Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 6/17/2020, 6:08 AM

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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON
   Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

Today we have several reactions that have come into the newsroom from groups providing feedback to the committee working on the new dietary guidelines. Agricultural groups have a lot at stake in the newest round of guidelines, so they want to make sure their opinions and voices are heard. In this email we will be featuring the reactions starting with the beef farmers and ranchers. 

Over the last 13 months, the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA), a contractor to the Beef Checkoff, has submitted 21 sets of public comments and more than 100 research studies in support of beef's role in a healthy diet to the 2020 - 2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans Advisory Committee (DGAC).

"Beef is part of a healthy diet for most Americans, and a large body of research supports the flexibility to choose lean beef more often as an important source of high-quality protein and nutrients during all life stages, from birth to older adults," said Shalene McNeill, Ph.D., R.D., executive director of nutrition research for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, a contractor to the Beef Checkoff. "We believe it's imperative that this research is reviewed and considered as part of the DGA process."

The DGAC is comprised of 20 health and nutrition experts and is responsible for developing recommendations to inform the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as they develop the updated Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGAs), which are updated every five years. The DGAs are designed to provide Americans with a roadmap for healthy eating. They are the foundation for federal nutrition programs, along with school, military, hospital and nursing home menus, and the basis for many expert nutrition recommendations. The government has encouraged public participation throughout the DGAs process.

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Just days before the 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) expert report is due to be published, there's a growing chorus of concerns regarding the DGA's narrow scope and flawed scientific process. Multiple groups as well as a Member of Congress are now urging a delay of the report by the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC), to ensure the Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services (USDA-HHS) have adequate time to review and address the concerns.

Last week, a Member of Congress submitted a strong letter about a number of issues to the Secretaries of USDA-HHS, the agencies overseeing the Guidelines. Also last week, a number of groups, including the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), Food for Health Alliance, Low-Carb Action Network and the Nutrition Coalition asked for a delay in the DGAC expert report until the myriad of scientific and other problems can be addressed.

U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson, Ranking Member of the House Agriculture subcommittee on Nutrition, Oversight, and Department Operations stated, in a letter "Mr. Secretaries, after repeated failures of the DGA to prevent, much less reverse, the worsening diet-related health of Americans, it is time for the DGAC to stop digging the hole it's standing in."

"The American people deserve trustworthy nutrition policy based on a comprehensive review of the most rigorous science. Without reforms, this process is on track to exclude large bodies of scientific literature, including virtually all studies on weight loss. What good are Guidelines that don't address obesity?"

The committee charged with recommending dietary guidelines for Americans needs to consider the full range of studies on different types of fats and their role in a healthy diet when crafting its final report, noting that scientific understanding has evolved, the National Milk Producers Federation said in letters to Dr. Barbara Schneeman, the chairwoman of the committee, as well as the secretaries of Agriculture and of Health and Human Services.

"We would like to reiterate our strong view, as explained more fully in previous comments to the DGAC, that a body of science in recent years has found that dairy foods, regardless of fat level, appear to have either neutral or beneficial effects on chronic disease risks," NMPF wrote in a letter co-signed with the International Dairy Foods Association sent earlier today. "We are concerned that a number of well-recognized studies appear to have been excluded from consideration."

Focusing on the need for the most robust review of science possible, the letter asks the committee "to complete its review by including all relevant scientific studies that bear on these questions and, if the findings so indicate, recommend Americans incorporate dairy foods in all forms as an integral part of all dietary patterns."

TrumpAg Groups Write Trump- Call for US to Push China to Fulfill Phase One Trade Deal

A broad coalition of agribusinesses and agriculture organizations are calling on President Trump to ensure continued implementation of the U.S. China Phase One Trade Agreement due to the significance of China's market for U.S. food and agricultural exports, particularly U.S. meat and poultry products, which now enjoy expanded market access under the Agreement. 

The organizations emphasize the Agreement's benefits for the U.S. rural economy, and underscore its importance to the overall growth and vitality of the U.S. agriculture sector.    

The letter, sent June 16, 2020, was signed by 192 groups representing all parts of the food value chain and rural economies.

Groups and Companies that have signed the letter include the American Farm Bureau, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Cattlemen's Beef Association, National Pork Producers, North American Meat Institute, Seaboard Farms and many many more.

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Make Plans to attend the Oklahoma City Farm Show, coming June 18-19-20, 2020.  The 2020 Show will officially open tomorrow morning at 9:00 AM!!!!

Exhibits include all of the latest in agriculture with a full line of displays, including tractor, sprayer, tillage, harvest equipment, cattle management products, and more.  In addition to indoor and outdoor exhibits, cattle chute demonstrations and prize drawings make the Oklahoma Farm Show a don't-miss event. 

Midwest Shows has gone the extra mile in making sure that those who come to the show will not feel crowded and that they will have ample ample places to sanitize their hands as they vt with the vendors. 
AS ALWAYS- Admission and Parking are free!

Click here for more details about the 2020 Oklahoma City Farm Show - presented by Midwest Farm Shows

Are you ready to pick greatness? Oklahoma Agritourism showcases Berry farms throughout the state! This is your chance to experience true farm-to-table, as you collect awesome local produce and take it home to create a jarful of sticky sweet memories.

The Oklahoma Jelly Making Trails have all the best fruit, veggies and other homegrown delights your heart desires. So no matter what you crave out of your experience, these trails are ready to astound your palate and satiate all exploration levels. Stroll through manicured orchards where trees dangle ripe treats.

Romp through the wilderness to discover thickets of bushes blanketed in sweet and wild delicacies. Or simply select the best and brightest goodies from boxes full of already-picked produce. And prepare to make your friends super jelly.

Upcycling is a term being used by many in the global livestock industry today to define an animal that takes grass and other plant materials humans can't eat and turning it into nutritious high-quality protein. That issue was addressed by Don Close, senior analyst-animal protein for Rabo AgriFinance, at the recent virtual Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) symposium.

The simple fact that we are going to be working to feed 9.5 billion people just 30 years from now and we need to take advantage of upcycling to feed a growing world, Close said.

We've seen how the pandemic has had an economic slowdown, Close said. The first thing folks want to do when they have more income is get more protein in their diet, he said.

A major challenge today is to produce more beef in a sustainable manner. A proposal by retired sustainability consultant Roger Cady to reduce the number of so called "idle" cattle, attracted Close's attention.

Cady defined Idle cattle as a mature non-lactating, non-breeding animal not used for draft labor. Many of the idle livestock are in southeast Asia, South America and east Africa.

Summertime is here as the kiddos are out of school and many parents are at home with their kiddos, wondering, "What do we do now?" Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom has come up with some excellent daily activities you can do with your kids and family.

Today we are featuring mAGnificent Mondays with Hey!!! Oh, I meant to say HAY!!

Did you know Oklahoma has excellent conditions for growing hay, which requires plenty of rain, and then hot dry weather for harvest.

In 2015, Oklahoma harvested over 5.9 million tons of hay!

Common plants used for making hay in Oklahoma are alfalfa, wild and prairie grasses, sorghum/sudan crosses, sudan, bermuda, lespedeza, soybean, peanut, and small grains like wheat, rye and oats.

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