NPPC Urges WOTUS Delay

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nppcFollowing Thursday’s federal court injunction against a new Clean Water Act (CWA) rule, the National Pork Producers Council says they strongly urge the Obama administration to delay implementation of the regulation.

The organization also again asked the administration to withdraw it and to work with the agriculture and business communities to craft a rule ensuring the cleanliness of the nation’s rivers, streams and other waterways that the public can understand and with which it can easily comply.

“NPPC applauds the District Court’s decision,” said NPPC President Dr. Ron Prestage, a veterinarian and pork producer from Camden, S.C. “The rule that was blocked is vague and fails to let regulated parties know when their conduct violates the law.

“We all want clean water, but this regulation isn’t about clean water. This massive land grab is about federal control of private property, growing the size of government and allowing activists to extort and micromanage all kinds of farming and business activities.”

Ag Group, environment, EPA, NPPC

Cattlemen Comment on Blocking of WOTUS

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EPA Ditch the RuleLate Thursday we heard U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson of North Dakota issued a preliminary injunction against implementation of the Clean Water regulation, saying a group of 13 states was likely to succeed in their lawsuit challenging the Environmental Protection Agency regulation as unlawful.

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Philip Ellis statement regarding federal court ruling in North Dakota that will block EPA and the Army Corps’ “Waters of the United States” rule.

ncba-logo“America’s cattlemen and women applaud the decision of the federal judge in North Dakota to block EPA’s “waters of the United States” rule, which was set to go in effect tomorrow, August 28. EPA’s rule is nothing more than an attempt to put more land and water under federal jurisdiction, blatantly disregarding private property rights. Over the last year and a half, the agency continually ignored the concerns of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, farmers, ranchers and landowners across the country, to the point of calling the concerns of cattle producers ludicrous. In fact, only six months after receiving over one-million comments the agency pushed forward to finalize the rule, a clear indication there was no intention of considering public comment or stakeholder input. While the EPA claims it clarifies the Clean Water Act, even the Army Corps, which shares jurisdiction over the rule, has serious concerns for the scientific basis of the rule making. In a statement released shortly after the decision was made, an EPA spokesperson said the ruling only holds for 13 states and that they plan to implement the rule in all others on Friday. If the EPA actually wants to protect navigable waters as it claims, they will put this subjective and ambiguous rule to rest and start over with stakeholders at the table this time around.”

Ag Group, Beef, EPA, NCBA, Water

NCBA Internship in Nation’s Capitol

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ncba-200The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Public Lands Council’s government affairs office in Washington, D.C., is accepting applications for the spring 2016 public policy internship. The deadline to submit an application is Oct. 1, 2015.

Summer 2015 intern Chris Pudenz said the internship has been a great experience and has him considering job opportunities in D.C. in the future.

“I’ve learned so much about policy issues that impact the beef industry in far-reaching ways: Country-of-Origin Labeling, the “waters of the United States” regulation, international trade agreements, the potential impact of foreign animal diseases, and many more,” said Pudenz, who is a junior at Hillsdale College studying economics. “The work I do is always valued, and I know that I’m working alongside first-rate NCBA staff to help U.S. beef producers every day. Before this summer, I had no desire to work in a Congressional office, but now I’m seriously considering working on Capitol Hill after I graduate from college. I didn’t really know what to expect from this internship before I arrived in D.C., but looking back I can’t imagine having spent the summer any other way.”

Ag Group, Beef, Intern, NCBA

Patagonia Provisions Launches Buffalo Jerky

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patagoniaPatagonia Provisions has launched a groundbreaking partnership with Dan and Jill O’Brien of Wild Idea Buffalo to conserve and restore the grasslands of South Dakota, while producing a delicious, sustainably sourced Buffalo Jerky. This is the latest addition to the company’s food line designed to create positive change in the food industry.

Patagonia Provisions’ 100% grass-fed buffalo meat is a delicious and healthy byproduct of Wild Idea’s efforts to restore the rapidly vanishing Great Plains grasslands, where years of mismanaged land and overgrazing decimated a once thriving prairie that stretched from Mississippi to the Rockies.

Grazing naturally and roaming freely, the buffalo help nurture the prairie back to health by recycling nutrients and tilling the soil as they roam. The bison are slaughtered humanely in the prairie where they roam and graze – avoiding the need for crowded, stressful slaughterhouses.

“Patagonia got into the food business because it’s a direct and fundamental way to protect and restore the planet,” said Patagonia CEO Rose Marcario. “We want to support farming and ranching that puts food on the table without poisoning the earth. Wild Idea is part of a movement to regenerate grasslands and help sequester carbon. I believe that business can be an agent for change and deliver great food to our customers.”

Agribusiness, Bison, Food

USPOULTRY Environmental Management Seminar

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2015_USPOULTRYEnvironmentalSeminar_PlngCommittee copyU.S. Poultry & Egg Association’s Environmental Management Seminar will examine current and emerging issues related to water quality, air emissions and overall regulatory compliance to ensure that poultry environmental managers can effectively respond to factors that may impact regulatory compliance. This year’s conference will be held Sept. 24-25, at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa in Destin, Fla.

“Water quality, stormwater, wastewater, air emissions and regulatory compliance are all issues that poultry and egg industry environmental managers face on a daily basis. It is imperative, now more than ever, for industry managers to identify and implement best management practices to effectively tackle these ever-changing challenges. Environmental stewardship is a day to day responsibility. By developing plans and investing in resources, we can stay one step ahead,” said program committee chairperson Brenda Flick, Sanderson Farms.

The program will include a Policy/Regulatory Update; General Duty Clause Compliance; Permit Pitfalls; Air Permitting Requirements for Poultry and Egg Facilities; Clean Water Award Winners Virtual Plant Tours; Sodium Hypochloride Storage Requirements; TRI Reporting for the Poultry and Egg Industry; Final Wastewater Effluent Disinfection Systems; Stormwater Treatment Challenges and Technology; Biosolids Handling Opportunities; and Microbial Intervention Chemicals Use and Effects on Wastewater, Quaternary Use in Biological Nutrient Removal Plants, and a Case Study on the Environmental Impact of Quaternary Compound Use.

Members of the program committee included (Standing left to right): Stephen James, Pilgrim’s; Steven Woodruff, Woodruff & Howe Environmental Engineering, Inc.; Dr. Jim Britton, OK Foods, Inc.; Jeff Carroll, Perdue Farms, Inc.; Matt Hopkins, Tip Top Poultry, Inc.; Jimmy Mardis, Tyson Foods, Inc.; Joseph Miller, Rose Acre Farms, Inc.; Roger Smith, American Proteins, Inc.; and Eric Lindemann, Fieldale Farms Corporation. (Sitting left to right): Stephanie Shoemaker, Sanderson Farms, Inc.; Michele Boney, West Liberty Foods LLC; Brenda Flick (chairperson), Sanderson Farms, Inc.; and Shane Reid, Reid Engineering Company.

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ASA’s WISHH Develops West African Poultry & Feed Market

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ASA-logo-RGBThe USDA has chosen the American Soybean Association’s (ASA) World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) Program to implement a major poultry development project in the West African country of Ghana.

The USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Food for Progress Program helps developing countries and emerging democracies modernize and strengthen their agricultural sectors. As a result, it improves agricultural productivity and expands trade of agricultural products.

“ASA is pleased to partner with USDA in agricultural development that supports expanded and mutually beneficial trading relationships,” said ASA President Wade Cowan. “Nowhere is there greater need or bigger potential return on investment in agricultural development than in Sub-Saharan Africa. WISHH is a trailblazer for trade.”

The United States is among Ghana’s principal trading partners, with two-way trade between the two countries reaching $1.45 billion in 2014, according to the U.S. State Department. Ghana is home to 26.4 million people, and a West African hub for business growth.

Screen Shot 2015-08-27 at 12.54.53 PMThe Ghanaian government seeks to revamp the poultry industry, which has slumped in the last 30 years. “The project will contribute to increasing the supply of both meat and eggs to address ever-growing demand in Ghana”, said William Brown, Ph.D., country director of Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA-Ghana), which is a partner on the initiative.

“The project could trigger the growth of poultry, maize and soy industries, which will provide employment and increased income,” Brown added. “This will culminate in poverty reduction.”

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Marketing to Producers in the Techie Age

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nama-bootcamp-15-96-editedJared Spader has a strong and diverse background in agriculture. Currently, he is the US operations lead for AgCall, which serves as a human resources, project management and consulting firm for the ag community. Jared’s experience as a producer and marketer led him to moderate the producer panel at the recent NAMA Bootcamp. The panel is always a highlight for attendees.

Agri-marketers got to sit back and ask producers simple questions like, “Do you use smartphones and tablets?” “How do you want your information delivered?” “Do you like branded content?” “What are your pet peeves when called upon at the farm gate?” “What keeps you up at night and what do you get excited about?”

“We really wanted to dive into how they are adopting new technology and putting that to use and how they are absorbing information from marketers via the technology.”

Jared doesn’t feel anything discussed was a shocker or new, but he stressed that mobile is the future. “The group [farmers and ranchers] doesn’t spend as much time on the internet via computer like they did just five years ago. They get all their information, make all their decisions via mobile devices.” Once a relationship has been established, today’s producers want to conduct business via text. The days of loitering on a phone or sitting at a desk over a computer are over. That trend is growing and not going away.

Listen to my complete interview with Jared here: Interview with Jared Spader, AgCall

Find photos from the event here: 2015 NAMA Bootcamp Photos

Ag Group, Audio, Farming, Marketing, NAMA, Ranches

Missouri Legislators Talk COOL

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msf-15-72-editedWhile policy makers attended the Missouri State Fair’s legislator day I spoke with a few of them about issues that have a huge impact on agriculture across the country like Country of Origin Labeling (COOL), which has yet to be addressed by Senate.

Missouri Senator Roy Blunt believes we must avoid retaliation from Mexico and Canada. “The likely result of doing that in a way we don’t have tariffs put on other ag products in addition to livestock products is to have no labeling.” Congress is currently debating whether it should be no labeling or voluntary.

Learn more about the Senator’s stance on other ag issues here: Interview with Senator Roy Blunt

msf-15-101-editedMissouri Congresswomen Vicky Hartzler who sits on the House Ag Committee also had comments on this issue. “Canada and Mexico are our number one and number two trading partners. They have the authority right now to retaliate.” She added that Canada has already provided a list of products they will impose tariffs on. This retaliation will not only be damaging to agriculture, but also other American industries.

As one of the original co-sponsors of the bill in the House that passed repealing the entire program, Hartzler firmly stands behind that to ensure retaliation isn’t an option.

Listen to my complete interview with the Congresswomen here: Interview with Congresswomen Vicky Hartzler

Ag Group, Audio, COOL, Government, Livestock, Trade

USMEF Weekly Audio Report

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usmefIn U.S. Meat Export Federation’s (USMEF) weekly audio report we hear from Greg Hanes, USMEF assistant vice president of international marketing. He recently joined a group of U.S. producers in Japan and South Korea to promote Texas-style barbecue and the advantages of using U.S. beef – especially underutilized cuts – as part of the American dish.

In the report Hanes explains the approach of the Southwest Barbecue Team in the Asian markets and the strategy of highlighting Texas barbecue as a way to promote U.S. beef. The team included Texas Beef Council members Bryan Forester and Ryan Moorhouse, Oklahoma cattle producers Chuck and Ruth Coffey, Idaho Beef Council member Cevin Jones, Missouri corn producer Greg Schneider and renowned Texas pitmaster Bryan Bracewell.

Because barbecue’s popularity in Japan and Korea is growing, USMEF is continuing its effort to increase beef exports by introducing new barbecue dishes, while also stressing the quality and value delivered by U.S. beef. To add a personal touch, the team’s visits to Japan and Korea included chef training seminars and face-to-face meetings between U.S. producers and consumers.

USMEF Weekly Audio Report
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Fostera® PCV MetaStim® Now Available from Zoetis

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Screen Shot 2015-08-26 at 2.17.30 PMZoetis has announced the availability of Fostera® PCV MetaStim®. The monovalent killed virus vaccine that helps protect against porcine circovirus associated diseases (PCVAD) caused by porcine circovirus Type 2 (PCV2) has been updated with the commonly used adjuvant known as MetaStim.

MetaStim, the common name for the SP (squalane, Pluronic®) oil adjuvant, is an emulsion used in vaccines to help elicit a humoral and cell-mediated immune response. This preserves the vaccine components so the antigens are released slowly as compared to other types of adjuvants. This release time gives more time for the immune system to develop a response to the virus.1

“MetaStim has been used in swine, bovine and equine vaccines for years, including most recently, Fostera PCV MH,” said Darrell Neuberger, DVM, Pork Technical Services, Zoetis. “In fact, Fostera PCV MetaStim is the monovalent porcine circovirus [PCV] fraction of our one-bottle combination vaccine — Fostera PCV MH. For producers and veterinarians who prefer monovalent vaccines, we want to ensure our PCV vaccine offers the same demonstrated efficacy and safety as the combination vaccine.”2-4

Along with the adjuvant update, Fostera PCV MetaStim also carries the same label claims as the PCV fraction of Fostera PCV MH. Fostera PCV MetaStim has been demonstrated to aid in preventing viremia, lymphoid depletion and colonization of lymphoid tissue caused by PCV2, as well as an aid in reducing PCV2 virus shedding.2-3 In addition, Fostera PCV MetaStim is backed by the industry-leading 23-week duration of immunity against PCV2 — three weeks longer than competitors.

Fostera PCV MetaStim will replace Fostera PCV in the Zoetis portfolio of swine vaccines. Fostera PCV MetaStim is available in 50- and 250-dose vials and can be purchased through your veterinarian or animal health retailer.

Agribusiness, Animal Health, Swine, Zoetis