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Monday, October 17, 2016
Right to Farm Supported by 49 Percent Just Ahead of the November General Election
News9 in Oklahoma City and News on 6 in Tulsa commissioned an exclusive poll on how voters are feeling about the Right to Farm State Ballot Issue, State Question 777. And, this poll shows that 49% of the likely voters surveyed are supporting 777, while 36% oppose it- and 15% are in the undecided category.
One of the two groups that have organized to actively oppose State Question 777, the Oklahoma Farm, Food and Family coalition, believes that one phrase in the ballot language makes the measure unacceptable. Bud Scott with the coalition says that phrase is "compelling state interest." Scott contends that phrase would make regulations of the ag industry impossible at the state level.
According to the Griffin story, the deciding factor may be how the public perceives the phrase "Compelling State Interest" and if it is a good part of the ballot language or not.
"Compelling state interest" is the legal standard used to protect fundamental rights like free speech and religion. It's not been used before to protect a profession, says OCU Law Professor Art LeFrancois.
Pro 777 forces say opponents are exaggerating its legal impact. They say it will not affect federal law in any way, and say local lawmakers will still be able to approve new regulations.
News9 anchor Kelly Ogle
talked with several players involved in the Right to Farm debate and you can see his latest report on the issue and read more, by clicking here
We have also pulled together a variety of resources on State Question 777- including the actual ballot language of the measure and you can click here
for multiple perspectives on the Right to Farm Measure.
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|Flawed GIPSA Rule's Move Forward Has Cattlemen and Pork Producers Worried
In a letter to the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, USDA acknowledged that the agency would continue the rulemaking process on the 2010 Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Act proposed rules. The proposed rulemaking was initially undertaken in 2010 and quickly defunded by Congress which recognized them as a flawed concept that limits producers' marketing options while adding layers of bureaucracy and opening the door to litigation. NCBA President Tracy Brunner said these provisions were troubling in 2010 and remain a major concern six years later.
"The GIPSA rules, as they pertain to cattle producers, are extremely troubling to our industry at a time when we are already grappling with volatile futures markets and a fragile cash market," said Brunner. "Rather than working to help ensure producers have accurate price information in a productive way, USDA is expending time and resources to push forward outdated rules to regulate an industry that never requested their assistance."
USDA announced the GIPSA rules include an interim final rule on competitive injury and two proposed rules to address undue preference and the poultry grower ranking system. The agency has said they will provide additional opportunity for public comment on all the rules and will announce if any amendments will be made.
"NCBA and our members have been engaged with USDA, even while the implementation of these rules was defunded," said Brunner. "Unfortunately, once again, this Administration has disregarded producer input and moved forward with regulations that would cause irreparable harm."
Click here to read the full story and to get a look at the USDA's letter to NCBA.
|TPP Now! Ag Organizations Call for Action Before New Administration Takes Office
In spite of the negative rhetoric coming out of both camps of the presidential candidates, agricultural organizations - three in particular, including the National Pork Producers Council, the National Cattlemen's Beef Association and the American Farm Bureau - continue to push aggressively for a vote on the Trans-Pacific Partnership by congress during the lame duck session. I spoke with Kent Bacus of NCBA and Zippy Duvall, president of AFBF, on why this vote is so important to America's agriculture industry.
They both agree that if the US does not act quickly, its competitors will and will work to secure for their own producers, the markets of Asia and the Pacific Rim that boast some of the fastest growing populations and economies in the world. That would mean forfeiting value-added sales that has the expected potential to create $4.4 billion in new farm income and 40k jobs for the US.
TPP has been hit hard by criticism from both the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates, leaving many with deflated hopes for ratification of TPP before the end of the lame duck session. However, the groups that continue to fight for TPP have renewed optimism, bolstered recently by comments from leading politicians.
"We're certainly starting to see a change in tone from members of congress, especially some in positions of leadership," Bacus said.
to listen to my full conversation with Kent Bacus of NCBA and Zippy Duvall of AFBF on the importance of immediate action on TPP.
|Anna Crosswhite Has Plan Bee Ready for National FFA Prepared Public Speaking Contest
is a senior in the Kingfisher FFA Chapter, representing Oklahoma this year at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis for prepared public speaking. Anna's speech explores the timely and relevant topic of colony collapse disorder, a phenomenon currently affecting bee populations around the world. Farm Director Ron Hays met with Anna to learn more about the topic she's taking to the national contest.
"It's about colony collapse disorder which is something that we have begun seeing in the past couple decades where our bees are dying," Anna said. "We've began to see that we're losing hives and we're not sure why. So, my speech kind of goes in to different reasons why bees might be dying."
Anna herself is a beekeeper, making this subject something very personal to her as it directly affects her and the small business she has built selling the honey of the bees she keeps. What started out as a hobby prior to joining FFA, Anna says she has learned how rewarding her supervised agriculture experience is over the years and has had a lot of fun developing it into the business it is today.
Listen to my full conversation with Anna about her speech over colony collapse disorder affecting bees as she prepares to compete at the National FFA Convention, by clicking here
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|EWG Stoops to a New Low Resorting to Pure Fiction in Latest Attack on Crop Insurance
Farm Policy Facts released an interesting article last week illustrating the incredible fabrications of the Environmental Working Group (EWG) in their crusade against farm safety nets on which producers depend upon.
Without even the slightest attempt at consulting the facts of public record, the EWG has created an entirely fictitious story in their latest disparagement against farmers.
According to the EWG's allegation, Billionaire Saudi Prince Khalid bin Abdullah "could" be raking in hundreds of thousands of dollars in U.S. taxpayer-funded crop insurance subsidies through farms he owns in Kentucky.
Had they dug a little deeper, they would have discovered that, no, Saudi Prince Abdullah is not in fact receiving any subsidies from US taxpayers. And there is plenty of evidence to prove it.
Under paragraph 202 of the USDA's handbook for crop insurance program standards, it clearly notes that non-U.S. citizens are ineligible to participate. Since the Saudi Prince is not a citizen, he is not receiving crop insurance assistance. Case closed.
This isn't all... the list continues and as it does, it becomes more evident that the EWG simply wants to publish personal information to embarrass and intimidate America's farmers and ranchers - men and women who are collectively investing nearly $4 billion a year of their own money for insurance coverage.
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|Expert Tips on Planting Winter Wheat to Maximize Your Yields and Profits
WestBred Technical Product Manager John Fenderson has a few tips that could potentially help growers maximize their yields and profits. Associate Farm Director Carson Horn spoke with Fenderson this week to get his advice for farmers in the Southern Plains as they prepare to put seed in the ground.
"Some of the things I think that are very important for growers in the environment that we're in today, first and foremost, get out and pull a good soil sample in your fields. Fertility is your biggest variable cost. Understand what you need to put on that particular field in order to be successful."
According to Fenderson it is not a year to build fertility in your fields but rather a year to 'put' fertility in the ground in order to raise a decent crop. Fenderson also suggests growers consider delaying sowing until soil temperatures have cooled down. He recommends waiting at least until October 15th.
Finally, Fenderson also advises producers to pay attention to their seed tags and understand the recommended seed counts and seeding rates.
Click here to listen to Carson's full conversation with Fenderson for more of his tips on winter wheat planting.
|"Beetlemania" - An Invasion of a Different Kind
A pest that has caused the loss of tens of millions of ash trees across the nation was recently discovered in Delaware County in northeastern Oklahoma in an EAB survey trap set by the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry. The emerald ash borer (EAB), a non-native, wood-boring beetle, is a significant threat to ash trees across the state.
"With a number of our neighboring states already dealing with the pest, we knew it was a matter a time before emerald ash borer appeared in Oklahoma," said George Geissler, director, Oklahoma Forestry Services. "We want to make Oklahomans aware of the issue and available options and resources for dealing with this pest."
Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry will be quarantining all movement of ash wood out of Delaware County because the pest lives under the bark and it can be easily spread if infested wood is moved into other areas.
Emerald ash borer probably arrived in the United States on solid wood packing material carried in cargo ships or airplanes originating in its native Asia. It was discovered in southeastern Michigan in 2002 and since that time has spread to more than 25 states and Canada. Oklahoma Forestry Services encourages Oklahomans to be on the lookout for emerald ash borer.
for more information on what to look for to identify the Emerald ash borer.
|School Land Commission Kicks Off Lease Auctions Today in Beaver County
The 34th annual School Land Trust lease auctions begin TODAY in Beaver County and conclude November 1, 2016 in Shawnee. This year's fall lease auctions will include a total of 574 tracts in 30 counties.
"Each October, state school land is leased for agricultural farming and grazing, as well as for recreational use" said Harry Birdwell, Secretary of the Commissioners of the Land Office. "Some leases are suitable for agricultural use and others are ideal for hunting, fishing or other personal enjoyment uses."
All leases are for a term of five years. Minimum bids are listed for each tract. Detailed lists are available from the Land Office at (405) 521-4000 or 1-888-35-LANDS. The information is also available on line by clicking here.
Leases in Beaver County will be auctioned at the Beaver County Fairgrounds at 2:00 p.m. this afternoon- October 17.
Cimarron County leases will be offered at 9:00 a.m. October 18th at the Cimarron County Fairgrounds(tomorrow morning), and bidding for Texas County leases begins at 2:00 p.m. at the Texas County Fairgrounds in Guymon on October 18th.
The fourth of the sale locations that will be happening this week is in Woodward on Wednesday- Leases in Harper, Ellis, Woodward, Major and Woods counties will be offered Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. at the High Plains Vo-Tech in Woodward.
Just ahead of these auctions- we talked with Harry Birdwell about the School Land Commission and its mission to manage the land owned by the state and maximize it's value to the benefit of education in the state- click here for that earlier story where you can hear our conversation with Harry.
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