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Showdown Week for GMO
Labeling in the US Senate
There are lots
of moving parts in this GMO Labeling Bill story- some
of the developments include:
Agri-Pulse is reporting this morning that "A compromise version
of legislation to preempt state GMO labeling laws is likely to be
released today, according to a source familiar with the negotiations.
"The bill is expected to be on the Senate floor
Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts and
his committee's top Democrat, Debbie
Stabenow, spent last week negotiating details of an
industry disclosure system that can pass muster with Democrats. The
bill will need at least 60 votes to move to a final vote."
Meanwhile the Senator who has surfaced as the key lawmaker demanding
nothing less than a printed label detailing GMO ingredients is
Merkley from Oregon.
Senator Merkley says he opposes US Secretary of Agriculture's Tom
Vilsack's approach to GMO labeling. Merkley introduced a mandatory
labeling bill just a day after the Senate Agriculture Committee
approved a voluntary measure by Kansas Republican Senator Pat
Roberts, Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee. Vilsack's
proposal, known as mandatory disclosure, would use smart labels and
1-800 numbers for consumers to find more information. Merkley
responded by saying Americans do not want "to stand in a grocery
store and make phone calls to companies."
seems to be the likely bill that will be unveiled by Senator Roberts
which would be brought forward as an amendment to what was passed out
the Senate Ag Committee- and we will wait to see exactly what deal
has been cut between Roberts and Stabenow to get something that might
bring together 60 Senators. The House has already passed legislation
which calls for a voluntary plan that would be coordinated by the
Feds and preempts state laws like the one in Vermont that is forcing
Congress to do something.
would be the Merkley alternative, which will never get to 60 votes,
but would accomplish the objective of those who favor allowing the
states to mandate whatever they want in the form of GMO transparency.
is the Vilsack concept of Mandatory Disclosure, of which elements
could be folded into the Roberts Plan A. The Secretary could
also do a Rule under current authority which could preempt state laws
on this subject- as that circles back around to Plan A which would
direct the Secretary to do a Rule that would preempt State Laws on
what could go on a food label regarding the ingredients and their
Is there a Plan D? Maybe- but only if Plan A fails to
materialize this week ahead of the Easter Holiday Recess.
Lincoln to Local
Features State Senator Bryce Marlatt on Budget Woes Lawmakers Are
On a weekly basis, the Oklahoma Farm Bureau produces an update of
what is going on at the Oklahoma Capitol called Lincoln to Local. The
latest Lincoln to Local is out and features State Senator Bryce Marlatt,
Republican from Enid.
Senator Marlatt discusses troubles at the state Capitol including the
budget shortfall and education.
here to jump over to our website to check out the latest from
Farm Bureau's Legislative Update.
Responds to Industry Questions on the Revised VFD Rule
Foundation hosted 12 workshops across the nation last
fall on the new policies and requirements of the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration concerning the use of medically-important
antimicrobial drugs in food animals.
The workshops provided more than 500 livestock producers,
veterinarians and feed suppliers the opportunity to learn about the
new policies directly from senior officials of FDA and USDA's Animal
and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). Participants also were
able to voice their opinions and ask questions about the management
challenges of implementation.
During the workshops, FDA officials were not able to respond to all
the implementation questions. FDA has now responded to all those
Our story on our website- available
here- highlights some of the answers provided by FDA and has a
link back to those answers provided by FDA
VFD is coming- it will go into effect January first of next year- and
will impact most livestock producers in how they handle antimicrobial
drugs that they use for their animals.
Farm Shows wants to thank everyone who came to
the 2015 Tulsa Farm Show. The show has grown tremendously over
the past 22 years- and 2015 was the best yet!
Now is the time to
put on your 2016 calendar the date for the 2016 Oklahoma City Farm Show,
coming April 14,
15 and 16, 2016. Contact Ron Bormaster
at (507) 437-7969 for more details about how your business or
organization can be a part of the 2016 Oklahoma City Farm Show!
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Beef Cattle Industry
Continues to Make Beef Safety a Major Priority With $550 Million
Dollar Investment Annually
Earlier in March, the beef cattle industry came together for the 2016
Edition of the Beef
Industry Safety Summit in Austin, Texas. One of those
involved again in 2016 was Kristina
Butts of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association.
Butts is the NCBA's Executive Director of Legislative and Government
Affairs in their Washington office.
The Beef Industry Safety Summit held in Austin was the 14th such
gathering. At the first Summit in 2003, the beef industry affirmed
its commitment to connect the safety links in the beef supply chain.
Prior to that first meeting, individual industry segments had worked
somewhat independently to address the safety issues relevant to their
segment of the beef supply chain. At the 2003 Summit, the safety
experts from all segments openly compared and shared research, best
practices, mutual expectations, and perspectives on emerging safety
concerns. And, organizers say that has been the goal each year since
Butts, in our latest Beef Buzz, says the 2016 edition of the Beef
Summit focused on research as well as intervention strategies that
can help keep consumers safe as they buy, prepare and serve beef to
or tap to read more and listen to Kristina on the BIFSCO meeting
held in Austin- including that $550 Million dollar figure she makes
reference to when it comes to beef safety efforts on an annual basis.
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ICYMI- TSCRA Special
Rangers Catch Man in the Act of Stealing Cattle
Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Rangers
Bohannon arrested a Guymon, Okla. man this past week
after catching the suspect in the act of stealing cattle from a
Dalhart, Texas livestock auction. Dempsey led the investigation and
Dempsey said he was contacted by TSCRA Market Inspector Anita
Prizilas concerning the suspected theft of two head of cattle from
the Cattlemen's Livestock Commission in Dalhart, Texas. Prizilas told
Dempsey the owner of the sale barn had been coming up short on head
The investigation revealed the suspect, Dannie Talcott,
63, of Guymon, had been purchasing cattle over the internet from
Cattlemen's Livestock Commission and shipping them to Preferred Beef,
a packing plant in Booker, Texas. When Talcott would go pick up the
cattle he bought from the Dalhart based livestock auction, he would
load more cattle than he paid for.
here to read more- while these cattle were being stolen in Texas-
it points out the need for a measure like the one now going through
the State Legislature in Oklahoma City- the House passing HB
2504 last week that would make each animal stolen a felony count.
Tall Fescue Renovation
School Coming to Northeast Oklahoma March 28th
Tall fescue makes excellent perennial forage that can be used to fill
the forage gap when warm-season grasses go dormant. Tall fescue is
adapted to regions of greater rainfall such as eastern Oklahoma and
the eastern states in the transition zone. Unfortunately, the
dominant tall fescue (usually referred to as Kentucky 31) commonly
used across the United States comes with one major problem: fescue
toxicosis. Livestock grazing toxic tall fescue may have lowered
animal production such as reduced weight gain, poor body condition,
lowered reproductive rates and lowered milk production, and elevated
One of the best ways to push back on toxic tall fescue is to replace
it with a newer variety of fescue.
If you want to know more about replacing your toxic tall fescue, help
is at hand. The
Alliance for Grassland Renewal will host a novel tall fescue
renovation school from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., March 28, in Welch,
Oklahoma. Novel tall fescue renovation schools offer
a great way to find out how you can overcome animal productivity
issues that come with grazing toxic tall fescue and learn about the
benefits of replacing your pastures with one of the new varieties
even if you think you are managing your toxic tall fescue.
details are available here- many pastures in eastern Oklahoma are
Fescue- and most have the problem of being toxic. 2016 might be
the year to consider doing better.
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