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Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Animal Ag Alliance Reports on HSUS Taking Action for Animals Conference
The Animal Agriculture Alliance released a report Tuesday containing details and observations from The Humane Society of the United States' Taking Action for Animals conference, held June 17 - 20 in Arlington, Va. An estimated 1,000 attendees were present at the event.
"Part of the Alliance's mission is to protect the industry from organizations like the HSUS that are focused on spreading misinformation about animal agriculture," said Kay Johnson Smith, Alliance president and CEO. "Sending participants to events like this allows us to gather crucial insights into activist strategies and tactics, so we can help our members prepare and respond to threats. I encourage our members to use this valuable resource when communicating with stakeholders about the real mission of activist organizations - taking meat, poultry, eggs and dairy off of our plates."
Recurring themes throughout the conference included impacting the food industry by pushing restaurants and retailers to adopt restrictive policies that ultimately do not improve animal well-being although they do raise the cost of animal care and in turn increase food prices for consumers, and the use of religion to promote an animal rights agenda.
Several sessions focused on HSUS' pressure campaigns targeting the food industry. Matt Prescott, senior director, food policy with HSUS, encouraged attendees in the "Helping Big Corporations Become More Humane" panel to approach shareholders and company leaders in a positive way, but to escalate pressure to get results: "When you don't get the right reaction, be ruthless - find a way to yes."
Kristie Middleton, also a senior food policy director with HSUS, spoke about Meatless Mondays, calling the campaign "a tiny little trick for a holiday from meat." Middleton - who is part of the organization's 15-member "meatless transition team" - discussed how HSUS is getting food service companies and restaurants on board with the initiative and tasked attendees with going back to their school system and asking for Meatless Mondays, concluding "we can and we will alter the course of history for animals."
Click here to read more about Animal Agriculture Alliance's report findings.
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|The Just Harvested Oklahoma Wheat Crop Had a Fast Start and Great Finish- OSU Wheat Specialists Review
Several members of the Wheat Improvement Team at OSU have come together to offer an overview of the 2015-16 winter wheat crop in Oklahoma. Among the authors of this report are Dr. David Marburger, Dr. Jeff Edwards, Dr. Brett Carver, Robert Calhoun, Dr. Tracy Beedy, and Dr. Bob Hunger.
As of right now, the 2015-2016 Oklahoma wheat production is estimated to be approximately 132 million bushels, which is about 34% greater than our 2015 production (Table 1) and 277% greater than production in 2014. Although the estimated harvested acres is lower than 2015, the statewide average yield is projected at 40 bu/ac, and this is a 14 bu/ac (54%) increase compared to 2015. Based on these projections, this would be the largest wheat production since 2012, but the average yield would be a new state record.
The 2015-2016 wheat growing season was unlike most years in Oklahoma, characterized by periods of plentiful rainfall and near optimal growing conditions at critical times. Most wheat was sown into soil with adequate moisture, allowing it to emerge rapidly. The sufficient rainfall and mild temperatures allowed for good fall growth and bumper forage yields. In fact, plants in many non-grazed fields were abnormally large and phenologically advanced going into winter, and there was some concern about winter-kill. With mild temperatures continuing into the winter months, this concern proved to be largely unfounded, and most plants moved to spring green-up without injury.
Similar to 2014 and 2015, January and February were dry months for the Southern Great Plains, and the ample forage growth quickly wicked moisture from the soil. As the wheat crop was coming out of dormancy, there was much concern that the dry conditions would quickly reduce yield potential. Fortunately, rain fell during early- to mid-March as the crop was greening up. This also helped provide grazed wheat the extra boost it needed to recover from grazing injury.
Continue reading the overview of the 2015-16 Oklahoma winter wheat crop here.
|Richard Wortham Says Extra Dollar is Beefing Up Programs for Texas Beef Council
Even as Oklahoma cattle industry leaders try to get the remaining signatures needed to allow cattlemen and ladies to vote on a "second" beef checkoff dollar in the state of Oklahoma- our neighbors to the south have had a second beef checkoff dollars for almost two years- controlled within that state.
With that extra dollar- the Texas Beef Council has
'beefed up' its programs, so to speak, with the added resources being collected by the state's Checkoff. TBC Executive Vice President Richard Wortham says the additional dollar now being invested is making a world of difference."The state Checkoff has enhanced everything we've been able to do in the last 20 months," Wortham said. "It has made all of our programs more robust then they have ever been before."For example, eight months ago the TBC implemented MD Outreach, a program designed to educate physicians and medical professionals on the nutritional benefits of beef. The supplemental funding has allowed the TCB to actually hire contracted advocates with experience as pharmaceutical representatives who have established relationships with doctors that often treat patients with high cholesterol. Patients with health issues like this often receive instructions from their physicians to omit red meat from their diet. These advocates are successfully educating doctors one-on-one in the Dallas and Houston areas that beef is not what it was 30 years ago and that there is simply a lot of misinformation out there.While the TBC's local efforts are admirable, the new funding has also helped to boost its contributions nationally as well. Wortham says that if all the state's contributions are looked at as a whole, Texas is the fourth largest investor in the US Meat Export Federation (USMEF)."If you look at our investment for 2016, it's a little over $3 million going to help grow demand in international markets," Wortham said.Click here to listen to more of what Wortham had to say on beef advocacy.
|Governor Mary Fallin Helps Write GOP Platform- Agricultural Themes are Included in Final Document
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin
is one of three co-chairs of the Committee that drafted the Republican Platform for the 2016 National Convention. Agriculture received a substantial amount of attention, with the GOP writers blasting the Obama Adminsitration's over regulation of the farm and ranch community- pointing especially to the Waters of the US Rule that was to be implemented last August- but stopped by litigation since that initial day of implementation.
The Platform explains the GOP postion on WOTUS:
"The EPA's Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule, issued jointly with the Army Corps of Engineers, is a travesty. It extends the government's jurisdiction over navigable waters into the micro-management of puddles and ditches on farms, ranches, and other privately-held property. Ditches, dry creek beds, stock ponds, prairie potholes, and other non- navigable wet areas are already regulated by the states. WOTUS is now subject to judicial review and must be invalidated, but that will not be sufficient. Unelected bureaucrats must be stopped from furthering the Democratic Party's political agenda through regulatory demands forced upon citizens and businesses beyond that which is required by law. We must never allow federal agencies to seize control of state waters, watersheds, or groundwater. State waters, watersheds, and groundwater must be the purview of the sovereign states."Click here to read more
about the statements in this document about farm policy and nutrition policy and more.
Oklahoma Genetics is proud to represent the tremendous wheat varieties that have been developed by the Wheat Improvement Team at Oklahoma State University. Varieties like Iba, Gallagher and now Bentley are the result of years of breeding research designed to help wheat producers in the southern plains to grow high yielding, high quality winter wheat.
To learn more about each of the varieties OGI represents, click here for their website. You will find a "Seed Source" with a list of where seed for each variety can be purchased for the 2017 wheat planting season.
|High Protein Supplements Offer Positive Associative Effect, Glenn Selk Explains
Dr. Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist, offers herd health advice as part of the weekly series known as the "Cow Calf Corner" published electronically by Dr. Peel and Dr. Glenn Selk. This week, Dr. Selk talks on the positive associative effect found in high-protein supplements.
Most of Oklahoma has substantial standing forage in pastures as we go into late summer. As the day length shortens, plants become more mature and lower in protein content. However, the protein requirements for growth, milk production, and body condition maintenance of beef cattle do not decrease as the "dog days of summer" arrive.
The micro-organisms in the rumen of beef cows and replacement heifers require readily available protein to multiply and exist in large enough quantities to digest the cellulose in low quality roughages. Protein supplementation of low-quality, low protein forages results in a "positive associative effect." This "positive associative effect" occurs as supplemental protein available to the "bugs" in the rumen allows them to grow, multiply, and digest the forage more completely andmore rapidly. Therefore the cow gets more out of the forage she consumes, she digests it more quickly and is ready to eat more forage in a shorter period of time. Data from Oklahoma State University illustrates this. The prairie hay used in this study was less than 5% crude protein. When the ration was supplemented with 1.75 lbs of cottonseed meal per day, retention time of the forage was reduced 32% which resulted in an increase in feed intake of 27%. Because hay intake was increased, the animal has a better chance of meeting both the protein and energy requirement without supplementing other feeds. Because retention time was decreased, one could postulate the protein supplementation in this situation also increased digestibility of the forage.
As producers prepare their late summer, fall, and winter feed strategies, they can see the importance of providing enough protein in the diet of the cows to feed the "bugs" in the rumen. If the forage is low in protein (less than 8 % crude protein), a small amount of supplemental protein such as cottonseed meal, soybean meal, or one of the higher protein by-product feeds, could increase the amount and digestibility of the forage being fed. This strategy requires that ample forage is available to take advantage of the "positive associative effect". As the table above illustrates, properly supplemented cows or replacement heifers will voluntarily consume about 27% more forage if they were provided adequate protein. As long as enough forage is available, this is a positive effect of a small amount of protein supplement.
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|DuPont Pioneer Introduces Technology to Boost Soybean Yields
DuPont Pioneer announced Tuesday the introduction of Accelerated Yield Technology 4.0 (AYT 4.0). The new enabling technology allows DuPont Pioneer researchers to more than double the annual rate of genetic gain of soybean varieties in its research pipeline, which will boost soybean yield potential in growers' fields. The new technology also is helping the company reduce the time it takes to bring new soybean products to market.
"This is revolutionary technology that is helping deliver higher yielding soybeans to market faster than ever before," said Paul Stephens, DuPont Pioneer senior director for soybean research. "In my three decades of soybean variety improvement work, I have never seen rates of genetic gain as high as AYT 4.0 is producing."
The average year-to-year yield improvement for soybeans in the United States is about half a bushel per acre. With AYT 4.0 Pioneer has more than doubled this rate of genetic gain of varieties in the Pioneer pipeline.
AYT 4.0 is an advanced proprietary soybean breeding approach focused on increasing yield. It uses sophisticated analytics and cutting-edge computing to evaluate millions of points of genetic data gathered across hundreds of thousands of local plots each season. By applying these results, DuPont Pioneer researchers identify and advance the highest yielding varieties within the Pioneer soybean research program.
Read more about DuPont Pioneer's newest technology here.
|NACD, NRCS Awards $2 Million for Urban Ag Conservation to 42 Districts
The National Association of Conservation Districts, in partnership with USDA's Natural Resource Conservation Service, has awarded $2 million in grants to 42 conservation districts in 25 states to boost technical assistance capacity for urban agriculture and conservation projects.
"NACD and the conservation districts we represent work on a scale that no other conservation organization or coalition does," NACD President Lee McDaniel told an audience of conservation leaders in Minneapolis on Sunday. "We have the reach we need to engage the 98 percent of folks who don't necessarily produce our fuel, fiber, and food, but still can make a sizable and positive difference on the landscape."
"With today's announcement, NACD is broadening its base and the base of support for conservation in this country. We are going to reward, support, and encourage conservation implemented on every landscape."
With support from NRCS, NACD established the Urban Agriculture Conservation Grants Initiative to help conservation districts and their partners provide much needed technical assistance for agricultural conservation where the land is predominately urban or urbanizing. Through this initiative, the partnership is expanding efforts to support agricultural conservation projects in underserved communities.
Click here for more information about the grants and to find a complete list of grantees.
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