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Update from Ron Hays of RON
Wednesday, December 18,
Ask for Elimination of Trade Barriers to U.S.
group of U.S. senators is urging U.S. Trade
Representative Michael Froman and
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack
to push for broad market access for U.S. pork in
the countries that are part of the current
Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade talks.
The TPP is a regional trade negotiation
that includes the United States, Australia, Brunei
Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia,
Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam,
which account for nearly 40 percent of global GDP.
In a letter circulated by Sens.
Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., and Charles
Grassley, R-Iowa, and sent Friday to
Froman and Vilsack, 32 Senate lawmakers said the
TPP talks represent an opportunity for the United
States to open new markets to U.S. pork in the
Asia-Pacific region, to expand existing markets
and to establish a standard for future trade
But, the senators pointed out,
a number of the TPP nations currently have highly
restrictive trade barriers that limit U.S. pork
exports. Japan, for example, maintains a complex
system of tariffs that reduce the volume of U.S.
pork exports, while other countries have
non-tariff barriers that constrain U.S. pork
U.S. negotiators should insist
that tariff and non-tariff barriers to U.S. pork
in each TPP country be removed, action that would
prompt U.S. pork exports to grow by more than 50
percent within 10 years, they said.
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Group of Senators Calls for Release of Poultry
bipartisan group of 13 U.S. senators from both
sides of the aisle sent a letter
last week to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Secretary Tom Vilsack urging him to move forward
with a proposal to modernize the department's
poultry inspection system.
change would allow plant employees to check
carcasses for defects and perform other
quality-assurance tasks not related to food
safety. That would free up some federal inspectors
to focus more on food safety-related tasks, such
as oversight and verification, microbiological
testing for pathogens, sanitation standards and
antimicrobial controls in the
Signing the letter were Sens.: Roy
Blunt (R-MO), John Boozman (R-AR), Saxby Chambliss
(R-GA), Chris Coons (D-DE), John Cornyn (R-TX),
Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Kay
Hagan (D-NC), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Johnny
Isakson (R-GA), Amy Klobachar (D-MN), Mark Pryor
(D-AR) and Mark Warner (D-VA).
noted that a risk assessment which accompanied the
proposed rule concluded more than 5,000 foodborne
illnesses per year would be prevented if the
system was changed in this way, saving about $80
million in health care costs annually.
Click here to read more and to
find a link to the Senators'
2013 Speech Winners Crowned in
Farmers & Ranchers/Oklahoma Farmers Union
(AFR/OFU) concluded its 69th annual AFR/OFU Fall
Speech Contest series with the state competition
in Stillwater, Dec. 14. More than 150 finalists
from across Oklahoma showcased their public
speaking skills for a chance to win at the state
The fall speech contest series is
divided into five district competitions, giving
youth in every part of the state an opportunity to
participate. This year, more than 500 youth
statewide competed to advance to the state level.
At each district contest, students grades 4-12
competed in five categories-American Farmers &
Ranchers, Natural Resources, Student
Organizations, Agribusiness and Agriscience.
"AFR/OFU provides Oklahoma youth many
opportunities to develop into the leaders of
tomorrow," said AFR/OFU President Terry Detrick.
"It is an honor to support and encourage our
state's young people as they gain confidence and
skill through such activities as the AFR/OFU
can click here to read more of this
story and see the full list of this year's
Selk Says It's Time to
Begin Early Evening Cattle Feeding to Effect
Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus
Extension Animal Scientist writes in the latest
It is generally
accepted that adequate supervision at calving has
a significant impact on reducing calf mortality.
Adequate supervision has been of increasing
importance with the use of larger beef breeds and
cattle with larger birth weights. On most ranching
operations, supervision of the first calf heifers
will be best accomplished in daylight hours and
the poorest observation takes place in the middle
of the night.
and most practical method of inhibiting nighttime
calving at present is by feeding cows at night;
the physiological mechanism is unknown, but some
hormonal effect may be involved. Rumen motility
studies indicate the frequency of rumen
contractions falls a few hours before parturition.
Intraruminal pressure begins to fall in the last 2
weeks of gestation, with a more rapid decline
during calving. It has been suggested that night
feeding causes intraruminal pressures to rise at
night and decline in the
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River Crop Conference Scheduled for January
new Extension crop production conference
specifically tailored to agricultural producers in
north Texas and southwest Oklahoma has been slated
for January 28-29 in at the Altus Southwest
Technology Center in Altus, Oklahoma. The Red
River Crop Conference will bring together two
land-grant institutions - Texas A&M AgriLife
Extension Service and OSU - Oklahoma Cooperative
Due to the complexity
of agricultural production in the area, it was
decided to have a full meeting day focusing
exclusively on cotton (January 28), and another
day to provide programming for other crops
including wheat, canola, guar, sesame, pastures,
etc. (January 29).
The ongoing series of
annual conferences is a new concept for Extension
programming and will be executed as a joint effort
of Extension personnel with both Texas A&M and
Oklahoma State University. It will rotate between
Altus and Childress, Texas.
will find a PDF file with a full listing of
conference activities and a registration form by
FSA Office Leads Nation in Microloan
Deputy Administrator for Farm Loan Programs with
the Farm Service Agency in Washington, DC,
recently visited Oklahoma to present the
Excellence in Farm Loans Award to the Nowata FSA
Office for their efforts with the USDA Microloan
program. Beyerhelm was joined by Oklahoma
FSA Executive Director, Francie
Nowata Farm Loan Manager,
Mark Huntington, and his loan
team obligated 51 Microloans since the program
started in January 2013. That number was more than
any other office in the Nation, and prompted the
visit from Deputy Administrator Beyerhelm.
The USDA Microloan program was established
to help small and family operations, beginning and
socially disadvantaged farmers secure loans under
$35,000. The program is aimed at bolstering the
progress of producers through their start-up years
by providing needed resources and helping to
increase equity so that farmers may eventually
graduate to commercial credit and expand their
operations. The Microloan program is designed to
be a less burdensome, more simplified application
process in comparison to traditional farm loans.
"Over half the microloans we made were to
new customers, and over 70% were made to Native
American producers," explained Huntington. "The
program really sold itself, with features like
streamlined paper work and less security
Click here to read more.
N That- Big Iron, Final Auctions of the Year and
The Latest from The Hill
week's Big Iron features a total of 959 items- one
of the biggest sales of the year- with featured
items from Custer County, Oklahoma District Number
2 as well as from Farmers Cooperative in
kinds of equipment will be sold without reserve-
with items starting to close at 10 AM this
morning. You can click here and go and
check out all of the items- search by type of item
you want- when you see an item you are interested
in- there is a small thumbnail picture there and
there almost always a lot more pictures for you to
be able to see every angle of the piece of
equipment up for bid.
remember- Sales Manager for this region,
Mike Wolfe, can explain more
about how to buy or sell on Big Iron- call him at
every auction barn in our region is having its
final sale of 2013 this week- few if any sale
barns will be open after Friday until the start of
the new year. Before working livestock in
preparation for a trip to the local market you may
use- be sure and make contact with them for their
final feeder cattle and replacement cow sale of
2013 for the Superior Video Livestock folks is
this Friday- December 20th- click here for details of their
last sale of the year that will start at 8:00 AM
the latest farm bill update from the online blog
of The Hill- Erik Wasson quotes Debbie
Stabenow with answers that are similar to
what we have been hearing for a couple of weeks
now- Senator Stabenow saying a farm bill framework
is "close" and then goes on to add what might be
construed as new information- that we might expect
a Framework to be unveiled the first week of
January- which would throw it out there for the
world to see on or about the 6th of
Click here to read more for
insight as to how close we are to a 2014 Farm
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