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Monday, February 6, 2017
Humane Watch Taunts HSUS With Super Bowl Ad- Wayne Pacelle Brags About Money Raised and the Fact He "Crushed" SQ777
You may have heard about something called the Super Bowl- if you were rooting for Atlanta- you are disavowing Sunday happened- but there was at least one ad that surfaced that took on one of the major opponents of animal agriculture- the Humane Society of the US.
In several major markets- Humane Watch
- a part of a group called the Center for Consumer Freedom- offered a parody of HSUS ads talking about starving lawyers instead of puppies and kittens- here's the ad:Will Coggin
, Director of Research at the Center for Consumer Freedom, says the commercial shows the truth behind HSUS- and urges folks to give to local animal shelters instead of the national group.
However- HSUS CEO Wayne Pacelle
has decided you never let a blasting of your group go to waste- writes in a blog
from the end of this past week about Rick Berman, who heads up CCF. Pacelle writes "Two days ago, I sent a note to a few supporters after I heard about Berman's latest high-profile ad, and we've secured another $1 million donation to put more resources into the domains of fighting animal abuse - precisely where Berman seems to draw his strongest support. I extend my thanks to this incredibly generous supporter and offer my condolences to Berman's allies. If they think we'll relent because of their silly ads, they are sadly mistaken. We intend to put our foot on the gas and to focus even more energy on them and their cruelty."
Among the allies that Pacelle is referring to- farmers and ranchers. He brags about the success of HSUS this past November- "During the November elections, we faced off against Berman and his allies on a ballot question in Massachusetts
to ban extreme confinement of farm animals, and we got 78 percent of the vote. In Oklahoma, he tried to join in with the Farm Bureau to pass a "right to farm" measure there. We crushed it by more than 20 points."
This past fall, the HSUS and their legal foundation spent over $1.2 million opposing State Question 777, claiming it sanctioned Puppy Mills and would allow "Big Ag" to pollute water and torment their animals. Supporters of Right to Farm countered none of that was true- but were outspent by over $800,000 as they told their story.Apparently, Wayne Pacelle is very proud of those claims.
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|Meet NCBA's New President Nebraska Cattleman Craig Uden
The National Cattlemen's Beef Association welcomed a new president into office over the weekend, Craig Uden, who runs a feeding operation in Nebraska with his family. I was able to speak with Uden before he was passed the gavel last week during the NCBA and Cattle Industry Convention for a minutes, despite his busy schedule. He shared a little bit about his journey in the organization and reflected on what experiences will guide him through his next year leading the association and serving his fellow cattlemen.
"My dad went to every NCA convention and he brought things back to our operation," Uden said. "Consequently, that's our philosophy at our feeding operation, too."
His involvement as part of the leadership in the organization started many years ago, when he first promised a friend to run for his state Beef Council and earned a seat there. That was his start and since then, has worked his way through both the policy and Checkoff side of the business, not to mention the production aspects as well.
"I've gained a lot of perspective," Uden said introspectively. "I have a unique way of looking at things - I like to call it the gate-to-plate concept or conception-to-consumption."
He says his passion for wanting to teach and educate people about the industry, is the motivation that drove him to seek a position of leadership within the organization.
"I want them to understand how much dedication and work there is from the cow/calf, all the way to the retailer and what goes into it from up and down the chain," Uden said, "and how we need to work together to continue to move our industry forward."
Read more or listen to our full conversation about the issues he'll focus on over the next year in office and what his vision for the industry includes, by clicking here.
|CattleFax Predicts a Stabilization in Cattle Market Prices During 2017 at Cattle Industry Convention
Last week, during the National Cattlemen's Beef Association and Cattle Industry Convention in Nashville, the CattleFax Outlook seminar is always one of the highlights attendees look forward to hearing. Given the price outlook for cattle, Kevin Good of the CattleFax staff says producers can expect to see this year's market begin to stabilize from the volatility observed this past year."If we take the push from the last fall lows at $0.98 to this high so far this year at $1.23 average - a 24 to 25 percent increase. That would match the biggest increase we've ever had in like-kind of years," Good said. "If we have not seen the high for this year in the last few weeks, seasonally, you would expect it to come back and retreat that at some point as we go into March...late February and March."Good notes, though, that the risk in the market will be more prevalent in the second half of the year as beef deals with increased supplies of its own product, but will also face increased competition from both pork and poultry as those supplies are expected to rise as well."If that's the case," he said, "feeder cattle would average $1.30. Remember that the deferred discounts and the live cattle will keep a lid on feeder cattle prices and you can see a full range at $1.20 - $1.40 around that."Listen to more of Good's speech about CattleFax's predictions regarding the cattle markets this year, presented at the NCBA Convention with, on the last Beef Buzz - click here.
|USMEF Head Advises Beef Industry Not to Let "Protectionism" Get in the Way of Its Own Success
According to Phil Seng, president and CEO of the US Meat Export Federation, the beef industry has a lot to be proud of. Today, he says, the industry is in a lot better shape than it was, even just a few months ago. He says that is due to the diligence and innovation of those men and women engaged in the industry. And specifically, he credits a lot of this growth to the access and the relationships made internationally that have allowed the US to move product on the global marketplace.
Seng uses Korea as an example, which is one market that has increased US beef exports by 38 percent, replacing our long-time competitor Australia with the US as the Asian nation's top beef supplier. Asia he says is home to many of the fastest growing markets in the world. Even China has expressed interest in re-openning its doors to US beef.
But Seng says in order to keep this momentum up, he says "calmer heads" will have to prevail, referring to a growing sentiment nationwide sympathetic to protectionist policies that may limit or hinder our trade opportunities.
"Protectionism is the enemy of the producer," Seng remarked. "Anything that we can do to rollback protectionism, anything that we can do to have access to these markets, continue that access - it's important.
"Anything that would create barriers, anything that would impede product flow, this has to be stopped. So, protectionism is something we all have an interest in fighting."Listen to my full interview with Seng as we discuss the role of the American beef industry in the global marketplace and how protectionism threatens our position, by clicking here.
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| National Association of Conservation Districts Welcomes Brent Van Dyke of New Mexico as Its New President
The National Association of Conservation Districts, one of America's largest conservation groups, at the organization's 71st Annual Meeting, elected New Mexico native Brent Van Dyke, as its new president.
Van Dyke and his wife Kim reside in Hobbs, New Mexico, where they run a commercial and registered cattle operation. The Van Dykes also raise irrigated alfalfa and coastal Bermuda hay in Lea County, New Mexico, and cotton in Plains, Texas.
Prior to assuming the presidency, Van Dyke served as vice president of the New Mexico Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts from 2006 to 2009. He also served as chair on the Lea County Soil and Water Conservation District's board of supervisors.
Van Dyke is a retired teacher and FFA advisor that worked for the State Department's USAID for more than 15 years as a contract advisor for agricultural projects in Eastern Europe and Eurasia.
"Brent knows conservation - he comes from the farm and understands how important sustainable agriculture is to not only the American economy, but to people around the world," NACD Immediate Past President Lee McDaniel said.
Click here to learn more about Van Dyke and his qualification to lead the NACD as the "Voice of Conservation."
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| Feeding Your Cattle's Sweet Tooth with Alternative Feeds Like Candy Can Help Improve Bottom Lines
News circulated early in 2017 about a truck hauling Skittles to a producer in Wisconsin, where it was to be mixed into feed for cattle. Social media was abuzz with the strange thought of cattle tasting the rainbow. Apparently, however, the novelty of this story is not so unique."For cattle, other than a taste difference, candy is not any different than including corn in the diet. They serve as an energy source for the cattle," said Chris Richards, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension beef cattle nutrition specialist. "The bacteria in the rumen of the cattle break down the candy into the same materials it would the starch in the corn they are fed."It is not just candy, either."Cattle are well equipped to utilize feed and forage resources that are not suitable for human consumption or use," said Dave Lalman, OSU Cooperative Extension beef cattle specialist. "Restaurant grease, grocery store unsold produce, outdated bread, water-damaged flour or cereal and on and on. And, of course...grass."Click here
to continue reading this story and learn how feeding alternative feeds to your herd can add up the savings to your bottom line.
Oklahoma State Legislature Begins 2017 Session- Governor Gives Her State of the State
Governor Mary Fallin's State of the State address will kick off the 2017 legislative session later today.
Tax revenue is expected to be a big topic of Fallin's address. Additional tax dollars have been discussed as one way to close the an $870 million budget gap. One new change coming this year is a sales tax on online purchases from Amazon. The governor also indicated she's in support of additional taxes on cigarettes and removal of some costly sales tax exemptions.
Representatives from the governor's office have also mentioned changes to the criminal justice system will be closely monitored. In November, voters approved state questions that change some crimes from felonies to misdemeanors.
This past weekend- I was honored to have State Senate President Mike Schulz
on our In the Field TV feature seen on KWTV News9 in Oklahoma City- and we also had an off camera interview that we featured last week on our website, click here
to check it out.
|Red Flag Warning Today in Western Oklahoma- Jed Castles Sees Rain Next Week
Twenty eight Oklahoma counties in western Oklahoma are under a Red Flag Warning today until 6 pm this evening- basically the counties that stretch westward from I-35.
The National Weather Service says- using all caps- that "A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED. A COMBINATION OF STRONG WINDS...LOW RELATIVE
HUMIDITY...AND WARM TEMPERATURES CAN CONTRIBUTE TO EXTREME FIRE BEHAVIOR."
Click here for the link that has the counties named.
Temperatures in the 70s today will be one of the factors that will be impacting the Red Flag conditions.
Meanwhile- Jed Castles with News9 gives us a forecast for central and western Oklahoma that shows ups and downs on the temps- and perhaps some rain next week- not this week:
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