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Thursday, December 3, 2015
OSU Remembers Former Dean of DASNR CB Browning-
After His Passing on December First
has come from the family of former OSU Dean of the Division of
Agriculture Dr. Charles Browning of his death
earlier this week. The current Dean and Vice President for DASNR
, Dr. Tom Coon, Vice President, offers us a
look back at the career of Dean Browning and his impact on the
teaching, research and extension efforts of the University during his
eighteen years serving as the Dean and Director.
"It was with great sadness
that we learned of the recent passing of Dr. Charles Benton Browning,
who from 1979 to 1997 served as dean and director of the Division of
Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. Known as
"C.B." to his friends and colleagues, he suffered a stroke
on Nov. 30, 2015 and passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015
in Gainesville, Florida. He was 84 years old. He is survived by
Magda, his wife of nearly 60 years; his children Susan Kreps, Charles
Browning Jr., Steven Browning, Karen Bassetti, Heidi Dahlander and
Gary Browning; 15 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
successes of Dr. Browning and his administration were as numerous as
they were timely and effective, with many of them continuing to
provide dividends to Oklahoma and the region to this day."
read Dr. Coon's full tribute to Dean Browning by clicking here.
Dean Browning came onto the OSU scene very soon after
I came to Oklahoma and became the Farm Director for what
was then called the Oklahoma Agrinet. He encouraged me to make
application for the first class of the Oklahoma Ag Leadership Program-
and the formation of the OALP is at the top of the list of many
notable achievements listed by Dr. Coon about the career of CB
while on campus at Oklahoma State University.
A great leader leaves things better- and many of the great
things that are a part of the fabric of the very being of the
Division of Ag and Natural Resources at OSU have the fingerprints of
Charley Browning. He is remembered- and he will be missed.
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Noble Foundation Helps
Give Birth to the Soil Health Institute Ahead of World Soil Day This
With more than one
million organisms in a single teaspoon of Earth, soil is the starting
point for plant, animal and human life. It is the foundation for
society, providing the basis for food production, healthy families
To ensure that soil continues to be a vital natural resource for
generations to come, The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation and Farm
Foundation, NFP, today announce the formation of the Soil Health
Institute. The announcement coincides with World Soil Day (Dec. 5)
and celebrates the 2015 International Year of Soils.
The Soil Health Institute's mission is to safeguard and enhance the
vitality and productivity of the soil. It will work directly with
conventional and organic farmers and ranchers, public- and
private-sector researchers, academia, policymakers, government
agencies, industry, environmental groups and consumers - everyone who
benefits from healthy soils.
The organization will serve as the primary resource for soil health
information, working to set soil health standards and measurement,
build knowledge about the economics of soil health, offer educational
programs, and coordinate research in all aspects of soil and soil
Learn more about the
formation of the Soil Health Institute and the Noble Foundation's
efforts to get this new, permanent organization offer the ground
USDA Report Warns
Climate Change Likely to Impede Progress on Global Food Security
Climate change is likely to impede progress on
reducing undernourishment around the world in the decades ahead,
according to a major scientific assessment released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture
(USDA) on global food security and its implications for the United
States. The report, entitled Climate Change, Global Food Security and
the U.S. Food System, identifies the risks that climate change poses
to global food security and the challenges facing farmers and
consumers in adapting to changing climate conditions. U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack
released the report during the COP-21 Paris Climate Conference.
In the absence of response measures, climate change is likely to
diminish continued progress on global food security through
production disruption that lead to constraints on local availability
and price increases, interrupted transport conduits, and diminished
food safety, among other causes. The risks are greatest for the
global poor and in tropical regions.
has pledged to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions in the range of
26-28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025. U.S. agriculture is helping
meet this goal, and American farmers, ranchers and foresters have
demonstrated their leadership in recognition that their contributions
send a strong message to the rest of the world.
Changes in climate are expected to affect U.S. consumers and
producers by altering the type and price of food imports from other
regions of the world, as well as by changing export demand, and
transportation, processing, storage, infrastructure that enable
global trade. Click
here to read more about how adaptation can reduce food
system vulnerability to climate change and reduce detrimental climate
change effects on food security.
Fund Responds to USDA's Climate Change & Agriculture Report
Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a
new scientific assessment Wednesday that found climate change
will pose a significant threat to food security as well as to U.S.
and global agriculture.
The following is a statement from Rebecca Shaw, Associate Vice
President, Ecosystems, Environmental
"Today's report represents an urgent call to action for food
companies, policymakers and agribusinesses to reduce emissions from
food production and implement farming practices that increase
resiliency. The risk that climate change poses to farmers, especially
in developing countries, is unprecedented.
But we also face unprecedented opportunities - we know how to make
agriculture more sustainable, and we have the right tools and
practices at our fingertips. Fertilizer efficiency and soil health
measures such as cover crops can also mean cost-savings and yield
benefits for farmers. In order to implement these measures at scale,
we need increased investment from the private sector, and
collaboration across the agricultural supply chain. We need to go
beyond commitments and towards on-the-ground support for
U.S. Climate Smart Farm
Leaders Call on COP21 To Address Role of Ag in Battling Climate
Leaders of the North
American Climate Smart Agriculture Alliance (NACSAA)
told policy makers and others attending climate talks in Paris this
week that agriculture can provide impactful and measurable
contributions to global efforts to reverse climate change.
Speaking at a panel discussion sponsored by Business for Social
Responsibility (BSR) and the sustainable agriculture
group Field to Market, the U.S. farm leaders today called on
participants in the UN
Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC, also
known as Conference of the Parties, or COP21) to embrace the three
pillars of climate smart agriculture (sustainable intensification of
production, adaptive management and resiliency, and greenhouse gas
(GHG) emission reductions), and adopt the policies and mechanisms
that promote and incentivize the agricultural practices that mitigate
the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that are increasing global temperatures.
The panel event showcased opportunities for positive climate action
by companies and growers around the world to support governments'
carbon reduction targets while fostering productivity and global
competitiveness. The NACSAA contingent is in Paris to share grower
perspectives on opportunities to achieve large-scale GHG reductions
while also improving resilience; with a focus on the engagement,
technology, resources and policies needed to feed a world population
that is expected to reach 9.5 billion by mid-century.
Among those mitigation services the sequestration of
carbon in soil through practices like conservation tillage and cover
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Animal Ag Alliance
Analyzes Tactics of Animal Rights Groups
There are activist groups that don't like modern
production agriculture, specifically animal agriculture. Hannah Thompson
of the Animal Ag
Alliance works to keep tabs on animal rights groups
that don't like how meat is produced in the U.S.
"Obviously their motive is to end animal agriculture and they
put a lot of information out there to try to drive consumers toward
that mission," Thompson said.
These animals' rights groups, like the Humane Society of the United
States (HSUS) and PETA, have gone around the legislative process to
make changes in food production by pressuring retailers and
restaurants to make changes. Animal Rights groups are also targeting
other audiences for support of their cause. One new audience is law
enforcement. Thompson said different activist groups have been
sponsoring awards and offering training on animal cruelty.
"I think you see why that's problematic to have an animal
right's organization telling law enforcement what animal cruelty
looks like," Thompson said.
Activists groups are also targeting religious organizations.
Thompson talks about these tactics and what farmers and ranchers can
do in response. Click
or tap here to listen to today's Beef Buzz- which is part one of
a two day run on the Beef Buzz with Hannah.
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Monsanto Fights Climate
Change With New Carbon Neutral Crop Production Program
As agriculture and farmers around the world work to
mitigate and adapt to the complex challenges posed by climate change,
Tuesday announced plans to make its operations carbon neutral by 2021
through a unique program targeted across its seed and crop protection
operations, as well as through collaboration with farmers.
"Climate change is one of the biggest issues we face in
agriculture, as well as one of the most pressing challenges facing
humanity," said Hugh Grant, Monsanto chairman and chief
executive officer. "That's why we have pledged to do our part
within our own business and to help support farmers and others. While
progress has been made to reduce agriculture's carbon footprint, we
must work collectively to do even more if we are going to sustainably
feed 9.6 billion people by 2050. Agriculture is uniquely positioned
to deliver climate change solutions, and we hope that policy makers
recognize the role agriculture, farmers and crops can play in
mitigating carbon emissions."
The company's efforts focus on several key areas, including Seed
Production, Crop Protection, Sharing Data and Increasing
Adoption of Best Practices. Click
or tap here to read more about how Monsanto will drive carbon
neutral crop production.
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