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Update from Ron Hays of RON
Wednesday, February 26,
of 'Green Revolution' Pioneer Continues Advocacy
for Modern Agricultural
Borlaug, an American biologist who
developed semi-dwarf, high-yield,
disease-resistant wheat varieties in the latter
half of the 20th century, is often called the
father of the Green Revolution. The introduction
of his varieties and the use of modern
agricultural techniques nearly doubled wheat
yields in Mexico, Pakistan and India in the late
1960s and improved the food security of those
nations. His methods have since been employed
worldwide and have been credited with saving the
lives of more than a billion people from
This week, at the Bayer Crop
Science Ag Issues Forum, I caught up with
Borlaug's granddaughter, Julie
Borlaug. She has followed in her
grandfather's footsteps and is the Associate
Director for External Relations for the Norman
Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture at
Texas A&M University. Borlaug explained the
work of the institute and some of the pressing
issues it tackles.
the international arm of the agriculture program
and we take the legacy of my grandfather through
the land grant mission of research and training
and go and do development projects particularly
funded by USDA, USAID and we do them in developing
countries like Rwanda, Iraq, Afghanistan, South
Sudan, Congo, Indonesia, Guatemala, you name it."
She said the institute, which is part of
Texas Agrilife Extension, is using the land grant
extension model which has proven so successful in
the United States.
"No one in the U.S.
realizes the extension land grant model's research
and training is why we are where we are. And every
country needs that. That model has been proven.
Now the model we use in Africa is not going to be
the same that we've used in that we're not going
to have thousands of extension agents and the
buildings and all that. But we can use that model
using modern technologies like cell phones and
teaching the farmers how to properly grow, how to
use their seeds, all that. Getting them basic
information will revolutionize where they are.
We've proven it. We've proven when extension is
stepped away that, oftentimes, farmers fall back
on old practices. The reason this model hasn't
grown in Africa is that they don't have the
funding for an extension program. So, by U.S.
universities and others coming in and helping to
grow the capacity of the African countries to have
a model that works for them is really
covered a number of issues including GMOs and how
the ag industry can improve in getting its message
to consumers in our lengthy conversation.
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our conversation by clicking here for our Top Ag
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Greenseeker Technology Was Given Borlaug Deathbed
to water, the most yield limiting factor in many
agricultural areas worldwide is nitrogen. With
each passing year, nitrogen grows more costly and
the effects of applying to much can also result in
In the early
1990s, agricultural engineers and plant and soil
scientists at Oklahoma State University began
seeking a way to measure plant vigor in an effort
to accurately calculate the optimum amount of
nitrogen to apply to various crops. More than a
decade of work by dozens of professors and
graduate students finally resulted in the
Greenseeker, a handheld unit that does just what
its inventors hoped.
Advances in sensor
technology have reduced costs, making them
affordable to practically every farmer in America.
They are now marketed by
the Nobel laureate and wheat breeder credited with
the Green Revolution, was an outspoken advocate of
applying technological solutions to help feed the
world. Borlaug's granddaugther, Julie Borlaug,
said he had made many friends at OSU, including
one of the inventors of the Greenseeker,
Bill Raun. Over the years, Norman
Borlaug remained keenly interested in the progress
of the technology up until his death in
"Bill came, in think, on the last day
of my grandfather's life to tell him,"
Julie Borlaug said. "He brought a
model and said, 'Here's where we are. We're out
there. We're going to have it in the hands of the
farmers.' And my grandfather's last words were,
'Take it to the farmer.'
shared this story about her grandfather as a
concluding story in her keynote at the Ag Issues
Forum In San Antonio- sponsored by Bayer
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Julie's comments by clicking
Issues and More Issues- OCA Director Says Cattle
Producers Have a Lot on Their
than 8,400 people attended the recently-completed
Cattle Industry Convention in Nashville, Tenn.
Michael Kelsey, executive
director of the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association,
says they are digesting what they learned there
and beginning to inform their members on issues of
importance that were discussed at the
On national issues,
Kelsey says there are a number of issues for
Oklahoma ranchers and landowners to be concerned
"We learned a little more about
APHIS's concept of regionalization of trade with
Brazil and Argentina... The comment period has
been extended by 60 days and we're communicating
to our members to do that. So, that's one
"Another big one, I think, and
there's many others, but another big one is the
EPA. I understand the EPA is going to issue some
rules that will go again at this concept of
navigable waters. And the key is they are going to
try to define 'tributary' and some of the other
key important terms as well as removing or
modifying 'navigable.' That's something that we
need to watch very closely."
Click here for more of this story
and my audio interview with Michael
Ag and Business Groups Call for Immigration
American Farm Bureau Federation, as part of a
multi-industry coalition of 636 business
organizations-154 of them
agriculture-related-today urged Congress to move
forward with immigration reform this
In a letter sent to House Republican
leadership, the coalition noted that all of the
signatories are "united in the belief that we can
and must do better for our economy and country by
modernizing our immigration system." Further,
"Done properly, reform will deter illegal
immigration, protect and complement our U.S.
workforce, better respond to changing economic and
demographic needs, and generate greater
productivity and economic activity, while
respecting family unity."
included 246 businesses of every size and sector
across the country and 390 business associations,
bureaus, federations and chambers representing a
broad cross-section of industries and commercial
Click here for the rest of this
Brings Value to Beef Industry, Gant Maurer
Mourer, Oklahoma State University's Beef
Value Enhancement Specialist, writes in the latest
No matter what
business you're in, quality brings value to your
product. It's no different in the beef industry
except the definition of quality may differ
slightly from producer to producer or segment to
segment. Calves that have the genetic potential to
gain and gain efficiently would by most be
considered the second most important trait a calf
can have from a commercial producer's standpoint.
The most important trait being, that a calf is
healthy and maybe more specifically alive.
Producers have the resources and information
available to make genetic decisions to meet any
environmental or market demands they choose. Many
producers have also spent years selecting for
their genetics but if they don't manage calves
well in the short term it will be all for not and
quality will then be lacking.
If a calf
does not remain healthy it will never reach its
genetic potential. The most critical point in life
of that calf is at weaning and how that calf is
handled at that time. Bovine Respiratory Disease
is the #1 production problem costing the beef
industry over $900 million dollars annually
(Chirase and Greene, 2001). The fact of the matter
is that we have the ability to do something about
can read more of Gant Maurer's recommendations on
our webpage by clicking
Federation Brings 'Chew on This' Tour to
400 people attended an exciting, one-of-a-kind
event on the east side of the Oklahoma state
capitol grounds this past week. In collaboration
with Elanco and Nutra Blend, the "Chew On This"
tour featured two custom-built tractor trailers,
one a high-tech movie theater on wheels and the
other a barbecue kitchen on wheels.
unique road show is stopping at locations all
around the country, spreading the word about world
hunger and sustainable food production.
Participants enjoyed a hearty barbecue meal,
watched a film hosted by Bill Goldberg, former NFL
lineman and champion wrestler, and tested their
knowledge on interactive kiosks.
very excited to host this event," says
Marvin Childers, president of the
Poultry Federation. "It was an amazing opportunity
for legislators, capitol staff, and special guests
to get together and learn about world hunger. They
all play an important role in spreading the word
and finding solutions for the challenge of
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Implementation Webinar Both On Tap for
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State University Ag Economics Professor
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beginning at 10:00 am and ending around 11:15
Dr. Campiche will discuss the commodity
provisions of the 2014 Farm Bill.
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