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Thursday, October 31,
Stabenow Kick Off Final Phase of Farm Bill
Debbi Stabenow, Chairwoman of the
Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and
Forestry, and Frank Lucas,
Chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture,
today convened a conference committee made up of
Senators and Representatives from both parties and
from both chambers of Congress to iron out details
on a final bipartisan Farm Bill. This marks the
beginning of the final phase in the effort to
complete a five-year barm bill.
want Congress to work together to create jobs and
reduce the deficit. The Farm Bill does both," said
Stabenow. "I'm looking forward to sitting down
around a table with my House colleagues, like we
did in the Senate, to develop a final bipartisan
Farm Bill that reforms agriculture programs,
provides certainty for farmers and saves taxpayers
billions. This bill is the most significant reform
to agriculture policy in decades, it's critical
for the economy and it's long-past time to get it
done." (Click here to read a transcript
of Stabenow's opening remarks.)
opening remarks, Lucas urged conferees to set
aside their differences and quickly hammer out a
"I hope we are keenly aware of
our responsibility to put policy in place that is
good for our farmers, ranchers, consumers, and
those who have hit difficult times. This takes
place despite considering a complicated bill in an
environment where the political battles can be
loud and unhelpful. Consensus has proven to be an
elusive goal at times in Congress, but it is a
word that underscores the work we do in the
agriculture community every
day." (You'll find Lucas's full
opening remarks by clicking here.)
read more of this story as well as listen to some
of Lucas's and Stabenow's remarks by clicking here.
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Continues to Flow to Farm Bill
the first meeting of the Congressional conference
committee charged with hammering out a final farm
bill, advice from various sectors continued to
flow into the capitol.
Stallman, president of the American Farm
Bureau Federation, said he was pleased that the
meeting was underway and it "has renewed our
optimism that we truly are nearing the end of a
three-plus year trek.
Bureau's two overarching goals with the
Senate-House conference are ensuring that
permanent law is not repealed and a complete,
unified farm bill continues." (You can read
more from Stallman by clicking here.)
Young, vice president of policy and
government affairs at Women Thrive Worldwide,
urged conferees to giver consideration to how the
final farm bill will impact women farmers not just
in the U.S., but worldwide.
women farmers had equal access to agricultural
resources as men do, as many as 150 million fewer
people would go hungry. With the Farm Bill,
Congress has its biggest chance yet to empower
local women farmers-farmers who produce a majority
of food in developing countries, but are stymied
by limited access to markets.
"To make a
real dent in hunger and put aid dollars to the
best use, Congress should pass the food aid
reforms contained in the Senate version of the
Farm Bill, which would help decrease the harmful
practice of monetization and expand local
purchasing. (You can read more
of Young's comments by clicking here.)
Advances as Does Kingfisher- Brandon Waits- The
Latest from Louisville and the National FFA
Oklahoma FFA members have done well thus far at
the National FFA Convention here in
Schnaithman of Garber has advanced to the
Final Four of the National Prepared Public
Speaking Contest- he will compete first thing on
this Thursday morning- will learn the results of
that contest on Friday evening during the General
Kingfisher FFA is
doing well in the Ag Issues contest again this
year. They reached the Final Four a year
ago- and are in the Semis as of this morning- will
compete this morning with the Finals of that
contest set for this afternoon.
is pretty well done with the interview process to
be a National Officer. He will learn if he
made the team of 6 national officers for the
coming year on Saturday morning- he seems to feel
good about things- click here to check out our story
on the web where we get a debriefing from
him on the process.
Creed contest starts
this morning- Breckin Horton of Spiro represents
Oklahoma in that contest- many of the other CDE
contests also are happening today as well.
Ag Profiency Contests are also today- results on
most of these will be known on Friday.
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reports from the National FFA Convention- click here for more coverage of
the FFA from Louisville as found on the Blue Green
Gazette of our website.
U.S. Cow Herd Going to be 'Very Tough,' AFBF
FFA Convention continues in Louisville, Kentucky,
this week and I caught up with Bob
Young, chief economist with the American
Farm Bureau Federation at the Young Farmers and
Ranchers booth. We talked about agriculture issues
and farm policy including rebuilding the nation's
cow herd. Young says that
process will not be easy and it will be a slow
process in light of the high price of
"It is going to be very tough and
I think you're talking about a long time for this
herd to come back or, for that matter, even kind
of hold its own. Most of the numbers on those
replacement heifers-or just heifers, period-are
very strong at this stage of the game. And, again,
we thought last year folks were going to hold some
of those back, but once we got out to the spring
they just managed to know that they were a lot
better off going ahead and putting them in the lot
and move on forward."
"I think we've got a
lot of producers that are looking at that again
this year. You may have better forage supplies
available to you, though, next spring, so we may
have some folks that are going to say, 'No, I want
to put grass through those animals and let's hold
on to them and build back.'
"I'm a little
bit more optimistic that we are going to start
building the herd back next year as opposed to it
kind of continuing to draw down we saw this
Young joins me on the latest BEEF BUZZ. Click here to read more or to
listen to our
Woman Arrested After Selling Stolen
Haskell, Okla., woman was arrested today on the
felony charge of knowingly concealing stolen
property. Christen Allen, 31, was arrested after
she knowingly sold stolen cattle at the Durant
livestock auction. If convicted she could face up
to five years in prison or one year in the county
Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers
Association (TSCRA) Special Ranger Bart Perrier is
heading the investigation into two separate thefts
of registered cattle from the Langford Hereford
Ranch located in eastern Okmulgee County. The
thefts occurred weeks apart and involved 19 head
of cattle worth more than $100,000.
11, TSCRA put out an alert seeking information on
the thefts. Further investigations found sale
records from Oct. 10 that indicated 10 head of
cattle sold by Allen matched the description of
the stolen cattle. The sold cattle have since been
located and were positively identified as part of
those cattle stolen.
Click here for more.
Prevalence on Chicken Decreases 34 percent: FSIS
to U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and
Inspection Service's (FSIS) "Quarterly Progress Reports on
Salmonella and Campylobacter Testing of Selected
Raw Meat and Poultry Products" released on
October 25, 2013, the prevalence of Salmonella on
raw young chicken carcasses is down 34 percent
over the first quarter of 2013 and represents a
decrease of over 120 percent during the past five
This report contained testing
information from April 1 through June 30, 2013.
Specifically for young chicken carcasses, 2,955
samples were collected and analyzed with a
positive rate of only 2.6 percent for Salmonella -
a fraction of the USDA FSIS performance standard
of 7.5 percent for young chicken carcasses. The
same samples were also analyzed for Campylobacter
and while the percent positive remained unchanged
from the first quarter of 2013, it represents a
decrease of almost 50 percent since FSIS began
testing for Campylobacter on post-chill young
chicken carcasses in 2011.
find more of this story on our website. Click here to go there.
Feeding Can Reduce the Risk of Grass Tetany Next
Spring, Glenn Selk Says
Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus
Extension Animal Scientist, writes in the latest
Much of Oklahoma
and the Southern Plains will have wheat pasture to
utilize as winter feed for stocker cattle,
replacement heifers, and in some cases for adult
cows. At, and after calving time next January,
February, and March "grass tetany" could occur in
a few situations.
Grass tetany, caused by
magnesium deficiency does not seem to be a major
problem in Oklahoma although occasional cases are
reported. It typically occurs in beef cows during
early lactation and is more prevalent in older
cows. The reason is thought to be that older cows
are less able to mobilize magnesium reserves from
the bones than are younger cows. Grass tetany most
frequently occurs when cattle are grazing lush
immature grasses or small grains pastures and
tends to be more prevalent during periods of
cloudy weather. Symptoms include incoordination,
salivation, excitability (aggressive behavior
towards humans) and, in final stages, tetany,
convulsions and death.
Click here to read more of this
article by Glenn Selk.
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