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Monday, July 16, 2018
Bias Alert: FDA Asserts Unfounded Jurisdiction Over 'Fake Meat' in Kangaroo Court Hearing
The Washington Beltway is wrestling with how a new product coming onto the market commonly referred to as fake meat, protein derived from animals but grown in a laboratory, should be regulated. The Food & Drug Administration hosted a public hearing yesterday to address that issue. There representing the cattle industry was Danielle Beck of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association's DC office, who says FDA's dubious motives were made quite clear at these proceedings.
"To be honest, I've never seen a public hearing structured like (this one)," she said. "They posed a series of risk-based safety focused questions that would inform them into the regulation of these products - basically asserting they should have soul jurisdiction as per the very broad definition of food."
According to Beck, the docket was stacked with FDA insiders who essentially built a case as to why fake meat should be under the FDA's umbrella.
"There was really only one meat science perspective represented on that panel and otherwise it was folks who have a very clear bias against traditional agricultural production. I've never seen such bias put on display with really blatant disregard to where our current administration is. We believe that USDA is the appropriate regulators and FDA was putting the cart before the horse."
The chairmen of the House Agriculture Committee and the House Appropriations Agriculture Subcommittee sent a letter expressing their displeasure with the FDA's unilateral public meeting on fake meat. NCBA said in a statement how encouraging it was for a bipartisan group to express support for USDA's oversight role.
To read this letter or to listen to Beck fully recount the events of Thursday's hearing - click here. Further details about this hearing can also be found in a separate release from NCBA, here.
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USDA Under Secretary for Trade Ted McKinney to Lead Upcoming Trade Mission to Southeast Asia
USDA Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney will lead a trade mission to Southeast Asia July 16-19. He'll be joined by U.S. business and state government leaders who are seeking to expand agricultural opportunities in Southeast Asia.
The trade mission will be based in Jakarta, Indonesia, but will also include delegations of buyers from Malaysia and the Phillippines who are interested in purchasing U.S. farm and food products.
"USDA trade missions are an incredible opportunity for companies looking to branch out into new markets," McKinney says. "Participants have the chance to forge personal relationships with potential customers and learn first-hand about the ins and outs of doing business in those countries."
Like much of the rest of Asia, Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Phillippines are experiencing rapidly growing economies, rising middle-class populations, and continuing urbanization. Those are all factors that contribute to favorable conditions for U.S. export expansion. Trade mission participants include members of the Georgia and Idaho Departments of Agriculture, as well as representatives from 24 U.S. businesses.
Click here for the full story on Undersecretary McKinney's trade mission to Southeast Asia.
Arizona Farm Bureau President Stefanie Smallhouse Urges Congress to Save Ranches, Federal Land
Arizona Farm Bureau President Stephanie Smallhouse asked Congress to streamline regulations to preserve ranching, as well as the land itself. The fifth-generation rancher appeared before the Subcommittee on Federal Lands.
Smallhouse told the members that America's vast government-owned grazing lands would be much worse off if there weren't private caretakers who work to maintain those federal and state lands. Those caretakers put in the same effort to care for those lands as they do privately-owned ranch land located next to and within the federal and state rangeland.
Smallhouse says the partnership maintains open space on private, state, and federal lands through the management of watersheds. Access to government lands also helps cattle to not overgraze the areas they live in, which is good for the environment. Smallhouse did say that environmental review of projects that help both the environment and the economy take too long.
"Agencies should be focusing on cutting red tape so that more time and effort is devoted to on-the-ground improvements," Smallhouse says.
To continue reading about Smallhouse's appeal to congressional members and review her complete testimony, by clicking or tapping here.
Monsanto Moves Forward on Advancing Company's Key Initiatives to Drive Increased Sustainability
Monsanto Company has reported substantial progress on a host of sustainability commitments and programs in the areas of climate-smart agriculture, water quality, biodiversity, food security and operational efficiencies.
Guided by the company's "Growing Better Together" sustainability plan, Monsanto has focused on three main areas which are designed to foster a better planet, better lives and make Monsanto a better partner to stakeholders.
While the company continues to strive to make progress toward all its sustainability initiatives and commitments, some of the most notable recent accomplishments include the introduction of several Climate-Smart Agricultural tools into practice in the field. Advancements have also been made in the arenas of Food Security and Biodiversity.
Some new and increased operational efficiencies that compliments its sustainability goals are also being touted by the company. For instance, Monsanto now diverts 89 percent of its waste from landfills by focusing on waste minimization, recycling and reuse. Additionally, six sites in Brazil are pursuing an opportunity to divert 10,000 metric tons of the waste being sent to the landfill annually, which will generate an estimated $500,000 in savings each year in disposal cost. clicking over to our website.
The company's plant in Antwerp, Belgium, is investing in a wastewater recycling project that will purify its treated waste for reuse back into its operations, saving an estimated 300,000 cubic meters each year of fresh water withdrawal. The plant also is installing energy recovery technology that will enable approximately $1 million per year in financial improvements.
For more information on Monsanto's sustainability commitments, view the Monsanto 2017 Sustainability Report, by
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OSU's Shackleford Lecture Series to Showcase Evolution of Plant Materials for the Green Industry
Industry professionals and end users are invited to learn more about the evolution in management, cultural practices and plant materials in the fourth annual Shackelford Lecture Series.
Slated Aug. 9 from 7:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. at the Wes Watkins Center on the Oklahoma State University campus in Stillwater, Plant Materials for the Green Industry Professional and End Consumer: The Green Industry's Evolution in Management, Cultural Practices and Plant Materials, will offer something for industry professionals, Master Gardeners, Linnaeus gardeners and home gardeners.
This year's conference features speakers addressing ornamental plant materials, as well as how and why the green industry has evolved over the last few decades. Other topics on the agenda include being a good steward of greenhouse and nursery runoff while still using pesticides and fertilizers, what not to do when landscaping with native plants, year-round seasonal beauty of ornamental plants, Earth-Kind Gardening® and changes in today's garden center industry.
The Shackelford Lecture Series was designed to honor Charles and Linda Shackelford, former owners of TLC Garden Center in Oklahoma City, and their many contributions over the years to the Oklahoma greenhouse industry.
For more information about the Shackelford Lecture Series and this workshop, including how to register, click here.
Ag in the Classroom Summer Conference Delivers on Theme of "mAGnificent Oklahoma"
A chemistry investigation on the composition of milk, robotics in agriculture, and solving a crime in a wheat field - each of these are agricultural lessons that can be taught in classrooms everywhere.
Thanks to the 2018 Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom's state conference "mAGnificent Oklahoma," these lessons have been provided to nearly 340 educators from across the state.
The conference took place July 13 at the Metro Technology Center and featured 18 different workshops on a variety of topics to include branding cattle, soybean production, harvesting berries, and many more. Workshops were led by expert teachers who incorporate AITC in their lessons. Attendees also heard from producers, commodity leaders, Oklahoma Agritourism, the Noble Research Institute, and a High School Ag Education Teacher/FFA advisor.
That FFA Adviusor was Bailey Kliewer from Stillwater FFA- she described ways that elementary school teachers can partner with FFA Programs in their school system to advance the Ag in the Classroom efforts. Bailey talked with Sam Knipp of AFR about her presentation- and you can hear their conversation by going to our complete story on the Summer Conference- click or tap here.
From the Calendar: OSU's Big 3 Field Days, Agritourism Conference, Enid Grain Grading Workshop, OCA Convention and Trade Show, Women in Ag Conference, Noble's Field Day
We have a busy few weeks coming up with several events on the calendar that might be of interest to folks out there. Below, we've pulled a few things to highlight that we think many of you will want to attend.
First of all, this week, OSU will be hosting its Big 3 Field Days - the most time-honored summer field day in the country. The three day event draws approximately 1,500 youth to OSU to participate in livestock judging and other educational events. More than 100 awards and scholarships will be given, including the Joe Hughes Memorial Traveling Trophy
Also, the first-ever Oklahoma Agritourism Field Day will be hosted at Moores Flying M Ranch in Inola, Okla. Anyone looking to start or expand an agritourism business or interested in diversifying a farming or ranching operation should plan to attend. The Field Day is a free, one-day event and is open to the public. For more details or to register, click here.
Then, Thursday, farmers will have the opportunity to attend the Enid Grain Grading Schools for sorghum, corn and soybeans. The fee to attend is $90 per participant, due with registration to reserve your space. Be sure to check in and register as soon as possible as space is limited.
At the end of the week, the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association kicks off its 66th Annual Convention & Trade Show in Norman Friday and Saturday at the Embassy Suites Convention Center. This year's event is all about the business side of the cattle business with five Cattlemen's College sessions, a forum featuring GOP gubernatorial candidates Mick Cornett and Kevin Stitt, plus the biggest and best trade show yet.
Friday also kicks off the Women in Ag and Small Business Conference at Eastern Oklahoma State College in McAlester. Early registration costs $20 per person. For more information and to review the schedule, click here.
Finally, at the start of next month, the Noble Research Institute will co-host a Growing Season Prescribed Burn Field Day to discuss the benefits and proper use of prescribed burning for land management. This field day, which is open to the public, will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, at the Noble Research Institute Coffey Ranch, located at 16877 State Highway 32 in Marietta, Oklahoma.
And as always... for more events, meetings, conferences, etc. you can click over to the calendar page on our website anytime to see what's going on around the state. And, please feel free to send us your events throughout the year. We're always happy to help promote your event and spread the word.
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