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Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Delaying TPP Vote to Lame Duck or Later Will Cost
US Economy Billions
Opposition to the Trans Pacific
Partnership in the U.S. and election year issues have led
some to speculate that Congress won't vote on the agreement until the
lame duck session following the election, or possibly not until 2017.
A report released yesterday by the Peterson
Institute states that delaying TPP approval by one year would
represent a $77 billion permanent loss to the US Economy. Aside from
that figure, the report also says the U.S. could forfeit gains that
compound over time as well as become vulnerable to other trade
agreements in the region.
The Report also contends that the US gains the most of
any of the 12 Pacific rim countries that are a part of the deal.
The American Soybean Association was quick to cite the
Peterson report and call on Congress to get moving with ratification.
Here in San Diego- we had the opportunity to talk with
Colin Woodall, long time lobbyist for the National Cattlemen's Beef
Association about a variety of issues of interest to the cattle
industry- and he told us on TPP that we need the deal to be done to eliminate
a significant advantage that Australia has in place right now in the
lucrative Japanese market.
Woodall says this issue should not be about politics
and a delay in voting on TPP to after the elections is wrong.
"We do have a lot of friends in the Republican party that have
helped us on issues- but if that is the position they are taking,
then they are hurting us directly. This President has been very
forthcoming in his negotiations- he has worked with us, we have been
able to work with him. We think he has done a great job on the Trans
Pacific Partnership" adding that if Republicans block a vote on
TPP until November after the general elections or perhaps into 2017-
that is directly harming the cattle industry and that is
here for more on this story and a chance to hear Woodall's
comments on TPP.
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Noble Foundation Teams with Growsafe
to Host Mini Seminars at Cattle Industry Convention Trade Show
The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation and GrowSafe Systems are
working together to inform producers at the Cattle Industry
Convention going on in San Diego, California. The Noble
Foundation and GrowSafe Systems have booth #3429 in the Trade Show.
Noble Foundation Producer Relations Manager Hugh Aljoe
said this is an opportunity to tell producers about this GrowSafe
technology that allows producers to measure feed and forage
By leveraging the resources with GrowSafe, Aljoe feels they are able
to get more information out to producers. At the convention, together
they will host mini seminars on Wednesday and Thursday. Topics
include everything from production technologies to cattle marketing
apps, how to work with multiple generations on the ranch and using
social media. Aljoe said they know the future is evolving and
technologies are a part of the future, so want to look at some of
these innovations and also get feedback from
I caught up with Aljoe at the CIC in San Diego. Click
or tap here to listen to the full interview.
Future Launches Radio Ad Underlining Cruz's Hypocrisy
America's Renewable Future
(ARF) has launched another radio ad to point out Sen. Ted Cruz's
hypocrisy on oil subsidies and that he is nothing more than a typical
Washington politician. The five-figure ad is a reminder to Iowa
caucus-goers that Cruz cannot be trusted in the last days leading up
to the Iowa caucuses and at a time when the prominence of the issues
of the Renewable
Fuel Standard (RFS) and ethanol are at an all time
"We're seeing a barrage of typical misinformation and disproven
smears by the oil industry and its defenders in a desperate attempt
to confuse Iowa voters and spin the issue of the RFS," said ARF
State Director Eric
Branstad. "It just goes to show the strength of
the issue and won't change the fact that the RFS is a sound policy
supported by Iowans who care about the strides we've made in reducing
our dependence on foreign oil, reducing our greenhouse gas emissions,
and not least in creating hundreds of thousands of American
ARF is working on turning out its more than 52,000 pledged
caucus-goers on Feb.1 and reminding voters that all 12 of the 14
candidates on both the Republican and Democratic side are pro-RFS and
that Sens. Cruz and Rand
Paul are anti-RFS. Click
or tap here to read more on the radio ad targeting Cruz.
Genomics: A Gateway
Technology to Cattle Herd Management in the Future
technology is really helping advance the cattle industry rapidly and
it's really a new phenomenon. Dr.
Michael Bishop of Illumina said the establishment
of genomics started just a few years ago. He said Illumina brought
the technology to the cattle industry in 2007, following the
sequencing of the bovine genome from a Hereford cow named
"Dominette". The first chip using the
Illumina technology was known as the 50K. The chip was made
commercially available to the Angus, Holstein and Jersey breeds.
Today, cattle producers are embracing this technology, especially
when it comes to genomic EPD's. Bishop said the sky is the limit, as
this technology is being used to make early selection decisions in
deciding which animals to breed and utilize in breeding programs.
"It will also be a gateway technology to decide which animals to
feed in certain diets, how they will position cattle in their
production systems," Bishop said. "And it will also be
used, is being used and will be further used, to manage genetic
defects and to manage genetic diversity, as we are continually
rapidly selecting these animals and I see this technology becoming
more and more used early in life on these animals to make selection
decisions and mating decisions even before they have their own record
for a certain trait. They will actually be used to make
I featured Dr. Michael Bishop on the Beef Buzz. Click
or tap here to listen to today's Beef Buzz.
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Biodiesel Poised to Fuel
Nation's Carbon Strategy
Everyone loves an underdog. Often overlooked in the
shadow of more established products and challenged by misinformation,
the biodiesel industry is gearing up for what could be its best year
In the opening General Session of the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo,
underway at the Tampa Convention Center this week, it was clear that
America's Advanced Biofuel is here to fight and win.
"Last year the biodiesel industry demonstrated more than ever
that no matter how beat up we are, no matter how outgunned we are, we
don't back down," said National
Biodiesel Board CEO Joe Jobe. "We came together
like never before. We stayed true to our principles in the face of
deceitful attacks and we achieved the success necessary to put us
back on track."
The industry marked several major achievements in 2015. Click
or tap here to read more about these accomplishments.
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Physician and Rancher
Shares How 2015 Dietary Guidelines Reaffirm Beef's Role in a Healthy
following is an Op-Ed offered by Dr.
Richard Thorpe, First Vice President,
Texas and Southwestern Cattle
Raisers Association (TSCRA)
"On Jan. 7, The U.S.
Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Health and Human Services
(HHS) released the final version of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for
Americans. The report comes after the agencies
deliberated over a year on what exactly should be included in a
healthy and balanced diet for American consumers.
"I am pleased the new Dietary Guidelines reaffirm the important
role lean beef plays in a healthy dietary pattern. As a physician and
rancher from Winters, Texas, I can tell you that lean beef is not
only delicious - scientific research studies have proven time and
time again that it is also incredibly healthy.
"The new guidelines are based on sound science and confirm that
Americans are, on average, consuming fresh lean meat (including lean
beef) at levels consistent with the 2015 Dietary Guidelines. When
compared calorie-per-calorie to other food sources, many studies and
scientific evidence shows beef is one of the most naturally nutrient
rich foods." Click
or tap here to read more about Dr. Thorpe's view of the 2015
Big Iron Wednesday
It's Wednesday- and that means the Big Iron folks will be busy
closing out this week's auction items - all 342 items
consigned. Bidding will start at 10 AM central
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of what is being sold on this no reserve online sale this week.
If you'd like more information on buying and selling
with Big Iron, call District Manager Mike Wolfe at 580-320-2718 and he
can give you the full scoop. You can also reach Mike via email
by clicking or tapping here.
From the Cattle Industry
Convention- We Talk Policy with Colin Woodall
From the 2016 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA
Trade Show- we had the opportunity to sit down with Colin Woodall,
Vice President for Government Affairs for the National Cattlemen's
Beef Association and talk policy.
Among the topics covered in our visit that happend on Tuesday
afternoon- High Frequency Trading and How it Disrupted Cattle Trade
in 2015, Dietary Guidelines, Vet Feed Directive, the battle with EPA
over WOTUS, Concern over Senate control after the November elections,
passage of Trans Pacific Partnership and GMO labeling.
You can hear our extensive visit with one of the most
respected and knowledgeable lobbyists when it comes to ag
issues in Washington by clicking
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