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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 system.
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 state:
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 of Oklahoma.
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:
Anna Belle Weidemann will receive the Governor's Outstanding Public Service in Agriculture Award.
Hal Clark will receive the Governor's Agriculture Environmental Stewardship Award.
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.
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 Crawford.
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 families.
"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 here.
|Corn, 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 industries.
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 them."
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 here
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."
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 here.
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|Wheat 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.
"We're 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 Chairman Scooter 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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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 personal information."
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 here
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