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Monday, February 22, 2016
This is National FFA Week- We Celebrate the Blue and
Months and Two Days- We Talk EPA, Farm Bill, Politics and More with
Congressman Frank Lucas
Eleven Months and Two Days. That's the amount of time
left before we see a new resident move into the White House- and Oklahoma Congressman Frank
Lucas is looking forward to the end of the Obama
Presidency for a variety of reasons. At the top of the list, the
Roger Mills County farmer/rancher said that he is hopeful that in
eleven months and two days, the new President will terminate a whole
host of regulators that have been appointed by President Obama-
including the Administrator of the EPA, Gina McCarthy.
Lucas says that in the meantime, McCarthy signaled the House Ag
Committee this past week that she intends to be "full speed
ahead" as long as she is in office in laying as much regulation
on top of the American economy as she possibly can.
We also talked about the EPA's WOTUS and other regulatory burdens
that are in place or are being put into place by Gina McCarthy.
Lucas also talked about the challenge of getting anything done in
2016 in the US Congress- hard enough since we are starring at
Election Day in November- and even harded with the death of Supreme
Scalia, which is likely to totally shut down many of
the functions of the US Senate in the weeks and months ahead.
Lucas said he is pleased that House
Speaker Paul Ryan desires to establish "regular
order" and see the Appropriations process work- but that will be
a tall order to accomplish in this election year.
Lucas also talked about the implementation of the 2014 Farm Law, the
efforts to get Cottonseed declared an "Other Oilseed", the
political landscape in Washington and even what he is hearing from
constituents in the Third District about earthquakes.
But, at the end of the wide ranging conversation, it all comes back
to Eleven Months and Two Days. Congressman Lucas is hopeful.
or tap here to hear our full conversation, recorded in Kingfisher
just ahead of the Town Hall Meeting that Congressman Lucas had on
Thursday, February 18th.
BY THE WAY- Congressman
Lucas gets the Gold Star for not missing a beat as the lights went
off and then on and then off again as we recorded
this interview- high winds knocked power off that morning in
Kingfisher and power was down in that area well into the afternoon.
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Announces Biotechnology Labeling Solutions Markup
U.S. Senator Pat Roberts,
R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition
and Forestry, Friday announced the Committee will hold a business
meeting on February 25 to consider the Chairman's Mark on
Biotechnology Labeling Solutions. This will be held on Thursday,
February 25, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. in the Russell Senate
"We are grateful to Chairman Roberts for his leadership towards
advancing a common-sense solution to the GMO food labeling issue that
protects our nation's farmers, consumers, grocers and small
businesses," said Brian
Baenig, Biotechnology Innovation Organization's (BIO)
Executive Vice President of Food & Agriculture. Click
here to read more from BIO.
"The introduction of Roberts's proposal is an important first
step to restoring sanity to America's food labeling laws," said National Corn Growers
Association President Chip Bowling, a farmer from
Maryland. "GMOs are perfectly safe and America's farmers rely on
this proven technology to protect our crops from insects, weeds and
drought. Important food safety and labeling decisions should be made
by the scientists and qualified policymakers at the FDA, not
political activists and campaigns. Yet, despite the scientific
evidence, states such as Vermont are quickly moving toward costly,
confusing mandatory labeling legislation. It is imperative that the
Senate takes up this issue quickly to avoid a situation in which all
American consumers pay a high price and gain little actual
here to read more from NCGA.
"We've heard repeatedly that Americans want more
information on what's in their food, and we are invested in providing
that information to them. Chairman Roberts' bill is one that moves
the food production industry in a direction of greater transparency,
while at the same time protecting farmers' ability to use what science
has repeatedly proven to be a safe and sustainable technology,"
President Richard Wilkins,
a farmer from Greenwood, Del. Click
here to read more from ASA.
United States Cattle on
Feed Down Slightly, Tom Leffler Calls Report Neutral
surprises were found in the latest cattle on feed report. Market
Leffler of Leffler Commodities said the report came
in very close to pre-report estimates. The number of cattle and
calves on feed for the slaughter market in the United States for
feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 10.7 million
head on February 1, 2016. The inventory was slightly below February
1, 2015 and 4.1 percent below the five year average. Nebraska was
down two percent, Texas was down two percent, but Kansas was up two
percent versus a year ago.
"This is the third straight month of being lower than previous
year on our on feed numbers and this is the sixth lowest February on
feed number of the past 21 years," Leffler said.
Placements in feedlots during January totaled 1.78 million head, one
percent below 2015. That was 5.5 percent lower than the five year
average. Leffler said this was the 14th time in the
past 16 straight months that placements were lower than the previous
year. This was the fifth lowest January placement figure of the last
21 years. Texas was down four percent, Nebraska was down three
percent and Kansas was up one percent versus a year ago.
"It looks like this report will have no reflection on our
markets come next week," Leffler said.
or tap here to read the full report or to listen to the full analysis
from Tom Leffler.
Delegates Reelect Terry Detrick as President of the General Farm
Organization at 111th Annual Meeting
Farmers & Ranchers held officer and director elections at the
111th AFR Convention Feb. 19-21, Norman, Okla. The organization's
membership delegates re-elected Terry Detrick, Ames, Okla., to
lead the organization as president.
am honored and humbled by the members' trust in my ability to
continue leading this great organization," Detrick said. "I
look forward to working with the members and agents for the continued
success of this company and its future."
The membership voted on two other seats on the AFR
Board of Directors-Northeast District Seat #3 and at-large District
Cache, Okla., will retain the at-large District 3 seat for another
three-year term. Marion
Schauffler, Porter, Okla., was elected to his first
term on the board.
On Saturday evening, two county organizations of the AFR were honored
with what is considered the group's highest level of recognition for
their service at the local level. Beckham and Love Counties won the
AFR "Five Star" award.
Both counties received the Five Star Outstanding County Achievement
Award which recognizes outstanding counties that have shown exemplary
devotion to the AFR culture of giving back to communities across
Some of the activities that merited the five star designations
include sponsoring a legislative breakfast (Beckham County), food
drive (Love County), legislative efforts at the state Capitol
(Beckham County) and a county health fair (Love County).
We'll have more from the AFR convention over the next couple of days
here in our morning email updates.
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DuPont, Dow Announce Site
Structure of Intended Independent Agriculture Company
(NYSE:DD) and The
Dow Chemical Company (NYSE:DOW) Friday announced the
U.S. site structure for the global agriculture leader the companies
intend to create following the planned separation of DowDuPont into
three independent, publicly traded companies.
The corporate headquarters for the Agriculture company will be
located in Wilmington, Delaware and will include the office of the
CEO and key corporate support functions. Sites in Johnston, Iowa and
Indianapolis, Indiana will serve as Global Business Centers, with
leadership of business lines, business support functions, R&D,
global supply chain, and sales and marketing capabilities
concentrated in the two Midwest locations. In addition, the
independent Agriculture company will feature DuPont in the company's
name, following completion of the corporate naming and branding
"This efficient structure takes full advantage of the unique
expertise and resources that exist in each location, enabling us to
deliver the long-term opportunity for the leading global Agriculture
company we intend to create," said Edward D. Breen,
chairman and chief executive officer of DuPont. "Our deep
presence in Iowa and Indiana will continue the close ties to our
customer base and the broader Agriculture community, while leveraging
the existing corporate infrastructure and expertise we have in
Delaware - DuPont's home for more than 200 years."
With the announcement of the intended Agriculture
company site structure, each headquarters location of the three
intended independent, publicly traded companies now has been
here to read more.
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Dr. Shalene McNeill Talks Beef Role in a Healthy Diet and the
Nation's Dietary Guidelines
Dr. Shalene McNeill
serves as the Executive Director of human nutrition research at the National Cattlemen's Beef
Association (NCBA). In that role, she was on the
front lines battling on behalf of cattle producers across the country
on the nation's dietary guidelines. These nutritional recommendations
come out every five years from the Department of Health and Human Services
(HHS) and the U.S.
Department of Agriculture (USDA). The process got a
rough start when major studies like the "Beef in an Optimal Lean
Diet", otherwise known as BOLD study was missed. She said this
showed that beef can lower cholesterol and it has a role in a healthy
diet. She also found some committee members did not understand the
definition of lean meat and red meat and some did not understand how
much of today's beef supply has become leaner.
"So those issues were raised and ultimately at the end of the
day the Secretaries reviewed the science and landed in a place that
supports the science and we see these dietary guidelines clearly
saying now that lean beef can be part healthy guidelines and they are
definitely part of the dietary guidelines," McNeill said.
The nation's dietary guidelines set the standard for the school lunch
program, federal feeding programs and serve as the baseline that many
registered nutritionists use for guidance. McNeill said the next step
for the beef checkoff is making sure consumers know beef is part of a
healthy diet, along with providing recipes, meal plans and other
materials when the dietary guidelines are put into practice. Click
or tap here to listen to this Beef Buzz feature.
Oklahoma Teacher Selected
for 2016 Excellence in Teaching About Agriculture Award
Agriculture in the Classroom Organization (NAITCO), U.S. Department of Agriculture
(USDA) and Farm
Credit announced that Lisa Storm of Kingfisher is among
seven general education teachers from around the country selected as
winners of the National Excellence in Teaching about Agriculture
Award for 2016.
Storm, a teacher at Heritage Elementary in Kingfisher, was the 2014
Oklahoma Teacher of the Year for the statewide Ag in the Classroom
program coordinated by the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food
and Forestry (ODAFF) and the Oklahoma State Department of Education.
"My favorite thing about teaching is it allows me to be very
creative. I constantly look for innovative ways to bring my students
memorable learning experiences. Ag in the Classroom curriculum is a
combination of solid agricultural knowledge, research-based learning
objectives, and creative hands-on learning," Storm said when she
received the Oklahoma Teacher of the Year award in 2014.
or tap here to read more about the seven teachers selected for
the National Excellence in Teaching about Agriculture Award.
Class XVII of the
Oklahoma Ag Leadership Program Continues Their Studies in Vietnam
Agricultural leaders from Oklahoma that are participants in Class
XVII of the Oklahoma
Ag Leadership Program have been in Vietnam for over a
week now- and have traveled from Hanoi in the northern part of this
southeastern Asian country to Danang and then on to Saigon- or Ho Chi
Minh City as it is now known.
In Vietnam, 65% depend on agriculture for their livelihood, and 74%
live in rural areas.
In the southern portion of the travels, the class spent time in and
around the Mekong River Delta, which has a population of 18 million,
83% being rural. It's provides 27% GDP of the country.
One of the Universities found in this region is Can Tho University,
which was established in 1966 and is one of the 14 key Universities
in Vietnam out of 379 Higher Ed Institutes. The College of Ag was
established in 1968, and renamed the College of Agriculture and
Applied Biology in 2005.
This university plays an important role in socio-economic development
in the Mekong Delta region. They have three major research programs:
plant and animal production genetics and breeding; sustainable
production of tropical plants and animals; and food technology and
We have an audio overview of some of the highlights of the travel
thus far- courtesy of Craig
Woods with the Ag Communications Department of the
OSU Division of Agriculture.
here for that overview and a few pictorial highlights from OALP
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