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Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Eradicating Wild Hogs to be the Focus of Oklahoma House of Representatives Interim Study
Suggestions for controlling and reducing the infestation of feral hogs in Oklahoma will be reviewed during an interim legislative study this year requested by three members of the state House of Representatives.
The studies were requested by Reps. Brian Renegar, D-McAlester; Kevin Wallace, R-Wellston; and Sean Roberts, R-Hominy. House Speaker Jeff Hickman assigned the study to the House Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development, of which Renegar and Wallace are members.
Agriculture and wildlife officials estimate the wild hog population in Oklahoma at 430,000 to 1.6 million, and report the animals are present in all 77 counties.
"It is very difficult to accurately measure the population, which is why the range is so large," said Betty Thompson, deputy commissioner of the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry.
The Agriculture Department reports the wild pigs are especially abundant - 60 or more of the animals per square mile - along the Red River; in Johnston County; the Arbuckle Mountains of Murray County; and in western Comanche County throughout the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge and the Fort Sill military reservation.
to read more about the interim study and other efforts to eradicate feral hogs in Oklahoma.
No date has yet been set for the hearings that will be conducted in conjunction with this interim study.
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|Don Close Talks Uptick in Beef Supplies and Gives His Take on the Markets
It was the supply of available cattle outside the feed yards in 2015 which continued to build that has increased cow numbers, claims Don Close, vice president of Food and Agribusiness Research and Advisory, Animal Protein at Rabo AgriFinance."Personally, I think that has been a bigger part of the supply of feeder cattle," Close said.Close says though that this was to be expected, taking into account that the U.S. beef industry is currently working to rebuild its herd, and says that more cattle are in the pipeline.Close has projected that market prices may level out around $1.20, which is approximately where prices rest now. Cautiously, Close defends that his projection will be met, predicting that on average, prices should plateau around $1.20 for the third quarter."If that's a quarterly average, should you expect some sub-$1.20 sales in that mix, no doubt," Close says.Close says that speculators are beginning to find underlying support for the futures market. He says that he believes the cattle market is at a critical juncture, but at this point still wants to give it the benefit of the doubt. The reason why, he explains is that the industry remains very current in its feedlot supplies.Close says that if you really want to understand what the culprit is to all the disappointment in the market right now, perhaps look into the total tonnage of protein going to the consumer.Listen to Don Close talk more on the gradual increase in beef supplies and summer cattle prices during the latest Beef Buzz.
|The Beatdown on TPP Continues- Senator Sanders Wants Promises of No Lame Duck Vote
With both Candidates for President openly against the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the trade deal could be facing an increasing uphill battle towards getting congressional approval. At the Democratic National Convention this week, chants broke out of "No TPP" while Bernie Sanders
was speaking Monday, the same day his party approved its platform which is formally against the trade agreement. Hilary Clinton
previously favored TPP while serving as Secretary of State for President Obama, but she changed her stance since beginning her campaign that will accept the nominee as the Democrat's candidate for President later this week. Republican Candidate Donald Trump
also opposes the deal in its current state.
During his speech, Senator Sanders, the runner-up to Clinton for the Democratic nod, told the audience "We've got to make sure that TPP does not get to the floor of Congress during the lame duck session."
Farm groups favoring the deal are pressing Congress to consider the measure after the November elections. However, Ag Lobbyists admit all of the anti-trade campaigning will make it exceedingly difficult to get TPP through an already wary Congress, making passage not impossible but less likely.
TPP is the subject of our morning farm news report
as heard on the Radio Oklahoma Ag Network- we feature comments from NCBA President Elect Craig Uden
of Nebraska as well as Kent Bacu
s- trade specialist for the organization.
|Tim Huelskamp Quickly Becoming the Ag Outcast in His Reelection Bid in Kansas
The Big First District of Kansas has produced some of the great agricultural leaders in Congress down thru the years- including both Kansas Senators- Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran. Roberts served as Chairman of the House Ag Committee when Freedom to Farm became the lynchpin of the 1996 Farm Bill- and since then has gone on to become the Chairman of the Senate Ag Committee. Senator Moran, likewise, served on the House Ag Committee while representing much of western Kansas as the Big First Congressman.
Six years ago- things changed when Tea Party darling Tim Huelskamp was elected as the Congressman of the Big First. His positions and trash talk angered Republican leadership- so much so that they yanked his membership on the House Ag Committee. That has been a sore spot with many in the ag community in the Sunflower state- especially since Huelskamp was on the outside looking in during the 2014 farm bill negotiations.
Ag groups are lining up and several are now supporting the incumbent's opponent, Dr. Roger Marshall of Great Bend. Included in the groups now on board with the doctor is the Kansas Farm Bureau, the Kansas Livestock Association and now the National Association of Wheat Growers.
NAWG released a news release yesterday saying "The National Association of Wheat Growers is excited to endorse Dr. Roger Marshall for the U.S. House of Representatives from the First district of Kansas. As a native Kansan, Marshall values the hard work of farmers, the importance of protecting crop insurance and the farm economy, and projecting the voices of Kansas farmers into DC, where Kansas has not had representation on the House Agriculture Committee for four years.Dr. Marshall's background as a farmer allows him to appreciate the needs of Kansans, particularly rural voters, and fight for what is important to them. As the Commissioner for the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, Dr. Marshall demonstrated his dedication and commitment to producers by being a voice for them against overly burdensome wetlands regulations and overreach by federal agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)."As a Kansas wheat farmer, and a constituent of Marshall's district, it is important to me that there is someone who I can trust in Washington to advocate for my needs, and the needs of other farmers," said David Schemm, NAWG Vice President and wheat grower from Sharon Springs, Kansas. "Marshall stands for, and with, Kansas farmers. He has already demonstrated that he is here to listen to the challenges we face in agriculture and our rural communities. NAWG is pleased to support a candidate that will represent the values, principles and integrity that one of the largest ag district in the country is known for. We are confident that our voices will be heard and respected by Dr. Marshall."
There is also a Super PAC that is now on board against Huelskamp- they have produced a TV ad and also a radio ad against the the three term lawmaker. The radio ad is definitely more pointed- take a listen by tapping on the play button in the YouTube box here:
The primary election in Kansas is next week- Tuesday, August second.
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|Vice Chairman Brett Morris Gives Update on Recent CBB Activities
As the year rolls on, the Cattlemen's Beef Board (CBB) and Brett Morris, CBB vice chairman from Oklahoma, are working to get marching orders from the grassroots level for the coming term. Recently returning from the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) Summer Business meeting in Denver, Morris reported on the projects and processes coming out of that conference.
Assigned to the Consumer Trust Committee, Morris was able to engage in the scoring process of 17 tactics present by four different contractors that will potentially carry out the following year's directives set by the CBB. Morris says that the process is very lengthy as the board works to represent and incorporate the wants of producers nationwide with the areas that market research identifies as being critical to success.
"We had 27 new members come in to the Beef Board this year and this would have been their first means to actually get involved in it," Morris said, "and from what I could see of the new members that came in, they were very involved, they gelled with the rest of the group, they did a very good job. Probably one of the better groups that we have ever had come in."
After scoring the proposals, the next step is to take the committee's recommendations to the Operating Committee, says Morris, which is scheduled to convene in September. The scores will be applied to the board's long term plan and an operating budget will be constructed for the coming year.
Morris says, currently, the board has more projects lined up than what the budget is projected to allow. Morris asserts that this is where the board will get down to brass tax and this year he says they will need to make a $4 million cut to the budget to make operations go according to plan, where attention can be paid to the board's main focuses like research and export growth.
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|Plant ID the Cowboy Way - 2016 Plant ID for Soil Health Training Sessions Scheduled
Free Plant ID for Soil Health trainings continue on rangeland and prairie across the state. Some dates have changed, see below for the most recent schedule. Come and learn "Cowboy ID," a practical way to recognize and remember plants. The training will cover how and why certain plants are beneficial and how plants work together to form ecosystems. What do plants have to do with soil health? Come and find out! To register, call a number below for a location near you. Click here for more information about the workshops.
July 27 - Kenton, OK
Black Mesa State Park
Register at Cimarron Co. CD 580-544-3048
July 29 - Beaver, OK
Register at Beaver Co. CD 580-625-3302 x-101
August 23 - El Reno, OK
Register OK Conservation Comm. 405-522-4833
August 24 - Lawton, OK
Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge
Register at Comanche Co. CD 580-353-1564 x-3
September 29 - Bristow, OK
Register at Creek Co. CD 918-367-1012 x-101
September 30 - Wilburton, OK
Register at Latimer Co. CD 918-465-2181 x-3
October 18 - Nowata, OK
Register at Nowata Co. CD 918-273-1100
October 19 - Pawhuska, OK
Tall Grass prairie Preserve
Register at Osage Co CD 918-287-3290
|Congrats to Clint Krehbiel and Sarah Armitage!
Congratulations to Dr. Clint Krehbiel! He received the AFI Ruminant Nutrition Award at the American Society of Animal Science Awards Ceremony earlier this month. The award is given annually to an individual who stimulates research excellence in the nutrition of ruminant animals.
Dr. Krehbiel serves as the assistant department head for the OSU Department of Animal Science. He has served as our research coordinator since 2007 and has been on our research committee since 2000.
Sixteen year old Sarah Armitage
, was honored this past Friday evening as the All-Around Junior Cattleman of the Year during the Annual Oklahoma Junior Cattlemen's Association (OJCA) Awards Banquet, that is held in conjunction with the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association (OCA) Convention and Trade Show Banquet.
Armitage earned this honor by accumulating points for participation and placing at the OJCA Star Contest, OJCA Speech Contest, OJCA Sales Contest, the OJCA Steer Feedout and Carcass Contest, the Beef Ambassador Contest, the OJCA Preview Show, Oklahoma Youth Expo and the Tulsa State Fair. Armitage will receive a laptop computer sponsored by Merck Animal Health and a belt buckle sponsored by Beacon Hill Ranch.
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