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Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Opposition to State Question 777 Organizes Under
the Banner of the Oklahoma Stewardship Council- Led by Drew Edmondson
Less than a year out before the vote on State Question 777- formal
opposition has now surfaced and has articulated their reasons for
voting against the measure.
The groups against 777 have come together as the Oklahoma Stewardship
Council, which has been formed as 501(c) (4) and is chaired by former
Attorney General, Democrat Drew
Edmondson. Edmondson was the face and voice at a news
conference called by the Council on Tuesday afternoon in the Blue
Room at the State Capitol.
Several themes were sounded by Edmondson and three other speakers who
talked with a handful of reporters Tuesday afternoon. Those themes
included the idea that State Question 777, if passed will harm small
family farmers and help protect larger corporations involved in
farming in the state. Claims were also made that State Question 777
would "give constitutional protection to horse slaughter and
farm animal cruelty."
The former AG also called the phrase in the Amendment
"compelling state interest" a very dangerous concept to
give any group, as the ability to achieve that standard in any bill
proposed by and passed through the state legislature as "almost
impossible" to become reality.
We did two interviews after the official news conference- one with
former AG Edmondson and the other with William Tabbernee, the Executive
Director of the Oklahoma Conference of Churches.
You can read more and hear our conversation with Edmondson by clicking
here. Included in our visit with Edmondson was his opinion that
each side may end up spending north of two million dollars to educate
the voters on their side of the issue.
To listen to our conversation with Tabbernee, click
or tap here. He told us that an Impact Committee studied
the issue and decided to oppose SQ777. I have heard from
several folks that are members of some of the denominations that have
membership with the Conference- and this position may be revisited
before next November if those parishioners have their way.
At the News Conference- they provided a letter from the Conference
detailing their opposition- and it has the logos of the church groups
a part of their organization- click
here to see that letter.
We now have websites on both side of this state question- you can do
more research of what both sides are saying- click here for the Vote No
website- Click here for
the Right to Farm website.
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E. Coli Very Much on the
Minds of Consumers According to the November FooDS Survey from OSU
Dr. Jayson Lusk
of the Ag Economics Department at Oklahoma State University is the
lead on the Food Demand Survey that is now in it's third year. Dr.
Lusk has just released the November edition of the Survey- and offers
an overview of the results on his blog- here are his comments from
the latest research results:
"The November 2015 edition of the Food Demand Survey (FooDS) is
"A few highlights from the tracking portion of the survey:
"After a dip last month, Willingness To Pays for all products
are back up in November.
"There was a BIG increase in awareness of E. Coli in the news in
the past two weeks, perhaps due to the discussion surrounding the
"Despite the increase in awareness of E. Coli in the news, there
was not a big change in concern about the issue.
"Consumers expect higher meat prices and expect to consume less
meat in the next two weeks as compared to October.
To read more about the November report-
including details from the Ad Hoc questions that focused on E.Coli, click
Groups Urge Congress to Move Now on Tax Extenders To Help End of Year
A whole host of agriculture groups- from the National Cattlemen's Beef
Association to the American Farm Bureau and even the
Cowboys Association- have sent a letter to House and
Senate leadership urging Congress to take up legislation addressing expired
NCBA President Philip
Ellis of Chugwater, Wyo., said it is critical to
address expired tax provisions for long-term business planning.
"Farmers and ranchers like myself rely on a stable and
predictable tax code in order to plan purchases, make investments,
and grow their businesses," said Ellis. "Each year
producers make significant financial determinations, and Congress'
failure to act on permanent tax reform has placed greater reliance on
extender legislation over the past few years."
The letter specifically focuses on Section 179 and bonus
depreciation, which allows producers to write off a greater part of
capital expenditures in the year that purchases were made rather than
depreciate them over time. This provides an incentive for farmers and
ranchers to invest in their businesses and offers the benefit of
reducing the record-keeping burden associated with
I talked with Colin
Woodall of the NCBA about the Tax Extender issue last
week in Kansas City at the National Association of Farm Broadcasting
or tap here to hear Colin's analysis of this issue.
American Farm Bureau President
Bob Stallman Winding Things Down After 16 Years
The head of the nation's largest general farm
organization will be stepping down in 2016. American Farm Bureau President
Bob Stallman has served at the helm of the group for
the past 16 years. In January, he will not seek reelection at the
American Farm Bureau annual convention in Orlando, Florida. Stallman
said it has been fantastic to serve as President of this
organization, its members from across the country, along with working
with elected and appointed leaders.
"It's been an incredible experience," Stallman said.
"I think we've done some good things. The organization is
positioned well to move forward. We have leaders willing to step up
and take this position. So I think the time is right to step down and
let somebody else take the reins."
American Farm Bureau has not made its position known on the
(TPP) trade agreement. The text of the free trade agreement was
released by the White House earlier this month. Stallman said the
organization has to go through an internal process first, as
determined by organization's policy. He said they will review the
text and do an analysis on the impact on American agriculture by
commodity. He expects the outcome will be positive, but American Farm
Bureau won't take an official position until the analysis is complete
and voted on by the board of directors. That will take approximately
I caught up with Stallman at the National Association of Farm
Broadcasting Convention in Kansas City, Missouri last week. We
discussed a whole host of issues- ranging from the TPP agreement
to the Clean Water Rule- as well as Stallman's retirement. Our full
conversation can be listened to by clicking
or tapping here.
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Pork Industry Message For
Antibiotic Awareness Week: Healthy Animals Equals Safe Food
As part of World Antibiotics Awareness Week, the National Pork Producers
Council is highlighting U.S. pork producers'
three-decade commitment to responsible and necessary use of animal
health products to keep their animals healthy and to produce safe
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industry continues to lobby Congress for federal funding for the
here to read more about changes pork producers have made since
the year 2000.
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a Rough and Volatile 2015, Rabobank's Don Close Predicts Markets Will
Calm Down in 2016
Beef carcasses have been getting progressively heavier
over the past several years. Rabobank
Protein Analyst Don
Close is seeing some pushback in 2015 over these
heavy carcasses. It's gotten to the point where a lot of buyers don't
want them. Close said the biggest challenge comes with handling the
"When you get that steak item that's either bigger than the
plate or you have to cut it thin enough to keep your serving ounces
to a manageable level, that's where it's really tough," Close
said. "The remainder of the carcass we can pretty well cut it up
to whatever size is desired."
I caught up with Close at the National Association of Farm
Broadcasting in Kansas City, Missouri last week.Today's Beef Buzz is
part two of a three part conversation that we had with the Rabobank
or tap here to listen to this Beef Buzz segment.
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