2020 according to FAPC.
More than a year after President Trump signed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) with leaders from Mexico and Canada, Oklahoma's Congressional delegation is unanimous in support of the trade deal. All five Members of the House and both U.S. Senators call on House Leadership to work together to bring the USMCA for a vote before the end of the year.
"It's been just over a year since President Trump signed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement with his Canadian and Mexican counterparts. A trade deal guaranteeing more American jobs, a stronger economy, and support for our nation's agriculture producers, the USMCA stands ready to provide millions of valuable opportunities for North America,"said Rep. Frank Lucas (OK-03).
While the Republican members of the delegation have been on board with NAFTA 2.0 for much of the last year- this is the first time that Democrat Kendra Horn has associated herself with them as a "Yes" for USMCA ratification.
That was not lost on Michael Kelsey and the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association- as they offered this react quickly after the delegation went public. "We are so blessed with the great leadership of our Oklahoma delegation in Washington in their joint statement of support of the USMCA. USMCA is great for Oklahoma beef cattle farmers and ranchers as Canada and Mexico are two of our top five beef trading partners. We are grateful to our entire Oklahoma delegation for this bold and correct call to action."
You can read more from the entire Congressional Delegates from Oklahoma regarding their stance on USMCA, by clicking or tapping here.
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Vice President of Governmental Affairs for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, Ethan Lane, says that a special taskforce of cattlemen as well as NCBA staff have been studying the product of USA labeling issue for several months now, and they are ready to move forward, engaging the USDA to find solutions that will work for their producers.
Lane says its an issue they have heard more and more about, "We've had some state affiliates that had this come up during their summer meetings and it does center around the use of 'Product of the United States' and similar labels on beef that goes on our store shelves. Those labels are approved currently through the food safety inspection service (FSIS). What we have been looking into in response to these producers concerns is what the scope of use is, what the approval process looks like, what do the benchmarks look like in order to be able to use a label like that, and is this an area we need to get into to ensure we are protecting our producers from this label being applied in a way that is not keeping with what consumers might be looking for or what we want to see in labeling this product."
Lane goes onto say that cattle producers have met several times on the issue, and they are ready to engage FSIS about these labels that say 'Product of the USA' that may or may not be actual products of the USA, "There's a lot of ambiguity in this space. We don't think anybody is doing anything wrong. We don't think anybody is violating the law or violating regulations. That's an important place to start this conversation. This isn't about pointing the finger at anybody. This is about a system that has probably gotten to the point where we need to get involved and work through that whole value chain to provide some clarity to ensure that we don't have labels that are being used in a way that doesn't work for our producer."
You can listen to the entire conversation between Lane and I on Wednesday's Beef Buzz - here.
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The Oklahoma Conservation Commission is celebrating World Soil Day TODAY- Thursday, December 5th.
World Soil Day (WSD) is held annually on December 5 as a means to focus attention on the importance of healthy soil and to advocate for the sustainable management of soil resources.
Did you know that soil is a living, breathing organism that needs to be taken care of? It is the key to an abundant, affordable food supply, healthy water, and clean air. If taken care of properly a healthy soil is full of bacteria, fungi, and insects that, together with living plant roots, access available water and form a complex food web beneath our feet. This allows soil to provide more nutrients and water to plants, resist erosion, and pull and store carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The Oklahoma Conservation Commission and its partners invite you to join us as we embrace, teach and grow the principles of soil health so that our agricultural production systems, food, air, and water quality can be conserved and protected for current and future generations.
To learn more about the Soil Health efforts in Oklahoma please go to the new Southern Plains Podcast with host Clay Pope. This episode of the Southern Plains Podcast features Amy Seiger, Soil Health Coordinator for the Oklahoma Conservation Commission.
The Podcast is available on the major platforms- and can also be heard on our website by clicking or tapping here.
|Our Newest Road to Rural Prosperity Podcast is Live- as AJ Griffin Leads Us Down the Rural Healthcare Highway
Episode 12 of the Road to Rural Prosperity features host AJ Griffin talking with Carter Kimble, who is the deputy secretary of health and mental health for the Kevin Stitt Administration.
They discuss the state of healthcare in rural Oklahoma and the efforts being made to improve the delivery of healthcare- especially in more rural areas of the state. Carter also offers his concerns about State Question 802, which likely will be on the ballot next November in Oklahoma.
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