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White River’s Blueway status
Seeking to quell a public backlash, the U.S. Department of the Interior dropped the White River last week from a new federal program that recognizes conservation and recreation efforts along waterways.
House roll call: Farm Bill
The 234-195 roll call Thursday by which the House rejected the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act.
Growers press House on Farm Bill 23
In a letter to lawmakers June 13, the U.S. Canola Association, American Soybean Association, National Sunflower Association and National Corn Growers Association urged the House of Representatives to quickly consider and pass H.R. 1947, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management (FARRM) Act.
Unapproved modified wheat threatens trade
Unapproved genetically engineered wheat plants discovered in a field in Oregon are threatening trade with countries that have concerns about genetically modified foods.
OSU to host June 17 dairy meeting
Dairy producers should make plans now to attend the June 17 Oklahoma Dairy Producers Association meeting taking place on Oklahoma State University’s Stillwater campus.
Comparing Senate and House farm bills
The Senate and House agriculture committees approved separate versions of the farm bill this week, and the full Senate is expected to take up the bill next week.
Checkoff launches new campaign
The new “Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner.” consumer advertising campaign is premiering this month, bringing the recognizable tagline to older millennials and Gen-Xers. The new campaign, funded by the beef checkoff, will feature sizzling beef recipes, juicy details about essential nutrients and the voice of one of Hollywood’s most promising new talents.
Reports show fewer, larger feedyards
The February Cattle on Feed report released by the USDA Feb. 22 shows a continuation of the trend toward fewer but larger feedyards, says Darrell Mark, professor of economics at South Dakota State University.
American Heart Association certifies three more beef cuts
The Beef Checkoff Program announced three additional fresh beef cuts now are certified to display the American Heart Association’s Heart-Check mark.
Congress okays funds for meat inspectors
Pork producters are exp-ressing strong support — and relief — for funding approved by Congress to prevent furloughs of federal meat inspectors, a move that would have had negative effects on pork producers, meat packers and consumers.
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