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Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Ag Community Cheers Trump Executive Order to Pull Back WOTUS
The Oklahoma Farm Bureau, American Farm Bureau, the National Corn Growers and the National Pork Producers Council
are among the ag groups applauding an executive order issued today by President Donald Trump
that begins the process of rescinding or rewriting a controversial Clean Water Act regulation that would have given the government broad jurisdiction over land and water.
The order directs the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to conduct a formal review of the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule, which took effect Aug. 28, 2015, and ostensibly was implemented to clarify the agency's authority over various waters. That jurisdiction - based on several U.S. Supreme Court decisions - had included "navigable" waters and waters with a significant hydrologic connection to navigable waters. But the regulation broadened that to include, among other water bodies, upstream waters and intermittent and ephemeral streams such as the kind farmers use for drainage and irrigation. It also covered lands adjacent to such waters.Oklahoma Farm Bureau President Tom Buchanan
was quick to issue a statement- liking what he saw from President Trump:
"Oklahoma Farm Bureau is delighted
today by President Trump's executive order to overhaul the EPA's Waters of the U.S. rule, which is a perfect example of regulatory overreach by a rogue federal agency. The WOTUS rule, which defined the waters protected under the Clean Water Act, would have vastly expanded EPA jurisdiction by giving the agency authority over creek beds, ponds and even ditches. Farmers and ranchers across the country, along with Farm Bureau and hundreds of other agricultural organizations, opposed the rule because it would have unnecessarily stifled the production of safe and affordable food.
"Under the prior administration, the EPA ignored the concerns of the agricultural industry and even used taxpayer funds to lobby in support of its own rules. We look forward to working alongside the new EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt
as he reviews the rule. We trust Pruitt will work to protect the environment, while also preserving private property rights. We especially want to thank Sen. Jim Inhofe for his tireless work to ensure reasonable regulations."Meanwhile- Click or tap here
to read the comments from AFBF, the Pork Council and the National Corn Growers Association- all pleased as punch about this latest Executive Order from POTUS.
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|Key Lawmakers Cheer Trump Executive Order to Start Unwinding WOTUS
This morning on our Radio Oklahoma Ag Network farm news- I featured a key hunk of the audio from President Trump and his comments as he signed the Executive Order that should help start to unravel WOTUS- Click or tap here
to take a listen- and in his comments- the President gave a shoutout to Senator Jim Inhofe
who was one of the biggest critics in the Congress on WOTUS from day one.
After the EO was signed- Senator Inhofe offered this reaction:"President Trump's action today on the WOTUS rule signals his clear commitment to the country's hard working farmers and ranchers. As chairman of the EPW committee, I heard firsthand accounts from those who would be negatively affected by what is essentially an illegal federal land-grab at the hands of unelected bureaucrats. The WOTUS rule, which was made without the consultation of stakeholders and local governments, is anti-farmer and anti-business. Even former Obama EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy admitted the rule is flawed, inconsistent, and ambiguous and 32 states and two courts agreed. I am pleased that President Trump has started the process of scrapping this expansive and burdensome rule. It is the first of many steps the Trump administration will take to undo eight years of an EPA driven by a left-wing agenda rather than congressional mandates and science."
Oklahoma Third District Congressman Frank Lucas
- former Chair of the House Ag Committee- was also delighted with the Order:"The Waters of the U.S. rule has created widespread uncertainty for many of the folks in the agriculture, energy, and construction sectors across our country," said Congressman Lucas. "This far-reaching and arbitrary regulation was less about protecting our country's natural resources and more about expanding federal control over private landowners. I applaud the Trump administration for taking swift action on this issue. Getting rid of this red tape is a major win for rural America and allows property owners and businesses to refocus their attention on more important matters."
The current chairs of the Ag Committees- Mike Conaway of Texas on the House side as well as Senator Pat Roberts of Kansas offered reaction- click on their name to see their statement- the same is true of the new Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, John Barrasso of Wyoming.
|Oklahoma Rancher Chuck Coffey Calls Conservation Programs Great Asset- Emphasizes They Need to Stay Voluntary
Fifth-generation Oklahoma cattle rancher Chuck Coffey
testified Tuesday on behalf of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association regarding the value of voluntary conservation efforts. Coffey testified at the U.S. House Agriculture Committee's Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry's hearing to evaluate the effectiveness of conservation programs.
"USDA's conservation programs have been a great asset to cattle producers and it is important that these programs be implemented in a practical, producer friendly, and voluntary manner to ensure that cattlemen can continue to responsibly produce the world's safest, most nutritious, and affordable protein," said Coffey.
I was told by NCBA Washington folks that Coffey hit it out of the park with his testimony and his response to questions.
You can hear his testimony and his response to questions from Subcommittee Chairman Frank Lucas by clicking or tapping here
And you can click here
to jump to the House Ag Committee website for their resources from the Hearing- which includes the written submitted testimony of the complete panel and the link to the archived webcast.
Oklahoma Cattle Markets in Pretty Good Shape Right Now- So Says OSU Livestock Market Economist Derrell Peel
Two months into 2017, the cattle market has been relatively tranquil, and has allowed feedlots to actually see their best profits in quite some time. I sat down this past Friday in Ardmore and talked about the cattle markets with Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Market Economist Dr. Derrell Peel
just ahead of Dr. Peel's market outlook that he gave to the Texoma Cattlemen's Conference.
Derrell and I looked at the markets thus far in 2017, the status of the wheat pasture grazing this winter and what he believes we learned from the January first Cattle Inventory Report, as it relates to the beef cow numbers this year and how much we might grow the cattle herd in 2017.
Dr. Peel says that when you look at the "big picture" as it relates to the cattle marketplace- "the cattle markets are in pretty good shape right now" and adds that they are maybe a little better than was first expected for the first quarter of the new year.Click here to read more
- and to listen to my Beef Buzz report featuring Dr. Peel and his latest take on the markets.
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|FED Economist Nathan Kauffman Sees Down Trend in Both Food and Ag Commodities
As the lead expert in agricultural economics for the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Assistant Vice President and Omaha Branch Executive Nathan Kauffman
, oversees several Bank and Federal Reserve System efforts to track agricultural and rural economies. He shared his perspective on the rural economic situation with attendees of the AgVocacy Forum hosted by Bayer ahead of the 2017 Commodity Classic in San Antonio. Our own Carson Horn is there covering the event.
According to Bureau of Labor statistics, the price of food, starting in September 2016, has declined year-over-year each month up to now. Kauffman says you would have to go as far back as the start of the recession in 2009, to find food prices at a similar decline, and beyond that you would have to go back to 1959-60.
Kauffman sees a parallel between declining food prices and declining ag commodity prices- read about his comments on this by clicking here
- and we also have the complete audio of his presentation to the Bayer conference in our story on the website.
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|National Pork Producers Council Lobbyist Outlines Policy Priorities at Oklahoma Pork Congress
Pork producers attending the Oklahoma Pork Congress last Friday had the opportunity to hear from Bill Davis
, senior director of congressional relations for the National Pork Producers Council, about some of the latest happenings on the policy front from Washington, DC. Our Associate, Carson Horn
, was there to speak with Davis about a few of the topics he is currently focusing his efforts on at the Capitol. One of his priorities, he says, is getting rid of the midnight GIPSA rules left behind by the previous administration.
"We're excited to see the extension of the comment periods on that, we've been very engaged," he said referencing President Trump's recent orders regarding the regulations, which the authors say would bring fairness to the market. Davis disagrees when asked if that is what the rules would actually do. "No, we don't believe so - in fact it would do the complete opposite of that. We would like to see it repealed completely and we're working with the new administration and congress to hopefully make that happen."
Read more by clicking or tapping here
about the things that Davis is working on as he represents the pork industry in Washington- and you can also listen to the conversation recorded between Davis and Horn.
|OSU Extension Sets Four Regional Meetings on New Row Crop Traits and Herbicide Technologies
Four meetings have been set by OSU Extension to help producers get their arms around the use of the latest herbicide technologies that have been released.
"With an ever increasing population of roundup-resistant weeds, the new herbicide technologies coming onto the market are going to be important tools in managing some of these weed species," said Heath Sanders
, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension area agronomy specialist. "Using these herbicides within the parameters stipulated on their labels will be key."
The first of these meetings is this Friday at the Lahoma Field Research Station- then similar meetings are planned for March 6 in Coweta, March 22 in El Reno and April 4 in Altus.Click here
for more information and details on times and locations and how to register for these free events.
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