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Friday, April 15, 2016
For April 15 tax filers- you get til Monday April 18th- so put
it off for another day or so!!!
Joe Outlaw Says It's Already as Bad as the Late 1990s- and Could Get
House Agriculture Committee's Subcommittee on General Farm
Commodities and Risk Management held a hearing April 14, on the
growing financial pressures faced by U.S. farmers and ranchers.
The Committee heard from four witnesses, including the
President of the American Farm Bureau, Zippy Duvall,
Johnson, USDA Chief Economist Rob Johannson
and the Co-Director of the Ag and Food Policy Center at Texas
A&M, Dr. Joe
The comments by Outlaw really jumped out at me and we feature them
this morning for you. In the case of the AFPC, Dr. Outlaw says that
the current dataset they have developed from talking and looking at
the projected financial condition at the end of 2016 and 2020 for 63
representative crop farms located in 20 states has things looking
He told the Committee "The results for feedgrain and oilseed
farms, as well as, wheat and cotton farms are the worst (in terms of
the highest percentage of farms in the poor category) since the
Outlaw offers several observations and conclusions, including a
impassioned plea for the members of the House Ag Committee to defend
and protect Crop Insurance and the Farm Safety Net tools from the
2014 Farm Law. You can listen to his full testimony and his response
to the first question of the day from Subcommittee Chair Rick
Crawford by clicking
There's a lot of
meat there- and well worth your eight minutes to hear from Dr. Outlaw
has to say.
can also read more about the growing financial stress in farm
here for the House Ag Committee's News Release- including a link
to their YouTube of the Hearing.
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Scott Daily Horse
Training Sessions a Familiar Part of the Oklahoma City Farm
Day two of the Oklahoma City Farm Show begins at 9:00 AM THIS
morning- and there will be two opportunities to observe the horse
training talents of Scott
Daily, who calls Ark City, Kansas home- at 1 AM and
again at 2 PM . Daily will also offer two clinics on Saturday on the
final day of the Farm Show.
For the last half dozen years, Farm Show attendees have had the
chance to watch Scott each April- and he emphasizes to those who
watch his efforts that working with a horse varies from animal to
animal, as they all have different temperament. He told me that it is
important that you gain the confidence of the horse and that "a
horse demands respect just as much as a person demand respect."
He adds that you "need to pay attention to where you are with
the horse and where you are around and on the horse" in order to
avoid getting into trouble with a animal that weighs a lot more than
here to listen to our complete visit that we had with him just
before the Thursday afternoon session.
AND- come out and say howdy to us either today or tomorrow- we are in
the COX building and you can register to win the Priefert Round Pen
that Scott Daily is using- we will draw the winner shortly after the
Saturday afternoon horse training session- you don't have to be
present to win!
A Portion of Northwest
Oklahoma Slips Into Severe Drought, but Rain May be Riding to the
Oklahoma's drought conditions did not expand in area
this past week - but the area in drought saw some worsening. The
state has now added some severe drought pockets to its map as of
Thursday morning. According to Gary
McManus, State Climatologist.
"We now have two areas of D2 in the state, and
that's the first time we've seen "Severe" drought indicated
on the OK Drought Monitor map since Oct. 27, 2015," McManus
said. "It's still only five percent of the state, but 'tis
enough. And we have 26 percent of the state in D1 and 36 percent in
D0 or "Abnormally Dry" conditions."
A week ago, 31.3 percent of the state was in moderate
drought (D1), while the latest drought number for Oklahoma is 31.9
percent. However, a portion of that has gone downhill and includes
five percent of the statewide land mass in the second tier of
drought- Severe Drought (D2).
more about the state's weather outlook and view a graphic of the
latest Drought Monitor.
In our bottom story- we have the outlook for this weekend in graphic
form- rainy days are ahead!
OSU's Kim Anderson Says 2016
Wheat Crop Needs Both Quality and Quantity
Grain Marketing Economist Dr.
Kim Anderson has been on the road in southwest
Oklahoma this week and says most of the producers in that area are
relatively satisfied with their 2016 wheat crop so far.
Anderson tells SUNUP host Dave Deken that while farmers are mainly
looking for quantity this harvest, elevators are hoping for both
quantity - and quality - wheat. He says strong test weights and
increased protein levels would allow elevators to blend with the
lower test weight wheat from the last few years and get it out into
the food market.
to Anderson's wheat harvest outlook.
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Beef Moves Away from TV
Ads and Increases Online Promotion
Checkoff-funded consumer market research shows us that
the key generation for beef marketing - millennials - practically
live on their computer devices. They tell us that they get virtually
all of their information online, then use that information to draw
conclusions and make important decisions about agriculture and the
food they eat.
They use social-media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and
Instagram to get beef recipes and information about beef and the beef
industry, the research shows. In addition, they share their thoughts
about beef and beef production through these platforms. And they look
online for what their fellow consumers are saying about beef, then
look online elsewhere to see if the information is scientifically
sound. Perhaps, most important for beef producers, they look to
social media for quick and convenient recipe ideas to feed their
families and help them thrive.
While challenging, all of these interests translate to tremendous
opportunities for the Beef Checkoff Program, because millennials are
a growing influence with growing families, who will make beef-buying
decisions for the next 40-plus years. In short, the checkoff is
constantly adjusting its beef promotion and education programs to fit
the millennial bill.
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U.S. Trade Representative
Froman Says TPP is Crucial to Beef's Global Market Access
As National Cattlemen's Beef Association members wrap
up their annual Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C. this week,
ratification of the Trans-Pacific Partnership remains a high priority
for the beef industry.
While in the nation's capital, cattlemen heard from Ambassador Michael Froman,
U.S. Trade Representative, who says the 12-country trade agreement
could increase annual net farm income in the United States by $4.4
Froman encouraged NCBA members to continue pushing for a vote this
Congressional session, although if it happens, it will most likely be
during the lame-duck session following the November general election.
This N That- In the Field
Reminder and Rain Coming and Coming
mornings- we regularly feature a guest talking about issues and
events that are important to rural Oklahoma- this week, I am excited
to have the Executive Director of the OERB, Mindy Stitt,
joining me for In the Field.
We will talk
about the work of the OERB dating back to 1994- and how that has been
a positive for the environment of thousands of farms and ranches
involved in one of the OERB well cleanups.
Mindy joins me
at 6:40 AM tomorrow morning on News9, KWTV during their Morning News
week- we featured Mindy in a off camera audio interview- click
here to listen and read to that webstory.
are talking a foot of SNOW in the Denver area
by the end of the weekend- and we have the chance for four and five
inches of rainfall in western Oklahoma- so much that some farmers we
talked to yesterday at the OKC Farm Show were a little concerned
about "too much" rain.
Anyway- it's not
just Sunday- but Jed
Castles is now showing rain chances in central and
western Oklahoma ALL of next week:
And for our
friends in Eastern Oklahoma- click
here for the latest weather blog by Alan Crone
from the News on 6, who talks about a fabulous Friday- and the
potential for wet conditions after that.
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