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October 7, 2015
Livestock and Ag Credit News

President Obama Says for Farmers, TPP Is 'Really a Big Deal'

By Tom Steever, Brownfield Ag News, 10/06/15—President Obama says the Trans–Pacific Partnership will remove trade barriers among the dozen participating countries. The President says the agreement, announced Monday, will eliminate tariffs on U.S. poultry, beef, soybeans and fruit, to name a few. He acknowledges opposition among some lawmakers, but points to provisions, such as Japan removing duties from 74 percent of its beef imports in the next 15 years.

"So this is really a big deal," the President told Brownfield Ag News Tuesday, "and the key to getting it passed is just making sure that people are informed about how this creates a level playing field and making sure that members of Congress who represent rural and agricultural districts understand the benefits."

The President says the TPP will be a boon to U.S. farmers over the next two decades. And even though China is not part of the agreement, President Obama says the deal may have a positive impact on the U.S. trading relationship with China.

GIPSA NEWS: 10/06/15

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Retailers to Weigh In On Antibiotics in Next NIAA Symposium

Bovine Veterinarian, 10/01/15—The utilization of dual–use antibiotics in animal agriculture is coming under heavy fire today. Retailers are feeling the pressure from consumers to reduce the amount of meat on their shelves from animals that have been treated with antibiotics. NIAA Antibiotic Stewardship: From Metrics to Management takes place November 3–5, 2015 in Atlanta, Ga. and is open to all individuals who want to learn from each other, engage in meaningful discussion and create successful strategies to safeguard antibiotic efficacy. For more information or to register online go to–Antibiotics–Symposium.

Running for Bacon

By Mike Jordan, Lakefield Standard, 10/05/15— Most marathons have water stations and energizing fresh fruit stations along the route, but the Minnesota Pork Producer–sponsored Pork Power 5K, a part of the Mankato Marathon, has delicious, nutritious bacon stations, not to mention pig medals for all finishers. "Each participant in the Pork Power 5K will receive an official Pork Power 5K shirt and a Mayo Clinic Health System race goodie bag, while finishers of the race will receive a special 5K medal and a pork treat at the finish line," said Chris Willaert, director of the Mankato Sports Commission. "The winner of the Pork Power 5K will receive a special pork basket from the Minnesota Pork Producers."

Thank You Pork Producers for Raising High Quality Food

Farm and Ranch Guide, 10/04/15—Whether you live in an area with a lot or few pigs, October is a great time to thank U.S. pork producers for everything they do. It is very likely that the package of bacon for breakfast, the pulled pork sandwiches at a local benefit, the hot dogs roasted over a campfire or those pork chops for supper were all produced in the United States. Domestic per capita consumption of pork is 49.6 pounds annually.

The pork industry brings good foods like pork tenderloin, juicy bratwurst, sausages to go with eggs, Moo shu pork and barbecued pork ribs. While Iowa, North Carolina and Minnesota are the top three pork producing states, 15 states share in the claim for the 100 top producing counties.

Kansas Beef Industry Seeks Sustainability for Environment, Finances

By Megan Hart, Topeka Capital Journal, 10/03/15—The word "sustainability" sometimes gets a bad reputation as a code for expensive environmental mandates, but some in the Kansas beef industry are looking at ways they can help both the environment and their balance sheets. Joe Carpenter, co–owner of Downey Ranch in Wabaunsee, said they are implementing controlled access to ponds, which can benefit cattle health and water quality, and moving away from hay production to grazing as much of the year as possible. Carpenter said he also is experimenting with cool–season grasses, crop residue and sorghum to reduce or eliminate the need for hay over the winter. If it works, having year–round grazing would allow them to save both the money required to put up and distribute hay, and the fuel used to power the equipment, he said. "Our basic goal is to mimic what the native grazers did here," he said.

An Overblown Market Correction!

AgWeb. 10/02/15—"There is no better cure for high prices than high prices." I believe that rule–of–thumb was first uttered by Dr. Earl Butz, the outspoken Secretary of Agriculture under Presidents Nixon and Ford. So, while a cattle price correction was impending and prices would come off the highs, I don't think the current downward spiral in prices is solely the result of that correction. It's no secret the futures market has played an increasing role in the direction of cash markets as index funds entered the market. Do the words index funds and high frequency trading sound familiar?

Pork Supplies Will Increase Faster Than Expected

Western Farmer–Stockman, 10/05/15—With a bounty of corn and soybean crops now being harvested, grain farmers will want to know whether pork production will grow enough to significantly help corn and soybean meal consumption for the 2014–15 marketing year. Hurt said only about 2% more pork will be produced in that corn and soybean marketing year. But nearly 4% more pork is expected for the 2015 calendar year.

"The point is that it takes time to build the animal base and that more than one–half of the marketing year will be over before market hog numbers really begin to rise in the spring of 2015," he said. "However, grain farmers can be confident that the feed usage base will continue to build for the 2015–16 marketing year."

Beef Genetics Make Jersey Bull Calves 10–Times as Profitable

AgWeb, 10/02/15—Day old Jersey bull calves aren't worth a lot, but if you add some beef genetics their value can increase tenfold. Purebred Limousin cattle helped put Wulf Cattle on the map in the 1970s. Since 1995, Wulf Cattle has been partnering with Riverview LLP, a dairy and crop operation based in Morris, Minn. With that partnership came the idea of adding value to the Jersey bull calves that were raised by Riverview. It led to an interesting cross between Jersey and Limousin to create a calf that gains well in the feedlot and grades better in the packing plant.

Global Livestock News

Taiwan to Stand Firm on Ban of Leanness Drug in U.S. Pork: Official

Focus Taiwan, 10/02/15—The Council of Agriculture (COA) said Friday that it will insist that Taiwan maintain a ban on pork imported from the United States containing traces of a leanness–enhancing drug, amid fears that the issue could affect future bilateral trade talks. Taiwan and the U.S. held trade discussions under the bilateral Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) on Thursday, and while the issue of U.S. pork imports was not on the agenda, Washington has hinted that it would make signing a bilateral investment agreement more difficult.

NCBA Applauds Conclusion of Trans–Pacific Partnership Negotiations

National Cattlemen's Beef Association News Release, 10/05/15—The National Cattlemen's Beef Association has learned that the Trans–Pacific Partnership negotiations have successfully concluded today in Atlanta. NCBA President and Chugwater, Wyo., cattleman, Philip Ellis said this agreement will boost U.S. exports and eliminate trade barriers. "While the full details of the partnership will not be released until the President presents it to Congress, cattle producers are assured this is a true 21st century agreement," said Ellis. "The TPP will immediately reduce tariffs and level the playing field for U.S. beef exports to these growing markets. TPP is a major win not only for the beef industry, but for all U.S. export products, growing the economy while supporting jobs and investments in agriculture and technology."

Global Livestock News

California Governor Considers Landmark Law to Limit Antibiotics In Livestock

CBS Local, 10/01/15 —California may be about to get another first–of–its kind law that could dramatically change the way farm animals are treated. Governor Brown has until October 11 to decide what he'll do about SB27, a measure that would ban the routine use of over–the–counter antibiotics in livestock and instead require a veterinarian's prescription for the drugs, that are used for a variety of purposes ranging from disease prevention to growth promotion. Lawmakers sent the bill to the Governor last month.

USDA: Tote Bags Possible PEDv Carrier

Brownfield Ag News, 10/02/15—USDA investigators say tote bags used for transporting pig feed may have been the way three coronaviruses, including Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV), entered the United States. The agency's Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service (APHIS) issued a report this week saying those flexible intermediate bulk containers are the top suspects among possible ways the viruses got to the U.S. Those containers are designed to be reused and the report says the viruses could stay active amid transport.

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