USDA Getting #BackToOurRoots

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Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has been on a five-state “Back to Our Roots” Tour to gather input on the 2018 Farm Bill, meeting with farmers, ranchers, foresters, producers, students, governors, USDA employees, and other stakeholders. This is the first of two RV tours the secretary will undertake this summer.

This first RV Tour features stops in five states: Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, and Indiana. “The ‘Back to our Roots’ Farm Bill and rural prosperity RV listening tour will allow us to hear directly from people in agriculture across the country, as well as our consumers – they are the ones on the front lines of American agriculture and they know best what the current issues are,” Perdue said.

Secretary Sonny held a press conference this morning to talk about his trip, with reporters’ questions including issues with Sam Clovis’ nomination, dicamba concerns, and drought in the Dakotas.
Sec. Perdue presser on Back to our Roots tour

Animal Ag Bites 8/7

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  • Elanco celebrated the opening of their new autogenous poultry vaccine manufacturing facility in Winslow, Maine earlier this summer.  The new facility is dedicated to manufacturing customized inactivated vaccines for unique disease challenges.
  • This month the National Young Farmers Coalition is hosting the Young Farmers Roundtables to provide an oppoturnity for members to express their needs to members of the House Agriculture Committee.
  • On Aug. 4, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) announced that its members have approved a three-year extension of the labor contract covering 29 West Coast ports. The contract between ILWU and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) now runs through June 30, 2022 reports the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF).

New from Case IH

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Case IH made a number of new product announcements for 2018 this week.

For starters, they launched the next generation of Maxxum series tractors that “combine efficient power, versatility, comfort and convenience to handle the day-to-day demands of beef, dairy and row crop operations.”

The 2018 line up includes Maxxum ActiveDrive 4, Maxxum ActiveDrive 8, and Maxxum CVXDrive tractor configurations that can be equipped to meet the needs of any operation.

The new Case IH Steiger CVXDrive series tractors with the strongest CVT on the market are available in 370 to 540 horsepower and in 17 different configurations in Quadtrac™, Rowtrac™, wheeled and scraper options.

The Steiger is the first continuously variable transmission to be offered in a 4WD articulated tractor and delivers the highest horsepower available on the market.

To top it off, Case IH launched the “industry’s fastest converting combination applicator” which converts from “liquid to dry in as little as 42 minutes.”

The Trident 5550 Liquid System offers the latest Case IH application technology, including AIM Command FLEX™ advanced spray technology and it’s engineered from the ground up to be changed from liquid to dry and back again throughout three seasons of use.

New Product Lineup from Krone

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Krone North America will soon be rolling out several new products and product improvements for producers to take home and put to use for the next hay and forage season.

“We are a German company, but we really focus on providing innovative products for the North American producer. At any given time throughout the year we typically have a German engineer over here talking to producers, finding out what features they need for their machines and understanding crop conditions. That’s why we say Krone equipment is German engineered for the North American market,” said Kristine Walker, Krone NA, Manager of Marketing Communications and Public Relations.

We spoke with Kristine at the recent Ag Media Summit where she gave us the details on their new EasyCut TS 320 Pull-Type Disc Mower. The mower features a new frame design, fewer moving parts and a cutting width of 10ft. 4in.

Krone has also introduced two new large tedder models featuring working widths of 43 and 50 ft. They have also come out with a new Comprima Round Balers. These are equipped with new a pick-up design delivering better feeding and wrapping.

Listen or watch my complete chat with Kristine to get all the details on these products and for a sneak peek on what we will see announced later this year. Interview with Kristine Walker, Krone NA

View and download photos here: 2017 Ag Media Summit Photo Album

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Coverage of the Ag Media Summit is sponsored by FMC

The Kings of Hay & Forage

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All our German speaking friends already know that Krone translates to king in German. We spoke with Dave Patterson, Krone NA, during the recent Ag Media Summit to learn what makes them the ‘kings of hay and forage’ production globally.

“Our customers and dealers are critical to our strategy and to our success. We are unique. We are a family-owned German company. We don’t answer to stockholders, quarterly earnings reports or others things that can restrict a true focus on the customer, their needs and our long-term investments,” Patterson said.

When it comes to focus, two areas spring to the top. The first is product innovation driven by customer feedback. People are number two. Krone hand-selects people in sales, service and marketing that can deliver.

Even with a downturn market, learn how Krone has sharpened their focus in Chuck’s complete interview with Dave here: Interview with Dave Patterson, Krone

View and download photos here: 2017 Ag Media Summit Photo Album

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Animal Ag Bites 7/31

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  • A new report from RaboResearch Food & Agribusiness, “Foraging for Higher Prices” explores hay prices and the impact on dairies. Members and journalists may request a copy by contacting RaboResearch Report Requests/Media Inquiries, Sarah Kolell, at (816) 350-4811 or
  • The July Dairy Market Report is ready for download from the National Milk Producers Federation website.  Indicators suggest milk prices have rebounded from their earlier spring lows.
  • Students wishing to apply for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and Public Lands Council 2018 Spring and Summer public policy and law clerk internships must submit their applications by August 15, 2017.
  • Register now to attend the CattleFax Trends+ Cow-Calf Webinar being held on August 30, 2017 at 5:30 MT.  The seminar will provide an overview of the beef and cow-calf industry through the end of 2017 and into 2018.
  • Alltech is hosting a webinar on the topic of trace minerals and their role in livestock health and performance.  Register for this event taking place Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 2:00 EST.


Japan Increases Tariff on U.S. Frozen Beef

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The government of Japan says rising imports of frozen beef in the first quarter of the Japanese fiscal year (April-June) have triggered a safeguard, resulting in an automatic increase in Japan’s tariff rate under the WTO on imports of frozen beef from the U.S. Exports of beef and beef products to Japan totaled $1.5 billion last year, making it our top market.

The increase, from 38.5 percent to 50 percent, will begin August 1, 2017 and last through March 31, 2018. The tariff would affect only exporters from countries, including the U.S., which do not have free trade agreements with Japan currently in force.

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said, “I am concerned that an increase in Japan’s tariff on frozen beef imports will impede U.S. beef sales and is likely to increase the United States’ overall trade deficit with Japan. This would harm our important bilateral trade relationship with Japan on agricultural products. It would also negatively affect Japanese consumers by raising prices and limiting their access to high-quality U.S. frozen beef. I have asked representatives of the Japanese government directly and clearly to make every effort to address these strong concerns, and the harm that could result to both American producers and Japanese consumers.”

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) President Craig Uden said, “We’re very disappointed to learn that the tariff on frozen beef imports to Japan will increase from 38.5 percent to 50 percent until April 2018. Japan is the top export market for U.S. beef in both volume and value, and anything that restricts our sales to Japan will have a negative impact on America’s ranching families and our Japanese consumers. NCBA opposes artificial barriers like these because they unfairly distort the market and punish both producers and consumers. Nobody wins in this situation. Our producers lose access, and beef becomes a lot more expensive for Japanese consumers. We hope the Trump Administration and Congress realize that this unfortunate development underscores the urgent need for a bilateral trade agreement with Japan absent the Trans-Pacific Partnership.”

Perdue Remarks on Bilateral Talks in Mexico

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While meeting with Mexican Secretary of Agriculture José Calzada Rovirosa, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today held a teleconference for U.S. media.

The two leaders engaged in bilateral talks, including a panel discussion with U.S. and Mexican producers, several agricultural site visits, and a joint press conference – seeking to build on the U.S. and Mexico’s well-developed track record of collaboration on agricultural trade issues, and on the personal relationship forged when Perdue hosted Calzada in Savannah, Ga., last month.

You can find his complete remarks and questions from media here: Secretary Perdue Remarks from Mexico

Novus Advances Sustainable Animal Ag Initiatives

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Novus International, Inc. released its annual sustainability report, highlighting improvements made toward its sustainable business goals during the last year. The report marks 2016 as a year where several large projects were launched, goals to reduce emissions were achieved and manufacturing processes were streamlined.

“We don’t just talk about minimizing pollution or reducing waste, we create real, actionable plans to make significant changes in our business for decades to come,” said Francois Fraudeau, Novus President and CEO.

In the report, Novus outlines its 2016 priorities as “optimizing production, cultivating sustainable people and advocating for the industry.” Information about programs to help customers transition to business in an increasingly antibiotic-free marketplace, develop agri-business skills in the next generation and make strategic logistical changes to significantly reduce emissions can be found in the report as sustainability initiatives.

“Sustainability means many different things to many different people. What is important is identifying where you can make a difference,” said Jake Piel, Manager of Marketing Operations at Novus.

Aptimmune Biologics Adds Veterinarian to Swine Team

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Aptimmune Biologics announces the addition of Jessica Seate, DVM, as a veterinarian for the company’s swine division. In her new role, Seate will help launch Aptimmune’s new PRRSV and Influenza vaccines made with BARRICADE® formulation technology, as well as assist in the development of the company’s portfolio of swine vaccines.

“Dr. Seate’s extensive technical experience in swine vaccine marketing and practical experience in swine health and production makes her an ideal fit for our company,” says Aaron Gilbertie, CEO, Aptimmune Biologics. “She will be a tremendous asset to both our company and to our customers in helping them improve the health of their herds.”

Prior to joining Aptimmune, Seate worked for Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc., as a swine technical manager in their marketing department in St. Joseph, MO. She also worked as a veterinarian for Smithfield Foods, where she was responsible for 50,000 sows and all the downstream production. Seate obtained her veterinary degree from Michigan State University.