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Monday, October 31, 2016
|It's Now or Never on TPP - Colin Woodall of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association
Colin Woodall is blunt about TPP - the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The vice president for governmental affairs of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association says that a lame duck session vote is the only shot that proponents of the measure have in getting it ratified."It's now or never on TPP. This not something that can be renegotiated- you hear that from the Presidential candidates. There's no renegotiating TPP - the agreement has been signed. It was signed back in February and now we waiting for all the countries involved to pass it, so it's not going to go back and be re-opened."Woodall contends the beef cattle industry is losing $400,000 every single day that TPP is not in place- based on lost sales of beef into Japan by virtue of the tariff advantage that Australia has over the US. Woodall adds that will get even worse in 2017 when the gap between our tariffs on beef into Japan and those of the Aussies widens even more.Listen to Woodall talk more about TPP during the latest Beef Buzz.
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|USDA Issues Checks Totaling $1.7 Billion for CRP Contracts
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will issue nearly $1.7 billion in payments to more than half of a million Americans who have contracts with the government to protect sensitive agricultural lands. The investment, part of the voluntary USDA Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), will allow producers to protect almost 24 million acres of wetlands, grasslands and wildlife habitat in 2016.
CRP provides financial assistance to farmers and ranchers who remove environmentally sensitive land from production to be planted with certain grasses, shrubs and trees that improve water quality, prevent soil erosion, and increase wildlife habitat. In return for enrolling in CRP, USDA, through the Farm Service Agency (FSA), provides participants with rental payments and cost-share assistance. Landowners enter into contracts that last between 10 and 15 years.
"We have seen record demand to participate in this important program," said US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. "Despite the current enrollment limit of 24 million acres, USDA is committed to continuing our important partnerships with farmers, ranchers, state and local governments and sportsmen to maintain the environmental benefits provided by the Conservation Reserve Program."
More than 1.3 million acres were newly enrolled in CRP in fiscal year 2016 using the continuous enrollment authority, double the pace of the previous year. In fiscal year 2016, FSA also accepted 411,000 acres through its general enrollment authority, plus 101,000 acres in the new CRP-Grasslands program, which balances conservation with working lands.
Click here to read more about CRP and to find a link to more information about enrolling.
|In Case You Missed It- Emily Kennedy Shows Off Her Creed Speaking Skills on In the Field
In case you missed it- Edmond North FFA member Emily Kennedy joined me for my Saturday In the Field TV Segment seen on KWTV News9- we talked about her winning the National Creed Speaking Championship at the recent 89th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis. You can see our conversation and watch Emily deliver the Creed on the air this past Saturday by clicking or tapping here.
In our webstory- we also have more from an earlier story featuring our off camera interview as well with Emily, who was one of several National Champions from Oklahoma at the recent national FFA convention.
|Farm Families Urge a Yes Vote on State Question 792
Former Oklahoma Farm Bureau Family of the Year Dennis and Elaine Flaming say voting yes on 792 will help get agricultural products to market and lead to job growth.
The Flamings began raising livestock, wheat and alfalfa in 1966. In 2000, they established their vineyard by planting 4.5 acres of nine varieties of vinifera grapes.
"By voting Yes on 792, citizens can encourage grape growing and the diversification of agricultural products in Oklahoma," said Dennis Flaming. "At one time, more than 5,000 acres were in grape production, and we can get there again. But first, we have to improve access to customers. State Question 792 is a great step to helping an industry ready to grow jobs in Oklahoma."
to read more about the benefits of voting yes on State Question 792.
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|Texas Cattle Feeders Support Dentition to Help Determine the Age of Cattle
The Texas Cattle Feeders Association and the National Cattlemen's Beef Association filed comments with the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) this week supporting a petition to revise the United States Standards for Grades of Carcass Beef to include documentation and dentition as authorized methods to determine age.TCFA's comments stated, "New scientific research clearly demonstrates that dentition is a significantly less subjective and more accurate method of determining age, without compromising product quality and tenderness. Additionally, permitting the use of dentition will correct an erroneous standard that currently discriminates against fed heifers (which present with skeletal ossification more advanced than actual age) and will benefit consumers and cattle producers by increasing the number of cattle eligible for an A maturity grade. This change could provide beef producers approximately $59 million in added revenue." The petition was filed by NCBA, USMEF, American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture and based on scientific research funding through the Beef Checkoff. TCFA and NCBA will continue to work with AMS to update the carcass grading standards to ensure the most accurate value determination possible. In addition, TCFA requested that AMS work with meat scientists and the cattle industry to develop changes to the current yield grading system that better represent modern cattle production and carcass fabrication style and more accurately predict actual red meat yield.Click here for links to the petition and to review the complete set of comments offered by the Texas Cattle Feeders.
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|OSU Researchers Recognized for Work in Agricultural Engineering
The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers recently recognized a few Oklahoma State University faculty members for their work in the field.
During the ASABE Annual International Meeting, Randy Raper, assistant director of the Oklahoma Agricultural Experiment Station, and Michael Smolen, OSU professor emeritus, were named 2016 ASABE Fellows.
"The Fellow Award from ASABE is the highest honor bestowed in this professional society," saidKeith Owens, OAES associate vice president. "Dr. Raper and Dr. Smolen join an elite group of researchers, Extension specialists and educators in biosystems and agricultural engineering from Oklahoma State University. Fewer than 20 faculty members from OSU have been recognized as a Fellow in the last 75 years."
Much of Raper's work on reducing the ill effects of soil compaction through management of tire inflation pressures, cover crop management and precision use of in-row subsoiling, garnered the attention of the group.
Smolen is a well-known authority on water quality, watershed management and agricultural pollution control. He is best known for pioneering work in agricultural nonpoint source pollution and developing storm water and sediment control design standards.
|Final School Land Lease Auctions Set for This Week
The 34th annual School Land Trust lease auctions began back on October 17, 2016 and conclude tomorrow in Shawnee. This year's fall lease auctions have included a total of 574 tracts in 30 counties.
"Each October, state school land is leased for agricultural farming and grazing, as well as for recreational use" said Harry Birdwell, Secretary of the Commissioners of the Land Office. "Some leases are suitable for agricultural use and others are ideal for hunting, fishing or other personal enjoyment uses."
Leases in Logan, Noble, Payne and Pawnee counties will be auctioned THIS MORNING at the Payne Expo Center in Stillwater at 10:00 a.m.
Auctions will conclude in Shawnee at the Gordon Cooper Tech Center on November 1st at 10:00 a.m. with Cleveland, Lincoln, Oklahoma and Pottawatomie counties.
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