Hay Urgently Needed in Oklahoma

OKcattleIndustryMany beef producers have suffered loss from the recent and on-going wildfires in Western Oklahoma.  The Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Foundation, a charitable arm of the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association has set-up a Fire Relief fund for monetary donations.

Chancey Hanson, director of communications with the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association tells American Cattle News that hay is also needed in fire-stricken areas of Oklahoma.  Call this number if you can help: (405) 590-0106. Listen to her comments here:

 

 

 

Ag & Nutrition Act Introduced

FARMBILLToday, House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (TX-11) introduced the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (H.R. 2) – critical legislation to address the economic challenges facing the nation’s farmers and ranchers while making historic investments in opportunities for SNAP recipients. Upon introducing the bill in the House, Chairman Conaway said:

“Rural America is hurting. Over the last five years, net farm income has been cut in half. Natural disasters and global markets distorted by predatory trade practices of foreign countries, including high and rising foreign subsidies, tariffs and non-tariff barriers, have resulted in huge production losses and chronically depressed prices that are today jeopardizing the future of America’s farm and ranch families.
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Additional Data Analysis Could Enhance Monitoring of U.S. Cattle Market

GAOThe U.S. cattle industry had about $64 billion in sales in 2016. Prices for fed cattle—those ready for slaughter—have fluctuated substantially over time. For example, they increased by 39% between 2013 and 2014, then dropped by 42% by the end of 2016. Cattle producers have raised questions about these fluctuations and USDA’s oversight.

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that the Packers & Stockyards Program, which oversees the cattle industry within USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), does not have access to certain data that AMS collects. GAO recommended that USDA examine the appropriate level of data sharing for oversight.

NCBA Wants Accurate Labeling For Fake Meat

NCBA-LogoToday the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association submitted official comments to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) outlining key principles for the regulation of fake meat products. The comments, filed in response to Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) Petition Number 18-01, encourage USDA to look beyond modifying “standards of identity” in order to provide adequate protection for beef producers and consumers. 

“It is critical that the federal government step up to the plate and enforce fair and accurate labeling for fake meat,” said Kevin Kester, President of NCBA. “As long as we have a level playing field, our product will continue to be a leading protein choice for families in the United States and around the world.”

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Concern Over China’s Tariff Announcement

USMEFlogoOn April 4, the Chinese government announced a proposal to levy retaliatory tariffs of 25 percent on China’s imports of agricultural and food products from the United States, including U.S. beef.  The following statement is from U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) President and CEO Dan Halstrom;

China is a promising market for U.S. beef, and, since the June 2017 reopening, the U.S. industry has made an exceptional effort to provide customers with high-quality beef at an affordable price. This is not an easy task, due to our 13-year absence from the market and China’s beef import requirements.
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World Meat Congress Preview

USMEFThe U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) announces that Long Wan, executive director, chairman and chief executive officer of WH Group, will be a featured speaker at the World Meat Congress (WMC), May 31-June 1 in Dallas.

Formerly known as Shuanghui International, WH Group is the largest pork company in the world. It is the majority shareholder in Shuanghui Development, China’s largest meat processor, and owner of Smithfield Foods.

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Fortunate To Have A Mixed Practice

California is a diverse state with 37 million people, but not very many produce food. Dr. Tom Talbot is a beef producer and livestock veterinarian from Bishop, California. He says he’s fortunate to have a small vet practice and a cow ranch. Talbot is also a member of the California Cattlemen’s Association. Listen to Tom’s comments here:

 

Traceability Becoming A “Global Norm”

AngusCattleAnimal identification and traceability is an issue that the cattle industry needs to address, according to David Gregg with World Prospectives.

He joined us on American Cattle News to discuss the opportunities and obstacles of U.S. beef cattle identification and traceability systems. Listen to his comments here:

Bullish About The Cattle Industry

Bull_WallStreetCallahan Grund is a student at Kansas State, an intern at the Kansas Department of Agriculture, and also a cow-calf producer in western Kansas. He joined us on American Cattle News to share his story.

As a third generation producer, Grund says he wouldn’t trade his job for anything in the world. “I’m very bullish about the cattle industry right now,” says Grund. “I think the only way to go is up.”