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Monday, November 23, 2015
Agriculture Applauds Administration's Support for
Science-Based Food Policy
Several agricultural and biotechnology groups have
expressed support for a guidance issued last week by the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration that establishes guidelines for the
uniform, voluntary labeling for non-GMO foods. The effort was
applauded by American
Farm Bureau, the American Soybean Association and
"Thanks to these decisions announced today, consumers will
continue to benefit from access to a variety of nutritious foods in
the marketplace," AFB President Bob Stallman.
"Consumers have a right to know what's in their food, but they
should be given the facts - facts grounded in science. New voluntary
guidance on labeling from the FDA will help companies provide more
helpful information for those consumers looking to make the best
choices for their families." Click
here to read more from AFB.
"We have consistently said that explicit labeling should be
reserved for health or safety concerns, and science has time and time
again proven that these concerns don't apply to GMOs," said ASA
President and Texas farmer Wade
Cowan. "Slapping a warning label on
the front of a food product when no such warning is warranted will
only serve to steer people away from the safe and affordable food
they need to feed their families. The White House has chosen science
over rhetoric today, and we applaud them for it." Click
here to read more from ASA.
"BIO appreciates the several actions taken by the
FDA this week which highlight the Administration's support for
commonsense, science-based food policy," BIO Executive Vice
President of Food and Agriculture Brian Baenig. "Notably
the FDA reaffirmed its longstanding policy that foods containing
biotech ingredients are compositionally the same and as safe and
nutritious as conventionally produced foods; thus distinguishing them
with a mandatory label would mislead consumers by falsely implying
they are different." Click
here to read more from BIO.
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NCBA Looks for
Good Things in December- Dietary Guidelines and COOL Resolution
The Nation's Dietary Guidelines for 2015 have been a
hot topic for nearly a year. In February, the U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture
released the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee's report.
This report ignited a firestorm of protest from the beef industry
over the possible elimination of red meat as a part of the diet
recommended by the US government. National Cattlemen's Beef
Association Vice President of Government Affairs Colin Woodall said
the guidelines should be more favorable than what the advisory
committee had in mind earlier this year. Woodall credits the House
Agriculture committee hearing that was held in October that consisted
of testimony from Ag Secretary Tom
Vilsack and HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell.
"They proactively announced that environmental and sustainably
concerns would no longer be a part of these guidelines," Woodall
said. "That was one of our biggest issues. So by taking that out
of the equation, I do believe ultimately we will have guidelines that
include lean beef into the overall statement on a healthy dietary
In addition to the Dietary Guidelines for 2015 being released next
month- it is expected that the WTO will be releasing the dollar amount
that the Organization will permit Canada and Mexico to use as the
level of annual retaliation against the US because of the US COOL
program. If that number is reasonably close to the level
requested by the two countries- that will likely push the US Senate
to pass legislation eliminating mandatory COOL.
I caught up with Woodall at the National Association of Farm
Broadcasting in Kansas City, Missouri last week- and his comments
about the Dietary Guidelines and COOL are featured in our latest
edition of the Beef Buzz. Click
or tap here to read more or to listen to Woodall's comments.
United States Cattle on
Feed Up 2 Percent, Tom Leffler Calls Report Neutral
The latest cattle on feed numbers were in line with
trade expectations. On Friday afternoon, the U.S. Department of Agriculture
reported the number of cattle and calves on feed totaled 10.8 million
head on November 1, 2015. The inventory was two percent above last
November. The latest on feed numbers were 3.3 percent below the five
year average. Market Analyst Tom
Leffler of Leffler Commodities called the latest
report "neutral". He said this makes eight straight months
that cattle on feed numbers were larger than the previous year.
Placements in feedlots during October totaled 2.28 million head, four
percent below 2014. Net placements were 2.21 million head. This was
the largest placement number of the past 12 months. Leffler said
placements haven't been over two million head since October 2014.
During October, placements of cattle and calves weighing less than
800 pounds were under that of a year ago- but the 800 plus pound
category was up 5.5 percent versus a year ago. Leffler said the 800
pound and larger placements number has been larger than the previous
year 13 of the past 14 months.
Marketings of fed cattle during October totaled 1.63 million head,
three percent below 2014. Marketings were the lowest for October
since the series began in 1996. Leffler said marketings were a little
better than trade expectations.
Smith interviewed Leffler Friday afternoon for
analysis of the latest cattle on feed numbers. Click
or tap here to listen to the full interview.
Two Oklahoma Farm Credit
Associations Invest $20,000 Into Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom Program
The positive influences organizations or individuals can have on others
are seemingly endless. Take for example Friday's gift to the Oklahoma
Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry's (ODAFF) Ag in the
Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom received gifts from Chisholm Trail Farm
Credit, Farm Credit of East Central Oklahoma and CoBank totaling
$20,000. The Friday presentation of the financial gifts was held at
the ODAFF building, 2800 N Lincoln Blvd. Chisholm Trail Farm Credit
gave $5,000 to Ag in the Classroom, Farm Credit of East Central
Oklahoma provided $5,000 and CoBank matched those gifts, with a
Chief Executive Officer of Chisholm Trail Farm Credit and Farm Credit
of East Central Oklahoma, and representatives of ODAFF participated
in the presentation. After the check presentation, McComas talked
with us about the investment into the program that is designed to
raise ag literacy among school age children across the state.
You can hear his comments and read more about the presentation by clicking
Farm Shows is our longest running sponsor of
the daily email- and they say thanks to all of you who participated
in their 2015 Oklahoma City Farm Show.
The 22nd Annual Tulsa Farm Show
will be held December
10 - 12, 2015. Now is the time to make your plans to
exhibit at this great "end of the year" event.
Bormaster at (507) 437-7969 for more details about
the Tulsa Farm Show!
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website for the show to learn more.
U.S. Custom Harvesters Hopeful
for Fuel Rule Changes as Part of Transportation Bill
After more than 20 years, Congress is getting closer
to eliminating one regulatory hurdle that impacts the nation's
farmers. Since the early 1990's, farmers and custom harvesters have
been limited to carrying 119 gallons of diesel fuel in an individual
tank. That's challenging for an industry that works in rural areas
and uses a lot of fuel to harvest the nation's crops. A provision to
change that regulation has been included in House and Senate version
of the six-year transportation funding bills. If the provision is
signed into law, U.S.
Custom Harvesters Executive Director Tracy Zeorian
said this is going to be a change for efficiency.
"It's going to allow us to haul up 1,000 gallons from the
service station to our equipment, rather than up to 119
(gallons)," Zeorian said. "So it's going to be more
efficient and more beneficial to our American farmers."
The provision was been included in both the House and Senate version
of the transportation funding bills. Zeorian said U.S. Custom
Harvester are hoping the conference committee can reach an agreement
on the measure, so it can be signed into law. Funding for the
transportation bill was set to expire on Friday, November 20th.
President Obama signed into law a bill that extends federal
transportation funding through December 4th. The extension
gives Congress time to reach an agreement on the transportation
Our Leslie Smith
interviewed Zeorian at the recent National Association of Farm
Broadcasting Convention in Kansas City.
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OSU Researchers Using Cosmic
Rays to Measure Soil Moisture
State University are working with cutting-edge
technology that provides high-quality soil moisture data that may
prove useful to help predict floods and wildfires.
"It's a revolutionary kind of technology that has not existed
until just a few years ago," said Tyson Ochsner,
Sarkeys professor in OSU's Department of Plant and Soil Sciences.
Oschner has labeled this new instrument a Cosmic Ray Neutron Rover.
The Rover uses cosmic ray technology first developed by Marek Zreda,
hydrology and water resources professor at the University of Arizona,
who created a network of stationary probes around the country called
the COsmic-ray Soil Moisture Observing System.
"The Rover uses cosmic rays as a way of inferring soil moisture
over a large area by counting neutrons above the ground,"
Ochsner said. "High energy cosmic rays are constantly coming in
at the top of our atmosphere. These are mostly high-speed protons,
and they collide with atoms and molecules in our atmosphere and eject
neutrons, which travel at a very high rate of speed. Those continue
down through the atmosphere and then start to interact with molecules
near the land surface."
here to read more about this technology and its potential
Welcome to Thanksgiving
Holiday Week- and We Check the Week After Turkey Day
It's hard to believe- but we have arrived at the Monday before
Thanksgiving. It's a week that is filled with plans for family,
shopping, Bedlam(in Oklahoma anyway) and not much in the way of
Our livestock markets that normally have cattle auctions on
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday are, for the most part, closed to
celebrate Thanksgiving. Definitely make a call before loading
up the goose neck trailer.
Ag Futures will be closed on Thursday and will trade a shortened day
We will be providing our radio stations reports all week long- but
will be on a three day schedule this week for the daily email- today,
tomorrow and Wednesday- then will take a few days off and return on
Monday, November 29th.
three things we want to remind you about.
First- the 2015 edition of the Amarillo
Farm Show will be happening December 1-3. This
is one of the shows bought by the American Farm Bureau- and it is
once again downtown at the Amarillo Convention Center. They are
asking for a $2 donation that they say will be going to local FFA
Chapters. Click here for more
Also next week- the Noble
Foundation is planning three field days to look at
how their fall planted small grain varieties are doing- click
here for details of the three stops in Cookietown, Chickasha and
Apache December 2 and 3- we are talking about wheat, rye, oats and
Finally- the American
Farmers and Ranchers have held their district speech
contests- and the top finishers in each district head for Stillwater
on December 5th for the 2015 State Finals of the AFR-OFU State Speech Contest.
This is their 71st annual speech contest- and you can click
or tap here to read more- and they have links on this page where
you can see details of who won in all five district contests.
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