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Update from Ron Hays of RON
Thursday, August 1,
Author and Speaker Jolene Brown Featured at
family business consultant and professional
speaker Jolene Brown will provide
a keynote address at the Aug. 8-9 Oklahoma
Statewide Women in Agriculture and Small Business
Conference. She will also be speaking at the
International Leadership Alumni Conference August
A real "Farmer Brown" with a corn
and soybean farm in Iowa, she describes herself as
being on a mission to share leading-edge best
practices, appreciation, laughter and celebration
with the people who feed, clothe and fuel the
She spoke recently with me about the
message that she brings.
successful business-first family does not
sacrifice family for business, but values the
family and has the family's best interest at
heart," Brown said. "That is why they do the
Her keynote address
will take place at noon on Friday, Aug. 9, and
will focus on learning valuable lessons from
yesterday's wit and wisdom and using them to
negotiate the future. Brown will also lead a
90-minute conference session on Thursday, Aug. 8,
entitled "The Balancing Act: 10 Ideas to Relieve
Stress and Bring Renewal to Our Farm and Family
"Audience members have described me
as fun and funny, long-legged but not long-winded
and so insightful that they accuse me of sleeping
under their beds," Brown said. "I can also
hypnotize a chicken, plug grain augers and
entertain the folks behind the equipment parts
Click here to read more and to
listen to my interview with Jolene.
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Sell, Farm Policy Facts Take on EWG's
Characterization of 2013 Farm
Sell, regular contributor to Farm Policy
Facts, recently penned a response to a Politico
op-ed by Scott Faber of the Environmental Working
Scott Faber's recent column
in Politico, "Worst Farm Bill Ever" (7-17-13), is
not just a seething lament of a group that lost on
almost all the issues for which they aggressively
lobbied, but also a textbook example of why he and
his organization should never win.
Faber has made a living of
playing big vs. small and making full-time farm
families out to be the bad guys. So he complains
"the bottom 80 percent get less than $5,000
apiece." But those bottom 80 percent aren't
full-time farmers. To be in Faber's small and
worthy category, your total sales (gross sales -
not net income) has to be less than $50,000. For
row crop farmers, that is about a 50-acre plot
which has not been enough to make a living for
about a century or so. This 80 percent of
"farmers" makes up just 4 percent of total
production. They are part-time farmers, that while
important to rural America do not feed and clothe
the country. Our greater concern
should be for the full-time farmers - those
grossing greater than $250,000 who make up only
9.85 percent of the total, but produce more than
85% of total goods.
These are not
corporate farms as Mr. Faber likes to paint them.
They are committed farm families trying to make
their small businesses work so that they can take
care of the land and pass it on to the next
generation in better shape than it was passed to
You can read more of Tom Sell's
editorial by clicking here.
Study Shows Certified Angus Beef Demand Continues
gap is widening between key indicators of demand
for premium and commodity beef.
Non-branded USDA Choice beef saw eroding
demand since its 2010 peak, as consumers
apparently turned toward a premium branded
Details are in an updated
research paper from Kansas State University
(K-State), "Defining and Quantifying Certified
Angus Beef ® (CAB®) Brand Consumer Demand, 2013
Pounds of CAB product sold
increased every year since 2005, but it took
economic modeling and research to see the demand
K-State economist Ted
Schroeder and 2010 master's student
Lance Zimmerman conducted the
initial study that year. Zimmerman took a break
from his role as analyst with CattleFax to update
his college work with new data to characterize
demand through 2012.
more of this story and a link to the study results
and methodology, please click here.
Professor Travels to Mali to Provide Specialized
Oklahoma State University faculty member will
travel to Bamako, Mali, in August as a volunteer
expert with a United States Agency for
International Development-supported project
implemented by ACDI/VOCA, a nonprofit development
organization, with partner Winrock International.
cereal chemist for the Robert M. Kerr Food &
Agricultural Products Center will be a volunteer
cereal-based infant food specialist in Mali for
the Mali Agricultural Value Enhancement Network
(MAVEN) project, which provides solutions and
support to improve Malian agriculture. During her
Aug. 10-24 trip, Rayas will assist Danaya Cereals
Bamako, a food manufacturing company.
collaboration will address a very important issue
worldwide, which is the production of food for
infants and children with enhanced nutritional
value," Rayas said. "This effort ranks among the
top five on my list of projects I love to
can read more by clicking here.
Continues to Support Consumers, Oppose Imposition
National Cattlemen's Beef Association has never
been a fan of the Country of Origin Labeling rule
since it was proposed by the USDA about a decade
ago. It was finalized in May and it is still
I spoke with NCBA's CEO
Forrest Roberts recently about
the organization's opposition to the rule.
Roberts said market research
indicates consumers aren't as concerned with the
origin of a meat product as much as they are
concerned with labels that will differentiate
"For example, Certified Angus
Beef is a great example where it's a marketing
point of differentiation that has more to do with
a marketing level conversation and we feel that
private industry is best suited to give marketing
and product differentiation not the federal
Roberts said that the ultimate
loser in the USDA's requirement for Country of
Origin Labeling is the beef
producer. That's why the NCBA is
fighting so hard for a solution that will not lead
to retaliation by countries like Canada and
joins me on the latest Beef Buzz. You can
listen in or read more by clicking here.
Iowa Hit Hardest by PEDV
and Oklahoma are the two states hit hardest by the
Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus. The latest
figures compiled by the American Association of
Swine Veterinarians show 112 cases have been
reported in Iowa and 60 in Oklahoma.
Nationwide, there have been 378 confirmed
cases in 15 states.
The first case of PEDV
in Iowa was reported the week of April 29th. The
number of cases grew steadily until peaking at 25
cases the week of May 20. The number of new cases
has been steadily declining since then.
Oklahoma, the first case was reported the week of
May 20th. Numbers are still climbing with 22 cases
reported in the latest week.
You can find
a link to the latest epidemiological information
on PEDV by clicking here.
Haters- Go Away!
the world of Facebook- our friend who works for
cattle producers, Daren
Williams with the NCBA, had a
magnificent post about, Monsanto, GMOs and those
who are "haters." How could I not share it with
writes- Is it time for the anti-GMO/Monsanto crowd
to move on and find something new to oppose (I'm
convinced these are the same people who protested
nuclear energy in the '70s)? He offers the
following quote from the magazine, the Scientific
early alarms about new technologies fade away as
research accumulates without turning up evidence
of deleterious effects. This should be happening
now because scientists have amassed more than
three decades of research on GM biosafety, none of
which has surfaced credible evidence that
modifying plants by molecular techniques is
dangerous. What are the facts? Monsanto and the
other big ag-biotech companies have developed
reliable, biologically insect-resistant and
herbicide-tolerant commodity crops that benefit
people, farmers and the environment, and are
nutritionally identical to their non-GM
counterparts." -- Nina Fedoroff,
Scientific American, July 25,
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