from October 30
ELAP ENROLLMENT CLOSES MONDAY
The enrollment deadline for the 2014 Emergency
Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP)
is November 3. The 2014 Farm Bill designated ELAP as a permanent
disaster program and provides retroactive authority to cover losses that
occurred on or after October 1, 2011.
ELAP provides emergency assistance to eligible producers of
livestock, honeybees and farm-raised fish that have losses due to
disease, adverse weather or other conditions, such as blizzards and
wildfires. ELAP assistance is provided for losses not covered by the
Livestock Forage Disaster Program and the Livestock Indemnity Program.
For 2014 program year losses, the notice of loss and an application for
payment must be submitted by Nov. 3.
Producers should contact their local Farm Service Agency office for more information or to enroll in the program.
from October 29
EQIP DEADLINE IS NOVEMBER 21
Cost-share funds are available to help livestock
producers deal with mounting environmental regulations. The funds are
available through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).
This program pays for up to 75% of the costs associated with
Items EQIP can help fund include lagoon construction, pipelines for
waste transfer, composting facility construction, variable rate
irrigation equipment used in waste application and phosphorus reduction
November 21 is the deadline to apply for EQIP funds. For assistance
in submitting an application, contact your local Natural Resources
Conservation Service office.
from October 28
CONSUMER TRENDS FORUM AT KLA CONVENTION TO FOCUS ON NUTRITION ADVICE
The discussion at this year’s Consumer Trends
Forum during the KLA Convention will revolve around how the definition
of a healthy diet is changing. NCBA Executive Director of Human
Nutrition Research Shalene McNeill, PhD, RD, will outline how nutrition
experts, educators and authors are pushing the conversation
about the unintended consequences of long-standing dietary advice to
cut back on saturated fat. This has widened the dietary debate in the
public health community, with opinions ranging from the Paleo approach
to plant-based diets and varying amounts of scientific evidence to
McNeill will explain how the beef checkoff is advancing the science
on beef’s role in human health and how consumer concerns are being
The Consumer Trends Forum will take place December 4 during the
convention. It will be presented by the Kansas Beef Council and Kansas
CattleWomen, with sponsor support from the Kansas Soybean Commission.
Convention registration, a complete schedule and hotel information is available online at www.kla.org/klaconvention.aspx and will appear in the November/December Kansas Stockman, which is due in members’ mailboxes around November 1.
from October 27
KANSAS OFFICIALS ASK EPA TO RETRACT WATERS OF THE U.S. PROPOSAL
Gov. Sam Brownback, Kansas Ag Secretary Jackie
McClaskey and Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE)
Secretary Bob Moser signed and sent a letter last week asking the
Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to
withdraw the proposed waters of the U.S. rule. According to the Kansas
officials, the draft regulation would greatly expand EPA’s regulatory power and have a significant negative impact on the state’s agriculture and energy industries.
Brownback called the proposal an “unlawful and unconstitutional
attempt to assert federal jurisdiction over local water and land use.”
KDHE officials project the proposed EPA rule would increase the number
of classified stream miles subject to federal jurisdiction from the
current 30,000 to 174,000. Brownback said the rule would make it
impossible for farmers, developers and homeowners to know what routine
business practices could be carried out without obtaining an expensive
“Kansans have had enough of this kind of federal overreach,” the
Kansas governor said. “My administration will continue to fight back
against this continued pattern of disregard for business, industry and
farm and ranch families.”
State officials noted during an October 24 news conference that
Kansas already has adequate laws in place to protect waters that fall
under state jurisdiction. The proposed EPA rule, they said, would be
redundant and a costly infringement on the state’s rights without
providing any significant benefits. These concerns will be part of
official comments the state will file before the November 14 deadline.
KLA was among more than a dozen agriculture and energy-related
organizations present at the governor’s news conference to express
concern about the proposed rule.
from October 24
TEAGARDEN NAMED KLA CHIEF EXECUTIVE
KLA President Jeff Sternberger announced today Matt Teagarden is the new KLA chief executive officer (CEO). Teagarden, a member of the KLA staff since 2001, was named to replace current CEO Dee Likes after a nationwide search. The search committee’s recommendation was approved by both the KLA Executive Committee and Board of Directors.
Teagarden has served as a key liaison between KLA staff and volunteer leaders during his 13 years as KLA director of industry relations and information technology. He is KLA’s lead staff person on federal government relations, advancing KLA member policy through relationships with the Kansas congressional delegation and other agency contacts. Teagarden coordinates KLA member policy initiatives through NCBA by building consensus with staff and members of other state cattle organizations.
“Matt’s dedication to KLA goes without question,” said Sternberger. “He is not only qualified, but has the experience necessary to lead this great organization into the future.”
He grew up on a diversified ag operation near LaCygne. Teagarden graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in agricultural economics. He and his wife, Stephanie, have a grown daughter, Allie, and son-in-law Kale Monk.
“It’s an honor to be chosen to lead such a respected organization,” said Teagarden. “We have a tremendous staff and I look forward to continuing the team-oriented approach that has served KLA members well.”
Teagarden officially will begin his duties as CEO January 1. He is only the ninth executive director in KLA’s 120-year history.
Likes will assume the title of KLA chief executive emeritus January 1, 2015. He will remain employed by KLA in an advisory role to work on future initiatives.
from October 23
ORIGIN OF KANSAS CITY ROYALS NAME GOES BACK TO LIVESTOCK SHOW
The national spotlight on the Kansas City Royals playing in the World Series has included stories about the origin of the team’s name. While most believe it goes back to kings and queens, the reality is Kansas City’s major league baseball team was named after the American Royal Livestock Show and Rodeo.
According to the Wall Street Journal, a 1968 contest to name the new professional franchise was won by a now-deceased Kansas City engineer who suggested Royals. His written entry attributed the recommendation to “Kansas City’s position as the nation’s leading stocker and feeder market and the nationally known American Royal parade and pageant.”
Coincidentally, the American Royal Livestock Show started yesterday (10/22), the same day the Royals defeated the San Francisco Giants 7-2 in game 2 of the 2014 World Series.
from October 22
BLACH RETURNING TO KLA CONVENTION FOR POPULAR OUTLOOK SESSION
How long record cattle prices will last and the rate of cowherd expansion will be two topics addressed by CattleFax Executive Vice President Randy Blach during his market outlook, December 4 at the KLA Convention in Wichita. His presentation will be part of Beef Industry University, sponsored by the Farm Credit Associations of Kansas.
Blach will tie in prospects for competing protein supplies, predictions for feed prices and a forecast for overall meat demand. He also will share thoughts on what factors will shape the U.S. and world economy in 2015 and how the macroeconomy will impact the beef industry.
The KLA Convention will take place December 3-5 at the Wichita Hyatt and Century II Convention Center. KLA members should have received registration materials in the mail. Registration is available online by clicking here. The Wichita Hyatt is full, but rooms remain at the Fairfield Inn & Suites at (316) 201-1400, Drury Plaza Hotel – Broadview at (800) 325-0720 or Hotel at Waterwalk at (866) 822-6274. Be sure to tell the hotels you’re with KLA to get the special convention rate.
from October 21
WTO RULES U.S. COOL VIOLATES INTERNATIONAL TRADE OBLIGATIONS
The World Trade Organization (WTO) announced yesterday that mandatory U.S. country-of-origin labeling (COOL) violates international trade rules by discriminating against Canadian and Mexican livestock. According to NCBA President Bob McCan, WTO’s decision brings the U.S. meat industry one step closer to facing retaliatory tariffs from two countries that are among the largest buyers of American beef and pork.
Canada’s list of products subject to possible trade retaliation include U.S. live cattle and hogs, as well as beef, pork and many other food products. Mexico has yet to release its list of targeted items.
“NCBA has maintained there is no regulatory fix to bring the COOL rule into compliance with our WTO obligations or that will satisfy our top trading partners,” said McCan. “We look forward to working with Congress to find a permanent solution to this issue, avoiding retaliation against not only beef, but a host of U.S. products.”
NCBA and KLA contend COOL adds cost to the system without any offsetting benefit for livestock producers or consumers. Increased costs are experienced when segregation at processing plants is required by the COOL law. Consumers are not willing to pay more for labeled U.S. beef, meaning these costs are simply being absorbed in the system and reducing net income to the industry.
from October 20
KLA COMMENTS SUPPORT DELISTING LONGNOSE SNAKE
KLA staff provided comments at an October 16 hearing held by the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Commission on the longnose snake. The topic of the hearing was the commission’s proposed regulation to delist the snake and several other species as threatened or endangered under the Kansas Nongame and Endangered Species Conservation Act (KNESCA).
Information provided by KLA supports the proposed delisting. KLA testimony stated the longnose snake is abundant in numbers and the original listing was the result of inconclusive information on prevalence of the species.
KLA originally became involved in the issue two years ago when the discovery of longnose snake habitat temporarily disrupted the construction and operation of a feedyard and dairy in southwest Kansas. Since that time, KLA staff has advocated for KNESCA reform, including the delisting proposal being considered by the commission.
from October 17
KLA CONVENTION TO INCLUDE SUSTAINABILITY PANEL
Livestock producers attending the December 5 Industry Information Session at the KLA Convention will hear about beef industry efforts to provide sustainably produced beef to consumers. The program, sponsored by Elanco, will highlight Walmart’s efforts to source sustainably produced goods throughout its product line, as well as the beef industry’s efforts in this area.
Walmart executive Brittni Furrow will describe how they are working with KLA, NCBA and other state cattle affiliates to identify priority areas for enhancing sustainability. NCBA Director of Sustainability Research Kim Stackhouse will explain how the checkoff-funded life cycle analysis provides a benchmark to help beef producers identify opportunities to improve the efficiency and sustainability of their businesses.
KLA members are encouraged to take advantage of the online convention registration option by clicking here. Room reservations can be made by calling the Fairfield Inn & Suites at (316) 201-1400, Drury Plaza Hotel - Broadview at (800) 325-0720 or Hotel at Waterwalk at (866) 822-6274. Be sure to tell the hotels you are with KLA. No rooms remain at the Wichita Hyatt, which is convention headquarters.