April 24, 2015
  
Senate and House Committees Pass Trade Promotion Authority Legislation    

  

This week, both the Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee passed Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation with strong bi-partisan majorities. TPA legislation establishes concrete rules for international trade negotiations that will boost American exports and create new economic opportunities for the cattle industry. TPA will allow the U.S. Trade Representative to directly negotiate trade provisions that will benefit U.S. cattle producers. Last year, international exports of U.S. beef accounted for over $7 billion in cash receipts. In 2013, exports of California beef and beef products accounted for nearly $440 million in cash receipts.  

 

The adoption of TPA will allow the Administration to further pursue trade negotiations within the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and seek to reduce or eliminate tariffs with U.S. beef buyers in the Pacific Rim. Of the five top importers of U.S. beef, four (Japan, Republic of Korea, Mexico and Canada) are party to TPP. CCA and NCBA urge both houses of Congress to send a final and clean TPA bill to the president as soon as possible.

Antibiotics Legislation Moves in Senate Committee     

  

This week, the California Senate Committee on Agriculture voted 3-0 to advance SB 27 by Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) to the Senate Appropriations Committee. Although the legislation advanced, it did so without amendments, and members of the committee, including chair Cathleen Galgiani (D-Stockton), were absolutely clear that they would call the bill back to the committee when amendments are made.

CCA is working with the author and the governor's office to provide input on potential amendments
. Once those amendments are brought forth, CCA will take a position on the bill in accordance with CCA member policy on the judicious use of antibiotics in beef cattle production. CCA testified at the hearing and shared specific concerns regarding the elimination of antibiotics sold over-the-counter and any statewide tracking program that would require on-farm use reporting. CCA will continue to update members on the status of the legislation as more information becomes available.
Government Decides Not to List Bi-State Sage Grouse as Threatened     

  

CCA applauds the decision announced this week by the U.S. Department of the Interior and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to withdraw their proposal to list the bi-state distinct population segment of the greater sage grouse as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. CCA submitted comments to the USFWS when the proposal was first released voicing strong opposition due to the impacts the listing would have in Inyo, Mono and Alpine Counties in California.

In addition, ranchers have already taken proactive measures to improve sage grousehabitat. CCA appreciates the Secretary of the Interior acknowledging those voluntary efforts in her decision to no longer pursue a listing. We hope that the rationale used on the bi-state distinct population is applied to any future decision regarding the greater sage grouse that has habitat in northeastern California and other large parts of the West. Good work and on-the-ground conservation and habitat-improvement efforts are occurring throughout greater sage grouse habitat as well. CCA supported provisions passed by Congress to prohibit federal funding on any action associated with listing the bird for the current fiscal year.
Comment Period for Dietary Guidelines Extended    

  

On Tuesday, March 17, the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Forestry, and Nutrition and the Senate Committee on Health Education, Labor, and Pensions sent a joint bipartisan letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to request an extension of the comment period. You can view the letter here.

On Wednesday, March 18, the USDA and HHS have announced a 30 day extension of the comment period stretching the 45 days to 75 days which will conclude on May 8.

You may submit your own comments here.

The National Cattlemen's Beef Association has also launched a grassroots social media campaign to keep lean beef in the dietary guidelines. Snap a photo of your well-balanced meal that includes beef and use the hashtag #BeefsOnMyPlate (no apostrophe) when you post it on Twitter. Be sure to tag @SecBurwell and @USDA so your tweets will reach the decision makers involved in the dietary guideline shaping process.   
Chico YCA Hosting 2nd Annual Beefin' It Up Run/Walk 5K Tomorrow      

  

The Chico Young Cattlemen's Association is hosting its second annual Beefin' It Up Run/Walk 5k TOMORROW at 10 a.m. at the University Farm!

The goal of the event is to promote beef as part of a healthy lifestyle. Registration will be available on-site the day of the event will also be available.

Like the event's Facebook page Beefin' It Up Chico, 5K or more information or email beefinitupchico@gmail.com with questions.  
Feather River College Unique Agriculture Faculty Position Open     

  

Feather River College's (FRC) Agriculture Department has been chosen to be the first and only two year California Community College to offer a bachelor degree in an agricultural field, specifically in Equine and Ranch Management. This innovative degree will combine scientific agricultural management courses with hands-on livestock experience that incorporates both traditional and progressive ranch management and performance horse methods.   

 

The start date for the course will be Fall 2016; however, FRC is conducting a nationwide search for the right faculty member to join the agriculture department starting this Fall (2015). This new tenured track position will be teaching both lower and upper division courses and will assist in developing the curriculum for the new bachelor degree. FRC's agriculture department includes the equine studies program and rodeo team and consists of three full-time instructors: academic advisor, instruction assistant and multiple associate faculty members.   

 

The current agriculture department members have been working together for many years and are highly collaborative, effective and respected on the FRC campus. The ideal candidate for the Equine and Ranch Management faculty position would be someone who has experience both on the ranch and in education. 

 

If you are interested in applying for this position, please contact Russel Reid, FRC Agriculture Department Chair at (530) 283-0202 ext. 260 or via e-mail at RReid@frc.edu. The position will close May 12. 

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Bull Test Calls for Consignors      

  

The 59th Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Bull Test is now open for consignors! What began as a student enterprise in 1956 has developed into one of the most elite tests on the West Coast. Originally only 60 2-year-old Hereford bulls were allowed on test, but the test now includes 8 beef breeds.

Advances in technology have only improved the test. Ultrasound measurements and EPD (Expected Progeny Differences) profiles are now used to identify the highest quality bulls, along with information collected throughout the test. Data can be processed and generated by computer, enabling the bulls' statistics to be immediately available to the producers. Automated technologies have increased the efficiency of feeding and handling of the bulls and introduce students to industry standards.

Please RSVP to reserve your space in the test no later than April 25. There is a $60 per head entry fee, that is refundable if notified by April 25.

For more information or to request a copy of the full consignor's handbook, contact Keela Retallick, Beef Cattle Specialist at (805) 765-2685 or via e-mail at kretalli@calpoly.edu. Learn more about the bull test by visiting http://bulltest.calpoly.edu.  
Cattle Fax Weekly Market Highlight
April 24, 2015    

  

Fed cattle trade in the South occurred at $157 to $158, $2 to $5 lower compared to last week.  Fed cattle trade in the North was $158 to $160.50, weak to $3 lower this week. Cattle in the North on a dressed basis sold at $250 to $253 this week, $6 to $8 lower. The beef complex was mostly steady this week as an increase in demand was able to absorb an increase in supplies.  Feeder cattle ranged from steady to $8 lower.  Calves were steady to $10 lower compared to last week. Market cows were mostly steady.  New crop corn was approximately 13 cents lower this week as adequate rain reached most of the Corn Belt this past weekend. This week's crop progress report showed corn planting as 9 percent complete compared to last week's 2 percent and last year's 6 percent.   
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