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Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Sentinel, Okla Wheat Producer Jimmie Musick Becomes President of NAWG at Commodity Classic
On Tuesday, it was announced during the 2018 Commodity Classic in Anaheim, Calif. that Jimmie Musick, a wheat farmer from Sentinel, Okla., was elected to serve as President of the National Association of Wheat Growers. Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Associate Farm Director Carson Horn is in Anaheim this week covering the event and had the chance to speak with Musick about his new role, policy issues facing wheat farmers nationwide and also about his wheat crop condition at home.
Musick says he is very humbled and feels blessed to have been elected to his new leadership position within the organization. During his term, Musick will have an increased role in lobbying on behalf of wheat producers in Washington. He says he will steadfastly support the needs of his fellow farmers as debate continues on existing issues and as new ones arise.
"I'm really proud to have this opportunity to serve wheat growers across the country and hope to bring wheat around to the point it needs to be," Musick said. "We have a great staff and they're on the Hill every day. Anything that goes on there, NAWG is right in the middle of it. We'll be there for the wheat growers and stand up for them."
Click or tap here to read more- and to have a chance to hear the conversation that Carson had with Jimmie yesterday shortly after this move up in the officer rotation by the southwest Oklahoma wheat farmer.
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|The Ag Community Cheers the Confirmation Vote of Bill Northey to Serve at USDA
For whatever reason, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas released his hold on the nomination of Bill Northey to be confirmed for a position within the USDA. The announcement that a vote was being held came as President Trump welcomed Cruz and several other Senators to the White House to discuss the Renewable Fuel Standard. The release happened ahead of the meeting- and word came from the meeting by Senator Chuck Grassley that no deals were made in that meeting- so you have to wonder- was the price of getting a face to face meeting with President Trump by Senator Cruz to end his hold on Northey?
For his part- the Texas Senator claimed progress in his efforts to reform the RFS- click here to see his statement to the media that came out yesterday afternoon.
The bottom line is that the hold is now history- and the Senate wasted absolutely no time in confirming the Secretary of Agriculture from Iowa to be the Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricutural Service. While that is the job that he was confirmed for yesterday- USDA did note that his actual job will be different- saying "As part of a reorganization of USDA, Secretary Perdue has created, the President appointed, and the Senate confirmed a new Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs, as directed by the 2014 Farm Bill. The creation of the new mission area prompted the realignment of several agencies under a newly-named Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation (FPAC), the position for which Northey is intended. FPAC will encompass the USDA's domestic-facing agencies: the Farm Service Agency, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Risk Management Agency."
The Ag Community was very happy to finally get Bill Northey confirmed- click or tap here to see multiple statements released soon after the Senate vote.
|Federal Judge Rules in Favor of Agriculture Coalition's Request to Halt California's Prop 65 Labeling of Glyphosate
Citing harm to the nation's agriculture economy, Judge William Shubb of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California issued a preliminary injunction prohibiting California from implementing its "false and misleading" Prop 65 labeling requirement for the herbicide glyphosate. The injunction was sought by more than a dozen leading agriculture groups and supported by eleven attorneys general across the U.S. The preliminary injunction will halt California's labeling requirement until a final ruling on the matter is issued by the court.
"Farmers work tirelessly to put food on America's tables, and Glyphosate is a vital tool that growers have trusted to provide safe, affordable food," said Chandler Goule, Chief Executive Officer for the National Wheat Growers Association, the lead plaintiff in the case. "Every regulatory body in the world that has reviewed glyphosate has found it safe for use and no available product matches glyphosate with a comparable health and environmental safety profile. We are pleased Judge Stubb granted our request, which is the first step in our efforts to prevent California from forcing farmers, growers and manufacturers to place false and misleading labels on agricultural products. California's erroneous Prop 65 listing of glyphosate is not based on data, facts or science and we look forward to continuing to make our case to the court."
Click or tap here to read more about what this Judge had to say about Prop 65 and Glyphosate.
|World Class No Till Producer Gail Fuller Says Failure Was a Part of His No Till and Cover Crop Success
Gail Fuller was in his twenties when he first tried the No Till concept on his Kansas farm- things did not go very well and he ended up going back to conventional farm practices. He ttold me yesterday that he really hated the erosion he was seeing on his farm- and that brought him back around to trying No Till again a few years later. This time, there was no going back- and even though it was a bumpy restart- he used that as a jumping off point to becoming a world class no till cover cropping farmer that has seen amazing improvement in his soil and in the crops he is able to produce.
Fuller was a featured speaker at the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts Regenerative Agriculture Session held on Tuesday of the group's annual meeting in Oklahoma City- the conversation that I had with him can be heard on our website by clicking or tapping here. Fuller said a lot of his early failures had to do with his desire to impose his conventional ag farming plan onto his no till efforts. That included growing corn for silage for a local feedlot- and that resulted in little to no residue on the ground, which worked out poorly. He added wheat to his rotation of corn and soybeans- and figured out that he was bringing carbon into his field- and that he then changed his rotation and started adding carbon and residue- and that allowed him to really start growing soil in his fields.
Fuller was one of several great speakers at this all day session focusing on Soil Health- and our conversation with him is the first of five that we will be sharing with you in the next few days.
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|Fourteen Months Into the Veterinary Feed Directive- The Client Patient Relationship Seems to be Working Well
Just a little over a year ago, the US livestock industry begin following the VFD- the Veterinary Feed Directive as developed by the Food and Drug Administration. Dr. Mike Apley with Kansas State University talked with me about how the beef industry is doing in lining up its drug use practices with the VFD- and where FDA may be going next in overseeing antibiotics for animals.
We talked at the recent Cattle Industry Convention in Phoenix- and part one of our conversation is featured in today's Beef Buzz.
Dr. Apley believes that cattle producers have stepped up and worked well with their Veterinarian and that it has been a learning process of understanding exactly what the label says in how each drug may be used in feed- and exactly how products and drug regimens can be used together. He adds "we're waiting to see how FDA phases in enforcement on it."
The Beef Buzz is one of our daily radio programs that can also be listened to online- we have several years worth of Beef Buzz reports that you can check out here.
|USDA and HHS Invite Public Comments on Scientific Questions for the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced this week a new step in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) development process. For the first time, the departments will seek public comments on the proposed priority topics and supporting scientific questions that will guide the development of the upcoming 2020-2025 edition of the DGA. The public may submit comments through the Federal Register; the comment period will be open starting TODAY thru March 30, 2018. The topics, supporting scientific questions, and link to submit public comments will be available at dietaryguidelines.gov .
The Dietary Guidelines for Americans serves as the cornerstone of federal nutrition programs and policies. This new public comment stage at the beginning of the DGA development process helps maintain the integrity of the process and ensure transparency in communicating the topics that meet the priorities of federal nutrition programs.
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|What's a Corteva????
The Agriculture Division of DowDuPont will become Corteva Agriscience when it is spun off, which is expected to happen by June 1, 2019. Corteva is derived from a combination of words meaning "heart" and "nature."
"This is the start of an exciting journey," said James C. Collins, Jr., chief operating officer, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont. "Corteva Agriscience is bringing together three businesses with deep connections and dedication to generations of farmers. Our new name acknowledges our history while looking forward to our commitment to enhancing farmer productivity as well as the health and well-being of the consumers they serve."
Corteva Agriscience brings together DuPont Crop Protection, DuPont Pioneer and Dow AgroSciences to create a standalone agriculture company with leading positions in seed technologies, crop protection and digital agriculture.
"We will continue to invest in some of the most recognized and premium brands in agriculture: Pioneer, Mycogen, and the newly launched Brevant seed brands, as well as our award-winning Crop Protection products, such as Aproach Prima fungicide and Quelex herbicide with Arylex active, while bringing new products to market through our solid pipeline of active chemistry and technologies," said Collins.
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