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Thursday, August 15, 2019
Oklahoma State University Extension Grain Market Economist Dr. Kim Anderson delivered a sobering message to wheat producers gathered at Wednesday's joint-meeting of the Oklahoma Wheat Growers Association and the Oklahoma Wheat Commission in
Based on the current dynamics of the marketplace and the growing dominance of Russia and the hard wheat producing countries of the Black Sea Area over global export demand, Anderson conceded with all frankness and candor, that his outlook for the wheat market
over the next ten years is rather bleak. Citing the most recent research on the subject, Anderson says it is expected the average price of wheat in Oklahoma at least for the next decade is likely to fall around $5.00/bu.
"So, if you can't produce it for less than $5, you probably should look at alternative uses of that land," Anderson said, adding specific stipulations for those who continue on with the crop intending to harvest it for grain. "You can't just
produce wheat - you've got to produce a milling-quality wheat. That means you've got to produce it for less than $5, have 60 lb. test weight and 12 to 12.5 percent protein."
You can listen to the entire conversation between Dr. Anderson and I regarding the future of the Oklahoma wheat market,
by clicking or tapping here.
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The Trump administration Wednesday proposed changes to hours of service rules for commercial vehicle drivers. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration published the proposal seeking to give drivers "more flexibility while
maintaining the safety limits on driving time." The proposal is separate from the ongoing comment period for livestock haulers. The agency is accepting comments until the end of September to determine what should be considered livestock or an agricultural
commodity. Currently, states can determine when drivers transporting agricultural commodities, including livestock, are exempt from the HOS requirements, within a 150-mile radius of the source. Among the changes to the overall rule proposed this week, the
rules would increase flexibility regarding mandated breaks. The proposal also modifies the adverse driving conditions exception through extending by two hours the maximum window during which driving is permitted. The proposed rule would not increase driving
time and would continue to prevent operators from driving for more than eight consecutive hours without at least a 30-minute change in duty status.
The Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) welcomed the proposed rule changes.
ARA Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Counsel Richard Gupton released a
"These reforms, including the short haul exemption expansion for CDL drivers to 150 air miles and the expansion of duty hours from 12 to 14 hours, will provide necessary flexibility for ARA members to meet the needs of their customers without adversely
impacting transportation safety," they said.
According to a FMCSA news release, it is estimated that this proposal will save American consumers and the U.S. economy an estimated $274 million and improve safety for all drivers on the Nation's roadways.
While producers have traditionally participated in Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) because it's the right thing to do, there is sound research that indicates BQA certified producers can benefit financially as well. According to a recent study by the Beef
Checkoff-funded BQA program and conducted by Colorado State University (CSU), results show a significant premium for calves and feeder cattle sold through video auction markets.
The research study "Effect of Mentioning BQA in Lot Descriptions of Beef Calves and Feeder Cattle Sold Through Video-based Auctions on Sale Price," led jointly by CSU's Departments of Animal Sciences and Agricultural and Resource Economics, was conducted
to determine if the sale price of beef calves and feeder cattle marketed through video auction companies was influenced by the mention of BQA in the lot description. Researchers conducting the study found that BQA cattle commanded a premium of up to $16.80/head.
Jason Ahola, Ph.D. and professor of animal sciences at CSU, explained that, "By sharing the BQA status of the owner or manager of a set of cattle, the buyer can access information that is generally otherwise difficult to find in traditional
marketing channels. It became clear that this information affected the ultimate selling price of the cattle."
You can listen to the whole conversation between Dr. Ahola and I on Wednesday's Beef Buzz -
Clarence Henry Burger, 49, of Stroud, was charged and subsequently surrendered to authorities on one count of Larceny of Domestic Animal/Implement of Husbandry in Creek County. The charge is the result of an investigation conducted by
Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Ranger Bart Perrier.
According to Perrier, Burger was employed by the victim, an absentee landowner, and cared for the victim's cattle on a day-to-day basis. In early 2019, the victim began to suspect Burger was stealing cattle from his ranch and contacted Perrier to investigate. The
investigation revealed that between May 2017 and January 2019, Burger had indeed sold seven head of cattle at various stockyards in central Oklahoma. The victim alleged, Burger sold those animals without his knowledge or permission.
Burger was booked into the Creek County Jail following his surrender Aug. 3, 2019, and later released on a $20,000 bond. You can read more about the arrest by TSCRA Special Ranger Perrier,
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The Oklahoma Farm Bureau - a grassroots organization that has for its Mission Statement- "Improving the Lives of Rural Oklahomans." Farm Bureau, as the state's largest general farm organization, is active at the State Capitol fighting
for the best interests of its members and working with other groups to make certain that the interests of rural Oklahoma are protected.
here for their website to learn more about the organization and how it can benefit you to be a part of Farm Bureau.
Curtis Jurgensmeyer, president and CEO of J-M Farms. has been appointed to the 16-member
Oklahoma State University Robert M. Kerr Food and Agricultural Products Center advisory board by the vice president for agricultural programs of OSU's Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources to help oversee the center's
mission and vision. Jurgensmeyer follows in the footsteps of his father,
Virgil, who founded J-M Farms in 1979 and played an integral role in the creation of FAPC, serving on the Center's original board.
J-M Farms is an integrated mushroom business involving the production, harvesting, packing and shipping of more than 28 million pounds of white button, portabella, cremini, shiitake and oyster mushrooms.
Jurgensmeyer began an active role at J-M Farm in 1981, working in all aspects of the company. In 1991, he earned a leadership position and was named president and chief executive officer of the nationally recognized, privately held agricultural production
and value-added business. Being involved in a non-traditional agricultural business, he hopes to bring a different perspective to the board.
You can read more about the newest member of the Robert M. Kerr FAPC Advisory Council member,
by jumping over to our website.
W. Scott Mason IV has been appointed to serve as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) new director for the American Indian Environmental Office (AIEO) in the agency's Office of International and Tribal Affairs.
In this new role, Mason will be responsible for AIEO's mission to lead EPA's efforts to protect human health and the environment in Indian country by supporting implementation of federal environmental law consistent with the federal trust responsibility
and the government-to-government relationship.
A proud Citizen of the Cherokee Nation, Scott is a 5th generation western Oklahoman. He earned his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees from The University of Oklahoma. He has nearly 15 years of experience serving at the local, state and federal levels of
government in various capacities.
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On Tuesday, President Donald Trump was scheduled to deliver remarks on energy in Pennsylvania. Instead, Trump diverted and talked about trade with Japan where, according to the folks at the National Association of Wheat
Growers, he directly discounted the importance of wheat exports to the market:
"Many car plants -- they're coming in from Japan," the President remarked. " I told Prime Minister Abe -- great guy. I said, 'Listen, we have a massive deficit with Japan.' They send thousands and thousands -- millions -- of cars. We send
them wheat. Wheat. (Laughter.) That's not a good deal. And they don't even want our wheat. They do it because they want us to at least feel that we're okay. You know, they do it to make us feel good."
NAWG responded publicly to President Trump's comments with the following tweet, defending the significance of the exportation of wheat for US farmers.
"@realDonaldTrump Mr. President, Japan is the #1 market for US wheat exports on average, where we hold just over 50% of the market. They don't buy our wheat because "they want us to feel okay." They buy it because it's the highest
quality wheat in the world. That's not fake news."
Boom- Mic Drop!
AND- We Say Congrats to Bob Hunger and Jimmie Musick- Honored by the Okla Wheat Industry
On Wednesday- we enjoyed our time with wheat producers from around Oklahoma who gathered for the 2019 Oklahoma Wheat Growers Annual Meeting and the 2019 Oklahoma Wheat Review- we will be sharing several conversations that both Carson and I had in El Reno- one
of those was the story at the top of today's email with Dr. Kim Anderson- who did a brief market outlook that was- as our story called it- rather sobering.
During the lunch time- several awards were handed out- two of those honored included
Dr. Bob Hunger, OSU Extension Plant Pathologist and fifth generation farmer
Dr. Hunger was presented the Extending the Legacy Award by the Oklahoma Wheat Commission for his years of service to the wheat farmers of the state and region.
Jimmie Musick received the 2019 Mr. Wheat Award by the Oklahoma Wheat Growers- the longest running honor given by the Oklahoma Wheat Industry. Musick farms near Sentinel- and has just wrapped up a year serving as the President of the National
Association of Wheat Growers.
We will be sharing our conversation with Musick in tomorrow's Daily Email.
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