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Thursday, January 17, 2019
Secretary Perdue Reopens Local Farm Service Agency Offices Today Thru Next Tuesday - State FSA Director Scott Biggs Has Details
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced Wednesday that many FSA offices will reopen temporarily to perform certain limited services for farmers and ranchers. The USDA has recalled about 2,500 FSA employees to open offices on Thursday, January 17 and Friday, January 18, in addition to Tuesday, January 22, during normal business hours. The offices will be closed for the federal Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday on Monday, January 21.
According to Oklahoma's State FSA Director Scott Biggs, FSA staff will be available at all 46 local offices in Oklahoma to assist farmers and ranchers with existing farm loans and to process payments, financing statements and identify priority mail items.
FSA offices will also be able to endorse checks that are made out to both producers and the FSA which farmers have received in recent days.
Perdue stated that the USDA is doing its best to minimize the impact of the partial federal funding lapse on America's agricultural producers. In the meantime, he says his team will continue to examine its options to ensure services are provided at the greatest extent possible during the shutdown. While staff are available in person during this three-day window, most available services can be handled over the phone. Additionally, according to Perdue's announcement, farmers who have loan deadlines during the lapse in funding do not need to make payments until the government shutdown ends.
For a complete list of local FSA offices here in Oklahoma, or to review Perdue's original announcement, plus some brief commentary from State Director Biggs, click over to our website.
AFR President Terry Detrick commended the Secretary's action, remarking that this temporary reopening would be a great relief for producers.
"While we still remain strongly in support of a resolution to the partial government shutdown, the temporary opening of USDA's FSA offices is a great relief for producers needing to conduct business," Detrick stated. "We commend FSA staff willing to work during this difficult time."
Midwest Farm Shows is proud to produce the two best Farm Shows in the State of Oklahoma annually- the Tulsa Farm Show each December and the Oklahoma City Farm Show each April.
They would like to thank all of you who participated in their 2018 Tulsa City Farm Show.
Up next will be the Oklahoma City's premier spring agricultural and ranching event with returns to the State Fair Park April 4-5-6, 2019.
Now is the ideal time to contact the Midwest Farm Show Office at 507-437-7969 and book space at the 2019 Oklahoma City Farm Show. To learn more about the Oklahoma City Farm Show, click here.
Blayne Arthur, Governor Kevin Stitt's nominee to be the Oklahoma State Secretary of Ag, the State Commissioner of Ag and the State President of the Oklahoma Board of Agriculture is now on the job with one of the titles now official.
At the start of this week- Arthur was sworn in as the President of the State Board of Agriculture by her uncle Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice James R. Winchester at the state Capitol. Arthur was joined by family members including husband Jerrod, son Kelton and daughter Kennedy.
Being sworn in- she takes the open board seat vacated by Jim Reese, who resigned as of December 31st.
She remains as the nominee for the other positions- awaiting confirmation by the State Senate. The Governor and Mrs. Arthur are hopeful that will occur soon after the start of the new legislative session in February.
Jennifer Houston is president-elect of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association and a beef producer from Sweetwater, Tennessee. She was there in New Orleans this week at the American Farm Bureau Federation Convention when President Donald Trump addressed the audience gathered there. We caught up with Houston to get her reaction to the President's speech and what issues she expects to hear about at NCBA's convention coming up in just another couple weeks.
"I thought obviously he had a good reception from this crowd who are behind the President in a lot of things, as are our members," she said. "We may differ in some things. He was obviously wanting funding for his border security and got a rousing (response) - especially when he talked about bringing workers in easier so our farmers and ranchers can have the help we need."
One issue that the President highlighted also, was the efforts of his Administration in revamping the contentious Obama-era Waters of the United States rule, implemented originally in 2015. Houston says this is certainly an issue that the cattle industry has been following and cooperating with the Administration on. While pleased with the new proposed rule, she says she is prepared for the inevitable fight in the courts that will eventually ensue, lead by opposing environmental groups. Understanding the litigious challenges ahead, though, Houston says the NCBA is ready for the fight and will stand firm in protecting the rights and interests of its members.
Additionally, Houston brushed on the subject of animal ID and disease traceability, which she says the minds of more producers seem to be more open to than in the past.
Hear our complete discussion on these issues, on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here.
Panelists at a workshop hosted during the AFBF Convention this week, brought light to the rise in class-action lawsuits against production agriculture and how to fight back against these targeted attacks.
It was noted in discussion during this workshop, that four recent trials in North Carolina have resulted in more than $550 million in damages for 26 plaintiffs, with hundreds of other plaintiffs currently awaiting trials. One panelist remarked that such a suit can be levied against just about anyone that litigators might see as vulnerable to nuisance complaints - regardless of whether or not the operation is adhering to laws and standard practices.
With the Right-to-Farm agenda a back-and-forth process currently, panelists agreed that having a constant presence in the policy making process, like state and national Farm Bureau organizations, is imperative to ensuring farmers' rights are protected and to mitigate the varying legal environments across the country.
"The legal environment is important, and that's where Farm Bureau makes a difference," said Blake Hurst, president of the Missouri Farm Bureau Federation. "We have the ability to lobby and change laws. But if we lose the public's respect as family farmers, then we lose the ability to make legislative changes."
The Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association is the trusted voice of the Oklahoma Cattle Industry. With headquarters in Oklahoma City, the OCA has a regular presence at the State Capitol to protect and defend the interests of cattlemen and cattlewomen.
OCA is proud to invite you to their winter One Day Policy Conference, Wednesday, January 23rd at the Reed Center in Midwest City- click or tap here for details.
To learn more about the OCA and how you can be a part of this forward-looking group of cattle producers, click here for their website
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OKFB President Rodd Moesel Among New Grassroots Leaders Taking the Helm at Farm Bureau
OKFB President Rodd Moesel was among those grassroots leaders at the American Farm Bureau Convention this week, elected by AFBF delegates, to serve as board and committee leaders for the organization.
Moesel, along with 13 other state Farm Bureau presidents, are being re-elected to a two-year term representing their regions on the board. In the Southern Region, Moesel is joined by Jeff Aiken
, Tennessee; Ronnie Anderson
, Louisiana; Russell Boening
, Texas; Gerald Long,
Georgia; Mike McCormick
, Mississippi; and Larry Wooten
, North Carolina
For a look at the complete list of leaders selected to serve on the AFBF Board of Directors, click here.
Blogger and Agricultural Advocacy Pioneer Janice Person Shares Her Tips on Effective Story-Telling
Janice Person is a pioneer when it comes to blogging about agriculture. She has worked for years in the cotton segment of US Agriculture- for years as a part of the Monsanto team and now with the merger, she is getting used to saying she works for Bayer Crop Science. She had the chance to share her knowledge with novice agricultural advocates as a workshop presenter at this week's American Farm Bureau Convention in New Orleans. During her presentation, Person talked about effective story-telling.
"I've been working with farmers on this for a long time," she said. "We've told a lot of people to tell their story, but we haven't really stepped back enough to help them understand how to make sure you're doing it in a way that is impactful and memorable. Because, when you do a really memorable story, it'll be passed along to other people. That's really the power of story-telling."
One thing that gets in the way of effective story-telling, she says, is assuming that whoever you are talking to already knows or understands what you're talking about. To avoid falling into that trap, Person says an effective story-teller should refrain from using jargon and overusing facts and statistics. Instead, share personal experiences and appealing to your audience on an emotional level. By doing this, she says you will be able to establish trust - at which point the consumer will be more receptive to what you have to say.
Hear more of what Person has to say about effective story-telling, by clicking here
to listen to my complete conversation with her after her presentation over the weekend in New Orleans.
CAB's Justin Sexton Shares His Insight on How Quality Cattle Make the Certified Angus Beef Brand
According to the latest report, about three out of ten Angus-type cattle reach the quality standards set by the Certified Angus Beef brand. However, there is still a process that the carcass must go through before it ever ends up with in the meat case with a CAB label. Justin Sexton, CAB's director of supply development explained in a recent video how that process works. The first step, he says, is that qualifying cattle must be sold to a licensed packer.
Sexton explained that CAB works with about 85 percent of the packing industry today. Once Angus-type cattle are identified, they're next, evaluated by the USDA grading system to evaluate them for the ten carcass-based specifications. Sexton says 92 percent of cattle are eliminated from the program during this phase due to inadequate quality standards. Essentially, Sexton says it all comes down to carcass quality and marbling. Only the best cattle get qualify, and the key to producing the best, he says, is to start cattle early in developing their marbling and carcass traits.
You can read more or watch a short video-clip featuring Sexton share his insight on how cattle make the quality standards required for the brand, by clicking or tapping here.
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