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Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Senator Jim Inhofe Says Economic Prosperity and Common Sense is Returning to America Under Trump
Yesterday, I had the chance to speak with our state's senior senator, Jim Inhofe, about several issues facing farmers here in Oklahoma and around the country for that matter - and what's being done about them in the nation's capital. Two of the topics we spoke the most about were, 1.) tax reform and 2.) the repeal of WOTUS.
Regarding tax reform, the Senator spoke optimistically on the progress being made. Not since 1986, have such changes to our tax code been proposed. Inhofe says this action is incredibly significant for not just farmers and ranchers, but all Americans. In his experience, he says reducing taxes has lead to increased revenue and economic prosperity in our country. He expects the same will be true for proposed cuts included in the tax reform packages that have passed through both the House and Senate, just this past Saturday. Currently, Congressional leaders are meeting in conference to negotiate a final bill that marries the two chambers' language in their respective bills.
"It's a huge deal and everyone listening to us right now, should be very excited, because we've passed the bills out of the House and Senate. The conference is working now and I think we can do it by the end of the week," Inhofe said confidently. "As soon as these reductions go into effect, you're going to see revenue really jump-start in America."
A major highlight in this package for farmers, includes the potential repeal of the death tax. Though some details need to be ironed out, Inhofe believes the fate of this tax is sealed.
The Senator and I also discussed one action being pursued by our former AG Scott Pruitt, now serving as Administrator of the EPA. By direction of the President, Pruitt has begun the process to review, repeal and replace the infamous Waters of the US rule, implemented by the previous administration. This regulation is known for being harmful and confusing to rural landowners, often seen as a tool of governmental overreach. According to Inhofe, who served the entire eight years of President Obama's term as chairman of the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee, the rescission of WOTUS is one of the most important regulatory issues facing farmers today.
You can listen to my complete conversation with Sen. Inhofe to hear his comments on these issues and others, by clicking here.
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According to the latest check of the Purdue/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer, producers signaled a slump in confidence with a seven-point drop in the Barometer's
At 128, the measure of producer optimism was the second weakest observed this year, and just four points above the lowest reading in 2017, of 124, last March. However, organizers say that although indicating producers were less confident about the agricultural economy than in October, the survey still suggest agricultural producers remain more optimistic than they were prior to the fall 2016 election.
The November slide in producer sentiment was driven by producers taking a less optimistic view of the future. The Index of Future Expectations declined ten points compared to October as the index fell to 127.
However, the Index of Current Conditions reading of 129 in November was unchanged from October.
Click here to see the complete report on the November reading of the Ag Economy Barometer, for more highlights.
A rating below 100 is negative, while a rating above 100 indicates positive sentiment regarding the agriculture industry.
At the recent National Association of Farm Broadcasters Convention in Kansas City, our own Carson Horn
, had the chance to speak with president and CEO of the Animal Agriculture Alliance Kay Johnson Smith
. Smith has worked for many years, keeping an eye on anti-agriculture groups and the tactics they employ to impose their will on the livestock industry. Ultimately, she says their end-goal is to completely eliminate animal agriculture altogether. In talking with Carson, she described some of these less than respectable practices utilized by activists against reputable food companies.
"One activists described what they had done to get their way, which was to essentially harass the company until they gave in," she said. "Some groups say their demands are just trying to change negative or bad farm practices - that they're not against animal ag. But, that's a complete lie."
On the food supply chain, grocery stores and retailers are the public facing entities of agriculture, dealing directly with consumers. It is easy to be sympathetic and relate to these companies who fold under pressure from these activist groups who threaten to ruin their business with negative campaigns. A very popular demand by activists, Smith says, is to get retailers to commit to selling only cage-free eggs. But, she says now, these businesses are learning the hard way that consumers don't want the products activists are demanding. The problem now is, too, that once you give in to activists' demands, they'll keep coming back for more.
"We really hope (retailers) have a backbone and that they work with their suppliers that provide their products, because it's really extortion; it's blackmail what they're doing," Smith said, explaining how companies can push back. "They've said they will never go away, they won't stop. Consumers are not demonstrating an interest in cage-free eggs by buying them, so they're starting to realize and ask themselves 'why did we make these pledges.' And the activists are already saying cage-free is not enough."
Listen to Kay Johnson Smith of the Animal Agriculture Alliance describe the tactics being used by animal rights activists to pressure companies into complying with their demands, on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here.
Merck Animal Health brought together leading experts in areas of animal welfare, agriculture, food processing/packing and retail - restaurants and grocers in a first of its kind symposium called "Advancing Animal Welfare Together." The gathering, which took place just recently in Dallas, was designed to open up dialogue and explore ways to collaborate on addressing essential practices in animal welfare today, and possible future advancements.
As part of their commitment to helping deliver a safe, affordable and sustainable food supply to meet the world's growing demand for animal protein, Merck's recently created Veterinary & Consumer Affairs team was instrumental in the organization of this event.
Animal welfare pioneer, Temple Grandin, opened the symposium and emphasized the importance of exploring future animal welfare advancements through the lens of lessons the industry has learned from the past. Renowned experts addressed other topics ranging from animal behavior to welfare compliance and pain management, while food industry leaders reviewed consumer expectations in the grocery aisle and at the dinner table.
An overriding theme heard throughout the symposium was the need for transparency and sharing information, so consumers understand how their food is grown and raised - and gets from the farm to their tables.
"We believe that the topics we explored are important to everyone involved at every step in the food chain," said Scott Bormann, vice president, North America commercial operations for Merck Animal Health. "Consumers expect food choices that are safe, healthy and that they can feel good about. Our entire industry needs to cooperate, communicate and collaborate to make sure we meet evolving consumer demands while ensuring on-farm practices align with what is best for the animal."
To learn more about Merck's animal welfare symposium and the topics that were raised in discussion there, click or tap here.
The 2017 Tulsa Farm Show begins TOMORROW MORNING!!!!
Make Plans to attend the Tulsa Farm Show, coming December 7th, 8th and 9th 2017. Admission and Parking are free.
Exhibits include all of the latest in agriculture with a full line of displays, including tractor, sprayer, tillage, harvest equipment, cattle management products, and more. In addition to indoor and outdoor exhibits, daily horse training seminars, cattle chute demonstrations, cattle grading competitions, and prize drawings make the Tulsa Farm Show a don't-miss event.
Click here for more details about the 2017 Tulsa Farm Show- presented by Midwest Farm Shows.
A new report by CoBank suggests that protein products derived from plant sources, insects and cultured meats will be among the top food trends to watch in the coming years. However, the impact of these products on livestock and poultry demand is not expected to be significant in the foreseeable future.
Cultured meat developers are in a race to match the price and quality to traditional meat offerings, CoBank reports. Products currently in development are prohibitively expensive however, and years away from widespread commercial viability.
The timing and degree of market penetration for meat alternatives will also largely depend on advancements in technology that reduce price and improve quality attributes.
Technology companies and alternative protein providers are already exploring new protein products to meet a growing demand for protein, which is being driven by rising incomes around the world. This innovation and product availability will likely foster growth in the alternative protein category in the coming years. What's unlikely, though, is an eclipse of the $49 billion meat and poultry market by alternative protein.
Newly created cultured meat products will also need a regulatory framework before entering the market - a far reach before the technology and production process behind these products has matured.
Click here to learn more by reviewing CoBank's report, posted on our website.
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The 2017 American Farmers & Ranchers speech contest season culminated with the state contest held Dec. 2 at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater.
Each of the state contestants previously participated in their district contests, where they must have placed first or second in their respective category and division in order to advance to state. In total, more than 120 students advanced to the state contest from the five districts across Oklahoma.
The AFR Speech Contests consist of five district contests and a state contest. At each contest, students in grades 4-12 compete in one of four categories - American Farmers & Ranchers/Oklahoma Farmers Union, Science & Natural Resources, Agribusiness and Ag Advocacy & Policy.
This year marks the 73rd year of the AFR speech contests.
"We are proud to host a contest that highlights outstanding youth across Oklahoma," said Micaela Danker
, AFR Youth Development Coordinator. "The fall speech contests proves to be a successful event every year. It gives students the opportunity to gain knowledge about current issues and topics facing the agricultural industry as well as improve public speaking skills."
For a look at the complete list of winners this year, click over to our website's Blue/Green Gazette
for this complete story and the latest youth-in-agriculture news.
|This N That- Tulsa Farm Show Ready to Kick Off, Conservation Movie Night Dec 18th and Dairy Farmers Want YOU to Call the White House TODAY
It's time. The 24th annual Tulsa Farm Show opens their doors tomorrow morning at 9 AM at the River Spirit Expo Center at the Tulsa State Fairgrounds.
Close to 400 exhibitors are moving in today to be ready for the three day event- Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
We will be at our same spot as we have for many years now- just inside the doors from the big Tulsa Driller- come by, say howdy, register for a chance to win a Braums Gift Card and then enjoy the show.
Click here for the Tulsa Farm Show website- including the interactive map of where all of the exhibitors are located at.
We will be broadcasting LIVE on KGGF (AM 690) out of Coffeyville
on Friday morning from our booth- from 10 am to Noon- take a listen here on their live streaming page
AND- if you can make the show on Friday afternoon- AFR is planning their second Rural to Urban Outreach reception-
details on that here.
The Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts, No-till on the Plains and USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Services are teaming up to host a free film night for the public on Monday December 18, 2017 at the Poncan Theatre. Doors will open at 6 pm with the screenings beginning at 7 pm.
The films will include a look into the history of conservation in the United States with a new documentary about the founder of the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Hugh Hammond Bennet. Mr. Bennett spearheaded the efforts and funding for growers to adopt practices preventing wind erosion following the dust bowl years. Following the Bennett film, a screening of the Discovery Channel's "Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman" film that details the work of Kansas farmers, Justin Knopf and Keith Thompson will be shown. The film debuted at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.
Read more by clicking or tapping here.
Finally- a Tweet from North Dakota Farm Broadcast Colleague and Friend Don Wick
caught our eye- Don writes "Pro-NAFTA ag groups want to inundate the White House today with phone calls. @dfamilk
(Dairy Farmers of America) is part of this effort is asking farmers to call the White House between 12-1 PM Central to leave a constituent comment. DFA says the message is the president should improve NAFTA, not end it."
If you want to make a call with a message on NAFTA to President Trump- the number to call is 202-456-1111. Click here
for the Dairy Farmers of America CALL to Action on the Call-In.
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