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BSE Risk Status Upgrade Will Assist U.S. Beef
Export Growth, Say Vilsack, NCBA (Jump to
-- Secretary Vilsack Says
Man-made Risks are Threat to U.S. Agriculture (Jump to
-- Science-Based Research,
Regulation Make Sense for Genetically Modified
Crops (Jump to
-- Crop Insurance Indemnity
Checks Flow to Farmers
-- Precipitation Presents a
Two-Edged Sword for Oklahoma Wheat Producers,
Anderson Says (Jump to
Hollow Stem Has Arrived in the 2013 Oklahoma HRW
Crop (Jump to
--This N That- Rainfall Update, OACD
Meeting and Express Bull Sale Reminder (Jump to Story
Risk Status Upgrade Will Assist U.S. Beef Export
Growth, Say Vilsack, NCBA
year, the United States submitted an application
and supporting information to the OIE's Scientific
Commission to upgrade the United States' risk
classification for BSE from controlled to
negligible. The Commission, in turn, conducted a
thorough review before recommending this week that
the risk classification for the United States be
upgraded to negligible. A formal
announcement is expected in May.
response to the recommendation, Agriculture
Secretary Tom Vilsack said,
"Being classified as negligible risk for BSE by
the OIE will also greatly support our efforts to
increase exports of U.S. beef and beef products.
In recommending that the United States receive
negligible risk classification, the Commission
stated that the risk assessments submitted for
their evaluation were robust and comprehensive,
and that both our surveillance for, and safeguards
against, BSE are strong. U.S. beef and beef
products are of the highest quality, wholesome and
produced to the highest safety standards in the
world. The United States continues to press for
normalization of beef trade with several nations
in a manner that is based on science and
consistent with international standards."
(Click here for more of Vilsack's
Cattlemen's Beef Association President-Elect
Bob McCan, a cattleman from
Victoria, Texas, said he was pleased with the
OIE's recommendation as well.
"This announcement by OIE's
Scientific Commission is great news for U.S.
cattle producers. The U.S. beef industry has
worked with government officials and scientists to
implement multiple interlocking safeguards to
prevent BSE from taking hold in our country. Being
classified as negligible risk for BSE by the OIE
is proof that these safeguards are working and
protecting the public and animal health against
BSE." (Click here for more from Bob
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Vilsack Says Man-made Risks are Threat to U.S.
Secretary Tom Vilsack told USDA's
annual Agricultural Outlook Forum that many of the
risks faced today by U-S agriculture are
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack
says man-made risks are affecting U.S. agriculture
and need to be addressed by Congress. Speaking to
the annual Agricultural Outlook Forum held near
Washington D.C., Vilsack said the current budget
crisis and impending sequester are major yet
"March one will come
and if it comes before Congress has acted the
sequester will be triggered and what that will
mean for USDA is every line-item, virtually every
line-item, of our budget will have to be reduced
by a certain percentage. And that percentage could
be somewhere in the neighborhood of five to six
percent. The only way we can absorb a cut of this
magnitude is by impacting the people who work in
the food safety area of USDA. It doesn't just
impact those workers it impacts all of the
processing facilities and plants and production
facilities across the country. Congress could give
us flexibility and say we didn't really mean every
line-item across the board, or they could come up
with a larger deficit reduction package that would
Click here to read more.
Research, Regulation Make Sense for Genetically
article by Steve Mercer, U.S.
Wheat Associates Vice President of Communications,
was published in their online Wheat Letter.
Food with ingredients that have
biotechnology-derived traits have been available
for almost 20 years and consumed in literally
trillions of meals around the world with no
evidence of added harm or illness. Just this week,
the International Service for the Acquisition of
Agri-Biotech Applications reported that developing
countries for the first time have grown more
hectares of biotech crops than industrialized
countries, "contributing to food security and
further alleviating poverty in some of the world's
most vulnerable regions."
still question the safety of these food products
and the validity of their regulation.
fact is numerous studies undertaken by government
agencies charged with monitoring food safety and
conclusions by leading global health and medical
organizations agree that biotech crops are equally
as safe to eat as conventional crops.
You can read more by clicking
Insurance Indemnity Checks Flow to
the claims come in from one of the worst droughts
in decades, farmers and ranchers across the
country are receiving indemnity payments for the
losses they have incurred, according to the latest
newsletter from National Crop Insurance Services.
As of February 18, more than $14.7 billion
has been sent to farmers. Farmers will invest more
than $4.1 billion to purchase more than 1.2
million crop insurance policies.
farmers invested more than $4.1 billion to
purchase more than 1.2 million crop insurance
policies, protecting 128 different
Crop insurance policies protect more
than 281 million acres of planted
Farmers have spent $28.6 billion out
of their own pockets to purchase the protection of
crop insurance in the past
Seventeen states have loss ratios
exceeding 1.05 - meaning that for every $1 paid in
premiums, companies are paying out $1.05 in
indemnities. These states
include: Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Nebraska,
Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, South Dakota, New Mexico,
New Hampshire, New York, Wisconsin, Texas,
Colorado, Massachusetts, Tennessee and
Illinois has the highest loss
ratio in the country at 3.23.
the loss ratio is
Presents a Two-Edged Sword for Oklahoma Wheat
Producers, Anderson Says
though much of Oklahoma received precipitation
this week, it may not be a good thing for all
producers says OSU Extension Grain Marketing
Specialist Kim Anderson. He spoke
with Lyndall Stout for this
weekend's SUNUP program.
"The producers who
have fields-and there's quite a few of them-that
the seeds haven't germinated yet, this moisture
may cause them to germinate. It's late in the
season for germination. The odds are, from what I
understand from plant soil science specialists, is
the odds of making a yield from that is pretty
small. That could create some problems with crop
insurance. Now, I'm not for sure about that, but
it's something to look into."
fields that are looking like this, that are up,
they have a stand, this is a Godsend for them.
This is good, timely moisture. It can set them up
for coming out of dormancy and it could create the
atmosphere for some average or better yields."
Click here for more from Kim
Anderson and to see the full lineup for this
First Hollow Stem Has Arrived in the 2013
Oklahoma HRW Crop
Hollow Stem has arrived in south central Oklahoma,
according to OSU Wheat Specialist Dr. Jeff
Edwards- he updates us in his latest
posting on his Blog site:
hollow stem occurs just prior to jointing and is
the optimal time to remove cattle from wheat
pasture. Grazing past first hollow stem can reduce
wheat grain yield by as much as 5% per day and the
added cattle gains are not enough to
offset the value of the reduced wheat yield.
Checking for first hollow stem is fairly
Jeff says that First Hollow
Stem was measured on February 18th in Chickasha at
the OSU wheat plots in two varieties- Gallagher
and Everest. He predicts that most varieties at
that location in Grady County will be past First
Hollow Stem by March First.
- You must check first hollow stem in a
nongrazed area of the same variety and planting
date. Variety can affect date of first hollow
stem by as much as three weeks and planting date
can affect it even more.
- Dig or pull up a few plants and split the
largest tiller longitudinally (lengthways) and
measure the amount of hollow stem present below
the developing grain head. You must dig plants
because at this stage the developing grain head
may still be below the soil surface.
- If there is 1.5 cm of hollow stem present
(see picture below), it is time to remove
cattle. 1.5 cm is about the same as the diameter
of a dime.
Click here for the Blog post of
Dr. Edwards to see a great photo of what First
Hollow Stem looks like and details on how far
along several key varieties are at the Chickasha
N That- Rainfall Update, OACD Meeting and Express
Bull Sale Reminder
totals across southern Oklahoma continued to build
during the day yesterday- and with this latest
system now out of the state- we have the latest
Mesonet station graphic to share with you on our
website- as well as yesterday's Drought
Click here for our webstory that
has both of these graphics.
two dozen Mesonet locations have recorded over an
inch of liquid rainfall- and many other locations-
especially north of I-40 could push over that mark
as snow melts today and into the weekend.
coming Sunday through Tuesday, the 2013
Oklahoma Association of Conservation
Districts will be holding their annual
meeting- once again at the Reed Center in Midwest
of their meeting are in our calendar listing of
the meeting- complete with a link to the agenda
for the 2013 gathering of conservationists from
all 77 counties. Click here to jump over
2013 Spring Bull Sale of Express
Ranches will be here before you know it-
and this year's event will feature some of the
finest genetics found in the Angus breed
today. The sale at the Ranch in Yukon will
include a lineup of 546 Bulls- featuring the
National Western Grand Champion Carload. The sale
will happen Friday, March first, starting at 10
Funk and Jarold Callahan
write in the 2013 Catalog "With all of us
experiencing the best cattle prices in history, we
still feel one of the most important decisions we
make is bull selection. Proper bull
selection allows us to optimize our opportunities
to turn a profit and maximize our land,
Express we are constantly striving to blend
technology with common sense to supply you, our
customer, with the best
bulls we can produce.
All of the bulls selling have HD50K genomic
profiles for you to examine."
Click here to go to the Express
website and their sale page- they have the catalog
on line to examine- video of the bulls and the
ability to download the bulls performance data.
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