Several States Sue Over EPA’s Decision To Keep Chlorpyrifos On Market

Washington (AP) – Several states are seeking to join a legal challenge to a Trump administration decision to keep a widely used pesticide on the market despite studies showing it can harm children’s brains.
Led by New York, the coalition filed a motion to intervene in a legal fight over the continued spraying of chlorpyrifos on food. Massachusetts, Maryland, Vermont, Washington, and the District of Columbia are also seeking to join the suit pending before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco.
The states claim that Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt violated the law by ending his agency’s effort to ban the pesticide sold by Dow Chemical after federal scientists concluded it can interfere with the brain development of fetuses and infants. Federal law requires EPA to ensure that pesticides used on food in the United States are safe for human consumption – especially by children, who studies show are typically far more sensitive to negative effects from pesticides.
“Job No. 1 for the EPA should be protecting Americans’ wellbeing, especially that of our children,” said Eric Schneiderman, the attorney general of New York, in announcing the legal action. “Yet the administration is jeopardizing our kids’ health, allowing the use of a toxic pesticide for which it can’t even identify a safe level.”
The EPA said it was reviewing the lawsuit.
Pruitt told Congress last month his decision was based on “meaningful data and meaningful science.” Despite repeated requests, EPA has thus far not provided The Associated Press with copies of any scientific studies Pruitt consulted in determining the pesticide is safe.
Public-health advocates have been pushing for years to ban chlorpyrifos, which is commonly sprayed on citrus fruits, apples, cherries and other crops. Lawyers for Dow and the makers of two other organophosphate pesticides also asked the Trump administration “to set aside” the results of government studies showing they pose a risk to nearly every federally protected endangered species.
Last month, the American Academy of Pediatrics also urged EPA to ban chlorpyrifos. The group representing more than 66,000 pediatricians and pediatric surgeons said it is “deeply alarmed” by Pruitt’s decision to allow the pesticide’s continued use.
Dow, which sells chlorpyrifos through its subsidiary Dow AgroSciences, did not immediately comment. In the past, the company has said it helps American farmers feed the world “with full respect for human health and the environment.”
Spending more than $13.6 million on lobbying in 2016, Dow has long wielded substantial political power in Washington. Dow CEO Andrew Liveris is a close adviser to President Donald Trump and the company gave $1 million for Trump’s inaugural activities.
Similar to a chemical spray developed as a weapon prior to World War II, Dow has been selling chlorpyrifos for use on farms since the 1960s. It is now among the most widely used agricultural pesticides in the United States, with about 5 million pounds sold domestically each year.
As a result, traces of the chemical are commonly found in sources of drinking water. A 2012 study at the University of California at Berkeley found that 87 percent of umbilical-cord blood samples tested from newborn babies contained detectable levels of chlorpyrifos.
Under pressure from federal regulators over safety concerns, Dow voluntarily withdrew chlorpyrifos for use as a home insecticide in 2000. EPA also placed “no-spray” buffer zones around sensitive sites, such as schools, in 2012. But a coalition of advocacy groups including the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Pesticide Action Network said those proposals don’t go far enough and filed a federal lawsuit seeking a national ban on the pesticide.
In October 2015, the Obama administration proposed banning the pesticide’s use on food. A risk assessment memo issued in November by nine EPA scientists concluded: “There is a breadth of information available on the potential adverse neurodevelopmental effects in infants and children as a result of prenatal exposure to chlorpyrifos.”

Two Beef Quality Assurance Training Events Will Be In North And Northeast Texas During July

Overton – The training events are a collaborative effort among the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Texas Beef Council and the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association.
There is no cost to attend, but organizers request RSVPs to ensure accurate meal counts. Steak lunches will be served at the sessions.
The trainings will be:
• July 20, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Landmark Bank Center, 1112 E. California St. in Gainesville. RSVP to TSCRA at 800-242-7820 or the AgriLife Extension office in Cooke County at 940-668-5412.
• July 21, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at McKenzie Memorial United Methodist Church, 1809 S. Donoho St. in Clarksville. RSVP to TSCRA at 800-242-7820 or the AgriLife Extension office in Red River County at 903-427-3867.
Dr. Jason Banta, AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist at Overton, said the trainings are appropriate for those who have never attended Beef Quality Assurance training as well as those who need renewal credits.
Topics will include cattle and beef quality, animal handling and well-being, needle and syringe selection, vaccine handling, proper injection technique, environmental stewardship and how to avoid antibiotic residue in the meat, he said.
“The benefits of the trainings are many, including learning best management practices that ensure production of a safe, wholesome food product,” Banta said. “Additionally, many of these practices can improve the productivity and profitability of your operation.”
For more information on the Texas Beef Quality Producer Program or training opportunities, visit

Loyal To The Cowboy For 65 Years... Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association Prepares For Their 65th Annual Convention & Trade Show

Oklahoma City, Okla. – The Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) held their first official convention in 1953. Today, the OCA is preparing for the 65th Annual Convention and Trade Show, scheduled for July 21-22, 2017. The event will be held at the Embassy Suites in Norman, Okla.
“’Loyal to the cowboy for 65 years’, will be the theme of the two-day family event,” said Charlie Swanson, OCA President. “While many things have changed in the beef industry since 1953, OCA continues to provide firm, steadfast support to our membership.”
In addition to a large trade show and OCA policy discussions, there will be five sessions of Cattlemen’s College that provide educational opportunities. The final event of convention is the awards banquet where outstanding cattlemen and their accomplishments will be recognized and celebrated.
“As coincidence would have it, Saturday, July 22, just happens to be the ‘National Day of the Cowboy’,” Swanson said. “I look forward to celebrating by recognizing OCA members and industry partners who have displayed loyalty and commitment to this great industry.”
Convention registration, a detailed schedule and featured speakers will be available online at For those interested in exhibiting in the Trade Show, call Hannah at the OCA office at 405-235-4391.
“I invite you to join me and several hundred other cattlemen from all around the state during OCA Convention,” Swanson said. “We’ve consolidated the schedule a bit make convention two full days in hopes that more young ranching families can attend.
The Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association is the trusted voice of the Oklahoma cattle industry and exists to support and defend the state and nation’s beef cattle industry. The OCA officers, board of directors and membership encourages you to join us in our advocacy efforts to ensure less government intervention, lower taxes and a better bottom line. For more information about OCA membership or activities visit

Direct Receipts

Direct Receipts: 38,200

Texas 11,100. 69 pct over 600 lbs. 26 pct heifers. Steers: Medium and Large 1 FOB Current 815-825 lbs 142.51; 860 lbs 134.00; 900 lbs 144.10; Aug 675 lbs 146.85; Sept 750-775 lbs 144.26; Del Current 720 lbs 152.00; Aug 700 lbs 154.00; Sept 625 lbs 159.25; 725 lbs 147.55; Oct 700 lbs 149.20; 775 lbs 146.00; 825 lbs 140.20. Medium and Large 1-2 FOB Current 675 lbs 146.41; 700-745 lbs 144.96; 750-775 lbs 145.44; 800-850 lbs 139.35; 850-870 lbs 137.06; 900 lbs 130.84; Sept 650 lbs 142.00; Del Current 550 lbs 157.97 Mex; 625 lbs 150.50 Mex; 760-775 lbs 146.33; 800-825 lbs 142.13; 875 lbs 137.00; Sept 675 lbs 152.30. Heifers: Medium and Large 1 FOB Current 725-735 lbs 135.43; Aug 750 lbs 135.50; Sept 700-725 lbs 135.82; Oct 700 lbs 134.60; Del Sept 700-725 lbs 138.52; Oct 725 lbs 139.00. Medium and Large 1-2 FOB Current 535 lbs 150.36; 580 lbs 150.89; 650 lbs 141.51; 650 lbs 141.51; 700 lbs 136.32; 785 lbs 123.98; Del Current 575 lbs 137.50 Mex; Oct 675 lbs 141.00.
Oklahoma 1400. 100 pct over 600 lbs. 20 pct heifers. Steers: Medium and Large 1 Current 625 lbs 156.25; 720 lbs 150.00; Aug 850 lbs 141.00; 850 lbs 141.00; Oct 825 lbs 137.70. Medium and Large 1-2 Current 825 lbs 139.32. Heifers: Medium and Large 1 Current 700-725 lbs 139.40.
New Mexico 2600. 6 pct over 600 lbs. No heifers. Steers: Medium and Large 1 Oct 700 lbs 147.70. Medium and Large 1-2 Current 550 lbs 153.20 Mex; 625 lbs 145.50 Mex.
Kansas 3100. 100 pct over 600 lbs. 40 pct heifers. Steers: Medium and Large 1 FOB Current 850-875 lbs 147.50; Oct 775 even Oct CME; Del Aug 850 lbs 143.50. Medium and Large 1-2 Del Current 675 lbs 156.00; 745 lbs 149.50; 760-775 lbs 147.92; 800-825 lbs 143.94; 850-870 lbs 141.18. Heifers: Medium and Large 1 FOB Aug 750 lbs 143.20; Sept 825 lbs 140.00; Oct 700 minus 5.00 off Oct CME; 725 lbs minus 7.00 off Oct CME.

National Feeder Cattle Summary

St. Joseph, MO — July 7
National feeder cattle receipts: 15,800

There were not enough feeder cattle on hand to call a trend as the majority of sale barns took the week off in observance of Independence Day. Next week all the major markets will be open for business and should give an indication on trends. Although most markets were closed, a few opened late in the week with heavy offerings. Trade was active on a few sales reported, with good demand. Green City Livestock Market in Green City, Missouri held their Annual Customer Appreciation BBQ on July 5 bringing in over 4,000 head of cattle. Most of the supply included good quality yearlings that were coming off grass. Several loads of steers weighing 623 lbs averaged $180.87 and heavy yearlings weighing 881 lbs and 928 lbs averaged $154.36 and $152.22 respectively. The Valentine Livestock Auction in Nebraska had 3,000 head of cattle on offer on July 6, consisting of mostly yearlings. Yearling steers weighing 736 lbs brought a handsome price of $171.46 and those weighing 774 lbs averaged $173.38. Several loads of 826 lbs steers averaged $167.11 and a load of fancy feeder steers weighing 954 lbs sold for $154.50. Despite the lower trends in boxed beef, futures, and feedlot trade throughout the last several weeks, many feeders continue to trend at higher prices. There is good demand from farmer feeder participation, with many thinking they can make a profit or break even when factoring in costs at these price levels. More moisture moved in across the Plains and Midwest. However, there is no rain in sight and temperatures are expected to reach into the 100’s for parts of the Northern Plains, which will further deteriorate pasture conditions. Direct feedlot trade for the week was lower again. Texas traded live cattle $1 lower at $118. Kansas traded $1-2 lower from $117-118 live. Nebraska sold live sales steady to $2 higher compared to July 5’s lower market from $117-119 and dressed sales 2.00 lower at $188 compared to the previous week. Cattle feeders accepted lower prices as they aim to get profits before supplies peak in the next few months. Choice boxed-beef closed July 7 $5.89 lower at $218.84 with Select $5.91 lower at $202.51 when compared to last June 30’s close.
New Mexico 800. 40 pct over 600 lbs. 42 pct heifers. There were not enough feeder cattle sales to report.
Missouri 4100. 77 pct over 600 lbs. 35 pct heifers. Steers: Medium and Large 1 500-550 lbs (529) 186.89; 550-600 lbs (568) 178.44; 600-650 lbs (623) 180.87; 650-700 lbs (676) 170.36; 700-750 lbs (719) 163.52; 750-800 lbs (769) 159.63; 800-850 lbs (837) 156.52; 850-900 lbs (881) 154.36; 900-950 lbs (928) 152.22; 950-1000 lbs (964) 147.11. Medium and Large 1-2 450-500 lbs (475) 193.32; 600-650 lbs (631) 164.27; 650-700 lbs (668) 162.31; 750-800 lbs (779) 152.01; load 935 lbs 143.00; 950-1000 lbs (952) 144.50. Heifers: Medium and Large 1 450-500 lbs (469) 177.30; 500-550 lbs (521) 174.00; 550-600 lbs (562) 166.91; 600-650 lbs (617) 162.85; 650-700 lbs (665) 154.90; 700-750 lbs (723) 148.96. Medium and Large 1-2 450-500 lbs (458) 164.47; 500-550 lbs (530) 162.83; 550-600 lbs (590) 155.07; 600-650 lbs (616) 146.12; 650-700 lbs (686) 151.15; 700-750 lbs (720) 138.78; 750-800 lbs (763) 139.03.
Arkansas 1100. 43 pct over 600 lbs. 25 pct heifers. Steers: Medium and Large 1 400-450 lbs (430) 168.71; 450-500 lbs (483) 165.43; 500-550 lbs (529) 156.85; 550-600 lbs (577) 150.81; 600-650 lbs (628) 149.83. Heifers: Medium and Large 1 300-350 lbs (317) 153.93; 350-400 lbs (374) 150.94; 400-450 lbs (418) 150.75; 450-500 lbs (488) 145.51; 500-550 lbs (524) 141.94; 550-600 lbs (571) 137.13.






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