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Wednesday, December 21, 2016
|Who Will President Elect Trump Select???
We are down to a handful of picks left for the incoming Trump Cabinet- including the USDA Secretary of Agriculture. The early thinking was that this would be a fairly quick pick in the early part of the process- getting a somewhat lower profile Cabinet position done using one of many loyalists to Trump during the campaign.
As Cabinet nominee after nominee was made public- it became apparent that there was some significant infighting going on internally in the Trump Transition team- as some saw the USDA slot as one where diversity could be substituted for the best person for the job.
Enter Senator Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota. The first term Democrat was seen as a great "across the aisle" pick by some in the Trump camp- and some say that she was actually offered the job. However, her Democratic friends were going crazy during the process as her joining the Cabinet likely meant a pick up of a Senate seat for the GOP. At the same time- you had many Ag Transition team members going crazy as well- pointing out her populist leanings over issues like mCOOL and GIPSA- plus grousing about not giving the job to someone who had been supporting Trump during at least some of the campaign.
Likely- that means EXIT Senator Heitkamp.
The names being mentioned this week by other media folks include:
Sid Miller- featured in a Mother Jones(a liberal opinion website) as one that might still be selected- pointing out that the Texas Ag Commissioner spent fifty bucks and published an Op-Ed beating the drum for Trump this past Friday- saying that Miller was trying to tell the Trump folks to "don't forget about me."
Susan Combs- both Agri-Pulse and Politico are saying that House Ag Committee Chair Mike Conaway is telling the Trump Transition team she is the lady for the job. Word is that the former Texas Ag Commissioner met this week with VEEP Elect Mike Pence, talking about USDA or perhaps another position in the Administration. Click here for the Politico article on Conaway touting Combs.
Bruce Rastetter of Iowa- also mentioned by Agri-Pulse as going to Trump Tower to meet with the Transition team- he was mentioned early on as a possible candidate- Has made lots of money with hog farms, ethanol and now in real estate.
Charles Herbster- Mentioned in recent days as meeting with the Trump team- he is the Chair of the Trump Ag Advisory Committee- he is the President of Conklin- and if he is not promoting himself- he might be pushing for his friend and former Governor of Nebraska- Dave Heineman.
It seems to me- if any of these folks or someone else can get an audience with President Elect Trump and impress him- there's your nominee!
Maybe before Christmas- but maybe not.
Although It's Been a Tough Year, Cattle Producers Step Up to Show Appreciation to Troops Returning Home
For the last seven years, National Livestock Corporation has sponsored a donated calf auction sale at the Oklahoma City National Stockyards each December to help raise money for the All-American Beef Battalion
. The proceeds of which go directly, and entirely, to feed troops returning from deployment a ribeye steak dinner. I caught up with National Livestock's CEO Robert York
this week during the sale, who believes participating in this charitable event each year is the least he and his company can do to show appreciation to our service men and women.
"I just have a soft spot in my heart; a patriotic spot for the troops that serve us and take care of our country and provide safety for us," York said. "I never served and it's the way I can give back a little bit."
York said his interest in getting involved with AABB was first piqued after meeting Bill Broady
, who founded the nonprofit. And since it was established, AABB has raised approximately $325,000 and served roughly 32,500 soldiers at about $10 a head to feed.
"Most incredible industry in the world is the cattle people," York exclaimed. "This has been a really tough year for a lot of producers with the market doing what it's done. But, again I'm blown away by the amount of money that we've raised."
York contends that AABB is an extremely unique charity in the fact that there is essentially no overhead or administrative costs and pats Broady on the back for managing the funds in a way that go directly to the cause. This year's sale brought a total of $53,000 dollars to go toward feeding troops returning home.
To listen to my entire conversation with York, or to learn how you can make your own contribution to this worthwhile cause, click here
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|National Corn Growers Yield Contest Winners Announced - 500 Bushel Yield Tops the Chart!
The National Corn Growers Association announced yesterday the winners of its 52nd Annual National Corn Yield Contest. It remains NCGA's most popular program for members with 7,972 entries just this year. Astonishingly, a record five national entries surpassed the 400-plus bushel per acre mark.
"The contest provides farmers more than just an opportunity for friendly competition; it generates data that impacts future production practices across the industry," said Brent Hostetler, chair of NCGA's Stewardship Action Team. "The techniques first developed by contest winners grow into far-reaching advances, helping farmers across the country excel in a variety of situations. Our contest emphasizes innovation both from growers and technology providers, thus enabling us to meet the growing demand for food, feed, fuel and fiber."
The 18 winners in six production categories had verified yields averaging more than 375 bushels per acre, compared to the projected national average of 175.3 bushels per acre in 2016. While there is no overall contest winner, yields from first, second and third place farmers over all production categories topped out at 521.3968.
Winners receive national recognition in publications such as the NCYC Corn Yield Guide, as well as cash trips or other awards from participating sponsoring seed, chemical and crop protection companies.
to read more about the winners of this year's Corn Yield Contest.
|OSU Highlights the Solid Science Backing Up FDA's Purpose Behind the Veterinary Feed Directive
The more stringent Veterinary Feed Directive, scheduled to take effect at the beginning of next month, is expected to benefit animal health and welfare, as well as food safety.
Specifically, the FDA's focus is on reducing growth promotion uses of antimicrobials, said David White, associate dean for research at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture and former FDA chief science officer.
"When you look at the way those antimicrobials are being used, there's no infectious disease being managed or treated. It's for growth promotion or improving feed efficiency of the animals," White said. "Unfortunately, you're having negative consequences of those uses in developing antimicrobial-resistant bacteria that can potentially contaminate meat, the environment and even produce, then subsequently transfer to humans."
White said while the risk may tough to see, based on the series of events that must play out, it is there and so is the research to back up the concern.
"There's plenty of science to show that antibiotic use in animals selects for bacteria. But it gets a little grayer as you start moving from contaminating meat to causing infection to then being treated with an antibiotic and you don't get better," he said. "I think a lot of it is better stewardship on the farm. It's making sure antibiotics are used to treat a defined illness and you're using it for the labeled dose and duration."
to continue reading more about VFD and the science behind it, or for a chance to watch a video featuring White explaining more about VFD.
The U.S. Poultry & Egg Assn. (USPOULTRY), National Chicken Council, National Turkey Federation and United Egg Producers have made available an updated economic impact study that highlights the positive impact the poultry industry has on jobs, wages and federal and state revenue in the U.S.
"We are pleased to be able to provide this valuable tool across the industry that demonstrates the positive economic impact the poultry industry has on our nation and communities," John Starkey, president of USPOULTRY, said.
A dynamic and integral part of the national economy, the 6,344 firms that raise or convert poultry and eggs into products in the U.S. poultry industry provides 1.682 million jobs, $96 billion in wages, $441.15 billion in economic activity and $34 billion in government revenue.
To learn more about the economic impact of the poultry industry and for a more detailed breakdown of the numbers, click here
to continue reading.
Midwest Farm Shows wants to thank everyone who came to the 2016 Tulsa Farm Show. The show has grown tremendously over the past 23 years- and 2016 was the best yet!
Now is the time to put on your 2017 calendar the date for the 2017 Oklahoma City Farm Show, coming April 20, 21 and 22, 2017. Contact Ron Bormaster at (507) 437-7969 for more details about how your business or organization can be a part of the 2016 Oklahoma City Farm Show!
Click here for more details about the 2017 Oklahoma City Farm Show- presented by Midwest Farm Shows.
"It is generally accepted that adequate supervision at calving has a significant impact on reducing calf mortality," Dr. Glenn Selk wrote in his most recent contribution to the weekly Cow/Calf Corner newsletter. "Adequate supervision has been of increasing importance with the higher price of live calves at sale time. On most ranching operations, supervision of the first calf heifers will be best accomplished in daylight hours and the poorest observation takes place in the middle of the night.
"The easiest and most practical method of inhibiting nighttime calving at present is by feeding cows at night; the physiological mechanism is unknown, but some hormonal effect may be involved. Rumen motility studies indicate the frequency of rumen contractions falls a few hours before parturition. Intraruminal pressure begins to fall in the last 2 weeks of gestation, with a more rapid decline during calving. It has been suggested that night feeding causes intraruminal pressures to rise at night and decline in the daytime.
"The concept is called the Konefal method. A Canadian rancher, Gus Konefal reported his observations in the 1970's In a follow-up Canadian study of 104 Hereford cows, 38.4% of a group fed at 8:00 am and again at 3:00 pm delivered calves during the day, whereas 79.6% of a group fed at 11:00 am and 9:00 pm. In a more convincing study, 1331 cows on 15 farms in Iowa were fed once daily at dusk, 85% of the calves were born between 6:00 am and 6:00 pm."
to continue reading Dr. Selk's article for a better understanding of how to implement and execute the Konefal method in your herd.
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|Local Foods, Farms, Gardens and Success Theme of 2017 Horticulture Industries Show in Fayetteville
Building healthy economies with local and regional food systems will headline the topics presented at the 36th Annual Horticulture Industries Show in Fayetteville, Arkansas. This year's theme is "Local Foods, Farms, Gardens and Success."
Slated Jan. 13-14, the HIS has continually provided growers and the public with the latest information on vegetable and fruit production, Christmas trees, farmers market crops, Master Gardeners Volunteer programming and public gardening issues. The conference is open to the public and will take place at the Chancellor Hotel, 70 N. East Ave., in downtown Fayetteville.
The conference will provide attendees with educational programs and trade show activities for individuals with horticultural interest in Oklahoma, Arkansas and surrounding states.
For additional information on the speakers and workshops being featured, or for information on entry fees and how to register for the event, click here
|A Christmas Evening Story- It Could Be a Dark and Stormy Night
We are yet another day closer to Christmas- and the forecast for December 25th seems to be shaping up as a possible weather event by that evening.
Here's the latest nine day forecast for central and western Oklahoma from Jed Castles
Saturday and Sunday are shaping up to be very mild-almost balmy compared to this past weekend. Jed says those Sunday storms could be severe.
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