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OKFB President Testifies Before U.S. Senate Subcommittee

On April 12, Oklahoma Farm Bureau President Tom Buchanan urged Congress to hold the Environmental Protection Agency accountable for its burdensome regulations and aggressive tactics against U.S. farmers and ranchers. In testifying before the Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Superfund, Waste Management and Regulatory Oversight, Buchanan explained how Oklahoma’s farmers and ranchers are affected by the EPA’s regulations, especially its Waters of the United States rule. “After carefully studying the proposed rule, we at Farm Bureau concluded that the rule’s vague and broad language would define ‘waters of the United States’ to include countless land areas that are common in and around farm fields and ranches across the countryside. These are areas that don’t look a bit like water,” Buchanan said in his testimony. “They look like land, and they are farmed, but by defining them as ‘waters of the U.S.’ the rule would make it illegal to farm, build a fence, cut trees, build a house, or do most anything else there without first asking permission of the federal government and navigating a costly and complex permitting regime.” Buchanan also highlighted EPA’s misleading advocacy for its own rule, using public relations and social media campaigns to garner support. Read More »

Deltapine® NPE Grower Zeb Winslow, Scotland Neck, North Carolina – Impact of the NPE Program on the Cotton Industry

How are NPEs helping the cotton industry as a whole? Deltapine® NPE grower Zeb Winslow of Scotland Neck, NC, explains how the NPE program betters the cotton industry through improved varieties and improved ties in the cotton growing community.   Through the Deltapine New Product Evaluator (NPE) Program, noted cotton farmers across the country work with Deltapine to bring the best ... Read More »

Varieties That Handle Stress: Featuring NPE Grower Kevin Gardner, from Mocksville, South Carolina

Cotton farmers need varieties that can stand up to the stresses of their region. Deltapine NPE grower Kevin Gardner of Mocksville, SC, says that his Deltapine varieties passed the test because they underwent real on-farm testing before they ever came to market. Key Takeaways: Deltapine varieties are tested by real farmers on their farm. Stress tolerance is essential for a ... Read More »

Review and Update Your Estate Plan Now!

Now that everyone has settled into the New Year, it is a perfect time to review and update your estate plan. Because situations change–marriages are celebrated, children are born, deaths occur–taking the time to update previously drafted documents is critical. Draft Basic Documents First, ensure at least the basic estate planning documents are in place. This includes a will, power of attorney, medical power of attorney, and an advanced healthcare directive (often called a living will). For some, trust documents or life insurance policies may also be beneficial. Additionally, it is recommended that an inventory list be prepared. This list should include information about bank accounts, insurance policies, retirement accounts, property ownership and so forth. Taking the time to prepare these documents now can help avoid conflict and stress for loved ones left behind. Prepare A ‘Death File’ Once the basic estate planning documents are in place, it is important to ensure that they are all collected in one place and that at least one other responsible person is aware of this location. Ideal locations include a home safe, bank deposit box, or on file with an attorney. Ensure that the person(s) named power-of-attorney and executor know the location of these documents and are able to access them if needed. Read More »

Exciting Technologies on the Way Featuring NPE Grower Keeff Felty, from Altus, Oklahoma

Cotton farmers need advanced technologies to increase their productivity and profitability. Deltapine® NPE Keeff Felty of Altus, OK, says the upcoming technology that he is most excited about is dicamba-tolerant cotton. Key Takeaways: Dicamba tolerant cotton gives growers another weed management tool. The new dicamba tolerant cotton will help farmers stay profitable. Through the Deltapine New Product Evaluator (NPE) Program, ... Read More »

North Carolina Cotton Producers Association Announces Referendum

Assessments Fund Improvements in Cotton Production, Marketing & Research Andrew Burleson, president of the North Carolina Cotton Producers Association, and a cotton producer in Stanly County, has announced that a referendum will be held on Friday April 01, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on the question of the continuation of the assessment, or “check-off”, on cotton for another six-year period. Purpose of assessment: The assessment allows North Carolina cotton producers to assess themselves to provide funds to pay for improvements in cotton production, marketing and research and to promote the general interests of North Carolina’s cotton industry. Amount of the assessment: The referendum authorizes up to one dollar per-bale, although the North Carolina Cotton Producers Association board of directors plans to continue the assessment at the current level of .80 cents per-bale for the foreseeable future. Read More »

Pulling Back the Curtain on EWG’s Playbook

It is easier to sell fear than facts. This is a concept that the Environmental Working Group (EWG) knows all too well and has built a brand and an empire based on that business model. Scaring people about everything from suntan lotion to farm policy, you name it, they probably have some pseudoscientific report for it. And, if you just “rush a donation to help EWG before midnight tonight,” the group can “shut down” this problem once and for all, the email blasts to their followers usually reads. But, people are catching on to that game. Specifically, this past weekend, one mother and writer took EWG to task in an editorial that describes pointedly how the group has been using fear as a revenue raiser while pushing dubious claims. “It was only fairly recently that I learned that even though the EWG has secured the trust of many parents, some of their warnings and recommendations don’t hold up to scientific scrutiny,” writes Jenny Splitter in the Salon.com story. In fact, as the story highlights, the EWG uses this misplaced trust to endorse certain products and industries it is financially linked to through other business arrangements. “Now more than ever, their plans for profit are tied to the very companies they’re supposed to be independently reviewing,” continues Splitter. “If parents knew the facts, the EWG couldn’t prey on our fears.” Farm Policy Facts agrees. Read More »