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Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Over 180 Ag Groups Unite to Demand the Preservation of Tax Code's Section 199 to Protect Farmers from Tax Hikes
More than 180 agricultural groups came together Tuesday to support the Section 199 tax deduction not included in President Trump's tax reform proposal.
The groups, led by the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, penned a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi opposing the effective repeal of Section 199.
By not including the deduction, the House tax reform legislation would eliminate Section 199, which would "result in many individual farmers paying more in taxes," seeing up to double-digit increases in tax bills, according to the letter.
Section 199 allows cooperatives to deduct the proceeds earned from products that are manufactured, produced, grown, or extracted and pass those deductions directly back to their farmer-members.
"Section 199 should be preserved in order to protect the good paying jobs and the economic return generated by the presence of farmer-owned cooperatives in rural communities. We encourage you to preserve Section 199 for agriculture as part of any tax reform efforts," the letter reads. "As a matter of basic fairness, we need you to consider tax reform that will lower rates on businesses broadly but does not raise taxes on farmers."
The letter emphasizes that with most of agriculture facing the fourth consecutive year of stagnant prices, now is not the time to raise the tax burden on farmers.
For more details, or to read the full letter and the complete list of those organizations that signed on to it, click or tap here.
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|National Sorghum Producers CEO Tim Lust Says Industry is Demonstrating Its Resilience After Two Years of Battling the Sugar Cane Aphid
In a recent interview with our Associate Farm Director Carson Horn at the National Association of Farm Broadcasters Convention, National Sorghum Producers CEO Tim Lust shared his industry's story of resilience.
After a few frustrating years battling a relatively new foe to the grain, the sugar cane aphid, Lust says sorghum producers have bounced back in 2017 with near record-breaking yields. At about 80 percent of the way done, he reports that harvest is already ahead of its normal pace.
"The last two years, we've been blessed enough to break national yield records and we're not going to quite do that this year," Lust said. "But we're going to be within about four or five bushels again. It came along timely and harvest has been rolling extremely well. Overall, another very good crop."
Although aphids were still an issue this year, affecting approximately 15 - 20 percent of growers across the nation, Lust says the situation was immensely better than we've seen in recent years. The sorghum industry led efforts to conduct research and provide resource training for growers on how to protect their farms from infestation. Lust attributes this year's success to farmers' ability to skillfully use these resources and effectively apply them on their operations.
"The results we talk about are, I think, a testament to growers' learning," he said. "Using those best management practices and a combination of a lot of tolerant hybrids - and really learning how you spray and get good coverage, has really helped in that."
You can continue reading or listen to Lust's complete conversation with Horn, to fond out more about what's happening in the world of sorghum, including NSP's involvement with the upcoming Farm Bill and recent developments in domestic and international markets, by clicking here.
The National Pork Board is again partnering with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in leading the US pork industry's celebration of Antibiotic Awareness Week, promoting the ongoing commitment of America's 60,000 pig farmers to superior antibiotic stewardship.
"This week of antibiotic awareness is a good time for those of us in the pork industry to reflect on our long history of accomplishments with antibiotics, such as using these medications responsibly and embracing the updated Pork Quality Assurance Plus certification program," said National Pork Board President Terry O'Neel, a pig farmer from Friend, Nebraska. "As pig farmers, we are aware of issues such as antibiotic resistance, and we are dedicated to working hard to preserve the effectiveness of antibiotics, both on the farm and in human medicine."
Since 2000, the Pork Board has approved a Checkoff investment of more than $6 million for antibiotic-related studies, which includes novel work on antibiotic usage standards and metrics. Industry leaders agree that ongoing collaboration with academia, governmental agencies and non-governmental organizations is the best way to move forward in solving the complex global issue of antibiotic resistance.
At the national level, the Pork Checkoff has been very active in its ongoing mission of education and outreach to all audiences about how America's pig farmers are progressing on antibiotic stewardship.
From a producer perspective, O'Neel said 2017 has been another milestone in antibiotic stewardship, with farmers taking even more proactive steps in pig management and biosecurity. He pointed out that these efforts have helped increase the health of pigs and reduce the need for antibiotics.
Click here to read the full story from the National Pork Board and how the industry is practicing good stewardship to reduce its reliance on antibiotics.
|NCBA's Collin Woodall Praises Trump Administration for Its Actions to Alleviate Ag's Regulatory Burdens
One area that has seen probably the most movement since Donald Trump
took office, has been in agriculture, where the President and his administration have attempted to alleviate some of the regulatory burdens of producers. Topping that list, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt
has worked to reverse the adverse effects of the agency's Waters of the US rule. Our own, Carson Horn
caught up with Colin Woodall
of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association during the National Association of Farm Broadcasters Convention this past week. Woodall described the changes he has observed in Washington since Trump's inauguration and how his policies are helping the ag industry today.
"The good news is, we have an EPA that understands that private property rights should be protected," Woodall said. "That's why the WOTUS rule will ultimately die here this fall, thanks to the efforts of Administrator Pruitt."
As Pruitt proceeds with this process - the issue of jurisdiction still remains, says Woodall, regarding water quality. Woodall is optimistic, though, that with Pruitt in place, a viable and mutually agreeable solution will be obtainable that protects both water quality and the sanctity of private property. Additionally, counterparts at the US Department of Agriculture have also followed suit, discarding regulations that unnecessarily burden and hinder producers. Secretary Sonny Perdue
just recently withdrew the GIPSA rules leftover from the Obama Administration. Woodall says this was yet another big win for the cattle industry.
"This was a huge victory, because of the concern we had with USDA being the person or the group that was going to determine what was fair in cattle markets," he said. "We knew it was going to have a major impact on our branded programs and our value-added programs. So, to be able to finally kill this, will allow us to continue the development of these programs that consumers like - to provide benefit for us and also keep the USDA and government out of cattle marketing. That's not where they belong."
Listen to Woodall and Horn discuss WOTUS, GIPSA and more, on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here
If you have got questions about your beef checkoff- the Oklahoma Beef Council has lots of resources on their website that can provide answers!
AND- click here for the home page of the Oklahoma Beef Council website- there's tons of resources you can discover- including great recipes to try out with your family.
Oklahoma's Beef Producers want to remind you- above all else- BEEF, It's Whats for Dinner!
In a recent ruling in favor of claims made by the US, the World Trade Organization confirmed Indonesia's import restrictions for horticultural products and animals and animal products are against WTO rules.
The WTO has rejected Indonesia's appeal of the panel finding, a move US poultry groups say is a "resounding victory," as expressed in a joint statement released yesterday.
"We're very pleased to hear that the finding has been upheld," USAPEEC, NCC and NTF said in the statement. "We're hoping that this translates into US poultry exports to Indonesia, something we've not seen for nearly 10 years. We are most appreciative to Ambassador Lighthizer for strongly pursuing this issue with WTO. If it were not for USTR's persistence, this would not have been accomplished."
The USA Poultry & Egg Export Council, National Chicken Council, and National Turkey Federation echoed comments made by US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, who says the WTO action should result in increased export opportunities for U.S. farmers and ranchers.
In its decision, WTO found that the 18 Indonesian measures challenged by the US were inconsistent with Indonesia's WTO obligations.
The poultry industry estimates the potential market for US poultry exports to Indonesia at 170,000 metric tons annually, valued at $177 million.
For more information on this story, read the entire statement here.
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|How Many Heifers Should I Keep? Glenn Selk Helps Ranchers Determine the Right Number for Their Operations
In his latest article included in this week's Cow/Calf Corner newsletter, Glenn Selk offers some considerations for ranchers to make as they try to determine how many replacement heifers they should retain each year.
While the answer is based on all the same factors, such as stocking rates, marketing plans, etc., the final number will ultimately be for each individual rancher to decide as it will directly affect his bottom line.
"As a starting place in the effort to answer this question," Selk write, "it is important to look at the 'average' cow herd to understand how many cows are in each age category. The typical herd will, 'on the average,' introduce 17 percent new first calf heifers each year. Stated another way, if 100 cows are expected to produce a calf each year, 17 of them will be having their first baby. Therefore, this gives us a starting point in choosing how many heifers we need to save each year."
After this, Selk says you must predict the percentage of heifers that enter a breeding season that will become pregnant.
Depending on the operation, a producer might consider keeping an additional 50 percent more heifers just to make certain that enough bred heifers were available to go into the herd, keeping in mind that the increased number of heifers will require additional pasture, increased health costs, and increased breeding costs. If natural breeding is used, consider having extra bull power on hand. If artificial insemination is the method of choice, then heifers will require increased synchronization and AI costs.
"However," Selk writes, "if the heifers were grown at a more rapid rate and weighed 65 percent of their eventual mature weight, then 90 percent of them would be cycling at the start of the breeding season and a much higher pregnancy rate would be the result. Even in the very best scenarios, some heifers will be difficult or impossible to breed. Most experienced cow herd managers will always expose at least 10 percent more heifers than they need even when all heifers are grown properly and weigh at least 65 percent of the expected mature weight."
From the very beginning, though, Selk insists ranchers must keep in mind the over-riding need to understand what forage based resources they have available to them. Selk clarifies, too, that these considerations are only a starting point from which producers should begin their search for a final answer. To read the complete article for more of Selk's advice on this matter, click over to our website.
|OSU WIns National Collegiate Livestock Judging Contest in Louisville- Outscoring Second Place K-State by 50 Points
Oklahoma State University won the 2017 National Collegiate Livestock Judging Contest held at the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Kentucky. The team, coached by Blake Bloomberg, scored 4719 points to beat runner-up Kansas State, which finished with 4669 points.
Oklahoma State team members included Justin Jensen, Jennifer Bedwell, Jessica Judge, Brandon Collopy, and Clay McGuire. This is the 18th National Championship for Oklahoma State and its first since 2012. The team also achieved the rare feat of placing first in the four major divisions (beef, sheep, swine and reasons).
In the Individual Awards, Jessica Judge from Oklahoma State was the high individual overall with 955 points. Judge was also the top individual in swine and reasons, while placing 6th in beef and 9th in sheep. Justin Jensen (Oklahoma State) finished second overall, Jim Waldrop (Texas Tech) was third, Jennifer Bedwell (Oklahoma State) was fourth and Kelsey Jozwiak (Texas A&M) placed fifth.
Click or tap here to read more about this dominant performance by the OSU Livestock Judging team in Louisville this week.
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