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Friday, August 25, 2017
Hurricane Harvey Likely to Reach Category 3 Levels- Cattle and Crops to Be Slammed
I'm saying prayers for our friends along the Texas coast this morning as Hurricane Harvey has jumped into the spotlight and is poised to slam into Texas by late tonight as at least a Category 2 and more likely a Category 3 Hurricane as the warm Gulf water is supercharging this huge rainmaking storm.
Inland Texas may bear the brunt of the rain that is dumped by Harvey- Victoria, Texas is big cattle country and that area could easily get 24 inches of rain from Harvey.
News9 had a graphic out this morning that suggests some potential numbers:
Southeastern Oklahoma has the best chance of getting a bit of Harvey in our state- three to five inches has been suggested by some National Weather Service models.
And the National Weather Service is now showing that Harvey could make landfall and just wander up the Texas Gulf Coast well into next week:
Grain sorghum, cotton and rice in south and even central Texas is very much at risk from Harvey- this is a storm that will disrupt lives and kill people as it floods thousands of square miles and washes away cattle and crops and rural infrastructure.
Pray for Texas.
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|Iowa Corn Yields Drop 4% in Farm Journal Midwest Crop Tour- Minnesota Trends Higher
Last night, crop scouts from the Farm Journal Midwest Crop Tour converged from east and west in Rochester, Minnesota and the results for Iowa and Minnesota were announced- West Leg Tour Leader Chip Flory says it was like the two states were reversed compared to most years.
Iowa saw the size of their corn crop be called smaller than a year ago and the three year average. The Iowa guess by the Tour is 179.79 Bushels per Acre- versus 188.17 in 2016 and the three year average of 182.39.
Minnesota comes in 191.54 BPA versus 182 a year ago and the three year average from the Tour of 181.3.
Soybean pod counts in Iowa checked in at 1092.92 versus the three year average of 1250 while Minnesota saw lower pod counts versus the average as well- 1019 this year vs 1086 for the average.
Here's a chart that shows Iowa in greater detail:
Farm Journal plans to release a national crop estimate using data from the tour as a central part of that estimate- that comes out at 1:30 pm this afternoon.
|Activists Resort to Scare Tactics to Further Their Vegan Agenda, Exaggerating Environmental Impact
Over the last week, we've featured Hannah Thompson Weeman
of the Animal Agriculture Alliance on our daily Beef Buzz show. Yesterday was the last of four segments in the series of a recent conversation I had with her, after the AAA published a report on their observations during an animal rights conference. This week, we discussed at length the strategies, tactics and thinking behind the activist movement to end all animal agriculture. Below, I've included the companion story to yesterday's show, with a link to it at the bottom. If you'd like to hear our entire conversation, though, click here
to listen to my complete interview with Hannah.
There seems to be very little that animal rights activists won't do in order to achieve their ultimate goal of eliminating animal agriculture. Through a variety of underhanded tactics, these groups relentlessly fight to damage the image of farmers and modern animal husbandry practices. Adding one more item to the list of things not deemed beneath them and their toolbox - scare tactics. Hannah Thompson Weeman of the Animal Agriculture Alliance spoke with me recently, about activists and one of their latest false claims to consumers, which is that animal agriculture is bad for the environment.
"Sustainability is a big topic of conversation right now," Hanna said. "They know people care about the environment and people want to make sure there's a world here for their kids and grandkids. So, they're trying to prey off that fear and imply that animal agriculture is an issue, so people will stop eating meat."
This tactic has been used before, but Hannah says it has popped up again as a preferred strategy, discussed at a recent animal rights conference. According to the facts provided by the Environmental Protection Agency, animal agriculture contributes less than 10% of the total greenhouse gas emissions of all industry segments. Hannah accuses these groups of blatantly exaggerating the environmental impacts of animal agriculture.
"Beef activist groups know that just telling people 'go vegan,' is not going to be successful," she said. "They need to find other avenues to attack the industry and unfortunately - they have. This idea that animal agriculture is causing all the environmental issues we might have, is just not true."
Listen to Hannah and I discuss the scare tactics employed by animal rights activists to advance their agenda, on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here
| Kim Anderson Says Russia Selling Venezuela Higher Protein Wheat for Less Than the US and Canada Can Offer
This week on SUNUP, Dr. Kim Anderson joins host, Dave Deeken, talking wheat prices. Again this past week, prices took a hit. Anderson reports on how the markets have behaved and says it may have something to do with Russia and other European countries that have reported rather good harvests this year.
According to Anderson, the Kansas City contract for wheat dropped below $4.00 this past week now at $3.99, the December contract at $4.27 and July a little better at $4.77.
He says part of the reason behind this can be attributed to Russia, which stands to produce over 3 billion bushels this year, much of it high quality and priced very low. On top of that, France has reported a good harvest with high quality wheat.
Already, a typical US market, Venezuela, has gotten into bed with Russia - ordering 2.2 million bushels. That's about half the order Venezuela typically buys from the US and Canada.
In his conversations with other market analysts, it seems no one is willing to guess at where a bottom to this trend lies.
Anderson believes the markets are starting to build a bottom, but expressed that belief with cautious optimism. He says producers should prepare to see US exports shrink with the increased competition coming from Europe.
You can watch Kim's visit tomorrow or Sunday on SUNUP- but you can hear his comments right now, and find out what else is on the line up for this week's episode, by clicking or tapping here.
Yesterday, activist group Food Policy Action, launched a petition that calls on the members of the US Senate to reject Sam Clovis, who has been nominated by the Trump Administration to fill a key role at the USDA, as the agency's Chief Scientist.
Citing a sensationalized lack of actual scientific background, and accusations of prejudice, the FPA group dismisses Clovis as unqualified to hold the title - a position given more political-type responsibilities than real scientific work.
The text of the petition to the Senate reads:
"Our food and agriculture system needs strong leadership. Sam Clovis has no education or experience in hard sciences or food and agriculture policy. He believes climate science is 'junk' and his views about people of color and the LGBTQ community are disturbing and troubling. I urge you to reject his nomination as chief scientist and under secretary for research, education and economics at the U.S. Department of Agriculture."
Clovis is thought by many outside of some very vocal critics, to be a well-chosen candidate, for the professional background he does have related to agriculture. And while, he may not be the archetypical scientist, complete with lab coat and goggles - by trade he is a distinguished economist. A fact that seems overlooked in the FPA's own press release, where it notes extensive economics experience as an acceptable qualification for the job, as pulled from the language of the 2008 Farm Bill mandate.
"... the position 'shall be appointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, from among distinguished scientists with specialized training or significant experience in agricultural research, education, and economics
Check out the complete press release from the Food Policy Action calling for the rejection of Sam Clovis to the USDA, up on our website.
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They would like to thank all of you who participated in their 2017 Oklahoma City Farm Show.
Up next will be the Tulsa Farm Show in December 2017- the dates are December 7th, 8th and 9th. Now is the ideal time to contact Ron Bormaster at 507-437-7969 and book space at the 2017 Tulsa Farm Show. To learn more about the Tulsa Farm Show, click here.
This week, I brought in Executive Director of the Oklahoma Beef Council, Heather Buckmaster, to promote a blood drive the council is doing in partnership with the Oklahoma Blood Institute.
"It's actually something we've been doing for years," she said. "We know right before vacation time periods, like Labor Day or Memorial Day, they have a lack of blood - people just aren't giving as much."
This year's event will take place Friday, September 1st between 9 am and 4 pm. You can visit any of the nine OBI locations around the state to donate. As an added incentive, the Beef Council will treat you to an all-beef hotdog, just the thing to "beef-up" your iron levels.
Not only is the OBC's promotion helping restock Oklahoma's blood bank - it's also putting beef front of mind ahead of the popular grilling holiday, Labor Day.
Buckmaster will join me for our weekly In the Field segment on KWTV News9 in the Oklahoma City area on Saturday morning at 6:40 a.m. In the meantime, listen in on our complete off-camera conversation about the blood drive and find out where you can donate, by clicking or tapping here
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Three members of FAPC's advisory committee, all leaders in Oklahoma's food industry, were reappointed this week by state officials who oversee the board.
Re-appointees include Joe Ford, Shawnee Milling Co.; Ed Clements, Clements Foods Co.; and David Howard, Unitherm Food Systems, will continue their services to FAPC's 16-member advisory board, for another three year term.
"The Industry Advisory Committee offers counsel, makes decisions and takes leadership action to ensure FAPC makes sound short- and long-term plans to accomplish its mission and objectives," said Roy Escoubas, FAPC director. "We are glad to see the return of these members to the committee and looking forward to the next three years of service."
Ford, was re-appointed by OSU's vice president of the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Dr. Tom Coon. Clements, was re-appointed by Governor Mary Fallin. And, Howard, received his re-appointment from the president pro tempore of the Oklahoma State Senate, Mike Schulz.
To learn more about these members and their backgrounds, and to view a complete list of the 16-member advisory board for FAPC, click over to our website
|This and That - Link Issues
It came to our attention we had some issues with story links in yesterday's email. We apologize for that and wanted to include those links here today for your convenience.
The first link was to an article posted on our website describing the nature of a new partnership between the Noble Research Institute and other conservation groups in the state. Click here
to jump to that story, for details and a chance to listen to my conversation with Noble's CEO, Bill Buckner
The second faulty link went to our Beef Buzz story from Wednesday, featuring Hannah Thompson Weeman
, describing the strategy of animal rights activists to eliminate what they've deemed as factory farms. Click here
to listen to Wednesday's show.
McDonald's Corporation announced it'll be expanding its effort to cut back on the use of antibiotics critical to human health across the global chicken supply. The fast food giant will require its poultry suppliers to phase out drugs categorized under the highest priority category in the World Health Organization's four categories by January of next year. Those antibiotics will disappear from use in McDonald's products in Canada, the U.S., Brazil, Japan, and South Korea. Australia and Russian suppliers will stop using the antibiotics at the end of the following year.
Suppliers in other markets will need to stop using the medications by January of 2027. The company is said to be working on similar plans for its beef, dairy, and egg suppliers as well, but for now, it starts with poultry.
A McDonald's statement says, "We understand that animals, like people, get sick and require treatment. Treating sick animals is consistent with McDonald's long standing commitment to animal health and welfare." The company says it looks forward to engaging farmers and veterinarians in the responsible use of antibiotics is key to our vision of preserving antibiotic effectiveness.
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