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Update from Ron Hays of RON
Thursday, January 16,
Hopes to Build on East Asian Success to Gain
Toehold in Chinese Market
US Meat Export Federation has had tremendous
success in the last couple of years opening
markets to U.S. producers. I caught up with
USMEF's Phil Seng at the recent
International Livestock Congress-USA in Denver,
Colorado and asked him about USMEF's encore after
so much success.
"In 2013 we looked at the
Japan market with its opening to 30-month cattle
as being very momentous. And, obviously, with the
fact that we're up 57 percent on our exports to
Japan this year over last year, that's proved to
be the case.
"I think where we are this
year is we're looking at the Chinese market,
maybe, as the one market that's going to have a
lot of promise and potential for us. It looks like
that's going to be midsummer at the earliest, but
I think that what Japan was for us I think China
will portend that, hopefully, for 2014.
think another market that's very important for the
beef industry is the Russian market. We've been
out of that Russian market now in February it will
be 12 months. And although that's going at a
glacial pace at this point in time, if we could
get China and Russia back up to speed we would
have a very good year next
"I'd also have to
add that just like everybody else here in this
industry we're concerned about the paucity of
cattle, the paucity of supply, the prices that
that is going to drive as far as the export
market. A lot of these countries where they've got
duties of 30 to 40 percent in addition to the
price of the product, it makes it very, very
prohibitively expensive. So these are things we're
looking at as well."
can read more of this article or hear my full
conversation with Phil Seng by clicking here.
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Study Touts Corn Ethanol Over Fracking and Tar
comprehensive new study (with
appendix) conducted by Life Cycle Associates found
that the carbon footprint of corn ethanol
continues to shrink, while the carbon impacts
associated with crude oil production continue to
worsen as more marginal sources are introduced to
the fuel supply. According to the report, "As the
average carbon intensity of petroleum is gradually
increasing, the carbon intensity of corn ethanol
is declining. Corn ethanol producers are motivated
by economics to reduce the energy inputs and
improve product yields."
commissioned by the Renewable Fuels Association
(RFA), found that average corn ethanol reduced
greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 32% compared to
average petroleum in 2012. Importantly, this
estimate includes prospective emissions from
indirect land use change (ILUC) for corn ethanol.
When compared to marginal petroleum sources like
tight oil from fracking and oil sands, average
corn ethanol reduces GHG emissions by
As more unconventional crude oil
sources enter the U.S. oil supply, and as corn
ethanol production processes become even more
efficient, the carbon impacts of ethanol and crude
oil will continue to diverge. By 2022, average
corn ethanol reduces GHG emissions by 43-60%
compared to petroleum, the study found.
can read more of this story and find a link to the
full study by clicking here.
Good Job, farmers and Ranchers! 2013 a Banner Year
2013 numbers are in and they show the importance
of voluntary, locally based conservation. Data
just released by the Natural Resources
Conservation Service shows how the USDA agency in
partnership farmers and ranchers across the
country conserved and protected natural resources
on tens of millions of acres of America's
privately-owned lands last
Just some of the
accomplishments of NRCS and conservation-minded
farmers, ranchers and other
conservation plans for more than 43.8 million
-- Enrolled more than
279,000 acres into conservation easements, setting
aside valuable wetlands, grasslands and farmlands.
These landscapes help create wildlife habitat,
clean air and water and lead to other
-- Worked with
producers in the Ogallala Aquifer region, the
nation's breadbasket, to implement conservation
practices that use water wisely on more than
You can read
more of this story on our website by clicking here.
Development Undersecretary Outlines 'Promise Zone'
Designation Impact for Choctaw
U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Housing and
Urban Development earlier this week announced the
designation of five communities as Promise Zones.
The communities will benefit from a comprehensive
approach to development with the assistance of the
The Choctaw Nation of
Oklahoma is one of the five communities selected
for the project.
USDA Deputy Undersecretary
for Rural Development Doug
O'Brien spoke with me about the program
and what it means for the Choctaw
"To qualify for this round of
Promise Zones, the communities and regions needed
to indicate that they had significant poverty and
also that they had significant capacity to
implement a successful strategy."
said these strategies are designed to help improve
the quality of life and economic
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10 Ways Chicken Contributes to a Healthy
to health professionals and nutritionists, protein
is the cornerstone of a healthy and balanced diet.
Chicken is one of the best sources of what
nutritionists call "high-quality" protein. The
body uses it to create new cells, repair existing
ones and produce the enzymes necessary to boost
metabolism and promote healthy
There are a number of benefits
to gain, simply by incorporating chicken into your
diet. Among the top ten:
1. Only 4
grams of total fat in a skinless chicken breast
serving-only 6 percent of the daily recommended
2. 5 to 7 ounces of protein should
be eaten by Americans on a daily basis, according
to the U.S. Dietary Guidelines. A 3.5 ounce
serving of chicken has half the daily
recommendation of protein.Chicken is a high
quality protein because it contains all of the
essential amino acids and has a great nutrient per
calorie ratio. The American Heart Association also
promotes chicken as one of the best ways to keep
cholesterol levels down naturally.
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Calves' Passive Immune Status Impacts Long-term
Health and Performance
Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus
Extension Animal Scientist, writes in the latest
You have heard
the warning: "What happens in Las Vegas, stays in
Las Vegas!!!" Perhaps you have not heard: "What
happens in the first 24 hours, impacts the rest of
a calf's life"! Veterinary scientists, while with
the USDA experiment station at Clay Center,
Nebraska monitored health events and growth
performance in a population of range beef calves
in order to identify associations of production
factors with baby calf passive immune status.
Blood samples were collected at 24 hours
after calving from 263 crossbred calves to
determine the amount of passive maternal immunity
that had been obtained from
is the first milk produced by a cow upon giving
birth. The baby calves were classified with
"Inadequate" or "Adequate" Passive Immune status
based on that blood sample at 24 hours of age.
Growth performance and health events in the study
population were monitored from birth to weaning,
and after weaning throughout the feedlot phase.
The lowest levels of passive immunity were
observed among calves that were sick or died prior
to weaning. Calves with "inadequate" passive
immunity had a 5.4 times greater risk of death
prior to weaning, 6.4 times greater risk of being
sick during the first 28 days of life, and 3.2
times greater risk of being sick any time prior to
weaning when compared to calves with "adequate"
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Danger High- But Not Red Flag High on Thursday-
the Latest Maps!
conditions for today across Oklahoma have the
state set up to face midday and afternoon wildfire
Crone with the News on 6 sums it up well
in his Thursday morning blog- "The fire danger is
very high today across most of the state with
critical fire weather spreads across central and
western OK. Criteria for Red Flag Warnings will
not be met regarding the daytime temperatures, but
humidity and wind issues will be primed for
erratic wild fire growth. You are encouraged to
refrain from outdoor burning."
have two maps and a third graph that you can see by clicking
here. The top map is a fire zone map
that shows almost all of Oklahoma have the right
kind of conditions to burn in a heartbeat- the
second graph show where Red Flag warnings are
today- north of us up in Kansas- and the bottom
graph gives you a feel of the next nine days and
how dangerous it could be if a fire gets started
anywhere in the state.
thanks to Jed Castles of News9
for pulling together these stats in graphic form
for us all to see.
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