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It will be interesting to see what other states try and pull this one.   

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Documentary or Advertisement- The Truth about CWD
 
The prospective fear and unidentified facts associated with Chronic Wasting Disease seem to fog public opinions. Residents of all states in which deer and elk are prevalent should have access to the realities and details associated with CWD. Keith Warren, a popular television host for the outdoors industry, seemingly covered the truths of CWD on his series Deer and Wildlife Stories.

This documentary by Warren said received a lot of support within the deer farming community, as CWD was expressed more as a political disease that a real threat to the captive and wild deer herd populations. The support not only came from the deer farming community, but also from the financial backing by the North American Deer Farmer’s Association (NADeFA), who’s continued sponsorship provided  $55,000 during 2014 to the Deer and Wildlife Stories series.
 
With sponsorship from NADeFA and similar organizations it begins to raise questions as to whether this video should be considered a documentary or advertisement. Shawn Shafer, the executive director of NADeFA states that “Warren and all of his television shows have done more for establishing the farmed cervid industry and hunting ranches as a part of everyday mainstream society than all other PR projects combined.”
 
In the Spring 2014 North American Deer Farmer Magazine their advertisement states “Top Deer Breeders Know! Marketing Works! Every year Keith Warren’s Deer & Wildlife Stories highlight a handful of the top deer farms and showcases their deer to more than ONE MILLION viewers, including deer farmers across North America.” With NADeFA treating the series as a PR and marketing tool for the farmed cervid community, are they not using the documentary as an advertisement as well?
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NC Sportsman Report -

Thanks to a Catawba County legislator, North Carolina’s deer hunters have dodged what could have been an expensive bullet in the final days of the N.C. General Assembly’s 2016 session.

Earlier this week, Rep. Jay Adams (R-Catawba) stumbled onto an amendment to the 2016 Farm Bill, SB 770, that would have levied an excise tax on any supplemental deer foods and minerals purchased not only by owners of deer farms but by deer hunters, with proceeds going to the N.C. Deer and Elk Farmers Association, the lobbying group for North Carolina’s 37 captive-cervid farmers.

After Adams discussed the amendment, Section 11, with the bill’s main sponsor, Sen. Brent Jackson (R-Sampson), the language was changed to read that only certified deer farmers would pay an excise tax.

The bill eventually passed the N.C. House by an 89-26 vote on Thursday, and a House/Senate conference committee passed it on for the governor’s signature earlier today.

Adams, who led an unsuccessful fight last fall to keep the oversight of penned-in deer from moving from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission to the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, caught a change in a version of the bill coming out of the House’s Agriculture Committee.

“One word, cervid, was dropped,” Adams said. “I got to reading, trying to figure out secret meanings, and I started asking questions.”

Adams said he discovered that a $4 per thousand-pound excise tax didn’t apply solely to purchases of supplemental deer food and minerals by deer farmers, but also to hunters. Then, he asked about food plots seed mixes and mineral supplements.

“They said (the tax) would apply to food plots, and it would be 10 cents per bag (of seed mixes),” Adams said. “I said, ‘Wait a minute. That could be a 10-, 20- or 50-pound bag, and that’s not $4 per ton.’ I asked about mineral feed (blocks), and they said, ‘Yes, it would also apply to mineral blocks.’ Now, think of all the mineral products hunters buy.”

Adams said he did some calculating and found that with thousands of hunters in North Carolina buying supplemental food mixes, bags of food-plot seed and mineral blocks, the bill could have raised “a half-million dollars” that would have gone to the N.C. Deer and Elk Farmers Association.

“There was really no way to figure the amount,” said Adams, who introduced an amendment to completely strike Section 11 from the bill that was defeated.

Adams and Richard B. Hamilton, the executive director of the N.C. Wildlife Federation’s Camouflage Coalition and former executive director of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, said that Rep. Roger West (R-Cherokee), got the language inserted in Section 11 that could have added the excise taxes to sportsmen’s purchases of deer food supplements.

“He stuck it in there; I guess he was trying to make a last hurrah,” Hamilton said of West, who is retiring this year after 18 years in the legislature, where he has used his influence to favor cervid farmers who are among his constituents. “He is a very powerful member.

“It’s incredible (the legislature) would even consider such an idea — giving sportsmen’s money to a lobbying group (for cervid farmers), and the sportsmen had no say,” Hamilton said. “It was a crazy idea and probably unconstitutional.”

Public records show that Jackson, the Farm Bill’s main sponsor, received a $5,100 contribution this past Jan. 22 from Tom E. Smith, the former CEO of the Food Lion grocery chain who is president of the N.C. Deer and Elk Farmers Association.

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Rep. Roger West, North Carolina's Deer Hunting Cancer...

http://www.northcarolinasportsman.com/details.php?id=5986
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Both the House & Senate have now concluded the 2016 short session, the provision to keep Sportsman from funding the Deer & Elk Farmers Association was successful in sticking.

Again all Sportsmen should thank Rep. Jay Adams from Catawba County.

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Deer Farmers drain Family Farmers USDA / FSA Funds

CHAPEL HILL, N.C., June 17, 2015 /

-- Deer Farmers have begun to benefit from the Federal Livestock Indemnity Program, authorized by the USDA, which provides protection to commercial farmers when adverse weather or disease eradicates a large percentage of livestock. This program has limitations and guidelines to determine eligible livestock owners; one that should be noted is the regulation that the livestock in question must "not have been produced for reasons other than commercial use as part of a farming operation. Excluded livestock includes wild free roaming animals, pets or animals used for recreational purposes, such as hunting, roping or for show."

Among cattle, poultry, and swine, deer is also included within the Livestock Indemnity Program. However, unlike cattle farms that sell their meat for commercial distribution, captive cervid (deer) farms commercially breed their animals to sell to shooting pens.  Most recently in Iowa a deer farmer received a $917K federal payment from the USDA after 79% of the captive deer tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). This seems to be directly in violation of the program and raises questions as to whether they should receive benefits if the farm in question was selling shooter bucks rather than $917K worth of meat (venison), as selling animals to be hunted is not reimbursable.  Are deer farmers taking advantage of federal funds that should be going to other agriculturally divested family farms?

As in Missouri, North Carolina Deer Farmers are lobbying to shift their regulation oversight from the Wildlife Resource Commission (WRC) solitarily to the North Carolina Department of Agricultural and Consumer Services (NCDACS). Chronic Wasting Disease, a fatal neurological disease, is prevalent in every state where the shift of oversight and regulation shifted to their respected agriculture departments. North Carolina remains steadfast and as a result continues to remain CWD free, impart from the successful joint collaboration overseeing regulations and oversight from WRC and NCDACS.

North Carolina Fiscal Note; Clarify Authority/ Regulation of Cervids suggest a long history of being co-managed by WRC and NCDACS with a 48% to 52% expenditure cost respectfully. With such a successful management history why should North Carolina risk transferring the oversight of deer farmers solely to NCDACS… Is the real intent simply because deer farmers want to reap the benefits of our federal livestock programs at the cost of family farmers?
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I suppose if the Deer Farmers will "Screw" the Family Farmers they have no issue "Screwing" North Carolina's 1.2M Sportsman!!



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NC Sportsman are still keeping a sharp lookout for language that could reverse the 2016 "Sportsmans Tax Act".

All Sportsman would be well served sending a short note to Rep. Adams for catching this! Jay.Adams@ncleg.net


Thursday, June 30, 2016 5:41:22 PM
Subject: Re: Deer Farmers try an end-run in the legislature in an attempt to appropriate deer hunters' funds to promote captive deer industry

A couple of clarifications…. During questioning Senator Jackson revealed the fee (tax) would be $.10 per bag (no disclosure of bag size). Also, my reading of the referenced definition of “feed” might well have included mineral blocks. Additionally, the fiscal note showed an estimated $69,000+ that would become the slush fund for the “association” to be used at their pleasure. Senator Jackson said there may be as many as 34 members. It would have been a pretty good day’s work!

Best Regards,
Representative Jay Adams
Jay.Adams@ncleg.net
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All eyes remain on Senator Jacksons 2016 "Sportsmans Tax Act" awaiting the  compromise to be reversed as last years Deer Farming trickery is all too familer.

All should pay close, close attention and convey your thoughts to your House & Senate Members.  It's not over until Brent Jackson leaves the city limits of Raleigh & the session is over.
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