Beef Buzz News
Tammi Didlot Reflects on Her Year as American National CattleWomen President
Thu, 31 Jan 2013 16:38:41 CST
Tammi Didlot talks with Ron Hays about her year as ANCW president.
Next week in Tampa, Florida, Oklahoman Tammi Didlot will be handing over the gavel as the president of the American National CattleWomen. Radio Oklahoma Network Farm Director Ron Hays spoke with her recently and will have her as his guest on this weekend’s “In the Field” segment on News 9.
Didlot says her organization has a unique role to play in bringing together consumers who enjoy eating beef and ranch women who enjoy producing it.
“We have a National Beef Speakers Bureau that does just that. It kind of gives people permission to eat beef. It shares the whole production story from pasture to plate. And we actually train our speakers-- even if they come at the industry from one area or another--we actually train them to understand the whole process so that they can speak intelligently to people who are really trying to understand where their food comes from.
“And we have to do a good job of that. We just can’t assume that people know. We have to be good ag advocates. And I think you’re going to see a lot more of that. The Unites States Farmers and Ranchers Alliance just announced their Faces In Agriculture. We are a part of that as well. We spend some time working with our other animal alliance associations and affiliates in really trying to work closer together to make sure we have a united front in explaining the whole animal production and where your food comes from.”
Didlot says her year as president of the ANCW was filled with numerous highlights and she has hopes she can continue to speak on behalf of her fellow beef producers.
“The one thing that I hope to take away from this is that I will continue to be a voice for the industry and not say, ‘OK, that was cool and it’s done.’ I don’t think you’re ever done. But I think, also, you have to look at ways that you can maybe open my eyes and explain truly how we do things. And we have to be a strong advocate for our industry. And we can’t just assume somebody else will take that role.”
She says that, despite all of the adversities that cattle producers are facing due to the drought and a sluggish economy, the mood in cattle country is surprisingly upbeat.
“I have to say the people in the beef industry, and in agriculture in general, are the most optimistic people that I’ve ever met in my life. Because it would be easy to just go, ‘Man, this is a bummer. We’re at our lowest cow herds in 60 years and everything is kind of going up as far as prices go.’ You always wonder what’s around that next curve, but the reason we do what we do is because we enjoy it. And I think that, really, for the most part, people are just trying to stay positive and they’ll get through this.
“That’s the one thing about people in the country-they just get through. There’s always a challenge. You know weather is something you can’t bank on. And that’s nothing new. It does wear on you. And I will have to say that people are a little more afraid right now as far as their nerves are kind of shot because of a lot of the challenges that they have. But, I think that overall people are trying to be optimistic and we keep praying for rain.”
You can watch Tammi Didlot on "In the Field" Saturday morning about 6:40 on News 9.
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.
right-click to download mp3
WebReadyTM Powered by WireReady® NSI
Prospect of Higher Feed Costs Generating Both Challenges and Opportunities for Cattle Producers Tue, 18 Jun 2019 11:01:21 CDT
Beef Industry Experts Don Close and Kent Bacus Explain Why Mandatory Labelling Isn't So "COOL" After All Mon, 17 Jun 2019 11:36:49 CDT
Rabo Agrifinance’s Don Close Shares His Top Four “Unknown Unknowns” of the Beef Industry in 2019 Fri, 14 Jun 2019 09:29:13 CDT
Despite Minor Declines, US Beef Export Business Continues to Perform Well as Fringe Markets Grow Thu, 13 Jun 2019 13:19:37 CDT
Cattle Market Under Pressure as Corn Plantings Continue to Struggle, Adding to Price Weakness Wed, 12 Jun 2019 11:07:37 CDT
Government Cracks Down on Sue and Settle Tactics Employed by Environmental Activist Groups Tue, 11 Jun 2019 10:28:55 CDT
Industry Has Its Work Cut Out for Itself as Wildlife Service Weighs Listing the Lesser Prairie Chicken Mon, 10 Jun 2019 11:19:40 CDT
NCBA's Colin Woodall Calls Out Misconceptions About Fake Meat's Claims of 'Zero-Sum' Production Fri, 07 Jun 2019 10:49:24 CDT
Donnell Brown Proclaims Efficiency the Next Great Frontier, Genomic Enhancement will Get Us There Thu, 06 Jun 2019 09:53:06 CDT
Generational Transfer Happens Whether We're Prepared for it or Not - So Why Not Plan Ahead Now Wed, 05 Jun 2019 09:42:15 CDT
Food Industry Leader John Patrick Lopez Says Sharing Agriculture's Story is Everyone's Responsibility Tue, 04 Jun 2019 10:15:01 CDT
OKC-Based Processor Behind McDonald's Non-Frozen Beef Menu Brings Chain Some Fresh Sizzle Mon, 03 Jun 2019 11:57:26 CDT
China's African Swine Fever Problem Largely Seen as a Positive for US Ag- But What's the Downside Fri, 31 May 2019 10:20:36 CDT
Angus Dollar Value Index Upgraded to Meet Today's Economic Conditions, Dan Moser Explains Thu, 30 May 2019 10:59:45 CDT
Greenhouse Gas Guru, Mitloehner, Says Cow-Fart Protestors Spread More Manure than Beef Industry Wed, 29 May 2019 09:40:47 CDT
USDA Reports Highest May 1 Inventory of Cattle on Feed Since '96 - Derrell Peel Shares His Analysis Tue, 28 May 2019 10:21:29 CDT
Scott Yager Says Beef Industry Pushing Back on Green New Deal Plan to Eliminate Cattle Production Fri, 24 May 2019 10:38:05 CDT
Eco-Activists Muddy the Waters Again with New Supreme Court Filing as WOTUS Debate Wraps Up Thu, 23 May 2019 09:59:08 CDT
Rancher Debbie Lyons-Blythe Defends Beef Industry's Proactive Efforts in Fighting Climate Change Wed, 22 May 2019 11:18:13 CDT
OSU's Market Watcher Derrell Peel Optimistic Stability will Return to Cattle Markets this Summer Tue, 21 May 2019 11:34:29 CDT
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