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Latest Farm and Ranch News
Update from Ron Hays of RON
Thursday, May 14,
Foundation Leads Initiative on Voluntary Phase Out
of Antibiotic Use in Food
Foundation, NFP is leading a new
initiative designed to support efforts by U.S.
livestock producers and veterinarians to
voluntarily phase out the use of
medically-important antibiotics for food
production purposes in food
Many producers and businesses
across the entire food and agricultural value
chain have already taken action to reduce the use
of medically important antibiotics in food animal
production. The U.S. Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) has issued two
Guidance for Industry (GFI) documents related to
the use of antimicrobial drugs in food-producing
animals. FDA is also proposing amendments have
also been proposed to the Veterinary Feed
Directive (VFD). Successful implementation of the
practices is critical to public health, food
prices and the future viability of animal
agriculture in the United States.
the end of 2016, producers and veterinarians need
to complete work to phase out the use of
medically-important antimicrobial drugs to promote
growth, as specified in recent the FDA guidances,"
explains Farm Foundation President Neil
Over the next six
months, Farm Foundation will convene 10 regional
meetings with livestock producers and
veterinarians across the country. The intent is to
help producers and veterinarians gain a
comprehensive understanding of the FDA GFIs, and
help regulators understand the challenges of
implementing these practices.
success of achieving this goal--for both public
health and the economic health of animal
agriculture--hinges on producers having access to
the information they need to adjust production
practices, and the capacity of veterinarians to
provide the additional oversight needed," says
Click here to read more about FDA
has proposed amendments to its Veterinary Feed
Directive and how Farm Foundation will be holding
regional meetings this summer.
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Congressman Markwayne Mullin Says EPA Ready
to Rush WOTUS Out as Final Rule Before Memorial
Congressman Markwayne Mullin
believes that enough Democrats might rethink their
votes on HR 1732- the bill that tells the Army
Corps of Engineers and the EPA to withdraw their
proposed rule on WOTUS (Clean Water Act Changes)-
that a Presidential veto could be overridden.
Earlier this week, the House passed the Regulatory
Protection Act of 2015 by a 261 to 155 margin-
well short of the two thirds majority needed to
overturn a Barrack Obama veto.
Congress works to slow down or stop the
implementation of WOTUS, the Obama Administration
appears to have no intention of stopping or
reconsidering the process. The real problem facing
the opponents of WOTUS may be the desire of
Gina McCarty, Administrator of
EPA, to rush a final rule out that she claims
addresses all the concerns raised during the
comment period of this past year.
says "the bad news is that the White House is
wanting them to move forward with this- and
we actually got word today that they are
actually speeding up the process and is
wanting to start implementing this as soon as
Memorial weekend. They're trying to get ahead of
the Senate to keep the Senate from acting, because
we all know, that once something is implemented,
it is very hard to undo. So, we feel like the next
challenge may have to come from the court
Congressman's comments were made in an interview
with Oklahoma Farm Bureau reporter Sam
Knipp. Click here for our full story on
what the Congressman is saying about WOTUS and the
efforts in the House to stop or slow down EPA
regarding the changes being planned for the Clean
Ruling Could Have Consequences for U.S. Beef and
World Trade Organization is
expected to issue a final ruling soon on Mexico
and Canada's challenge of the U.S.
Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL)
regulations for red meat. The WTO has ruled
against the United States three separate times.
The first couple of times were in regards to the
2009 COOL rule. When the U.S. was found
noncompliant, the rule was rewritten. Since then,
the WTO has also ruled against the updated rule.
The U.S. is down to its last appeal and a WTO
ruling is expected any day.
Canada and Mexico have stated they are ready to
retaliate against the United States, if the WTO
finds the U.S. noncompliant. U.S. Meat
Export Federation regional director for
Mexico, Central America and the Dominican Republic
Chad Russell said they have meet
with government officials in
"Mexicans reserve the right to
retaliate, if that right were given to them from
the WTO," Russell said. "There would be a period
of time where the Mexicans and the Canadians would
have to demonstrate to the WTO the damage that
they incurred because of the U.S. policy. So it
probably wouldn't be until sometime in September
where by Mexico and Canada might be given the
right to retaliate."
If the WTO rules
against the United States, that starts the clock.
Russell believes Mexico will pursue their rights
at least to retaliate. Click here to read or to listen
to this Beef Buzz feature on the potential
for U.S. pork and beef to be included on the list
of products affected by retaliatory
Ag Committee Offers 10 Things to Know About
the coming days, the World Trade
Organization (WTO) is expected to release
its fourth and final decision on the U.S.
Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) rule
and announce if the United States has been found
compliant with trade standards. Should the U.S.
lose this appeal, Congress will need to be ready
to avoid retaliation from Canada and Mexico, our
top two export markets. Here are 10 things you
should know about COOL.
1. COOL is not
about food safety or traceability.
U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural
Marketing Service (AMS), which enforces COOL, has
repeatedly stated that, "the COOL program is
neither a food safety or traceability program, but
rather a consumer information
2. COOL is costly for
producers, retailers, and
According to AMS, the first
year-incremental costs for growers, producers,
processors, wholesalers, and retailers are $2.6
billion. Furthermore, the estimated cost to the
United States' economy in higher food prices and
reduced food production in the tenth year after
implementation of the rule is $211.9
3. There is no increase in
consumer demand for origin labeling information as
a result of COOL.
According to a study
by Kansas State University, there is no evidence
of a demand increase in beef, pork or chicken
products when the COOL label is present. Other
economic and academic studies show no evidence
mandatory country of origin labeling in the U.S.
retail meat markets has increased consumer demand.
Click here to read the
Click here to read the other
seven things to know about COOL.
Not Only Factor Influencing Beef
cattle and beef prices provide quite a case study
for the entire industry. The beef industry has
learned a lot about consumers over the last
decade. Certified Angus Beef ®
brand president John Stika said
with higher beef prices, they thought consumers
would respond by choosing to always lower their
quality standards, by just focusing on price.
"As an overall beef industry, we've
learned a lot," Stika said. "Consumers don't just
buy on price alone. They buy on price in relation
to value. As you look at that, it's really created
a lot of opportunity that U.S. cattlemen have
really taken advantage of as we've ramped up the
quality of product that we produce for consumers
over the last decades."
has reached record high levels at the same time
when cattle inventories hit rock bottom. That
might dilute the signals, but they're still there,
Capitalizing on consumer
demand starts at the ranch level. Click here to read more or to
watch a video news release from the CAB and the
Geographic Fostering Conversations About the
Future of Agriculture and Food
Geographic launched an effort in 2014 to
initiate a conversation about growing enough food
to feed an ever increasing world population
through a series called the "Future of Food".
National Geographic Magazine Executive Editor
Dennis Dimick said getting to
that topic was evolutionary. He said the magazine
had spent a decade studying the effects of climate
change and how energy choices are tied to these
issues. That tied into stories about preserving
genetic diversity in the food system, fresh water
and the end of plenty after the food price spikes
of 2007 and 2008. Then in 2014, National
Geographic published a yearlong series that
addressed the implications of having a world
population of seven billion people.
think the problem that we faced was, it's a huge
issue," Dimick said. "So you have to break it down
into sort of almost into palatable sections, so
you can find interesting stories to
In speaking at the the recent
Animal Ag Alliance Stakeholder's
Summit in Kansas City, Dimick said he
felt there hasn't been a good platform for a
national dialogue on producing enough food in a
sustainable way for the next several generations.
In looking at the media coverage of food
nationally, he said people are disconnected from
those that grow food and the challenges the U.S.
will face in the future.
"We live in a
culture of abundance, we take food for granted,"
Dimick said. "It's inexpensive, we've had for a
long time there has been a policy of trying to
produce food cheaply in this country. So we don't
think about it, we maybe spend ten percent of our
income on average (on food). So it's not something
we think about because it's always
caught up with Dimick at the Stakeholder's
Summit. Click or tap here to listen to my
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broadcast journalist Jerry Bohnen
has spent years learning and understanding how to
cover the energy business here in the southern
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daily update of top Energy News.
many Oklahomans are all about helping when they
see or hear about a need- and this week- we saw
that happen in the Seminole area as a rancher
worried about how he was going to save his cattle
from starving to death because of high
LeRay ranches east of Bowlegs- and part
of his cattle were stranded after waters rose in
the river that cuts through his ranch. He could
not reach them for four days- they had no feed and
he did not expect the river to drop anytime soon-
especially with more rain forecast.
he called the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture.
And they got the Army National Guard involved. The
Oklahoma Army National Guard loaded a Chinook and
dropped 12 bales of hay and 12 sacks of feed to
the cattle on Tuesday.
can read more- and see a News9 video feature on
the story by clicking here.
part of its commitment to support growers
throughout the Great Plains and worldwide,
Bayer CropScience Wednesday
celebrated the grand opening of its Beaver
Crossing Breeding and Trait Development Station
near Lincoln, Nebraska. Research and development
activities at the $17 million state-of-the-art
facility will serve to help Bayer CropScience
deliver breakthrough wheat and soybean varieties
with improved technologies and genetics.
"Wheat and soybean crops play an
integral role in strengthening Nebraska's
agriculture industry and its economy," said
Frank Terhorst, global head of
Seeds for Bayer CropScience LP. "Through Beaver
Crossing, we are expressing our commitment to
using the latest scientific research and
development to support the continued health of
these valuable crops."
Click here to read more about the
Beaver Crossing Breeding and Trait Development
Station, situated on 400 acres of farmland.
This is a cornerstone in Bayer's commitment to
invest more than $1 billion in wheat research and
development over 10 years.
than 2,100 producers across the country became
Beef Quality Assurance (BQA)-certified
thanks to the recent program supported by
Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI). That
is the highest number in the program's four-year
history, and means that nearly 22,000 producers
have taken advantage of these free offers to sign
up for the BQA certification program.
checkoff-funded BQA program is important to the
cattle industry, as it provides producers a set of
best practices for producing quality beef. It also
assures consumers that the beef they eat is both
safe and wholesome.
on this successful effort to grow the ranks of the
BQA are available here.
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