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Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Multi Million Dollar Rain Arrives- Continues This
Morning Across Oklahoma
It was predicted that this rain making system would
push significant rainfall into all 77 counties- and for the
northwestern half of the state- it has proven to be a really wet
Southeastern Oklahoma has yet to get much if any rainfall this go
round- they did get some nice amounts of rainfall four or five days
ago- and that moisture should help in the Drought Monitor to be
released tomorrow morning- the rains of this week won't be calculated
into the tracking of the current drought until next week- but it's
enough to make a serious dent in the moderate to severe drought
reported over 80% of the state.
Here's a snapshot of the rainfall as of early this morning across the
Heaviest amounts shown are the four to five inches that have fallen
from Norman back to the south and west- Acme claiming just over five
inches of rain falling in just a few hours.
The southeastern half or so of the state will likely get decent
amounts of rainfall before this system lifts out of the state.
If you want to watch the realtime rainfall totals pile up later in
the day- click here for the continously
updating rainfall graphic.
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AG Day Celebration is
Today at the Oklahoma State Capitol
Oklahoma has chosen to celebrate Ag Day on a different day from the
rest of the country for many years- and 2017 is no different as the
Oklahoma Ag Day celebration is today, March 29, 2017.
The Rotunda area of the Capitol will have multiple booths showcasing
various aspects of Oklahoma Agriculture- while there will be
recognition of high achievers in the Ag in the Classroom Program and
four individuals will be honored with special awards from the state
At the top of the list is the newest member of the Oklahoma Ag Hall
of Fame- Virgil
Jurgensmeyer will be honored with the Governor's
Outstanding Achievement in Agriculture Award- signifying that
Jurgensmeyer is being inducted into the Oklahoma Ag Hall of Fame.
His company- JM Mushrooms- will produce and market 29 million pounds
of mushrooms this year across the mid section of the US.
Others to be honored today:
Weidemann will receive the Governor's Outstanding
Public Service in Agriculture Award.
will receive the Governor's Agriculture Environmental Stewardship
The Governor's Outstanding Legacy in Agriculture Award will be
presented posthumously to Floyd
King of Hydro.
We had a bad link in our story yesterday taking you to our earlier
story on all four of these great folks- click or tap here and it will take
you to our writeup on all four Oklahoma Ag Leaders being honored this
afternoon at the State Capitol.
Agriculture Subcommittee Examines Farm Policy in Advance of the Next
Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee's
Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management, Rep. Rick Crawford
of Arkansas, held a hearing to evaluate the effectiveness of farm
policy in advance of crafting the next farm bill. Members heard from
producers who discussed the importance of both commodity policy and
crop insurance. This hearing continues the committee's hearing series
to set the stage for the next farm bill.
"A farm bill is written to be an aid for producers during bad
times and help their operations survive to farm another year. When we
wrote the last farm bill, times were good in farm country. Now, that
is not the case. Today, we heard of the hardships farming families
are experiencing day in and day out to get financing, pay back debts,
and simply try to break even. It is important we look at the current
environment our farmers and ranchers are facing and adjust policies
to reflect that in the next farm bill," said Subcommittee
Chairman of the House Ag Committee Mike Conaway
remarked as well on the importance of collecting testimony for a firm
grasp on the situations that have affected America's farm and ranch
"It is important that we craft strong and
effective policies in the next farm bill that meet the risk
management needs of our farmers and ranchers and ultimately benefit
consumers," said Conaway.
For the Chairman's complete comments, or to review the
testimony of the subcommittee's witnesses at yesterday's hearing, click
Wheat and Soybean Associations Offer Testimony on Title I Programs to
House Agriculture Committee
Leaders of the nation's major commodity groups bared
witness to the House Agriculture Subcommittee on General Farm
Commodities and Risk Management yesterday, offering testimony on the
impacts the current Farm Bill has made on their respective
National Corn Growers Association President Wesley Spurlock
testified the risk management and crop insurance
programs have been critical to helping corn farmers during a
weak farm economy and should be maintained in the next farm bill.
"Together, crop insurance and the ARC-County
program have helped many farmers weather the storm of a weak farm
economy and avoid bankruptcy," said Spurlock. Click
or tap here to read his testimony to the subcommittee in full.
President of the NAWG, David Schemm,
also testified before the Subcommittee, who insisted that this
year's low wheat prices illustrate the importance of safety net
programs now more than ever and calls the Title I programs, "the
most important risk management tool they have available to
As the House Agriculture Committee begins the
reauthorization process, it's critically important that Congress
understand the stress that wheat farmers across the country are
feeling as a result of low prices the past few years." For
Schemm's complete testimony, click
American Soybean Association President and Illinois
soybean farmer Ron
Moore, too, spoke on the need for robust risk
management programs to be included in the next farm bill, but also
defended nutrition assistance measures in the current bill that some
critics have opposed.
"The only groups pushing for them to be split
into two bills are critics from outside the agriculture community
whose common goal is to defeat rather than to pass a new farm
bill," Moore said. "... An affirmation that the next farm
bill must include programs that support both producers and consumers
of food would send a strong message to farm bill critics, as well as
to farm and anti-hunger organizations that support this goal."
here for a chance to review Moore's testimony before the House
Subcommittee in its entirety.
Robust Market Demand
Keeping Beef Prices on the Rise Despite Growing Production and Supply
No doubt that improving beef demand is staring us
right in the face, so says Extension Beef Cattle Specialist Dr. Glynn Tonsor.
He told me prices have continued to rise in the wholesale
boxed beef market since February 1st of this year, while increased
beef production has stayed the course feeding a growing supply.
Tonsor reports that cut-out prices are up from $1.94 on February 1st
at $2.22 and the select side has landed at $2.16 versus the $1.91
price from February.
"Those being up at a time when we're moving a lot more beef
through the wholesale level is very, very encouraging," Tonsor
said, citing specific numbers from the Livestock Marketing
Information Center that project total beef supplies will rise almost
5 percent in the 1Q of 2017 relative to last year. "If you have
that value of increase in beef production - that all guarantees beef
demand is pretty robust at the moment."
You can listen to Dr. Tonsor explain to me the current status
and contributing factors of the beef market's unexpected demand
strength, on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click
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Industry Leaders Meet and Greet with Oklahoma Lawmakers During Wheat
Day at the Capitol
As part of the organization's renewed efforts to
strengthen their position and amplify their collective voice, the
Oklahoma Wheat Growers Association organized Wheat Day at the Capitol, which
took place yesterday, attracting leaders of the state's wheat
industry to Oklahoma City to meet with lawmakers and express their
concerns about current issues producers are faced with. Our Associate
Farm Director Carson
Horn was on there and had the chance to speak with
wheat farmer and OWGA board member, Jimmie Musick of Sentinel.
trying to visit with some legislators and get some things in place to
protect our wheat producers across the state," he said. "We
hope that maybe by being here and showing them our interest and
concern in some issue - that we'll have some influence - maybe head
some things off that could be going in the wrong direction."
One such issue, which generated much discussion in a
meeting with Secretary of Agriculture Jim Reese and House Ag Committee
Park, was HB1374, which if passed, could allow a
simple majority to increase ad valorem taxes to fund public services.
"As landowners and farmers and ranchers, we certainly
do have some concerns about the ad valorem tax issue," Musick
confided. "I know the State of Oklahoma has some tremendous
budget challenges, but they're not the only ones. Some Oklahoma
farmers have some budget challenges, too."
You can read the full story on Wheat Day at the
Capitol, or listen to Horn's interview with Musick, by clicking
or tapping here.
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Judge Approves Settlement Securing Private Information of Thousands
of Rural Americans
The American Farm Bureau Federation and the National
Pork Producers Council, on Monday, closed the final chapter of their
lawsuit challenging EPA's release of farmer and rancher personal
information, when a federal judge approved a settlement that secures
the private information of thousands of livestock and poultry farmers
in 36 states.
"This lawsuit has won a major victory for personal
privacy," said American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall.
"Months ago, we won a court decision that vindicates the rights
of farmers and all Americans to protect their personal information
from dissemination by the government. This settlement is the final
step, requiring that EPA scrub all personal information from the
records involved and train its staff on the proper handling of
AFBF and NPPC filed the lawsuit in 2013 after EPA released a vast
compilation of spreadsheets containing personal information about
farmers and ranchers in 29 states who raise livestock and poultry, in
some cases including the names of farmers, ranchers and sometimes
other family members, home addresses, email addresses, GPS
coordinates and telephone numbers. EPA was poised at that time to
release more spreadsheets containing similar information on farmers
in an additional six states.
Continue reading this story for more insights on the
judge's decision to restrict the data the EPA can release on farm and
ranch families, by clicking
Livestock Auction Releases Early Sales-to-Date 2017 Average Premium
Values, Returns Cash to Producers
Superior's Value Added Program was introduced in 1994
and quickly became a nationally recognized standard. With value added
premium programs Superior has proven the ability and consistency to
reward consigners with deserved premiums. Load lots of cattle that
are backed by established health protocols, buyer friendly trends and
known genetics are creating premiums for Superior's sellers and
continues to deliver value for both the buyer and seller.
Industry partner, IMI Global recently released the
Superior Livestock's sales-to-date 2017 average premium value per
hundred-weight. Superior Verified Source and Age Verification heifers
have seen an average premium of $.19/CWT while steers have an
impressive $2.19/CWT premium. NHTC heifers average premium has been
$.30/CWT and steers have a substantial $4.69/CWT premium. The
Verified Natural Beef program average premium for heifers has been
considerable at $5.48/CWT and steers have seen a premium of
$4.61/CWT. GAP premiums for both steers and heifers in early 2017 has
been significant with heifers at $10.40/CWT and steers at $10.03/CWT.
Certified Natural programs has seen a $.97/CWT premium for heifers
and $1.42/CWT premium for steers.
"The cattle that top the market in Superior Livestock's video
auctions are always the cattle with a program behind them. Superior
Livestock recognizes and promotes the value added programs to a
national buyer base. When we then include the competitive bidding of
the auction, it creates value for the sellers that use these programs.
There is demand for program cattle and it pays to utilize the value
added programs," explained Joe Lichtie Vice President of
Superior Livestock Auction.
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