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Kelsey Talks Legislative Priorities for Cattlemen- and Offers a State
Question 777 Update
Cattlemen are promoting three bills at the Oklahoma State Capitol as
the 2016 legislative session continues. According to OCA Executive
Vice President Michael
Kelsey, the top priority for the organization this
session has been and continues to be the Cattle Theft bill, HB 2504.
This measure has passed the house and is awaiting action on the
Senate floor, probably in the next two weeks. OCA is also very
interested in the Prescribed Burn proposal, HB 2646, which continues
to be worked on with several amendments having been offered as this
bill works its way through the legislative process, with both the
Senate and House versions of this legislation still alive.
OCA and several other Ag Groups are also supporting HB 2446, which
would define water issues as a compelling state interest for
Oklahoma. This measure is proposed to allay the fears of those who
believe that State Question 777, if approved this coming November by
a vote of the people, would keep the state legislature from being
able to deal with future rules for water in the state, as they might
pertain to Oklahoma agriculture. Kelsey says OCA fully agrees that
water should be a compelling state interest- and is hopeful that this
measure, once passed, will removed one of the most prominent
objections being raised by opponents of the Right to Farm Constitutional
Speaking of State Question 777- we talked with Michael not only about
these three bills- but also where we are on the Yes Campaign for
State Question 777.
You can hear our conversation on these bills and on Right to Farm by clicking
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Oklahoma Farm Bureau
President Tom Buchanan Testifies on Capitol Hill Tuesday
Oklahoma Farm Bureau President Tom
Buchanan will testify on Tuesday before the U.S.
Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Superfund, Waste
Management and Regulatory Oversight.
The hearing, entitled American Small Business's Perspectives on
Environmental Protection Agency Regulatory Actions, will investigate
the impact of EPA regulations on small business in America.
"EPA's burdensome regulations have drastically affected many
Oklahoma farmers and ranchers," Buchanan said. "Our
country's decision makers must understand the impact of these
regulations on agriculture in Oklahoma and across the nation. I'm
honored to represent Oklahoma farmers and ranchers by testifying
before the EPW subcommittee." More details on his appearance are
Buchanan is appearing before the EPW subcommittee even as he and
other Oklahoma Farm Bureau members are in DC for their annual
Congressional Action Tour, where they are meeting with lawmakers and
regulators in Washington. The Farm Bureau folks will be in DC
Dr. Bob Hunger Reports
Foliar Disease in a Holding Pattern in Oklahoma Wheat Fields- Big
Problem is Drought Stress
Oklahoma State University's Dr. Bob Hunger, Extension Wheat
Pathologist in the Department of Entomology & Plant Pathology has
released his latest wheat disease findings- released via email on
Saturday, April 9th.
Hunger says more and more of the state's wheat crop is now at the
flag leaf stage- and Also, more wheat is showing or starting to show
drought stress across much of the state.
As for disease- "stripe rust remains the most prevalent disease
with actively sporulating pustules still quite evident. I don't
believe there has been much movement/increase in stripe rust because
the weather has not been conducive (no free moisture on
You can read Bob's complete report and see updates from neighboring
states as well by clicking
Drought Stress for Some- But Not in the Northwest
Much of the state that is now in Moderate Drought (D1 Drought) was
bypassed by the rain that rolled across Oklahoma in the last 24 hours
There were some excellent rains that stretched from Altus and Mangum all the
way from the southwest to the northeast and Miami and Vinita of more
than an inch of rainfall. Some locations in north central and the
near northwest got as much as a half inch- Fairview, for
example, got .6 inches.
You can see the haves and havenots from this state map from the
Oklahoma Mesonet as of early this morning. The realtime
link to this map is here.
The south central and southeastern counties have the best chance of
additional rainfall as the day wears on.
After that it may be next weekend before another widespread rain
making system happens by.
Make Plans to
attend the Oklahoma City Farm Show, happening this week- April
14, 15 and 16, 2016. Admission and Parking are free.
Exhibits include all of the latest in agriculture with a full line of
displays, including tractor, sprayer, tillage, harvest equipment,
cattle management products, and more. In addition to indoor and
outdoor exhibits, daily horse training seminars, cattle chute
demonstrations, cattle grading competitions, and prize drawings make
the Oklahoma City Farm Show a don't-miss event.
Click here for
more details about the 2016 Oklahoma City Farm Show- presented by
Midwest Farm Shows.
Brunner Talks Checkoff Dollars and TPP During TSCRA Convention
NCBA President Tracy
Brunner was on hand for the annual TSCRA Convention
in Ft. Worth this weekend. He talked with me about the work he does
with both the Federation of State Beef Councils and the
implementation of NCBA policy.
The Kansas Flint Hills cattleman said beef checkoff dollars are used
in part to fund issues management and market research, which can both
affect the perceived value of beef.
"The National Cattlemen's Beef Association is the voice of beef
globally. We are the expert on beef and all things beef,"
Brunner said. "When there are challenges for beef, there is no
stronger advocate than NCBA through the Federation of State Beef
When it comes to policy, Brunner said the Trans-Pacific Partnership
is one of the most important issues facing cattle producers. He said
the U.S. beef industry has lost more than $100 million since changes
were made to the Japanese tariffs just over a year ago in the deal
they made with the Aussies. The U.S. currently pays 38 percent on
American beef exported to Japan. The passage of the TPP would mean an
immediate reduction to 25 percent and an eventual decrease to 9
percent over the next 16 years.
here to read more and for a chance to hear our conversation with
the new President of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, Tracy
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GeoFencing and UAVs- Two
Technologies May Become Valuable to Cattle Producers
the recent Texoma Cattlemen's Conference in Ardmore, the Noble
Nichols offered a couple of technologies that are
just now starting to be looked at by cattle producers as tools that
could become more and more valuable in the next few years.
Nichols, who is also a cattle producer in southern Oklahoma, says
geofencing - a system very similar to what some might use to keep a
dog in a yard - would allow a producer to plug in coordinates on a
map to determine boundaries and then equip cattle with a device that
trains them to not cross over that border. Although the technology is
still in early development, he says it could be a valuable tool in
improving rotational grazing and reducing fencing costs.
Unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, are already gaining popularity
with producers across the state. Nichols says this technology could
be especially helpful in capturing more data on grassland to make
management decisions like when to provide supplemental nutrition or
when to move cattle.
We feature Bryan's comments from a conversation that we had with him
in Ardmore on these technologies in this latest edition of the Beef
Click or tap here and read more and take a listen.
This N That- 350 Complex
Fire, Dr. Richard Thorpe and 2025 Outlook
The latest word we got on the 57,000 acre 350 Complex Fire comes from
Sunday afternoon- the Oklahoma Department of Ag news released
suggests that this fire is now seventy percent contained.
More on this fire and one that authorities was able to get under control
quickly is available
The TSCRA has a
new President- he is a cattle producer from Winters,
Texas and he also happens to be an Emergency Room Doctor. Dr. Richard Thorpe
has already polished his media skills ahead of taking the Presidency
of the TSCRA by being a spokesman for the NCBA on the Dietary
Guidelines controversy a year ago.
We talked with Richard earlier this year as the Dietary Guidelines
came down from the federal agencies responsible for them- HHS and
USDA. They kept lean red meat- including beef- as an integral
part of a healthy lifestyle diet. His comments as a Doctor and as a
cattleman were featured in a Beef Buzz from back then- which you can
go and listen to by clicking
We did talk with Richard Thorpe at the TSCRA meeting on Saturday-
just ahead of his elevation to the Presidency of the group on
Sunday. We will be featuring our visit with him on this week's
Beef Buzz shows- so be listening for our fresh interview with him
about a variety of subjects.
Finally, in case you missed it- the USDA's Economic Research Service
released a few days ago outlook for the year 2025 for production
Uncle Sam says "Over the next several years, the agricultural
sector will continue to adjust to lower prices for most farm
commodities and reduced energy prices. Reduced prices for crude oil
and natural gas have decreased agricultural production costs- costs
for fuel and fertilizer have fallen the most.
"Nonetheless, production response to lower crop prices in the
near term will result in reduced planted acreage. In the livestock
sector, lower feed costs will provide economic incentives for
You can read the executive summary of this long range outlook by clicking
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