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Monday, November 21, 2016
Oklahoma Ag Secretary Jim Reese Delivers Brief on Feral Hog Problem and State of the Ag Industry
"We're all focused on avenues to eliminate them. If there's a way to kill a hog, we're for it," Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture Jim Reese said in a recent interview with me last week, illustrating the magnitude of the current situation regarding feral hogs in Oklahoma.
Reese states that the department's goal is to kill 10,000 hogs in 2016 and so far approximately 8,650 have been exterminated. He says that number will pick up as the leaves start to fall, making it much easier to locate the hogs. Reese says he believes progress will continue to be made, especially when it comes to getting approval for alternative measures to kill the hogs, like using toxicants for instance.
"Maybe now with a new EPA administrator and a new administration in Washington, we might have a little bit more success in getting those things through," he said.
Despite the damage caused by these animals, Reese says that this year has been great for the state's ag industry in terms of production. And although he realizes the price of commodities has been disheartening to farmers, he offers some sound advice.
"Every industry goes through cycles and agriculture goes through more frequent and probably more exaggerated cycles than most," Reese said. "So, you go through cycles and you just have to get through the bad cycles to enjoy the benefits of good ones."
To read more of Secretary Reese's comments and for a chance to listen to our conversation, click here.
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|Ag Department's Wildlife Services Fighting Uphill Battle to Kill Wild Hogs
Never having been one to step down from a challenge, 82-year-old J.C. Goyer of Luther, has taken on his latest adventure, like many other Oklahoma farmers have been forced to - ridding his property of damaging feral hogs. While this Korean War veteran makes a formidable one-man army, he luckily does not have to fight this battle alone.
Goyer has teamed up with Russell Anderson, wildlife technician with the Wildlife Services division of the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture to lure and trap hogs on his property.
So far, Anderson says he has eliminated about 600 feral swine, a few dozen on Mr. Goyer's land alone. And he's not done there he says.
Managing wildlife to reduce damage to agriculture and property, minimize threats to public health and safety, and help protect natural resources including endangered species is an important goal of ODAFF's Wildlife Services division.
The Wildlife Services program is cooperatively funded by the ODAFF, USDA/APHIS/Wildlife Services, Oklahoma counties, other state and federal agencies, city governments and private organizations.
While the challenge is ongoing, Goyer appreciates the help from Anderson and ODAFF.
"Russell has stayed with us and I'm really proud of and high on this program to eliminate them," Goyer said.
Click here to read more about Mr. Goyer's struggles with feral swine on his property and to find out how to enlist ODAFF's help in solving your own feral hog problems.
|Wheat Growers Lay Ground Work for Negotiations Ahead of Farm Bill Talks
During the recent National Association of Farm Broadcasters convention, Gordon Stoner, president of the National Association of Wheat Growers, met with RON's Associate Farm Director Carson Horn to bring him up to speed with the recent activities of the organization as Washington, D.C. begins to buzz with the anticipation of both a new Farm Bill and presidential administration.
"We're thinking about the Farm Bill already," Stoner said. "We just met in Denver last week; lots of committee discussion... what's working in the Farm Bill, what isn't.
"Our farmers are clearly indicating crop insurance is their number one priority to protect it, to maintain it and assure that safety net for all of agriculture."
Beyond that though, says Stoner, wheat growers are looking at a variety of issues. While much is still left to be discussed, Stoner feels the new administration will be good to work with. He explains that with the group of individuals President-Elect Trump has organized to serve as his ag council, he will be drawing from many years of tested experience.
Click here to read more on Stoner's discussion with Carson regarding NAWG's Farm Bill priorities.
| OSU Cattle Market Watcher Derrell Peel Says Cattle On Feed Report Shows Strong Marketing
On Friday afternoon, the US Department of Agriculture released the November Cattle on Feed Report. Cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 10.7 million head on November 1, 2016. The inventory was 1.3 percent below November 1, 2015.
Placements in feedlots during October totaled 2.17 million head, 5 percent below 2015. Net placements were 2.11 million head. During October, placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds were 610,000 head, 600 - 699 pounds were 525,000 head, 700 - 799 pounds were 471,000 head, and 800 pounds and greater were 565,000 head.
Marketings of fed cattle during October totaled 1.71 million head, 5 percent above 2015.
"As far as expectations, this report was very well anticipated- the numbers were very close and there shouldn't be any surprise reaction to it in that sense," said Extension Livestock Market Economist Dr. Derrell Peel, reacting to the report. He adds it does confirm "a very strong marketing pace and even though there are more cattle out there, we are moving them through the system very nicely at this point."
Listen to more of Dr. Peel's analysis of the cattle market, by clicking here.
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|USMEF Executive Says Organization at a Turning Point as Leadership Adopts New Strategic Plan
The US Meat Export Federation held its annual conference recently, during which the board of directors put into place a new strategic plan for the organization to better serve producers and the industry. During the Trade Talk event at the National Association of Farm Broadcasters convention, Associate Farm Director Carson Horn caught up with USMEF Sr. Vice President of Trade Access Thad Lively for some insight into the organization's new vision for the conducting business in the future.
"We adopted a new strategic plan that lays out what our priorities and goals are going to be for the next five years," Lively said. "So, as USMEF, we're really looking to the future."
Lively acknowledges the meat industry is currently working through some issues caused by an overstocked supply of available red meat on the market. But despite these challenges, he says there is still a lot of opportunity on the horizon for the meat industry. He says this new strategic plan will help his organization to take advantage of those opportunities and allow them to continue to support America's producers.
"The export picture is bright," Lively said. "We know a lot producers are hurting right now and we are committed to doing our part by moving as much of that product outside the country, offshore, in relieving some of that pressure that exists in the market today."
Click here to read more on USMEF's vision for the future.
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| Dr. Bailey Norwood of OSU Wins USDA's National Teaching Award
His innovative teaching style, as well as his positive impact on his students, earned Dr. Bailey Norwood national recognition recently as he was presented the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Excellence in College and University Teaching Award for Food and Agricultural Sciences by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. The award celebrates university faculty for their use of innovative teaching methods and service to students. He is a professor in OSU's College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.
"Public Universities' primary mission is to educate students and inspire them to apply the skills and knowledge learned in the classroom to transform the world outside it," said Ian Maw, vice president of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources at APLU. "Educators play a central role in helping students realize their full potential. This year's winners of the Excellence in College and University Teaching Awards for Food and Agriculture Sciences have demonstrated an uncompromising commitment to their students and the community they serve."
Norwood, who holds the Barry Pollard, M.D./P&K Equipment Professorship in OSU's Department of Agricultural Economics, is humbled by this award.
"Although the APLU award is given to me as an individual, I think it really testifies to CASNR as a team," Norwood said. "This award means I'm blessed with the support of some extraordinary individuals."
Tom Coon, vice president of agricultural programs at OSU, said Norwood uses real-world examples and integrates information and ideas into a cohesive package and students respond extremely well to his innovative approaches to teaching and learning.
"The kids I teach are great and I just love being around our students. And I love the fact I'm part of a team dedicated to preserving, nurturing and disseminating knowledge," Norwood said. "I love giving them tools they will find useful in the workplace and in the voting booth, and helping them thrive in life. But what I love most about teaching is it gives my life meaning. When I'm preparing for or giving a lecture, I feel like I'm in the exact place the universe wants me to be. It's a place where my skills, personality and interest provides the most value for other people. The opportunity to teach at OSU gives my life both purpose and happiness, and besides the well-being of my family, that's all I ask for in life."
Click here to read more on Dr. Norwood's achievement in the classroom.
| EPA Continues Scrutiny of Chlorpyrifos- Ag Industry Questions Data
In the final days of the Obama Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency continues to push on a variety of fronts- including their review of the long and widely used Ag Chemical Chlorpyrifos.
Since 2008, there have been three Scientific Advisory Panels convened on this organophosphate insecticide, acaricide and miticide that all come to the same conclusion, questioning EPA's shift to the use of certain epidemiological study outcomes rather than toxicological data in human health risk assessments. In particular, the SAPs have cautioned EPA against using the study outcomes from the Columbia Center for Children's Environmental Health (CCCEH).
Janet Collins with Crop Life America says EPA seems to be ignoring the SAP work on the issue- adding "We are disappointed that EPA continues to use the epidemiological study reports from the literature to assess exposure and health outcome when, as they state, EPA does not have access to the data that can be used in a meaningful and relevant risk assessment. Rather, EPA has added assumptions based on expected use of chlorpyrifos with no record of actual use."
Click here for more from Crop America on the latest movement on this at EPA- and you can click or tap here for the current fact sheet found on the EPA website.
By the way- Chlorpyrifos goes by several trade names- but you probably know it best as Lorsban or Dursban.
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