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Friday, September 8, 2017
Over the coming weeks, the National Cattlemen's Beef Association will be rolling out a new media campaign to focus on the need for comprehensive tax reform, with particular emphasis on the Death Tax. The Association hopes to shine light on how the US tax code negatively impacts American cattle producers, and gain support for their crusade in Washington.
The two-pronged campaign centers around a newly launched website, CattlemenForTaxReform.com
, and also features a video
of NCBA President-elect and fifth-generation California rancher, Kevin Kester,
who explains how his family struggled for a decade to pay a large death-tax bill after his grandfather passed away. The video will serve as a major promotional tool for the cause, that will be heavily shared and circulated via Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms.
Over the coming weeks, NCBA will roll out several other promoted videos and infographics featuring profiles of ranchers and other members of the cattle-production community. The products will enable American cattlemen and women to share their priorities for tax reform in their own words. The campaign will also connect grassroots ranchers and producers with their elected officials on Capitol Hill as tax-reform legislation is considered this autumn.
"We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to enact truly comprehensive tax reform, and we can't afford to let this opportunity pass or to get it wrong," said NCBA President and Nebraska cattleman Craig Uden
. "This campaign will educate elected officials, the media, and the general public about how the tax code affects our American farmers and ranchers, who literally feed the world."
Learn more about this campaign and what comprehensive tax reform means to cattle producers, by clicking here
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|This Week on SUNUP - Kim Anderson Anticipates Little Change in Upcoming WASDE and Crop Production Reports
This week on SUNUP - Oklahoma State University Extension Grain Market Economist Dr. Kim Anderson and host Dave Deeken discuss pre-report expectations for the September 2017 edition of the US Department of Agriculture's reports on Crop Production and the World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates, scheduled for release this coming Tuesday, September 12th.
According to Anderson, little is expected to change in this report from last month. He compared what minor edits might show up. He says, analysts believe the USDA will lower expected corn production to 14 billion bushels even, from 14.15 billion last month. Soybean production is expected to be lowered from 4.38 billion bushels last month to 4.32 billion.
In ending stocks, wheat is anticipated to be lowered from 933 million bushels, to 914 million. Corn ending stocks show a little downward movement from 2.27 billion bushels to 2.13 billion. And, soybean stocks expected to get the biggest adjustment from 475 million bushels to 439 million.
Expectations for world production are coming in at 7.8 billion bushels for corn, down from 7.9 billion. Soybeans showing a miniscule drop in the world market of about 20 million bushels, leaving expectations at roughly 3.6 billion. And finally, wheat probably stands to lose another 20 million bushels down from 9.73 to 9.71 billion.
You can watch their visit tomorrow or Sunday on SUNUP- but you can hear Kim's comments right now by clicking here
to hear more of his insights regarding this year's cotton crop and next year's wheat prices.
John Deere's machine learning application capabilities will soon be largely expanded, after the company's recent $305 million acquisition of Sunnyvale, California-based Blue River Technology becomes finalized, later this month.
Blue River Technology is a leader in innovation and has successfully applied machine learning to agricultural spraying equipment. Deere is confident that similar technology can be used in the future on a wider range of products, according to John May, President, Agricultural Solutions, and Chief Information Officer at Deere.
May insists that Deere recognizes the importance of technology to its customers and understands that machine learning is an important capability for the company's future.
Blue River has designed and integrated computer vision and machine learning technology that will enable growers to reduce the use of herbicides by spraying only where weeds are present, optimizing the use of inputs in farming - a key objective of precision agriculture.
Deere plans to have the 60-person firm remain in Sunnyvale with an objective to continue its rapid growth and innovation with the same entrepreneurial spirit that has led to its success.
to learn more about this acquisition and how Blue River's innovation will compliment John Deere's mission to serve the farming community.
|Pay $750 Million Now, or Billions Later - NCBA's Dr. Kathy Simmons Weighs Cost vs. Benefit of FMD Vaccine Bank
Both the beef and pork industries and others are all in agreement, that it is within our best national interest to have a robust Foot and Mouth Disease vaccine bank put in place. National Cattlemen's Beef Association Chief Veterinarian Dr. Kathy Simmons
spoke recently with me about why such a facility would be well worth the projected $750 million investment.
"We're probably talking about enough money to buy a fighter jet ($150 million) every year, for about five years," she said, acknowledging the fact that this is a significant appropriations request for an agricultural project. "If this were the Department of Defense, this wouldn't be a big deal."
The funding being requested, though, is to pay for much more than just a facility. Simmons explains that only a handful of companies in the world make an FMD vaccine, and contracts or agreements would have to be established with these companies to make them suppliers of the bank. According to Simmons, experts at the USDA have calculated approximately how much vaccine would initially be needed in the event of an emergency to contain an outbreak, after which additional vaccine production could be ramped up to meet the requirements beyond that. The impact of the disease itself could potentially be devastating not just to the health of our animals - but it would also be felt elsewhere, such as the corn and soybean industries that supply feed to these animals. And the trickle-down effect goes even further than that, says Simmons, making the point that $750 million seems to pale in comparison to the potential outcome of an unanticipated FMD outbreak.
"It even becomes a food security issue. The US has seven percent of the world's cattle and produces 20 percent of the world's beef," Simmons said. "If we have a disease that impacts the health of our animals to a large degree, that impacts food security globally."
Listen to Simmons explain to me why investing in an FMD vaccine bank is a small price to pay for assurance in the agricultural industry, on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here
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The Vietnamese government informed the U.S. government, earlier this week, that it will resume imports of dried distiller's grains. Vietnam suspended imports of DDGs in December of last year after reports of detecting quarantined pests in U.S. shipments.
"We are very pleased that Vietnam has decided to again open their country up to imported American dried distillers grains, as expanding international markets is always positive news for our ethanol producers, supporters, and farmers, especially for this valuable coproduct," Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor said.
Before the suspension went into effect, Vietnam was the third-largest export market for U.S. dried distiller's grains, with exports valued at more than $230 million in 2016. Between 2007 and 2016, U.S. DDG exports grew from $392 million to $2.16 billion around the world.
U.S. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue called this great news for American agriculture. "I'm pleased that U.S. exporters will once again be able to ship DDGs to Vietnam, which is one of the fastest growing markets for U.S. agriculture," Perdue said.
"Expanding markets around the world can only help American agriculture."
The DDG ban was one of several topics addressed during the Vietnamese Prime Minister's visit to Washington, D.C. back in May of this year.
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|Fall Armyworms Leave Behind Devastating Crop Damage for Many Oklahoma Farmers to Deal With
Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension agricultural educators and specialists have been strongly warning the public about fall armyworms since last year. And while recent rains perhaps helped to green up fields, it also set the stage to usher in the current outbreak of armyworm infestations in Oklahoma.
Across the state, the pests are causing damage to a variety of crops. The threat of armyworm damage extends beyond rural Oklahoma as well. Residents living in town have also been warned to look out for infestation. According to Extension, armyworms have been known to ruin an entire lawn in a single night.
"You don't want to treat a lawn or a field if it is not needed but homeowners and landowners need to be scouting for the presence of fall armyworms regularly and frequently," said Wes Lee, McClain County Extension director and agricultural educator. "It is important to catch an infestation before the armyworms cause major damage."
Preventive insecticide treatments are not practical because outbreaks of fall armyworms tend to be sporadic and mortality due to natural enemies is usually high. Unnecessary insecticide applications can eliminate these natural enemies from the landscape, causing a worse armyworm problem following treatment.
, Bryan County Extension director and agricultural educator, says it could be until the first frost, before the armyworms begin to die off.
Extension recommends scouting your grass or fields for armyworms and take measures to eradicate them if found, as the problem will continue during this fall season. With wheat being planted, it is important to get the infestations under control to ensure a success emergence and proper establishment.
However, if applying chemical treatments, be sure to read and carefully follow label directions to maximize chances of successfully ridding your operation of the pest.
To read OSU Extension's complete article on best management practices regarding the control of armyworms, and to study up on recommended guidelines to managing for pests on your operation, click over to our website
|American Soybean Assoc. Supports Nominations of Northey, Ibach to USDA Undersecretary Posts
The American Soybean Association (ASA) announced its support on Thursday for the nominations of Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey and Nebraska Agriculture Director Greg Ibach to serve the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) as Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation and Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs, respectively.
"Bill has been an exceptional public servant for Iowa farmers and we have no doubt that he will continue in this role on behalf of all American farmers at USDA," said ASA Vice President and Keota, Iowa, farmer John Heisdorffer. "Bill has always been both an open book and an open door to farmers. His accessibility and transparency as an advocate for farmers is something that will make him an excellent member of the team at USDA."
ASA Director Ken Boswell, who farms in Shickley, Neb., gave similar praise to Ibach. "Greg is a person that understands very well how different agricultural issues connect -- how row crop farmers rely on the livestock industry and how everyone in agriculture depends on consumers, both at home and abroad. That understanding will serve him and all of us very well."
In addition to supporting Northey and Ibach, ASA urged the Senate Agriculture Committee to take up both nominations, along with that of Stephen Vaden as USDA General Counsel, as soon as possible.
Read more by clicking here.
|Florida Agriculture in the Crosshairs of Hurricane Irma- Including the 10th Largest Beef Cow Herd in the US
Hurricane Irma is threatening to wreak havoc on Florida farmlands, menacing $1.2 billion worth of production in the top U.S. grower of fresh tomatoes, oranges, green beans, cucumbers, squash and sugarcane.
Bloomberg reports that Hurricane Irma, which is sweeping through the Caribbean and threatens to become the most expensive storm in U.S. history, could devastate the farm economy of Florida, a state with a unique history as a producer of winter fruits and vegetables given its warmer climate. Damage to croplands could affect U.S. food prices and farmer finances in the months and years to come.
Irma's timing offers comfort to at least some growers. For tomatoes, greenhouses nurturing seedlings may be in the storm's path, but most of the crop isn't yet in the ground, reducing damage potential, said Reggie Brown, executive vice president of the Florida Tomato Exchange and a farmer outside Immokalee.
"There's never a good time for a hurricane, but this is better than late October or November," Brown said.
Strawberry growers are ready to plant the crop that will be harvested in December- but Irma could cause major disruption if she tears up the plastic sheeting now down in central Florida that has been put in place ahead of the actual planting- losing that plastic could impact the number of acres that could be planted to the crop this fall.
Oranges may be able to better withstand winds now than later in the season because they're not yet full-size, and lighter fruit could be spared from being blown off trees, said Dean Mixon, president of Mixon Fruit Farms in Bradenton.
And then there's the Florida Beef Cattle Industry- they are the 10th largest beef cow state in the US and have two of the largest beef cow counties in the US- and they are dead center in the path of Irma's fury. Okeechobee County had 82,000 beef cows January 1 while Highlands County had 71,000 beef cows- they are very vulnerable since there is virtually no high ground anywhere in the state and this storm is so large- it will bring tropical force winds and rain across the entire state as it moves northward on Saturday night and on Sunday.
The early Friday morning reports show Irma plowing right up the center of Florida causing incredible destruction.
I might suggest a prayer or two that she might move back to the east and take her deadly eye over the Atlantic instead of over the middle of Florida.
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