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Compromise Measure Set for Senate Vote Next Week- After the Fourth of
The U.S. Senate Wednesday night cleared a procedural vote on the GMO
labeling compromise by Senators Pat Roberts and Debbie Stabenow.
The Senate voted 68-29 in favor of the vote, clearing the way for
considerations on the Senate floor. Stabenow, the ranking Democrat on
the Senate Agriculture Committee, says the bill "will have the
votes" to pass the Senate, likely next week. Senator Roberts,
chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, echoed Stabenow's
comments saying "I'm pleased with the outcome of tonight's procedural
vote," said Roberts. "The Senate stood up for America's
farmers, ranchers, consumers, and sound science. I look forward to
the Senate acting next week."
Industry groups continue to push lawmakers to get this done in July
before the lengthy recess hits mid month. Earlier this week, BIO
President and CEO Jim
Greenwood, sent a letter to the Members of the Senate
and the House of Representatives urging them to support the
Roberts-Stabenow GMO labeling agreement. Greenwood tells Congress
preemption of the Vermont law is essential- "The Congress must
pass the Roberts-Stabenow agreement and send it to the President
without delay. Vermont's mandatory GMO labeling law takes effect on
July 1. That state's law is already generating chaos in the food
chain and will, if not replaced with a uniform federal program, raise
food prices for consumers.
"In the absence of such a national standard, many food companies
already have been forced to undertake costly measures to comply with
Vermont's law, either through special labeling or sourcing more
expensive non-GMO ingredients, and many more will face such choices
as more and different state labeling laws proliferate across the
or tap here to read our Top Ag Story with more on this letter-
more on the procedural debate of last night and links to the actual
legislation and the letter sent by BIO to Congress.
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Shows Solid Environmental Achievements and a Greater Focus on Supply
Following the first installment of Smithfield Foods'
2015 Sustainability & Financial Report, the report's Environment section
is now available. This section highlights environmental goals and
practices that improve Smithfield's performance while promoting
supply chain efficiency.
This year's report shows solid improvements in reducing our natural
resource demand and our leadership in advancing sustainable farming
These highlights include:
- Surpassing our normalized greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction target and
nearly meeting our energy use reduction target four years ahead of
our 2020 deadline.
- Reduced our normalized water use by 2.6 percent due in part to
several new water management projects implemented at facilities and
- Achieving zero-waste-to-landfill status at two additional
facilities, bringing the total to six.
- Reducing our normalized solid waste generation, despite an increase
in production in 2015.
- Expanding our collaboration with the Environmental Defense Fund
(EDF) to establish fertilizer optimization and conservation practices
on grain farms supplying feed for our animals.
- Teaming with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to launch
the agency's Nutrient Recycling Challenge, a competition to develop
affordable technologies that recycle nutrients from livestock manure.
Wrapping Up Our
Conversation with NFU's Roger Johnson - Talking Farm Policy Issues
National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson
says the fundamental purpose of farm policy has always been to
provide a safety net for agricultural producers during difficult
times - whether it's a natural disaster or a market collapse - but
he's concerned programs in the current farm bill are not designed to
protect farmers during the current down market.
Johnson says net farm income has decreased by more than half in the
last three years. He compares it to a salaried employee taking a 50
to 60 percent pay cut, but he says he would argue it's worse for
"That net farm income isn't just what farmers have to use for
their family living, which would be sort of like what you'd use a
salary for," he says. "It's also what they have to use to
pay debt back with, and it's what they have to use to make
improvements in machinery, equipment, buying new assets, etc. to keep
the farm operating into the future."
Johnson admits agricultural producers had been experiencing a
"boom period" where crop and livestock prices were very
strong. He says when those prices go up, input costs - fertilizer,
chemicals, seed - go up immediately behind the market, but they are
much slower to decrease when the market price falls.
"Those costs get really sticky; they stay high for a long while,
and then they grudgingly, gradually come down" he says.
"That's the painful process that we're going through right
Farmers are no strangers to this type of boom and bust cycle, but
Johnson says this one is different.
"We've always had a farm bill that was sort of countercyclical
in nature," he says. "If we had too much production out
there that was depressing prices, we had incentives for farmers to
reduce production. We don't have that anymore."
I spoke with Johnson during his recent trip to Oklahoma. Click
here to listen to our conversation about farm policy and how the
current political climate could impact the next farm bill.
State Officials Agree- The Illinois River is Cleaner Than It has Been
our website, courtesy of the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, we
have a good overview of the work being done in western Arkansas and
eastern Kansas to reduce the amount of phosphorous in the scenic
It profiles our friend Ed
Fite, who has spent a lot of this life working on the
water quality of this river well known for hundreds of people
floating portions of it on a hot summer day.
And- they talk about the joint efforts of land owners, the poultry
industry and several government agencies that have resulted in water
They quote Shanon
Phillips is the Water Quality Director for the
Oklahoma Conservation Commission (OCC).
"Although Oklahoma and Arkansas haven't always agreed on the
sources of the problem or what the ultimate goal should be to protect
the river, that didn't stop them from working on the river,"
She added that cities improved wastewater treatment, the poultry
industry sponsored poultry litter transport out of the watershed,
partners provided bathrooms and trash bags to reduce impacts of
recreation, commercial nurseries collected and recycled irrigation
water, and ag producers and other landowners partnered with
conservation districts, the Natural Resources Conservation Service
(NRCS), tribal and state programs, and the EPA to improve land
"If it was possible that some type of activity was affecting the
river, then someone, somewhere in the watershed has worked to reduce
the impact," Phillips said. "Both states and their local
and federal partners have concentrated on monitoring the watershed so
we could better understand if, where and what was causing water
quality problems, but also whether our efforts were resulting in
positive changes for the river. As a result, many partners on both
sides of the state line agree that we're seeing significant decreases
in phosphorus in the river. Although we still have more phosphorus in
the river than a scenic river should have, according to
Arkansas-Oklahoma Arkansas River Compact Commission reports, we've
cut concentrations at the state line by at least half since the
or tap here to read more about the turnaround that Oklahoma can
be proud of when it comes to the Illinois River.
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A&M's Ron Gill Talks Tips for Loading and Unloading Cattle
When it comes to loading and unloading cattle in a
stock trailer, Dr.
Ron Gill, professor and extension livestock
specialist at Texas A&M, says there are several things producers
can do to ensure the safety of both the cattle and handlers.
Whether loading in a set of permanent pens at the ranch or a portable
corral in the middle of a wheat field, Gill says it's important to
find a spot where the trailer is lowest to the ground to avoid cattle
having to jump on or off.
"We see a lot of cattle try to jump off a trailer where their
back feet will slip out from under them and can injure themselves, or
fall and something else runs over the top of them," he says.
"The higher it is, the more they're going to jump."
Gill was a speaker at the recent International Symposium on Beef
Cattle Welfare in Manhattan, Kan. He says most cattle are hauled at
least five times in their lives and handling them in a calm manner
during loading and unloading can make a big difference in the welfare
- and ultimately the probability - of the cattle.
"If we handle them quieter, flow through the system better, they
shrink less and that's more money in everybody's pocket," he
says. "We have less bruising, less trim loss - everything we
talk about in welfare of livestock all starts with how we handle
"It's a huge component in the welfare of cattle and in the
overall life of that animal to do it and do it right," he says.
or tap here to hear Gill talk more about properly loading and
unloading cattle during the latest Beef Buzz.
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Expert Dr. Noffsinger to be Featured at Upcoming OSU Extension Cattle
International cattle handling and stockmanship expert Dr. Tom Noffsinger
will headline a slate of speakers at the Merck Animal Health and
Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension Cattle Conference set
for this summer.
Free and open to the public, the conference will be 1-7 p.m., July 16
at the Grady County Fairgrounds and Event Center, 500 East Choctow,
in Chickasha. Dinner will be provided in part by the Beef Check Off
and The Oklahoma Beef Quality Assurance Program.
"This is the first time we've offered this conference,"
said Gant Mourer,
OSU beef enhancement specialist. "This event is for anyone who
is interested in increasing the efficiency of their operation while
cutting down on the stress on both their cattle and themselves."
Dr. Noffsinger will discuss low-stress cattle handling and
stockmanship as well as offer a live cattle demonstration. Other
topics covered during the conference include the Beef Quality
Assurance program and optimizing cow-calf and stocker profits.
here for information on registering for the conference.
N That: USDA Reports Cometh, Fed Cattle Exchange Suspends Sales and
Sesame Double Crop- Not Too Late
will release a couple of key reports for the grain industry at 11:00
AM Central time this morning- a quarterly grain stocks report and the
spring Plantings Report- updated from their March numbers.
The industry will be looking closely at both reports- but especially
at what Uncle Sam has come up with regarding the final acreage numbers
planted to corn and soybeans.
We'll have coverage of both reports on our website later this
The folks operating the FedCattleExchange.Com
website have put a temporary hold on weekly sales of finished
cattle. In a statement on the site dated June 29th(yesterday)-
they state "Effective June 29th, 2016, the Fed Cattle Exchange
website will not be hosting auctions for an indefinite period of
The explanation that has been given indicates "We encountered
some technology obstacles that were in part, due to our attempt to
quickly address a long recognized need of cattle producers. We have
also received valuable input from buyers, sellers, and registered
sellers that have not yet sold through the Exchange, which we will be
sorting through and implementing.
"Our sincere thanks are offered to the buyers, sellers and
industry leaders who have had the faith to be trailblazers during
this testing period. The Exchange will be back in a stronger and more
reliable format in the future."
Click here for the
website home page to see their full explanation and their intentions
to return with a fresh effort to be a price discovery point for
finished cattle in the US.
Finally- if you have finished wheat harvest- and have not made any
decision on what to do with some of your fields- you might take a
look a Sesame production. We talked earlier this month with Jarold Johnson
of Sesaco- click
here for our story and a chance to listen to our conversation-
and Jarold told us then that as long as you get going with Sesame by
around the Fourth of July in northern Oklahoma and the 20th of July
in southern areas of the state- you can make a decent crop.
Many areas have the moisture- and with the deep roots that Sesame
will drop down into your soil- it can really bust up any hard pan you
You can call Jarod if you have questions- (405) 531-7840.
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