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April 19, 2018
Livestock and Ag Credit News

NLPA Announces New CEO Kraig Roesch

"We are very excited to start a new chapter at NLPA with the hiring of our new CEO, Kraig Roesch," says Gary Smith, a 5th generation Iowa farmer and Chairman of the Board of the National Livestock Producers Association (NLPA). The 97–year old organization has been serving livestock producers since 1921 and represents more than 215,000 farmers and ranchers involved in animal agriculture in the United States and Canada, through member marketing associations and credit corporations.

"This is uncharted territory for most of us on the board, and in the office," says Smith. "(Former CEO) Scott Stuart did a great job leading this organization for the past 30 years. Our Executive Committee wanted to make sure we found someone with the ability to continue moving NLPA forward."

Roesch (pronounced Rush) brings a farm background and 18 years of experience working with livestock producers and livestock marketing associations to the table. "I'm a farm kid from way back," he says. "I grew up in agriculture and I love being in the livestock industry."

Roesch grew up on a diversified family farm in southeastern Colorado and was active in 4–H and FFA, serving as a Colorado State FFA Officer. He raised ewes and lambs and started a small cow–calf operation in high school, and after graduation from law school, returned to the farm to become a partner in a 200–head cow–calf operation, while establishing a private law practice.

"I have a huge passion for animal agriculture and for competitive markets for livestock producers. I know firsthand the time and energy it takes to be successful in the livestock business and am very interested in this opportunity at NLPA as an avenue to continue to be a part of this industry's successful future," says Roesch.

"His experience as a Regional Director with the Packers & Stockyard Division of the USDA has given him many leadership and organizational opportunities that we think will serve him well in this new position," says Smith. "We look forward to him putting his entrepreneurial and leadership skills to the test for NLPA."

Roesch will also be heading up several associated organizations which are administered and managed by NLPA, including the National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA) and the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB).

"We are really excited about working with Kraig and his vision for NLPA and NIAA and where we'll go in forging new relationships and new opportunities," says Nevil Speer, Chairman of the NIAA Board of Directors.

"We are delighted that Kraig has been appointed to lead NLPA and we are looking forward to getting to know him and continuing the very positive and professional work by the entire NLPA staff," says Ruaraidh Petre, GRSB Executive Director.

"They're all good, solid organizations that are looking for the best answers and the best solutions on how to promote agriculture, in their different lanes," says Roesch. "I'm looking forward to working with the Boards and staffs, helping them advance their agendas and doing what they need us to do to help them succeed."

Livestock and Ag Credit News

Cattle Traceability Proposal Unveiled

By Ken Anderson, Brownfield Ag News, 04/16/18—The industry–led Cattle Industry Working Group (CTWG) has released its draft plan for a voluntary, nationwide cattle I.D. and traceability system.

Leaders of the working group unveiled and discussed the proposal in Denver last week. The meeting was a follow–up to the National Institute for Animal Agriculture's (NIAA) annual conference. Discussions by the CTWG to date have supported a Bookend structure for an I.D. and traceability system. We must walk before we run. A full traceability system may be achievable in the future, but there is strong opposition among producers today for full traceability.

Some stakeholders are concerned with cost, thus the emphasis on the state–agency databases. Other stakeholders are concerned about privacy and confidentiality, thus the emphasis on private sector databases. This demands flexibility in database structure and management.

Producers must be in control of their own choices and own data. CTWG leaders say they will continue to gather industry input, but they are going to move forward with their proposal. The next step, they say, is to present the proposal to industry stakeholders over the next several months.

Brownfield discussed the draft proposal with Glenn Fischer, president of Allflex USA, one of the leaders of the CTWG. Listen to the 8:56 audio interview HERE.

Tyson to Require BQA Certification in 2019

WNAX Radio, 04/16/18—Starting January 1 of 2019, Tyson Foods, one of the world's largest beef processors, will require that all beef they purchase is sourced from Beef Quality Assurance certified producers. North Dakota State University BQA state coordinator Lisa Pederson says there are currently 3,000 producers BQA certified in North Dakota.

Nancy Bateman with the North Dakota Beef Commission says their state's ranchers are in a good position to comply with the BQA requirement and have nothing to hide.

Pederson says Tyson's move is a game changer for the industry. Listen to the 1:35 audio interview HERE.

Setting a Trap for Alt–Meat?

By Dan Murphy, Drovers, 04/16/18—We're seeing interesting developments in the brewing battle over the regulatory status of alt–meat products now in the marketplace.

Two industry groups are pressuring federal regulators, but with different approaches to how these so–called cultured meats, or "clean meat" products (as the emerging sector's leading entrepreneurs prefer to position their creations) should be named.

Earlier, NCBA listed "fake meat" as one of the top five issues the organization planned to tackle in 2018, as the group's leadership vowed to "protect our industry and consumers from fake meat and misleading labels."

In a statement, NCBA urged USDA to "assert jurisdiction over foods consisting of, isolated from or produced from cell culture or tissue culture derived from livestock and poultry animals or their parts."

The group argued that USDA, not FDA, is the appropriate agency to regulate lab–grown meat, as its Food Safety and Inspection Service has "the technical expertise and regulatory infrastructure to ensure perishable meat food products are safe for U.S. consumers."

Hay Urgently Needed In Oklahoma

AgWeb, 04/17/18—Large wildfires in western Oklahoma continue to burn more than 400,000 acres and growing. "Hay is the number one need right now," said Dana Bay, Woodward County OSU Extension Educator. "Ranchers that were able to save their cattle but lost their grass and hay of their own are in desperate need of hay to sustain those animals."

A relief fund has been established by the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Foundation (OCF) with. 100% of donations will be distributed to ranchers who have been affected by the fires. Funds will be dispersed 90 days after the fire is out. Applications to apply for fire relief funds can be found at

"People are quick to want to help those in unfortunate situations, and that is truly humbling. The OCF is happy to provide a place for funds to be held. We will coordinate with the Extension Offices in the affected areas to organize relief efforts and to identify ranchers that are in need," said Tiffani Pruitt Coordinator of the OCF, a charitable arm of the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association.

Pennsylvania Going Hog Wild With New Pork Production Operations

By John Vogel, American Agriculturist, 04/17/18—On the rise in the Keystone State are swine farrowing and finishing operations.

Since 2012, the state's hog inventories reported by USDA's Northeast Regional Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service have steadily risen to 1.19 million head.The greatest uptick came in 2017. But a substantial number of swine facilities are still in or are just beginning their first year of operation.

Numerous new operations have been partially funded via the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority and related finance agencies. PIDA has put new pork operations on farms with 15–year loans at a 2% fixed rate.

Global Livestock News

Cattle Producers Jump On Board With Pain Relief

By Mark Phelps, Queensland Country Life, 04/17/18—"I think at the end of the day every producer is trying to do the best they can for their animals," veterinarian Andrew Marland said.

"Branding, dehorning and castration are all necessary animal husbandry practices but that does not mean producers enjoy putting their calves through these procedures. But it's really only now that we have effective pain relief in forms that can be administered in the reality of working cattle yards."

Argentina Ready to Import U.S. Pork

By Julie Harker, Brownfield Ag News, 04/13/18—Argentina is ready to accept U.S. pork imports for the first time in 25 years. The deal was reached with the United States last August but Ag Secretary Perdue says Argentina has now completed the technical requirements to accept pork imports.

Perdue calls it a breakthrough by the administration to "reach new markets and ensure fair trade practices by international partners." The agreement opens a market for U.S. producers that is worth potentially $10 million a year and is poised to expand. The export certificate allows the shipment of fresh, frozen and processed pork to Argentina.

The US Meat Export Federation says Argentina is strongly interested in the Boston butt and expects good demand for U.S. hams, picnics and trimmings saying the country also holds potential for U.S.–produced processed pork products.

Global Livestock News

Farm Bill Draft Released

By Amie Sites, Brownfield Ag News, 04/12/18—The House Ag Committee unveiled the first draft of the 2018 Farm Bill this afternoon. The committee's proposed bill would expand work requirements in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, increase the cap on the Conservation Reserve Program, and include funding for a Foot and Mouth Disease vaccine bank.

The bill would also allow farmers to switch from the Agriculture Risk Coverage to the Price Loss Coverage program. Conaway says the ARC program payments would be based on automated data to reduce disparities in payments.

The National Pork Producers Council says the decision to authorize funding for the Foot and Mouth vaccine bank will help protect pork producers and the ag industry. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue says although there is still a lot of work to be done, he looks forward to a timely bill that will support farmers during a time of low commodity prices. 2

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