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Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Calls Uncle Sam a Terrible Landlord- Fails to Convince Colleagues to
Address the Problem
federal government owns more than 600 million acres across the United
States, but U.S.
Senator James Lankford says it is not doing an
adequate job of caring for that land.
"The federal government is a terrible landlord. You've got
federal ownership and federal control of land but not federal
maintenance and care for that land," he says. "It's
distant, it's far away and it's just one piece on an inventory."
He recently introduced an amendment allocating funds from the Land
and Water Conservation Fund - revenue generated from offshore oil
drilling and used to purchase land - to be used in-part for
maintenance of federal lands.
Although it failed in the Senate, Lankford says he will continue the
push to find a responsible way to fund the $18 billion maintenance
backlog of current federal land.
Beyond the land management issue- we had the chance on
Tuesday to talk with the Senator about a variety of issues- including
his thoughts on TPP
(He's not ready to commit to vote "Yes" yet,
GMO Labeling and the Obama Flood of "End of Term"
here for our story on the website where you can hear our
conversation with the Senator as we stopped by his office in our
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After the Storms- 2016
Oklahoma FFA Convention Continues in Downtown Oklahoma City
It was a stormy day in many towns across the state of Oklahoma
yesterday afternoon and evening- including in downtown Oklahoma City-
but FFA members followed the safety instructions from their Advisors-
and navigated around the storms- continuing to enjoy Day One of the
90th Annual Oklahoma FFA Convention.
Some Highlights from Tuesday- the State Finals of the Prepared
Speaking Contest was held- this for the right to represent Oklahoma
FFA this fall in Indy at the 2016 National FFA Convention. Anna Crosswhite
of Kingfisher FFA was the winner from the Agri-Science Division from
this past Friday in Stillwater- and Anna wins the overall State
Title- earning her spot in Indianapolis this coming October!
And then there were two. Multiple candidates were running for the
office of State President for the coming year- and now, there are
still two in the running to head the 2016-2017 State Officer
Team. Current Northwest District VP Vanessa Wiebe
of Hooker FFA and current State Secretary Cale Jahn of
Elgin FFA are in the runoff later today.
Inspirational is what a lot of tweets and Facebook messages are
calling the retiring address last night of current State President Drake Boyce.
Drake is unusual in that he has been a state President- not as a
student at OSU- but rather as a student at OBU in Shawnee. I am told
his testimony last night was exceptional.
NOW- let's mention DAY TWO for the Oklahoma FFA Convention.
The Stars will be announced in this afternoon's General Convention-
Click here for our earlier story of the twenty District Stars that
will be honored this afternoon as the Stars in the Four
Classifications will be announced.
The Hunger Challenge will break the impressive totals of one year in
a really big way- details of that come out as just over 200 Chapters
that have participated in the Challenge will be honored- and word of
a matching gift to the cash raised by many chapters will be announced
The new State Officer Team will be announced in the final General
Click here for the
Oklahoma FFA page of ALL Things State Convention for more of what is
Derrell Peel Talks
Downdraft in Cattle Market and Continued Cow Herd Expansion
Cattle producers know it's been a rough few weeks in
the marketplace. Fed cattle have dropped more than $6/cwt this past
week alone and feeders have been in decline as well. OSU Extension
Livestock Marketing Specialist Derrell
Peel says volatility in the futures market and a lack
of direction in the cash market have made it difficult to know what's
"We've seen some seasonal kind of behavior in the first quarter
of the year, and we're trying to figure out where we go from
here," he says. "It's not so much that we don't know what
direction we're probably going to go, but I don't think we have a
sense of how committed we are to that path yet and how fast we go
down that road."
Peel says the cow herd is on track for another increase as producers
continue to rebuild following the drought, although he says it will
be more moderate than last year.
"Given the momentum and where we started the year with heifer
inventories, it looks to me like we will continue to see year-over-year
increases in the beef cow herd," Peel says. "I'm looking
for somewhere in the range of 1.5 to 2.5 percent year-over-year
increase. That will translate roughly into 600,000 to 700,000 more
New Study Highlights
Benefits of the Partnership Between Contract Farmers and Chicken
The National Chicken Council released a study Tuesday
that presents the results of a 2015 broiler industry survey designed
to capture key live chicken production statistics. In addition, the
study summarizes several key trends in broiler production efficiency,
returns and loan quality data.
"Viewed in totality, live chicken production is a viable,
mutually beneficial and attractive farming enterprise for the vast
majority of farm families who raise chickens in partnership with the
companies they work with," said agriculture economist and the
study's author, Dr.
Thomas Elam, president of FarmEcon LLC.
The study represents data from companies responsible for 92 percent
of chicken production in the United States.
summary of the findings can be found here.
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US Senate Judiciary
Committee Agrees with R-Calf- Asks GAO to Investigate 2015 Cattle
In response to R-CALF USA's January request, the Senate Judiciary
Committee has requested the Comptroller General of the United States
to use his agency, the Government Accountability Office (GAO), to
initiate an investigation into the 2015 cattle price collapse.
In a letter signed by the chairman and ranking Member of the U.S.
Senate Judiciary Committee, Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Patrick Leahy
(D-Vt.), respectively, along with the chairman and ranking member of
the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy,
and Consumer Rights, Sens. Mike
Lee (R-Utah) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.),
respectively, the GAO is asked to investigate the cause of the sudden
15.1 percent drop in fed cattle prices that occurred during the
latter half of 2015.
"We are pleased the Judiciary Committee agrees that the evidence
we provided regarding the dysfunctionality of our fed cattle market
warrants a careful investigation into the current structure of our
industry and our industry's susceptibility to anticompetitive
practices," said R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard.
Read more of the request by the group for this investigation by clicking
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CAST Award Recognizes Dr.
Kevin Folta for Excellence in Science Communication
The Council for Agricultural Science and
Technology (CAST) announced that the 2016 Borlaug CAST
Communication Award will be given to Dr. Kevin Folta, chair of the
Horticultural Sciences Department at the University of Florida's
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. Dr. Folta is renowned
for his ability to communicate science to non-scientific audiences
and has trained scientists, farmers, physicians and students on how
to conduct public outreach on scientific topics. CropLife America
(CLA), member of CAST and founding sponsor of the award, applauds Dr.
Folta for the impact he has made in bringing comprehensible
information about agricultural science to the public.
"CropLife America is pleased to congratulate Dr. Folta on
winning the 2016 Borlaug CAST Communication Award," said Jay Vroom, CEO
and president of CLA. "His extensive experience and involvement
in multiple areas of agricultural research - from citrus breeding and
biotechnology to organic and sustainable production - is an
invaluable asset for public outreach. Topics such as vegetable traits
and crop disease resistance are foreign to many consumers; we applaud
Dr. Folta for engaging audiences and facilitating these important
Dr. Folta coordinates and supports the work of faculty in more than
50 research programs at seven locations. He shares his thoughts on
the intersection of society and science through his blog,
Illumination, and discusses genetic improvements in farming and
medicine through his weekly podcast, Talking Biotech. Dr. Folta
engages with his audiences through television, radio, podcasts, and
at conferences and workshops nationwide. He also developed a
communication workshop for scientists to learn how to better engage
more about the CAST Communication Award.
Breakout Brings Wind, Hail and Rain
It's the tornadoes that get the headlines- and rightfully so-
whenever severe weather rolls through our state. But- this weather
outbreak- widely advertised by the weather service and industry
weather men and ladies in our state- carried a pretty good punch in a
whimsical way- reports of tornadoes were out there in several places
across the state, high straight line winds also doing lots of
damage. Top honors for the strongest wind recorded by the
Mesonet last night was apparently Copan in northeastern Oklahoma-
where a gust of
87 miles per hour was captured.
Rainfall totals ranged from very little rain in the western most
counties to quite a few locations getting an inch of rain or more- Medicine Park
in southwestern Oklahoma seems to have the highest total for a
Mesonet station- at 1.61
inches of rain in the last 24 hours- here's the map
to see the distribution:
Finally- that third thing we mentioned in our headline- and the one
that farmers perhaps fear the most- especially in wheat country where
a lot of the wheat crop is now headed- HAIL. There was a lot of hail
associated with this system- and daylight today will give farmers and
adjusters a chance to see what the damage is looking like- but the
biggest chunks of falling ice that I saw on Social Media last night
belongs to Jackson County farmer Matt Muller, who had already lost
some wheat to hail a couple of weeks ago- here's his hail of last
night, which he noted, was only falling about every twenty feet or
so- scary to think these chunks could have landed on your head.
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