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Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Attorney General Mike Hunter Speaks Out on his Challenge of California's Prop 12
Attorney General Mike Hunter has joined a brief in support of the National Pork Producers Council and the American Farm Bureau Federation in their lawsuit against the state of California's Proposition 12 rule that burdens every farmer, rancher and consumer of U.S. agricultural products.
On Tuesday afternoon, I spoke with Mike Hunter about his thoughts on the brief.
The brief, signed by 15 state attorneys general, says the rule violates the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution by prohibiting the sale of any veal, pork or eggs produced from animals not raised in accordance with California's animal-confinement regulations, regardless of where those animals were raised.
The Commerce Clause prohibits state laws that unduly restrict interstate commerce in order to preserve a national market for goods and services.
Attorney General Hunter said Proposition 12 is unconstitutional and of no benefit to anyone in the United States.
Roy Lee Lindsey, Oklahoma Pork Council Executive Director said, "Oklahoma's hog farmers would like to thank Attorney General Mike Hunter for his support of our industry through participation in a brief supporting the National Pork Producers Council and the American Farm Bureau Federation in their lawsuit against the State of California's Proposition 12 rule that burdens every farmer, rancher and consumer of U.S. agricultural products.
This is the latest example of Attorney General Hunter standing up for the hard work of Oklahoma's hog farmers against laws in other states that would have a negative impact in Oklahoma. We appreciate the leadership Attorney General Hunter has shown and continues to show on these issues." - Roy Lee Lindsey, Jr. Oklahoma Pork Council Executive Director
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With the world markets in turmoil, we turn to the experts for help. One of those experts that understands the cattle market most of the time is Dr. Derrell Peel, OSU Extension livestock economist, who admits that because of the crazy outside forces hitting cattle prices- "We don't know where this is going."
Dr. Peel compares the current situation to a "Black Swan" event in that it is a rare one-time occurrence.
"It's a fluid situation that we may not know is over until it's over," Peel said.
It's a global event that has impacted beef demand. Peel says the beef industry should still be looking for opportunities to sell despite the fact there are more competitors today.
It is no surprise that China is the primary factor, though they are not mainly known as a significant per capita beef consumer. In 2019 China purchased 30 percent of the global beef tonnage.
"The China market has just exploded in the last two years," Peel said.
Brazil is the leading beef export country in the world, Peel said. Other global competitors include New Zealand, India, and Australia.
Engaging, motivating, educating and encouraging students is what this year's Ag in the Classroom Teacher of the Year, Tammy Will,is known for.
Will, who has taught at Morrison Public Schools for 14 years, has pursued AITC in many ways including attending countless workshops, tours and conferences across the state.
Will's agriculture roots run deep and early in her teaching career, she quickly learned pairing her experience in the industry with teaching would open a world of possibilities to her students.
"I quickly learned that even though my students come from rural backgrounds, they have little understanding of agriculture production and processes," Will said."One day, I discussed a lesson that involved farming practices. As I began to explain what I thought was common knowledge, it was clear that my student's curiosity was driving the discussion."
After this discussion, Will quickly began to look for resources to include in her curriculum that would provide her students with a better understanding of agriculture.
"I began by teaching my eighth grade students about soil pH using cabbage indicators in the lesson 'Bubbles in Cabbage Juice,'" Wills said. "My classes loved the hands-on labs.
Another day, I brought stalks of wheat from our farm to discuss how it grows, where to locate seeds and extract wheat DNA in the 'Hunger Fighter' lesson."
Will teaches chemistry, physical science and STEM classes and said the AITC lessons are impactful on her students and they wait in anticipation when she is setting up labs.
"Teaching AITC lessons to my classes has definitely helped make connections in agriculture literacy," Will said. "Whether I sort my students into 'Houses of Agriculture' or use bulletin boards with agriculture careers, there continues to be an effort to educate my students. My desire is to help them become agriculture literate and to communicate the society significance of agriculture.
| OYE Kicks Off With First Ever Ag Mechanics Competition
At five pm yesterday afternoon, the 2020 Oklahoma Youth Expo got real as trucks that had been lined up for several hours drove onto the State Fairgrounds and began moving into the hog pens assigned to them. Also starting to arrive- breeding heifers.
Both the crossbred gilts and heifers will kick off the world's largest junior livestock show on Thursday morning as the first of thousands of head of livestock will be evaluated by some of the leading judges in the United States.
Ahead of that- the first competition for the 2020 Oklahoma Youth Expo is a first ever event- the brand new Ag Mechanics Contest. The new contest drew just over one hundred entries- and it is expected the judges will have about seventy exhibits to actually evaluate when they begin at 8 AM today.
Show Superintendent Jerry Renshaw tells us that exibitors have been working, in some cases, for months on their projects- they are required to have a plan(with details to be provided to the judges), assemble and then display their project for the judges to evaluate.
The judging is happening today- and then Champions of the Ag Mechanics contest will be announced tomorrow at 10 AM- with the top projects to be offered in an online auction with the proceeds returning to the exhibitors.
Here's a couple of the projects that the judges will be looking at- starting at 8 AM-
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Oklahoma's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist, Gary O'Neill, has announced the agency is accepting applications for its Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) - Wetland Reserve Easement (WRE) component, and those submitted by March 27, 2020, will be considered for FY2020 funding.
NRCS will prioritize applications that protect, restore and enhance habitat for wildlife on their lands and reduce damage from flooding and recharge groundwater.
"USDA is committed to restoring and protecting vital sensitive wetlands that provide important wildlife habitat and improve water quality," O'Neill said.
Land eligible for easements includes cropland, rangeland, grassland and pastureland land owned by private individuals or Native American Tribes. Wetland Reserve Easements provide habitat for fish and wildlife, including endangered species, improve water quality by filtering sediments and chemicals, reduce flooding, recharge groundwater, protect biological diversity and provide opportunities for educational, scientific and limited recreational activities.
Oklahoma State University is celebrating 100 years of meat science during the annual Animal Sciences Weekend in early April.
The weekend will kick off with a scholarship banquet April 3 at the Wes Watkins Center for International Trade Development and run through April 5 with the Cowboy Classic production sale at the Purebred Beef Center.
Highlights will include tours of the Robert M. Kerr Food and Agricultural Products Center, photos of the 50-year teams and online auction to support scholarships.
"As one of the premier programs in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences, meat science has a longstanding reputation and tradition of excellence that continues to grow," said Gretchen Mafi, a professor and Ralph & Leila Boulware Endowed Chair in the department.
"We've have had numerous undergraduate, masters and doctoral program graduates who have become significant leaders in the meat and animal industries worldwide. Our faculty over the last 100 years are still well known for excellence in teaching an research.
More than 1,500 attendees, including retailers, processors and packers attending the 2020 Annual Meat Conference in Nashville, TN learned that beef is the most valuable protein in terms of salesi and how the beef industry's Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program is helping to improve consumer perceptions about how high-quality beef is raised in the U.S.
The National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA), a contractor to the Beef Checkoff and manager of the Beef. It's What's For Dinner. brand had a major presence at the event, including a packed booth in the tradeshow, which provided an in-depth look at the voluntary, Beef Checkoff funded program that ensures U.S. beef is produced under stringent animal care standards.
The BQA program was introduced to consumers in the fall of 2019 with a campaign designed to educate the general public about how beef in the U.S. is responsibly raised and the farmers and ranchers committed to producing safe, high-quality beef. Retailers were excited to learn that today, thanks to the commitment of cattle farmers and ranchers, more than 85 percent of beef comes from BQA certified farmers and ranchers.
"Consumers want to know how their food is raised and market research shows that when consumers learn about BQA, their confidence in beef increases," said Bridget Wasser, executive director, meat science & supply chain outreach at NCBA. "By relaying that information to retailers, we can help educate and support them in achieving their bottom line and driving beef sales."
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