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Thursday, January 26, 2017
Earlier this week, members of the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association gathered in Oklahoma City to develop policy ahead of the upcoming 2017 Oklahoma Legislative Session. OCA's Executive Vice President Michael Kelsey sat down with me to bring us up to speed with the progress made at this new Winter Policy Meeting.
"Convention is full with a lot of networking opportunities to trade show and so forth..." Kelsey reasoned. "We'll still have policy-making opportunities, but based upon what I saw yesterday at our meeting, I think this one's going to really take on the life and the bulk of policy and allow us to address those big issues."
Kelsey explains this meeting has been planned since last November at the behest of the executive board who wanted to give the members an extra chance to discuss those issues that impact their businesses on a daily basis. During those discussions, several priorities surfaced he says.
"What I saw for this legislature was maintaining property rights and maintaining and promoting a business climate for the cattle industry and looking at opportunities to grow," Kelsey said. "Obviously that's a core fundamental policy for the cattlemen and the preservation of that sales tax exemption for agriculture - It's so vitally important to what we do."
To learn more about OCA's new Winter Policy Meeting, keep reading or listen in on my full discussion with OCA Executive Vice President Michael Kelsey, by clicking here
The Oklahoma Farm Bureau - a grassroots organization that has for its Mission Statement- Improving the Lives of Rural Oklahomans." Farm Bureau, as the state's largest general farm organization, is active at the State Capitol fighting for the best interests of its members and working with other groups to make certain that the interests of rural Oklahoma are protected.
Click here for their website to learn more about the organization and how it can benefit you to be a part of Farm Bureau.
|Senate Ag Committee Chair Pat Roberts Announces Farm Bill Hearing for Next Month in Manhattan
U.S. Senate Ag Committee Chair Pat Roberts, a Kansas Republican, and ranking member Debbie Stabenow, a Michigan Democrat, announced the first field hearing on reauthorizing the Farm Bill will be in Manhattan, Kansas. The hearing will be Thursday, February 23, in the McCain Auditorium on the Kansas State University campus.
Roberts says it's time to get to work on another Farm Bill and the committee is heading to the heartland to talk to producers. "I can't think of a more appropriate venue to hold this hearing than Manhattan, the home of Kansas State University." He says producers have had plenty of time to use the programs in the current Farm Bill and the committee needs to hear what worked and what didn't.
Stabenow adds, "As we begin discussions on the next Farm Bill, we need input from farmers and families across the country." The Michigan Democrat says she looks forward to hearing from folks who care about rural America, so they can craft a bill that strengthens American agriculture, as well as small towns and rural communities. The committee will hear testimony from a variety of producers, who will be announced soon.
|American Chemistry Council Launches the Campaign for Accuracy in Public Health Research
Yesterday the American Chemistry Council launched the Campaign for Accuracy in Public Health Research, an initiative to promote credible, unbiased and transparent science as the basis of public policy decisions. In particular, CAPHR will seek reform of the International Agency for Research on Cancer's Monographs Program, which evaluates the carcinogenic hazard of substances and behaviors. IARC's Monographs Program suffers from persistent scientific and process deficiencies that result in public confusion and misinformed policy-making.
Leading scientists have criticized IARC's Monographs Program for its lack of transparency, minimal consideration of the weight of scientific evidence, misapplied conflict of interest policies and confusing communication of its monograph decisions.
The consequences of IARC's monographs go beyond dubious and misleading news coverage; IARC's decisions have a significant impact on U.S. public policy and marketplace deselection.
Public policy must be based on a transparent, thorough assessment of the best available science, Dooley continued. Currently, IARC's monographs do not meet this standard though U.S. taxpayers foot the bill for over two-thirds of the international program's budget.
The Campaign will be supported by a new website, Twitter handle and Facebook page. ACC hopes that this undertaking encourages a more transparent discussion of sensationalist studies and helps to prevent confusion and subsequent misallocation of resources on important public health issues.
to get the full story and for your chance to check out the new CAPHR website.
International feed tonnage has exceeded 1 billion metric tons for the first time, according to estimates released yesterday in the 2017 Alltech Global Feed Survey.
The results show that the U.S. and China are the top two countries, producing one-third of all animal feed, and that predominant growth came from the beef, pig and aquaculture feed sectors as well as several African, Asian and Middle Eastern countries.
"This year clearly demonstrates the growing efficiency and consolidation of the feed industry," said Aidan Connolly, chief innovation officer and vice president of corporate accounts for Alltech. "Not only has total feed production exceeded 1 billion tons for the first time, but it has done so with fewer facilities, which means greater efficiencies and a decreased environmental footprint."
This year's survey showed that the top 30 countries, ranked by production output, are home to 82 percent of the world's feed mills and produce 86 percent of the world's total feed. These countries contain 56 percent of the world's feed mills and account for 60 percent of total production.
For a regional breakdown of the survey's findings, continue reading the full story, by clicking here.
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|Allendale Shares Their Latest Estimates for Cattle on Feed, Cold Storage and Cattle Inventory Reports
Allendale shared their latest estimates on the US cattle inventory yesterday, shedding light on the cow/calf sector of the industry.
December Placements are expected to be 8.1% larger than last year at 1.651 million head. This would be the largest December placement in three years. Finished live cattle prices rose from $112 to $118 during this time. December placements supply the May through September period.
Allendale anticipates a Marketing total 9.2% larger than December 2015 at 1.828 million. This was the largest December marketing in six years. There was a 4% reduction due to the calendar adjustment this month.
Total Cattle on Feed as of January 1 is 1.6% smaller than last year at 10.575 million. That is a decrease from the December 1 total that was +1.4% under one year ago.
to get the full scope of these estimates by Allendale.
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|Significantly Improve Your Herd's Record and Identification Systems by Adopting These Simple Habits
Here in the first quarter of the year is a great time for cow-calf producers to reevaluate their record keeping systems. At the core of that, says Kansas State University Beef Cattle Specialist Sandy Johnson
, is an accurate cow herd inventory. She tells me that individual cow identification carries considerable value in overall herd management.
"From the standpoint of knowing how many animals you're feeding - that's always important," Johnson said, noting that this number will be required regularly throughout the year as producers deal with banking and financial documents. "If we don't know truly what that number is, we're making rough estimates rather than something a little more accurate."
She says producers should keep their records current, updating herd information as needed. She suggests, too, not to wait until you return home to write changes in status down. She advises producers to use what they are comfortable with to jot notes down as they happen.
"We just too often forget is we think we're going to write it down when we get to the house," Johnson said. "It doesn't have to be the same method for every member of the management team. Our millennials might be quite adept using a smart phone. Somebody else, might need to write it down. The main thing is - you develop a habit of recording those things when they happen."
Listen to more of Johnson's tips on improving your herd's record system in our full conversation, on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here
Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture Jim Reese, has been appointed chairman of the Marketing and International Trade Committee for the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture.
Washington Director of Agriculture Derek Sandison has been appointed Reese's vice chair.
NASDA has six standing policy committees which drive policy development for the entire organization. Committee leadership for NASDA's policy committees will lead policy discussions on critical issues facing our incoming administration at our upcoming Winter Policy Conference
, January 30-February 1, in Washington, DC.
"A new president, new administration, and new Congress will provide us with huge opportunities to amplify NASDA's unique voice over the next year," said NASDA President and Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry Mike Strain
, D.V.M. "The regional and experiential diversity found amongst our chairs is critical to our strategic initiative to increase impact and influence through our strategic plan.
I look forward to working with my committee chairs to fully realize the impact NASDA can have on agriculture policymaking in our nation's capital."
for more on NASDA and their policy plans for 2017.
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