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Latest Farm and Ranch News
Update from Ron Hays of RON
Monday, August 3,
Army Corps Memos Reveal
Dysfunction, Secrecy and Misconduct at EPA, AFBF
cache of internal memos that federal regulators
intended to keep private reveals a culture of
secrecy, falsehood and dysfunction that permeated
the Waters of the U.S. rulemaking
Yesterday, the House Committee on
Oversight and Government Reform released more than
50 pages of documents in which the Army Corps of
Engineers repeatedly rebuked EPA officials for
their abuse of the rulemaking process in producing
the deeply controversial Waters of the United
States rule. The entire economic analysis used to
support the rule, Army Corps officials wrote, had
no basis in either science or economics.
least one farm organization jumped all over these
memos from the Army Corps. The President of
the American Farm Bureau, Bob
Stallman, is livid.
Corps documents confirm what we have been saying
all along," Stallman said. "Even the Army Corps of
Engineers concedes this rule is unworkable. The
Army Corps' name is on the rule, yet experts
tasked with determining its validity said they
wanted the Corps' name removed from the economic
analysis used to justify it.
Army Assistant Secretary Darcy pleaded
with Congress to keep these memos from the public
eye. Well, now we know what they say, and we want
to know more. What other internal agency documents
are out there? If the Corps' economists objected
so strongly, what did the EPA's economists think?
What else are these agencies hiding from the
public? As Americans, we expect better, but during
the entire WOTUS rulemaking process, we got worse
- much, much worse."
AFBF is calling on EPA
to immediately withdraw its flawed rule, go back
to the drawing board and address the concerns of
farmers, ranchers and business owners across the
Click here for our
webstory on these latest 'soap opera like'
developments on the Clean Water Rule from EPA- we
have a link that takes you to the actual
"litigation sensitive" Army Corps memos- they are
amazing to read- go check them out.
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Time to Build Positive Momentum for State Question
777 Right to Farm is Now- Glenn
coalition that will ask Oklahoma voters to say yes
to State Question 777 next November continues to
get organized. Helping the farm organizations that
are at the heart of this movement is one of the
most savvy political operatives in the state of
Oklahoma- former State Senate President
Coffee talked with us on Friday about the effort
to get the "Right to Farm" placed into the
Oklahoma State Constitution- and the plans that
are taking shape to organize an army of
volunteers, raise a mountain of money and get
ready to answer those who will oppose the State
Question between now and next November.
have both our audio conversation as well as the
video of Senator Coffee and I in our weekly In the
Field segment that is aired on News9 and then made
available in cyberspace on the News9.com and on
via their App as well.
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video and/or hear the audio conversation- and
read more about the efforts to get the ball
rolling on a Yes Vote for State Question 777.
Time Has Come for the US to Get Into the Game and
Export Beef to China- Phil Seng
Seng, President and Chief Executive Officer of the
US Meat Export Federation, believes it is time
that the United States do what must be done on a
government to government basis to establish beef
trade with China. And, he has authored an
"op-ed" that offers a compelling case for our
government to become pro-active in getting the
Chinese market open for US Beef.
have known Phil Seng from his days as the USMEF
rep in the nation of Japan(in the early 1980s-
think Class One of the Oklahoma Ag Leadership
Program)- when the USMEF's office in Tokyo was
about the size of your bedroom. He has always
brought to the table tremendous insight into the
mindset of those who live in Asia.
says that "While the U.S. industry remains on the
sidelines, Australia, Uruguay, New Zealand,
Argentina and Canada are all gaining a strong
foothold in China. Being shut out of the Chinese
market also affects the prices U.S. beef cuts
command in other Asian destinations, as China has
begun to exert significant influence on global
beef trade. For the U.S. beef industry, the lost
opportunity due to our lack of access to China is
currently estimated at more than $100 per
He says it is easy to dismiss the
hoops that China wants the US to jump
through to sell them beef as overly strict- but
more and more countries are willing to pay
attention to what China wants- and is following
their demands and selling them fresh meat. Seng
believes it is time the US does the
Click here to read his
full commentary on the subject- as he offers
great insight into how we get into the game when
it comes to selling China our beef.
Prices Are Now Headed Slowly But Surely Downward-
Jim Robb of the LMIC
prices have peaked and have already started a
long, slow, slide downward. That's the contention
of Jim Robb of the Livestock
Market Information Center, who made that case in
an article now posted on the LMIC website. Robb is
our guest on the Beef Buzz- and he explains how we
got to the peak and how the slide downward will be
impacting beef cattle outlook in the months
In our Beef Buzz- as well as in
that written analysis on the LMIC website, he sees
no wholesale collapse, but rather a year over year
gradual decline for the next couple of years.
Robb says this is what you might call a
cyclical transition. And he
says it will become more apparent in the second
half of 2015 as prices slip. "Still, through
2016 prices will remain high by historical
standards. Look for prices to erode year- on-year
rather than collapse."
believes that fed cattle prices peaked in the
fourth quarter of last year- and that calf and
yearling prices have just seen their peak in the
second quarter of this year.
his full analysis and hear his comments in our
latest Beef Buzz report on our website- available
Buis Leaving Growth Energy CEO Position- to Remain
as Co- Chairman of the Board
Energy announced Friday that CEO Tom
Buis has been named as co-chairman of the
organization's Board of Directors. Buis will join
POET Founder and Executive Chairman Jeff Broin as
co-chairmen of the Growth Energy board. In his new
role Buis will remain actively involved in member
activities and policy matters important to the
industry. Buis will continue overseeing the
day-to-day operations of the organization until a
new CEO has been appointed.
indicated in a statement that ""As co-chair, I
will remain engaged in growing membership and
advocating for policies that benefit American
farmers and consumers, but I'm also at a point in
life where I'm ready to assume more of a guiding
role as a leader on the board. I am proud of the
accomplishments we have had at Growth Energy, as
it has grown from a startup to the largest trade
association representing the ethanol industry in
has been along every step of that journey with
Growth Energy. He moved from being President
of the National Farmers Union over to the Growth
Energy position in 2009.
have worked with Buis since his days as the lead
lobbyist for NFU in the 1990s- then his time as
NFU President and finally his role as the chief
advocate for ethanol and biofuels in this country.
One take away we have always been able to say
about Tom Buis- while you might not always buy
what he was selling from a policy point of view-
you never doubted for a moment his love for rural
America and the people who live in rural America.
He's one of the good guys.
Click here for the full
statement from Friday from Growth Energy on
the Buis move.
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winning broadcast journalist Jerry
Bohnen has spent years learning and
understanding how to cover the energy business
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Research- A Key to Beef Promotion Success Driven
by the Beef Checkoff
Checkoff Leaders are constantly reviewing the
impact of programs being paid for by beef checkoff
dollars. We have posted a story on our website
that shows some of the thinking about how to gauge
the impact of programs in today's world- which
includes marketing on digital platforms to younger
demographics who may or may not have a clue how to
prepare many of the beef cuts they see in the
supermarket meat case.
this story spotlighting market research in this
brave new world for the beef industry- we learn a
little about the why- "Knowledge about consumers -
beef buyers and potential buyers - is critical.
After all, consumers are in the driver's seat when
it comes to buying beef - or any other product,
for that matter. Until we understand the wants and
needs of a target audience, what are the chances
of meeting their requirements in the beef and beef
products we produce for them? It would be like
shooting in the dark and hoping to hit
"That's why market research is
the foundation of all other programs funded by the
beef checkoff. In short, it grounds checkoff
planning efforts with knowledge about what drives
a beef-purchase decision at the retail meat case
and in restaurants. It spotlights beef's strengths
and weaknesses. It helps planners set consumer
goals and track progress toward those goals, then
share that information with chefs, retailers,
restaurants, nutritionists, dietitians, doctors,
foodies, and other influencers. And it helps
target checkoff investments in the most efficient
and effective ways possible."
Click here to read more.
Club Bashes Right to Farm and Flunks Most
Lawmakers in Their Annual
Sierra Club has released their annual
State Legislative Scorecard- and they used HJR1012
as one of the votes that they rated lawmakers
on. In the scorecard- the Sierra Club says
bills focused on so-called "farm and ranch"
issues, but were in effect nothing more than
attempts to insulate large corporate farms and
ranches from having to live by the rules that
other Oklahomans live by. The Oklahoma Farm Bureau
once again requested legislation that both
directly and indirectly works to lower the
thresholds of various rules and regulations that
are in place to keep Oklahoma's air, land, and
water safe and clean. For example, HB1514 changed
the rules regarding Confined Animal Feeding
Operations in the state-and in ways that make it
better for corporations and worse for neighbors
and the environment.
worst of all, the passage of HJR1012, which will
now call for a vote of the people to "protect
Oklahoma farmers and ranchers" with a
constitutional amendment-what they did not say,
was that this bill was requested by large
corporations and American Legislative Exchange
Council who used the Oklahoma Farm Bureau as
a mouthpiece to set the stage for potentially
completely insulating these large corporate
interests from laws and lawsuits no matter what
these corporations want to do. This is like giving
a free pass to pollute."
Bohnen writes about the scorecard on his
website- Oklahoma Energy Today- and he says most
lawmakers were not in the good graces of the
did the legislators fare? Legislative leaders
failed. In the Senate, there were 40 Fs handed
out, five C grades, one B and only two As. The A's
were given to Senators Kay Floyd
and Earl Garrison, both
"In the House, 62 legislators
received an 'F' including Speaker Jeff
Hickman. Ten received a 'D' while 9 C's
were handed out along with eleven B grades.
Seven A's were given to Reps. Jason
Dunnington, William Fourkiller, Claudia Griffith,
Jeannie McDaniel, Seneca Scott, Mike Shelton and
Cory Williams, all Democrats."
can read Jerry's complete article on the Scorecard
by clicking here.
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