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Strike! Groups Tell Lawmakers- Leave Ag, Conservation and
Nutrition Spending ALONE!
In an election year, THE thing that lawmakers do not want to do is to
make constituents unhappy- and that makes the thinking behind a
letter that went to Capitol Hill yesterday nothing short of
You have to go back to the days of Senator Bob Dole being
a shaker and mover on the Senate Ag Committee to when we really
pulled together farm program policy with nutrition policy.
Nutrition policy back then was about giving butter and cheese and
other staples to worthy recipients. Then came food stamps which
have now become SNAP payments- and every farm bill cycle, we have
arguments for the need to separate nutrition support from policy
involving the farm safety net- and for that matter, conservation.
It was even a done deal for a brief moment in the 2014 Farm Bill
process- but in the end, lawmakers backed away and this most recent
farm law once again includes all three legs to keep it upright.
Well, the letter
we referenced above has serious supporters of ALL THREE LEGS sending
a preemptive message to the Chair and Ranking Members
of both the Budget and Appropriations Committees in both the House
and the Senate.
The message urges them to reject additional cuts to programs for
fiscal year 2017 within the jurisdiction of the Senate and House
The letter also calls on leaders to oppose any proposals to re-open
the Farm Bill during the consideration of the 2017 Budget Resolution
and refrain from including reconciliation instructions for either the
Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry or for the
House Committee on Agriculture.
Who signed the letter? There are a total of 255 groups-
including The Salvation Army, the National Wild Turkey Federation,
Quail and Pheasants Forever, virtually all Commodity Groups, Food
Banks galore, Bankers, Health Professionals and on and on and on.
here to read the full letter. Just as important, take a
moment and read thru the list of the groups telling the lawmakers, DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT.
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WASDE- Move Along,
Nothing to See Here (for grains or for meat and livestock)
There were not many changes in the USDA World Ag Supply and Demand
Estimates released yesterday morning- compared to the February
Market Analyst Tom
Leffler of Leffler Commodities says there was very
little from this report to get excited about.
"The wheat and corn were lower than what the trade was looking
for. But, the interesting thing was they did not change from where
they were in February," Leffler said. "You have to look at
it as completely neutral, there was no change what so ever in the
corn and wheat. It may have been a bit of a surprise because we were
looking for an increase in both those commodities.
Leffler calls the report a "Yawner." Click
here to read more of his thoughts from yesterday's release.
Tom does not usually offer commentary to us on the Meat and Livestock
section of WASDE- but we did want to mention that part of the report
USDA did move the overall meat supply number(total of beef, pork and
poultry) compared to a month ago. The report says "The 2016
forecast of total red meat and poultry production is raised from last
month as higher forecast first-quarter broiler and turkey production
more than offsets small reductions in beef and pork. First-quarter beef
production is reduced on the pace of slaughter and lower carcass
weights; pork production is reduced on slightly lighter carcass
here for more on the Livestock portion of the March 9 report.
Reduction in Use of Shared Class Antibiotics in Their High Plains
eliminating 20 percent of shared-class antibiotics,
those deemed important for human medicine and farm animals, from its
four feed yards in Texas, Kansas and Colorado, and four additional
feed yards operated by Friona Industries, which is a strategic
business partner that supplies the company with cattle. The total
number of cattle involved annually is approximately 1.2 million. This
move comes after Cargill evaluated both existing third party research
and research previously conducted by the company regarding reduced
antibiotic use, and evaluated customer and consumer input. For the
beef cattle covered by this announcement, Cargill does not use any
antibiotics for growth promotion that are medically important for
"Our decision to eliminate 20 percent of the antibiotics used in
our beef cattle, which are also used for human health, took into
consideration customer and consumer desires to help ensure the
long-term medical effectiveness of antibiotics for both people and
animals," stated John
Keating, president of Cargill's Wichita-based beef
business. "We need to balance those desires with our commitment
to ensure the health of animals raised for food, which contributes to
the production of safer food."
More on the move by Cargill is available
Beef Checkoff Funded
Research Drives the Beef Business Toward the Future
The Beef Checkoff dollars that are collected from cattle producers
are used for one of three purposes- promotion, education and
Board Chairman Anne Anderson says that of the three,
research continues to use more and more of the federal beef checkoff
dollars. Anderson says there are three areas where dollars have
been invested on behalf of cattle producers. Those areas of
research are Food Safety, Nutrition and New Product development.
Anderson tells us that Nutrition Research is one that has become a
higher priority in recent years, because if the Beef Checkoff is not
willing to undertake key studies that help show the importance of
beef in a healthy diet, no one else will. Anderson says "in
Nutrition Research, you have to anticipate what we are going to need,
do it ahead of time, get it peer reviewed and then
In today's Beef Buzz, we also talk with Anne about Food Safety and
New Product Research- and a fourth area that really does not fit in
one of these three categories- the work done to document
Sustainability in the beef business.
here to read more and to listen to this edition of the Beef Buzz
featuring the personable Chair lady of the CBB, Anne Anderson.
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Set, Go! OYE Gates Open Today- Gilts and Does Start Showing Tomorrow
First! Of course we mean Gilts, Does and
Heifers when we refer to Females and the Oklahoma Youth Expo.
All three species are headed for State Fair Park and are getting checked
in, weighed and carded in preparation for tomorrow morning when the
OYE competition officially begins.
First comes the Purebred Gilts- they start at 8:00 AM in Barn 6,
followed by the Doe Show in the Super Barn at 2:00 PM. Both of
these species continue to show on Saturday- and Heifers will start
being worked class by class on Sunday.
Our coverage all the way to next week and the Premium Sale of the top
market animals is being sponsored in part by ITC High Plains,
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Details for Friday
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The overall website for the OYE is available here.
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BASF and Wheat, Corn and
Soybean Groups Hand Out Scholarship Cash
American Soybean Association (ASA), National Corn Growers Association
(NCGA), and the National Wheat Foundation (NWF)
presented scholarships to future leaders who share a passion and
motivation for advancing the industry at the 2016 Commodity Classic
tradeshow in New Orleans. The scholarships assist promising individuals
with their future agriculture academic endeavors.
"Fostering a successful, sustainable future for agriculture is
the catalyst behind BASF's Crop Protection business," said Paul Rea,
Senior Vice President, Crop Protection, North America, BASF. "The
future starts with bright minds, and helping young individuals
venture toward a career in agriculture is important to BASF."
A total of ten scholarships were handed out by BASF and the groups- click
here for more details and learn who received this collegiate help
during Commodity Classic.
Our coverage of this year's Commodity Classic was powered by BASF-
thanks to them!
This N That- Heath
Sanders Rejoins OSU Extension, Superior Webinar Tonight and Superior
is headed southwest later this month to step into the Area Agronomist
position for OSU Extension. "Heath is an extremely
well-respected young agronomist; we consider ourselves fortunate to
have a professional of his caliber and firsthand experience as a member
of our team," said Bob
LeValley, Oklahoma State University Cooperative
Extension southwest district director.
Sanders has served Oklahoma as an OSU Cooperative Extension assistant
specialist focusing on winter canola (2008-2010), an oilseed
agronomist with Producers Cooperative Oil Mill (2010-2013) and a
field specialist with the Great Plains Canola Association
He also served as a senior agriculturist in the OSU Division of
Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources' small grains weed science
project from 2005 to 2008.
We will continue to work with you in this new role!
Livestock is teaming with IMI Global to present a
special Webinar on Thursday evening, March 10 at 6 PM central time.
The program will feature Leann
Saunders of IMI Global and Danny Jones of
Superior Livestock- they will be covering several topics including:
New Market Opportunities, International Trade and What's Next for
Value Added Programs.
More details are available
Speaking of Superior
Video Livestock, their next regular every other week
sale is set for tomorrow morning at 8:00 AM central time.
32,000 head of cattle will be offered this week- details are
available on the Superior website by clicking
As always, you can call Superior at 1-800-422-2117 for more
information as well.
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