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Tuesday, July 17, 2018
US Corn and Soybean Crops Continue Remarkable Progress as Pasture Conditions Begin to Falter
The US Department of Agriculture released Monday, July 16, 2018 its latest Crop Progress report according to which the US corn crop is denoted as being 63 percent complete in the silking stage, well above both last year and the five-year average of 37 with a crop condition of 9 percent poor to very poor, 19 percent fair and 72 percent good to excellent. In the meantime, the US soybean crop is 65 percent blooming, ahead of last year by 16 and the average by 20 points. Setting pods is at 26 percent this week, 11 points ahead of last year and 15 points ahead of the average. Soybean's condition this week rates at 8 percent poor to very poor, 23 fair and 69 percent good to excellent.
Click or tap here to view the complete USDA Crop Progress report, released Monday, July 16, 2018.
Looking at our three-state region across the Southern Plains this week -
The good to excellent spread of pasture and range conditions here in the Southern Plains seems to be giving way to the pressures of intensifying drought, especially in Kansas and Texas. Oklahoma on the other hand is still remaining somewhat firm. Comparing this week to the same time last year in Oklahoma, we see a 5-point spread in the combined good to excellent rating with this week at 48 percent and last year at 53 percent. Kansas rates at 29 percent good to excellent this week, leaving a 43-point deficit from last year's 72 percent good to excellent. Finally, Texas has dropped dramatically this week compared to last week at just 28 percent good to excellent, 20 points under last year's rating of 48 percent. Arizona remains at the bottom of the national comparison with a poor to very poor rating of 88 percent, currently. The nearest state beyond that is New Mexico with 65 percent of its rangeland rated poor to very poor, followed closely by Missouri at 61 percent.
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Nearly $2 Billion Now Available for Eligible Producers Affected by 2017 Hurricanes and Wildfires
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue Monday announced agricultural producers affected by hurricanes and wildfires in 2017 now may apply for assistance to help recover and rebuild their farming operations.
The program, known as the 2017 Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity Program, or 2017 WHIP, was authorized by Congress earlier this year by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018.
Through the authorization, USDA has made available $2 billion in disaster funding for eligible farms. Secretary Perdue says the objective of the funding is to "get relief funds into the hands of eligible producers as quickly as possible."
Signup is underway and will continue through November 16, 2018. Additional payments will be issued, if funds remain available, later in the year. Producers who may be eligible are encouraged to contact their local USDA service center.
Click here to read more about this program and the available funds through USDA.
Derrell Peel Shares More on His Recent Trip to China, Offering Glimpse into Asia's Agriculture Industry
We've heard from OSU's Dr. Derrell Peel over the last few weeks about his recent trip to China. Last week, he gave a brief overview of his travels in Asia and this week followed it up with more details - including some of his observations about China's agricultural industry.
For instance, Peels says based on his experiences, most farms in China "are small and often included a diverse mix of crops that appear to include field crops plus a wide array of vegetables and fruit production. Greenhouse production was observed in many regions, either in conjunction with other crop production or in large specialized farms with many greenhouse units.
"It was apparent that most farms rely heavily on manual labor. Crops are often being produced in small plots and on terraces or steep slopes that preclude or limit the use of mechanical technology. My general impression is that the land is used and managed intensively and has been, in some cases, for several thousand years."
Although China is, by far, the largest pork producer in the world and is making big investments in large-scale modern production facilities, Peel says livestock was noticeably absent during this trip. That includes cattle, which he thought would have been more visibly prevalent since the regions he passed through on train are some of the more densely populated when it comes to beef production.
Stay tuned for next week's edition of the Cow/Calf Corner, when Peel says he will offer more specific details on China's beef industry. In the meantime, click here to read this week's article in full.
US Grains Council Tours in Texas and Kansas Highlight Opportunities For Chinese Sorghum Buyers
The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) - in cooperation with the United Sorghum Checkoff Program, the Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission and the Texas Grain Sorghum Association - are hosting 11 top Chinese sorghum importers representing 50 percent of US sorghum sales to China, in the United States this week to learn more about U.S. sorghum production and strengthen relationships with U.S. sorghum suppliers.clicking here.
This tour comes after trade tensions were heightened between the United States and China earlier in the year - demonstrated by an anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigation brought by the Chinese government regarding sorghum. A release by USGC states that this visit is a bright spot that signals relations between the two countries are once again moving in a positive direction.
"This is one of many important opportunities created by the Sorghum Checkoff and U.S. Grains Council to foster and maintain valuable market relationships with end users in China," said Verity Ulibarri, Sorghum Checkoff chairwoman. "This team from China is anxious to meet with U.S. producers and continue learning about our product even with newly implemented tariffs on U.S. sorghum and other goods, and we look forward to providing that hands-on education experience they expect while demonstrating the quality, condition, logistics and price that continue to drive demand for U.S. sorghum in China."
China has become a top customer for U.S. sorghum despite policy concerns in recent months. U.S. sorghum sales to China took off during the 2013-14 marketing year, with a value of $1 billion since then. Learn more about this tour, by
Learn More about the Beef Checkoff
The Oklahoma Beef Council (OBC) has moved to a monthly e-newsletter packed with information about your Beef Checkoff and activities on a state, national and international level. In the July issue, learn more about the Cowboy Ninja Warrior, Beef and a Mediterranean diet and OBC outreach to chef influencers. Click here to learn more.
Turf War Between FDA and USDA Over 'Fake Meat' Heats Up- NCBA's Danielle Beck Pushes Back
As of recently, there has been an eagerness rising in the industry to get a handle on how lab-grown meat products, or "fake" meat as some call it, should be regulated. This has prompted a turf war between the Food & Drug Administration and the US Department of Agriculture, which has been given control of all food safety matters under the Trump Administration. Danielle Beck with the National Cattlemen's Beef Association's DC office claims the FDA is acting outside of its jurisdiction as it tries to assert its authority over the regulation of fake meat. She believes the only outcome that will benefit both the industry and consumers is for the USDA to be designated the official regulator.
"Ultimately, the Administration needs to know that one of the agencies is acting outside of the general tone and priorities set under the Trump Administration," she said. "Talking about animal welfare concerns, sustainability - those topics have absolutely no place when it come to the regulation and management of food products."
Beck says the FDA is attempting to pass off some sort of non-existent precedence of this. But, simply attempting to do this is a dangerous enough precedent in itself. She insists that ultimately, how fake meat products are labelled will end up being a huge conversation in this debate and critically important to the interest of the consumer. For now, though, her immediate concern is to settle this argument at hand over which agency has rightful jurisdiction.
"We still believe the USDA is the appropriate regulator. The law is clear - any meat food product, meat by-product, should be regulated by them," Beck paraphrased. "Everyone today asserted that their products are real meat products. We at NCBA would maybe challenge what is real meat versus lab grown meat. But, if you want to call yourselves meat, you should be regulated like the rest of us."
Listen to Beck discuss NCBA's concerns about FDA's challenge over USDA's jurisdictional authority over lab grown meat, on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here.
Rural Healthcare to Receive Financial Boost from Federal Communications Commission
The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) released a Notice of Inquiry yesterday announcing their intent to establish a $100 million program to bolster telehealth accessibility across Americans. This "Connected Care Pilot Program" will focus on rural America, low-income urban populations, and veterans to improve healthcare accessibility for communities who are currently underserved.
Rural and Agriculture Council of America (RACA) Vice President Chris Skorupa issued a statement explaining how the program will enhance life-saving services in rural America.
"These technological advancements allow for remote patient monitoring that can take place across the large swaths of rural America and provide significant cost savings and improved patient outcomes," he stated.
Rural policy leaders and associations are all being urged to weigh in on the issue by reaching out to their Members of Congress and submitting comments for the FCC's Open Meeting in August.
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|Nominee for USDA Chief Science Post Announced by Trump Administration
Dr. Scott Hutchins, an executive at the seed and ag chemical wing of DowDuPont, is President Trump's choice for USDA chief scientist, announced the White House on Monday. The post of chief scientist, which doubles as undersecretary for research, has been vacant since Trump took office.
Dr. Hutchins currently serves as the global leader of integrated field sciences for Corteva Agriscience ( created this year out of the 2015 merger of Dow and DuPont) and as an adjunct professor at the University of Nebraska. Previously, he served as president of the Entomological Society of America. Dr. Hutchins earned his B.S. in entomology from Auburn University, M.A. from Mississippi State University, and Ph.D. from Iowa State University.
Trump's first nominee for chief scientist, Sam Clovis
, co-chair of Trump's presidential campaign, was criticized as unqualified. He withdrew his nomination in November 2017.
"I am very excited by the selection of Dr. Hutchins for this leadership role at USDA," said Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue in a statement. "His extensive background in research and commitment to sound science and data make him exceptionally qualified for this post."
Half of the eight sub-cabinet offices at the USDA - the executives who serve one step below Perdue and put Trump policies into action - are vacant. Now, including Hutchins, the White House has named candidates for three of the jobs.
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