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LeeAnna McNally Says Budget Woes Top List of Concerns in Last Few
Weeks of Session
director of national affairs at Oklahoma Farm Bureau, says there is
still some uncertainty about how the final days of the 2016 Oklahoma
legislative session may play out. At the top of the list of concerns
- balancing the state's budget.
She says there are different opinions when it comes to the
feasibility of passing a budget before the legislature is set to
adjourn Sine Die on May 27.
"We hosted Rep. Earl Sears at one of our local Farm Bureaus in
Osage County for a breakfast the other day, and he was confident that
his chamber will be done in time," she says. "But when you
talk to some in the Oklahoma state Senate, they're not as confident
as Rep. Sears was.
"Then the governor of course has her position, so you're really
just juggling with those three to continue to try to work on a
budget. No one wants to go to a special session; however, there are
certainly some important thought-out reforms that need to be made on
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This Week- HRW Wheat Tour
and Oklahoma Wheat Crop Report Coming Midweek
Wheat Crop Scouts will be gathering today in Manhattan, Kansas for
the 2016 edition of the Hard Winter Wheat Crop Tour that will
primarily cover the state of Kansas- but will also look at some
fields in Nebraska, Colorado, Texas and Oklahoma.
The Wheat Quality Tour actually tours the wheat crops in the fields.
These tours give scouts first-hand experience and understanding of
the quality of this year's wheat crop even before it is harvested.
We have a couple of folks that we will be hearing from that will be
traveling on the 2016 winter wheat crop tour- fellow farm broadcaster
from KRVN in Nebraska will be on the tour- and will be giving us her
insights- and Chris
Kirby of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission will be doing
The Wheat Quality Council really only tabulates an estimate for the
Kansas wheat crop- but we will get an estimate of the size of the
Oklahoma Wheat Crop this coming Wednesday morning when the annual
Wheat Crop Report Session will wrap up the Annual Meeting of the
Oklahoma Grain and Feed Association.
The Oklahoma Report Session will hear from extension and private
industry scouts from all parts of the state- and will calculate an
estimate based on those reports- then will ask for an estimate from
all those present- primarily grain elevator managers- and calculate a
second number from the consensus of the group present in Oklahoma
City that morning.
The Oklahoma information will be shared with the Wheat Quality
Council Tour at their annual stop in Wichita on Wednesday evening.
OSU Wheat Disease
Specialist Dr. Bob Hunger Reports Effects of Stripe Rust Evident
State University's Dr.
Bob Hunger, Extension Wheat Pathologist in the
Department of Entomology & Plant Pathology has released his
latest wheat disease findings- released via email on Friday, April
"In addition to looking at wheat around Stillwater, field days
over this past week took me to south-central OK (near Walters, OK in
Cotton County), southwestern OK (near Altus in Jackson County), and
through central OK (near Apache in Caddo County and near Kingfisher
in Kingfisher County). For the most part, wheat ranged from full
kernel watery to full kernel milky. In the variety trials I visited,
the effects of stripe rust were evident.
"Across southern OK, stripe rust was mostly not active (black
resting spores present) or only small amounts of yellowish-orange
sporulation was present. In central OK and around Stillwater, more
active sporulation could be found. However, in all areas the foliage
of susceptible varieties (including flag leaves) was mostly
yellow/dead unless a fungicide had been applied. Where a fungicide
had been applied, the foliage had been protected and was mostly
green. In one case (Apache), the fungicide had been applied 1 month
ago and a small amount of sporulation was just starting to appear
again on the upper leaves. However, the fungicide provided a month of
protection and will go a long way toward protecting the yield and
test weight even if stripe rust does come in again. Plus, the later
incidence of stripe (or leaf) rust once the wheat reaches milk or
soft dough is much less damaging than if infection is severe at
here to read Dr. Hunger's complete report on Oklahoma's wheat
Former OSU Professor Says
Needs Are Changing in Veterinary Medicine
Dr. Bob Smith,
former professor at Oklahoma State University, was recently
recognized by his alma mater - Kansas State University - as a 2016
Alumni Fellow. KSU annually recognizes 12 successful alumni from each
college, based on their high achievements in their respective
professions. Smith represented the KSU College of Veterinary
Medicine, where he earned his veterinary degree in 1976.
Smith is now a leading veterinary management consultant for the beef
cattle industry and says he has seen significant changes in bovine
health over the last four decades.
"Many of the calls I made, even 40 years ago when I graduated,
were to small farms, and the producers were extremely dependent upon
the veterinarian; we did things they do themselves now," he
says. "Now we're used more for developing preventative medicine
protocols, therapeutic protocols, monitoring disease trends and
Dr. Smith talks more about the changing veterinary
industry during the latest
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Policy Think Tank Slams
Wind Energy Industry in Report on Tax Credits
The 1889 Institute,
an Oklahoma state policy think tank, recently published a two-page
fact sheet, "Wind Energy Tax Credits," discussing how
detrimental wind energy tax incentives are for the state's economy.
The fact sheet briefly discusses the history of wind energy, outlines
zero-emission tax credits, highlights the problems with
wind-generated energy, explains cronyism, and suggests solutions
"Wind credits are estimated to cost the federal government about
$1 billion in lost revenue each year," said Byron Schlomach,
the fact sheet's author and 1889 Institute State Policy Director.
"These credits result in a revenue loss for the state, estimated
at $88 million for the current fiscal year and $123 million in
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USDA Unveils Online
'Urban Agriculture Toolkit' for Urban Farmers and
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack
today unveiled the USDA
Urban Agriculture Toolkit, a new resource created by USDA's Know
Your Farmer team to help entrepreneurs and community leaders
successfully create jobs and increase access to healthy food through
urban agriculture. From neighborhood gardens grown on repurposed
lots, to innovative mobile markets and intensive hydroponic and
aquaculture operations, urban food production is rapidly growing into
a mature business sector in cities across the country.
"Urban agriculture helps strengthen the health and social fabric
of communities while creating economic opportunities for farmers and
neighborhoods," Vilsack said. "USDA's Urban Agriculture
Toolkit compiles guidance from our Know Your Farmer team and many
private partners into one comprehensive resource to help small-scale
producers manage all aspects of their business. From protecting soil
health to marketing to schools and grocery store chains, USDA has
tools to meet the needs of this new breed of innovative urban farmer
and small business owner."
Industry estimates show U.S. local food sales totaled at least $12
billion in 2014, up from $5 billion in 2008, and experts anticipate
that value to hit $20 billion by 2019. The numbers also show that
these opportunities are helping to drive job growth in agriculture,
increase entrepreneurship and expand food access and choice.
USDA's Toolkit is an electronic document that helps urban and small
farms navigate more than 70 helpful resources, including technical
assistance and financing opportunities. It focuses on some of the
most pressing challenges confronting urban producers such as land
access, soil quality, water resources, capital and financing,
infrastructure, market development, production strategies, and
applying for federal, state or private foundation grants. University
extension service partners in Chicago and Indianapolis helped develop
cost estimates for starting urban farms and the toolkit includes
information on best practices and check lists for start-ups and
early-stage producers planning outdoor or indoor operations.
Knowledge + Experience =
This is the winning formula to reach Millennials- and the Beef
Checkoff has gone "all in" in their efforts to engage with
millennials- identifying them as the key generation to reach in
increasing beef demand.
Beef Checkoff-funded consumer market research shows us that the key
generation for beef marketing - millennials - practically live on their computer
devices. They tell us that they get virtually all of
their information online, then use that information to draw
conclusions and make important decisions about agriculture and the
food they eat.
use social-media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and
Instagram to get beef recipes and information about beef and the beef
industry, the research shows. In addition, they share their thoughts
about beef and beef production through these platforms. And they look
online for what their fellow consumers are saying about beef, then
look online elsewhere to see if the information is scientifically
sound. Perhaps, most important for beef producers, they look to
social media for quick and convenient recipe ideas to feed their
families and help them thrive.
There is an excellent look at what the beef industry is doing to
reach and engage millennials in a way that is effective-which means
that cattle producers in many cases are not seeing TV ads or hearing
Radio ads like they did a decade or more back.
You can read that in depth piece on how the Beef Checkoff is chasing
the millennial mom by clicking
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