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Youth Expo- Showmanship Becomes Life Lesson of Being a Role Model
2016 Oklahoma Youth Expo Swine Showmanship turned out to be more than
just a contest to see how well the 4-H and FFA members involved could
move their animals around the show ring. Judge Jordan Leatherman
from the state of Indiana spent a lot of time with participants from
all three divisions encouraging and instructing them in some of the
finer points of handling their animals. And, for the top end of the
Senior Division, he asked several of the young men and ladies to take
the microphone, introduce themselves and tell a little about their
involvement in the swine business, their youth organization and what
their plans for the future might be.
He called on the participants in the Senior Division to accept their
positions of Role Models for younger 4-H and FFA members- and after a
rousing challenge- he picked his Swine Showmanship winners for the
Top showman for 2016 was Blake
Kennedy of the Tecumseh FFA, while Rachel Rumsey
of Prague FFA was the Reserve Champion overall.
here for the full list of swine showmanship winners- and a chance
to hear our visit with the judge about the life lessons he talked
with the 4-H and FFA members about.
have added more pictures to our OYE FLICKR album- it now has over
700 pictures- go and take a look at this year's event through these
images of 4-H and FFA members involved in the World's Largest Junior
Our thanks to ITC, Your Energy Superhighway for helping sponsor our
coverage of the OYE for 2016- click here to
learn more about their mission in the Great Plains.
AND- we have several more stories to post today in the Blue Green Gazette-
check back regularly and see what is going on at this year's OKlahoma
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Ag Day 2016 is
Ag Day is a day to stop and celebrate the abundance of American
Agriculture. National Ag Day is organized by the Agriculture Council
of America (ACA).
Here in 2016, lots of events are planned around the country as well
as in our Nation's Capitol.
In Oklahoma, we have traditionally moved our Ag Day celebration to a
little later in the month- and this year, it will be March 31st at
the State Capitol.
But, you can learn what all is going on nationally with Ag Day today
by clicking here for the official Ag Day
after 7 AM this morning, we will have a special
announcement of one of our young leaders in Oklahoma being honored
nationally on this Ag Day 2016- we will be posting that on our
Go after 7 AM and check it out!
Floor Vote Could Come Tomorrow on GMO Labeling Proposal
Roberts, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture,
Nutrition and Forestry, announced Monday evening the Senate has
proceeded to floor debate on his proposal to provide a uniform
standard for bioengineering and an incentive to provide more
information on biotechnology to consumers.(otherwise known as GMO
legislation is a true compromise," said Chairman Roberts.
"I have worked with my colleagues from both sides of the aisle
to find a balance between consumers' right to know and ensuring an
even playing field in the marketplace."
will be one of the most important policy decisions for agriculture in
recent decades. Farmers and food producers deserve certainty. This
legislation does just that."
substitute language provides a national solution to a developing
patchwork of state laws on biotechnology labeling before Vermont's
state laws take effect in July. The proposal creates a voluntary
national standard for biotechnology labeling of food and provides
incentive for the marketplace to provide more information. To ensure
consumers have multiple ways to access information about how food is
grown, a mandatory labeling program would go into effect only if the
voluntary program does not provide significant information after
several years. Food companies would then have adequate time to
utilize a variety of options to disclose information directly to
To read the text of the latest version of the GMO labeling bill- click
A vote on Cloture will likely occur on Wednesday- Agri- Pulse reports that
Roberts is still searching for 60 votes to invoke
Derrell Peel Laments
Decision by USDA to Suspend Release of Mid Year Cattle Inventory
In his weekly analysis of the beef cattle marketplace, OSU's Dr. Derrell Peel
looks at the USDA Decision to suspend the July Cattle report in 2016-
and the problems that causes the decision making process for cattle
"It is all too easy for producers and even more so for consumers
to underestimate the value of the market data that helps ensure
efficient agricultural markets and a steady supply of affordable
food. Unfortunately, political decision-makers also increasingly see
only the immediate cost savings from cutting data while overlooking
the long-term consequences of less and poorer quality data on the
nation's food and fiber sector. The result in recent years has been a
constant battle to fend off repeated and pervasive attempts to chip
away at a wide variety of agricultural data.
"The latest example is the recent decision by USDA's National
Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) to suspend the July Cattle
report. The argument is made is that is only one piece of data,
arguably of lesser quality than the January Cattle report; and even
some industry participants would suggest that by itself is not that
important. However, it is part a bigger set of data to help
understand the enormously complex and dynamic cattle industry. How
many struts can you knock out from under a bridge before it fails?
The U.S. beef cattle industry is in the midst of the first
significant herd expansion in over 20 years. Producers are
desperately trying to assess the status of the expansion to
anticipate market conditions in coming years. Producers need to
expand enough to take advantage of market opportunities but not
over-invest in herds and set themselves and the industry up for
excess production and a market crash. The current NASS decision means
that producers will get no update on the size of the 2016 calf crop,
the status of heifer retention or feeder cattle supplies for nearly a
year. Meanwhile decisions have to be made."
It's pretty clear that Peel believes that USDA made a mistake on
choosing this report to dump- click
here to read more of his analysis of why this is a bad decision.
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Slight Improvement in
Southern Plains Wheat Crop in Latest Crop Weather Updates
The latest crop weather updates were issued for several states on
Monday afternoon- and that includes Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas- the
heart of the southern plains hard red winter wheat belt.
And- it appears the wheat crop is unchanged to a little better in
condition this past week- with a nice bump up in the improvement of
the Texas crop ratings.
wheat crop jumps four percentage points in the good to excellent
ratings- from 42% good to excellent a week ago to 46% this week.
crop also showed a slight improvement, rising to 67% good to
excellent and 31% in fair condition. As the crop starts to
rapidly grow, only two percent of the Oklahoma crop has been tagged
as being in poor condition. (the report for Oklahoma is in RTF
format- the PDF link is not working on the USDA website)
Our neighbors in Kansas
were unchanged compared to a week ago- with the crop standing at 56%
in good to excellent shape, 37% in fair condition and 6% called poor.
Click on each state to see the complete Crop Weather reports issued
on Monday afternoon.
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US Ag Secretary Tom
Vilsack Travels to Peru and Announces Full Access for US Beef to
Agriculture Secretary Tom
Vilsack and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman
announced on Monday that the U.S. government has reached agreement
with the government of Peru to remove barriers for U.S. beef exports
to Peru that have remained in effect since 2003, opening one of the
fastest growing markets in Latin America to all American beef and
In 2015, the United States exported $25.4 million in beef and beef
products to Peru. Since the U.S.-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement
(PTPA) entered into force in 2009, U.S. beef and beef products have
grown substantially but have been hampered due to burdensome
certification requirements installed by Peru in 2003. This agreement,
reached Monday during Secretary Vilsack's trade and investment
mission to Peru, removes those barriers - called the export
verification program - and assures American ranchers of expanded
Read more about this announcement made on Monday in Lima by clicking
Boxed Beef Prices Trending
Higher This Past Week- Grilling Season Arriving
On a regular basis, Ed
Czerwein of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Market
News Office in Amarillo, Texas offers a review of the previous week's
boxed beef trade. Here is his report of weekly boxed beef trade for
week ending March 12th. The daily spot Choice box beef cutout ended
the week last Friday at $224.05 which was $3.08 higher compared to
the previous Friday. There were 757 loads sold for the week in the
daily box beef cutout which was almost 13% of the total volume.
The Comprehensive or weekly average Choice cutout which includes all
types of sales including the daily spot cutout was $217.97 which was
$3.45 higher apparently signaling the grilling season rally as
retailers order to build inventories ahead of or early in the
grilling season. Also recent warm weather has started the grilling in
Read more from Ed and you can also hear his commentary in our
webstory by clicking
or tapping here.
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