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Commodity Communicator Weekly

September 20, 2013


AFFORDABLE CARE ACT INFORMATION

The attached information concerning an Oct. 1 Affordable Care Act deadline that will impact farm employers.

Affordable Care Act Fact Sheet for Farm Employers.pdf
health-ACAexnotice13b.0827.pdf
health-ACAexnotice13c.0827.pdf


CDC SOUNDS ALARM ON ANTIBIOTIC OVERUSE IN HOSPITALS, NOT FARMS

Officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a new report this week, highlighting the growing threats posed by antibiotic resistance and pointing to antibiotic overuse by humans as the main culprit. “Antibiotics are among the most commonly prescribed drugs used ?in human medicine. However, up to 50% of all the antibiotics prescribed for people are not needed or are not optimally effective as prescribed,” noted the report. "The most acute problem is in hospitals," emphasized CDC Director Tom Frieden. "The most resistant organisms in hospitals are emerging in those settings because of poor anti-microbial stewardship among humans."


RETAIL BEEF REACHES RECORD PRICES FOR 2ND CONSECUTIVE MONTH

Beef prices climbed to record levels in August and remained there throughout the month, setting a new monthly high for the second month in a row according to data from the USDA. Retail beef values increased by an average of 3.7 cents per pound in August, moving to $5.394 per pound according to the USDA Economic Research Service.


U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE LISTS TWO MUSSELS AS ENDANGERED
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is listing the Neosho mucket as endangered and the Rabbitsfoot as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).  Both species are freshwater mussels found in river systems in the eastern half of the United States.

The Neosho mucket has been eliminated from about 62 percent of its historic range with only nine of 16 historic populations remaining.  Only one of these populations is known to be reproducing.  The Neosho mucket is currently found in Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Missouri.

The Rabbitsfoot has disappeared from about 64 percent of its historic range.  While 51 of the 140 historic populations remain, only 11 populations (22 percent of its existing populations or eight percent of the historic populations) are viable; 23 populations (45 percent of the existing populations) are at risk of elimination; and 17 populations (33 percent of the current populations) show limited reproduction with little evidence of sustainability.   The Rabbitsfoot is currently found in Alabama, Arkansas, Kansas, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee.  The Rabbitsfoot is no longer found in Georgia and West Virginia.

Federal Register


OECD REPORT SHOWS AG SUPPORT RISING WORLD-WIDE

According to a report released this week by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, government support for agriculture in the world’s leading farming nations rose during 2012, bucking a long-term downward trend. Public support to producers stood at an average of one-sixth of gross farm receipts in the 47 countries covered in the report. There is sharp divergence, however, among the nations in the report. In Japan, 56% of net farm income comes from government supports, while in the United States only 7% of net farm income comes from government support.

Click to read the full report.


HEARING SET FOR PROPOSED BUFFALO RIVER WASTEWATER PERMITS
The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) will have a public meeting and hearing at Yellville Oct. 1, 2013, to discuss and receive comments on the proposed renewal of two wastewater discharge permits for National Park Service (NPS) facilities located on the Buffalo River in Marion County. The event will begin at 6 p.m. at the Yellville-Summit School District Cafeteria, 1124 North Panther Avenue, Yellville, Ark.
 
The comment period for the facilities is being reopened for the duration of the public hearing only, and the comment period will close when the hearing adjourns. Oral and written comments will be accepted at the hearing but written comments are preferred in the interest of accuracy.

For more information, click on the following link: ADEQ - BR National Park Service WWTP Permits Public Hearing.


ANRC SCHEDULES STATE WATER PLAN PUBLIC MEETINGS

The Water Plan Update public meetings are free and attendees will be given opportunities to ask questions and make comments. This is the third round of public meetings.  Information regarding locations, dates and times is listed below:

•    Heber Springs: Oct. 1, 3:00 pm; Community Center, 201 Bobbie Jean Lane.
•    Batesville: Oct. 7, 3:00 pm; Citizens Bank Meeting Room, 285 East College St.
•    Mt. Ida: Oct. 8, 3:00 pm; Civic Center, 145 Wittington St.
•    Fayetteville: Oct. 8, 3:00 pm; UofA, Pauline Whitaker Center, 1335 West Knapp St.
•    Harrison: Oct. 9, 3:00 pm; North Arkansas College, Durand Center, 303 North Main St.
•    Texarkana: Oct. 10, 1:30 pm; Southwest Community Punishment Center, 506 Walnut St.
•    Monticello: Oct. 11, 3:00 pm; UAM, Gibson University Center, Caucus Room

For additional information, visit the water plan website at www.arwaterplan.arkansas.gov or contact the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission at (501) 682-1611.


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