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Get Out and Vote
Tomorrow- Tuesday, June 28th
this morning's farm and ranch news on our statewide radio network of
stations- we have featured comments from Michael Kelsey
of the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association about how important it is for
rural Oklahomans to really turn out in large numbers and participate
in the primary elections set for Tuesday, June 28th. You can click
here to take a listen.
Kelsey reminds us that there will be forty new members of state
legislature in 2017- and the first vote to start selecting them is
Tuesday. He urges rural Oklahomans to "know the candidates
and know who you are voting for and make those selections based on
who is aware and favors agriculture. We need a strong agricultural
voice at the state capitol...we need to elect folks who understand
what food production is all about."
One candidate that many of our readers know has reached out to us-
wanting rural folks across the state to get involved and vote on
Pederson of Burlington is running for the Senate Seat
held by Patrick
Anderson of Enid- who is term limited here in 2016
(District 19). Pederson has two opponents, Dr. Ross Vanhooser
and Greg Ingle.
Pederson is a former board member of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau and
served as State President for a short time before the election of Tom Buchanan
of Altus. Pederson tells me that he has the endorsement of both
Buchanan as well as the President of the other general farm group in
the state- Terry
Detrick with American Farmers and Ranchers.
Pederson writes "We need rural representation at the state
Capitol and someone who understands it. I believe I am that
candidate. Education, roads and bridges, public safety, and access to
rural health care will always be issues in rural areas."
You can learn more about Roland's campaign by clicking here.
There are other races that have candidates that have agricultural
credentials- some involving incumbents and many others that make up
those forty open seats that will result in a tremendous turnover at
the State Capitol as the next session of the State Legislature begins
next February. If you have not done your homework yet- today is the
day to get it done.
Perhaps the best website I have found that has details about all of
the candidates in one place is Ballotpedia- here are the direct links
for the key contested races for tomorrow's Primary election-
State Senate Races
State House Races
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Ag Democratic Leader Will Support Roberts-Stabenow GMO Labeling Bill
on House Floor
House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson
made the following additional statement Friday after Senate
Agriculture Committee leaders announced an agreement on labeling
foods containing genetically engineered crops.
"While I prefer
the House passed voluntary approach for the labeling of food produced
from genetically engineered crops, I will support the Senate GMO
labeling bill should it come to a vote in the House and I will
encourage my colleagues to join me. It is not a perfect bill but
after careful review I believe it is in the best interest of farmers,
consumers, and food manufacturers to have clear direction and
certainty in this area. I have concluded that any further delay would
needlessly prolong the uncertainty created by the Vermont law. It's
important to find a balance between label transparency and the safety
of these crops."
At this point- there is no indication when the Senate will consider
the Roberts-Stabenow bill- the earliest the House could consider the
measure is the week of July 5th- if they receive it from the Senate
in a timely fashion.
Surprises. Period. Derrell Peel Examines Cattle on Feed
Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Market
Peel sees few if any surprises in the latest USDA
Cattle on Feed report, released on Friday afternoon. Dr. Peel says
"placements and marketings were both about as expected- the on
feed total comes in about two percent up year over year, which was
exactly what was expected."
According to USDA- "Cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter
market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or
more head totaled 10.8 million head on June 1, 2016. The inventory
was 2 percent above June 1, 2015.
"Placements in feedlots during May totaled 1.88 million head, 10
percent above 2015. Net placements were 1.81 million head. During
May, placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds
were 305,000 head, 600- 699 pounds were 250,000 head, 700- 799 pounds
were 479,000 head, and 800 pounds and greater were 850,000 head.
Marketings of fed cattle during May totaled 1.79 million head, 5
percent above 2015."
After the report was released, I talked with Peel about the report,
who says that this report simply shows the industry is on track to
build numbers of cattle this year and likely the next couple of
"On January 1, we had a bigger estimated feed
supply and so that says the cattle are coming at us and we're seeing
that happen now with these bigger placements month over month and
we're going to see that for many more months going forward."
here to listen to our conversation and find a link to the
complete USDA Cattle on Feed report.
and Pigs Report Produces BIG Numbers
The USDA Quarterly Hogs and Pigs Report released on
Friday afternoon confirmed what a lot of industry analysts were
expecting- a larger hog herd. According to USDA, the report showed a
record June 1 U.S. hog inventory at 68.4 million head for all hogs and
pigs, up 1.9% from the previous year. Of the 68.4 million hogs and
pigs, 62.4 million were market hogs (up 2%), while 5.98 million were
kept for breeding (up 1%).
The March-May 2016 pig crop, at 30.3 million head, was up 3% from
2015. This is the largest March-May pig crop since 1971. Sows
farrowed during this period totaled 2.90 million head (up 1%),
representing 48% of the breeding herd. For the March-May period, the
average pigs saved per litter reached another record high at 10.48.
president of Kerns & Associates, says one concern with this
quarterly report is the disappearing sows. It is somewhat of a
mystery. Kerns says, "Not only did the sows lost in the March
report, in particular from the state of Iowa, did not show back up,
but we lost 10,000 more! I find that very hard to digest."
Iowa is the top sow state in the country, as well as the top total
hog inventory state - while Oklahoma continues to be a top five
breeding animal state, with 470,000 sows reported in Oklahoma as of June
first - that's up seven percent from a year ago, but is off 10,000
head compared to the March first report of this year. With many of
the baby pigs born in Oklahoma shipped soon after birth to the corn
belt to be fed out- the state is the ninth largest total hog
inventory state, with 2.15 million head residing in Oklahoma as of
June first. That's down four percent from a year ago.
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Roger Johnson Weighs in on RFS- Tells EPA to Obey the Law
The Environmental Protection Agency
currently is accepting comments until July 11 for their upcoming
plans regarding the Renewable Fuel Standard volumes for 2017. With
this open comment period, National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson
says the NFU is asking the agency to simply follow the law already
set by Congress.
According to Johnson, the EPA is not treating ethanol
fairly. "The law is the law and they ought to be following the
law. The law lays out not a requirement that consumers have to buy
this stuff," he says. "It lays out a requirement that the
oil industry has to allow access into their supply system so that
consumers, if they want to buy higher levels of ethanol,
However, the EPA has been cutting back on what is
required under RFS, which was designed to expand our nation's
renewable fuel sector while reducing our reliance on foreign
"We've been strong supporters of the Renewable
Fuel Standard for ethanol and other biofuels and in particular the
promise of longer-term advanced biofuels and cellulosic ethanol which
have enormous environmental benefits," he says.
as Johnson stated, the technology is where we are lacking. "It
needs development, it needs some public policy support, it needs
to know if companies invest in this new technology they aren't going
to be frozen out of the marketplace", he says. " The RFS
was designed to give them access to the market because if you don't
do that legally, the oil companies largely control that. The
distribution system will simply say, 'I don't care what the price is,
I don't care if it's half of what gasoline is. We're not going to put
it in our pumps.'"
here to listen to Johnson talk more about the Renewable Fuel
Standard and find a link to comment on the RFS.
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Write Letter to EPA- Also Telling Them to Do What Congress Has
Directed Regarding the RFS
bipartisan group of 39 Senators sent a letter Friday urging the
Environmental Protection Agency to ensure that the final blending
targets under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for 2017 will promote
growth in the U.S. biofuels sector and capitalize on economic
opportunity instead of driving investment overseas. Emily Skor,
Growth Energy CEO, issued the following statement:
"The letter is
unequivocal in outlining the need to keep our progress in biofuels
production intact and in urging EPA to issue a final rule putting the
RFS program back on track with blending targets that match Congress'
"We must not
turn back the clock on the progress we have made, and commend these
Senators for protecting America's security and economy through the
RFS. The EPA must return stability to this policy to ensure that we
keep America moving forward. The RFS decreases our dependence on
foreign oil, improves our environment by reducing harmful emissions
and displacing toxic chemicals found in gasoline, and gives American
consumers a choice of a less expensive, higher performing fuel.
"The RFS is our
nation's most successful energy policy. We stand united with this
group of bipartisan Senators in sending a message to EPA that our
support for this policy is unwavering, and that EPA must set the
final RVO volumes to 15 billion gallons as Congress intended."
Works to Keep Meat on the Menu for U.S. Military
A recent attempt to introduce "meatless
Mondays" into the diets of active servicemen and women has been
thwarted, but Colin
Woodall, vice president of government affairs for the
National Cattlemen's Beef Association, says animal rights groups like
the Humane Society of the United States are continuing to push their
vegan campaign at the Capitol.
"It's a concern because this a program that's based on a
political agenda and not on any fact or science," he says.
Smith, R-Neb., recently introduced an amendment to
the 2017 Defense Department appropriations bill to prevent a
"meatless Mondays" campaign from ever being applied to U.S.
Woodall says NCBA is hoping to have the same type of success in the
"We are currently working with the senate to try to find an
amendment strategy similar to what we saw in the house," he
says. "The timing on that is a little less clear then where we
were with the house right now, but there is a lot of motivation to
try to this."
Updates in dietary guidelines continue to include beef as a healthy
protein option, and Woodall says it's important consumers understand
that there's science-based research backing those recommendations.
"I think one of the things we need to do is every time a
'meatless Mondays' campaign comes up, that we take full advantage of
it to show the nutritional benefits of beef in the diet and also make
sure people understand that we're just talking about the consumer
having choice," he says. "We're not forcing them to eat
beef every single day - that's not the request. What we're trying to
do is just make sure that they can make a choice based upon all the
real information out there and not the made up information that we
see from campaigns such as 'meatless Mondays.'"
to Woodall talk more about efforts to overcome campaigns like
"meatless Mondays" during the latest Beef Buzz.
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