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Wednesday, January 25, 2017
South Dakota Representative Kristi Noem, a Republican, and Georgia Representative Sanford Bishop, a Democrat, introduced the Death Tax Repeal Act of 2017 into the US House of Representatives yesterday, along with a companion bill in the Senate, sponsored by South Dakota Republican Senator John Thune.
American Farm Bureau immediately came endorsing the bill that would kill federal estate tax. AFBF President Zippy Duvall released a statement following the introduction of the bill voicing his support for the bipartisan legislation, that would ease challenges farm and ranch families face in passing their family business from one generation to the next.
"Farmers and ranchers face a number of factors that are unpredictable and beyond their control, from changing weather to fluctuating markets," Duvall said. "These family-run businesses need a tax code that encourages investment, rather than one that punishes their success. We believe that repeal of the estate tax offers the best solution to protect farms, ranches and all family-owned businesses from the estate tax."
to read the statement issued by AFBF yesterday in response to the introduction of the Death Tax Repeal Act of 2017.
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|With NAFTA on the Chopping Block, Ag Groups Rush to Make an Appeal to President Trump
On Monday, President Donald Trump signed a trio of executive orders, including one that effectively withdrew the US from participating in the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, which was considered by many a tremendous opportunity for the agricultural industry. Trump consistently downgraded TPP during his campaign, calling it a "bad deal" and promised to remove the US from it if he took the presidency.
He fulfilled that promise this week, and says he plans to negotiate better deals that put American interests first. He has also made it clear, that he intends to open the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, to renegotiation with Canada and Mexico.
The Soybean and Pork industries tried to appeal to President Trump yesterday, asking that he reconsider any potential disruptions in North American trade between the three nations.
"Given the size and impact of the Mexican and Canadian markets for American soybean producers, we're watching the Administration's decisions very, very closely, and it's fair to say that we're nervous," said Ron Moore, American Soybean Association president. "Overall, U.S. ag exports to Mexico and Canada have more than quadrupled since NAFTA enactment, growing from $8.9 billion in 1993 to $38.6 billion in 2015."
to read ASA's full statement regarding NAFTA.
The National Pork Producers Council released their own statement reassuring their industry that they are committed to working with the Trump administration to preserve free trade between our borders.
"Trade in pork with Canada and Mexico has been so successful that any disruption in exports with either partner could hurt our producers' ability to compete," said NPPC President John Weber. "We need to make sure we maintain and even improve our pork exports to our neighbors while working to ensure that others benefit as much as we do."
to read NPPC's full statement on their commitment to preserving free trade in North America.
|Dewey County Farmer Jimmy Emmons Advocates for Better Land Management Through Conservation
Wheat and canola farmer from Dewey County, Jimmy Emmons, who utilizes no-till practices on his lands, was in attendance at the recent Central Oklahoma Soil Health seminar to learn about the latest innovations in soil conservation practices. Our Associate Farm Director Carson Horn was there and spoke briefly to Emmons about his experience at the seminar.
"I think the takeaway message today is to manage your land, manage your resources, pay attention to what's going on and use technology," Emmons surmised. "Our forefathers managed their lands the best they could do with the technology they had, but they were limited."
Today, though, Emmons says the applications of technologies available to us now are limitless. He says it's key for farmers to take advantage of all the available tools out there, including programs designed to help aid in your endeavors to improve the land.
"Take advantage of those dollars and improve your systems for better management," Emmons urged. "The government has been really good to us, figuring out how to help producers, help themselves."
Read more about Emmons' experience at the recent seminar, or listen to his full conversation with Carson, by clicking here
The battle against E. coli continues by researchers across the country. Kansas State University's Dr. Randy Phoebus, is one of those working hard to try to reduce E. coli incidents within the beef cattle industry. I had the chance to speak with him about the last six years of research that has been conducted by 17 different institutions working in concert to combat this damaging pathogen.
"It actually centers on beef production - feedlots, calves, veal," Phoebus said. "Everything that you can think about related to the beef system."
Before researchers began to study and try to understand the organism back in the mid-1990s when it was first declared an adulterant in ground beef by the USDA, not much was known about E. coli. Six years later though after this project was undertaken, funded by the USDA, Phoebus reports that by and large, most strains of the organism share relatively similar profiles.
"That was very important to know," Phoebus said, "because all of the technologies and protocols that we've put in place over the years should control these other Escherichia the same way," which he notes has been extremely successful.
While no major incidents have occurred in beef yet, Phoebus sighs in relief, he insists that the industry must always be on guard should an outbreak ever show up.
Learn more about the on-going fight taking place in labs across America to keep E. coli at bay and listen to my full conversation with Dr. Phoebus on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here
Midwest Farm Shows wants to thank everyone who came to the 2016 Tulsa Farm Show. The show has grown tremendously over the past 23 years- and 2016 was the best yet!
Now is the time to put on your 2017 calendar the date for the 2017 Oklahoma City Farm Show, coming April 20, 21 and 22, 2017. 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!
Click here for more details about the 2017 Oklahoma City Farm Show- presented by Midwest Farm Shows.
Rather than appreciating the innovation of science and the benefits brought to the consumer, critics of a new genetically modified apple, have raised the alarm. This apple which does not brown, has led to certain groups inciting fear among consumers that the product is unsafe. However, the case happens to be the exact opposite.
The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a leading science and tech policy think tank, yesterday released the following statement from ITIF Senior Fellow Val Giddings regarding opposition to genetically modified, non-browning apples.
"These non-browning apples are only the latest in a long list of crops improved through biotechnology that have added hundreds of billions to the global economy while delivering substantial benefits to consumers, farmers, and the environment. This new product promises to help Americans live up to nutritionists' advice to eat more fruits and vegetables, while reducing food waste and keeping costs low. The usual suspects are arrayed in opposition, but they are turning a blind eye to the scientific consensus that biotech crops are safe and environmentally beneficial. We can only hope that the introduction of non-browning apples marks a turning point where public opinion and consumer habits start aligning with established science instead of unfounded fears."
To continue reading about this uproar over apples, click here to visit the ITIF blog.
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Producer education is a career for some and an opportunity for those they teach. Zoetis veterinarian Robin Falkner likes to tell stories to reach out, and one of his favorite analogies makes use of a ratio.
"That's the 80-20 rule, and what that means is that 80 percent of my profits in a cattle operation may come from 20 percent of the cattle I buy so understanding that really helps me to help them optimize whatever their business model is," Falkner said. "An analogy I use on that often is you know we want to fish where the fish are within their system so if you've ever been in the Gulf fishing like I have, you don't just go out and fish."
Why not just recite the facts or hand out answers?
"I'll tell you what, analogies are sticky," Faulkner remarked, "which means if you can tell someone a story or you can give them an analogy then that they remember and now they can weave that into their own philosophy or their own business approach and then realize that when they're there next so you know that 80 - 20 rule is very intuitive to people once they learn it and realize that this is this part of that 80 percent that only matters 20 percent, or part of the 20 percent that matters 80."
To continue reading this story, or to watch a video featuring Faulkner explaining his approach to relaying information to an audience, click here.
|US Fish and Wildlife Declares No Extension on Comment Period on Relisting Lesser Prairie Chicken as Endangered- Opponents Cry Foul
In a move that some believe violates the spirit of President Donald Trump
's recent directive freezing all agency regulatory activity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has indicated that it will decline to extend a 90-day comment period to evaluate the status of the Lesser Prairie Chicken under the Endangered Species Act. This denial comes despite the soon expected public release of a new population survey for the species by the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife agencies - information that will be critical to determining the success of ongoing conservation actions.
NCBA President Tracy Brunner
said the decision denies stakeholders the opportunity to weigh in with thoughtful comments and the most up-to-date science, and places political pressure ahead of what's best for the species.
"The incoming Trump administration acted immediately to freeze just this kind of exclusionary regulatory process. We believe FWS is violating the spirit of that presidential order to placate radical environmental groups bent on listing the Lesser Prairie Chicken," said Brunner.
Oklahoma is one of five states that are impacted by the Lesser Prairie Chicken- and has been active in the voluntary efforts to rebuild the population of the birds which hit a low during the drought of a half dozen years ago. Click here to read more
about the current status of the process- and more from Tracy Brunner on why that comment period should be extended.
|EPW Chair Believes Scott Pruitt Will Right the Ship at EPA
On Tuesday, Wyoming Senator Senator John Barrasso, chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the need for change at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Barrasso's speech focused on the need for the Senate to confirm Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, President Trump's nominee for administrator of the EPA.
Senator Barrasso told his colleagues "Last week, the committee on Environment and Public Works held a hearing on the nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency.
"The hearing was really about the future of this agency - and how we can get it back to doing the job that it was meant to do from the very beginning."
Barrasso went on to say that with Scott Pruitt as the new head of the agency that "A course of correction is long overdue - and it's exactly what we're going to get."
Click or tap here to read the complete remarks of Senator Barrasso from his floor speech yesterday.
Pruitt waits on the EPW Committee for a vote on his confirmation- and then a vote on the Senate floor that will follow- historically, the EPA Administrator has been confirmed for prior administrations by the end of January.
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