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Harvest Grinds On-
Kansas Reports Harvest Now Beginning in Northern Counties of That
We have received several reports of harvest continuing
or getting restarted across Oklahoma as of yesterday afternoon- this
primarily in areas that got lighter amounts of rainfall in recent
Yields are holding up- lots of forty bushel yields have
been reported- and generally test weights are hanging in around 60
pounds per bushel.
Our next report from the Oklahoma Wheat Commission comes
later today- and it will be interesting to see the percentage of
harvest OWC will indicate in the report here at midweek. On
Monday- they called the Oklahoma harvest 60% complete.
In Kansas- their Day Six harvest report was released
yesterday afternoon= and it reflected the scattered rains that is
making wheat harvest hit or miss- "Cutting has progressed
throughout the state at odd intervals, with some northern counties
like Dickinson seeing some action while some southern counties, like
Kiowa, have seen combines rolling more sparsely."
here for the complete Day Six report from Kansas.
A really cool nighttime arial shot of harvest is on
the Oklahoma Wheat Commission Facebook page- they shared the pics
from the Reno and Hamilton Harvest team- doing custom harvest work in
Alva and showing the lineup of trucks at the local elevator after
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Farmers and Ranchers Alliance CEO Calls Organic Food Industry Video
Offensive and Disgusting in Its Attack Against GMOs
Clif Bar Family Foundation recently released a video titled
"Seed Matters" which uses a foul-mouthed lead character and
inappropriate imagery to not only attack conventional farming
practices but also insult science, agronomic research and all farmers
who choose to implement modern farming practices.
U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance CEO Randy Krotz
issued a rebuttal to the video. Here is his opinion piece on the
"It saddens me to say that the organic food industry has reached
a new low. U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance has always been an
organization that promotes and encourages diversity in food
production practices, but we find ourselves speechless, mouths
hanging open. The atrocity of the Seed Matters video created for the
Clif Bar Family Foundation, and the messages within, have crossed the
"In an attempt to scare the public about GMO crops, the video
uses unrealistic imagery (think skeletal fish, seeds on steroids) to
promote an organic agenda. The website of the film's creators (http://thebutlerbros.com/work/mr-seed/),
states the main character, Mr. Seed "educates people about seed
issues and the benefits of organic seed." But Seed Matters
actually perpetuates some of the greatest myths of agriculture using
a foul-mouthed character and inappropriate imagery. The main purpose
of the video is supposedly taking a stance on biotech and its ability
to feed the world. The mark really couldn't have been further missed.
"There are millions of people who work in the agricultural
industry around the world. At a time when we should be united for the
common good of feeding the world, we are fighting instead, using
unethical and non-factual propaganda as the weapon. Food companies
are using junk science driving people away from sustainable practices
like GMOs to manipulate consumers for the sole purpose of market
gain. The bottom line is: no matter your approach to farming, or how
you view various farming practices, the outright demonization of
conventional agriculture and family farms is despicable.
here to read Krotz's complete statement and find a link to the
Glenn Tonsor Says Growing
Choice-Select Spread Is a Strong Demand Signal
The demand for beef is growing, as evidenced by the
widest spread in Choice and Select beef since 2003, says Kansas State
University Extension Livestock Market Economist Dr. Glynn Tonsor.
The Choice-Select spread was at $24 earlier last week and continues
to rise this week. Tonsor says that because boxed beef numbers have
been declining, the decade-high prices are an even bigger deal.
"We could put this on percentage terms and get a quality spread
signal that's even stronger than just the $24," he says.
Tonsor says he especially wants to highlight the spread because it's
"abnormally large" for two reasons - decreasing fed cattle
weights and positive demand signals for Choice beef.
"This signals are growing demand is strong, coupled with a
little bit lower sales weights coming out of feed yards is running
up, if you like, the Choice value compared to Select," he says.
"And that's always a positive quality signal."
Tonsor says the current condition is a result of both supply and
"I think the demand that comes from grilling - me, you and
others that love to throw beef on the grill - we're right in the
middle of that," he says. "The supply side is I think there
is a little bit lower weights out there and we're tightening down the
availability of choice beef as well."
to Tonsor talk more about the growing Choice-Select spread during the
latest Beef Buzz.
and Other State
Councils Join Forces with National Beef Checkoff to Increase Online
state and regional beef promoting organizations have joined forces
with the national Beef Checkoff Program in a summer campaign
targeting millennial consumers in five high population states. State
beef councils in Illinois, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Nebraska,
Wyoming and Oklahoma,
along with the Northeast Beef Promotion Initiative, are funding
extended promotion of the online checkoff-funded flagship website BeefItsWhatsForDinner.com,
along with the brand's online videos, into California, Florida, New
York, Illinois and Pennsylvania.
The Top 5 State
Media Campaign started in mid-May and will run
through Aug. 31, 2016. Collectively, the five states targeted account
for more than 100 million consumers, or about one-third of the total
The campaign utilizes internet search advertising on Google and
YouTube video advertising to hit the consumer at the point of
inspiration, encouraging beef interest and purchases. While the
national campaign focuses on millennials throughout the United States,
this campaign enhances checkoff-funded efforts in top U.S. consumer
"This effort leverages our current national checkoff media buy
and extends it more fully into the high population geographies that
arguably need it the most," according to Martin Roth,
executive director, creative and digital media for the National
Cattlemen's Beef Association, a contractor to the Beef Checkoff
Program. "Our goal is to provide consumers with inspiring beef
meal ideas and the tools, tips and recipes they need to act upon
their passion for beef."
This goal is accomplished through a two-pronged media approach.
First, Google search advertising helps drive thousands of consumers
to the BeefItsWhatsForDinner.com website for
checkoff-funded recipes, beef cooking techniques and beef cut
information. The campaign also leverages advertising on the popular
YouTube consumer video site to promote checkoff-funded beef videos,
including six "no recipe recipe" videos that deliver beef
ideas and information to consumers. Two new videos are in production,
while additional informational videos are being produced by
independent video providers.
State beef councils are getting together in other ways
to extend the campaigns as well. For example, in 2015 councils in
Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas got together to promote six beef
checkoff videos online, generating more than 350,000 views and nearly
1,500 clicks from consumers in their states, at a cost of only 13
cents per video view.
It's especially important to states that have more cattle than
consumers, says Heather
Buckmaster, executive director of the Oklahoma Beef
Council. "We only have 1.2 percent of the U.S. population in
Oklahoma, and the directors on our council realize it," she
says. "They believe it's very important that we drive Oklahoma
checkoff dollars to where they will make the most difference.
Focusing on these kinds of promotional efforts to consumer-heavy
states makes sense, and fits with the strategy our directors have
established for Oklahoma checkoff funds."
here to read more about the Top 5 State Media Campaign to boost
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U.S. Pork Needs Exports;
TPP Would Boost Them
U.S. pork industry must continue to grow its exports and do so
through free trade agreements such as the pending Trans-Pacific
Partnership (TPP) Agreement, which would eliminate tariff and
non-tariff barriers to U.S. products, the National Pork Producers
Council reiterated Tuesday in congressional testimony.
NPPC President John
Weber, a pork producer from Dysart, Iowa, told the
House Committee on Ways & Means Trade Subcommittee that the
12-nation TPP would open and expand to exports of U.S. pork markets
that include nearly half a billion consumers and help create more
than 10,000 U.S. jobs tied to those pork exports.
"TPP is the biggest commercial opportunity ever for the U.S.
pork industry," said Weber, "and NPPC strongly supports its
passage and implementation."
The TPP, negotiations on which were initiated in late 2008 and
concluded last October, is a regional trade deal that includes the
United States, Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan,
Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam, which
account for nearly 40 percent of global GDP.
Weber pointed out to panel members that the TPP has become
the de facto global trade vehicle, with other countries in
the region already asking to join it, and would set the new
international trade rules and the bar for future trade agreements,
including the deal now being negotiated between the United States and
the European Union - the Transatlantic Trade and Investment
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Ongoing Soil Health
Initiatives, Sustainability Work Highlighted by New Paper
environmentalists and consumers alike have expressed a growing
interest in sustainability and soil health recently. Yet, many wonder
what precisely is being done to actively advance this important
To answer that question, Field to Market: The Alliance for
Sustainable Agriculture released the paper Exploring
Opportunities to Advance Soil Health: The Role of Commodity Crop
Supply Chains in Maintaining and Improving the Health of Our Nation's
Soil, which discusses the importance of soil health in the
sustainability conversation and explores the current knowledge and
status of testing and tools. Additionally, this paper provides
information and guidance as to how Field to Market's Metrics and the
Fieldprint Calculator can be used to advance conversations about soil
health in supply chain projects.
The publication is available on the Field to Market website. This
paper came forth from the Alliance's work to help inform how U.S.
agriculture can improve soil health. Designed by a subgroup of the
Field to Market Metrics and Goals Working Groups, the paper continues
an ongoing conversation in agriculture about soil health that
includes discussion of the state of science and considers options for
aligning tools with soil health objectives.
here for more information about soil health and find a link to
the paper released by Field to Market.
NACD Welcomes Bill to
Keep Red Tape at Bay
The National Association of Conservation Districts is
pleased to support H.R. 5451, legislation introduced by Reps. Ann Kuster,
D-N.H., and Rick
Crawford, R-Ark., that would exempt landowners who
participate in voluntary conservation programs from costly and
unnecessary reporting requirements.
"Federal reporting requirements were never intended to burden
farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners," NACD CEO Jeremy Peters
said. "They were meant to enhance transparency around the
government's granting and contracting processes. Producers committed
to enhancing water and air quality, wildlife habitat, and soil health
were never supposed to get tangled up in this."
Current law requires any business entity - including farmers,
ranchers, and forest landowners - to register with the federal
government's System for Award Management (SAM) and obtain a Data
Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number in order to receive
financial assistance from federal agencies like the Natural Resources
Conservation Service (NRCS). Mandating that farmers and ranchers comply
with these time-consuming requirements complicates conservation
delivery and can discourage landowners from participating in NRCS
"Financial assistance is crucial to the adoption and
implementation of conservation," Peters continued. "The
'Improving Access to Farm Conservation Act' would ensure that the
producers of America's food, fuel, and fiber aren't obligated to jump
through hoops to receive the NRCS cost-share assistance they need to
put effective conservation on the ground."
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