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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON
Thursday, June 29, 2017
Remembering OK Cattleman Richard Gebhart, Celebrating His Fight Against WOTUS and Its Repeal
Time and time again, then candidate Donald Trump
, spoke on the campaign trail calling for the reigning in of government overreach. The Environmental Protection Agency's proposed Waters of the United States rule became the poster child for this type of governmental abuse of power.
Well before the days of Trump- Noone was more passionate than Oklahoma cattleman and industry leader, Richard Gebhart
, as he voiced the argument against WOTUS. We lost Richard in 2015, but this week we remember him and his efforts to fight the good fight. The battle he fought was not in vain, either, as yesterday EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt
filed a new rule to repeal and replace WOTUS, once and for all. I went back to our archives yesterday, and revisited some past conversations with Richard about the WOTUS rule, which he fought so hard to protect farmers and ranchers like himself from.
"I've read this rule multiple times and I cannot believe how shocked I am by the overreach of this rule," Gebhart said in a past interview. "EPA consistently tells us in our conversations with them that is not their intent, to regulate all lands. But when I read this rule, I see no way out of it."
Gebhart recalled his army training as an infantry officer, where he learned to identify the differences in terrain. All types of terrain he says, aside from a 'depression' drain water.
"In my legal opinion, they're all within the reach of this rule, because no matter where they drain, they're going to drain into something else," he said. "I've spent hours with attorneys talking about the difference between gullies, draws and valleys. That's how ridiculous this rule is written.
Richard's disdain for this rule was no secret by any means. His leadership and foresight helped to eventually bring, what he called a blatant land grab by the government, to its end. You can listen back with me, in some past conversations with Gebhart, talking about the WOTUS rule, on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here
.By the way-
thanks to several folks for sharing our story on Facebook and Twitter after we posted it on our website yesterday- I especially loved the comments that Susan Gebhart
shared reflecting the passion for this issue that her late husband had- those of us that knew and loved Richard are all better off because of the life he lived. If such things are possible in heaven, I suspect Richard has been walking the streets of gold this week with a big grin on his face and telling all who would listen- "I knew we would beat WOTUS- I never had a doubt."
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The ag community erupted with words of praise Tuesday after EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced his plans to rescind the Waters of the US rule. Perhaps due to disbelief - it was not until yesterday that the American Soybean Association sighed a sigh of relief, and offered their own statement on the long awaited victory at the EPA.
ASA's vice president and Iowa farmer John Heisdorffer, offered a few words in a statement released yesterday, throwing the soy industry's presence into the national discussion surrounding the EPA's move to repeal WOTUS.
We are happy to see the rule withdrawn, and the action this week from EPA is a significant step toward greater regulatory certainty for soybean farmers. We look forward to sitting down with Administrator Pruitt and his team at EPA to help build a practical and workable plan to safeguard water quality in our nation's growing regions," he said.
You can read Heisdorffer's full remarks about EPA's proposed repeal and replace rule, by clicking here
|BPI and ABC Settle Pink Slime Case- No Terms Made Public But BPI Lawyer Says Product TOTALLY Vindicated
Beef Products Inc. and ABC News announced on Wednesday that the two sides have settled the processor's libel and defamation suit against the network. The Sioux City Journal, a local newspaper that covered the trial, wrote "Terms of the settlement are confidential, but judging from the celebratory mood of BPI officials and their lawyers Wednesday morning, one could conclude that terms of the settlement were favorable to the company.
"We are extraordinarily pleased with this settlement," BPI attorney Dan Webb
said in a brief statement outside the Union County Courthouse. "I believe we have totally vindicated the product."
BPI released the following statement on the matter: "We are extraordinarily pleased to have reached a settlement of our lawsuit against ABC and Jim Avila
. While this has not been an easy road to travel, it was necessary to begin rectifying the harm we suffered as a result of what we believed to be biased and baseless reporting in 2012. Through this process, we have again established what we all know to be true about Lean Finely Textured Beef: it is beef, and is safe, wholesome, and nutritious
. This agreement provides us with a strong foundation on which to grow the business, while allowing us to remain focused on achieving the vision of the Roth and BPI family."
ABC also released a statement, saying, "ABC has reached an amicable resolution of its dispute with the makers of 'lean finely textured beef.' Throughout this case, we have maintained that our reports accurately presented the facts and views of knowledgeable people about this product. Although we have concluded that continued litigation of this case is not in the Company's interests
, we remain committed to the vigorous pursuit of truth and the consumer's right to know about the products they purchase." Click or tap here to read more
on the dramatic conclusion to this long suffering battle between a huge media company and a relatively small food processor that almost went out of business because of the pink slime story.
The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture is putting on its On the Farm STEM program, based in Orlando this year.
With more than 400 educators nationwide that applied to be a part of the program this year, only 24 were selected to actually have the opportunity to participate. Three of the total 24 selected, are indeed from Oklahoma including Jennifer Hofeld, STEM Resource Leader, of Harrah Public Schools; Zena Lewis, Teacher, of the Owasso Sixth Grade Center; and Ginger Reimer, Education Director, of the Oklahoma Soybean Board from Claremore, Oklahoma.
The On the Farm STEM program, through the American Farm Bureau Federation's Foundation for Agriculture, builds awareness, understanding and a positive public perception of agriculture through education.
Midwest Farm Shows is proud to produce the two best Farm Shows in the State of Oklahoma annually- the Tulsa Farm Show each December and the Oklahoma City Farm Show each April.
They would like to thank all of you who participated in their 2017 Oklahoma City Farm Show.
Up next will be the Tulsa Farm Show in December 2017- the dates are December 7th, 8th and 9th. Now is the ideal time to contact at 507-437-7969 and book space at the 2017 Tulsa Farm Show. To learn more about the Tulsa Farm Show, click here.
No Till on the Plains is scheduled to host a soil health workshop a week from today, July 6th, in Enid, Oklahoma. Our Associate Farm Director Carson Horn reached out to Steve Swaffar of No Till on the Plains, yesterday, to find out more about this event.
"We have a full day's agenda, with four expert speakers. They will all focus on soil health, each one in a little bit different area."
Topics to be discussed include the restoration process and regeneration of your soil's health on grazing lands, how to use crop rotations and native grazing areas to restore healthy soil, how you can use cover crops to help compliment your perennial grazing systems and how to estimate forage production and much, much more!
"Farming is a business and we'll try to help folks understand that by switching to a no-till system and making a change in your mindset, you can help improve your bank account and your efficiency," he contended. "It's a holistic approach to how you operate and run your farm or ranch."
Those with an interest of any kind in no-till farming practices are invited to attend, free of charge. Lunch will be provided, but those planning to attend are asked to register as soon as possible, due to limited availability.
Listen to Carson and Swaffar discuss the workshop's agenda, or for more information about dates, times and locations, and how to register for this event, check out the complete story up on our website, by clicking or tapping here.
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Certified Angus Beef is facing its latest challenge, but is treating it as an opportunity to improve upon itself and its mission - to provide the best quality product for the best possible eating experience for US beef producers' customers.
Meat scientist Bridgette Wasser talks about the ways lipid, carbohydrate and protein components all influence beef flavor, in CAB's most recent industry spotlight.
"There are all these different flavor notes that are in beef," said Wasser, executive director of meat science for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association. "These compounds are just waiting to be activated when we cook beef. But that adds to the complexity of beef as well because beef isn't just does it taste good or does it not taste good. There's just individual flavor attributes and notes and descriptive terms that we can use that all have to be turned on in the right way when we heat and cook beef to get a great beef eating experience. And so, it adds to the complexity but it also makes beef a really unique tasting food that's unlike any other protein or any other food item out there."
Most taste panel research says beef stands out for its "buttery, beef-fat" flavor.
"A big driver of beef's lipid component that impacts flavor is marbling or intramuscular fat" she said. "There is such a unique flavor with that marbling fat that it's described as a buttery, beef fat flavor that's unique to beef and it's not present in other proteins. That buttery, beef-fat flavor that marbling has, so it really gives us that uniqueness and a competitive advantage in that sense because that is such a preferred and like flavor by consumers."
To keep reading this story, or to watch a video clip featuring Bridget Wasser discussing beef flavor and the "next frontier" for product research, click or tap right here
President Donald Trump was approached this week by more than a dozen agricultural groups, including the National Association of Wheat Growers, to turn his attention to the USDA and finish filling out the vacant seats on the department's leadership team.
NAWG CEO Chandler Goule said in a statement, Wednesday, that, now more than ever, farmers need strong leadership at the USDA to effectively implement key Farm Bill programs that will help bring producers out of these tough economic times, that they are currently facing.
"We commend President Trump for nominating Sonny Perdue to Secretary of USDA but now it is time to get his top policy advisors in place. From promoting agriculture production to keeping our food supply safe, the USDA's role and responsibilities are vast and complex and require more than one Senate-confirmed official at the Department," Goule stated.
to read Goule's complete statement on behalf of the organizations that joined NAWG this week in an appeal to President Trump.
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