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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Beef and Poultry Industries Weigh In on Lab-Grown Protein, Strongly Supports USDA's Involvement
The USDA and the FDA are hosting a public meeting this week focusing on lab-grown protein to discuss a wide range of topics for consideration, including the potential production hazards, food labeling, and marketing claims of the companies developing the product.
Both the National Cattlemen's Beef Association and the National Chicken Council are participating in this meeting and have been very vocal in their shared support for USDA's regulatory authority over "fake meat," which has been contested by the FDA. Both NCBA and the NCC assert that given regulatory authority over "fake meat" products, the FDA would not hold company's to the same standards as their conventional counterparts.
NCBA President Kevin Kester and President-Elect Jennifer Houston were there to deliver remarks during the open comment period of the session. Houston explained why USDA is well-positioned to apply current food safety processes to lab-grown fake meat products. Kester focused his comments on how USDA oversight provides protects consumers against false and misleading marketing claims. You can read more about NCBA's remarks on this subject, here.
NCC also asserted its belief that the USDA's Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) has the statutory authority, relevant experience, and robust regulatory framework to perform continuous, fair and proper oversight of daily production practices. Additionally, the NCC stated that FSIS has a detailed process to oversee the labeling of such products in a manner that clearly discloses the process by which they were made and to otherwise ensure they are labeled in a manner that is not false or misleading.
To review the NCC's full list of priorities for cell-cultured meat products
delivered at this week's joint-hearing, click here.
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| On the Eve of Convention- CEO Mark Poeschl Shares Vision of Growth for National FFA Organization
More than 65,000 FFA members and guests from across the U.S., representing all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, are expected to attend the National FFA Convention & Expo. Held in Indianapolis, the convention is scheduled for October 24th through the 27th. Convention and expo events will take place at several venues in downtown Indianapolis. FFA members and advisors will meet in Bankers Life Fieldhouse, where eight of the nine general sessions will be held. It's estimated that the national convention and expo will have a $40 million impact on the city.
At the Indiana Convention Center, members can explore the expo or attend a variety of workshops and educational and career success tours - including the inaugural Blue Room, a 17,000-square-foot interactive area that showcases the cutting-edge technology, research, and innovation taking place in agriculture. We had the chance to speak with Mark Poeschl, Chief Executive Officer of the National FFA Organization and the National FFA Foundation, about this new addition to the expo, brought to life by the title sponsors of this experience, AgriNovus Indiana and Microsoft. Poeschl explained that through experiential learning and a specific focus on the most critical challenges facing our communities-from respecting the planet to feeding the world-The Blue Room will inspire and equip students to activate their potential.
Poeschl also shared his vision for the National FFA Organization and where he sees it going. According to him, there is still room for the FFA to grow and students to be reached. With a strategic plan rooted in inclusion and equity, Poeschl believes continued investment in student-members will foster long-term success. Continue reading about Poeschl's vision for the future of the FFA or listen to our complete conversation to hear more about the convention, by clicking over to the Blue-Green Gazette
on our website.
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Be Advised Beef Producers- Consumers Are Now Becoming Increasingly Concerned with Cattle's Diet
Most of our beef cattle have a largely forage-based diet. It is only those cattle that head to a feedlot for the final three to four months of their life that "finish" with a diet that includes corn and feed grains to develop the marbling that allows us to get a choice or prime animal at the end of the day. However, Oklahoma State University's Janeen Salak-Johnson says there are people out there that are very concerned about corn being used to feed beef cattle. In a recent interview, she told us that those concerns are starting to be voiced more and more - much to the surprise of a lot people in the beef industry.
"It's kind of one of those issues that I think people in the industry think you're off your rocker. But, there really is this misconception that we're feeding cattle corn that as humans, we could be consuming," she said. "So, they believe that cattle A.) shouldn't be eating corn, that they're not meant to eat corn because I think they simply think about them being herbivores and not actually being able to digest fiber and things like that - so an animal welfare issue... They also believe you're contributing to world hunger because you're feeding animals feed stuffs that humans could consumer not knowing that it's not the same quality of corn humans consume. That's just the lack of their understanding."
Salak-Johnson says part of it, too, is concern that feeding corn to cattle (again as herbivores) puts them at more risk to bacterial infection in the gut. In addition, she says there is a fear of GMO component to this belief as well. While there is obviously a lot of misinformation that the industry must continue to educate the public on, she says, there is also a need to be proactive in addressing consumer concerns. One way to do that is to ensure the consumer of beef's safety through the implementation of an animal identification traceability system.
"I really believe that traceability back to the farm of origin is probably something that has to be resolved within the industry," she said. "I think we have to come to terms that it is an important piece of the equation. I think it's going to become a very important necessity if we want to move forward and improve the well-being of the cattle industry."
Listen to mine and Salak-Johnson's complete conversation for more of her thoughts regarding issues of animal welfare and well-being in the beef industry, on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here.
Over a thousand Oklahoma FFA members have joined more than 60,000 members from across the nation in Indianapolis to compete for national honors at the National FFA Convention. One of those competing is Edmond FFA's Jessica Kenville who climbed her way to the top in this year's State FFA Extemporaneous Speaking Contest in Oklahoma and will go head to head this week with other state champions for a shot at being the top in the nation.
In preparation for the contest at the National Convention, Kenville has been practicing hard to sharpen her skills and familiarize herself with timely, topical ag-related knowledge that might be of use during the actually competition. She has done this by putting herself through a personal extemporaneous contest of her own each night after school. Her favorite topic to talk about is agriscience and the various up to the minute innovations that the ag-tech world is producing. But she says she also focuses on subjects that aren't as interesting to her in order to keep knowledge well-rounded.
Kenville says she feels lucky to have found "Extemp," understanding the skills she is developing through it and how she can carry those throughout life into a professional career.
"I am really fortunate to have found extemp, because for the rest of my life there's not going to be an instance when I'm told to memorize a five-paragraph speech and present it to somebody. Maybe a little spiel or whatever, but most of the time in life - you're speaking extemporaneously," she said. "I want to go into law and speaking extemporaneously is what lawyers do and I think that by participating in these contests, that's definitely going to help me in my future career."
She sat down with our own Carson Horn last week before jetting to Indy, to talk about her experiences with extemporaneous speaking and her outlook for the National FFA Convention. You can listen to their complete conversation by visiting the Blue-Green Gazette on our website.
As we bring you coverage from Indy this week, be sure to keep in mind that we will be updating our FLICKR account with pictures of those student competitors from Oklahoma at convention that you won't find anywhere else. Check it out throughout the week, here
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The Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef released the 2018 Sustainability Report at the Global Conference on Sustainable Beef, which took place October 9-12, 2018 at the Lyrath Estate in Kilkenny, Ireland. The conference, co-hosted by the newly-formed European Roundtable for Beef Sustainability and Bord Bia, was attended by 234+ registered delegates from more than 25 countries.
The 2018 Sustainability Report, released during the conference, highlights results from sustainability efforts of national roundtables and other regionally focused sustainability initiatives, including those in North America, South America, Southern Africa, Australasia, and Europe.
"GRSB is pleased to present the 2018 Sustainability Report to provide detail about the work being done around the world to drive continuous improvement in the sustainability of beef production. We relied on the collaboration of all of our national and regional roundtable members to create the most comprehensive report possible," states Nicole Johnson-Hoffman, President of GRSB.
To continue reading or to view the complete 2018 Sustainability report, which includes a full list of GRSB members, GRSB strategic goals, and a complete report of regional impact being made on the ground to improve beef sustainability, click here.
Dan Basse - President of AgResearch Co. of Chicago, recently participated in this summer's Feeding Quality Forum in Sioux City, Iowa where he talked about using the Live Cattle Futures Market as a tool with which beef producers can use to secure profits. According to him, markets will keep going up and down, so the trick is picking the right time to buy or sell.
In a short video shared by the folks at Certified Angus Beef, Basse shared his wisdom on how to master this technique.
"If you can figure out what your profitability is and where your margins are, there are going to be opportunities to make money. So, you have to take advantage of those when they happen. Our big concern in the cattle market is really going to be the period through April and June of next year, when cash cattle could get down below a dollar," concluded Basse. "So, if you see rallies heading into the winter, whether they be political or weather aberrations, take advantage of them and make sure you get your hedges in place."
Keep reading or watch Basse expound on that thought in a short video clip shared with us by the folks at CAB, by jumping over to our website.
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| OSU Extension to Offer Farmers One Stop Shop for All Their Crop Info at Its First All Crops Conference
According to OSU Extension's Josh Lofton, it seems lately as though every other week or so, there is another crop meeting for producers to attend. While he says it's important to get all that information out to the people that need it - Lofton also explained that the Extension faculty has wondered if there isn't an easier way to do that and maybe allow producers a chance to learn about other crops and expand their interests all at once. Those considerations have led to something new that OSU Extension will be rolling out this next year.
"We're trying something a little new this year. What we wanted to do was give growers a conference that was almost a one-stop shop," Lofton explained, referring to OSU Extension's upcoming All Crops Conference. "Not only will you get to hear about a lot about your common crops, like wheat, you'll get to hear about everything. So, this gives growers the opportunity to get all of their information from OSU and from various entities outside of the University but from within the region and really get a lot of good information in a tight, compact two-days."
The OSU All Crops Conference is scheduled to take place February 19-20, 2019 in Norman, Okla. at the NCED Conference Center and Hotel. More details on the program's agenda will be announced closer to event. In the meantime, for more information, you can listen to our complete conversation, by clicking or tapping here.
|FFA Bits and Pieces from Indy- More Blue, Air Force One Coming and Competition Day Arrives
If you saw and perhaps have listened to our story up higher here in today's email with Mark Poeschl about the Blue Room- well- the lady who conceived the idea of a Blue Room experience for the convention talked with me yesterday afternoon- and it's a fascinating story- we have posted that conversation as an Ag Perspectives Podcast- and it's available now by clicking or tapping here.
Our visit with Beth Bechdol talks about the rising up of the Blue Room and how it will go well beyond four walls with Blue365- coming to a computer near you in the not too distant future.
She calls it COOL- and I bet it will be FUN as well.
President Donald Trump will be attending the National FFA Convention & Expo on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, during the ninth general session at Bankers Life Fieldhouse and will address the FFA members. That's the final session of the convention- and has best been known down thru the years as the session where we find out who will be a part of the new National Officer team for the coming year.
Over time, it is has become a tradition of the National FFA Organization to invite the sitting president to make remarks during its annual national convention and expo.
Former President Harry S. Truman spoke in 1957. Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter spoke in 1974 and 1978, respectively. Then Vice President George H.W. Bush spoke in 1987 followed by a pre-recorded message from President Ronald Reagan in 1988. President George W. Bush spoke in 1991. First Lady Michelle Obama also brought pre-recorded greetings in 2015, and Vice President Mike Pence did the same at last year's convention.
It will be a closed event- only registered attendees will have a chance to enter Bankers Field House.
It's the day that many FFA members have waited for- competition in many of the speech areas and more get underway today- and that includes the Prepared Speech Contest and the Extemp Contest- see the story up higher on our Extemp rep- Jessica Kenville of Edmond- and click here for our earlier story on our Prepared Speech rep - Emily Garrett of Kingfisher.
Over the years- I have had the honor of helping with one contest or another- I will be helping judge the Semi Finals of the Extemp Contest- I will not be in the same room judging that Jessica will be in, if she advances this morning into the Semis.
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