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Posted by Brian Allmer on February 8, 2013

Farmers and Ranchers Take Center Stage

This week nearly 250 regional, state and national farm, ranch and agribusiness organizations sent a heartfelt “thank you” to Chrysler Group Chair and CEO Sergio Marchionne for its outstanding XLVII Super Bowl commercial “So God Made a Farmer.”

The ad kicks off a campaign declaring 2013 “The Year of the Farmer,” and features still images from ten noted photographers. The commercial’s crowning glory, however, is legendary radio broadcaster Paul Harvey’s recitation of his essay on the virtues of the American farmer, which he originally delivered at a Future Farmers of America conference in 1978. Harvey passed away in 2009.

The letter praised Chrysler for providing a vital message to the millions who watched the game, reminding them that farmers and ranchers – those who feed and clothe this country and much of the world – must not be taken for granted, but instead recognized and appreciated for what they do and how well they do it.

“For two captivating minutes Sunday night, the values and future of American farming dominated a very large stage,” said Clint Krebs (Ore.), president of the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI), “The commercial really inspired the ASI leadership as it did sheep producers across the country. Because of the response, ASI joined the other agriculture groups by signing on to this letter to Chrysler.”

The letter continued, “America’s farmers and ranchers are the most professional and productive in the world. Being the best at what we do benefits us all. No other nation rivals our ability to produce the highest quality, safest, most abundant and affordable meat, poultry, eggs, dairy, crops, fruits and vegetables in the world.

“We sincerely thank you for recognizing us; we thank you even more for reminding the rest of the country – and a big part of the world – of how vital our daily contribution is to their quality of life.”

The video can be viewed at To read the letter and for a complete list of the letter’s signatories, visit

USDA Seeks Nominations for Wildlife Advisory Committee 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is soliciting nominees for five additional positions on the secretary’s National Wildlife Services Advisory Committee (NWSAC) for a two-year period. The purpose of the committee is to advise USDA on the activities, policies and research needed to conduct Wildlife Services. Committee members can serve up to three consecutive terms. The committee serves as a public forum enabling those affected by the Wildlife Services program to have a voice in the program’s policies.

Nominations for membership on this committee are being solicited and the secretary will select members to obtain the broadest possible representation.

Individuals wishing to be nominated to this committee by the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) are asked to contact Peter Orwick,, prior to the Feb. 26-27 meeting of the ASI Executive Board to express interest. ASI is looking for a producer to fill a seat vacated in January by the appointee from the Wyoming Wool Growers Association. The nominee will represent state sheep producer associations.

ASI Receives PR Award

The American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) and Two Rivers Marketing, Iowa, received a Best of National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) Awards in Region III for the Let’s Grow Media Relations Campaign. The campaign received a first place award in the Producer Funded Public Relations – Ag Audience category.

Amy Trinidad of the ASI office was instrumental in the success of this media tour that ran through the states of California, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Tennessee and Ohio in 2011.

The media tour will now be entered for recognition at NAMA’s national convention in Kansas City in April.

Sally Jewell Picked to Head Interior Department

President Barack Obama nominated Sally Jewell, president and chief executive officer of Recreational Equipment Inc., to become secretary of the Interior Department. She would replace Ken Salazar, who said he did not intend to stay for Obama’s second term.

Jewell must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate before taking up the post. 

USDA Extends Census Deadline

Farmers and ranchers across the country are heeding the call to have their voices heard and their farms represented in the 2012 Census of Agriculture. With 1.4 million census forms returned, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is thanking everyone for speaking up for their communities, their industry and their future by sending in their census form. For those who missed the deadline, USDA reminds producers that their farm is important and needs to be counted. As a result, census forms are still being accepted.

Those who did not respond will receive another copy of the form in the mail to give them another opportunity. Farmers and ranchers can return their forms by mail or online by visiting a secure website,

Barrasso Introduces Grazing Bill in Senate

The American Sheep Industry Association, the Public Lands Council and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association strongly support the Grazing Improvement Act of 2013, introduced this week in the U.S. Senate. Sen. John Barrasso (Wyo.), along with cosponsors Sens. Mike Crapo (Idaho), Mike Enzi (Wyo.), Orrin Hatch (Utah), Dean Heller (Nev.), Mike Lee (Utah) and Jim Risch (Idaho), introduced the bill, which seeks to improve the livestock grazing permitting processes on lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and U.S. Forest Service (USFS). The bill was debated during the last session of Congress in both the Senate and House of Representatives; it passed the House with bipartisan support as part of the Conservation and Economic Growth Act (H.R. 2578).

The bill proposes to codify language that allows the BLM and USFS to renew grazing permits under existing terms and conditions while the backlog of environmental analyses is being addressed. It increases the term of a grazing permit from 10 to 20 years and will decrease the interval at which grazing allotments come up for environmental analyses. 

Small Family Farms Account for Most U.S. Farms

Ninety-seven percent of U.S. farms are family farms where the majority of the business is owned by the operator and individuals related to the operator. The remaining 3 percent are nonfamily farms, which produced 15 percent of the value of agricultural output in 2011.

Two features of family farms stand out. First, there are many small family farms (having less than $250,000 in annual sales); together, they account for 87 percent of all U.S. farms. Second, large-scale family farms account for most of the nation’s agricultural production-70 percent in 2011, as measured by value of output.

The share of farm assets held by small farms is substantially higher than their 15-percent share of production. Small-scale family farms hold about 56 percent of all farm assets. The disproportionate asset holdings of smaller farms reflects their overinvestment, particularly in land and dwellings, for purposes other than production, and economies of size enjoyed by larger farms that allow them to produce more with the resources they control.

The 2010 edition of America’s Diverse Family Farms is available at

ASI Supports Animal Drug User Fee Act

The American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) joined a community of livestock producers, companion animal care providers, veterinarians and medicine manufacturers to encourage timely reauthorization of the Animal Drug User Fee Act (ADUFA).

ADUFA is in its third generation of the program and authorizes the Food and Drug Administration to collect fees from animal health companies to enable the Center for Veterinary Medicine to meet performance standards. ADUFA has been critical in streamlining the regulatory process to get much needed products to market.

An effective and efficient animal drug approval process is essential, both to the health and well-being of animals and to overall public health. The long-recognized threats of zoonotic diseases, such as food borne bacteria that can cause illness in people, demonstrate that the need to protect public health by protecting animal health has never been more important. An efficient review process allows for the availability of new and innovative products to meet these challenges. It also encourages animal health companies to continue investing in the research and development of new products. Those investments, spread across research facilities in over 40 states, totaled approximately $690 million in 2010. 

Senate Supports COOL

The American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) applauds a bipartisan group of lawmakers for their support of the country of origin labeling (COOL) law.

Sens. Jon Tester (Mont.), Mike Enzi (Wyo.) and Charles Grassley (Iowa) led the effort on behalf of lawmakers who, by signing-on to the letter, show their support for the right to have product labeled and identified. The letter conveys the clear support of those in Congress for consumers and a truly transparent marketplace.

The World Trade Organization ruled that the United States was deemed in compliance in terms of the concept of COOL and its goal of informing consumers; however, the U.S. was directed to adjust certain implementation measures.

Supporting the effort by signing-on to the letter include Sens. Tim Johnson (S.D.), Ron Wyden (Ore.), John Barrasso (Wyo.), John Thune (S.D.), Martin Heinrich (N.M.), Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), Tom Udall (N.M.), Barbara Boxer (Calif.), Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), Al Franken (Minn.), Jeff Merkley (Ore.), Dianne Feinstein (Calif.), Barbara Mikulski (Md.), Claire McCaskill (Mo.), Benjamin Cardin (Md.), David Vitter (La.), Richard Blumenthal (Conn.), Mary Landrieu (La.), Lisa Murkowski (Ark.), Richard Durbin (Ill.), Sherrod Brown (Ohio), Sheldon Whitehouse (R.I.), Tom Harkin (Iowa), Mark Begich (Ark.), John Hoeven (N.D.), Carl Levin (Mich.), Patrick Leahey (Vt.), Kristen Gillibrand (N.Y.). 

Critical Habitat Comments Submitted

The American Sheep Industry Association this week joined other national and state affiliates in submitting comments regarding the Fish and Wildlife Services and the National Marine Fisheries Service proposed rulemaking to revise the regulations for economic impact analyses of critical habitat designations.

The proposed regulation changes were first outlined in a Presidential Memorandum seeking to improve transparency and public comment by providing the public access to both the scientific analysis and the draft economic analysis when critical habitat (CH) is proposed. Industry supports this aspect of the proposed rule.

However, other aspects would have the effect of rendering meaningless the economic impact analysis required under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Congress intended this analysis to be done to determine whether certain areas should be excluded from CH designation to avoid “needless economic dislocation,” in other words, to determine whether the economic harm outweighs the benefits of a CH designation. The services propose to use the “incremental” or “baseline” approach to analyzing economic impacts, which means that the analysis excludes the impacts of the ESA listing and only includes the incremental impacts that a CH will have on the economy. This waters down the overall impacts that a listing and consequential CH designation will have on the local economy.

The comments are available at

American Lamb Love is in the Air this February

February is National Lamb Lovers Month, and in celebration, the American Lamb Board is calling all fans of lamb to show some love – and shoot some photos.

Fans of lamb are invited to enter the Lamb Lovers Month Photo Contest. Entrants should visit and click the link to enter the contest. Next, post a lambspotting photo of an American lamb dish at a restaurant, purchasing American lamb at a butcher shop or retailer or an American lamb dish cooked at home.

The lamb lover who submits a lambspotting photo that best showcases American lamb during Lamb Lovers Month will be eligible to win a year membership to the Lamb Lovers Month Club, which includes lamb once a month and $100 ingredients gift card to cook a monthly romantic meal for your loved one. A winner will be contacted by March 4. 

Lamb BPA for Ames, Iowa

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) for lambs in Ames, Iowa, is expiring in the summer of 2013. APHIS is seeking qualified sources able to provide the necessary lambs in accordance with the draft statement of work for a five year time period.

From 2008 to current, 49 calls have been placed against the BPAs with a total value of $194,628.50.

Contractors interested in submitting a quote can find additional information at

National Sheep Symposium Available

If you missed the National Sheep Symposium in Spencer, Iowa, last summer, the presentations and power points are now available for purchase. The goal of the meeting was to increase productivity, helping those already in the industry to achieve new levels of production efficiency.

The symposium, titled “Using Technology to Attack the Let’s Grow with twoPLUS Initiative,” featured some of the top sheep production experts in the country speaking on topics of interest to all producers.

To purchase the symposium, go to

Vaccination Programs for Sheep and Goats

The first session of the 2013 Ohio Sheep and Goat Web Series, presented by Eric Gordon, DVM, regarding vaccination programs for sheep and goats, has been recorded and is available at


Weekly National Market Prices for Wool 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s prices for wool can be accessed at The effective repayment rate is the lower of either the 30-day average or weekly rate.

< 18.6 Micron 3.88 5.18 Not Available 18.6-19.5 3.38 5.02 Not Available 19.6-20.5 2.94 4.74 Not Available 20.6-22.0 2.72 4.63 Not Available 22.1-23.5 2.56 4.51 Not Available 23.6-25.9 2.33 3.58 Not Available 26.0-28.9 1.78 2.14 Not Available > 29 Micron 1.38 1.79 Not Available
GREASE PRICES in $ per pound

Ungraded Wool 40 cents 49 cents Not Available Unshorn Pelt

6.865 lbs x
Ungraded Wool LDP

Not Available Wool LDPs are not available when the weekly repayment rate is above loan rate.

Market Summary, Week ending February 1, 2013 
Feeder Prices, San Angelo: 60-90 lbs. for 136-140 $/cwt.; few $151/cwt.; 90-105 lbs. for 135-140 $/cwt.
Slaughter Prices – Negotiated, Live, wooled and shorn 135-200 lbs. for 87.50-130 $/cwt. (wtd. ave. 114.92)
Slaughter Prices – Formula1, 4,035 head at 220-278.49 $/cwt. for 78.4 ave. lbs.; 4,215 head at 194.89-223.42 $/cwt. for 93 ave. lbs.
Equity Electronic Auction, shorn and wooled 100 lbs. for $120/cwt.
Cutout Value/Net Carcass Value2, $260/cwt.
Carcass Price, Choice and Prime, YG 1-4, weighted averages, 587 head at 55-65 lbs. for $287.80/cwt., 1,378 head at 65-75 lbs. for $255.87/cwt., 1,526 head at 75-85 lbs. for $236.93/cwt., 1,741 head at 85 lbs. and up for $212.82/cwt.
Boxed Lamb, weighted average prices ($/cwt.), Trimmed 4″ Loins $473.19, Rack, roast-ready, frenched $1,035.35, Leg, trotter-off, partial boneless $481.81, Ground lamb $536.96, Shoulder, square-cut $239.88.
Imported Boxed Lamb, weighted average prices ($/cwt), AUS Rack (fresh, frenched, cap-off, 20-24 oz) $916.86, AUS Shoulder (fresh, square-cut) $179.54, NZ Rack (fresh, frenched, cap-off, 20 oz/up) $991, AUS Leg (fresh, semi-boneless) NA, AUS Rack (frozen, frenched, cap-off, 20-24 oz to 28 oz/up) $859.90, NZ Rack (frozen, frenched, cap-off, 12-16 oz) NA, AUS Shoulder (frozen, square-cut) $175.47
Exported Adult Sheep, 0.
Wool, Price ($/pound) Clean, Delivered, From 8 weeks ago: 18 micron (Grade 80s) NA, 19 micron (Grade 80s) NA, 20 micron (Grade 70s) $4.58, 21 micron (Grade 64-70s) NA, 22 micron (Grade 64s) $4.35, 23 micron (Grade 62s) $3.40, 24 micron (Grade 60-62s) NA, 25 micron (Grade 58s) NA, 26 micron (Grade 56-58s) NA, 27 micron (Grade 56s) NA, 28 micron (Grade 54s) NA, 29 micron (Grade 50-54s) NA, 30-34 micron (Grade 44-50s) NA.
Australian Wool, Clean, delivered FOB warehouse & gross producers ($/pound) 18 micron (Grade 80s) 5.14-5.82, 19 micron (Grade 80s) 4.88-5.53, 20 micron (Grade 70s) 4.60-5.22, 21 micron (Grade 64-70s) 4.53-5.13, 22 micron (Grade 64s) 4.47-5.06, 23 micron (Grade 62s) 4.38-4.97, 24 micron (Grade 60-62s) 3.89-4.41, 25 micron (Grade 58s) 3.33-3.78, 26 micron (Grade 56-58s) 3.00-3.40, 28 micron (Grade 54s) 2.35-2.66, 30 micron (Grade 50s) 2.18-2.47, 32 micron (Grade 46-48s) 1.86-2.11, Merino Clippings 2.70-3.06.
1Prices reported for the two weight categories of the largest volume traded. Second, multiplying the carcass prices by an estimated 50.4% dressing percentage yields live weight prices. 2The cutout value is the same as a net carcass value. It is a composite value that sums the value of the respective lamb cuts multiplied by their weights. It is also the gross carcass value less processing and packaging costs.
(Source: USDA/Agricultural Marketing Service)

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