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Thursday, November 12, 2015
Ag Commodity Groups Rally for Passage of the TPP
from six national farm groups joined U.S. Department of Agriculture
Foreign Agricultural Service Administrator Phil Karsting
in Kansas City Wednesday for a media event to discuss the
implications of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) for American
agriculture. The event featured farmer leaders from the National
Cattlemen's Beef Association, American Soybean Association, National
Pork Producers Council, National Corn Growers Association, U.S.
Grains Council and National Association of Wheat Growers, all proclaiming
the importance of the TPP for their individual industry sectors.
All of the farmers on the panel told the media that TPP is a good
deal for their respective commodity sectors- although no one had a
solid prediction as to how much economic benefit would come from the
trade deal. USDA's Karsting said that he would point to previous
trade agreements that have been positive for US agriculture as one
way to measure how much potential TPP has for agricultural interests
One of the ag leaders expressing his support for the Pacific Rim deal
Blankenship. "TPP makes great strides in
expanding trade opportunities for wheat in the Pacific Rim. This
agreement lays the foundation for future trade agreements. NAWG is
hopeful for quick congressional consideration and that other
countries will quickly join the TPP," said the National
Association of Wheat Growers President, a wheat grower from
The cattle industry was represented by Bob McCan,
immediate past President of the NCBA. McCan is a rancher from south
Texas- and he says the immediate tariff reduction for US beef
destined for Japan is a very tangible benefit for the US Cattle
industry. He says that Australia has jumped ahead of the US in
negotiating better trade terms with our largest beef export market-
Japan- and that TPP helps the US catch up in the bringing down
tariffs in this most important market.
After the media event- we talked with both Blankenship
and McCan- and you can hear their comments about TPP and read
more by clicking
or tapping here.
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AQHA World Championship
Show Celebrates Record Year for Top Horses, Riders
The 2015 Lucas Oil American Quarter Horse Association
(AQHA) World Championship Show is going on now through November 21st
at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City. The event features horseman from
around the world for two weeks of exciting competition, educational
opportunities and a bountiful trade show. AQHA is also celebrating
its 75th Anniversary with many activities. AQHA Spokesperson Sarah Davisson
said the show features exhibitors from 46 states and nine countries.
"Owners and exhibitors, they've put their time and dedication
into just qualifying to compete right here at State Fair Park in
Oklahoma City," Davisson said. "They've been traveling all
year long just to earn enough points to compete."
The AQHA World Championship Show is the largest single-breed
championship horse show in the world. Horsemen from the United
States, Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Dominican
Republic, Germany and Switzerland are competing for 100 world
championships at this year's event. Davisson said this year's show
has a record breaking 4,700 plus entries.
One of the biggest changes visitors will notice is the order of
events. This week, the open division consisting of the best horse
trainers in the world are competing for world titles. Next week, the
amateur events will take place at State Fair Park. Click
here to hear our conversation with Sarah about the 2015 Show as
well as to read more about special events at the AQHA World Show.
By the way- Sarah Davisson will be our guest this
Saturday morning for our In the Field segment to be seen on KWTV,
News9 at about 6:40 AM.
Pork Checkoff Inspires
Consumers to Celebrate "Porksgiving" This Holiday Season
holiday season, the Pork
Checkoff is inspiring people across the country to
say thank you to those who have given to others all year long by
a season for giving back with pork.
"There's no better way to show someone your appreciation than
with a home-cooked meal, and there's no better meal than one made
with pork," said Randy
Brown, chair of the Pork Checkoff Domestic Marketing
Committee and a pig farmer from Nevada, Ohio. "We want to
inspire everyone to celebrate those who selflessly give back to
others with flavor-filled pork meals."
This Porksgiving, the Checkoff is inviting consumers to visit PorkBeinspired.com/Porksgiving
for inspiration and ideas on how to give back with juicy, tender
pork. The site offers consumers stories that highlight how pork fans
coast-to-coast are showing their gratitude with the gift of pork.
Visitors also will be able to see how pig farmers give back
throughout the year, such as the many pounds of pork donated to food
banks, support given to the military and funds raised for those in
need. The site includes featured recipes and is being updated daily
with new acts of Porksgiving. Click
here to read more about "Porksgiving".
AgriClear Helping Cattle
Buyers and Sellers Manage Risk
It's a new way to buy and sell cattle. Producers have
been selling cattle online for years, but the concept of AgriClear is
all about a total service platform that includes some guarantees back
to the buyer as well as to the seller. Dr. Nevil Speer
is the head of U.S. Operations for the organization. Speer said the
foundation of the company is to enable both buyers and sellers to
leverage technology and have a broader marketplace. In dealing with
customers online, he said there has to be some kind of financial or
"That's what we do," Speer said. "We provide payment
assurance, so that we make sure the seller gets paid and also that
the buyer has some deal certainty on the other end too in case the
cattle, for example, arrive that aren't what they were supposed to
be. So, really we are protecting both sides."
The capital at risk in the cattle business is unparalleled. Speer
said there is too much risk in this business. AgriClear aims to
eliminate those concerns of nonpayment. Click
here to hear about AgriClear.
We are also pleased
to have American
Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company as
a regular sponsor of our daily update. On both the state and national
levels, full-time staff members serve as a "watchdog" for
family agriculture producers, mutual insurance company members and
life company members. Click here to go to
their AFR website to learn more about their efforts to
serve rural America!
Oklahoma Farm Bureau
Convention Set to Begin Tomorrow in Downtown Oklahoma City
Oklahoma Farm Bureau
members from across the state will meet at the Cox Convention Center
in downtown Oklahoma City- starting tomorrow and running through
Sunday for the general farm group's 74th annual meeting.
This year's convention theme of "A Heritage Worth
Preserving, A Future Worth Protecting" focuses on the importance
of fighting for agriculture and rural Oklahoma. The annual event
serves as a premier opportunity for Oklahoma farmers and ranchers to
gather together and make their voices heard as they set organizational
policy and give direction for the upcoming state legislative session.
Read more about the 2015 gathering from all 77
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Selk: How Much Hay Will a
Selk, Oklahoma State University
Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist, writes in the latest Cow-Calf
Estimating forage usage by cows is an important part of the task of
calculating winter feed needs. Hay or standing forage intake must be
estimated in order to make the calculations. Forage quality will be a
determining factor in the amount of forage consumed. Higher quality
forages contain larger concentrations of important nutrients so
animals consuming these forages should be more likely to meet their
nutrient needs from the forages. Also cows can consume a larger
quantity of higher quality forages.
Higher quality forages are fermented more rapidly in the rumen
leaving a void that the animal can re-fill with additional forage.
Consequently, forage intake increases. For example, low quality
forages (below about 6% crude protein) will be consumed at about 1.5%
of body weight (on a dry matter basis) per day. Higher quality grass
hays (above 8% crude protein) may be consumed at about 2.0% of body
weight. Excellent forages, such as good alfalfa, silages, or green
pasture may be consumed at the rate of 2.5% dry matter of body weight
per day. The combination of increased nutrient content AND increased
forage intake makes high quality forage very valuable to the animal
and the producer. With these intake estimates, now producers can
calculate the estimated amounts of hay that need to be
here to read more about hay consumption.
This N That- Crop
Insurance Session Hits Enid on Friday and FDA Trying to Figure Out What is
A series of workshops on Crop Insurance have been
happening across the heartland this week- and the one for Oklahoma
will be happening tomorrow in Enid at Autry Technology Center.
The objectives of these workshops include
Understanding Lessons from Agriculture's past
Looking at the current producer financial picture and the market
- Exploring how crop insurance will use big data and technology
- Exploring changes in crop insurance options
Both Oklahoma State and Kansas State folks are on the
here for more program details.
Because of the changing landscape of food ingredients
and production, and in direct response to consumers who have
requested that the Food
and Drug Administration explore the use of the term
"natural," the agency is asking the public to provide
information and comments on the use of this term in the labeling of
human food products, the agency said in a press release.
The FDA is taking this action in part because it received three
citizen petitions asking that the agency define the term
"natural" for use in food labeling and one Citizen Petition
asking that the agency prohibit the term "natural" on food
FDA also noted that some Federal courts, as a result
of litigation between private parties, have requested administrative
determinations from the FDA regarding whether food products
containing ingredients produced using genetic engineering or foods
containing high fructose corn syrup may be labeled as
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