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Thursday, September 27, 2018
Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue Rings the Closing Bell at the New York Stock Exchange
The New York Stock Exchange closed yesterday as usual with the ring of a bell. The honor of ringing that bell, was US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, joined on the podium by members of the ag community representing several of the nation's leading industry trade associations. Among that were National FFA students and representatives from New York, and four farmers he met while travelling across the nation.
"The farmers, ranchers, foresters and agricultural producers across America contribute a great deal to the American economy," Perdue remarked after ringing the bell. "I'm pleased to be here today, at the center of our economic activity, with all these people that I've met across the country to celebrate the bounty of the American harvest."
Leaving the podium, Perdue was greeted by farmers, producers and industry leaders he met on his travels.
The Secretary's full statement and a complete list of spectators from the ag community can be found on our website, by clicking here
|President Trump Meets Prime Minister Abe in New York- They Agree to Start Trade Talks for a Possible Bilateral Deal
The United States and Japan announced Wednesday the two nations would seek a free trade agreement. President Donald Trump and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced the two nations will soon begin negotiations.
Japan has previously declined to work on a bilateral agreement, and instead urged the U.S. to rejoin the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Japan is thought to block opening of its agricultural markets to the U.S. through a two-nation pact, and instead opt for TPP.
Following the announcement, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue stated the talks are "welcome news since we know that export income is critical to the financial health of agriculture and is a key contributor to rural prosperity."
Perdue called Japan an important customer for U.S. farmers and ranchers. Perdue also called the announcement "proof" that President Trump's approach to trade will "benefit our entire economy, including the agricultural sector."
Also commenting on the announcement from New York were the National Cattlemen's Beef Association and US Wheat Associates- both very happy to see this development.
Click or tap here to read the complete reaction from US Wheat- and you can click or tap to see the statement from NCBA President Kevin Kester on this move- in our NCBA story- we also have the audio from a conversation we had late yesterday afternoon with Kent Bacus of their DC office about this step forward with our number one market internationally for US Beef- Japan.
| Poultry Industry's Rapid Expansion in Northeast Oklahoma Ruffling Feathers Among Angry Neighbors
The poultry industry in northeastern Oklahoma is expanding- especially in Delaware County. Farmers in the area are building new and larger chicken houses in response to Arkansas based company Simmons Foods expansion of its poultry processing infrastructure. The company is actively recruiting new farmer partners to supply its increased capacity, many of whom reside across the Oklahoma line. However, the situation has sparked resent among residents in the concentrated area complaining about related odors and voicing concerns about possible ground water contamination that might result from the presence of the barns. We spoke with Ag Secretary Jim Reese this week who is working to mend fences between farmers and their neighbors who he admits were probably not given the proper consideration among all the excitement of expansion.
Despite the complaints being lodged, though, Reese asserts that there are many positives in bringing this expansion to the area.
"There is economic benefit," he interjected. "We just need to be certain that personal lives are not affected in an egregious way and there are some examples where there just wasn't a lot of consideration to neighbors. Just being a good neighbor goes a long way."
Continue reading about this story or listen to my complete conversation with the Secretary by clicking here.
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At present, 11 US states are protected from the flawed 2015 WOTUS rule under a stay ordered by a federal district court in Georgia. Yesterday, a wide range of business groups joined the American Farm Bureau in a united front to formally ask the court to expand its injunction to include 22 other states that have been exposed to the rule due to a recent South Carolina court ruling that lifted its prior protection prompted by litigation brought forth by environmental activist groups. Oklahoma is included among the 22 states seeking refuge from the implications of an unrestrained WOTUS in its current form.
In addition to the court in Georgia, federal courts in North Dakota and Texas have blocked the WOTUS rule in specific states. If the Georgia court extends its injunction as requested, the WOTUS rule will be temporarily blocked in all 50 states.
The motion submitted by the coalition explained that the WOTUS situation is very confusing due to the hodgepodge of states in which the federal rule is applicable. The motion argues that "a rule this fundamental to the (Clean Water Act's) regulatory scheme should not apply in a patchwork manner." Furthermore, the filing highlights the illogic of allowing piecemeal enforcement of an almost certainly doomed regulation. As stated in the motion, "the public has no interest in the enforcement of an illegal rule."
Read more on this action being taken to thwart activist intervention and review the complete motion for yourself, here
The Chairs and Ranking Members of both the House and Senate Agriculture Committees released a joint statement Wednesday after meeting to discuss the likelihood of coming to terms on a final agreement on the 2018 Farm Bill. The release imparted the committee leaders' commitment to finishing their task and keeping the spirit of compromise.
"Each of us is still at the negotiating table, and we remain committed to working together on a Farm Bill," their statement reads. "Our conversations are productive, and progress toward an agreement is taking shape. We are going to get this right."
The release also pointed out that since the Farm Bill Conference Committee's public hearing on Sept. 5. its leaders have continued to meet regularly in attempts to reach a consensus.
The negotiators were trying to reach an agreement on the farm bill this week, but the clock is all but out of time as the current bill expires Sunday. Monday means critical trade programs will not have funding, including the Market Access Program and the Foreign Market Development program, seen as key units of USDA given the current trade climate.
House Agriculture Committee chairman Mike Conaway says "the world didn't stop turning" when previous farm bills expired without a new law in place. The main points of contention with this bill remain the SNAP work requirements and portions of the conservation title. Click here to jump to the original statement published to our website.
Unless You Treat the Underlying Cause Don't Expect Results- Vet AJ Tarpoff Talks Treatment Failure
Bovine Respiratory Disease or BRD, is the No. 1 disease cattle producers will face when they deal with incoming stockers onto their operations. However, according to Extension Veterinarian Dr. AJ Tarpoff, there are many other ailments that cattle develop that are oftentimes misdiagnosed as a BRD related symptom and then treated as such. In such cases, Tarpoff says this results in the affected animal's "treatment failure."
Some of the most common things Tarpoff has seen in cattle that producers will mistake for an illness, are actually injuries- things like lameness especially. Many producers might jump to the conclusion that this is being caused by foot rot. Tarpoff brushes that notion aside insisting that foot rot typically does not occur until later on in a feeding period. For cattle that have just arrived, he says lameness in cattle is generally caused by either an abscess under the hoof or by infectious arthritis, sometimes even external cuts from jagged edges on panels or gates where maybe a weld has broken and left unattended where cattle are unloaded or moved through.
"So, how do we handle these animals, well, No. 1: maintenance on our own equipment, load outs, loading areas, the inside of chutes... making sure all of that is repaired like should be so we have no sharp edges that these cattle are going to be running across," Tarpoff said. "The other thing is low stress handling and making sure those cattle aren't slipping and falling and making sure we're not applying too much pressure where they would try to run or get away from us. But, keeping those animals calm, cool and collected while we're pushing them through our facility."
When cattle do initially arrive, though, Tarpoff says cattle should have a good once over by the producer to identify any health issues that need to be addressed. However, the job doesn't stop there. After the cattle have been released from the initial observation period, producers should keep an eye out for at least a few days to see if any other signs of illness or injury appears in the cattle. Once identified, understand that the healing process will take time and take the appropriate measures to expedite that process.
"Once we do have them in treatment and the infection is under control- we can kill the bacteria, but the inflammation is still there and the damage has already been done- so we need to handle these animals a little differently. Keep them where they're on a nice bedded ground and a pretty easy-going pen where they don't have to compete with their pen mates," he said. "It needs to be a place where they can rest and don't have to go far for feed and water- a vacation pen is what I like to call it."
Listen to Tarpoff offer more advice on how to properly identify and treat illnesses in cattle on stocker operations, with me, on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here.
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|Checking in on the Beef Checkoff - Oklahoma Beef Council Partners with OK FFA to Promote MBA Program
In September, the Oklahoma Beef Council attended the Oklahoma FFA Association's "COLT" leadership meetings around the state to promote the Masters of Beef Advocacy (MBA) program among the FFA members also in attendance.
This Checkoff funded program offers beef producers, young and old, an opportunity to equip themselves with the information they need to be everyday advocates for the beef industry.
I talked with Heather Buckmaster
of the Beef Council about this program and the organization's partnership with the FFA, now in its ninth year - you can listen to our visit on that and check out how you can receive your MBA certification, by clicking or tapping here.
| Cattle Thieves Caught - Two Osage County Men Apprehended After Investigation by TSCRA Ranger
The coordinated efforts of state agencies stemming from an investigation led by Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Special Ranger Bart Perrier, has led to the incarceration of two Osage County men Cody Joseph Porter, 32, of Sperry and Michael Joseph Demaro, 43, of Skiatook. The partners in crime were charged in August in connection to a series of cattle thefts that took place in June near Avant, Okla. Both are awaiting their arraignment, after which they will be held on a $70,000 and $25,000 bond respectively. The men face up to ten years in prison for their crimes and additional charges.
Demaro was eventually apprehended after being spotted in possession of stolen property in Shawnee and then attempting to evade arrest for several hours. Porter managed to elude authorities until July 10, 2018, when he was arrested in Owasso by TSCRA Special Rangers and Oklahoma Department of Agriculture Special Agents.
Perrier initially received complaints from three separate victims in the area who alleged that calves had been stolen from their pastures. He soon discovered that the missing cattle had been sold through several different livestock auction markets in Northeastern Oklahoma and Southern Kansas. Records from the auction markets tied Porter and Demaro to the crimes. The investigation also revealed several related cattle and equipment thefts across Oklahoma.
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