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National Academy of Sciences Releases Study
Showing Foods from GE-Crops Just as Safe as Foods From Non- GE
no evidence to suggest that foods from genetically engineered (GE)
crops are less safe than foods from non-GE crops, according to a new
National Academies of Sciences report.
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released
its report,Genetically Engineered Crops: Experiences and Prospects,
at an in-person presentation today in Washington, D.C., that was also
broadcast via webinar. The National Academy also established a
website on this subject- and by clicking or tapping here you
can go to the website and see Tuesday's webinar. AND- we featured
comments from the webinar in this mornings farm news as heard on the
Radio Oklahoma Ag Network- comments from Dr. Fred Gould, who chaired
the 20 member panel that worked two years on the study. Click
here to listen to that morning agri news update.
Executive Vice President, Food and Agriculture for the Biotechnology
Innovation Organization (BIO), issued the following statement in
"BIO commends the NAS panel for maintaining a transparent and
objective approach throughout the course of the study and for its
commitment to a science-based process.
"Through a series of open meetings and webinars, which generated
input from both opponents and proponents of the technology, the
Committee upheld its promise to embrace open engagement.
"After carefully examining the benefits and potential risks of
GE crops and food in the commercial marketplace for the past two
decades, we are pleased that the study reiterates what the world's
scientific authorities have repeatedly concluded over the years: that
agricultural biotechnology has many demonstrated benefits to farmers,
consumers, and the environment.
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Livestock's New FedCattleExchange.com Created to Increase Cash Trade
Feedyards and beef processors will soon have a new way
to negotiate trade. Superior Livestock Auction has created FedCattleExchange.com, an
electronic auction format that will facilitate the trade of fed
Jones, president of SLA, says the need for this type
of market interaction stems from a lack of cash sales.
"We have seen in the last few months situations arise that have
caused there to be a need for this that's recognized from both sides
of the aisle," he says. "We really feel that it's wanted as
badly from the buyers' standpoint as it is the sellers'."
The online sales will begin at 10 a.m. (CDT) every Wednesday starting
Jones says that in addition to managing supply, the new online sale
will help increase cash-negotiated trade in the five- area average,
which is key in determining the formula trade.
"I think the industry is really cooperating together - the
packers and the feedyards alike are anxious to see this happen,"
More information about how the new platform will work is available at FedCattleExchange.com.
here to hear part one of our conversation with Danny about the
new FedCattleExchange.com during the latest Beef Buzz.
Governor Mary Fallin
Signs HB 2446 - Declares Water a Compelling State Interest
On Tuesday afternoon, Governor Mary Fallin signed HB
2446 which "declares the protection of the beneficial uses of provided
bodies of water in Oklahoma to be a compelling state interest subject
to legislative authority and the regulatory authority granted by the
Legislature." The bill was authored by Representative Terry O'Donnell
and Senator Dan
This is a bill
that is all about taking one of the major arguments away from the
opponents of State Question 777. One of the
very first arguments used by Anti 777 folks was that this would give
farmers and ranchers the right to pollute the streams and lakes of
Oklahoma with no way for the Legislature to pull the plug.
While, most of the regulation of water these days is at the federal
level- especially as it relates to ag- this measure does remove water
related issues from things that State Question 777 would offer the
farm community protection from if placed into the state constitution.
In a letter to Governor Fallin signed by a broad coalition of
agriculture groups including American Farmers and Ranchers, Oklahoma
Agribusiness Retailers Association, Oklahoma Agricultural Cooperative
Council, Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association, Oklahoma Cotton Council,
Oklahoma Grain and Feed Association, Oklahoma Pork Council, Oklahoma
Seed Trade Association and Oklahoma Wheat Growers Association, the
'On behalf of our respective memberships, we are united in
respectfully requesting your signature on HB 2446 -"Declaring
the protection of the beneficial uses of certain bodies of water a
compelling state interest". We believe that water is Oklahoma's
most valuable resource and therefore there should be no question that
water issues are and should be matters of compelling state interest.
The bill's language codifies that the legislature and the Governor's
office has and will have the authority to define water issues in the
state of Oklahoma.'
more about HB 2446.
Feral Swine Bill Returns
to the Governor's Desk for a Second Time
For the second time in about a week, SB 1142 has been sent to Governor Mary Fallin.
Last week, the measure hit the Governor's desk- and about the time it
was walked through the door- someone read the final language- and
found that one extra word had been struck from the measure- the word
That would have caused all kinds of unintended consequences- so the
Legislature made the request almost immediately for the Governor to
return the bill- they unstruck that one word- blessed the bill on
both sides of the Capitol and the measure was officially transmitted
to the Governor for the second time. Click
here to read the final language that went to the second floor
office of Governor Fallin.
Will she sign the bill? It appears to have really strong
support in both the House and Senate- and that may help in making the
case that it should be signed as both the lawmakers and the Governor
spend most of their remaining time this week and next in trying to
hammer out a budget deal.
Speaking of the Budget- and of the Wild Hogs bill- and of State
Question 777- Oklahoma Farm Bureau Vice President for Governmental
Collison weighed in on these issues in the latest
YouTube produced by the general farm organization.
Click on the play button in the video box here to hear his take on
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OSU's Dr. Tom Royer Talks
Aphids of All Kinds and How They're Impacting Oklahoma's Crops
The same cool spring that is allowing the area's wheat
to fill is also providing the perfect environment for some unusual
aphids. Dr. Tom
Royer, professor and coordinator of the Integrated Pest
Management program at OSU, says he's heard of several bird cherry-oat
aphid and English grain aphid infestations around the state.
He says that while the bird cherry-oat aphid doesn't physically and
visually injure the crop like other bugs, it does rob yield and it
can definitely sneak up on farmers as it did this year.
"We didn't have the natural enemies keeping it lower than it
typically is from year to year," he says.
Royer says insect problems were less prevalent in canola this year,
with the exception of a few reports of turnip aphids showing up later
in the growing season.
"The messages that I got from canola growers this year was that
it was one of the slowest, quietest insect years we've seen in
years," he says. "Again the weather is just perfect for the
canola. I think the canola crop - I know it's smaller this year in
acres - but it sure looks beautiful."
Sugar cane aphids continue to be a big concern for grain sorghum
producers. Royer says since showing up across the state in 2013, the
sugar cane aphid has affected nearly every acre of grain sorghum in
Oklahoma. He says that while the aphid is here to stay, some
varieties could offer more protection for farmers.
"We're going to be dealing with it from year to year," he
says. "The biggest issue is that we have to get an understanding
of what varieties have resistance.
"One of the issues last year was that one of the varieties
planted was also one of the most susceptible to this aphid."
Royer says the EPA recently issued a Section 18 permit for an aphid
material called Transform.
I spoke with Dr. Royer during the Lahoma Wheat Field Day last Friday.
here to listen to our full conversation.
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TSCRA Submits Comments on
USDA-APHIS Brucellosis and Tuberculosis Rule Proposal
Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association
(TSCRA) submitted comments Monday expressing concerns with the United
States Department of Agriculture - Animal Plant Health Inspection
Service's (USDA-APHIS) rule proposal regarding the agency's
updated provisions on Brucellosis and Bovine Tuberculosis.
"The health and well-being of cattle across the country are
critical to the entire beef industry," said TSCRA president Richard Thorpe.
"It is for this reason that TSCRA opposes efforts by USDA-APHIS
to finalize this rule for adoption until concerns regarding the
effectiveness and practical application of this rule have been
"For instance, TSCRA opposes the transition from an effective
eradication program, which has worked for over a century, to a new
control program for the diseases. We do not believe this shift to a
control program meets the important goal of eradicating these
diseases in the U.S.
"Additionally, TSCRA is concerned the current structure of the
rule proposal would shift the administrative burden to the states
without providing adequate resources needed to eradicate Brucellosis
and Tuberculosis. It is important for USDA-APHIS to commit to
utilizing the current cooperative funding agreement concept as well
as continuing to provide direct field support.
"These are only a couple of the concerns TSCRA is asking
USDA-APHIS to address before the final rule is adopted. TSCRA will
continue to monitor and be actively engaged in this rule proposal to
make certain ranchers receive the resources necessary to protect
their cattle from Brucellosis and Tuberculosis," Thorpe
For a link to view TSCRA's comments opposing the USDA-APHIS rule
This N That- Beef Day at
the Capitol, US Lamb to Taiwan and Grassley on GMO Labeling Impasse
At the Oklahoma State Capitol- today is Beef Day, with
several organizations setting up booths around the Rotunda to help
showcase the importance of the beef industry to the Oklahoma
The Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association will be on hand- grilling up all
beef hot dogs for one and all- some of the OCA board this past week
at their quarterly meeting asked why hot dogs- and it was said many
of the staffers had expressed the appreciation of having a "one
handed" meal to grab and go during a busy day as we approach the
end of the 2016 legislative session.
We'll be out there and will provide coverage via Twitter so be
watching our updates from our handle Ron_on_RON.
For the first time since 2003, U.S. lamb and lamb products have
regained access to Taiwan. the US
Meat Export Federation is cheering the efforts of the
USTR in getting this done for US Lamb producers.
U.S. lamb lost access to several key markets, including Taiwan,
following the first U.S. case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy
(BSE) in December 2003. The market closures were due to concerns
related to scrapie, a disease similar to BSE. Asian markets that
remain closed to U.S. lamb include Japan and South Korea.
Read more about this opening by clicking
Grassley of Iowa says there is at least a small light
at the end of the tunnel when it comes to a GMO Labeling Bill moving
in the US Senate. Asked if he was still pessimistic about Senate
passage of a biotech labeling bill by July 1, Senator Chuck Grassley
told reporters Tuesday that "I'm not saying there are reasons to
be optimistic, but you can obviously be more optimistic when you know
people are talking and trying to negotiate than when they
The Iowa Republican was critical of ranking member Debbie Stabenow's
most recent proposal but said Chairman Pat Roberts
asked him to review it and consider some changes.
"It's the first light at the end of the tunnel in
the last couple months," he added. (courtesy of Agri-Pulse)
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