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Monday, January 18, 2016
Martin Luther King Holiday
USDA Confirms Highly
Pathogenic Avian Influenza in Ten Turkey Flocks in Indiana- 240,900
Friday, the United
States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and
Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has confirmed the presence of
highly pathogenic H7N8 avian influenza (HPAI) in a commercial turkey
flock in Dubois County, Indiana. This is a different strain of HPAI
than the strains that caused the 2015 outbreak. Dubois County is the largest
poultry county in Indiana- and it appears that the disease has spread
in that county.
On Saturday- USDA and Indiana Animal Health officials announced that
nine more flocks were found with the same strain. The process
of depopulating all of the turkeys on these farms is underway- a
total of 240,900 birds are being euthanized.
Depopulation prevents the spread of the disease. Birds from the flock
will not enter the food system.
here for the initial news release of the index case from the
Indiana officials on Friday.
here for the Saturday release detailing the additional nine farms
Dubois County is in southern Indiana and sits on the north side of
I-64 which stretches from St. Louis to Louisville, Kentucky.
According to the Dubois County Herald, "The confirmation came
Saturday night that nine farms, in addition to Dan Kalb's
farm, have tested positive for the highly pathogenic avian influenza.
The state board reports that depopulation control is underway at all
"All positive flocks are located within a 10
kilometer circle of the Kalb farm, where the first cases were found
Thursday. Officials say new 10 kilometer circles have been drawn
around each of the newly found farms and those areas now creep into
Martin, Orange, Crawford and Daviess counties."
While the news releases are calling this "Highly
Pathogenic," the State Vet in Indiana, Dr. Bret Marsh,
says that the tests show that this strain being found on these farms
are Low Pathogenic. He is quoted on the Herald website "The
low-path H7N8 virus was identified during testing in the 10-km zone
around the initial flu-positive flock. Because flu viruses are
constantly mutating, we want to catch any case as early as possible
after infection. We know this virus strain can intensify, so finding these
cases as low-path strains shows we are keeping pace with the spread
of this disease in the area."
here for the complete article as updated on Sunday from Indiana.
The newspaper also has an excellent article putting a face on the
index case- as they talk with Steve
Kalb, who owns the farm where the disease was first
found this past week- click
here to give it a read.
There are likely
to be more updates this morning- one thing to keep in mind- There are
no known cases of H7N8 infections in humans. As a
reminder, the proper handling and cooking of poultry and eggs to an
internal temperature of 165 F kills bacteria and viruses, including
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Latest OSU Food Demand
Survey Shows Consumers Perceive Chicken Breast Most Healthy and Most
The January 2016 edition of the Food Demand Survey
(FooDS) is now out. The Survey is produced by a team led by Dr. Jayson Lusk
of the Ag Economics Department in the Division of Agriculture at
Oklahoma State University. The latest report can be seen by clicking
here. Here are a few highlights of the survey:
"The three questions inquired about consumers'
perceptions of taste, health, and safety of the eight different food
products for which we track WTP. The first question asked: "How
tasty or untasty do you consider the following products, where -5 is
very untasty and +5 is very tasty?" Participants were asked the
same questions twice more, only the words "tasty or
untasty" were replaced with "healthy or unhealthy" and
"safe or unsafe"."
The eight food products that consumers were asked about included,
ground beef, steak, pork chops, deli ham, chicken breast, chicken
wing, tomato pasta and beans and rice.
Lusk goes on to write "Chicken breast was, on average, perceived
as most healthy and as the most tasty. While beans and rice were
perceived as the safest option, it was also the least tasty of the
eight choices. Participants perceived deli ham was, on average, one
of the least healthy, least tasty, and least safe products. Pork chop
and chicken wing fell in the middle for each of the three categories.
On average, all six meat products were perceived as less safe than
the two non-meat products."
Ag Advocate Michele
Payn-Knoper Says Producers Need to Openly Talk about Antibiotics
One of the ongoing concerns of consumers when it comes
to meat products in the food chain is antibiotic use by livestock
producers. That's been true over the last several years, 2015 seemed
to ratchet up the issue somewhat several times during the course of
the year and 2016 promises more of the same. Recently we talked Michele Payn-Knoper,
an author, an agricultural blogger and speaker that talks a lot to
agricultural groups and non-farm groups about how she approaches
antibiotics, especially when she's talking with folks that are not
necessary connected with animal agriculture.
"I'm not only a Holstein breeder, I am a mom first and
foremost," Payn-Knoper said. "So when I am talking with
other women, I relate to them as mom, instead of just as a
She advises ag producers to make sure they are relating to people on
a "human level". She said this shows consumers that they
are talking with a reliable source, it shows that ag producers care
and it also gives producers the opportunity to talk about some of
their agricultural practices. Recently, she was at an event in
Pennsylvania and she was having a debate with someone about the
necessity of using antibiotics in cows. She asked the audience if
anyone had ever had mastitis and several women held up their hands.
Mastitis is very painful and hard on the body and the same is true in
cows. While cows are not humans, she could not in good faith, as an
animal care taker, not treat her cows for mastitis. In talking about
this, she said producers can share the need for today's animal care
practices. I caught up with Payn-Knoper. Click
or tap here to listen to their full interview.
Cattlemen's Foundation to Host Estate Planning/Succession Seminar
Cattlemen's Foundation (OCF) will host a Succession
and Estate Planning seminar on Wednesday, February
10th. The event will take place at the Embassy
Suites on South Meridian Avenue in Oklahoma City, Okla. The event
will begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at 5:30 p.m.
"Farming and ranching is unique in that the same family can own
property for generations. However, preparation and communication are
key for a successful transition," said Jeff Jaronek,
OCF Coordinator. "The Oklahoma Cattlemen's Foundation is
dedicated to preserving the heritage of the West and the viability of
Oklahoma's beef cattle industry through research and education and we
are excited to offer this succession and estate planning seminar to
help in carrying out the Foundation's mission."
The cost to attend the event is $20. Lunch will be included. Seminar
presenters include representatives from OSU and from Family Business
Resources. "We have an outstanding group of speakers that will
help walk attendees through the process of succession and estate
planning," Jaronek said. "While attendees won't leave with
a completed plan, they will have a clear direction and know what
options are available. Numerous companies and firms will be present
and available to discuss further steps in actually getting a plan in
Please RSVP by February 1 to Jeff Jaronek at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 405.235.4391.
I talked with Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association Executive Vice
Kelsey about the upcoming Succession and Estate
Planning seminar. Click
or tap here for our webstory and the audio that you can listen to
about the workshop.
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the 2015 Tulsa Farm Show. The show has grown tremendously over
the past 22 years- and 2015 was the best yet!
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coming April 14,
15 and 16, 2016. Contact Ron Bormaster
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Counties to Receive Emergency Funds for Critical Flood Control Dam
Oklahoma's rainiest year on record, 2015 left over 60
of Oklahoma's flood control dams severely damaged. Following
authorization by Governor
Mary Fallin to transfer $1.8 million from the state
emergency fund to qualify Oklahoma for USDA Natural Resources Conservation
Service (NRCS) emergency funds, 16 counties will
receive critical repairs to their flood control dams.
Affected counties are: Atoka,
Caddo, Carter, Coal, Custer, Garvin, Grady, Hughes, Kiowa, Latimer,
Love, McClain, Pittsburg, Pontotoc, Seminole and Stephens.
"Lives and property across the state depend on the safe function
of these small flood control dams," said Oklahoma Conservation
Commission (OCC) Executive Director Trey Lam. "Even during
challenging budget years, we must make provisions to keep our
citizens safe. We are grateful for Governor Fallin's wise and prudent
In 2015, Oklahoma's flood control dams collectively prevented $280
million in flood damages. By comparison, the average annual cost of
maintaining them is $2 million. Click
or tap here to read more about this investment in repairing the
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Op-Ed: Oregon Standoff is
Just a Symptom of a Much Larger Problem
Op-Ed Written By: National
Center for Public Policy Research
Calls for Three-Step Plan to Help Relieve the Rural West
"As the country continues to focus on the ongoing standoff at
National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon, the National
Center for Public Policy Research reminds federal elected officials
in Washington that the standoff follows decades of public
dissatisfaction with federal land management policies, particularly
in the West, yet Congress after Congress and presidents of both
parties have largely ignored federal land issues.
"The federal government should take specific actions to reduce
citizen dissatisfaction with federal policies, the National Center
says. Among them:
"Congress should enact a prohibition on additional federal land
acquisitions. The federal government already controls a substantial
percentage of western land and too many disputes with local
landowners and communities have at least in part been caused by
federal agencies seeking to expand federal land ownership and
control. At this point additional land acquisitions are unnecessary
and a moratorium on additional acquisitions would eliminate this
source of dispute."
The National Center for Public Policy makes several recommendations
to Congress and to President Obama about this situation. Click
or tap here to read more about their perceptions of
injustice that has befallen the Hammond family in Oregon.
N That- Martin Luther King Holiday- and Congrats to OSU Livestock
Judging Team for Notching Yet Another Championship
It is Martin
Luther King Holiday- and means that all government
offices are closed for the day, as are banks, the stock market and our
Ag Futures Markets.
Some businesses may also be closed for the day.
However, many continue with business on this third Monday of the New
Year- for example, the Livestock Auction sales that normally hold
sales on Mondays are open today- the early estimate for the Oklahoma
National Stockyards in Oklahoma City is for 6,000 head of cattle to
be sold today.
More good news from the powerful Oklahoma State University Livestock Judging Team-
the 2015-16 squad won the overall Collegiate Championship at the 2016
National Western Livestock Show in Denver. The Contest was held
on Thursday and the awards banquet was held Friday evening.
OSU, besides claiming the High Team Overall was also the Champion in
the Collegiate Carload Judging Contest held last Friday morning.
High individuals from the OSU team in Denver included Tim Hubbard, who was the
second high individual overall, Cooper Bounds
was 4th overall high individual, Maggie Neer was seventh, Callie Akins
was eighth and Bodee
Schlipf was ninth.
Congrats to Coach Blake
Bloomberg for more honors that were captured by his
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