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Thursday, December 19, 2019
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In our final episode for 2019 on the Road to Rural Prosperity, I talk with State lawmaker John Pfeiffer of Orlando, who represents District 38- one of the more rural districts in Oklahoma- or as Pfeiffer describes it- parts of 5 counties from northern Logan county up I-35 to the Kansas State Line- with a total of 10 stoplights and more cows than people.
Rep Pfeiffer tells me about his time in the Marines, his running to replace the term limited Dale Dewitt and he offers a grade of the state legislative session in 2019 and what he sees coming in 2020.
Click here to listen to the whole conversation between Pfeiffer and I.
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They would like to thank all of you who participated in their 2019 Tulsa City Farm Show.
Up next will be the Oklahoma City's premier spring agricultural and ranching event with returns to the State Fair Park April 23-24-25, 2020.
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New Jersey Democratic Senator Cory Booker has called for radical changes and harsh oversight against modern production agriculture multiple times in recent years- and earlier this week unveiled legislation that he contends will revitalize independent family farm agriculture and ensure a level playing field for all farmers and ranchers. The measure is called the The Farm System Reform Act of 2019. I talked shortly after with the CEO of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association Colin Woodall about this latest proposal.
Woodall says Booker, a self-proclaimed vegan, has joined forces with the Humane Society of the United States to speak out against modern agriculture. Woodall says he's not surprised, "It's not a surprise here when you look at the history of Senator Booker in his attack on animal agriculture. In particular, you know he's a vegan, he has that choice, but he's also decided as a vegan, he knows how to best feed the world. And that means attacking modern agriculture, as we know it. In particular, he wants to prevent any future permitting of concentrated animal feeding operations. And then he wants to take all the ones that currently exist and phase them out before 2040. Now you have to also keep in mind that he has a very long-standing relationship with Humane Society of United States, HSUS. So it's not surprising that he's doing his bidding, and of course, he is a presidential candidate, so he has a big bully pulpit right now."
Booker has also spoken out about the mandatory country of origin labeling. But Woodall says he doesn't understand the big picture, "Again it's Senator Booker not really understanding what goes on on the ground. Mandatory country of origin labeling has been the perceived panacea for saving all of us in the cattle business for years now, and we know better. It was the law of the land for six and a half years. And we never saw any direct correlation to better prices for cattle producers. It was a mandatory, government-run program that was basically set to only market beef, and it did not work. As such, it actually threatened the relationship that we had with Canada and Mexico because the WTO case that was filed. So I think it's just another great example of where Senator Booker is listening to the detractor's groups, and he's listening to groups like HSUS."
You can listen to the entire conversation between Woodall and I on Wednesday's Beef Buzz - here.
Ag Groups continue to call on Congress to get the ratification of the US Mexico Canada Agreement done sooner rather than later.
It appears with last night's Impeachment vote now behind us- the way is cleared for a final vote in the House on USMCA- and it is expected to pass rather easily later today.
Groups like the National Corn Growers are leaving nothing to chance- they have called on their members and all of agriculture to get a final phone call in to your member of Congress and urge a YES vote.
At the same time- Speaker Nancy Pelosi is now muttering out loud about now unfair Mitch McConnell is over in the Senate- and it's reported that she is leaving open the possibility of withholding articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump until she is assured a fair trial in the Senate.
"So far we haven't seen anything that looks fair to us," Pelosi said
Wednesday after her caucus voted to impeach the president. She was referring to what Democratic leadership plans on doing after the vote.
If that is case and she fails to send the articles to the Senate once January arrives- that could mean the Senate might go ahead and consider the USMCA in early January- Chuck Grassley's Committee is the one that will consider that trade deal- and he has promised quick action in his Committee to get it to the Senate floor as quickly as possible when time is available.
The political war between the House and the Senate over President Trump will dictate when USMCA will get pushed across the finish line.
As 2019 comes to a close, its been a year of extremes for the cattle industry. I caught up with Michael Kelsey, Executive Vice President for the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association, to talk about the year's ups and downs.
In some cases, the industry has done really well, but there have also been some challenges. Kelsey agrees, "Yeah, we're going to look back on this year in history and go wow! That was just a crazy year. Weather has just been horrendous all across the country, but certainly here in Oklahoma. Flooding that we had early on, and then just odd weather. Beyond that, so started out, we had completely depleted our hay supply in the winter. So we really needed to go into the year to make hay. Some folks started making hay late, made us nervous, wound up making tons of hay pretty much at least the reports we're getting. Quality maybe we're a little concerned about but, and then we had a fire in August at the Holcolm Plant, The Tyson plant, and boy that shook the market up. The market way overreacted. And so, boy howdy things are just we're going to look back on this year and go, whew! Just a crazy year.
"That being said, we did get some things done in the legislative session that we were pretty proud of. The ribeye is the new steak of Oklahoma, that's a jolt of morale, if you will, a feel-good that we'll play for a long time as we promote beef and Oklahoma for a long time that's going to give us an opportunity to do some things. We positioned ourselves on the fake meat here in Oklahoma. We think we helped push that issue nationally a little bit for Congress to take that issue up so that we can make sure that these non-meat protein alternatives don't use the term beef, that's what our main issue is. So we set ourselves up to do that very well.
Click or tap here to listen to whole conversation between Kelsey and I regarding the 2019 year for Oklahoma cattlemen.
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The Christmas season is here, and many will be gathering around the dinner table enjoying their favorite holiday meals.
The Robert M. Kerr Food and Agricultural Products Center wants to make sure families keep food safety tips in mind when preparing those holiday meals.
"The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates each year about 1 in 6 Americans get sick from foodborne diseases," said Peter Muriana, FAPC food microbiologist. "While the U.S. food supply is one of the safest in the world, food safety during the holidays is a must in order to prevent bacteria from growing and causing illness."
Muriana suggests the following food safety tips to ensure holiday meals are not only delicious, but also safe.
You can read the whole list from FAPC and Muriana, by jumping over to our website.
On this day in 1977, AAM called a National Strike for farmers. Thousands of family farmers driving their tractors descended on State Capitals across America. I was one of those farmers headed into Austin, Texas not knowing what we would find but determined to stand up for our family farms. A light freezing rain was falling and our flags flying from our tractors froze stiff, but we were proud because thousands from across Texas showed up to be heard. When we drove up Congress Avenue, it was awesome, to see the Texas Capital dome in the distance with a sea of tractors with flashing lights as far as the eye could see. There to greet us was the Governor of Texas along with countless members of the legislature. To hear them praise farmers and voice support for what we were doing gave hope that we could and would make a difference.
Little did we know that thousands of farmers across America were also driving to their State Capitals. AAM had truly spread like a prairie fire across American and farmers in every state were standing up to be heard. You must remember that we didn't have cell phones or computers or even fax machines back then, only phone lines and mail to communicate. I've often said if we had had cell phones and computers, we would have been dangerous. Despite that, estimates were that as many as 1.5 million famers were active as farm protests spread nationwide.
President Jimmy Carter in a White House Press Conference said that his sister and nephew both drove tractors to Georgia's Capital as a part of AAM.
Click here to read more from Senter regarding the Farm Strike.
Awards spotlight AFS Connect Magnum series tractor and new planting and seeding advancements
The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) will present three AE50 awards to Case IH for outstanding agricultural innovations. The annual recognitions further solidify Case IH as an industry leader in Agronomic Design™ and product engineering. Award-winning innovations for 2019 include:
* AFS Connect® Magnum™ series tractor
* Wing wheel system for 2160 Early Riser® split-row large front-fold planter
* Curve compensation system for Precision Air™ 5 series air cart
"Our team is proud to receive these awards that showcase our full range of equipment built around power, technology and Agronomic Design," said Scott Harris, Case IH vice president, North America. "Our Customer Driven Product Design process continues to deliver industry-leading technologies. Case IH equipment is built by farmers who understand the unique demands of each operation."
You can read more about the accolades for Case IH, by clicking or tapping here.
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