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Monday, December 12, 2016
Congress Approves Water Infrastructure Bill - Includes Approval of Oklahoma, Chickasaw, and Choctaw Water Agreement
U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, praised the final passage of S. 612, the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act, which passed with a strong bipartisan vote of 78-21 and includes a number of provisions integral to Oklahoma.
"I am pleased that the WIIN Act has crossed the finish line with strong, bipartisan support," Inhofe said. "This bill - soon to be law - fulfills many important Oklahoma priorities. It helps Oklahoma rural electric cooperatives and the families they serve by returning the regulation of coal combustion residuals to states and stopping the Corps from charging fees to cross Corps land. The WIIN bill addresses Army Corps projects in Oklahoma by letting the Port of Catoosa and the Port of Muskogee provide services and funds to keep their ports and locks operational, by preventing deauthorization of the project to deepen the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System, and by directing the Corps to find solutions for the Tulsa and West Tulsa Levee System. The bill also addresses recreation at Corps lakes in Oklahoma, continuing a program to encourage recreation opportunities, and transferring easements at Grand Lake to the state. WIIN also addresses the Oklahoma, Chickasaw, and Choctaw water agreement and creates opportunities to increase water supplies at Corps reservoirs.
"Another integral aspect of this bill is the assistance it provides to disadvantaged and rural communities in Oklahoma by helping these communities comply with the Safe Drinking Water Act. I am proud of the bipartisan efforts that got this bill across the finish line and I look forward to seeing the benefits to Oklahoma in action."
"I commend the efforts of Sen. Inhofe for putting forth a bipartisan WRDA bill and keeping the commitment of passing a bill every two years," said Julie Cunningham, Interim Executive Director of the Oklahoma Water Resources Board. "It is encouraging to see such a comprehensive package of water supply, navigation and other water infrastructure improvements that are vital to our nation's security and economic growth. I am especially appreciative of the inclusion of Oklahoma's Indian water rights settlement in this bill. Passage of this agreement is imperative to finalizing this historic, collaborative agreement which provides certainty in the management of Oklahoma's water resources while reasonably providing for all future water needs."
to read more about the Oklahoma provisions included in WIIN.
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|Who Turned Off the Faucet?! Meteorologist Travis Meyer Checks His Crystal Ball for Signs of Rain
It has been an interesting fall to say the least, as prospects for good moisture rallied growers to get their wheat planted early this year. Then suddenly it seems as though somebody shut the faucet off. Meteorologist Travis Meyer from Newson6 explains what's going on with this weather Oklahomans have been experiencing. According to him, this has been a year of just getting by when it comes to moisture."We'd been in this transition from El Nino to maybe what we thought was going to be a monster La Nina," Meyer said, "which was going to add to the potential for maybe a horrible drought situation."Somewhere in the mix of all this, Meyer says Mother Nature has chosen to essentially leave Oklahoma without any storm systems passing through. He's says though there is still some hope for moisture in the forecast. In what form, be it rain, sleet, snow or ice, remains to be a mystery."With the way the jet stream is and what we're looking forward to is these fast moving storms," Meyer said. "If we could just snag a few storms - and we're seeing a few hints there could be a system coming from California - if we could just get one or two of these and get some top soil moisture, I think that would save us and get us set up for spring."Listen to my entire exchange with Meyer about his weather predictions this winter.
|OSU's Robert M. Kerr Food & Agricultural Products Center Picks the Hottest Food Trends for 2017
Plant-based protein, dessert for breakfast and healthy vending options are on the menu for 2017, as Oklahoma State University's Robert M. Kerr Food & Agricultural Products Center selects the hottest food trends for the upcoming year.Andrea Graves, FAPC business planning and marketing specialist, said change is inevitable and trends help indicate what is coming next."Businesses need to pay attention to trends in order to find new growth opportunities and their target audiences," Graves said. "Understanding these trends help businesses stay ahead of upcoming change, whether it is regulatory or a new flavor profile. Also, in most cases, consumers drive the trends and are looking for products and companies that are meeting their needs and lifestyles."Click here
for a look at the top 10 trends for 2017, according to FAPC.
|Texas Cotton Crop Gets Bigger in December Report- Oklahoma Unchanged From November at Record Yield
The December USDA Crop Production Report focused on the "getting larger" US Cotton Crop, which was called two percent larger than the November estimates from USDA. The reason for the increase from November to December was primarily because of the seven percent increase in cotton yields in Texas, from 625 pounds of lint per acre to 670 pounds of lint estimated in the December report. That allowed the total production in Texas to increase five hundred thousand bales from the November report to a total of 7.4 million bales of cotton production in Texas for 2016, forty six percent of the total US Cotton Crop.
Oklahoma Upland Cotton production totaled 565 thousand bales, 51 percent higher than 2015- unchanged from the November estimates of USDA. Yield averaged 952 pounds per acre, compared with 876 pounds last year. Acreage harvested, at 285 thousand acres, is up 39 percent from last year.
According to the OSU Cotton website, the predicted yield for 2016 in Oklahoma will be another record- 2015 was the previous record cotton yield in Oklahoma.
Click here to read more about the USDA December numbers on cotton production in 2016.
|Last-Minute Advice from Dr. AJ Tarpoff as the Clock Ticks Down for the VFD Going Live Next Month
As producers prepare for the Veterinary Feed Directive to go live in less than a month, AJ Tarpoff, Kansas State University extension veterinarian, offers last-minute clarification on some of his most frequently asked questions raised by producers."One of the first questions that typically get is, it's understanding, 'can I use one VFD authorization to shop around at multiple mills or distributors," Tarpoff said. "And, the answer is no."He explains that one VFD order is written and it only goes to one distributor, generally whichever one you typically do business with. That's your preference. If you happen to find a better deal out there and wish to change where you do business, Tarpoff says you will have to close out the existing VFD order and have your veterinarian write another for the new distributor. In many ways, VFD orders act much like a prescription, says Tarpoff."The VFD, it's an authorization over a period of time," Tarpoff clarifies. "The authorizations can be written for upwards of six months, and it's not realistic for a producer to have to buy a six months' worth supply all at one time."This allows producers to buy what they need, when they need it over a set duration. However, Tarpoff advises not to wait until you have a problem that requires medicated feed. He says you never know when you'll have an outbreak, so he says it's always a good idea to plan ahead and have your VFD in place so you won't be scrambling later down the road.Listen to more of Dr. Tarpoff's advice on preparing for VFD during the latest Beef Buzz.
We are pleased to have American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company as a regular sponsor of our daily update. On both the state and national levels, full-time staff members serve as a "watchdog" for family agriculture producers, mutual insurance company members and life company members.
Click here to go to their AFR website to learn more about their efforts to serve rural America!
|John Deere Introduces Gen 4 Extended Monitor & Rate Controller, Giving Operators Better Control
To enhance the farm equipment operator's ability to better monitor and control a wide variety of machine functions and field operations, John Deere introduces two new solutions for 2017.The new Gen 4 Extended Monitor is available for producers who want an additional in-cab display to more conveniently oversee their operations with two monitors. This solution is ideal for customers wanting to monitor any number of machine, implement and precision ag functions such as planting or product application. In addition, operators can easily move pages and display functions from one display to another."We designed the Gen 4 Extended Monitor to be an easy-to-install and easily customizable solution that provides increased flexibility for customers who want a second display as part of their in-cab office setup," says John Mishler, production and precision ag marketing manager for John Deere."Having a second monitor in the cab enables operators to see and control more information that can be important during high-speed and demanding field operations," Mishler adds. "The Gen 4 Extended Monitor eliminates the potential for mismatched totals or data on two different display operating systems. There's no additional software updates required and minimal setup needed for this solution. And, it's a lower cost to the customer than an alternative display option."
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|Global Commodity Oversupply and Industry Consolidation Reshaping Grain and Farm Supply Industry
A confluence of market factors will dramatically reshape the U.S. grain and farm supply industries between 2017 and 2019, according to new report from CoBank. Continued low commodity prices, increased foreign competition and the strong U.S. dollar will stress U.S. crop and animal supply chains leading to more industry consolidation, which will introduce the next phase in the evolution of the agricultural industry.
Prices across the crops sector will continue to remain low as a result of a significant global oversupply. While low commodity prices are also boosting consumption and overall global demand, strong production will continue to outpace demand over the next three years, barring a severe weather event in a major agricultural producing country.
"The U.S. grain and farm supply industries have reached another historic inflection point that will be good news for some and bad news for others," said Tanner Ehmke, CoBank senior economist and author of the new report. "The co-ops that thrive through this cycle will be those that offer innovative products and services to their farmer customers, are earnest and unrelenting in controlling costs, are properly aligned in the industry chain, and focused on risk management. These co-ops ultimately end up well positioned as the industry realigns."
Click here to read more about the market challenges affecting predicted farm prices.
|Morrison FFA Wins the 2016 Tulsa Farm Show Livestock Handling Skills Contest
placed third in the Tulsa Farm Show Livestock Handling Skills Contest a year ago- and they qualified and returned in 2016- this time winning the overall competition as well as placing first in the Cattle Skills part of the competition. For the first time, participants were recognized separately for the Presentation Board they were asked to make and exhibit the morning of the contest this past Friday- and then for the actual working of two calves in the Skills Contest. The contest emphasizes safe, humane handling of livestock. In a timed event, three-person teams are judged on their ability to administer a vaccination, ear tag and check the temperature of the animal.
Morrison won the Skills Contest as well as the overall competition, with Zane Hilbig, Clint Stout and Brantley Cox
making up the three person team for Morrison FFA. For the first time, the winners of the Skills Competition earned their chapter a special $500 grant from the Tulsa Farm Show named after Frank Elliott, who helped establish the contest at the Tulsa Farm Show several years ago. The $500 can be used by the winning Chapter in any way they choose.
The primary sponsor for the contest is the American Farmers & Ranchers.
For a complete list of the placings from the 2016 competition, click or tap here.
We also have pictures from the contest and from the 2016 Tulsa Farm Show- click here for our FLICKR album
from this year's successful event!
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