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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON
Monday, November 7, 2016
The Day Before- and So Much is at Stake
Because of our schedule that we were facing this week- we asked for and got an absentee ballot that we actually mailed in a little over a week ago- some of you may have done that as well- or you were able to go and participate in early voting this past week. If so- congratulations! If not, make sure your smart phone is fully charged- you might be in line for awhile tomorrow as America makes lots of decisions that have consequences.
For everyone in the US- that includes what healthcare might look like in the next couple of years, the makeup of the US Supreme Court, Immigration Policy and more. For the US Agricultural producer- who will be regulating farmers and ranchers with rules like WOTUS, GIPSA and Dietary Guidelines.
Former USDA Chief of Staff Dale Moore
, who now works for American Farm Bureau, says he anticipates it will be several months before much can be done as the general farm organization tries to work with the new administration- as it takes time to get the cabinet in place- and more important the key slots under that Cabinet officer in agencies like the USDA, Interior, FDA, EPA and more.
And- it takes a while to sort out things if the Senate shifts from Red to Blue- as that will mean a new set of Chairmen in all the Committees- and for Oklahoma- another shift from Chairmanship to Ranking Member for Jim Inhofe
in the Environment and Public Works Committee.
We have spent a large amount of time reporting on State Question 777- and for good reason. Virtually every agricultural group that I am aware of in the state of Oklahoma has endorsed and supports the Right to Farm proposal- while the opponents that claim production agriculture in their pedigree are few and far between.
I am certain that once the final numbers come out from the Ethics Commission- numbers that we won't see until the election is done- that the opposition will have outspent the proponents by a two to one margin or something close to that. About half of that will have come from HUGE Anonymous donors that are a part of Oklahoma Rising, which we have been told are concerned Oklahoma citizens. The other half of the money against 777 has apparently come from the HSUS- although we won't know the full story on the money being spent by the Oklahoma Stewardship Council until the next Ethics Commission report.
On the Pro side- the group that is registered with the Ethics Commission is called Oklahoma Farmers Care- their money has come from the Oklahoma Farm Bureau Insurance Company, a large number of County Oklahoma Farm Bureau groups, the Oklahoma Pork Council and well over a hundred individuals who claim their livelihood as either farming or ranching.
There is at least one outside group that spent money for a full page ad in the Sunday Oklahoman yesterday- the Center for Consumer Freedom
says they bought the ad expose the true agenda of the Humane Society of the US- which is tied back to the Oklahoma Stewardship Council that is opposing SQ777.
"Question 777 offers vital legal protections for family farmers across Oklahoma against extremists who are against eating meat, eggs, and dairy products," said Will Coggin
, CCF's research director. "If you support farmers, ranchers, or your right to enjoy bacon, a 'Yes' vote is the only responsible choice."Click here
to read more about their advocacy on this- and for a chance to see the ad.
I would like to call your attention to two stories out there in cyberspace this morning- one for and one against.Rob Abiera
wtih Oklahomans for Individual Rights has offered an op-ed in the Red Dirt Report that discusses his conclusions on SQ777- he writes in part "Opponents have claimed that amending the state's constitution to recognize a "right to farm" would give farmers the power to infringe property rights, pollute with impunity, and even indulge in animal cruelty. They complain that it would limit the power of the Legislature and local governments to protect the environment and to deal with unforeseen negative consequences of innovations in agricultural technology.
"Yet, even a cursory glance at the actual text of State Question 777 would be enough to see that it does none of these things."Click here
to read his full analysis or and defense for Right to Farm. James Beaty
of the McAlester News- Capital wrote this last week about two lawmakers from Pittsburg County that are now against State Question 777- after both voting for HJR102 twice which put Right to Farm on the ballot in 2015. According to the story- "Both District 17 State Rep. Dr. Brian Renegar
and District 18 State Rep. Donnie Condit
say they are opposed to the measure."
Both lawmakers explain their opposition- and you can read their concerns by clicking here
We have an earlier webstory on OklahomaFarmReport.Com that gives you more background on SQ777- click here
to check that out- it includes several interviews from both sides we have done- the actual language on the ballot and more.
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|FSA County Committee Elections to Begin, Producers Receive Ballots This Week
Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini announced last week that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin mailing ballots to eligible farmers and ranchers across the country for the 2016 FSA County Committee elections on Monday, Nov. 7, 2016. Producers must return ballots to their local FSA offices by Dec. 5, 2016, to ensure that their vote is counted.
Producers must participate or cooperate in an FSA program to be eligible to vote in the county committee election.
Approximately 1.5 million producers are currently eligible to vote. Farmers and ranchers who supervise and conduct the farming operations of an entire farm, but are not of legal voting age, also may be eligible to vote.
Farmers and ranchers will begin receiving their ballots the week of Nov. 7. Ballots include the names of candidates running for the local committee election. FSA has modified the ballot, making it easily identifiable and less likely to be overlooked. Voters who do not receive ballots in the coming week can pick one up at their local FSA offices. Ballots returned by mail must be postmarked no later than Dec. 5, 2016. Newly elected committee members will take office Jan. 1, 2017.
to learn more about the upcoming FSA elections.
|Activist Group Raises Major Questions About 2017 Conservation Stewardship Program
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced
the beginning of the 2017 sign-up period for the Conservation Stewardship Program
(CSP), the nation's largest working lands conservation program. This year's sign-up announcement is particularly noteworthy, as it is the first year that major programmatic changes will be in place after two years of intensive planning by USDA.
The program reinvention is significant given the considerable reach of CSP - over 70 million acres are already enrolled, and more than 20 million acres will be enrolled or renewed in 2017. Total program enrollment is expected to reach over 80 million acres by next year.
Farmers and ranchers interested in enrolling have until February 3, 2017 to complete the initial CSP application, which is a simple form that asks for basic information regarding land ownership, type of production, and contact information. NRCS offices will begin processing applications on November 14.
Although applicants can sign up for CSP anytime throughout the year, those who miss the February 3 deadline will not be considered for the program until 2018.
While the full details on the reinvented CSP have not yet been released, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) strongly urges farmers and ranchers to take this first step and submit an initial application so that they can be considered for the program in 2017. However, the coalition also urges USDA to release the remaining details regarding conservation activities, payment rates, and the eligibility process as soon as possible - well before the February deadline.
"Our number one priority is to ensure that farmers take advantage of this important conservation opportunity for 2017, but we are disappointed that USDA has yet to publically release critical details of the reinvented CSP," said Alyssa Charney, Policy Specialist at NSAC. "Without the full release of these details, farmers and ranchers will be unable to fully assess the implications of the revised CSP payment rates, ranking process, and new eligibility tool on their operations and potential applications."
Read more about NSAC's concerns regarding the 2017 Conservation Stewardship Program by clicking here
|CRISPR - The Next Big Thing in Genetic Modification
Dr. Kenneth Roland, associate professor of research at the Biodesign Institute located at Arizona State University talked recently at a biotech conference in Phoenix, about the next "big thing" in genetic modification. Our own Associate Farm Director Carson Horn caught up with Dr. Roland to speak more about the newest breakthrough in biology called, CRISPR.
"CRISPR is a method by which you can make modifications to cells efficiently," Roland said. "Up until now, making modifications to bacterial cells was easy, but making changes to what we call eukaryotic cells, like mammalian cells and human cells and plant cells was a little more difficult."
CRISPR technology has revolutionized the way biologists are looking at gene modification in higher organisms now, says Dr. Roland.
Some of the practical applications of this technology could be widely used on ethically sound projects, for instance, modifying cows to produce more vitamin content in milk, creating a more nutritious product.
"It's still in the early stages of course but with this new tool I think things are going to move along a lot more quickly than they ever have before," Roland said.
to read more about CRISPR and for a chance to listen to Carson's full conversation with Dr. Roland.
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|Veterinarian Reassures Producers VFD is Nothing to Worry About as Long as They Plan Ahead
In less than two months, the FDA's Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) that has producers feeling a little tense, will come into effect on January 1, 2017. Brian Lubbers, D.V.M., Ph.D., of Kansas State University attempted to calm those nerves this past July, appearing at The Samuel Roberts Noble Research Foundation. I spoke to him there and he told me at the time he has high hopes that these regulations will prove to be of little to no inconvenience for producers.
"First of all, I hope that the process doesn't cause logistical challenges that keep animals from really getting those drugs that need them," Lubbers said. "I really hope it doesn't change for a lot of us and if that's true that means we were using those drugs appropriately before."
When VFD does take effect, producers will be required to consult a veterinarian to obtain the medicated feeds they need to combat health challenges in their herds.
Dr. Lubbers asserts the key to streamlining this process before the January 1 start date is for producers to begin establishing a relationship with a primary veterinarian now.
to listen to more of my conversation with Dr. Lubbers regarding VFD.
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|Agribusiness Freedom Foundation Exec Shares Strong Feelings About TPP Opportunities
Steve Dittmer, executive vice president of the Agribusiness Freedom Foundation, authored an opinion piece last week, regarding the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal. Dittmer strongly believes that Congress should pass TPP, referencing the many commercial opportunities it would provide US producers and boost the overall American economy.
"When you look around the world, the most protected markets, the highest tariffs, the most difficult barriers are often in that agriculture sector. If you look at both Canada and Japan, which have some very closed markets, for the first time in a free-trade agreement every product without exclusion was on the table and was liberalized in some way. Never before in a free-trade agreement had Japan opened its sectors for beef, pork, wheat, rice, dairy or sugar. All of those products are on the table in TPP, with significant new access. In our previous trade agreements with Canada, they didn't offer any access to dairy or poultry or eggs. We will have access in all three sectors if TPP is entered into force,' ('How U.S. Farmers Would Gain From the Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership,' 10/16/16).
"I think TPP really provides an opportunity for U.S. agriculture to access some very high-income, high-value markets, but also to get a foothold into emerging economies in Southeast Asia through Vietnam and Malaysia," Ambassador Darci Vetter, the USTR's chief ag negotiator said in an interview. "Vietnam and Malaysia right now buy our feed grains, skim-milk powder and basic commodities. But as their populations grow and more people enter the middle class, we see a huge opportunity to send them more protein, fresh fruits and vegetables.
"So what is the opposition to TPP? Much of it is simply misdirection, to persuade folks to look the other way from certain interests. Labor unions want to protect the status quo and value their jobs more than they do the best interests of American consumers. They are not concerned with Americans getting the best selection and the best prices. They just want American companies to keep making the same goods in the same factories to keep the same jobs for decades. Insisting on U.S. labor law in other countries' domestic regulations is just obstructionism. Environmental groups oppose trade because they oppose manufacturing, mining, forestry harvest and management and energy development here. They are arrogant enough to try to block it in other countries."
Click here to read Dittmer's complete thoughts on the opportunities of TPP.
|Fall Like Weather Ahead for Oklahoma- and a couple of light doses of Moisture
Jed Castle with News9 offers us a nine day forecast graphic this morning- including chances of rain today and then again in about a week-
with the News on 6 writes in his Monday morning blog "spotty showers will be possible today as a weakening upper level low ejects into the central U.S. over the next 24 hours. A cold front will move across the area Tuesday morning bringing an end to the precipitation chances with generally pleasant weather following for the remainder of the week."Click here
and you can read his full analysis of the weather ahead for Green Country.
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