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Wednesday, January 8,
USDA Extends Deadline
for Conservation Stewardship
U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources
Conservation Service (NRCS) has extended the
deadline for new enrollments in the Conservation Stewardship Program
(CSP) for fiscal year 2014. Producers
interested in participating in the program can
submit applications to NRCS through Feb. 7, 2014.
"Extending the enrollment deadline will
make it possible for more farmers, ranchers and
forest landowners to apply for this important Farm
Bill conservation program," NRCS Chief
Jason Weller said. "Through their
conservation actions, these good stewards are
ensuring that their operations are more productive
and sustainable over the long run and CSP can help
them take their operations to the next level of
natural resource management."
said today's announcement is another example of
USDA's comprehensive focus on promoting
environmental conservation and strengthening the
rural economy, and it is a reminder that a new
Food, Farm and Jobs Bill is pivotal to continue
these efforts. CSP is now in its fifth year and so
far, NRCS has partnered with producers to enroll
more than 59 million acres across the
The program emphasizes conservation
performance - producers earn higher payments for
higher performance. In CSP, producers install
conservation enhancements to make positive changes
in soil quality, soil erosion, water quality,
water quantity, air quality, plant resources,
animal resources and energy use.
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Reveal Top Trends Likely to Impact the Pork
the National Pork Board sets its course for 2015
through 2020, the organization's strategic
planning task force was recently presented an
analysis of top trends in the economic and food
production environment that are most likely to
impact the Pork Checkoff program. The analysis is
part of the National Pork Board's strategic
planning initiative. The task force met for the
first time in December.
objective is to assess the role the Pork Checkoff
plays in an ever-changing world and to identify
strategic opportunities for us to help move the
pork industry forward," said Chris
Novak, chief executive officer of the
National Pork Board. "This may mean developing
programs that increase consumer trust and comfort
in purchasing pork.
regarding food safety and transparency, and
producer needs to protect the environment and
provide the best possible animal care will be
front and center," Novak said.
can read the rest of this story on our website.
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Agricultural Progress Provides Valuable Examples
for All Ag Producers
committee chairmen and women from state
legislatures all across the country met in
Oklahoma City last weekend in the 13th annual
Legislative Chairs Summit. The meeting was an
opportunity to explore policy issues facing the
nation's-and the world's-farmers as they seek to
feed an ever-growing population.
One of the
speakers at the conference was Dr. John
Dardis, the first secretary of
agriculture and food in Ireland. He spoke with me
about his unique perspective on issues facing
today's agriculture industry.
"I wear many
hats: I'm a wheat farmer. I'm a wheat breeder and
I represent our industry's interests throughout
He says there are numerous
exciting and revolutionary developments happening
in the agricultural industry in Ireland that are
valuable for the whole world.
theme at the likes of this conference or wherever
I go is a frustration that our industry is often
neglected. We felt that at home as well. What our
industry is doing now is phenomenal, absolutely
phenomenal. We are doing over 500,000 tons of beef
exports a year which puts us in the top five
globally. We're the size of South Carolina and
we're doing that off of grass."
Click here to listen to our full
conversation or to read more of this story.
Launches Ad Campaign Supporting Renewable Fuel
veterans group describing itself as the largest
progressive group of veterans in America, with
over 360,000 supporters, VoteVets.org, launched a
new television ad in Iowa, aimed at protecting the
Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The ad buy is
nearly $110,000 for one week of time in the Des
Moines market as well as in Washington, D.C.,
where it will be seen by decision makers on the
issue. The group promised more ads will be coming
in the next few weeks.
Today's ad features
an Iraq War Veteran, Michael Connolly, making the
case that gutting the Renewable Fuel Standard
would allow for a greater flow of oil dollars to
our enemies, who use that money for weaponry that
has targeted our troops. Connolly, who served in
Iraq from 2007 to 2008, lived in Glenwood, Iowa
from 2010 to 2012, and now lives just across the
border, in Nebraska.
The ad opens with a
massive explosion in front of a military convoy.
Connolly says, "War is dangerous. I know. I was
there. Now, people ask me all the time how they
can support the troops." Holding a yellow ribbon,
Connolly says, "By putting one of these on your
car? Sure..." And then in front of an ethanol gas
pump, "By putting this in your tank? Even
better... More renewable fuels, like the kind
grown here in Iowa, means we use less foreign oil.
And that means less money for our enemies. But the
oil companies are trying to kill renewable fuels."
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Pioneer Gives Growers Tools To Manage Cold Stress
Pioneer researchers are working to help growers
understand the risks of planting in cold, wet
seedbeds and mitigate those challenges with corn
hybrids that tolerate less-than-ideal soil
conditions. Many Pioneer® brand hybrids feature
strong stress emergence scores, which indicate a
relative ability to emerge in cooler conditions,
tolerate early-season challenges and give growers
the opportunity to produce high
"Stress emergence isn't just a
trait for northern growers," notes Imad
Saab, senior DuPont biotech business
affairs manager. Saab has been on the forefront of
stress emergence work at Pioneer for more than a
decade. "This is a valuable trait for growers
everywhere who are planting corn earlier or into
cool, damp soils. With the rise in no-till or
minimal-tillage systems, more corn is being
planted into inhospitable soils."
in northern states are aware of cold stress
issues. Saab reports many questions about stress
emergence come from states farther
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Ag Hall of Fame Nominations
has a rich agricultural history thanks to
dedicated farmers. In 1998, the Governor's
Outstanding Achievement Award in Agriculture was
created to recognize those who have helped lead
the industry while demonstrating exemplary
personal values and pursuing agricultural
achievements in Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Department
of Agriculture, Food and Forestry is accepting
nominations for this award through Feb. 7. The
award winner will be inducted into the Oklahoma
Agricultural Hall of Fame located at the agency
headquarters in Oklahoma City.
eligible agriculture enterprises are: livestock
and crop production, agribusiness, forestry,
horticulture and nursery management. In addition
to considering the nominee's production
agriculture involvement, the application also
recognizes leadership in agricultural and state
organizations as well as additional awards and
honors. The winner will be someone with at least
25 years in agriculture who derives the bulk of
his or her income from agriculture or has retired
from an agricultural enterprise.
more and to find a link to the Outstanding
Achievement Award nomination form, please click here.
Subsidiary Murphy Brown Tell Contract Growers-
Convert to Group Housing to Get Contract Extension
Foods, Inc. and its hog production subsidiary,
Murphy-Brown LLC, announced today that it is
recommending all of its contract sow growers join
with the company in converting their facilities to
group housing systems for pregnant sows. The
company said that it is asking contract sow
growers to convert by 2022 with a sliding scale of
incentives to accelerate that timetable. Growers
who commit to convert to group housing will
receive contract extensions upon completion of the
At the same time,
Smithfield Foods reported that Murphy-Brown had,
through the end of 2013, transitioned 54% of
pregnant sows on its company-owned farms in the
United States to group housing
The announcement supports the
company's industry-leading effort that began in
2007 when it was the first major pork supplier to
commit to transitioning to group housing systems
on company-owned farms. "More and more food
companies are looking to suppliers to move toward
group housing systems for pregnant sows," said
Dennis H. Treacy, executive vice
president and chief sustainability officer of
Smithfield Foods. "To date, more than 50
companies-many of them Smithfield customers-have
announced that they will source pork in the future
from suppliers utilizing group
Treacy added, "In line with
our animal care initiatives and sustainability
goals, and in order to meet the needs of our
customers, we believe that it is now time to
encourage conversion of pregnant sow housing
systems at contract sow grower facilities. In
fact, several growers have already converted or
have made plans for the change." Smithfield
notified their contract sow growers nationwide of
this recommendation last month.
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sow housing status of Smithfield and Murphy Brown.
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