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Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Pork Council Calls Proposed Feral Swine Rule a Good Place to Start
Working Toward Complete Eradication of Wild Hogs in Oklahoma
The public comment period for the proposed rule on Feral Swine ends
TODAY- and a public hearing on the proposed rule will happen at 1:00
PM this afternoon. According to the language published, the Agency
says that the rule is to implement the Feral Swine Control Act and
(in new proposed language) "to adopt aggressive measures for the
eradication of all feral swine in the State of Oklahoma." The
purpose goes on to state that "Feral swine pose a health risk to
humans, livestock, companion animals and native wildlife. The
Department's goal is to render the State of Oklahoma free of feral
One of the agricultural organization submitting comments at the end
of the comment period is the Oklahoma Pork Council. In a letter that
expresses their comments,. the Pork Council signals that "okPORK
generally supports the proposed rules in Subchapter 34- Feral
Swine." After offering comments about several sections of the
proposed rule- the Pork Council offers the following summary
"In summary- the Oklahoma Pork Council supports the Oklahoma
Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry's proposed rules
regarding Feral Swine. We agree with the stated purpose of the rules
and we encourage the Department to work toward a goal of complete
eradication of feral swine in Oklahoma."
We talked with Roy Lee Lindsay of the Pork Council about their
comments on the Rule- you can hear that conversation by clicking
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Extreme Fire Danger
Present Across Oklahoma
Oklahoma Forestry Services is alerting the public of extreme fire
danger that is present across most of Oklahoma.
"The conditions predicted this week have the potential for
extreme wildfire behavior," said George Geissler, Oklahoma State
Forester. "We are urging people not to do any burning. We also
ask that you report any fire or smoke you see to your nearest fire
department. Time is of the essence under these types of conditions as
any new fire will spread rapidly. "
Low relative humidity, combined with very dry fuels and sustained
winds at 15-20 mph, with some gusts possible near 20 mph, are
creating the dangerous conditions. Fire danger is expected to
increase this week, with Thursday looking to be the most critical
According to Jed
Castles with News9 KWTV- we are looking at
nightmarish conditions on Thursday when you start thinking about Fire
Danger- temps in the upper 70s and winds blowing from the south from
20 to 45 miles per hour!
Here is Jed's Nine Day as posted this morning on Twitter:
Super PAC Calls on Presidential Candidates to Support Three
Principles to Benefit the Future of Agriculture
On Tuesday, Ag America, a national coalition of agricultural leaders
dedicated to electing candidates with proven records of supporting
American agriculture, called on the 2016 Republican and Democratic
U.S. presidential candidates to commit to publicly support the
"Principles for Our Ag Future". The principles, developed
by Ag America, outline the path forward to ensure that American
agriculture continues to be the envy and leader throughout the world.
This Super Ag PAC has membership that includes politicians and
leadership from many of the major ag organizations in the country.
The three principles they are urging support for include:
development opportunities that would improve access
to existing and emerging agriculture markets.
science of agriculture by supporting common sense
regulations to protect our environment and energy resources.
education of the next generation of America's farmers
through emphasis on science, technology, engineering, agriculture,
You can read more about this effort to inject agricultural issues
into the national debate by clicking
Accuracy of EPDs
Soaring Higher- Powered by Beef Genomics
Beef Genomics offers EPD information to today's cattle producer with
more accuracy than we have ever seen- so says Ryan Ruppert
with the American Angus Association. Ruppert was with Neogen when I
talked with him last month at the Cattle Industry Convention in San
Ruppert says the seedstock producer has a better chance than ever
before to offer cow calf producers exactly what they say they need to
improve their beef herd. "I can now start delivering what that
cow calf producer wants on a much more consistent basis, making my
reputation such that the producer will want to come back to me- to
rely on me to provide the best bulls or heifers possible. It's like
writing a contract that I have never been able to write before."
Ruppert says that now with the Genomic enhancements- a commercial
producer can afford a bull that gives him a 60% chance of delivering
exactly what he wants- which has been the same level of
predictability that traditional EPDs have offered for the best AI
sires. He calls that a huge step forward from where we were just two
or three years ago.
You can read more- and hear Ryan's comments on these fast forward
improvements in beef breeding by clicking
or tapping here- and that includes what is next that will enable
beef producers to be even more responsive to what consumers want as
they make breeding decisions.
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And remember- the 2016 Annual Convention of AFR-OFU will be held in
Norman February 19 and 20. Click
here for details about their 111th Annual meeting.
USDA Proposes to Mandate
Stores Who Accept SNAP to Stock a Broader Variety of Healthy Food
USDA is releasing new rule language that is in response to the 2014
Farm Law that will require retailers who accept SNAP (Food Stamps)
stock and have available for those buying food with federal money
handouts a wider variety of healthy food choices.
According to the USDA news release from Tuesday- "SNAP retailers
would be required to offer seven varieties of qualifying foods in
four staple food groups for sale on a continuous basis, along with
perishable foods in at least three of the four staple food groups.
The staple foods groups are dairy products; breads and cereals;
meats, poultry and fish; and fruits and vegetables. In addition, the
proposal calls for retailers to stock at least six units within each
variety, leading to a total of at least 168 required food items per
We have more from USDA on what they want from retailers who take SNAP
dollars- including a link where you can access the complete rule that
is being published today in the Federal Register- click
or tap here for more.
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Bob Dinneen Calls Ethanol
an Industry Confident, Defiant and Prepared to Weather Any Storm
Speaking before more than 1,000 attendees at the National Ethanol
Conference (NEC) in New Orleans today, Renewable Fuels Association
(RFA) President and CEO Bob
Dinneen declared that the domestic ethanol industry
remains strong and touted its ability to successfully navigate the
vagaries of the markets and overcome the perils of policy
"The strength of the U.S. ethanol industry is seen in its record
production - 14.7 billion gallons, its record blending demand - 13.75
billion gallons, record feed production - 40 million metric tons, and
record greenhouse gas reductions - 41.2 metric tons," said
Dinneen. "Those aren't the stats of an industry in retreat, that's
an industry confident, defiant, and prepared to weather any
Dinneen called the U.S. ethanol industry the "cornerstone"
of the rural economy, noting that it added $44 billion to the
nation's Gross Domestic Product and paid $10 billion in taxes last
year. He drew a sharp contrast with what he characterized as the
"boom and bust cycles" of oil extraction which, he said,
can wreak havoc on economically-vulnerable communities.
More about the Dinneen address can be read- and we have the audio of
his "State of the Ethanol Industry" address on our website available
Happenings- OALP in
Vietnam, Soil Health in El Reno, Canola College in Enid and AFR in
We continue to keep tabs on Class
XVII of the Oklahoma Ag Leadership Program- and in
central Vietnam, the group got a first hand encounter with water
buffalo and rice paddies- as seen in this photo from OSU's Craig Woods:
They have been moving today from central Vietnam southward- ending up
in Ho Chi Minh City- which is Saigon to my generation. Tomorrow- the
group will be spending some time with Gerald Smith, the Senior Ag
Attache for the FAS/USDA in Vietnam.
The Vietnam study experience is the Capstone for Class XVII of the
We invite you to check out details of three events happening tomorrow
into the weekend- click on each event to jump over to our calendar
page of OklahomaFarmReport.Com to learn more about each activity:
Redlands Community Soil
Health Field Day- Thursday, Feb. 17 north of El
Fourth Annual Canola
College- Thursday Feb. 17 at the Chisholm Trail Expo Center
Meeting of the American Farmers & Ranchers/Oklahoma Farmers Union-
Embassy Suites, Norman.
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