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Wednesday, September 28, 2016
EPA Expected to Submit 2,4-D Herbicide DRAFT Risk Assessment for Registration Review Soon
The Industry Task Force II on 2,4-D Research Data, comprised of companies holding technical 2,4-D registrations, is a joint research venture that funds the Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) research studies required to support the registration and registration review of 2,4-D in the U.S. and Canada. The Task Force currently anticipates that the US Environmental Protection Agency will be releasing for comment its DRAFT Risk Assessment for the herbicide 2,4-D under Registration Review sometime in October.
Each time the EPA has examined 2,4-D (at least three times in the most recent 12 years), the Task Force has worked to remind the Agency of the continued value of 2,4-D. The herbicide is widely used to control invasive and noxious weeds in agriculture, forestry and recreation, and for safety along highways, power line corridors and rail lines. No herbicide has been more thoroughly and continually studied. It was first registered in 1947.
Producers are encouraged to be prepared to help EPA appreciate and understand the value that this herbicide brings in protecting your production crops and working lands, by contributing their input when the comment period is opened. During the comment period, EPA will want to know producers' thoughts and learn how they use the product.
The EPA review is particularly important given the report last year published by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) on the carcinogenicity of 2,4-D herbicide. The Working Group voted the herbicide 2,4-D as possibly carcinogenic to humans (Group 2B), based on inadequate evidence in humans and limited evidence in experimental animals.
Click here to read more about the Task Force's efforts to protect producers' ability to use 2,4-D in their operations.
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|Volatility Concerns Linger as NCBA and CME Continue to Work Towards Solutions
While lots of concern about the volatility in the futures trade continues to linger in the cattle business, Kendal Frazier, CEO of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, says his organization is still working with the CME Group to resolve this problem. In fact, he says full discussions will pick back up in mid-October with the working group's next scheduled meeting in Washington, D.C.
"We've kind of revised that work group and revamped it," Frazier said. "They're also going to meet with people representing the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. We're going to bring in some outside third party experts, who will address the working group and who really follow the cattle futures market."
Frazier says they understand that all commodity prices across the board have been under pressure for a lot of reasons, citing a number of economic factors at play including a strong dollar and a slowing economy. However, he contends that the volatility in the cattle futures contracts are unprecedented and need to be stabilized as producers rely on them as tools in managing risk.
The CME Group has prepared some ideas to present to the work group on better ways to structure contracts; ideas Frazier says the group is open to and willing to discuss. One idea though, cash settlements, is off the table as the group affirmed this summer their policy is against such terms.
"We have some people that believe cash settlements won't work and they still want the option of live physical delivery," Frazier said. "Let's get in a room and talk about and see if we can find solutions - that's what this working group has been about since day one."
|Oklahoma Teacher Among Those Selected to Pilot New Classroom Resource on Biotechnology
Four educators, including Ginger Reimer of Claremore, Oklahoma, have been selected to pilot new resources for "Bringing Biotechnology to Life," a free educational resource that aims to facilitate learning about agricultural biotechnology and its role in food production. This educational resource was originally launched by the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture and the International Food Information Council Foundation at the World Food Prize 2015 Borlaug Dialogue international symposium.Along with Reimer, Amy Dawson of Paragould, Arkansas; Christy Reynolds of Camden, Arkansas; and Melissa Smith of Alpena, Michigan will pilot the new resources this year. They each also will receive a $100 credit to the Foundation's resource store at www.agfoundation.org.
"Our goal is to help consumers understand the impact biotechnology makes on agriculture and our lives through this fact- and research-based resource that has been reviewed by an array of scientists," said Julie Tesch, executive director of the Foundation. "This science-based classroom resource includes applicable lessons to provide students with the tools they need to make informed decisions about the practical uses of biotechnology."The resource includes seven sequential lesson plans for educators which address national learning standards for 7th to 10th grade students. Click here to find a complete list of lesson topics and find a link to download the Bringing Biotechnology to Life Version 1.0 learning kit.
|Fresh Beef from Brazil: Incomplete Review Means Too Much Risk for Too Little Reward
The following is an opinion piece from Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Director Robert "Bobby" McKnight Jr.:
Because the U.S. cattle herd has been safe from foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) since 1929, I am concerned by the Aug. 1 announcement from U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that we are considering the importation of fresh beef from Brazil, a country that has an active vaccination program against FMD.
We hold other trading partners to standards that require their cattle herds to be free of a disease, and not just vaccinated against it. We should not relax our requirements for Brazil.
Foot-and-mouth disease is not a threat to human health, but it is devastating to the livestock species that are susceptible to it. Ranchers in countries, such as Brazil, mount hugely expensive animal health campaigns to control the disease and work to eradicate it. Our major trading partners, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, are FMD-free.
Thankfully, we were able to eradicate FMD from U.S. herds nearly 100 years ago. It is disappointing that USDA moved forward with its decision to allow the importation of fresh beef from Brazil before the Government Accountability Office (GAO) had completed its audit of the procedures USDA used to formulate its rules for importation.
to continue reading McKnight's commentary on the importation of fresh beef from Brazil.
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|Noble Foundation Demonstrates the Critical Role Fence Construction Plays in Ag Operations
The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation will host a Fence Construction Workshop from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 4, at the Noble Foundation Red River Research and Demonstration Farm, located at 13096 Noble Fdn. Road in Burneyville, Oklahoma."Fence construction is an expensive activity that is best done right the first time," said Hugh Aljoe, producer relations manager. "This workshop will demonstrate how to build good electric and net wire fences with hands-on demonstrations."Workshop attendees will see the latest fencing materials and technologies offered in the industry and being used in the construction of the Noble Foundation's 640-acre Grazing Research Facility. Gallagher and Stay-Tuff representatives will demonstrate tools, techniques and construction of high-tensile electric and net wire fences.There is no registration fee for the seminar, but preregistration is encouraged. To register, please visit www.noble.org/agevents, or contact Danielle Pacifico at 580-224-6376 or Maggie Scott at
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|North American Beef Industry Enjoys Distinct Advantages Compared to Global Counterparts
Compared to the rest of the world: the North American beef community has a distinct advantage.
"We are the center, globally, of grain-finish beef production," said Glynn Tonsor, Kansas State University ag economist. "So we do compete globally with a lot of grass-finish, and there's some growth of grain-finish elsewhere, but in aggregate around the world, U.S. and Canada combined are the core of that."
Looking toward growth, we have the ability to get that high-quality beef to market, too.
"We also have a lot of infrastructure here that's not in existence elsewhere, whether it is the feed-grain base, but you know, modern and large, economies of scale, feedlots, packing industry, well-recognized safety institutions," Tonsor said. "For the most part, you know, we have well-working trains, rivers, roads--all that kind of stuff that a lot of times, we take for granted, but it is here, and compared to other parts of the world, is relatively maintained, we can rely on it, we can build our industry from it.
to read more and watch a video featuring Dr. Tonsor discussing the advantages and disadvantages of the North American beef community, compared to the rest of the world.
|This N That- Fall Like Weather Arrives, Tulsa Fair Starts and Fed Cattle Exchange Selling Cattle This Morning
We have another cold front entering Oklahoma this morning- and while there is no rainfall associated with this front- it will cool us down for the next day or so- we will see 80s in a lot of Oklahoma today but only 70s tomorrow:
And- Jed Castles
with News9 offers his nine day forecast which shows the next chance of precip comes early next week- and those are only moderate chances it appears:
We do warm back up by the end of the weekend and the first half of next week in central and western Oklahoma. For those in Green Country in the eastern part of our state- Alan Crone
offers some play by play of our weather patterns in his Wednesday morning weather blog- click here
to read it all!
After recent moisture- anyone wanting to plant canola and wheat should be able to get it in the ground and growing- and the open weather til next Tuesday means harvest of our spring planted crops can move forward as well.
The 2016 edition of the Tulsa State Fair
kicks off tomorrow- we posted a story earlier this week
about the best place to eat on the Tulsa fairgrounds- the OCA Steak Tent- which is actually a permanent building right in front of the cattle barns. For $8, you can't beat their Ribeye Steak Sandwich!
We will be spending time next week at the 2016 Tulsa Fair for their market animal show- as it is the premiere fall show for 4-H and FFA youth in the state- the Champion drive happens a week from today- and their premium Sale of the top market animals is next Thursday.Click here for our Calendar page
to see the day by day schedule in the livestock barns at this year's Tulsa State Fair.
This will be the third week for the FedCattleExchange.Com
platform to sell cattle since resuming weekly sales of feedlot cattle that are ready for harvest- and it looks like from their showlists for today's 10 AM central time sale that they could have their best sale yet.
Over 3,900 cattle are listed for sale this week- and while it has been common that not all lots sell in any given week- the trend seems to be heading in the right direction- and this platform may be on its way to becoming a significant way to establish a cash cattle price in any given week.
The lack of cattle numbers being sold in the cash market has been a bigger and bigger worry for the beef cattle industry- and this platform- owned and operated by Superior Livestock
- is the latest effort to find a way to establish a weekly benchmark for what market ready animals are worth.
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