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Who's Your Daddy??? Lots of Oklahoma Wheat Fields
Are Saying Gallagher
There is a new big dog in the rankings this year- with
OSU Wheat Improvement Team Variety Gallagher taking over the top spot
from Duster- over 14% of the acres in the state were likely planted
to Gallagher while Duster, which has been the most planted variety
for the last few years, is now the second most planted variety in the
state with around nine percent of the acreage planted to this well
loved OSU bred variety.
In fact, wheat breeder Dr. Brett Carver has the top
four varieties planted last fall in the state as Gallagher and Duster
were joined by Ruby Lee and Endurance as the four most utilized
varieties by Oklahoma wheat farmers.
When you add the numbers up- very close to half of the
acreage planted last fall was an OSU variety.
We have our full story on the domination of Wheat
Improvement Team varieties - click
here and check it out.
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Classic Cranking Up- Vilsack to Speak Friday
It's the opening day for Commodity
Classic in the Big Easy- and thousands of
farmers from across the United States are already enjoying the food
and fun that is the French Quarter here in New Orleans.
Lots of side meetings go along with this conference-
we will tell you more about one we have been a part of in story
three- but all of the major Ag Chemical and Seed Companies are
hosting some of their best customers here in New Orleans- and
offering them some cutting edge ideas on production- and entertaining
them at the same time.
Four commodity groups are a part of the Commodity
Sorghum Producers, National Association of Wheat Growers, American
Soybean Association and the National Corn Growers Association.
This morning- we will be spending time with the Sorghum
Folks as they hold a General Session for Sorghum at the Convention
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will address
Commodity Classic attendees Friday as part of the general session.
USDA says Vilsack will speak on the impacts of the Trans-Pacific
Partnership on U.S. agriculture. Vilsack is continuing the
administration's campaign promoting the TPP as USDA says the trade
deal levels the playing field for American workers, businesses and
agriculture. This is Secretary Vilsack's seventh visit to Commodity
The 2016 Commodity Classic is the largest yet with
more than 8,000 registered attendees for the event going on this week
in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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Flour Industry CEO Says
Wheat Has a Great Story to Tell- We Simply Have to Keep Telling It
Dan Dye is
not one to cry "woe is me" as the CEO of Ardent Mills, a
major domestic supplier of flour and related products. Even in the
face of the Gluten Craze, Dye sees the glass half full and that he
believes we need to be pro-active in reminding consumers of the
importance of grains in their diet.
was on a panel at the Bayer Crop Science AgVocate Conference just
ahead of the 2016 Commodity Classic in New Orleans , Louisiana on
Wednesday. The panel that included Dye was looking at "Global
Food Business Trends- An Era of Invention and Reinvention."
Dye, in talking with us, says "we have to tell the
story how important and how good grain is in our diets- the
importance of fiber, the importance of a balanced diet with grains- I
think that the Dietary Guidelines reinforces that- we simply have to
keep telling that story more and more."
He says he understands that consumers have been
bombarded with the idea of gluten free being good- and he says that
it is important to remind consumers that most people do not have a
problem with gluten in their diet- and the benefits that wheat
provides makes it an essential part of the daily diet.
Oklahoma Farm Bureau
Brings County Leaders to OKC March 6 and 7 for 2016 Legislative
Oklahoma Farm Bureau
will host its annual Legislative Conference March 7-8 in Oklahoma
City at the Aloft Hotel. The conference is designed to inform
members of legislative issues at the state and federal levels.
Highlights of the two-day conference include updates
on the State Question 777 campaign, the Oklahoma Farming and
Ranching Foundation, the current legislative session and more. Monday
afternoon, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt will speak- and
Tuesday will feature comments from Insurance Commissioner John Doak, Glenn Coffee
with a State Question 777 Update and State Climatologist Gary McManus
OKFB's Champion Award winners, state leaders and
legislators chosen for going above and beyond to protect and improve
agriculture and rural Oklahoma, also will be recognized during the
SNAP Pilot Announced to
Train Adults Taking Benefits from Uncle Sam
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that
10 states have been selected to take part in SNAP to Skills, a
first-of-its-kind, peer-to-peer effort to help state agencies design
improved employment and training programs for adults participating in
the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in order to help
them find employment and ultimately move off the SNAP program.
"Fortunately, the economy is improving in most areas of the
country, but it is still very challenging for people with limited
education or more basic job skills to secure full time work and
better paying jobs," said Vilsack. "Helping SNAP recipients
move off the program due to higher job earnings produces a double win
for the individual household and for the economy as a whole."
States selected for SNAP to Skills include: Arizona, Arkansas,
California, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri,
North Carolina and Tennessee.
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And remember- the 2016 Annual Convention of AFR-OFU will be held in
Norman February 19 and 20. Click
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OSU Research Helping
Poultry Industry Grow a Healthier Bird
of probiotic-fed chicken products in the United States have increased
34 percent in the last year due to the demand for antibiotic-free
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Tyson
Foods, the country's largest processor of chicken, announced it would
use probiotic-fed chickens in its operations by September 2017.
Because of this trend, researchers at Oklahoma State
University's Robert M. Kerr Food and Agricultural Products Center, a
part of the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources,
are studying the implementation of probiotics in chicken feed.
"The reason for the study was to help the food
industry produce a healthier bird," says Patricia Rayas,
FAPC cereal chemist. "When the probiotics are ingested, they try
to outweigh the bad bacteria."
Details of the research, which started in November
2014 at the FAPC are available here.
Express Ranches Spring
Bull Sale Set for Tomorrow
The 2016 Spring Bull Sale of Express
Ranches happens tomorrow- Friday, March 4th- details
Express will be offering over 500 Angus Bulls and 34
Hereford Bulls in this sale that happens at the ranch just north of
Whether you attend the Express sale or not- if you are
a cattle producer, you will want to go and listen
to our conversation with Express Ranches President, Jarold Callahan,about
how to work with all the production data available from most
seedstock producers about the bulls they have raised and are
selling. Genomic EPDs is changing the accuracy of the
information we have- which means it is more important that ever before
to understand which EPDs are of the most importance for your cattle
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