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Thursday, July 21, 2016
Rodd Moesel Says Farm and Ranch Representatives at GOP Convention Energized at Great American Farm Lunch
Many farm state delegates at the 2016 National Republican Convention gathered on Wednesday for the 2016 Great American Farm Lunch, hosted by multiple farm and commodity organizations and companies. The Chairmen of the House and Senate Ag Committees, Mike Conaway and Pat Roberts, addressed the faithful and ripped the Obama Administration for burdensome regulations being placed on the backs of the American farmer and rancher. One of the GOP Delegates from Oklahoma, Rodd Moesel, was in attendance at the luncheon, and told me that the Great American Farm Luncheon provided a lot of insight of what the agricultural community is expecting from the Trump-Pence GOP team. According to Moesel, Charles W. Herbster, a farmer and businessman from southeast Nebraska, has been named National Chairman of the Agricultural and Rural Advisory Board and Committee of the Donald J. Trump campaign. Herbster spoke at the Luncheon and talked about his conversations that he has had with Mr. Trump to this point about agricultural issues. Moesel adds that the Nebraska Angus breeder and small business owner believes that Trump understands the importance of trade to the farm and ranch community- and wants to build on the success already achieved- and that current trade deals can be improved upon and be even better for the ag community.Moesel said the lunch audience was really excited about the addition of Indiana Governor Mike Pence to the GOP Ticket, with many of the speakers talking about his farm policy credentials from his days on the House Ag Committee and then serving currently as the Governor of Indiana. Moesel is the President of American Plant Products based in Oklahoma City and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau.Click here to listen to my conversation with Rodd.
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|Roy Lee Lindsey Defends Right to Farm - Warns Against Critics
As election season approaches, Roy Lee Lindsey, executive director of the Oklahoma Pork Council, says the Right to Farm camp will be ramping up its promotion for a vote in the affirmative for
State Question 777.According to Lindsey, it will be imperative to keep the campaign positive and in the front of voters' minds as it is likely the opposition will be working equally hard to convince them of the contrary. Their arguments, however, Lindsey says are completely unfounded as they attempt to make the proposal an environmental issue."If you listen to our opposition, this is all about water," Lindsey said. "This has nothing to do with water. Doesn't have anything to do with water quality, doesn't have anything to do with who owns water. Never has and it's not going to."Lindsey asserts that critics of the question are reaching for excuses as to why people should vote no. He compared the parties in favor of the legislation, citing that virtually every ag related entity in the state has endorsed it. The opposition he says consists of groups including The Sierra Club and the Humane Society of the US (HSUS). He says the true mission of these organizations is to put people involved in animal agricultural production out of business. Lindsey believes that there is no way to compromise with people that think he, his business model, and his way of life, should not exist. Lindsey warned listeners to be mindful of misleading information and distractions by the opposition. He encourages voters to do their own research and engage the campaign with any questions that may come to mind."When we leave a room we feel really good about how we've communicated our message," Lindsey said, "and that we've answered their questions and given them comfort in what we're trying to do."Start your own research on SQ777 now by visiting the Oklahoma Right to Farm website.Click here to listen to my complete interview with Roy Lee.
|Jayson Lusk Weighs in on the Latest Critical Film Dealing with Animal Agriculture- At the Fork
Last week when I was in Denver, Darren Williams, who heads up the MBA program for the cattle industry, was talking in the Media Room at the Summer Cattle Industry meetings about a movie he had gone to see the previous night that presented a critical but not awful look at animal agriculture.
Darren's comment was that for being sponsored by Whole Foods and HSUS, it was not as bad as he had feared before going and seeing it.
He mentioned that one of those interviewed was Dr. Jayson Lusk of OSU.
Well, Dr. Lusk has now written about his encounter with the producers of the film, At the Fork.
Jayson writes in his blog that "I suspect some of my friends in the livestock industries will find things not to like about the film." He adds "But, when it's all said and done, I think Papola did an admirable job trying to get an objective an honest picture of modern animal agriculture. As I encouraged the producers to do, they actually went and talked to large-scale hog and poultry producers, asked why they did things the way they did, listened, and didn't put them in dim lighting with ominous music."
He points out that the only industry player that came off looking bad was a cattle feedlot, refusing to talk to the film makers. Lusk says that transparency, in this case, would have been a better look for the industry.
Click or tap here to read more from Dr. Lusk in his latest blog post on this movie- as he offers some thoughts about the industry wrestling with those who know nothing about modern ag production- wanting to tell others about what they know little to nothing about.
|Summer Doldrums to Blame for Market Prices Says Dr. Darrell Peel
The summer heat has a tendency to cause season-long epidemics of lethargy. The effects of these "doldrums" as Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist Dr. Darrell Peel calls it, can be felt by farmers, their cattle, even the markets. It is no secret the current activity, or lack thereof, in the marketplace has some in the industry a little nervous. Dr. Peel however says things may not be as bad as they appear."It's not a real active market and it's certainly a market that's a little hard to define a trend," Peel said.He does acknowledge that the market does seem to have a current tendency for slightly weaker prices but says on the other hand, feedlots are in pretty good shape right now and look to be holding up fairly well."I think when it's all said and done we may see slightly weaker prices here but probably not dramatically changing one way or the other at this point," Peel said.Dr. Peel says the tension is felt by more than just producers, including lenders too and others that use futures as a risk management tool. He asserts there are some underlying structural issues that will most likely continue until solutions become more apparent, but until then volatility will continue to be injected into the markets.Listen to Dr. Peel talk more on how futures are impacting cattle prices during the most recent Beef Buzz.
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|Industry Addresses Challenges at Antibiotic-Free Poultry Production Symposium
No matter where poultry operations place their mission statement on the spectrum of traditional and antibiotic-free production, the consumer-driven issue is having a "snowball" effect on the industry. This fact was evident as 650 poultry academia and industry members packed the Symposium: Challenges with Antibiotic-Free Poultry Production sponsored by Alltech at the 105th Poultry Science Association (PSA) meeting in New Orleans last week.
"Alltech's latest review shows that there is legislation or planned legislation being implemented on the use of antibiotics in feed in 47 countries globally," said Aidan Connolly, chief innovation officer at Alltech and chair of the symposium. "This trend is inevitable and is why the industry is moving toward other programs."
Dr. Peter Ferket, extension specialist and nutritionist at North Carolina State University, kicked off the symposium with a timeline of the role antibiotics have played in the poultry industry and the opportunity today to incorporate smart "blue sky" strategies as the industry shifts to antibiotic-free production in his presentation "Physiology of Gut Health and the Road to ABF."
"The gut microflora is so complex," said Ferket. "We must ask ourselves: Are we really feeding chickens, or are we truly feeding their enteric ecosystem?"
Ferket offered three feeding strategies to control the enteric ecosystem:
1. Establish the ecological environment by cultivating early enteric development and gut motility and by seeding the gut through direct-fed microbials.
2. Secure a nutrient balance by feeding enzymes, XOS, FOS and MOS products.
3. Maintain symbiotic microflora stability by weeding out pathogens through the use of antibiotics, essential oils, organic acids and MOS products.
Click here to read more about the Symposium: Challenges with Antibiotic-Free Poultry Production.
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|CAB Excited to Rollout New Product Called...Schmacon?
They have done it again! The people at Certified Angus Beef (CAB) have developed a new product that swings a double-edged sword. Not only will this product increase demand and utilization for lower priced parts of the carcass, it will also create an opportunity for beef to compete natively with pork. What is this miracle product? Well, it's an all-beef bacon, or
Schmacon, as they call it according to CAB Product Integration Manager Mark Gwin.Gwin says the product was originally developed by a deli operator from Illinois named, Howard Bender, who was searching for the perfect beef bacon. Bender eventually employed a seasoned industry professional named Steve Moore to perfect the recipe using celery and cherry powders to naturally cure Schmacon. The product has been certified as a Halaal food, meaning it is blessed and permissible to be eaten by those adhering to the Muslim faith. Gwin believes there will be a major demand for this product in the Middle East. In fact, Schmacon will make its initial thrust in this market in Dubai where it will be shown at The Gulf Food Show this coming February. "There's a great demand for Halaal products in the Middle East. It's a huge opportunity for beef bacon," Gwin said. "First, we'll market the product in Dubai. That will open up a lot of doors in the international market, after that we'll be going domestic with it."Gwin says while American beef producers keep doing a great job raising superior product, CAB will continue working to find new ways to market it.Click here to watch a video of the full interview with Gwin.
|Congrats to Kitty Beavers and to Tommy Glover for Having a Really Great Week!
Oklahoma Farm Bureau Women's Leadership Committee State Chairman Kitty Beavers of Stephens County was awarded Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom's agriculture advocate award during the annual Oklahoma AITC conference in Oklahoma City earlier this week.
"We wanted to recognize her for her efforts to promote agriculture, and specifically ag in the classroom around the state," said Audrey Harmon with Oklahoma AITC. "Her enthusiasm for agriculture and her excitement to share what she does with the teachers means they always enjoy getting to visit with her."
Beavers, who raises Angus cattle, wheat and hay near the southern Oklahoma town of Duncan with her husband, Charlie, said while winning the advocate award was a complete surprise, it's her passion for agriculture that keeps her involved with AITC programs and events across the state.
"Agriculture is one of the most important things that we can teach our young people," Beavers said. "Our teachers are the ones who take agriculture directly to the students in the classroom."
Call me cheap. When I have a grandchild celebrate a birthday- they get a dollar per year in their birthday card. Tommy Glover
of Elgin beat that number just a bit as he hauled his steer named Spook across the US-Canadian Border- showed at the legendary Calvary Stampede- and grabbed Grand Championship honors this past Sunday.
Tommy is twelve years old- and he nabbed a scholarship that turned out to be a thousand dollars for each year of his age- $12,000 as a scholarship plus $5,000 in cash for having the best steer in this international competition. In 2015, the Calgary Stampede refreshed its steer classic show to be entirely oriented to youth competitors aged nine to 21 as part of the Stampede's commitment to developing the next generation of agriculture advocates.
And there are some hefty payoffs for all the work that goes into showing an animal. Twelve-year-old Tommy Glover received $12,000 in scholarship funds and $5,000 cash for the Grand Champion title, showing his cross-breed steer Spook in Class 7.
Spook is a real show-stopper, a striking grey-black mix that is the result of his heritage of short horn, Maine Anjou and Chianina, an Italian breed of cattle.
"He's real sweet, but he does get worked up sometimes," said Tommy, who made the trip from Elgin, Okla. with his parents and sister to show at the Stampede. "He's pretty good everywhere. There's not really anything wrong with him structurally. He's real complete."
Tommy, who has been showing cattle since he was six, said he will put the money towards college and "projects." (That's rancher-speak for more cattle.) It was Tommy's first time to Canada and the family was pleasantly overwhelmed with their reception.
Congrats to Tommy and his family for bringing home all those Canadian bucks- good job on helping our balance of trade!!!
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