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Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Last Call for Responses as NASS Winds Down the Data Collection Phase of the 2017 Ag Census
The USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service is wrapping up data collection for the 2017 Census of Agriculture and farmers and ranchers who have not yet responded still have until the end of July to complete the Census. The NASS Regional Director for the Southern Great Plains Will Hundl, explained to me on Tuesday that this Census measures all aspects of the US ag industry - who we are, what we're doing, where we're doing it and how we're doing it.
Once this initial phase of the Census is complete and all the information has been collected, NASS will then begin the second phase of the process focused on analyzing the data.
During this phase, the integrity of the information collected across all commodities will be confirmed to ensure the accuracy of the data that will eventually be funneled into a final report scheduled for release during the first week in February 2019. Hundl says the information in this census is used by virtually everyone in the industry in one way or another and is integral in shaping the different programs and policies at the USDA and beyond.
"Every response counts," Hundl remarked, encouraging producers who have not yet responded to do so as soon as possible before the July 31st deadline, by phone or via the internet. Click here to learn more about how the information collected for this Census is used and how you can participate if you haven't already.
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.
A Rising Culture of Violence Among Animal Activists Exposed in Latest Report from Animal Ag Alliance
One of the objectives of the Animal Agriculture Alliance is to monitor animal rights extremists who are fundamentally opposed to animal agriculture. Each year, the Alliance published a report that highlights the activities of extremist groups at their annual meetings. We spoke recently with Hannah Thompson-Weeman of the Alliance about the organization's latest report for 2018, detailing the events of this year's Animal Rights National Conference held at the end of last month in Los Angeles.
"We think it's really important for all of us to know what these groups are thinking, what they're talking about, so we can prepare for what strategies and tactics might be used against us next," Thompson-Weeman said. "A couple of big themes that we observed at this year's conference is these groups make it very clear that their goal is 'animal liberation.' It's not about animal welfare. So, make no mistake that is the objective of these groups.
While some of these groups attempt to appear more moderate in their stance on animal rights when trying to influence lawmakers or retail groups, Thompson-Weeman says among themselves, they have declared and encourage a culture of violence as a necessary tool to achieve their ultimate goal. According to the report, speakers at the conference have discussed pushing the boundaries of the law and using radical methods to advance their agendas such as protests and vigils at farms and slaughter houses. Thompson-Weeman says this year's conference was more or less on par with what they have seen in the past but have been doubly concerned due to an increase in the number of extreme instances across the country.
"We've seen a big increase in protests, break-ins on farms... We think producers unfortunately need to be aware of the potential for these things to happen, even if you're in a rural area, you could still be targeted," she said. "It's an unfortunate reality that we need to think through how we can prepare and try to avoid being targeted."
Listen to Hannah Thompson- Weeman and I discuss the rising culture of violence among activist groups in the Alliance's latest report, on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here.
US Wheat Associates Unveils New Website Enhancing the US Wheat Industry's Digital Presence
This week, the US Wheat Associates, the organization that represents the global marketing interests of US wheat producers, unveiled its new website designed to enhance the US wheat industry's digital presence. The site, www.uswheat.org went live on Monday, July 16th fully loaded with new user-friendly features and easy to access information, all organized under six sections for site visitors to peruse.
USW's Vice President of Communications Steve Mercer says the new website reflects "the high quality and reliable performance of U.S. wheat and build trust in U.S. wheat farmers."
Included in the new additions to the website, there are freshly designed pages that summarize USW's information on the site in Spanish, French, Arabic, Traditional Mandarin and Simplified Mandarin for the convenience of our international customers seeking the latest news on available US wheat products.
Check out the website for yourself and continue to read more about how it compliments the organization's strategy to highlight the quality of US wheat and the producers behind it, by clicking or tapping here.
Livestock Groups Roll Out Digital Campaign on ESA Reform
The Public Lands Council (PLC) and the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) yesterday launched an online campaign to educate the public on the need for a modernized Endangered Species Act. The campaign, which focuses on the ranching industry, highlights the importance of working landscapes in improving ecological services and achieving species conservation targets.
The campaign comes at a pivotal time, as Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, introduced the Endangered Species Act Amendments of 2018, based on bipartisan policy recommendations. According to Kevin Kester, California rancher and NCBA President, the Endangered Species Act Amendments of 2018 is a once in a lifetime opportunity for species conservation reform.
"This campaign will help ranchers tell their stories about how ESA impacts their operation and draw that connection for their elected officials on Capitol Hill. This is particularly important as the Endangered Species Act Amendments of 2018 are considered by the Senate," Kester said. "But it's also about clearing the air. We want to ensure America understands that the Endangered Species Act needs to be brought into the 21st century. I hope our messages educates elected officials, the media, and the public about the role of ranching in species recovery and habitat conservation."
To learn more about the need to modernize the ESA or to watch the campaign's kick-off video, click here.
The Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association is the trusted voice of the Oklahoma Cattle Industry. With headquarters in Oklahoma City, the OCA has a regular presence at the State Capitol to protect and defend the interests of cattlemen and cattlewomen.
We remind you of their 66th Annual Convention and Trade Show that happens this coming Friday and Saturday- all the detail of this great gathering of cattle producers are available on the website link below.
To learn more about the OCA and how you can be a part of this forward-looking group of cattle producers, click here for their website
. For more information- call 405-235-4391.
When Haying Forage Sorghum, Be Mindful of the Time of Day You Harvest and Its Impact on Nitrates
Many beef producers who read our email may be in the regular habit of utilizing forage sorghums to supplement their cattle nutrition program during the summer months. Not a bad idea as forage sorghum can be very productive and of high-quality, according to OSU's Glenn Selk. However, Selk pointed out in his article this week included in the regular newsletter, the Cow/Calf Corner, that while sorghum makes a great addition on any farm - it can accumulate toxic levels of nitrate when stressed by the summer heat. When this occurs, you certainly want to refrain from feeding it to your herd.
Selk offered some advice to producers, referencing back to an academic study on the matter. Selk says that based on previous extension recommendations, it is best to wait until the afternoon to cut forage sorghum for hay if anticipated nitrate levels are marginally high. But, Selk cautions producers not to be led into a false sense of security with this unfortunate misconception, thinking that forages cut in the afternoon or evening are safer. He cites one OSU study that found the time of day at which harvest occurred to be inconsequential, with significant variation in the results.
Instead, Selk provides an OSU Fact Sheet which he highly suggests producers consult to educate themselves on the best management practices to avoid putting livestock at risk of nitrate poisoning. Learn more and view this fact sheet, by clicking here.
BioZyme Offers Solutions to Help Producers Alleviate Heat Stress in Their Cattle During Hot Summers
Summer heat takes its toll on your entire herd, with a decrease in performance, the potential for increased sickness and economic losses. But for stocker calves, in their prime growth period, the added stress from heat can magnify those challenges even more so.
Animal health leader, BioZyme, addressed that issue in a recent article and offered some of its products that might help producers solve this challenge when faced with it throughout the year.
To combat heat stress in your herd, BioZyme recommends using Amaferm, a precision prebiotic designed to enhance digestibility by amplifying the nutrient supply within for maximum performance, which is an ingredient found in BioZyme's VitaFerm brand Gain Smart Stocker HEAT product. It is research-proven to maintain the animal's body temperature due to heat. Feeding Amaferm during heat stress has multiple benefits including improved digestibility, increased energy availability, improved rumen function, and less loss of performance. The improved digestibility observed with Amaferm feeding provides more energy to the animal during heat stress when intake is reduced.
Ideally suited for backgrounding and yearling cattle on grass, VitaFerm Gain Smart Stocker HEAT also contains Capsaicin, research-proven to help maintain normal body temperature and support animal performance and gain in both heat and fescue situations.
Although calf comfort isn't a measurable trait, keeping calves eating, healthy and growing gives the backgrounder added opportunities for increased performance and increased profits. Click here to read more about what BioZyme can offer you and your cattle this season to help them stay cool, fat and happy.
Shane Robison of Ripley, Okla. Named the 2018 Oklahoma Dairy Ambassador
Shane Robison has been chosen as the 2018 Oklahoma Dairy Ambassador, which will give him the opportunity plans to work with both consumers and producers to understand the industry and the trials it faces today.
"This interaction gives me the chance to communicate with others who are not connected to production agriculture," he said. "We need someone who is directly involved with the industry and knows and understands the struggles we face and understands how to advocate to the public in order to promote the dairy industry."
Robison was awarded the position after first competing in a four-part contest that put his knowledge of the dairy industry and ability to effectively communicate it to the test, during the 91st Sooner State Dairy Show which was held in Stillwater July 11-14, 2018.
As an animal science sophomore at Oklahoma State University, Robison works at the OSU Ferguson Family Dairy Center. Robison also serves as the student council representative for the OSU Dairy Science Club, allowing him the opportunity to promote dairy at the college level as well.
Learn more about Robison and his new role as the 2018 Oklahoma Dairy Ambassador, by clicking here.
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