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Thursday, November 19, 2015
Thanksgiving Day Meal to Feed Ten Tops Fifty
Dollars for the First Time in 30th Annual Farm Bureau Survey
Farm Bureau Federation's 30th annual informal price survey of classic
items found on the Thanksgiving Day dinner table indicates the
average cost of this year's feast for 10 is $50.11, a 70-cent
increase from last year's average of $49.41. The survey has shown
little change since 2011- as in recent years the cost for the meal
has been just over $49.00.
The big ticket item - a 16-pound turkey - came in at a total of
$23.04 this year. That's roughly $1.44 per pound, an increase of less
than 9 cents per pound, or a total of $1.39 per whole turkey,
compared to 2014.
"Retail prices seem to have stabilized quite a bit for turkey,
which is the centerpiece of the meal in our marketbasket," AFBF
Deputy Chief Economist John
Anderson said. "There were some production
disruptions earlier this year due to the highly pathogenic Avian
influenza outbreak in the Midwest. Turkey production is down this
year but not dramatically. Our survey shows a modest increase in
turkey prices compared to last year. But we're now starting to see
retailers feature turkeys aggressively for the holiday. According to
USDA retail price reports, featured prices fell sharply just last
week and were actually lower than last year," he added.
We have graphics that show the cost over the years and how it compares
to inflation- and more details about the rest of the items that Farm
Bureau has been shopping for over the last thirty years- click
here to take a look.
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WOTUS Guidance Would
Result in Continued Confusion, Chaos
If federal agencies are left the task of developing
implementation guidance for the Waters of the U.S. rule, the result
will be a continuation of the rule's "liabilities, confusion and
chaos." Issuing guidance can't fix a broken rule, according to a
letter a whole host of national farm groups and several of their
state affiliates sent to eleven Democratic Senators who voted to
oppose bipartisan legislation (S. 1140) seeking to revise the rule. Click
here for the the letter from the Ag Community to the Senators.
Among the groups writing these Democratic Senators- American Farm
Bureau, National Cattlemen's Beef Association, National Corn Growers,
National Pork Producers and even the US Cattlemen's Association.
The groups encouraged the Senators to support any new effort in the
Senate "to direct the agencies not to implement this rule and
initiate a new, more responsible, balanced and lawful
According to the letter, if the Environmental Protection Agency
and the Army
Corps of Engineers are allowed to issue guidance for
the implementation of the WOTUS rule, such guidance will be of no
assistance to address the rules flaws, since many stem directly from
the language used by the agencies in the final rule.
What's really interesting is that these eleven Senators- while not
voting for Senate Bill 1140 which would have sent WOTUS back to
EPA and instructed the agency to start over and include
stakeholders the second time around- these
lawmakers did send a letter to EPA and the Army Corps at the
beginning of November telling the agencies to get serious about
offering clarifications of the regs- or else.
Statement On Antibiotics Use In Food-Animal Production
others, America's pork farmers are very concerned about the rise in
antibiotic-resistant bacteria and the ability of doctors to treat
patients. That's why they have taken steps over the past 30 years to
ensure they're using antibiotics strategically and responsibly to
keep animals healthy and to produce safe food. They are embracing a
new FDA regulation that's eliminating the use for promoting animal
growth of antibiotics important to human medicine (this addresses a
concern of critics of antibiotics use in food-animal production) and
that's requiring the feed and water use of those same antibiotics to
be under a veterinary prescription. They also participate in pork
industry-developed programs that include responsible antibiotics use
and support federal efforts to track antibiotic resistance in
foodborne bacteria from humans, retail meats and food animals.
But contrary to critics, such as Consumer Reports, which today
published a very misleading article on antibiotics use in food-animal
production, pork farmers do not use antibiotics indiscriminately.
Furthermore, there is no conclusive scientific evidence linking
antibiotics use in food-animal production with antibiotic treatment
failures in people. Numerous peer-reviewed risk assessments,
including at least one from FDA, have shown a "negligible"
risk to human health of antibiotics use in livestock and poultry
production. At best, the science on antibiotic resistance is
incomplete, and a recent CDC report on the subject focused on overuse
of antibiotics in human medicine, mentioning animal use of
antibiotics only six times in its 113 pages. Click
here to read more including more information about
antibiotic use in pork production.
CropLife America Welcomes
Science-Based European Union Review of Glyphosate
(CLA), the U.S. trade association representing the crop protection
industry, welcomes the recently released review by the European Food Safety Authority
(EFSA) that confirms the long history of safe use of the herbicide
glyphosate. The newly completed, comprehensive review by EFSA
concludes that the widely used product is "unlikely to pose a
carcinogenic hazard to humans."
"This is a crucial and science-based peer review that raises
important questions about the selective inclusion and interpretation
of data by the International
Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) that led to an
inconsistent and erroneous conclusion earlier this year," noted Jay Vroom,
president and CEO of CLA. EFSA says it reached the new conclusion by
assessing more evidence which included additional key studies not
considered by IARC. Vroom added, "The U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency is also underway with a new risk assessment for
glyphosate, which CLA eagerly awaits."
IARC's work includes a wide landscape of product safety evaluations,
and their flawed process has led the organization to label many
everyday items as possible carcinogens, such as coffee or pickled
vegetables. Recently, IARC made unprecedented claims of risks for the
consumption of cured meats, including bacon. Click
here to read more from CLA on pesticide regulation in the
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Rabobank's Don Close
Looks for Aggressive Rebuilding of U.S. Cowherd, Despite Market
The United States had almost 32 million head of beef
cows at the start of the decade. In 2010, the U.S. Department of Agriculture
reported the U.S. had 31.7 million head in the July midyear report.
From 2010 through 2014, the drought kicked in and lingered over the
Southern Great Plains. That cut cattle numbers dramatically. In
January 2014, the USDA cattle inventory report showed 29.04 million
head of beef cows in the U.S. By January 2015, the herd began to
bounce back in adding 600,000 cows to 29.7 million. This year's
midyear report in July had the U.S. beef cowherd at 30.5 million head
of beef cows.
Protein Analyst Don
Close believes the January 1, 2016 report will show
aggressive rebuilding, even with the price volatility this year. In
looking at the seven percent retention of heifers in the July USDA
report, he is working with the assumption that's a solid number. He
has been looking at the number of heifers as a percentage of cattle
on feed and as a percentage of sale barn receipts through the second
half of the year. He said the data implies that heifer retention has
continued. While he doesn't think retention has continued as
aggressively as it did the first half of year, he believes the growth
In speaking at the recent Angus Means Business Convention in Overland
Park, Kansas, CattleFax
Market Analyst Lance Zimmerman said herd expansion this year could
exceed one million head. Close responded in agreeing that adding one
million head of cows is within the realm of possibility.
"I wouldn't be totally surprised if it was even a little above
that million head number," Close said.
I caught up with Close at the National Association of Farm
Broadcasting in Kansas City, Missouri last week. Click
or tap here to listen to the interview.
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Kubota's Launches New Lineup
of Mid-Sized Tractors and Skid Steer Loaders
has launched a new lineup of tractors including higher horsepower
models aimed at the row crop market. Kubota Sr. Product Manager Kent Brown
says Kubota is replacing some of their older models, while adding a
larger model that will compete with tractors that farmers have
traditionally used out in the field. Kubota will also offer a new
compact skid steer loader suitable for any farming or ranching
Kubota has released their new M5 Series tractor to replace their
M9960 and M8560. Brown said the M5 has a larger enhanced cab and it's
large enough for an instructor's seat. It also features an economy
PTO and other fuel saving features. Kubota's new M6 Series tractor
will replace their MGX-tractors. Both the M5 and M6 Series tractors
will feature Tier four engine technology. Brown said these engines
will meet regulations for emission standards set by the Environmental
Protection Agency. Kubota has also released their new M7 Series
tractor. Brown said this new 130 - 170 horsepower tractor will get
Kubota into the row crop market.
Our Leslie Smith
caught up with Brown at the National Association of Farm Broadcasting
in Kansas City, Missouri last week. Click
or tap here to listen to the interview and to read more about the
strategies being implemented by Kubota.
This N That- Whole Lotta
Shaking, Brrrrr and Peterson Brothers
At 1:42 AM this morning- a lot of folks in Oklahoma and Kansas got a
thirty second shaking or more- as a 4.7 Earthquake hit Alfalfa
County- 8 miles southwest of Cherokee. There are reports from Kansas
City south to the Oklahoma-Texas border of people feeling the quake.
We have had twenty quakes measuring 4.0 or larger in Oklahoma this
For folks in north central-northwest Oklahoma- did it wake you
up? What did it feel like?
with News9 just tweeted a few moments ago that he had talked with a
gas station manager in Cherokee who said the quake just rattled
things off the shelves- no damages were noted.
In talking with folks this past week at our National Farm
Broadcasters meeting- very
few people outside of Oklahoma had ANY IDEA that
Oklahoma has had as much earthquake activity as we have had.
AND- as we prepare to push the send button on this email- reports of
another earthquake at about the same location just after 6 AM- this
one "just" 3.7.
Watch out- this coming Saturday night and early Sunday morning will
be really cold- mid 20s in central Oklahoma which means much of
Oklahoma will have a freeze by sunrise this coming Sunday.
Courtesy of Jed
Castles at News9- here is the latest nine day
forecast for central and western Oklahoma-
Alan Crone with the News on 6 in Tulsa explains the weekend
temps are all about Canadian Cold Air- "The upper air pattern is
allowing a significant cold air mass to roll across northwestern
Canada into the northern high plains states today. This
air mass will move southward and impact Oklahoma sometime Friday
evening with gusty northwest winds and falling temperatures. "
here for his complete cold weather blog for this Thursday
With over 45,000 views in two days- the Peterson Brothers
of Kansas have released yet another parody video that tells the story
of farming- Farmers
Feed the World starts with corn harvest in Kansas-
and one of the lines-
"Dirty pair of jeans with pliers on my belt-
Please don't complain unless you're feeding yourself."
They morph into a look at harvest around the US and around the world-
and another of the lines to remember-
"Stop- Wait a Minute!
"Fill Your Plate- Put Some Dinner In It
"Take a Bite- Stop and Think
"Farmers Make Your Food and Drink"
Take a look and enjoy!
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