Full and Complete 2012 Farm Bill Via the Super Committee Route is Possible- So Says House Ag Committee Chair Frank Lucas
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|Cattle Inventory Report Out at 2 PM today- Don Close and Derrell Peel Weigh In
We usually post the Beef Buzz from the day before on our email- but today- we wanted to link you to both yesterday's Beef Buzz with OSU's Dr. Derrell Peel and today's Beef Buzz with Don Close of Rabo AgriFinance.
Both offer a preview of this afternoon's Cattle Inventory Report- and both agree that it is likely to show at least modest growth in the size of the US Beef Cow Herd as of January first.
Dr. Peel's comments come from my visit with him last Friday after the latest Cattle on Feed Report while Don Close sat down and talked with me yesterday afternoon here in Phoenix at the 2018 Cattle Industry Convention.
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to hear Derrell Peel weigh in on the report that will be out at 2 PM central time.
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for the thoughts of Don Close of Rabo AgriFinance on that same subject.
|From the 2018 Cattle Industry Convention- Kent Bacus Likes Progress Seen in Montreal
Kent Bacus, NCBA's Director of International Trade and Market Access, has just returned from Montreal where the latest round of talks were held by the US, Canada and Mexico regarding the reworking of the North American Free Trade Agreement. Bacus sat down at the 2018 Cattle Industry Convention in Phoenix and talked about this Ministerial Round of talks on NAFTA with me- you can hear our complete conversation and read more about it by clicking or tapping here.
He told me that "We are in a much better place than where we have been" in regards to progress on negotiating a new and improved NAFTA. Bacus believes that the President is less likely to pull the United States out of NAFTA at this stage of the talks- and he is hopeful that susbtantial work can be done in the next two rounds in February and March.
Click on that link above to read more of his wide ranging comments regarding trade relating back to the US Beef Cattle Industry.
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|Secretary Sonny Perdue is Coming to Oklahoma FFA Convention in May
The 2018 State Convention of the Oklahoma FFA was already going to be a wild and wonderful celebration with the retirement of Executive Secretary Kent Boggs this year- but Boggs let FFA supporters know in an email yesterday of yet another reason that this will be a historic Convention for the Blue and Gold in the state.
He writes "We are excited to confirm that Sonny Perdue, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, will address the 92nd State FFA Convention, Tuesday, May 1, First General Session, 10 a.m., Cox Convention Center Arena. I believe this is the first-ever U.S. cabinet level leader to attend our state convention."
In talking with folks in our state- we are expecting that the Secretary will be doing some other things while in our state- but the FFA Convention will be cornerstone of his visit to Oklahoma this spring.
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|USDA and FDA Decide to Work More Closely Together
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D. announced at the White House on Tuesday a formal agreement aimed at making the oversight of food more efficient and effective by bolstering coordination between the two agencies. The formal agreement outlines efforts to increase interagency collaboration, efficiency and effectiveness on produce safety and biotechnology activities, while providing clarity to manufacturers.
"Today, Commissioner Gottlieb and I signed a formal agreement to promote coordination and the streamlining of capacities and obligations on shared concerns and jurisdiction," said Secretary Perdue. "Congress passed the Food Safety Modernization Act and assigned responsibilities to the USDA and the FDA. The USDA has the knowledge and expertise to support the FDA's work related to farming. We at the USDA have a motto: Do Right, and Feed Everyone. We believe this joint effort will help us move one step closer to that goal."
The FDA and the USDA have worked closely over the years to oversee the nation's food supply. The USDA oversees the safety of most meat, poultry, catfish and certain egg products while the FDA has authority over all other foods such as dairy, seafood, produce and packaged foods. The USDA and the FDA are partnering in many key areas, including the implementation of produce safety measures and biotechnology efforts.
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|BIO Likes USDA-FDA Plan
The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) is applauding a new agreement announced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to enhance coordination between the two agencies on program areas such as biotechnology.
Specifically, the agreement references the recently released Agricultural and Rural Prosperity Task Force's Report and says "USDA and FDA are committed to modernizing the Coordinated Framework for the Regulation of Biotechnology and the U.S. agricultural biotechnology regulatory system to develop efficient, science-based regulatory practices for products of biotechnology by working in partnership with other federal agencies on the corresponding National Strategy for Modernizing the Regulatory Systems for Biotechnology Products."
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to read more of their statement backing the efforts of USDA and FDA to work more closely together.
|In Phoenix- Producers to Weight Successes and Challenges After First Year of Trump as President
One other interview that we wanted to share with you this morning- as we got to the airport in Oklahoma City to head for Phoenix- we caught up with Michael Kelsey of the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association who was on our flight- we spent a few minutes chatting about what the highlights may be at this year's Cattle Industry Convention.
Kelsey expects lots of evaluation of where the cattle business is after year one of the Trump Presidency- seeing several big wins and a few worries as well.
You can hear our conversation with Michael to get his take on a variety of subject- click or tap here
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