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House Ag Committee Chairman Mike Conaway Expresses
Support for Biotech Labeling Bill
House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (R-TX)
issued the following statement Friday in response to the Senate's
recently passed legislation requiring products of biotechnology to be
"After spending the past week and a half studying the
legislation and meeting with agricultural producers, along with a
variety of other stakeholders, I have come to the conclusion that the
Senate bill is riddled with ambiguity and affords the Secretary a
concerning level of discretion. I have sought written assurances from
USDA on the more problematic provisions, and I appreciate the efforts
of the Department to provide some level of clarity. While I will
never fully support federally mandating the disclosure of information
that has absolutely nothing to do with nutrition, health, or safety,
it is my expectation that this legislation will be considered on the
House floor next week, and it
is my intention to support this bill."
In addition, agricultural trade groups
like Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) are applauding
the U.S. Senate for approving the measure and encouraging passage by
the U.S. House of Representatives.
"BIO applauds last night's Senate vote to pass the GMO
disclosure legislation," said Jim Greenwood,
BIO's President and CEO. "We thank Senators Roberts and Stabenow
for their leadership and congratulate them, along with other Senate
and House leaders, on advancing this much-needed legislative remedy
to the GMO disclosure issue."
"But the work isn't finished," added Greenwood. "BIO
urges the House of Representatives to take up and pass this bill
without further modification next week so that it can be sent to
President Obama for his signature before the Congress adjourns for
the summer recess."
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OSU's Brian Arnall and
Marvin Stone Recognized by PrecisionAg Institute
The PrecisionAg Institute has recognized outstanding
people, programs and organizations who have devoted their careers to
technology designed to improve crop production stewardship, agronomy
and efficiency for the past 10 years.
Each of those years, the Institute has presented its PrecisionAg
Awards of Excellence to worthy recipients at the Annual InfoAg
Conference. The 2016 conference will be in St. Louis, Missouri, Aug.
2-4, where two Oklahoma State University faculty members will be
associate professor in OSU's Department of Plant and Soil Sciences,
will be recognized at the Educator/Researcher of the Year,
Stone will posthumously receive the Legacy
Award. Stone was a Regents Professor in OSU's Department of
Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering for 24 years before he and
his wife, Bonnie, died after being struck by a vehicle at the 2015
OSU Homecoming Parade.
Stone was a key member of OSU's Division of Agricultural Sciences and
Natural Resources' interdisciplinary research team that developed the
landmark GreenSeeker™ optical sensor system. Adopted worldwide, this
groundbreaking technology precisely measures crop needs in real time,
allowing a producer to apply only the needed amount of fertilizer or
agricultural chemicals, reducing waste of those inputs while
potentially improving yields, decreasing nitrogen costs and promoting
improved environmental stewardship.
Stone was a pioneer in the precision agriculture world, Arnall has
taken the torch and is continuing down the path of success.
"It's humbling to be nominated by my peers and even more special
that Dr. Stone will be receiving the Legacy Award at the same
time," Arnall said. "It's because of Dr. Stone and all the
other amazing ag engineers and agronomists that I have been blessed
to work with that I have been able to be successful."
Among his many accomplishments, Arnall has developed
several mobile apps, like the Nutrient Field Guide and Canola Starter
here to read more about both the OSU researchers and their
Are In - Red Meat Exports Gained Momentum in May According to USMEF
red meat exports gained momentum in May with shipments of both beef
and pork increasing significantly year-over-year and reaching 2016
highs, according to statistics released by USDA and compiled by the
U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF).
beef export volume increased 12 percent from a year ago to 99,451
metric tons (mt). Export value ($533.3 million) was 4 percent lower
than a year ago but still the highest since July 2015. For January
through May, export volume moved 3 percent ahead of last year's pace
at 442,627 mt, while value was down 11 percent to $2.37 billion.
accounted for 14 percent of total beef production in May and 11
percent for muscle cuts only - each up about 1 percentage point from
a year ago. For January through May, these ratios were 13 percent and
10 percent, respectively, steady with last year's pace. Export value
per head of fed slaughter was $264.98 in May and $249.67 for January
through May - down 9 percent and 14 percent, respectively, from a
exports reached 199,193 mt in May, up 8 percent from a year ago,
while export value increased 3 percent to $501.7 million. Both totals
were the highest since April 2015. For January through May, pork
export volume was 1 percent ahead of last year's pace at 921,838 mt,
valued at $2.27 billion - down 6 percent.
Exports accounted for 28 percent of total pork
production in May and 24 percent for muscle cuts only - up slightly
from a year ago. For January through May, these ratios were 25
percent and 21 percent, respectively, which was steady with last
year. Export value per head slaughtered was $54.66 in May (down 2
percent from a year ago) and $47.44 for January through May (down 8
here to read more about May U.S. beef, pork and lamb exports and find
a link to USMEF's statistics page.
Keith Belk Says for the Consumer It's All a Matter of Taste
meat market is a competitive place and beef is at times at a
disadvantage, being pricier than say chicken or pork. What keeps the
consumer coming back for beef time and again though, comes down
simply to taste. However, to keep its competitive edge at the grocery
store, animal scientist Dr.
Keith Belk of Colorado State, asserts that there
are several issues producers need to address.
For instance, Dr. Belk explained that the industry is not producing
enough marbling or flavor in beef to keep consumers' buying interest.
"We select from marbling score, but in truth, we haven't
appeared to have made a lot of genetic progress," Belk said.
"We actually produce fewer choice and prime carcasses today than
we produced in the 1970s. Any improvements that we've made in
marbling score have been merely the consequence of changing hide
color in our population."
Dr. Belk believes there are multiple reasons for this lack of
progress, mainly that there are not any pricing mechanisms in place
that appropriately signal producers on what genetic selections they
should be emphasizing.
Dr. Belk also talks about dealing with the expectations of the
Millennials- and how that is changing things in the beef demand
arena- you can read more and listen to his comments by clicking
here and checking how this latest edition of the Beef Buzz.
Farm Shows is our longest running sponsor of
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Up next will be
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Annual Week in the Rockies Sale Starts Today
Superior Livestock Auction will kick off it's Week in
the Rockies sale today in Steamboat Springs, Colo. The five-day sale
will offer more than 261,500 head of calves, feeders and breeding
stock from across the country.
SLA's Week in the Rockies is the largest video auction
of the year and will broadcast live each day on Rural TV, DISH
Network channel 232. Bidders can also watch the sale online at www.superiorclicktobid.com.
Load lots of Oklahoma (and surrounding states) weaned
calves and calves on cows will sell Monday, and the area's feeder
steers, feeder heifers and bred stock will sell Tuesday, July 12. Click
here for a look at the complete sale catalog.
be sure to catch Superior Sunrise each morning before the sale at
7:30 a.m. (MDT) as host Kirby Schnoor highlights the daily offering
and talks with industry experts about market trends.
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Arthur on the Value of the Show Ring- Developing Leaders for Our
Communities, Our States and Our Nation
I grew up in a different era- but have discovered in talking with Blayne Arthur-
we have in common a start in 4-H and then a transition as we entered
High School into FFA. And we both grew up showing livestock- as
many of you have.
So- when I read her Facebook post last Thursday about how she views
the Show Ring experience- I was drawn in- and felt lots of emotions
and had many flash backs from my days with my family in being around
the show barn as a preschooler when my dad was a Vo-Ag teacher- and
then showing as a 4-Her and then later as a FFA member. Her
comments about the show ring are a masterpiece- it's not short- but I am putting it in my
Monday morning email as required reading for you all- to better
understand why it is often said that our most important crop is our
With her blessing- we share with you Blayne's posting:
"On this 27th Thursday of # ThankfulThursdays I am thankful for
the youth livestock show industry. I believe one of the challenges
that we face in the United States today is that not enough people are
raised on a farm anymore. Moving everyone to a farm is not a reality,
but having young adults exhibit livestock is. The following are the
reasons why I think it is imperative to involve youth in livestock
shows- if you are looking for brevity or political correctness you
might scroll to another post .
"Being around livestock prepares you to be successful in the
"You learn to be tough and dedicated because you have to feed
every morning and night year round. When it is 105 degrees and so hot
you can't breathe and when it is so cold that your fingers won't move
in your gloves but you are still breaking ice for you calves to get a
"You learn to handle obstacles that are thrown your way because
you have been bucked off your horse at a World caliber show that was
streaming online and ate a mouthful of dirt but climbed back on.
"You develop grace because you were winning your barrow class at
state fair but you go across the scales and weigh out by 1 pound. All
the hard work goes out the window just like that and you have to walk
back through the barn with everyone watching and knowing that some
people weren't sad that your hog weighed out.
"You develop empathy because you were working with your goats
all summer, multiple times a day but the neighbor's dog got out and
literally ate part of your show goat. You got to hold your goat while
the local veterinarian euthanized it because it was the best choice
for the animal.
"You develop class because everyone said you had the best lamb
at the show but you stood third in class and missed the premium
auction and still smiled and congratulated the winners.
"You develop a strong faith because you helped bring baby
calves, lambs, goats and foals into the world and did everything
right and sometimes lost them when mother nature didn't cooperate-
you pray for better results next time and forge on.
"You become a friend and a teammate to all those around you in
the barn and cheer for others when they succeed and cry with them
when the banner doesn't come to their stall.
"You learn to perform at your best under pressure in front of a
crowd no matter how early in the morning or how late at night.
"You become mature because sometimes you got the blue ribbon
when you really lost that day and sometimes you got the sift pen but
you really won.
"You understand that hard work pays off and that there is no
"You learn that to be a winner you have to think, work and act
like a winner.
"Most folks think that the show ring is only about the banners
or the blue ribbons but it is really about developing leaders for our
communities, our states and our nations. There are no excuses in the
show ring and there are no excuses in life."
N That- NonRecourse Marketing Assistance Loans and Search Option Now
With wheat prices in the tank- a couple of the pieces of the federal
farm safety net that has been collecting dust for several years are
suddenly back on the radar screen!
Oklahoma State Secretary of Agriculture Jim Reese
released an "open
letter" this past week talking about the Marketing Loan and
LDP which are a couple of the things not used in recent years.
Jim writes ""One option rarely used these past 10 years may
be USDA/FSA's nonrecourse marketing assistance loans. This nine-month
loan gives producers interim financing and allows for wheat to be
stored instead of selling when market prices are low. Grain prices
and rates vary daily but at the time of this writing, the loan rate
is higher than the cash price in much of the state. Marketing
Assistance Loans are like all other loans, they have to be paid back.
However, you can redeem your loan by forfeiting your commodity. You
still have to pay storage, but it does provide a stabilizing force at
the bottom of the market. Loan Deficiency Program is also available
when prices are below the established loan rate for a particular
county, currently around $3.18 across the state."
Dr. Art Barnaby
of K-State has also weighed in on the subject- talking about it at
the end of this past week on the K-State Radio Network- we are
featuring some of his comments on our midday farm news being heard on
KGGF Radio (690
AM) in Coffeyville- his comments can be heard at
about 11:40 AM this morning.
We have expanded farm and ranch news and markets on KGGF every
weekday between 11:30 and Noon and then again between 12:30 and 1 PM.
You can also listen right now to his conversation about the Marketing
Loan and Loan Deficiency Payments- click
here to hear his thoughts about how to work with these programs
that have not been relevant since the early 2000s.
And speaking of old stuff- we
now have a way on our website- OklahomaFarmReport.Com to search for
previous stories and interviews that we have done-
all the way back to 2010.
On the right hand column of each page- you will find something that
is called Search OklahomaFarmReport.Com with a small box under that
has Google Custom
Search in it. Type what you are looking for-
hit the magnifying glass and there's a list of stories from our web
site of the relevant articles to your search.
Several folks have asked over the years about old stories about one
issue or another- now here is an easy way to do that research
whenever the mood hits ya!
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