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Tuesday, May 28, 2019
| Featured Story: OK's 2019 Legislative Session Wraps Up, OKFB's Steve Thompson Recaps Ag's Many Victories
The 2019 Oklahoma Legislative Session adjourned Thursday of last week- just ahead of the Memorial Day holiday. While the State Legislature has reserved the right to return this week and reopen business if the need arises, for all intents and purposes Oklahoma Farm Bureau Assistant Director of Public Policy Steve Thompson says this year's session is essentially wrapped up. He sat down with Associate Farm Director Carson Horn to recap this year's session which, overall, he says turned out to be a tremendous year for agriculture and rural Oklahoma.
"I think it was a very workman-like, productive year," Thompson remarked. "We didn't have many defensive things - we had a few - but I think we handled business on behalf of agriculture in a very professional and productive way this year and we passed a number of positive things that for us came really early and really smoothly."
Most notably, agriculture and rural Oklahoma witnessed the passage of bills that cap non-economic damages on nuisance suits against agricultural operations; allow for several modernizations with the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food & Forestry's operations and regulatory framework for certain areas; and advance the state's Industrial Hemp Production program to allow farmers a legal market in which to sell a new, potentially lucrative and versatile crop.
One of the last orders of business attended to was of course the FY2020 budget, signed last Friday by Governor Kevin Stitt, which included what Thompson called "small but meaningful investments" in both agriculture and especially conservation in particular regard to the improvement of rural flood control dams which have demonstrated their importance to the state this past week probably more than ever in history. See the story below to read more about the FY2020 budget signed this past week by Gov. Stitt.
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Governor Stitt Signs General Appropriations Bill for FY2020, Including New Dollars for Ag, Rural OK
On Friday morning, Governor Kevin Stitt signed into law HB 2765, the general appropriations bill of $8.1 billion for Fiscal Year 2020 (FY'20), and SB 1076, legislation to setting aside $200 million for the state's savings.
The FY'20 budget received overwhelming support in the House and Senate, breaking records with the state's investments in core services while also putting Oklahoma on the path to saving more than $1 billion by the end of FY'20, the largest savings account in state history.
Upon signing the bill, Gov. Stitt congratulated the Legislature for its hard work this session.
"I am proud of the fiscally responsible budget we have signed into law," said Gov. Stitt before highlighting the many firsts this bill achieves for Oklahoma - noting among other things the money put into savings. "For the first time in state history, we will increase Oklahoma's savings account, in order to protect core services in the future, without the law forcing it."
President Pro Tempore Greg Treat remarked that, "This year was capped by a terrific budget deal... The totality of our work this session will bring positive, transformational changes and help make Oklahoma an even better state."
Speaker Charles McCall echoed Treat stating that, "This is the best budget we have passed in a long time, and it is a budget that Oklahomans can be proud of. I am very optimistic about the direction and future of our state."
In summary (from an agricultural perspective), the FY2020 Budget includes $1.59 million for rural dam improvement; $500,000 for maintaining clean water in Oklahoma with an emphasis on high-density poultry areas; $200,000 devoted to wildfire mitigation programs; $500,000 to the Healthy Food Financing Revolving Fund; $600,000 to rural fire operational grants; and $90,000 to hire an additional state veterinarian.
For more details of what is included in the FY2020 budget, click over to our website to read the full story.
Scott Yager Says Beef Industry Pushing Back on Green New Deal Plan to Eliminate Cattle Production
When New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez rolled out her Green New Deal, a lot of people were not taking her very seriously. However, the National Cattlemen's Beef Association did take her very seriously, especially her claims that cast dispersions on the beef cattle industry. Scott Yager, chief environmental counsel for NCBA, remarked on the organization's concerns regarding that proposed legislation in a recent conversation with us.
"When our member saw the fact sheet that was released from her office - the fact sheet that said we could get rid of farting cows in ten years - our association mobilized and our executive committee passed a 2019 policy resolution that said we are opposed to the Green New Deal and other misguided climate policies that negatively impact beef producers," Yager said. "So, NCBA has been very upfront about opposing the Green New Deal, but we've also been using it as a platform to talk about all the really good things our cattle producers are doing in this space."
Yager contends while beef producers are actually doing all the right things to be responsible environmental stewards and practicing sustainability - the problem is they are just not talking about it. But, he adds that is why the NCBA has taken up that mantle to showcase those efforts on its members' behalf and in their defense from activist propaganda.
"In this country, we do it more efficiently and better than any other place in the world," he said. "I think we should be held up as a model of how you do agricultural production in the world."
Listen to our complete conversation about the beef industry's stance on the Green New Deal and how that legislation is being countered by NCBA, on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here.
Oklahoma Farm Bureau's Rodd Moesel Talks About the Importance of the Passage of USMCA
As a part of the Farmers for Free Trade Motorcade across the US- and their stop in Oklahoma City- Oklahoma Farm Bureau's Rodd Moesel sat down with Associate Farm Director Carson Horn to talk about how OKFB is handling the messaging about the passage of USMCA.
"Our primary audience is our 5 congressmen and two senators here in Oklahoma," Moesel said. "We have appealed to them to support this issue and to push its passage right away. The sooner it gets done the sooner we can have leverage on other trade agreements around the world."
Moesel said, that markets in the U.S. are dependent on international markets to have customers around the world. In Oklahoma farmers feel a moral responsibility to produce food to help feed the world, he added.
While commodity prices in the U.S. continue to fall, the international markets help keep our famers in business, Moesel said.
It is important for everyone to know the importance of the passage of USMCA, not just farmers and ranchers but all Americans.
Agriculture exports account for the biggest portion on the positive side of world trade for the U.S.
You can read more about what Moesel had to say- and hear his comments about the issue by clicking or tapping here.
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OSU's FAPC Explains How to Ensure Food and Beverages are Safe to Consume After a Flood
Oklahomans know the effects of floodwaters can have on communities. Floods can cause loss of human life, damage to property, loss of crops, loss of livestock and many more.
The safety of food and beverage products following a flood also is a concern, said Ravi Jadeja, food safety specialist for Oklahoma State University's Robert M. Kerr Food & Agricultural Products Center.
"It's important to know the proper food safety precautions to take after a national disaster, such as a flood," Jadeja said. "Emergencies can happen, especially with extreme weather conditions, and being prepared to safely handle food and beverages after a flood is key."
FAPC has provided tips to ensure your food and beverages are safe after a flood. These tips may help you make decisions when going through your pantry after a flood.
You can read the list from Jadeja over on our website by clicking or tapping here.
The Noble Research Institute is set to host a workshop focusing on "Proper Grazing Management"
The seminar will take place from 8:30 a.m. to noon June 4, 2019. It will be held at the Noble Research Institute Kruse Auditorium in Ardmore, Oklahoma.
Attendees will have the opportunity to learn how plant type and availability, stage of growth, animal preferences, livestock age and physiological condition, stock density, duration of grazing and recovery, and management all play roles in the responses of both plants and animals to grazing.
Topics that will be covered are:
- How grasses and forbs grow, and why this is important to your operation.
- How plants respond to being grazed.
- Livestock grazing preferences and performance in response to grazing management.
You can read more about this opportunity and learn more about how to register with the Noble Research Institute by going over to our website - here.
|Oklahoma Cattlemen Establish Fund to Help Ranchers Dealing with Flood Waters
A flood fund has been established by the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Foundation (OCF) to help Cattlemen who have been affected by on-going statewide flooding in Oklahoma.
"While moisture is typically a welcome sight for cattlemen, recent and on-going, excessive rainfall across much of Oklahoma has cattlemen looking forward to sunshine and summer days," said Taylor Shackelford of the OCF, a charitable arm of the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association. "It is disheartening to see and hear what Oklahoma ranchers in the flooded areas are facing. The silver lining of these types of situations is that folks are quick to want to help those in unfortunate situations, and that is truly humbling. The OCF is happy to provide a place for funds to be held."
100% of donations will be distributed to ranchers who have been affected by the floods. You may donate to this relief effort by mail or online. Make checks payable to Oklahoma Cattlemen's Foundation, with "Flood Relief" in the memo line and send to P.O. Box 82395., Oklahoma City, OK 73148. To donate online, visit their website by clicking or tapping here.
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