February 24, 2017

Groups Congratulate Scott Pruitt on Confirmation as EPA Administrator

Scott PruittToday, former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt was confirmed as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In response to Mr. Pruitt’s confirmation, Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor, issued the following statement:

“We congratulate Mr. Pruitt on his confirmation as Administrator of the EPA. We look forward to working with him to carry out President Trump’s strong commitment to the Renewable Fuel Standard and the issues crucial to the success of the American ethanol industry.

“America’s ethanol producers and supporters were instrumental in helping bring President Trump into the White House and are counting on his leadership to protect home-grown domestic energy security. We are confident that Administrator Pruitt and his team recognize the important role the ethanol industry plays in supporting American jobs, fostering a vibrant rural economy, and giving American consumers access to 21st century fuels for their 21st century vehicles.”

The National Pork Producers Council congratulates Scott Pruitt on his confirmation as EPA administrator. He’s a champion for American agriculture who relies on science and supports the rule of law in advancing common sense regulations that will protect our environment without overburdening farmers.

“As Oklahoma attorney general, he struck a balance between protecting the environment and protecting the livelihoods of farmers and business owners. Everyone, particularly farmers, wants to have clean air and water and to preserve and protect our natural resources. But you don’t achieve those goals by piling regulations on the very people who are the stewards of the land, air and water. Scott Pruitt understands that, and that will serve him well as EPA administrator.”

National Sorghum Producers is excited to work with Scott Pruitt who was confirmed today as the new administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency.

“National Sorghum Producers congratulates Scott Pruitt on his new position with the EPA,” said Tim Lust, National Sorghum Producers CEO. “We look forward to working with Pruitt on current and future regulations that affect sorghum farmers and our industry nationwide.”

Pruitt has been the Attorney General of Oklahoma since November 2010. As administrator for the EPA, Pruitt will oversee all environmental regulations and programs that protect the environment and human health. NSP will work closely with Pruitt and the EPA on regulations such as fuel pathways, pesticide regulations and registrations, and the Waters of the U.S. rule.



South Dakota Senate Committee Passes State Level Country Of Origin Labeling

thaj348e9xThe country of origin labeling debate is back, at least for South Dakota.  The State Senate Affairs Committee on Wednesday voted 5 to 3 in favor of a bill that would require a label detailing the origin of beef sold in South Dakota refrigerator cases.  The measure so far has support from both the South Dakota Farmers Union and the South Dakota Stock Growers Association, although a similar bill presented last session failed to make it through the full Senate vote.  Matt Sibley is the Legislative Director for the South Dakota Farmers Union.  He says he’s optimistic for final passage, although he realizes it won’t be easy:

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The bill, offically called SB 135, would require South Dakota retailers to present as much origination information as possible on the packaging.  Proponents of the bill don’t believe the requirement will impose an undue burden.  Silvia Christen, Executive Director of the South Dakota Stockgrowers says sellers of meat products can find the needed information on the boxes the meat comes in.  If they can’t find that information, the law would require them to mark the origination as “unknown”.  At this time, the bill only applies to beef, although Sibley says pork could be added later:

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Just like COOL was a national issue, not everyone supports the measure.  Representatives from the South Dakota Pork Producers, the South Dakota Retailers Association and the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association have all issued varying concerns.  Jodie Anderson, executive director of the SDCA says Country of Origin Labeling is a marketing issue.  He acknowledged consumers want to know where their product comes from, but he argued studies have shown it ultimately doesn’t drive their purchasing decision and theres no evidence that it will ultimately add anything to producers bottom lines.



South Dakota Beef Producers Chosen for Oversight Board

SD BeefThree South Dakota cattle producers have new leadership roles with the Cattleman’s Beef Promotion and Research Board (CBB). The CBB oversees the collection of $1-per-head on all cattle sold in the U.S. and $1-per-head-equivalent on imported cattle, beef and beef products. The CBB consists of 100 members appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture.

Tammy Basel, Union Center, SD, a life-long cow-calf and sheep producer, was elected to serve on the operating committee. The beef promotion operating committee was created by the Beef Promotion Research Act to help coordinate state and national beef checkoff programs. The 20-person committee includes 10 members of the Cattlemen’s Beef Board, among them the Board’s three officers and seven others elected directly by Beef Board members. The other 10 members are appointed from the Federation of State Beef Councils, in addition to the innovation committee and market research working group.
Cory Eich, Canova, SD, is one of 39 new CBB appointees. All appointees serve 3-year terms. Eich is a fourth-generation farmer and rancher who runs a cow/calf herd and raises corn, soybeans and alfalfa. He is the current past president of South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association (SDCA), SDCA president 2012-2014, past president McCook-Miner-Lake County Cattlemen, and member of National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, South Dakota Corn Growers, South Dakota Soybean Association and South Dakota Farm Bureau. Eich is also a founding board member of the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Foundation.
Gary Sharp, Bath, SD runs a cow-calf operation and farms 1,700 acres selling and custom raising breeding cattle, and operating a feedlot. Sharp was elected to the executive committee. The 12-member CBB executive committee includes the Board’s three officers and eight members elected at-large. The executive committee operates under the direction of, and within the policies established by, the full Board and is responsible for carrying out Beef Board policies and conducting business and making decisions necessary to administer the terms and provisions of the Act and Order between meetings of the full Board.
Source – sdbeef.org