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
   
    
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

Agricultural News


Texas Rancher Kelley Sullivan Georgiades Calls on US House to Ratify USMCA for American Beef Producers

Tue, 16 Jul 2019 15:32:29 CDT

Texas Rancher Kelley Sullivan Georgiades Calls on US House to Ratify USMCA for American Beef Producers Kelley Sullivan Georgiades, a fourth-generation rancher from Texas, testified Tuesday on the state of the cattle industry at a hearing of the Livestock and Foreign Agriculture Subcommittee.



Georgiades praised cattle producers for providing Americans with a high-quality, safe and nutrient-dense protein. She also highlighted the importance of ranching to the economy, especially in Texas, where it is the leading contributor to the state’s agriculture economy with more than $12 billion in annual sales.



The bulk of her testimony, though, was focused on international trade.



“The most important thing this Congress can do for American ranchers is to approve the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement (USMCA),” Georgiades testified. “Mexico and Canada, combined, buy $2 billion in U.S. beef products every single year. That’s nearly a quarter of all U.S. beef exports.”



In her testimony, Georgiades also warned that “failure to maintain free trade with Mexico and Canada would be devastating to cattle producers.”



In making her case for the importance of international trade, Georgiades noted that 96% of consumers live abroad. Demand from those foreign consumers increases the value of each animal sold in the U.S. by almost $300.



“That $300 per animal may already be the difference between a successful business and bankruptcy,” said Georgiades.



She concluded by thanking the committee for their work on the 2018 Farm Bill, and in her testimony reminded the members that there are many other issues that cattle producers and Congress must continue to work on together to ensure a strong future for American beef producers.



Georgiades, who ranches in Crockett and Navasota, Texas, testified on behalf of the 142-year-old Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association. She owns and operates Santa Rosa Ranch, the largest registered breeder of Brangus and Ultrablack cattle in the United States.



Full testimony may be viewed here.



Source - Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association




   

 

WebReadyTM Powered by WireReady® NSI

 


Top Agricultural News

  • Thursday December 12 2019 Market Wrapup with Justin Lewis  Thu, 12 Dec 2019 22:07:26
  • Dead Ahead- OSU's Kim Anderson Sees Quiet Holiday Markets   Thu, 12 Dec 2019 20:31:09 CST
  • Livestock Producers Applaud Skipwith Confirmation, Encourage Vote on Pending Nominees  Thu, 12 Dec 2019 17:30:06 CST
  • NMPF Statement Dr. Stephen Hahn’s Confirmation as FDA Commissioner  Thu, 12 Dec 2019 17:27:23 CST
  • Oklahoma Grain Elevator Cash Bids as of 2:00 p.m. Thursday, December 12, 2019  Thu, 12 Dec 2019 17:24:28 CST
  • Ron Hays Talks with Robert York of National Livestock About the Upcoming Fundraiser for the All American Beef Battalion  Thu, 12 Dec 2019 14:34:08
  • Ok Pork Council Donates $10,000 to the Food for Kids Backpack Program  Thu, 12 Dec 2019 13:59:01
  • ICYMI- OSU's Janeen Salak-Johnson Tells Cattle Producers Being Open to Doing Things Differently Can Save Your Industry  Thu, 12 Dec 2019 13:51:36

  • More Headlines...

       

    Ron salutes our daily email sponsors!

    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

    Our Road to Rural Prosperity sponsors!

    Banc First OPSRC ORWA TPAOO TPAOO

    Search OklahomaFarmReport.com


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

    WebReady powered by WireReady® Inc.