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Friday, November 4, 2016
OK Farm Bureau Prepares for Milestone 75th State Convention Amid Major Ag Policy Discussions
The Oklahoma Farm Bureau hits a milestone this month as they prepare to host the organization's 75th annual state convention being held at the Cox Convention Center in Downtown Oklahoma City, November 11-13. LeeAnna McNally says that several issues will be top of mind for the delegates as they gather during the business sessions and consider their policies for the coming year.
After the State Resolutions Committee met in October, feral hog policy topped the list of resolutions, as members reiterated support for complete eradication of the invasive species. Other highlights include the creation of an OKFB farm bill committee, declaring the black buzzard as an invasive species and a nuisance, and continued support for the funding of county extension agents.
The full delegate body will consider and vote on resolutions on Saturday.. County Farm Bureaus will receive the suggested policies to review before state convention. Once accepted, the resolutions will help direct the organization for the next year.
Of course, there will be lots of talk by delegates about the November general elections- and what the results may mean for US and Oklahoma agriculture. I talked with LeeAnna about the annual meeting and the final push in the state of Oklahoma for Right to Farm that is underway between now and next Tuesday.
for our complete conversation with her.
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|USDA Awards $4.3 Million to Ensure Access to Needed Veterinary Services in Rural Communities
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) recently awarded more than $4.3 million to 48 American veterinarians to help repay a portion of their veterinary school loans in return for serving in areas lacking sufficient veterinary resources critical to America's food safety, food security, and to the health and well-being of animals and humans. The awards, made through NIFA's Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP), will fill shortage needs in 27 states.
"Veterinarians play a critical role in keeping our nation's food supply safe and animals healthy," said NIFA director Sonny Ramaswamy. "The need for veterinarians in designated shortage areas is urgent. This loan repayment assistance program provides incentives for students to take up rural veterinary practices and help take care of American livestock."
Studies indicate there are significant shortages of food animal veterinarians in certain areas of the nation and in high-priority specialty sectors that require advanced training, such as food safety, epidemiology, diagnostic medicine and public health. A leading cause for this shortage is the high cost of professional veterinary medical training that leaves current graduates of veterinary colleges with, on average, student loan debt of more than $135,000.
New award recipients commit to practice at least three years in a designated veterinary shortage area. Loan repayment benefits are limited to payments of the principal and interest on government and commercial educational loans received for attendance at an American Veterinary Medical Association-accredited college of veterinary medicine resulting in a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree or the equivalent.
|Dairy Management Inc. CEO Outlines Consumer Trust Plan, New International Opportunity to Farmers
Growing sales of dairy here and abroad and increasing consumer trust highlight dairy checkoff priorities Dairy Management Inc. (DMI) CEO Tom Gallagher delivered during the 2016 joint annual meeting of the United Dairy Industry Association, National Dairy Promotion and Research Board and National Milk Producers Federation in Nashville, Tenn.
Speaking to more than 800 dairy farmers and industry representatives, Gallagher unveiled how DMI, which manages the national dairy checkoff, will partner with Yum! Brands, the parent company of Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC), Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, to bring U.S. dairy into international markets.
Gallagher said this is another example of how dairy farmers and importers benefit by working "with and through" powerful foodservice partners to sell more dairy. He said checkoff partners such as McDonald's, Domino's, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut have helped move more than 5.5 billion pounds of additional milk over the last 52 weeks through domestic cheese sales.
He's optimistic a similar approach can work internationally with Yum! Brands. DMI will work with KFC and Pizza Hut on pilot programs that will focus on increased cheese and butter use in the Asia Pacific, Latin American and Caribbean markets.
"Our strategy is to take what has worked so well, and resulted in those 5.5 billion pounds of additional milk sold, into international markets," Gallagher said. "It would be expensive and difficult for a brand to go to China or other countries and create a brand identity."
Click here to read more about efforts to increase U.S. dairy exports and domestic consumer trust.
|Below Average Production Worldwide Moves Cotton Market While the Dollar Steals the Spotlight
Oklahoma State University Extension Grains Market Analyst Dr. Kim Anderson talks wheat prices with SUNUP's Lyndall Stout this week - but first he gives a run down on the status of global cotton production. Currently cotton futures prices have fallen between a range of $68 - $72 since September 1, with weak support from the December contract at $68 and strong support at $66.According to Dr. Anderson, the overall movement in the cotton market is being driven because of widespread sub-average production around the world. Anderson reports that the USDA has marked world cotton production at 102.7 million bales at this time with the five-year average being 115.4 million.Foreign production totals well below the average of 102.2 million bales at only 86.7 million. In the East, China has produced only 21 million bales, below their normal of 30.8 million. India also below its average of 28.9 million yet less drastically at 26.5 million. Domestically though, US production is right at its normal hitting just below the 16 million average at 15.9. Anderson notes that Oklahoma's crop is recorded above normal this year.Anderson also explains that wheat prices remain wallowing in the $3 vicinity, with attentions now focusing more on the value of the dollar, which Anderson says will impact both cotton and wheat prices. Currently, the dollar sits at approximately $97.23 having reached as high as $99, with support at $96.90. Anderson concludes the futures index has stayed between the $95 - $99 for the last six to eight months.You can watch their visit tomorrow or Sunday on SUNUP, but you can click here to listen to Dr. Anderson's comments right now.
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|The Great GMO Debate - Hear the Opposition's Side of the Argument
Despite the many benefits that genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, have literally brought to the table, there are still those who question whether or not the science poses unintended consequences to the health of consumers and the environment.Michael Dimock, an agricultural activist from California, is one of those people. Radio Oklahoma Network's Associate Farm Director Carson Horn talked with Dimock about his stance on GMOs at a recent conference hosted by the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University."My big concern with genetically modified organisms is they're part of an industrial food system which I think has a lot of negative implications," Dimock said. "It's a tool that allows for monocultures basically. Monocultures are not sustainable in the long term. Nature teaches us that."Dimock asserts that issues with weed resistance and various plant diseases all have to do with monoculture. He insists modern agriculture is in a losing fight as long as monocultures are allowed to persist through the use of GMOs. He suggests using instead, what he calls an, "agro-ecological" approach. "I always hear this argument, 'organic can't feed the world.' I don't necessarily agree with that," Dimock says. "I think it's a very complex question and problem we have. We live in a world where everything is down to a soundbite and these issues of agriculture and civilization and the future require a deeper conversation."Listen to RON's Associate Farm Director Carson Horn talk more with agricultural activist Michael Dimock about his stance on the value of GMOs.
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|Veterinary Feed Directive 101 - What Producers Need to Think About as They Count Down to 2017
The reality of operating under the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) being pursued by the Food & Drug Administration is beginning to sink in for producers as we near the first of the new year, when the rule takes effect. Brian Lubbers, D.V.M., Ph.D., Kansas State University Microbial Surveillance Lab director, sheds some light on the VFD for producers and industry stakeholders.Dr. Lubbers explains that the VFD came about over the last three to four years as part of a big picture strategy by the FDA in response to the antimicrobial resistance issue, particularly in humans, but has extended to the role of animal agriculture as well. The VFD consists more of revised regulations that already exist, rather than of new ones being implemented by the FDA meant to encourage the judicious use of antibiotics. He went on to explain that the VFD, specifically Guidance 209 and 213, can be boiled down to two main principles; the first being that when antimicrobials are used in food animals, it is because they are necessary for the animal's health; and secondly, that a licensed veterinarian will be involved in that decision.There is no question that VFD will affect the way producers manage their herds, but Dr. Lubbers assures that the key to streamlining the process is to prepare by establishing a working relationship with a veterinarian and familiarizing them with your operation, cattle and any disease challenges your herd may have so that they may fulfill VFD orders in the future."There are steps to go through, yes, but it is really all about having that relationship that everybody knows what's going on at that time," Lubbers said.Listen to Dr. Lubbers talk more about the Veterinarian Feed Directive during the latest Beef Buzz.
You can also click here to find a link to watch Dr. Lubbers' full presentation during an open forum at The Samuel Roberts Noble Research Foundation this past July.
|Ahead on the Calendar- Superior Livestock Sells Cattle, OCA Board Meets and So Do American Angus Association and the Texas Cattle Feeders
Later this morning, it's the next regular video and on line cattle auction from the Superior Livestock folks- Superior Sunrise starts at 7:30 AM this morning- and the sale follows at 8:00 AM.
A total of 19,000 head are being offered today- you can call 1-800-422-2117 for more information or jump over to their page dedicated to this sale by clicking here
Beef Cattle producers are gathering for a variety of meetings over the next few days- click on the name of the group below to learn more from our calendar on their respective meeting:
Fall Board Meeting- starting midday today with lunch at the Noble Oswald Ranch Facility in Marietta, Oklahoma
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