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Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Farmers Push Back on Social Media Against Negatives on State Question 777 Raised by HSUS
The Humane Society of the US continues their campaign against State Question 777 - and has sent multiple emails in recent days to their email list in Oklahoma calling for a "no" vote. The themes HSUS uses in their call for a vote against Right to Farm have not changed.
The actual text of the latest email, sent on Tuesday and authored by HSUS Senior State Director Cynthia Armstrong, has the following two paragraphs which describes the opposition called for by HSUS:
"SQ 777 is a so-called "Right to Farm" measure that will provide a constitutional shield to big factory farms and foreign corporations, allowing them to pollute Oklahoma's land and water. It could open the door to puppy mills and cockfighting and take away voters' ability to protect our land and animals.
"Please help spread the word about the importance of voting NO on SQ 777 by sharing this with your friends on Facebook, Twitter or email."
While HSUS is working on rallying their supporters on Social Media- proponents of SQ777 have been strong on several platforms- including Facebook and Twitter. They are aware of the multiple issues raised by HSUS and their allies on the Vote No side- and are responding.
An example of that is in the puppy mill comments being raised in this email and also mentioned in some of the traditional media advertising against the State Question on TV and Radio. One supporter of 777 says on Facebook "Puppy Mills The NO side alleges "It will allow puppy mills to go unregulated". The ballot language is specific in that is says that 777 would create constitutional rights to make use of agriculture technology; make use of livestock procedures; and make use of ranching practices. Wording in the state statutes does NOT include pets as livestock. This has nothing to do with pets. The language on the question clearly says "it guarantees rights to make use of agriculture technology, livestock procedures, and ranching practice".
Click or tap here to read more on what is being said on Social Media by supporters of Right to Farm to the negatives being raised by opponents.
We remind you that Oklahoma Farm Report has a good starting point for further research on State Question 777- starting with the actual ballot language. Click here for our list of resources- including interviews we have done with all perspectives of the issue.
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|US Beef Trade Finds Opportunity in the Wake of the Australian Pull Back
Despite all the negatives being talked about in beef trade, there are still some silver linings. Jim Robb of the Livestock Market Information Center says the export marketplace and especially the drop credit market, is doing especially well. He attributes this to the fact that more total pounds of beef can enter the global market, frankly because of the low prices. "There's a little bit of demand improvement in the export markets and that's partly due to the Australian situation as they have really pulled back their slaughter levels," Robb said. "So their exports have dampened and - have really opened the door for more US exports. That's something we are getting some year-over-year increases."Drought down under seems to be the reason behind Australia's pull back. For the US, though, it comes as a welcomed opportunity as an increasing beef supply will allow the US the ability to handle growing export demand. However, Brazil and India look to be positioning themselves as competitors in the wake of Australia's reversal, which is expected to continue into 2017."It's not a big bright spot, but it's important," Robb said. "We'll see if that trend can continue in that big picture of the export profile."Listen to Jim Robb talk more about his observations of the cattle market and where the opportunities lie during the latest Beef Buzz.
|Soil Health a Key Topic of Landmark Climate-Smart Agriculture Meeting
An innovative workshop on climate-smart agriculture this week emphasized soil health as a key element in carbon sequestration efforts. Several powerhouse organizations and companies hosted the one-of-a-kind event in St. Louis, called "C-Quest: Charting a Course for Climate Research in Agriculture," and featured the Soil Health Partnership as a leader in helping farmers adopt progressive practices.The ILSI Research Foundation, together with Monsanto Company, Soil Health Partnership, Washington University in St. Louis, Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, Howard G. Buffett Foundation and the United States Department of Agriculture, organized the Oct. 24 - 25 event. It focused on developing research targets for agricultural goals that:- Support achievement of USDA's "building blocks" for climate-smart agriculture;- Integrate existing U.S. Midwest field research networks (like SHP) for climate adaptation; and- Develop a research agenda to achieve a "carbon-neutral" agri-food system in the U.S. through a focus on soil carbon and soil health, including validation of soil carbon protocols.The Soil Health Partnership is a farmer-led initiative of the National Corn Growers Association established in 2014. SHP Director Nick Goeser presented at the event, and NCGA CEO Chris Novak also spoke to attendees."It's exciting to see agricultural improvements that impact soil health recognized as an emerging opportunity to optimize productivity, sequester carbon and improve protection of our natural resources, like water," Goeser said. "We're honored to participate in this discussion, and to see farmers recognized whole-heartedly as a part of the solution."
|American Royal Announces Plan to Leave Kansas City, MO and Cross the River Into Kansas
The American Royal Association announced Tuesday afternoon that they have reached an agreement with the State of Kansas and Unified Government to relocate to Wyandotte County, Kansas.
"The American Royal currently hosts more than 50 events annually, attracting nearly 270,000 attendees and has an economic impact of more than $60 million annually. Last year we awarded $1.4 million in scholarships and support to our youth education programs," said Angie Stanland, chairman of the Board of Directors of the American Royal. "Our priorities in the due diligence process were to find a regional home that would allow us to fulfill our mission, accommodate our growing events and allow for future growth. We have found the ideal location to do just that."
The American Royal Association, which began as the National Hereford Show in 1899, has evolved into a comprehensive season of events and outreach including six equestrian shows, a livestock show, youth and PRCA rodeos, agricultural education programs and the world's largest barbecue competition - the World Series of Barbecue. It has always been held in Kansas City, Mo.
According to officials, the new complex could cost $160 million. The project would consist of two arenas, one that would seat 5,000 to 8,000 visitors, and another with about 2,000 seats for smaller events. It would also include a 300,000-square-foot display and exhibition space and an education center.
Click here to read more about the American Royal's decision to move to Kansas.
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|Adult Supporters of the Blue and Gold Honored in Indy this Past Week During 89th National FFA Convention
The Advisor of the Oklahoma FFA, who also heads up the Ag Education efforts within Career Tech for the state of Oklahoma, is Jack Staats
- and he was honored by his peers last week in Indy.
The National Association of Supervisors of Agricultural Education annually recognizes a member who has made outstanding contributions to agricultural education state supervision. Jack Staats was that honoree for 2016-
Jack is well respected by his peers nationally- and the FFA members he has worked with down through the years love and respect him as well- one of the state officers taking pics for us this year caught him in the hallways of the National Convention of the FFA in Indy- and I thought you might enjoy a smiling Jack Staats this morning:
All of our pictures from Indy are in our FLICKR album- which you can see by clicking or tapping here
Several supporters of Oklahoma FFA received the Honorary American Degree from the National Organization- and they include:
Paula Brashears- Chickasha, OK
Clint Chew- Okemah, OK
Dr. Mindi Clark- Alva, OK
Lee Coker- Tuttle, OK
Bill Golden- Morris, OK
Amber McNeil- Elgin, OK
Rusty Muns- Oklahoma City, OK
Dale and Kathy Yerigan- Pryor, OK
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|Edmond Bonjour Receives International Award for His Innovation in Leadership Development
Edmond Bonjour, Director of the Oklahoma Agricultural Leadership Program (OALP) was recognized with the 2016 Outstanding International Leadership Program Director Award. Bonjour received the award during the recent annual gathering of the International Association of Programs for Agricultural Leadership (IAPAL) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The award was presented at the annual Conference by Marie Hvidsten, Rural Leadership Specialist and Rural Leadership North Dakota Program Director, last year's award recipient, and Dr. Joe Waldrum, Executive Secretary of IAPAL.
Waldrum said, "Bonjour received this honor for his innovations in leadership development in Oklahoma, being a mentor to directors of emerging agricultural leadership programs, and his dedicated support of the IAPAL organization. He is highly respected by his IAPAL peers in his work with leaders and leadership development. We are delighted and proud to acknowledge publicly his talent and impact with this prestigious award."
The Outstanding International Leadership Program Director Award was begun by Dr. Bill and Polly Pope in 1999. Dr. Pope began the Texas Agricultural Lifetime Leadership Program in the late 1980s at Texas A&M University and was its first director. After his retirement at TAMU, he became the Executive Secretary of IAPAL and held this position until his death in 2010. He and his wife Polly felt that directors of statewide leadership development programs were not being recognized for their efforts in these unique positions. The Popes believed that innovative directors who were good teachers and whose programs were producing effective leaders for agriculture and rural areas should be showcased by this annual award.
Click here to read more about Bonjour's recent award.
|FFA and 4-Hers Honored at Oklahoma Junior Wheat Show- and the OSU Wheat Breeding Program Was Best of Show
The top two entries at the 2016 Oklahoma Junior Wheat show had a common denominator- the variety of wheat that both the FFA and 4-H Champion grew and entered into the contest. Doublestop CL Plus is a Clearfield variety developed by Dr. Brett Carver
and his OSU Wheat Breeding Team- with the variety earning high marks for both production and milling and baking characteristics.
Medford FFA's Dylan Chaney
was awarded the overall grand champion award showing his Doublestop CL Plus variety in the 2016 Oklahoma 4-H/FFA Junior Wheat Show. Chaney placed 1st in production and milling and 2nd in baking, earning him the title of 1st place as the FFA champion, and overall grand champion of the 4-H and FFA Junior Wheat Show. Aubree Geisler
placed 1st overall in the 4-H division while showing her Doublestop CL Plus variety at the 2016 Oklahoma 4-H/FFA Junior Wheat Show. Geisler placed 2nd in production and milling and 6th in the bake contest earning her the title of 1st place and 4-H champion overall. Geisler is a member of the Lomega 4-H club in Kingfisher County.
Chaney and Geisler accepted their awards at a recognition banquet held at the Oklahoma State University Alumni Center last night. Both received $3000 in scholarships and additional premiums from Oklahoma Genetics Inc- the group that markets OSU Wheat Varieties. Click here
for the full list of all winners in this year's contest.
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