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Wednesday, June 14, 2017
The Deal is Done! USMEF Exec Says US Now Has Better Access to China Than Any Other Exporter
The US Department of Agriculture announced Monday that the US and China had formally come to an agreement on the protocols that will allow US beef into China, a key marketplace that has been closed to the US since 2003. Those requirements were publicly posted by the USDA yesterday. I spoke with Thad Lively, US Meat Export Federation senior vice president for trade access, about this exciting news. But, while the framework is now there - Lively says there will still be some ramping up to do before we are selling beef to China at full steam.
"In some respects, the requirements go beyond what we must do to have access to a lot of markets around the world and as a consequence," he said, "I think it's probably realistic to think in the beginning anyway, our exports are going to start out pretty slow."
Lively says he expects that business and volume will gradually build over time. But, one of the major hurdles to getting production up to speed will be getting producers on track with traceability. The new requirements specify that an animal must be able to be traced back to its birth farm. Even though some of these measures are more stringent than normal, Lively insists the potential profitability from this agreement will be well worth the effort.
"We have access to the Chinese market under better terms than any other beef exporting country," he said. "That's a big win for all of us, and that's something that we all owe the folks at USDA and the US government more broadly, a big thank you for."
Listen to Lively and I discuss the spectrum of requirements now agreed to by the US and China, to allow US beef exports into the Chinese market, on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here.
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|Sen. Jim Inhofe Speaks on Behalf of EPA Hopefuls Bodine and Caputo to Senate EPW Committee
Two more federal agency seats await to be filled at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the EPA. Nominated to fill these seats are Annie Caputo and Susan Bodine, respectively, the latter in the role of EPA's assistant administrator of the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance.
Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe spoke on behalf of the nominees, both of who, previously worked under the Senator as staffers during his tenure as Chairman of the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee.
In his remarks on the performance of his former staffer, Caputo, the Senator testified that, "her expertise was invaluable to (him) during the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear accident."
"Similarly, Susan Bodine has been an invaluable staffer to me during the last Congress as general counsel on my committee staff and her expertise and experience during her tenure at EPA during the George W. Bush administration was critical to me and my staff as we worked to address the Tar Creek Superfund site in northeast Oklahoma," Sen. Inhofe witnessed.
Overall, the Senator was very complimentary to his former staffers and endorsed them both as being "well-deserv(ing) of their nominations."
You can read or watch a video clip of the Senators full remarks before the Senate EPW, by clicking here
With the Trump administration's intentions to renegotiate the NAFTA trade agreement, now known, the American Soybean Association submitted comments to the US Trade Representative's Office, benchmarking a list of achievements that the free-trade agreement has allowed the US to accomplish over the 24 years of its existence.
Since its creation, NAFTA has allowed the US agriculture industry, to significantly increase its exportation of agricultural products between its trading partners, Mexico and Canada. The ASA's comments were submitted with the request that if renegotiations are to take place, then to let them be done in a manner that preserves, if not exceeds, the gains already made.
ASA cited the dramatic growth of the Canadian and Mexican markets for U.S. soybeans, and for American agricultural products overall, since the implementation of NAFTA in 1993. In 2015, the U.S. exported $438 million in soy products to Canada, a 220 percent increase from the $199 million sold in 1987. Soy exports to Mexico in 2015 totaled $2.44 billion, nearly 500 percent greater than the $489 million sold in 1993.
The ASA hopes the mutual benefits to US agriculture and the economy as a whole will be evident enough as the USTR prepares for these negotiations, which are scheduled to take place later this summer.
To get the full scope of the economic growth attributed to NAFTA, as provided by the ASA, click here
to see the complete copy of ASA's comments.
|Ag on Route 66- the Summer Tour of the Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom Program is Rolling in Green Country
is the State Coordinator for the Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom program- and she is leading a tour in northeast Oklahoma this week, showing a group of Oklahoma educators about agriculture and how the food we eat is produced. Audrey is blogging for us on the Oklahoma Farm Report- and here is her report from Day One:
"Educators from across Oklahoma are traveling on Route 66 with Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom to experience agriculture up close and personal. The purpose of this trip is to allow teachers to ask questions and interact with agricultural producers in the state in the hope that their Ag Literacy will be increased and they will educate students about agriculture. This trip is sponsored by the Oklahoma Beef Council, Oklahoma AgCredit, Southwest Dairy, and a USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant, so the cost to the educators is minimal.
Day one was a busy one- six stops- as the teachers saw a couple of beef cattle operations, a dairy, a sheep farm and were able to pick blueberries. Click or tap here
to read about all of the stops for Day One- including time spent with Mike and Martha Armitage
on their beef and commercial horse operation- here's Mike on the bus with the teachers:
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Anne Hazlett, this week, has been tapped by US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, to aid him as the Secretary's Assistant for Rural Development, amid a controversial reorganization of the US Department of Agriculture, which has merged certain roles, including those pertaining to rural development. This has raised concerns of some who believe this action could lead to the needs of rural America being overlooked and unattended.
However, the American Farm Bureau Federation's President, Zippy Duvall, released a statement yesterday, praising the Secretary for his pick saying, "Hazlett brings a depth of experience on rural development issues that should benefit American farmers and ranchers and strengthen the rural communities they call home."
Duvall acknowledged the challenges that could potentially arise with a restructuring such as the one being proposed by the Secretary, but says it is heartening to know a qualified and caring person such as Hazlett has been selected to help oversee this very important task, as part of the USDA's overall mission.
"We are confident that this announcement on one of the first key decisions in moving his proposal forward highlights the careful thought Secretary Perdue is applying to the other important changes to USDA's structure," wrote Duvall.
to read the original statement released by Duvall for a look at his complete remarks.
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Sharing the concerns of many, regarding the restructuring that Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has proposed for the USDA, the National Association of Conservation Districts' worries focus on the prospect that the technical services provided by the USDA's Natural Resource Conservation Service office, could suffer - affecting millions of landowners and their conservation efforts.
"In its current configuration, USDA has successfully engaged producers and landowners nationwide to identify and address their local natural resource concerns," NACD President Brent Van Dyke said. "We do not want to see the reorganization undermine this work or reduce capacity at NRCS."
The NACD hopes to argue sufficiently the importance of local NRCS field offices, and requests the USDA accommodate these field offices as best possible, which now face the threat of closure or "administrative streamlining."
to learn more by reading the full comments submitted by the NACD.
|This N That- Corn Belt Classic of Superior Starts This Morning, Beef Checkoff Hearing This Afternoon and Congrats to Dustin and Hannah
Superior Livestock is now on the road for the summer season- with several of their legacy sales all across the country. The first of these is the Corn Belt Classic, as Superior has set up shop in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
Superior has on offer over 72,000 head for the sale today and tomorrow- auction time both days is 9:00 AM Central time.
Details on the Corn Belt Classic can be had by clicking or tapping here.
The next step in getting a secondary state level beef checkoff in Oklahoma is happening this afternoon- at 2 PM, the Oklahoma Department of Ag
is holding a hearing on the petitions submitted to them by the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association asking for a referendum where cattle producers can vote yea or nay on a state dollar a head beef checkoff- to supplement the national beef checkoff efforts. Details of the hearing are available here
If the ODAFF deems the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association as a worthy representative of the cattle producers of the state- and decide enough signatures are on the documents- they can authorize moving forward with a vote later this year.
Congrats to friends and fellow communicators Hannah Nemecek
and Dustin Mielke
who have been named as Senior Directors of Communications for Oklahoma Farm Bureau.
Dustin has been with the farm group for over a decade- and will be handling Corporate Communications- while continuing to do their video and other visual work.
Hannah has been with Farm Bureau since 2015- and is the lead for Policy Communications for the organization.
Both are grads of the OSU Ag Communications program- I know Shelly is proud!
Again- congrats to both- click here
for the release on their promotions we have posted on our website.
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