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It's TIME to ROCK the HILL! Soybean Farmer Wade
Cowan Weighs in on Voluntary GMO Labeling Bill
It's time to rock the Hill. That was the battle cry
from the Chairman of the American Soybean Association's Board of
Cowan of Brownfield, Texas. Cowan told reporters at
Commodity Classic in New Orleans on Thursday that the GMO labeling
debate is the "tipping point" for the future of
The Coalition for Safe
Affordable Food and the American Soybean Association have
mounted an effort to persuade the Senate to pass a bill to preempt
state GMO labeling laws. The Senate Agriculture Committee
approved a preemption measure earlier this week, 14-6, and
negotiations are now underway to get the Democratic support needed to
overcome an expected filibuster.
A toll-free number has been set up for farmers and others who support
the Voluntary Labeling Effort- 866-464-6633.
Cowan told reporters that you will find a live person on the other
end of the phone that will help you craft your own message about why
you want Congress to approve the Voluntary GMO Labeling Bill and then
help the person calling with contacting their Senators. The Texas
soybean producer says that farmers need to call their senators
"like a Chicago voter; early and often."
If you are a farmer or rancher- or interested in
defending modern production agriculture- I would urge you to jump
over to our website by clicking
here and taking three minutes to listen to Wade Cowan- I call it
the best three minutes that I have heard at this week's Commodity
the way- we want
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Classic- We Talk Grain Sorghum- Association Side and Checkoff Side
We have posted on our website a pair of interviews
that we did yesterday afternoon here in New Orleans- these interviews
can give you a good overview of where the grain sorghum sector is
here in the first quarter of 2016.
We point you first to a visit with long time friend Tim Lust, who
has headed up the National Sorghum Producers for many years-
and continues to a spokesperson for grain sorghum producers on a
Tim and I talk about this past year's crop and how
important it was to get a "turn around" production cycle
like we saw in 2015. We talk EPA regulations on existing ag
chemicals important to sorghum, farm bill and more- click
here to jump over to our conversation with Tim Lust of the
We also spent time with the Executive Director of the
United Sorghum Checkoff Program, Florentino Lopez. Lopez and
yours truly talked about three of the key areas where the checkoff
for sorghum producers is trying to move the needle for the grain
sorghum producers around the country.
Those points of emphasis that we talked with
Florentino about included research funded in recent years by the
checkoff to help complete commercialization of herbicides that have
been developed that can be applied over the top of young milo to
achieve control of grassy weeds. We also talked about the
international market which means a conversation about China and
finally- we talked about domestic marketing efforts, especially work
in the new product area for grain sorghum.
Coalition Unveiled in New Orleans- With Goal of Helping Farmers
Control and Manage Their Data
You could call it a bank for all of the production data
that you are collecting on your farm- info from your Yield Monitor,
Soil Test Results and on and on and on- American Farm Bureau and a
host of Land Grants and AgriBusiness giants are forming a virtual
bank to store farm data in one place.
The new entity that was unveiled in New Orleans
yesterday is the Agricultural Data Coalition. The ADC plans to
help farmers better control, manage and maximize the value of their
Its goal is to build a data repository where farmers can
securely store and oversee the information collected by their
tractors, harvesters, aerial drones and other devices. Over time,
that data can then be scrubbed, synced and transmitted in an
efficient and uniform way to third parties - whether they be
researchers, crop insurance agents, government officials, farm
managers, input providers or any trusted advisor the farmer chooses.
"The key is that farmers are in complete control,
and they decide who is allowed access to their data," explained
ADC Executive Director Matt
Bechdol. "That's what sets ADC apart. This is
not about profit for others, it's about streamlining data management,
establishing clear lines of control, and helping growers utilize
their data in ways that ultimately benefit them."
We attended the News Briefing put on by the new
Coalition- and actually have posted two stories on our website
helping describe the plans- click
here to pull up our story featuring an interview that we did
with Matt Beckdol.
Oklahoma Cotton Crop
Quality and Quantity Good Enough to Brag About in 2015
The 2015 Oklahoma cotton crop turned out to be an
excellent crop- both in terms of the quantity produced and the
quality that has been ginned. In the latest Cotton Comments published
electronically by the OSU Southwest Research and Extension Center in
Altus, the top story provides an overview of this past season's cotton
crop in Oklahoma.
"According to the most recent USDA-NASS 2015 crop report,
215,000 acres were planted with 205,000 acres expected to be
harvested. Due to record May rainfall in many areas, substantial soil
moisture was prevalent in many counties. A dry spell in August and
September was the main limiting factor impacting the crop.
"USDA-NASS projects Oklahoma cotton production to total 370,000
thousand bales, 37 percent higher production than 2014. Yield is
expected to average 866 pounds per acre, compared with 615 pounds
last year. If this projection is met, the 2015 crop would be the
second largest since 2000.
Quality of the crop seems to really good, based on
stats that are coming our of Abilene, where the Oklahoma crop is
being classed. Click
here to read more about the 2015 crop- we also have a link to the
full Cotton Coments for you to download and read.
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BASF Focused on Efforts
to Increase Monarch Butterfly Population Through Living Acres
BASF announced on Wednesday first-year findings from Living
Acres, a biodiversity research initiative focused on helping increase
the iconic monarch butterfly population through establishing milkweed
in non-crop areas. The research, conducted on the BASF Research Farm
in Holly Springs, North Carolina, provides best practices for
establishing and maintaining the plants in non-production
"Sustainability and biodiversity are two
important areas of focus for BASF," said Max Safarpour,
Department Head, Director of Global Regulatory & Government
Affairs, BASF. "Living Acres puts years of research and
development experience to work to find a way for biodiversity to
exist alongside modern agriculture." After the announcement made
in New Orleans at the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, we
talked with Max about the Living Acres efforts of the Ag Chemical
here to read more.
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Not a GMO- Gene Editing
Offers Tremendous Benefits in Precision Breeding Advances for Cattle
opponents of GMOs in the global food supply are starting to back away
from making overt claims that there is a safety issue with any food
that contains an ingredient in it that comes from a GMO grain or
oilseed or other crop. Instead, they are wrapping their arguments in
the flag of "a consumer's right to know." And, at this
time, this continues to be a crop based controversy.
Currently, there is only one GMO animal that has been
approved for commercial production- the AquAdvantage salmon that has
been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. FDA says on their website"The
FDA scientists rigorously evaluated extensive data submitted by the
manufacturer, AquaBounty Technologies, and other peer-reviewed data,
to assess whether AquAdvantage salmon met the criteria for approval
established by law; namely, safety and effectiveness. The data
demonstrated that the inserted genes remained stable over several
generations of fish, that food from the GE salmon is safe to eat by
humans and animals, that the genetic engineering is safe for the
fish, and the salmon meets the sponsor's claim about faster growth.
Fast forward to the US Cattle Industry. There are
currently no specific GMO animals being promoted as close to being
commecialized- however, scientists like Dr. Alison Van Eenennaam
of the University of California- Davis, are working with a technique
that is called gene-editing.
We talked with Dr. Van Eenennaam at the Cattle
Industry Convention in San Diego about gene editing and what it could
mean for the cattle industry in the days ahead. Part one
of our conversation is found in our Beef Buzz that we are
or tap here to jump over to our Beef Buzz found on the
OklahomaFarmReport.Com website- this is part one- we
will feature Part Two in our Monday email.
This N That- In the Field
Features Jimmy Emmons, Blackjack and Friends Sale Tomorrow and Frank
Lucas Townhalls Next Week
Our regular In the Field TV segment that is seen
Saturday mornings on KWTV News9 will feature tomorrow morning a
conversation that we had earlier this week with Jimmy Emmons,
a wheat, canola and cattle producer from Leedey, Oklahoma.
Jimmy is on the cutting edge of the Soil Health
movement in the US- and we talk about why he operates as a no till
farmer and is now actively using Cover Crops to build up his soil and
save water- be watching at 6:40 AM during the morning KWTV Saturday
morning news block!
in Seminole, Oklahoma will be holding their annual Blackjack and
Friends Production Sale tomorrow at 12 Noon.
The friends refer to Pfeiffer Angus and McFerran Farms.
The sale will feature 85 Angus & SimAngus
Details are available
here on our calendar page at OklahomaFarmReport.Com.
The first of this coming week will see Oklahoma Third
District Congressman Frank
Lucas back out in his half of the state that makes up
the Third District.
Townhall meetings are planned on Monday in Magnum,
Hollis and Altus. Tuesday- the House Ag Committee member will
be in Anadarko and Hobart.
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