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Thursday, July 7, 2016
Cloture Approved for S764- Senate Set to Approve GMO Labeling Compromise Thursday
The US Senate has voted to invoke Cloture for S. 764, the so called Roberts-Stabenow GMO Labeling Compromise. The vote on the Senate Floor was 65 to 32. Final passage of the bill in the US Senate is expected to happen by Thursday evening. Eighteen Democrats joined GOP Senators in invoking cloture.
Senate Ag Committee Chairman Pat Roberts of Kansas cheers the vote - "I'm pleased with the outcome of today's cloture vote. This clears the pathway for a final vote on passage, and I remain optimistic sound science and affordable food will prevail. Both farmers and consumers deserve this certainty."
Click here to watch a video of the comments from Senator Roberts on the floor of the Senate earlier on Wednesday.
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|Agriculture Committee Chairman, President Obama Issue Statements on the Passage of The Global Food Security Act of 2016
Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (R-TX) issued the following statement Wednesday after the House passed S.1252, the Global Food Security Act of 2016. "As I have mentioned before, the agricultural community is proud to have long played a crucial role in the effort to alleviate hunger and enhance food security across the globe. "I am pleased that the Global Food Security Act reflects and capitalizes on that commitment without overhauling time-tested food aid programs that provide U.S. commodities for emergency feeding and development projects worldwide. "While I do have reservations about the Emergency Food Security Program (EFSP), I am mindful of the need to keep 'a variety of tools in the toolbox' in order to effectively combat global hunger. With EFSP funding now roughly equal to that of emergency aid under Food for Peace, private voluntary organizations should have the flexibility they so desire to complement existing in-kind assistance programs. Click here
to read Conaway's complete statement.
President Barack Obama also weighed in following the passage of the new legislation.
Seven years ago, just a few months into my presidency, I came together with counterparts from some of the world's most powerful nations and committed to improving the lives of rural poor people around the globe through investments in more productive agriculture and better nutrition. Today, I'm proud to see that Congress has passed S. 1252, The Global Food Security Act of 2016, an overwhelmingly bipartisan piece of legislation that will put Feed the Future, our global hunger and food security initiative, into law.
I want to thank the co-sponsors of the legislation, Senators Isakson and Casey and Representatives Smith and McCollum, for their steadfast commitment to strengthening global food security, and also recognize the leaders of the Foreign Affairs and Agriculture Committees for their extraordinary leadership to ensure that these efforts are enduring.
This game-changing development initiative - the first of my Administration - has helped increase economic growth and stem the tide of global hunger, poverty and malnutrition over the span of just a few years. While we've already accomplished so much through this collaborative global partnership, I know that with the continued effort and support that this legislation provides, we can achieve what was just a few years ago the unimaginable: We can end global poverty and hunger within our lifetimes.
|State Conservationist Urges Farm and Ranch Participation in Monarch Initiative
The window for participation in the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) program to combat decline of the monarch butterfly by improving agricultural land has been extended through July 20. The Monarch Butterfly Habitat Development Project
provides technical and financial assistance to farmers and ranchers to improve or create habitat for monarch butterflies and other pollinators. Prospective participants should contact their local USDA service center before the July 20 deadline to apply.
State Conservationist for Oklahoma, Gary O'Neill
reminds us all, "the conservation practices that benefit monarch butterfly are the same practices that improve forage quality for livestock and build soil health."
To read more about the project and why Oklahoma is an important part of the plan- click or tap here.
|Dr. Glynn Tonsor Gets Good Vibes From Beef Demand
Summer holidays are always popular occasions for grilling beef. It is never a surprise for markets to see an uptick in beef demand during these times when meat is on the mind. While, spikes in the market are never an upset, profitability in the industry relies on strong, sustained demand throughout the year. Extension beef economist Dr. Glynn Tonsor of Kansas State University, especially well known for his beef demand work, recently shared his current analysis for which he feels rather optimistic coming out of the recent holiday weekend."Pundits don't talk as much on the non-holiday weeks, we move a lot of volume in those," Tonsor said. "We don't have the same kind of grilling sales at the grocery stores and so forth, that's why we don't talk about it the same. But it is important that we maintain a sustained aggregate demand and not just for the nice steaks we all like to talk about throwing on the grill but for the entire set of products that come off that carcass.According to Dr. Tonsor, the observations he is making in his work seem to be supportive of a favorable trend for the beef industry."Currently I have these quarterly crude indicators that are very aggregated, but from what I can see, I'm pretty optimistic. There's more positives than negatives and the main one I can point to is the all fresh beef price tends to be holding up when we know we're increasing poundage. That's a pretty strong indicator that demand is at least holding on if not improving. I hope to confirm that soon, obviously I hope our listeners recognize that if we hold on to that wall of expanding production - that's really good, and enables us to keep higher, cut-out values, fed cattle prices and feeder cattle prices while expanding the herd. That's critical to bottom line profitability for the entire industry," he said.Listen to Dr. Tonsor talk more about beef demand during the latest Beef Buzz.
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Bold Plans for a Bright Future is the theme for the 64th Annual Convention and Trade Show of the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association (OCA). The event will take place on July 21-23 at the Embassy Suites Conference Center in Norman, Okla.
"Our annual convention is where the OCA policy is developed, industry discussions take place and friendships are made," said Charlie Swanson, OCA President. "In addition, there are also several opportunities for cattlemen to gain knowledge from the five Cattlemen's College sessions and explore the large trade show."
Swanson, is also encouraging cattle producers to participate again in the Ralgro "Wheels for Bucks" campaign. Swanson reminds OCA members that each Ralgro® (zeranol) wheel provides a $1 for OCA.
"The Wheels for Bucks program and Ralgro deliver value to the producer in two ways- members benefit from the additional weight Ralgro adds to their calves and our association gains more cash resources," he says.
For every wheel received during the OCA annual meeting, Merck Animal Health will give $1 to organization's special projects fund.
Click here for more information about the convention and to find a registration link.
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|Applications for USFRA Faces of Farming & Ranching Program Due July 10
U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) is looking for the next class of Faces of Farming and Ranching, but the July 10 deadline is quickly approaching. These standout farmers and ranchers can help put a real face on agriculture as they how they grow and raise food on a national stage and inform consumers about today's sustainable farming and ranching practices, using tools such as GMOs, antibiotics and crop inputs in a responsible manner, to help earn trust in U.S. food and agriculture.
"People genuinely want more information about farming and ranching, and talking to people as a representative of the industry sharing the facts, but also addressing their feelings, is an interesting part of this role," said Carla Wardin, one of USFRA's current Faces of Farming & Ranching and a Michigan dairy farmer. "I'd encourage everyone to apply, because not only does it help you improve as a communicator, but you can also make an impact on the consumers' view of today's agriculture being progressive and committed to responsible practices."
Winners will receive a $15,000 stipend and serve in multiple high-visibility roles on behalf of USFRA, such as public appearances, national media interviews, web chats, blog posts and social media activities.
Click here for more information and a link to the application website.
|Osborn and Schnaithman Named New Century Farmers by National FFA Organization
The National FFA Organization has selected 33 outstanding young people to participate in the 2016 New Century Farmer conference. This exclusive, highly competitive program develops young men and women committed to pursuing a career in production agriculture.
Two of the 33 participants include, Kevin Osborn
of Tuttle, Okla.; Tyler Schnaithman
of Garber, Okla.
Participants will take part in an intensive seminar July 10-16 in Johnstown, Iowa. They will learn from each other and industry experts during a series of workshops and sessions. Topics will include the global marketplace, farm financing, demographic trends and risk management. New Century Farmers will hear from motivating and informative keynote speakers who will educate them on the risk and rewards involved with production agriculture. In addition to classroom learning, students will experience the latest developments in agricultural technology.Click or tap here
to read more about the program and check out the complete list of FFA members named New Century farmers by the national youth organization.
|Did We Mention It Was Hot- and that It Will Be Hot Again Today?
I am not as clever as our State Meteorologist is- but joking a little about the hot conditions we are dealing with is one way to cope. I don't think our friends in Hobart thought it was funny last night, tho, as there was what Lacey Swope with News9 is calling a "heat burst" that dumped on that location at 12:15 AM this morning- the Mesonet site shows the temp jumped to 104 degrees- amazing- and way tooooo hot!
The Heat Index readings of yesterday across the state were mightly tough to take- to see how your part of the state did- check out the graphic below:
Ahead- at least one more day of this stuff- expect hear index readings at a hundred or higher in most locations- a chance for a little cooler and maybe even some scattered showers are out there for this weekend.
You can click here for the central and western Oklahoma forecast for this morning- and you can click here for the eastern Oklahoma forecast.
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