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Friday, July 8, 2016
Senate Passes GMO Labeling Bill 63 to 30- Roberts, Stabenow and Ag Groups Praise Final Vote
Late Thursday evening, the US Senate approved the Roberts-Stabenow GMO Labeling Compromise by a final vote of 63 to 30
. The Chairman of the Senate Ag Committee, Pat Roberts
of Kansas, called it "a victory for farmers, ranchers, sound science, and anyone who eats on a budget. Getting to an agreement wasn't easy, but today's strong showing in the Senate is a result of the way we get things done in the Agriculture Committee - with hard work and bipartisanship. I thank Ranking Member Stabenow for her continued partnership."
"Tonight's vote is the most important vote for agriculture in the last 20 years.
We worked hard to ensure the marketplace works for everyone. I mean everyone. Our legislation allows farmers to continue using sound science to produce more food with less resources, gives flexibility to food manufacturers in disclosing information, and gives access to more food information that consumers demand."
Senator Debbie Stabenow
also quickly weighed in saying "Throughout this process I worked to ensure that any agreement would recognize the scientific consensus that biotechnology is safe, while also making sure consumers have the right to know what is in their food. I also wanted a bill that prevents a confusing patchwork of 50 different rules in each state. This bill achieved all of those goals."
And- multiple groups offered their praise for the Senate and a message to the House- that message, as stated by Chuck Connor
of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives- "it is imperative that the House of Representatives take this legislation up without delay ahead of their recess next week."Click or tap here to read more
from the lead Senators and multiple groups who have released statements- all in our Top Ag Story of the morning on OklahomaFarmReport.Com
Groups with statements in our story include the American Farm Bureau, the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, National Association of Wheat Growers, American Soybean Association, National Corn Growers Association and the National Council of Farmer Coops.
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|Both Oklahoma Senators Vote with Roberts on the GMO Labeling Bill
With the GOP solidly behind Senator Pat Roberts as the Senate advanced the GMO Labeling Bill last night, it's not surprising that both Oklahoma Senators Jim Inhofe and James Lankford voted in favor of the bill.
But in an unusual move- the Senators issued a joint statement explaining their vote and praising the passage of the measure.
In the release, which you can read in full by clicking here, Senator Lankford said "Oklahoma produces the food and fiber that feeds and clothes the world. Special interest groups have repeatedly attacked our agricultural products with false claims and misinformation. Everyone in our nation has a right to their own opinion, but facts should control America's policy decisions. Today's vote to provide consistent, non-threatening information to the consumer allows people to make their own decisions without the imposed bias of activist organizations and will prevent increased prices in grocery costs due to individual state labeling."
And our senior Senator, Jim Inhofe, adds "I voted for Senate legislation to establish a uniform national standard for disclosing bioengineered food because this was a meaningful bipartisan response to Congress's constitutional duty to support and protect interstate commerce. Once law, the food industry will have a clear and straightforward standard that in turn will provide Americans with relevant information for when they make their food choices."
In their release, they list a number of groups supporting the measure and include quotes from Oklahoma Farm Bureau President Tom Buchanan and Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association President Charlie Swanson. The link above will give you a chance to read their comments on the Senate action.
|The World is "Awash with Wheat" and It's Hurting Prices - Kim Anderson Explains
2016 wheat harvest numbers continue to rise, and 2016 wheat prices continue to fall. OSU Extension Grain Market Economist Dr. Kim Anderson says global yields are on track to break last year's record-setting total.Current world production estimates are at 26.85 billion bushels, and Anderson expects that number to go up after the next World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report is released next week."Last year was a record 26.98, so we're near that record already," he says. "I think we'll probably go above that."World ending stocks are about 2 billion bushels higher than the five-year average, which is also keeping wheat prices depressed.Anderson says producers may want to consider an FSA marketing assistance loan to create a price floor."I think it offers them the opportunity to leave it in storage. They get some money in hand. If prices go up, they can take advantage of those prices and pay off the loan. If prices go in the tank, they just turn over the wheat and the loan is forgiven," he says. Looking ahead to other crops, corn, sorghum and soybean prices are still significantly too high to qualify for marketing assistance loans, but Anderson recalls wheat prices being too high before the bumper crop was harvested."If we have a massive corn and sorghum harvest, that just tells you how much lower the prices could go to get to that loan rate," he says. "Doesn't look like they're going to do that right now, but it is a possibility."Listen to Anderson's comments that will be a part of SUNUP this weekend and be sure to catch SUNUP - Saturday at 7:30 a.m. and Sunday at 6 a.m. on the statewide OETA network of stations.
|Retired Army Major General Ron Sholar Lead Witness in House Ag Committee Hearing on Connection Between Ag Policy and National Security
The House Agriculture Committee held a hearing Thursday to examine the on-the-ground experiences of former military leaders and the connection between agricultural policy and national security. This is the fifth hearing in the committee's hearing series focused on national security. Members heard from a panel of former military leaders who described how the United States' investment in transportation and infrastructure, agricultural research and innovation, and risk management tools for farmers has led to a vibrant and stable agricultural industry in the U.S., which is inexplicably linked to our national security. The panel also cautioned that an insufficient focus on agriculture has led to detrimental effects on the security and stability of countries around the world.
One of those presenting testimony was Major General James R. Sholar, retired from the US Army. Dr. Sholar was a professor for many years at Oklahoma State University as the Extension Oilseed Specialist for the state of Oklahoma, focusing on peanut production and today continues to serve the ag industry as the Executive Director of the Great Plains Canola Association and the Oklahoma Oilseed Commission.
|4-H Foundation Executive Director Blayne Arthur Highlights the 2016 Roundup
Slowly but surely - that's how Oklahoma 4-H Foundation Executive Director Blayne Arthur describes how she is settling into her new role after moving from the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food & Forestry.Taking the helm only last month, Arthur continues to explore the ins and outs of the non-profit as she and the organization begin preparations for their premiere event of the year, the
Oklahoma State 4-H Roundup. The event, happening July 27-29 on the Oklahoma State University campus, will host more than 900 4-H students and instructors who will participate in this showcase of leadership and success."It's a great time to recognize all the efforts of those 4-H members, present scholarships, we have a banquet where members can meet several of the donors who contribute to the foundation. It's kind of the top-tier event for 4-H here in Oklahoma," Arthur said.With scholarships being a relatively new feature in the foundation's work, Roundup offers donors the chance to meet with members in person and see them in action. Arthur hopes that by interacting with members, donors will witness the value of their contributions to 4-H.Listen to more about Arthur's her new role and 4-H Roundup.Arthur will join me for the weekly In the Field segment on KWTV News9 in the Oklahoma City area on Saturday morning at 6:40 am.
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|Part Two with Dr. Glynn Tonsor Talking Growth in the International Arena
In the beef industry, all parties are concerned with how big a slice of the economic pie they are getting. Dr. Glynn Tonsor, K-State Extension Beef Specialist, who spoke recently at the Beef Improvement Federation convention, says this viewpoint is shortsighted. He believes there are opportunities in the global marketplace happening now that, if taken advantage of, would allow for cooperation within the industry to theoretically create a bigger pie."There's been a lot of changes over twenty years. I think the beef industry would be much better served to attempt to work together and pull a rope to meet those goals and coordinate and do less infighting to take advantage of those opportunities. There's a lot of current debates circling the industry that I think are losing sight of the bigger picture opportunities."Dr. Tonsor says he realizes each country has its own challenges when it comes to breaking into new markets, but suggests that the U.S. industry needs to be nimble in order to secure a place in the global arena, which he insists is the key to growth in the industry.Reportedly, U.S. beef ranges from about 85 to 95 percent in domestic sales, which Tonsor says is a great position in which to be. Although, Tonsor warns that to be in such a position, the beef industry must combat complacency and strive to look beyond the last twenty years and into the next twenty to discover what role we should play on the international stage.Listen to Dr. Tonsor talk more about growth opportunities for the beef industry during today's Beef Buzz.
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|Not Just a Fad - Beef Producers May Find Opportunities in Consumer Trends
Trends in the food business affect people far beyond restaurant diners and retail shoppers. They reach back to the farm and ranch to shape the way food is produced, keeping consumer demand for high-quality, sustainable beef top of mind in the country.
At the National Restaurant Association (NRA) trade show in Chicago this spring, exhibition halls were filled with chefs, culinary and other professionals, ranging from food to beverage, packaging to cookware.
Midan Marketing, which encompasses the food chain from gate to plate from offices in North Carolina and Chicago, shared five beef demand trends noted at the show:
1. Trust and transparency are tops
2. Local is trendy, but fuzzy
3. The Story matters
4. Premium is in
5. Fat is back
"There was a clear theme that attendees were seeking regional or local products, sustainable products and transparency between producer and consumers," said Steve Hixon, account management director for Midan. Trends were identified from topics in common among exhibitors and presenters throughout the show, he explained.
Some of the biggest changes Hixon noticed were increased demand for added value - both in terms of processing and high-quality beef - and more desire for transparency from producers.
"Cattleman should really see that as an opportunity to do a better job of adding value to the cattle they're producing by doing simple things," said Mark McCully, vice president of production for Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB). "Sometimes we look at these things as cattleman and maybe get a little overwhelmed at, 'What does the consumer fully want to understand?'"
to read more about opportunities to meet consumer demand for value-added beef.
|Dr. Glenn Selk Advises Producers to Test Their Forages Before They Cut
Dr. Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist, offers herd health advice as part of the weekly series known as the "Cow Calf Corner" published electronically by Dr. Peel and Dr. Glenn Selk. This week, Dr. Selk offers some management tips to help reduce nitrate toxicity in forages."Summer has definitely arrived in Oklahoma! Hot dry summer weather brings about heat and drought stress on summer annuals. Stressed plants such as the forage sorghums can occasionally accumulate dangerous concentrations of nitrates. These high nitrate plants, either standing in the field, or fed as hay, can cause abortion in pregnant cattle, or death if consumed in great enough quantities. Nitrates do not dissipate from suncured hay (in contrast to prussic acid), therefore once the hay is cut the nitrate levels remain constant. Therefore, producers should test hay fields before they cut them for hay. Stop by any OSU County Extension office for testing details. Testing the forage before cutting gives the producer an additional option of waiting and allowing for the nitrate to lower in concentration before harvesting the hay. The major sources of nitrate toxicity in Oklahoma will be summer annual sorghum type plants, including sudan hybrids, sorgo-sudans, sorghum-sudans, millets, and Johnsongrass."
Click here for a complete list of suggestions to reduce the risk of nitrate toxicity and find a link to a helpful fact sheet from OSU.
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