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— Majority of American Voters Support Comprehensive Tax Reform According to New Nationwide Poll
— New Name, Same Mission – Noble Research Institute’s Bill Buckner Advancing Organization’s Work
— Soil Health Partnership Endorses New Soil Health Measurements That Could Improve Sustainability
— LMIC’s Jim Robb Says Optimism Returning to the Marketplace As Prices Rise Above Year-Ago Levels
— National Beef Quality Audit Data Indicates Quality Cattle Here to Stay Says Texas A&M Researcher
— Youth Participate in Charitable Service Work for Peers in Need During AFR’s Leadership Summit
— National FFA Names 23 Oklahoma FFA Members as National Finalists in 2017 Proficiency Awards
AFBFTaxMajority of American Voters Support Comprehensive Tax Reform According to New Nationwide Poll
In a recent poll conducted by the nonpartisan digital media and survey research company, Morning Consult, indicated that a large majority of American voters believe comprehensive tax reform is needed and should be a priority for Congress.
American Farm Bureau released a statement yesterday highlighting the sentiment of the survey’s respondents who were sympathetic to the tax burdens farm and ranch operators are currently subject to.
In fact, the poll shows two out of three voters in the survey believe farmers and ranchers should be entitled to special tax treatment because of the challenges and risks that are specific to agriculture.
“Many Americans know the toll that taxes take on our farm and ranch families,” said AFBF President Zippy Duvall. “Congress must take action to provide tax relief. Farmers and ranchers will be sharing that message with lawmakers until the job is done.”
You can learn more about this new poll from Morning Consult on our website, by clicking here to jump to the original story.
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BucknerNew Name, Same Mission – Noble Research Institute’s Bill Buckner Advancing Organization’s Work
Earlier this week, Bill Buckner, president and CEO of the Noble Research Institute, visited us in our studios to chat about the rebranding of the organization formerly known as the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation and about a special event they are helping coordinate- the Conservation Summit.
He explains that recently, the former Noble Foundation as it was called, migrated its operations from the Foundation’s parameters to what’s referred to as an ARO, or agricultural research organization. This transfer was chartered under legislation lobbied for by the Foundation starting in 2008. After it finally passed through Congress in 2015, the process began to reestablish the Foundation to its new self today, known now as the Noble Research Institute.
Buckner, says this will allow the Institute to expand its footprint, spread its influence and share its groundbreaking research nationwide, rather than being limited to parts of Oklahoma and Texas.
“As our opportunities grow and they exist, we can take those programs and put them to better use in other parts of the country as well,” Buckner said enthusiastically.
And Buckner says the Institute has refreshed itself in more ways than one. He says it has also come back, after a period of time being distracted with other interests, and recommitted itself to its original mission. Which, Buckner says, concentrates on the reparation of the soil and improving and promoting good conservation practices.
“It goes back to our mission. That’s what Mr. Noble wanted to do first and foremost,” Buckner said. “And so, it’s an exciting time for us but I have to admit, it’s tough to say the Noble Research Institute after so many years of the Noble Foundation.”
Buckner joins me this Saturday on our ‘In the Field’ segment on KWTV News9 at 6:40 a.m. Be sure to tune in. In the meantime though, you can read more on Buckner’s visit or listen to our complete off-camera conversation, here.
Buckner and I talked about one current project for Noble- hosting the upcoming Conservation Summit, which is happening next Friday, August 18- click here for details on that program.
SoilHealthSoil Health Partnership Endorses New Soil Health Measurements That Could Improve Sustainability
After three years of collaboration with scientific and agricultural partners, the Soil Health Institute this week, announced its endorsement of the “Tier 1” national soil health measurements that if widely adopted, could significantly and rapidly improve sustainability in agriculture.
Examples of the specific Tier 1 measures include organic carbon, pH, and available water holding capacity.
The indicators are expected to help farming become more sustainable and precise in areas such as nutrient management.
“We recognize the vigorous scientific collaboration that went into the development of this list of indicators, and urge the widescale adoption of them,” said Nick Goeser, director of the Soil Health Partnership, and National Corn Growers Association director of soil health and sustainability. “We encourage farmers and agronomists to test soil on a regular basis, and use these indicators as business management tools to help them make smart decisions on the farm.”
Click or tap here to read the full article on these new measurements being endorsed by the Soil Health Partnership.
BUZZLMIC’s Jim Robb Says Optimism Returning to the Marketplace As Prices Rise Above Year-Ago Levels
Jim Robb is executive director of the Livestock Market Information Center located in Denver, working with land grant universities across the country analyzing the cattle and beef markets. Some of his most recent work, though, has led him to take a midyear look at stocker and calf prices nationally. He told me that in the Southern Plains, prices are looking very solid, especially compared to last fall.
“We’ve seen a strong run up since last October/November, in calf and yearling prices,” Robb said. “Clearly underpinning that has been the turnaround and the very strong profitability in the cattle feeding sector. That has spilled back over, especially in the second quarter of this year in to calf and yearling prices.”
On the average, there are still some year-over-year declines in the market. But, aside from a few markets in the very Northern Plains, Robb says calf and yearling prices in almost every US market are above year-ago levels during recent weeks. He insists this dynamic has been largely supported by strength of fed cattle. As long as that sector remains strong, he believes prices for calve and yearlings will continue to maintain their strength as well.
“This is a market that looks quite a bit different than last year,” he remarked. “We could easily have calf prices this fall $8 to $12 per cwt in the Southern Plains above last fall. Yearling prices probably stay somewhat above last year. That’s probably not something we expected six months ago.”
Listen in as I speak with Robb about current market dynamics that have lifted calf and yearling prices above year ago levels and his outlook for markets this coming fall, on yesterday’s Beef Buzz – click here.
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NBQANational Beef Quality Audit Data Indicates Quality Cattle Here to Stay Says Texas A&M Researcher
According to Jeff Savell, Texas A&M University animal scientist, says “there’s now more opportunity than ever to be rewarded for carcass merit.” As research shows consumers not only want safe and wholesome beef; they want it to taste good – every time. For that reason, in a recent interview with the folks at Certified Angus Beef, Savell insists quality cattle are here to stay, as derived from data in this most recent National Beef Quality Audit. You can read an excerpt of the article, courtesy of CAB, below.
“Like people, cattle can change, and hopefully for the better. A look at 25 years of National Beef Quality Audit data reveals positive trends.
“‘One of the best things that’s happened is the improvement of quality over time,’ said Savell. ‘Quality is measured by marbling. Quality is measured by percent Choice and Prime and that’s been one of the biggest changes we’ve seen over time.’
“Savell, who’s worked on the audit since its 1991 inception, says there’s more opportunity than ever to be rewarded for carcass merit.
“‘Obviously there’s greater attention paid today about carcass traits from cattle selection than probably any time in the past,’ he said. ‘And obviously Angus has been one of the breeds that’s led the way in that particular area.’
To continuing reading this article, or to watch a video clip featuring Texas A&M University animal scientist Jeff Savell using data trends from the National Beef Quality Audit to explain why quality cattle are here to stay, click over to our website.
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AFRYouthYouth Participate in Charitable Service Work for Peers in Need During AFR’s Leadership Summit
During American Farmers & Ranchers recent Leadership Summit, participating kids of all ages had the opportunity to give back to their peers in need. Summit participants offered their time and effort in charitable service to children their age, dealing with less fortunate circumstances.
AFR proudly commended their youth participants who constructed 80 fleece blankets for donation to Project Linus, which operates under its mission to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets. This project was led by teenagers in 7th through 9th grade.
The seniors, in grades 10-12, had their own project focused on finding the best charity to receive a $1,000 donation. The students chose to donate to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which denies no child medical treatment based on their race, religion or ability to pay.
“I think it is incredible these kids care enough to spend part of their summer helping others,” said Micaela Danker, AFR youth development coordinator.
Click here to read more about the charitable work of students that attended the recent AFR Leadership Summit.
FFANational FFA Names 23 Oklahoma FFA Members as National Finalists in 2017 Proficiency Awards
It’s that time of the year when the National FFA starts rolling out the names of national finalists in their many different competitions that will be happening in late October at the 2017 edition of the National FFA Convention.
Oklahoma FFA has traditionally been one of the strongest state FFA Associations in America- and the announcements from the national FFA office suggest that 2017 may be another banner year for Oklahoma- based on the young men and women who will be competing for honors in Indy.
Oklahoma will have the second most Proficiency Award Finalists of any state headed for Indy- with only Ohio with 25 having more. Our friend Ben Lastly, former Oklahoma FFA State President, has his Georgia FFA Association looking strong with 20 national finalists.
This morning- we are saluting the 23 National Finalists in the 44 categories that Oklahoma submitted entries for in 2017- two of them, Bethany Niles of Fairview and Kaylee Brunker of Stillwater, hope to repeat as National Proficiency Champions- Niles won in 2016 for Ag Communications while Brunker grabbed a national title in 2015 in Sheep Production.
The Fanning Family from Laverne FFA are hoping for a National Double- as Jake Fanning is a a Star Farmer Finalist while younger brother Lane Fanning is a National Finalist in Beef Production.
Click here to see the complete list of 23 finalists for 2017- we are gearing up for our coverage of the 2017 National FFA Convention in October- and I am grateful for ITC, Your Energy Superhighway, the Oklahoma FFA Association and the Oklahoma FFA Alumni once again sponsoring our wall to wall coverage from Indianapolis!
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