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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON
Thursday, August 3, 2017
NCBA's Scott Yager Urges Producers to Submit Comments to EPA in Support of Repealing WOTUS
Since it first appeared in the national discussion back in 2015, WOTUS has been a top concern for cattle producers across the country, fearing the rule would lead to undue federal meddling in the operation of their private businesses. Scott Yager, who works on environmental issues for the NCBA, told me, recently, that since the Trump regime came to power, the EPA has taken action to repeal WOTUS, with intentions to replace the flawed regulation with something much more farmer friendly.
Before that happens, though, Yager explains that the WOTUS rule is subject to the legal process of repeal under the Administrator Procedure Act.
During this process, Yager says it is imperative to work with the public, to gather comments on why WOTUS should be repealed and submitted them to the EPA. He stresses that the final outcome of the WOTUS rule's fate rests heavily on the response of this public comment period.
"We need you to submit comments," Yager urged. "This effort is going to be successful based on the comments that the agency receives. There is a very short comment period on this repeal effort. We have 30 days to get all our comments in and they are due August 28th."
You can listen to Yager and I discuss the process of repeal WOTUS is now undergoing, and how you can participate in fixing the controversial regulation, on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here
In the meantime - if you'd like to ensure your voice be heard in the matter - click here
- to quickly submit your own comment to the EPA.
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The US Postal Service is giving homage to the noble bee and the delicate butterfly - industrious little creatures whose importance to our agricultural industry and natural landscape is often forgotten. Without these insects, the vitally important process of pollination would be left unattended and the business of horticulture quite impossible. In their honor, the USPS has decided to release a new line of postage stamps sporting the elegant images of both the Monarch Butterfly and western honeybees.
"Bees, butterflies and other pollinators sustain our ecosystem and are a vital natural resource," said U.S. Postal Service Judicial Officer Gary Shapiro, who will dedicate the stamps. "They are being threatened and we must protect them."
According to a release by the USPS announcing the new stamps, in today's world, these pollinators require the help of humans in order to thrive.
"The hives of western honeybees have lately been raided by parasitic mites and plagued by Colony Collapse Disorder, a mysterious condition which disorients bees and causes them to abandon their hives," the release states. "While monarch butterflies, utterly dependent on milkweed plants throughout their range and specific mountain forests in Mexico, face collapsing populations as these habitats disappear to accommodate farming, urban development and illegal logging."
to read more about the threats our pollinators are faced with today and learn how you can obtain these new stamps to add to your collection.
In light of the myriad complaints lodged by farmers who claim dicamba drift has damaged their soybean crops, Monsanto has decided this week to reach out to farmers who believe Monsanto brand products have harmed their fields and investigate each individual situation.
In an open letter to affected farmers, Monsanto's Chief Technology Officer, Robb Fraley
, says the company wants to do all it can to help farmers be successful.
"We are hearing that the overwhelming majority of farmers are experiencing tremendous success during this first year of commercial launch," he writes. "However, we have also heard reports that some farmers are noticing signs of leaf cupping in nearby soybean fields, which could be attributable to dicamba."
Faley instructs farmers that notice any leaf cupping problems this growing season to call Monsanto immediately.
Well- we posted this on our website and then linked our story on our Twitter Feed- and got lots of action- we had about a dozen retweets and Likes on our posting- and several remarks- including this one from an Iowa farmer not impressed with the offer by Fraley- Michael Peiffer tweets "That way he can personally tell you its your fault, or that it will improve yield, or that you should have planted xtend."
The pesticide program specialist for North Dakota also retweeted and offered this question out in cyberspace- "Does this apply to people who are not using Xtendimax with VGT.? Have heard people who do not use the technology are getting cold shoulder."
|Blessings of the Field to Showcase Oklahoma Agriculture- Happening August 26th at White Dog Hill in Clinton
Alumni of the Oklahoma Ag Leadership Program
will be holding "Blessings from the Field
," a fundraiser dinner event at White Dog Hill Restaurant in Clinton, Oklahoma, on August 26, 2017 at 7:30 pm. Mike Schulte
, a Class XII Graduate of the program, is coordinating the evening and tells me that the evening is designed as a great get away for urban and rural folks alike.
The foods that will be featured have been produced by Oklahoma farmers and/or will be sourced from Made in Oklahoma companies- and will be showcased in an international format. Schulte says there will be several food stations that will each represent a country or region of the world that various Classes of the OALP have visited as a part of their Educational Experience. The dinner experience is being prepared by th White Dog Hill's renowned Chef Jacqueline Davies-Thunderbull
The purpose of this event is to offer a world class dining experience for Oklahomans not directly connected with farming and ranching in our state- allowing them to enjoy the global cuisine while rubbing elbows with graduates of the OALP program, learning more about where their food comes from.
To learn more about this great event coming August 26th- click or tap here.
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The Oklahoma Conservation Task Force is set to host a Conservation Summit, coming up Aug. 18, 2017 at the Moore-Norman Technology Center in Oklahoma City.
Open to individuals and organizations engaged in conservation, the Summit will allow those in attendance to share successes and plan future collaborations in an effort to enhance Oklahoma's natural heritage.
The event kicks off with words from Congressman Frank Lucas, who will offer a national perspective of conservation policy. Break-out sessions addressing the state's conservation issues will continue throughout the afternoon.
It's the hope of the task force, that during the summit, three main objectives will be met - which include the enhancement and development of conservation in Oklahoma, coordination of research, and communication. In addition, the collaborative efforts of attendees will also help to identify and address major state conservation goals, develop models of success, and develop informational resources and messaging to provide critical information to the general public, for those involved in conservation, and the next generation.
For more information on the event including the full agenda, click here.
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Regardless what industry or line of business you're in, one thing that must never be neglected, is to develop those following in your footsteps. At the same time, one must always remember to take into consideration, not only what the younger generation can learn from us, but what they can teach us as times and circumstances change.
And I think most would agree that the ag industry does an excellent job, including youth, engaging them and building them up for future success. American Farmers & Ranchers is a prime example of an organization that grooms future leaders for our industry. In fact, during the conclusion of the annual AFR Leadership Summit just a few days ago, AFR announced the five new members that will serve on the organization's 2017-18 Youth Advisory Council.
The Council consists of high school juniors and seniors representing AFR youth from across the state. Members of the 2017-18 Council are: Cade Leonard, Sequoyah; Rylee Detrick, Ringwood; Drew Hardaway, Battiest; Rayli Cunningham, Laverne; and Tyler Wilkinson, Calumet.
According to AFR's announcement, the council's members will participate in agriculture-based service projects throughout the year and assist in planning many of AFR's Youth Program activities. They also facilitate AFR events and act as mentors for younger Oklahoma youth.
"AFR is proud to invest in the future of Oklahoma through these young people," said Terry Detrick
, AFR president. "Our leadership summit and the AFR Youth Advisory Council demonstrate that investment across Oklahoma."
to learn more about AFR's Youth Advisory Council and its new members.
|Secretary Sonny Cruising in His RV Across the Heartland
It's the first day of Sonny Purdue's ROAD TRIP DELUXE across five heartland states- starting in Wisconsin at their State Fair and then ending next Tuesday at the Indiana State Fair.
The RV travels are dubbed "Back to Our Roots" Tour and USDA says it's all about "gathering input on the 2018 Farm Bill and increasing rural prosperity. Along the way, Perdue will meet with farmers, ranchers, foresters, producers, students, governors, Members of Congress, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) employees, and other stakeholders.
This first RV Tour will feature stops in five states: Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, and Indiana. Another RV tour will be happening in a few weeks- details to be released later.
For social media purposes, Secretary Perdue's Twitter account (@SecretarySonny) will be using the hashtag #BackToOurRoots."
I did add a column in my TweetDeck for the hashtag listed- and my favorite comment thus far comes from my buddy Chris Clayton who opines "Perdue is ready to go as soon as he finds his Eagles Greatest Hits cassette tape."
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