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Thursday, February 2, 2017
For the first time in Oklahoma, much of the state has been placed under a high priority fire danger advisory as of yesterday. The Fuels and Fire Behavior Advisory, issued by the National Interagency Fire Center
at the request of Oklahoma Forestry Services, will be in effect through February 14. The fire environment in Oklahoma is currently primed for elevated wildfire occurrences and severity.
According to the OFS, these extreme conditions conducive of fire danger are rare here in Oklahoma. As a precaution though, OFS is asking citizens to avoid any activities that could risk creating a spark, report
any wildfires immediately and heed evacuation notices if the situation arises.
"This type of advisory is rarely issued and is a first for our state, so we want everyone to understand the significance of it," said
, Fire Management Chief, Oklahoma Forestry Services. "We ask that firefighters and the public prepare for the possibility of an increase in the number and severity of wildfires."
to read more about this coordinated effort in monitoring the risk of wildfires in the state.
The Oklahoma Farm Bureau - a grassroots organization that has for its Mission Statement- Improving the Lives of Rural Oklahomans." Farm Bureau, as the state's largest general farm organization, is active at the State Capitol fighting
for the best interests of its members and working with other groups to make certain that the interests of rural Oklahoma are protected.
Click here for their website to learn more about the organization and how it can benefit you to be a part of Farm Bureau.
Fourth generation Kansas cattleman,
Tracy Brunner, has spent the last year serving his fellow producers as president of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association. His term will come to end this Saturday along with the close of the NCBA and Cattle Industry Convention being held
in Nashville this week. The retiring leader of the organization took a few minutes to sit down with me and reflect on his experience at the helm of one of the industry's largest organizations.
"The past year has been very challenging for the American beef industry," Brunner recalls. "But as I've travelled the United States and talked with beef cattlemen, the one thing that I find everywhere is an overwhelming
optimism that we continue to have a strong and efficient American beef industry."
Among his many reflections, he went on to say that TPP, or the Trans-Pacific Partnership, would have been one tool that could have certainly helped strengthen the US beef industry, but he says he's confident his
successor will lead the effort in working with the new administration in DC to find a way to gain access to new markets hungry for the ever growing supply of beef here in America.
"If (TPP) is behind us, then we would encourage a new day in bilateral agreements or whatever it takes to expand that market access into Japan and lower our tariff rate access and give the American beef industry
the level playing field that it needs to succeed in that market," he said.
You can read more or listen to my whole conversation with Brunner as he wraps up his final business as NCBA President this week, by
The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a leading science and tech policy think tank, released the following statement yesterday from Senior Fellow
on a recent report
by German researchers who looked for glyphosate residues in mother's milk:
"Using the most sensitive analytical techniques available, these researchers were unable to find any evidence of glyphosate in mother's milk from 114 German mothers who volunteered for the study. This is yet another demonstration that the attack being waged
on the world's most widely used weed killer is unwarranted and ill considered. Farmers need all the tools they can get to keep us fed and clothed, and taking these tools away despite repeated demonstrations of their value and safety is in no one's interest."
Giddings' statement seems to speak for itself, in defense of a useful and necessary tool utilized by farmers. Nonetheless the trend to make baseless accusations without the use of sound science to back up these claims,
To review the report by German researchers for yourself,
Hispanic actor and TV personality
Carlos Ponce will share the virtues of pork and bring the National Pork Board's new promotion "The Taste of Now" campaign to life. Additionally, five-time James Beard Award nominee
Jose Mendin - who stars in a multimedia series featuring the loin, ham, ribs and tenderloin - has created 10 delicious, easy-to-prepare and budget-friendly recipes to inspire Latino consumers to indulge with pork.
The integrated marketing campaign, which also includes significant Spanish-language outreach, will create consumer awareness of pork's unmatched flavor and value making it the ideal protein on any occasion.
"Pork is trending and there has never been a better time to enjoy pork and make delicious dishes for family and friends," said
Jan Archer, National Pork Board president and a pig farmer from North Carolina. "That is the focus of this first national campaign of 2017. And we are teaming up with celebrity chefs and pork advocates with a simple message - When it comes
to pork, there has never been a better time than now to make something delicious."
The recipes, which include 30-second "how-to" videos, are on PorkTelnspira.com
and other social media platforms. El Sabor de Hoy includes an 11-week radio and digital media buy in the top 10 Hispanic markets in the U.S. while The Taste of Now English-language campaign includes the top 10 African-American markets. Celebrity chef Richard
Ingraham is sharing loin and rib recipes to the African American community through interviews and social media efforts.
In addition, from now through April 15, all U.S. consumers can be rewarded for something they are doing now more than ever before: enjoying pork. The #PorkNowSweeps offers consumers a chance to win daily prizes
by sharing a photo of their pork dish on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #PorkNowSweeps.
To take part in the contest, pork lovers simply need to share a photo of the pork on their fork - or spoon, kebab, grill, plate or bowl - through social media. Everyone who enters will have the chance to win a $10 coupon good for a purchase of fresh pork, as
well as other daily prizes totaling more than $10,000.
for more details on this promotion and for additional information on how to participate in the sweeps contest.
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Alisa Harrison's involvement in the beef industry goes a long way back, from working with cattlemen when the National Cattlemen's Beef Association was just the NCA to serving as Director of Communications
at the US Department of Agriculture during the "Cow That Stole Christmas" years. Fifteen years later, Harrison has found her way back to NCBA serving as Senior Vice President of Global Marketing & Research since October of last year. I sat down with Harrison
at the Cattle Industry Convention this week to talk about beef demand and how the industry has navigated the continual challenges of keeping that demand strong and steady.
"I remember when we actually came up with the Beef Demand Index, because we didn't even know how to measure it and so it was really very satisfying to actually see that curve, the decline sort of stabilize and start to go up," Harrison recollects. "But we still
have challenges today, even though beef demand is steady."
Since then, the way we market beef has changed dramatically, and according to Harrison, consumers not only in the US but around the world, are more interested than ever in where their food comes from and how it is produced on the farm. Especially the Millennial
generation, she says.
Harrison says that NCBA and the Beef Checkoff have dedicated many resources into technologies that connect them with Millennials who, having grown up in the digital age, do just about everything online these days.
She says they spend up to 50 hours online and even purchase 30 percent of their groceries over the internet.
Adapting to the consumers' preferred method of receiving information, Harrison says NCBA has invested in a new, one-stop shop website for the beef industry and has learned to engage interactively with their target
audience through social media platforms, offering recipes and instructional how-to videos.
"As Millennials continue to age and as they build their families, it really is - that's the market, not only today but 20 years from now, so that's who we're targeting," Harrison explains. "Clearly they do everything
online. If you're not there, then you're not reaching a very important target audience."
To read more or to listen to my full exchange with Harrison, discussing the evolution of the beef industry's message in the Digital Age,
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AFBF President Zippy Duvall came out in support of
President Donald Trump's Supreme Court Nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch, releasing a statement yesterday calling on the Senate to act swiftly in confirming the Tenth Circuit Court judge to the Supreme Court.
"Like Scalia, Judge Gorsuch does the job he was appointed to do. He respects the law and the Constitution as written. We are encouraged by his past positions that courts should not blindly defer to regulating agencies,
but should perform their constitutional role of interpreting the laws that Congress writes. That point alone is critical for many of the legal issues faced by farmers and ranchers today.
"Gorsuch has expressed an appreciation for the environment and is a conservationist - a philosophy shared by America's farmers and ranchers who serve as caretakers for our lands."
For Duvall's complete remarks regarding Judge Gorsuch -
This Weekend- Roger Mills County Cattlemen Bull
Sale and Messner Ranch Bull Sale
It's a tradition. The first Saturday in February sometimes has really nice weather and sometimes is really wintery- but either way- it always has a pair of Bull Sales that help kick off the new year.
One is the oldest bull sale in the state of Oklahoma. The
Messner Ranch will be holding their 56th Annual Bull Sale this Saturday, February 4th, at the ranch near Slapout- selling 150 service age Hereford and Angus Bulls- and 70 spring bred females.
You can travel to the Panhandle for this event- or catch it live on DV Auctions online-
click here to learn more
- and they have a catalog link on that page for you to check out as well.
The other sale that we have been telling you about for years is the annual
Roger Mills County Cattlemen's Association Bull Sale- also happening this Saturday in Cheyenne, Oklahoma at Cheyenne Ag Pavilion, on the west side of town.
Lynda Lucas tells us they now have over 70 commercial and registered bulls that will be offered- breeds include Angus, Shorthorn, Hereford and more.
You can call these folks if you want to get more information or have them email you a catalog-
Lynda Lucas (580) 497-7366
Ashlea Yager (580) 497-7124
Earl Bottom (580) 821-0633
The County Cattlemen's Association has set up a Facebook page and you could also go there and send a message to them for more information as well-
click here for their Facebook page.
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