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Michael Froman Tells Cattlemen that TPP is a Billion Dollar Deal for
U.S. Beef Producers
part of the National Cattlemen 's Beef Association's annual
Legislative Conference Wednesday, Ambassador Michael Froman, U.S.
Trade Representative, stressed the cost of inaction on the Trans
"For the past seven years, the Obama Administration has worked
together with NCBA to expand export markets for American beef and
cattle," said Froman. "In that time, United States beef
exports have more than doubled, rising from $3.1 billion to $6.3
billion last year. However we have more work to do together - most
especially, guaranteeing that American ranchers and farmers across
this country see the full economic grains the TPP will mean for them
and their communities. For example, by 2030, two-thirds of the
world's middle class will call Asia home. However, exports of
American beef to countries in the TPP are being hit with tariffs as
high as 50 percent, and face all manner of non-tariff barriers. This
high-standard agreement cuts over 18,000 foreign taxes on U.S.
exports, opens markets for American ranchers and farmers in one of
the world's fastest-growing regions, and advances regulations that
are transparent and based on science."
Froman stressed that U.S.
beef exports would increase by 444 million pounds as a result of TPP,
resulting in increased
cash receipts totaling $1.14 billion.
"All told, it's estimated that TPP will boost annual net farm
income in the United States by $4.4 billion," said Froman.
"With these benefits at hand, the cost of inaction is alarming -
together, let's ensure we never pay them."
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The Three Day Run for the
Oklahoma City Farm Show Starts This Morning
Things are looking good at State Fair Park as the 2016 Oklahoma City Farm Show
sets to open their doors at 9:00 AM this morning.
invite you to stop by and say Howdy to us in the Cox Building- one of
four buildings that are being used by the Oklahoma City Farm Show
this year- plus lots to see outside as well.
When you stop by, be sure and sign up for a chance to win
the Preifert Round Pen that we are giving away here again in 2016-
the pen that will be used by Scott
Daily as he offers horse training demos all three
days. We will draw on Saturday afternoon- you don't have to be
present to win- but you do need to be available to come to State Fair
Park and pick up the Round Pen late Saturday afternoon as the show
The show once again runs Thursday, Friday and Saturday- looks like
great weather all three days, before rain comes in Saturday night
This will be the last year before the huge Exposition Building will
be open and most of the show will be housed in that massive facility
in 2017, along with outdoor exhibits in the same area they are
located at this year and in previous years.
I look forward to saying hello to old and new friends the next three
days at the Show!
Report Shows Biotech
Crops Continue to be Favored Globally by Farmers
Millions of farmers around the world have reaped more
than $150 billion in benefits from biotech crops since 1996,
according to a new adoption study released today.
The International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech
Applications (ISAAA) report, 20th
Anniversary of the Global Commercialization of Biotech Crops
(1996-2015) and Biotech Crop Highlights in 2015,
details the global adoption of biotech crops. This year's report
showcases the global increase in biotech adoption from 1.7 million
hectares (4.2 million acres) in 1996 to 179.7 million hectares (444
million acres) in 2015.
"This 100-fold increase in just 20 years makes biotechnology the
fastest adopted crop technology in recent times, reflecting farmer
satisfaction with biotech crops," the report said.
Especially beneficial in developing countries, agricultural biotechnology has
helped alleviate poverty for up to 16.5 million small farmers and
their families annually totaling about 65 million
people, who are some of the poorest people in the world.
Cattle Producers Talk
Policy Priorities on Capitol Hill
producers from across the country are in Washington, D.C. this week
for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association Legislative Conference,
where they are learning about issues affecting the cattle industry
and lobbying legislators on these important matters.
Tracy Brunner says defeating the EPA's WOTUS
regulations - which are currently being litigated in federal court -
is a high priority when it comes to protecting the private property
rights of members. He says cattle producers should be able retain the
water rights they purchase with a piece of land.
Another hot topic being discussed is how to best utilize the funds raised
by the NCBA Political Action Committee. Brunner says investing in
candidates who are open to working with the cattle industry is key.
to Brunner's remarks during the latest Beef Buzz.
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NACD Calls for Swift,
Deliberate Action on the Over Population of Wild Horses and Burros
The National Association of Conservation Districts
(NACD) submitted comments Wednesday to the National Wild Horse and
Burro Advisory Board calling for a more robust, strategic, long-term
management plan to deal with the overpopulation of wild horses and
burros on public and private rangeland in the American West.
wild horses and burros have been allowed to grow at a rate that in
many places exceeds six times their Appropriate Management Level
(AML). This situation has not only lead to widespread
degradation of the West's public lands, but has also had devastating
effects on the health of the animals themselves who often face
starvation and dehydration.
Horse and burro numbers are far exceeding the U.S. Bureau of Land
Management's (BLM) Resource Management Plans (RMPs) within the Horse
Management Areas (HMA), and large numbers of horses and burros are
occupying private and federal lands outside of the HMAs.
Overpopulation on the HMAs combined with the intensive grazing habits
of horses and burros are stressing our Nation's rangelands beyond
NACD recommends and supports the use of common-sense,
ecologically-sound rangeland management practices to ensure healthy
wildlife and rangelands for future generations.
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for OALP Class XVIII, Due May 1
For more than 30 years, the Oklahoma Agricultural
Leadership Program has been helping those
engaged in the agricultural industry to enhance their leadership
"OALP is recognized as one of Oklahoma's top leadership programs
for emerging agricultural leaders," said Edmond Bonjour, OALP director.
"Our program is continuing to grow and produce well-educated
leaders for the agricultural industry in our state. We just graduated
OALP Class XVII and I'm now turning my sights toward Class XVIII and
a new group of eager learners."
Applications are now available for Class XVIII at oalp.okstate.edu
deadline for submitting an application and letters of reference is
May 1. The class size is limited to 30 participants
ages 25 and up who are actively engaged in agriculture or a related
As you may know, I was a part of Class One- and continue to be
involved with the group as the Chair of the OALP Advisory Committee-
and if you want to visit with someone about how OALP can help you or
a relative or friend of yours improve themselves and polish your
leadership skills- give me a call or drop me an email. I would
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This N That- CHS Income
Tumbles, China Ready for GMOs? and Wheat Field Days a Week Away
nation's largest farmer-owned cooperative, CHS, reported net income
is down 50 percent for the first six months of its 2016 fiscal year.
CHS reported net income at $234.5 million, down from $471.5 million
in the first half of fiscal year 2015. The cooperative says lower
earnings were attributed to the down economic cycles in the
agricultural and energy sectors, which have resulted in reduced
commodity prices and lower margins globally.
CHS revenues through February of this year were $14.4 billion, down
nearly 20 percent from $17.9 billion for the first half of fiscal
2015, and primarily reflected lower selling prices for the energy,
grain and fertilizer products the company handles. CHS President Carl Casale
said "we've experienced these types of cycles throughout our
more than 85-year history and will navigate this period by finding
ways to run our businesses more efficiently and effectively while
continuing to serve our owners' and customers' needs."
More details available
China may permit
cultivation of genetically modified corn within the
next five years. An official with China's agriculture ministry said
the nation will push forward the process of introducing
pest-resistant cotton and pest-resistant corn as part of a five-year
plan being implemented starting this year. However, no further
information was provided by China.
Media reports indicate that while China is the largest buyer of
genetically modified soybeans, it has not permitted the cultivation
of biotech crops, except cotton and papaya. State-owned ChemChina's
purchase of Syngenta in February did spur talk that a ban on GMO
cultivation may soon be lifted.
Oklahoma State has announced their lineup of wheat field days
for later this month into May- and we now have them posted on our
calendar page- available here.
The first of those field days is set for Gotebo
a week from today on April 21st.
Go to our website's calendar page and check out the full line up and
then go and see what each of the varieties in the plots close to you
look like here in 2016.
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