Oklahoma Farm Report masthead graphic with wheat on the left and cattle on the right.
Howdy Neighbors!
Ron Hays, Director of Farm and Ranch Programming, Radio Oklahoma Ag Network  |  2401 Exchange Ave, Suite F, Oklahoma City, Ok 73108  |  (405) 601-9211

advertisements
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

Beef Buzz News


USDA Working to Avoid Scorched Earth Tactics If Foot and Mouth Disease Should Hit US Livestock Industry

Tue, 13 Sep 2011 16:49:58 CDT

USDA Working to Avoid Scorched Earth Tactics If Foot and Mouth Disease Should Hit US Livestock Industry Agro-Defense was the subject of a Senate hearing on Tuesday- and Kansas Senator Jerry Moran discussed the threat and fears of an intentional introduction of a contagious animal disease with the Chief Veterinary Officer of the USDA's APHIS, Dr. John Clifford.


Moran asked Dr. Clifford if there is any evidence of an actual threat to US agriculture by terrorists- Dr. Clifford told the Senator "There's not been any attempt, to my knowledge, of introduction" of disease organisms by terrorists- although Dr. Clifford added that they are aware that Islamic terrorists after 9-11 had written about possible attacks on the US food supply with the use of disease.


Dr. Clifford went on to say that it would not really matter whether it was an intentional introduction of a disease into the livestock of the United States- or an unintentional occurance- USDA and the other federal agencies that would respond would do so the same way-using the same kind of plan. The only difference is that if it appears that it is an intentional attack- the FBI could play a role and declare some locations as a crime scene.


Dr. Clifford says that it is important for the United States to continue to work towards different ways to deal with diseases like FMD- and to avoid the "scorched earth" tactic that resulted in millions of animals destroyed in Great Britain during their desvastating Foot and Mouth Disease outbreak almost a decade ago.


Moran and Clifford also discussed the way that some countries continue to use BSE as a trade weapon against the United States- and how that shows that even a rumor of a disease outbreak could impact international trade almost immediately.


We have the Q&A between Senator Moran and Dr. Clifford as a special digital version of the Beef Buzz- which offers a lot of insight about where we stand today with Agro Defense in this country- at least when it comes to animal agriculture.


At that same hearing, the Senators heard from Lisa Shames of the GAO, who announced her office was releasing a report of the status of agency cooperation in the area of Agro Defense. To hear her testimony and to review the GAO report, click here.


The Beef Buzz is a regular feature heard on radio stations around the region on the Radio Oklahoma Network- but is also a regular audio feature found on this website as well. Click on the listen bar below for today's show- and check out our archives for older Beef Buzz shows covering the gamut of the beef cattle industry today.


The photo from the FMD outbreak in England is courtesy of Free Foto.



   
   

Ron Hays Beef Buzzes about Senate Hearing Conversation of Senator Jerry Moran and Dr. John Clifford.
right-click to download mp3

 

WebReadyTM Powered by WireReady® NSI

 

Beef News

  • Japan Lifts 30-Month Rule on US Beef Imports, Creates Room for Potential $200M in Additional Value  Mon, 20 May 2019 11:59:19 CDT
  • NCBA's Colin Woodall Encourages Producers to Hang Tough as US-China Trade Talks Flare Up  Fri, 17 May 2019 12:08:49 CDT
  • US Meat Exports Fail to Meet Expectations During First Quarter of 2019, Will this Trend Continue?  Thu, 16 May 2019 11:31:30 CDT
  • Time to Turn Heat Up on Trade Talks with Japan, Bacus Says It's Been on the Backburner Too Long  Wed, 15 May 2019 09:50:39 CDT
  • US-China Tensions Flare as Trade Talks Near End, NCBA's Kent Bacus on Trump's Hardball Strategy  Tue, 14 May 2019 10:36:10 CDT
  • Beef Industry Leaders Form International Coalition to Advocate for USMCA's Speedy Ratification  Mon, 13 May 2019 10:45:22 CDT
  • Donnell Brown Proclaims Efficiency the Next Great Frontier, Genomic Enhancement will Get Us There  Fri, 10 May 2019 05:37:48 CDT
  • Slow Corn Planting Caused by Recent Rains Dampen Spirits in Cattle Industry, Derrell Peel Explains  Thu, 09 May 2019 10:42:38 CDT
  • Generational Transfer Happens Whether We're Prepared for it or Not - So Why Not Plan Ahead Now  Wed, 08 May 2019 10:08:19 CDT
  • Food Industry Leader John Patrick Lopez Says Sharing Agriculture's Story is Everyone's Responsibility  Tue, 07 May 2019 10:55:34 CDT
  • OKC-Based Processor Behind McDonald's Non-Frozen Beef Menu Brings Chain Some Fresh Sizzle  Mon, 06 May 2019 11:41:35 CDT
  • Greenhouse Gas Guru, Mitloehner, Says Cow-Fart Protestors Spread More Manure than Beef Industry  Fri, 03 May 2019 12:08:47 CDT
  • BQA Program Continues to Benefit, Improve US Beef Industry as More Producers Commit to Quality  Thu, 02 May 2019 10:03:30 CDT
  • Producers Crying Over Spilt Milk as Dairy Herd Liquidation Continues to Impact Beef Cattle Market  Wed, 01 May 2019 10:34:19 CDT
  • US Beef Export Sales Down Slightly During Q1 Compared to Record 2018 Sales But Volume Still High  Tue, 30 Apr 2019 11:31:45 CDT
  • Governor Kevin Stitt Signs Priority Legislation Protecting the Integrity of Beef in the Marketplace  Mon, 29 Apr 2019 11:54:18 CDT
  • Emerging Segment in Beef Pipeline Gains Importance - Rabo Analyst Don Close Explains Grow Yards  Fri, 26 Apr 2019 10:05:33 CDT
  • Angus Association President John Pfeiffer Shares Experience Attending the World Angus Secretariat  Thu, 25 Apr 2019 10:51:38 CDT
  • What Will It Take to Improve the Way Cattle Futures are Traded? Dr. Joe Janzen Has a Few Ideas  Wed, 24 Apr 2019 10:34:52 CDT
  • Opportunity Abounds for US Beef - USMEF's Greg Hanes on Tapping New and Growing Markets  Tue, 23 Apr 2019 10:16:02 CDT
  • Incoming Beef Board CEO Greg Hanes Shares Secrets on the Art of Marketing Beef Internationally  Mon, 22 Apr 2019 11:01:24 CDT
  • Cattle on Feed Up 2% - OSU's Derrell Peel Breaks Down the Numbers in this Month's USDA Report  Fri, 19 Apr 2019 10:59:59 CDT
  • Certified Angus Beef Just Passed 1 Billion Pounds in Annual Sales, But Can They Really Hit 2 Billion?  Thu, 18 Apr 2019 10:17:19 CDT
  • Speculation Swirls Over Potential Opportunities for US Meat Industry in Wake of African Swine Fever  Wed, 17 Apr 2019 10:36:17 CDT
  • Register Now to Attend the 2019 Hemphill Beef Cattle Conference Featuring Dr. Temple Grandin  Tue, 16 Apr 2019 10:22:45 CDT
  • Monday April 15th is Deadline for Submitting Comments to EPA on Waters of the US Rule  Sun, 14 Apr 2019 14:25:12 CDT
  • Consumer Priorities Can Change, But These 3 Things Never Fall Off the List - Taste, Flavor, Juiciness  Fri, 12 Apr 2019 10:18:04 CDT
  • CAB: 1 in 5 Fed Cattle in North America Hit Certified Angus Specs Thanks to Producers' Commitment to Quality  Mon, 15 Apr 2019 05:02:54 CDT
  • Beef Industry's Digital Strategy Beginning to Reach Maturity as Millennials and Gen-Z Come of Age  Wed, 10 Apr 2019 10:21:56 CDT
  • That Chuck is One Quick Study - Alisa Harrison Explains How Industry's New AI Spokesman Works  Tue, 09 Apr 2019 10:48:32 CDT
  • Simmental Association Launches Exciting New Project Designed to Expand Carcass Data Collection  Mon, 08 Apr 2019 11:26:50 CDT
  • NCBA's Colin Woodall Says Green New Deal Only Helps Strengthen Beef Industry's Credibility  Fri, 05 Apr 2019 14:09:25 CDT
  • China Trade Talks Seem to be Progressing Well, But You Know China... You Really Never Can Tell  Thu, 04 Apr 2019 12:18:11 CDT
  • Flooding Less Devastating Than Thought with Damage at Just a Fraction of Early Estimates  Wed, 03 Apr 2019 12:10:47 CDT
  • Analyst Randy Blach Says Margins a Little Tight This Year, But Cow/Calf Sector Remains Profitable  Tue, 02 Apr 2019 12:48:41 CDT

  •  

    Beef Buzz Archives

    Old Archives  |   2010  |   2011  |   2012  |   2013  |   2014  |   2015  |   2016  |   2017  |   2018  |   Jan 19  |   Feb 19  |   Mar 19  |   Apr 19  |   May 19  |   Jun 19  |   Jul 19  |   Aug 19  |   Sep 19  |   Oct 19  |   Nov 19  |   Dec 19
       

    Ron salutes our daily email sponsors!

    Herbs Herb Oklahoma Ag Credit Oklahoma Farm Bureau National Livestock Credit P&K Equipment Tulsa Farm Show AFR Insurance Stillwater Milling KIS FUTURES, INC. Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association

    Search OklahomaFarmReport.com


       
       
    © 2008-2019 Oklahoma Farm Report
    Email Ron   |   Newsletter Signup   |    Current Spots   |    Program Links

    WebReady powered by WireReady® Inc.