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Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Farm Bureau Gives
Thumbs Up for Trans-Pacific Partnership- Sees Billions in
Partnership will tear down trade barriers and help
level the playing field for U.S. agricultural exports to 11 nations
across the Pacific Rim. Ratifying TPP will boost annual net farm
income in the United States by $4.4 billion, compared to not
approving the pact, according to an economic
analysis conducted by the American Farm Bureau Federation.
"TPP will mean a boat-load of expanded exports and increased
demand for America's agricultural products," AFBF President Zippy Duvall
said. "Clearly, America's farmers and ranchers have much to gain
from approval of TPP and we support its ratification. American
agriculture is a growth industry, and to continue that trend, we must
expand our market opportunities."
Not approving the trade deal would have adverse effects, too.
"While our farmers and ranchers have a lot to gain with passage,
the consequences of not approving the deal would be harmful,"
Duvall said. "Every day we delay means lost markets as other TPP
countries implement the deal's advantages with each other. We are
already arriving at the party late because, right now, expanded trade
due to TPP is going on across the Pacific Rim - just without
While procedural steps along the way will take time, Duvall said
"the sooner TPP is ratified, the better it will be for American
Farm Bureau has provided a detailed look at the impact of TPP- click
here for our story on our website that includes links back to the
The state by state breakdown was really interesting- and it shows
that for our part of the country- the benefits to the Beef and Pork
sectors is huge-
beef and pork industries derive 71% of the $102 million dollar net
export annual benefit.
Pork is a lesser industry in Texas- but
Beef captures 54% of the total Texas benefit from the TPP when we hit
receives 78% of its TPP benefit in the beef and pork segments.
garners 60% of its net export benefit from its beef and pork segments
sees a big boost because of benefits to rice, which account for 43%
of TPP benefit to that state.
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GMO Labeling Bill in
Senate Ag Committee Gathering Support Ahead of Thursday Business
do companies like Walmart, Coca Cola, Kelloggs and General Mills all
have in common? They have all signed onto a letter praising the
Chairman of the Senate Ag Committe, Pat Roberts, for the release of
his Chairman's Mark on Biotechnology Labeling Solutions, which will
be considered at the Committee's business meeting on Thursday.
"Our draft has the overwhelming support of virtually every
agricultural industry from field to fork and beyond," Roberts
said. "This demonstrates the widespread concerns of significant
and critical sectors of our economy regarding the urgent need to
address biotech labeling before the patchwork of state laws harms
producers and consumers."
The letter - which contains more than 650 signatures from farmers,
cooperatives, agribusinesses, processors, seed makers, handlers, food
and feed manufacturers, lenders, and retailers - is in support of the
Chairman's Mark for a national solution on biotechnology labeling.
The groups urge the U.S. Senate to take quick action "to avoid
the economic costs of a patchwork of state laws that will directly
impact consumers, farmers, and the entire food value chain."
More on the GMO Labeling issue is available
here- that includes a link over to the full letter and the list
of those signing it- which includes four Oklahoma organizations-
Oklahoma Farm Bureau, Oklahoma Soybean Association, the Oklahoma
Grain and Feed Association and the Oklahoma Ag Coop Council.
The Rise of Sugarcane
Aphids in Sorghum Presents a Major Headache for Growers
Aphids have captured the attention of farmers, extension specialists
and researchers with their rapid emergence and potential for major
damage to the US grain sorghum crop. This is a new pest in sorghum
that has been spreading across sorghum producing states.
Oklahoma State University Extension Entomologist Tom Royer says
over the last two to three years the problem has erupted. Last year
the problem exploded in impacting nearly half of the United States.
Royer said sugarcane aphids affected 35 plus counties in Oklahoma,
basically any county with sorghum. He has never seen a pest come on
the scene this quick and be this much of a problem in causing immense
damage and yield loss. He said the last time many farmers have seen
an outbreak like this was when greenbug moved into sorghum in the
Royer and other researchers are scrambling for answers for farmers.
OSU is trying to determine which sorghum varieties are resistant and
susceptible to sugarcane aphids. Royer said this year OSU will be
sampling fields for sugarcane aphid populations in trying to
determine the economic impact of the aphid, as well as threshold
levels for treatment. Royer said that will help farmers determine at
what level it will be worth the expense of treatment to maximize
Dr. Royer and I talked this past week about the impact
of sugarcane aphids. Click
or tap here to hear more about recommendations from OSU prior to
Says Genomic EPDs Will Help Bull Buyers
It's spring bull sale season. One of the larger sales
in the region held annually is the big sale at Express Ranches
in Yukon, Oklahoma. Express Ranches President Jarold Callahan
said this year they will offer over 500 bulls, mostly Angus. The
bulls will be sold in person at the ranch, as well as on the
internet. Callahan said they are excited for the offering as they
continue to invest and reinvest in the best cattle genetics.
Callahan said the bulls that are marketing have the most complete
dataset available. The data can be accessed through the Express
Ranches website. There buyers can sort the bulls
based on certain criteria. All bulls have been genomically tested,
which is the DNA profile for each specially trait. Callahan said even
though these are yearling to 20 month old bulls, he said it gives
buyers the same confidence in those cattle as if they sired seven to
20 calves depending on the particular trait.
"We do this for our bull customers, so they can buy with a
greater degree of confidence that the EPD's are accurate and
correct," Callahan said.
EPD's have been around long enough that a lot of producers are
comfortable with the data information and making decisions off of
them. With today's EPD's using genomics, Callahan
said producers have to realize that are much more accurate and better
than ever before. He said both commercial and purebred producers need
to concentrate on the EPD's and on the bio-economic indexes, the
dollar values, to make their selection. In looking for a bull for
heifers, Callahan said producers need to focus on calving ease direct
(CED), the birthweight EPD as well as the growth and carcass
I featured Callahan on today's Beef Buzz. Click
here to listen to today's Beef Buzz.
We have also posted our complete interview with Jarold as a Podcast- click
here to check it out.
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Delegates Set Policy for the Farm Group at 111th Annual Convention
During the American Farmers & Ranchers annual convention, Feb.
19-21, voting delegates adopted policies on water, health care, State
Question 777, earthquakes and other issues critical to rural
"Our members spoke with a strong, united voice on these
issues," said Terry
Detrick, AFR president. "This was true
grassroots policy development."
On the issue of water, delegates said "We support legislation
defining water quality and water quantity as compelling state
interests." In addition, they adopted new language stating
"We support continued studies on underground aquifer water
storage, recharge and recovery."
The delegates strongly supported State Question 777, Right to Farm.
The measure, which will give protection to consumers and production
agriculture, is on the general election ballot in November.
"We are working hard to make sure everyone understands the need
for voters to pass this issue in November," Detrick said.
There was more in the way of policies as adopted by the AFR
here to read about those decisions.
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Members Discuss Eliminating Market Barriers to Ethanol
the largest trade association representing the producers and
supporters of the ethanol industry, held the first panel at their
seventh annual Executive Leadership Conference in Orlando, Fla. The
panel was entitled, "Don't Get Stuck in the Gears - Eliminating
Market Barriers to Ethanol."
There is no shortage of obstacles hindering the sale of ethanol. The
uncertainty surrounding the Renewable Fuel Standard, consistently
shifting legal challenges on the state and federal levels and the
Reid Vapor Pressure debate are all barriers to the widespread
adoption of higher blends of ethanol, such as E15.
Discussion focused on the important actions the policy, legal and
regulatory teams must take so the industry can overcome these
hurdles. Growth Energy's efforts are clear - to usher in the
widespread availability of renewable fuels so that consumers have an
unrestricted choice of renewable fuels when they go to fill up at the
or tap here to read more about this discussion.
N That - Big Iron Wednesday, Rainfall in Southeast and Forecast Shows
Winter Arrives Early March
It's Wednesday- and that means the Big Iron folks
will be busy closing out this week's auction items -
all 373 items consigned. Bidding will start at 10 AM
for the complete rundown of what is being sold on this no reserve
online sale this week.
If you'd like more information on buying and selling
with Big Iron, call District Manager Mike Wolfe at 580-320-2718 and he
can give you the full scoop. You can also reach Mike via email
by clicking or tapping here.
If you were north of I-40 and west of Oklahoma City- you came away
disappointed in the rainfall that hit your location yesterday- the
southeastern half of the state was where the rain was- several
locations had more than two inches of rainfall- Holdenville was the
Mesonet location that got more than two inches that was the
northernmost point in Oklahoma for that much rainfall.
Far southwest Oklahoma got a half inch to just under one inch of
rain, while west central, north central and northwest Oklahoma all
were left begging for even tenth of an inch or two.
According to Jed
Castles of News9- the next chance for a rain/snow
event comes next Tuesday or so- here's his nine day that shows more
fire danger DEAD AHEAD.
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