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Cattlemen's Kelsey Talks
SQ777 Thirty Days Ahead of Election Day
marked the end of Tulsa State Fair, but I was able
to make a stop at the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association Beef Tent
for one last chance at grabbing a Ribeye Steak
Sandwich and a visit with OCA's Executive Vice President Michael Kelsey.
He says the association is took the opportunity of being on-site at
the fair to promote their stance on State Question 777 - Right to
"Folks love ribeye steak sandwiches so they've been doing really
good, but at the same time it's been a great opportunity for us -
especially with 777," Kelsey said. "When you come to the
Beef Tent - we've counted - there's six to seven impressions on 'Vote
Yes.' We just want folks to know how important it is."
With only 30 days out from the election, when Oklahomans will cast
their votes to pass or fail the state question, Kelsey says it is
crunch time. And although he says the opposition has really
overreached in their full force fight against SQ777, he still remains
optimistic that the Oklahoma ag community has the support of the
"All eyes are on us," Kelsey said. "The battleground
is here. It's going to be intense, but we're going to remain positive
- we're going to be pushing forward and we're optimistic we're going
to be successful at the end of the day."
Listen to my complete conversation with Michael Kelsey of OCA at
the Tulsa State Fair about his outlook on the SQ777 campaign, by clicking
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Tulsa State Fair
Livestock Judge Gives Reasons on What It Takes to
Make a Champion Steer
the Tulsa State Fair Market Steer Show this year was Dr. Mark Hoge,
a professor at Western Illinois University and one of the leading
livestock judges in the country. I caught up with Dr. Hoge at
the fair to find out what exactly he looks for when it comes to
picking champions. He says - he looks for that little
"It is very, very minute differences that sort them," Hoge
said, "and I want that unique creature that's so wide and so
stout yet so athletic in their motion, and then they look like a
supermodel on the cover of Vogue. All of those things blended
together is what we want in an ultimate champion."
As an educator, a father of three and a self-proclaimed product
of 4-H and FFA, Hoge takes the educational and character
building aspect of showing seriously. He went on
to say too that it's important for his students, and
everyone for that matter, to understand the differences between
commercial and show livestock.
"That's an interesting debate that I have with my students on a
daily basis. We need to keep that bridge connected," Hoge said,
referring to the fact that fewer and fewer of his students
are being raised on actual working ranches, although
many familiar with showing livestock. "We want market
fundamentals to parallel the commercial sector. The difference
between the commercial and the show is that we're proud of making
sure that these cattle have beautiful symmetry."
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Tulsa State Fair, by clicking
95,000 Oklahoma Farms to Receive Financial Help for the 2015 Crop
Year- Including for ARC and PLC Programs
USDA Oklahoma Farm Service Agency acting Executive Director, Lyndal Stoup
announced that approximately 95,582 Oklahoma farms that enrolled in
safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill will receive
financial assistance for the 2015 crop year. The programs, known as
Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC), are
designed to protect against unexpected drops in crop prices or
revenues due to market downturns.
The maps that show which counties got payments are very interesting-
USDA only has ARC-CO data that is current on their webpage that is
dedicated to the two versions of the federal farm safety net- Click
here for the maps that show wheat ARC payments for 2014-2015 and
for 2015 only- and it shows that wheat producers in Oklahoma got from
zero up to about $26 per acre- there are also maps for corn and
soybeans as well- click
here for the webpage that is dedicated to the ARC-PLC programs.
Broad Beef Producer Input Sought for 2016 National Beef
all across the country, from every segment of the industry, are being
encouraged to participate in a survey that will help establish a
benchmark and course for the beef industry for 2017 and beyond. The
Producer Survey of the checkoff-funded 2016 National Beef Quality
Audit (NBQA) will collect producer information and opinions, which
will be added to the audit's traditional production research to form
an in-depth look at where the industry stands and what its successes
and shortcomings are.
"It's very important that every interested producer weigh in
with their information and opinions," according to Jesse Fulton,
NBQA audit manager. "By having substantial participation in the
survey across all industry segments, we create the best opportunity
for determining where the industry is and where we need to take
The survey will be completely anonymous and include both information
about the industry's cattle operations and the opinions of the people
who run them about the strengths and weaknesses of the industry.
Input from every segment of the industry - cow-calf, stocker, feeder,
dairy and others - is valued and will become part of the detailed
picture of the U.S. cattle industry.
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Disaster Strikes on the Farm, Who You Gonna Call?
When catastrophe strikes, organizations like the Red
Cross, FEMA and others are there to assist in the aftermath. Victims
rarely thought of though, are the animals and livestock cared for by
the local farmers and ranchers where damage has occurred. That's why
organizations such as the Oklahoma Large Animal First Responders was
formed. Our Associate Farm Director Carson Horn, spoke with OLAFR
Clayton McCook about the group and its work.
McCook describes his first experience with emergency
large animal response, tending to the livestock of some of his
clients in the aftermath of the tornado that ripped through Moore in
May of 2013.
"There wasn't much of a coordinated effort at the time,"
McCook said. "We really wanted to try after all the lessons that
we learned, try to build an organization to try to sort of improve on
large animal emergency response in Oklahoma - that's where it all
kind of started with us."
McCook says during an emergency in the field, dealing with large
animals, it can be a very chaotic scene that demands a lot of
coordination and command. Unlike small household pets that can be
easily restrained and transported to receive medical attention,
livestock instinctually reverts to a 'flight or fight mode' when
injured, a situation that can become dangerous to the animal and the
Dr. McCook strongly urges any and all veterinarians in the state to
get involved. If you are interested, he says now is the time to start
"This work takes an incredible amount of preparation and
training and time," McCook said. "I learned that in 2013.
The time to learn about disaster response is not the night of the
tornado, and show up on the scene.
Listen to Carson's full conversation with Dr. Clayton McCook about
the Oklahoma Large Animal First Responders and find information on
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Lusk Says Acres of Forest Land Vs Cropland Surprising
OSU Ag Economist Dr.
Jayson Lusk writes in his blog that he was a little surprised
at the ratio of cropland versus forest land vs pasture land in the US-
based on numbers that he said at a presentation this past week.
Lusk writes "Of all the land in the U.S., only 14.8% is in
cropland used for crops (it's 17.7% in the contiguous 48 states).
27.1% is in grassland or pasture (32.3% in the 48 contiguous states).
About a quarter of the land (both in the US as a whole and in
the lower 48) is in forest that is not grazed, and another 5.6 to
6.7% is in grazed forest land."
The presentation that Lusk was making reference to cited ERS data
from 2007- which says we are actually going backwards on cropland in
the US- "
concludes- "These are useful statistics in light of the common
sorts of things I read like "agriculture has more impact on the
environment than any other human activity" or "agriculture
is the biggest threat to the environment."
ICYMI- Tyler Schnaithman
Aims for Star Farmer of America Title Next Week in Indy
In Case You Missed It- the guest of yours truly this past Saturday
morning for our In the Field TV segment seen on KWTV News9 was Tyler Schnaithman
of the Garber, Oklahoma FFA Chapter. He is a senior this year at
Oklahoma State University and will be representing the Oklahoma FFA
in the granddaddy of all FFA competitions- the right to be called the
2016 Star Farmer of America.
Schnaithman is already a State Star Farmer- winning that honor in
2013. He also won national honors as the National Champion in
Prepared Public Speaking later that same year- 2013. If he is
selected as the Star Farmer of America- he would become the tenth
Oklahoma FFA member to win that honor.
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I am excited about heading to Indy next week for the 2016 National
FFA Convention- we will have coverage here in the daily email, in the
Blue Green Gazette on our website, via Twitter and the Radio Oklahoma
Ag Network Facebook page as well as on the Radio Oklahoma Ag Network
and our great radio affiliates across the region.
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