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Monday, September 11, 2017
A Day That Americans Will NEVER Forget
Irma Aiming for Major Georgia- Alabama- Florida Peanut Counties after Roaring Ashore in southwest Florida
We are waiting to get an idea of the amount of damage to agriculture in Florida this Monday morning after Hurricane Irma arrived in the Florida Keys Sunday morning and then on Marco Island and in Naples on Sunday afternoon- it has since then been marching northward up along the west coast of Florida causing damage from the winds and the storm surge along that coast.
To come today- Irma will be hitting the major part of the southeast Peanut industry- including key peanut areas around Albany, Georgia and Dothan, Alabama.
If you put Alabama, Florida and Georgia together- you have 2/3 of the US peanut acreage and production annually. They have just started digging peanuts and the latest State report for Georgia
showed they have dug 2% of their crop this year while Florida farmers in several counties were rushing to get as many peanuts harvested as they could ahead of the storm- this past Tuesday's report
showed 7% harvested in Florida- and in last week's Crop Progress report- the Good to Excellent ratings were 83% for Florida, 78% for the nation's largest Georgia crop and Alabama at 71%.
Oklahoma Peanut Commission Executive Director Ron Sholar says in checking with his counterparts in the southeast that they worry about too much rain- saying they can handle a four inch rain without any major hit to this crop- but a foot of rain would be a real problem.
Dr. Sholar says "They plant and harvest a full month before we do so they were just moving into prime harvesting season.
"There's a huge crop waiting to be harvested. They planted fence row to fence row and the weather has been very favorable with huge yields anticipated."
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In the wake of Hurricane Harvey's destructive path along the Eastern coastline of Texas, The Oklahoma Farming and Ranching Foundation is partnering with other agricultural organizations in the state to help bring relief to our farming neighbors South of the Red River.
"Oklahoma's agricultural community always comes together during times of disaster," said Jeramy Rich, Oklahoma Farming and Ranching Foundation president. "Just as the Texas agricultural community supported us during the historic wildfires northwest Oklahomans experienced earlier this year, we hope to help our neighbors on their long road to recovery."
Joining the Foundation in this relief effort, is the Oklahoma Farm Bureau, American Farmers & Ranchers, Oklahoma Beef Council, Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association, Oklahoma Pork Council, Oklahoma Wheat Commission and Oklahoma Wheat Growers Association.
These organizations are reaching out to our rural and urban communities to ask for donations to assist the farm and ranch families of Texas in the 54 counties that were affected by this massive storm.
If interested in helping to get these folks back on their feet, the Foundation asks you mail your donation in the form of a check made payable to the Oklahoma Farming and Ranching Foundation. Checks may be mailed to 2501 N. Stiles, Oklahoma City, OK, 73105, with "Hurricane Harvey Relief" written in the memo line.
The Foundation reminds gracious patrons that charitable donations of any size to this cause will be tax deductible.
For more information on the affects of this Hurricane on the people of Texas, and to get more information about the Foundation's efforts, click here
|Oklahoma Farm Bureau Goes Shopping for a New Executive Director
After parting ways with their previous Executive Director about a month ago, the Board of Directors of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau are now prepared to look for and hire a new Executive Director.
On Friday, the Oklahoma Farm Bureau officially opened up their search for a new Executive Director for the general farm organization.
The groups says in their job opening statement that the "Duties include, but are not limited to, being responsible for the management of the organization in a manner that is ethical and profitable, as well as promoting member services and member growth.
"The Executive Director should demonstrate competence in the following areas:
Leadership, operational, human resources, financial, project and risk management and planning."
Click or tap here to read more about the qualifications and how to make contact to submit a resume- at this point- it appears the solicitation is open ended- no deadline for applications was mentioned in the one page release.
In an op-ed piece we posted last week on our website, author and CEO of the Cattlemen's Beef Board Polly Ruhland, set the record straight on beef and the perception surrounding the popular product.
According to regular market research conducted by the Beef Checkoff, Ruhland says there is a perception by consumers that beef prices are higher, which causes them to eat less beef. She adds that on a weekly basis, the frequency at which consumers eat beef has as of late declined.
Still, according to the Consumer Beef Index survey, 77 percent of consumers say beef is their first choice, or a top choice when it comes to proteins, and 93 percent note eating beef at least monthly.
Also highlighted by the survey, is the fact that consumers have become very interested in knowing that the most cutting-edge technology and practices are being utilized to care for and keep animals healthy in the production process. They also like the traditions in which the cattle industry is founded.
"This information from the study reinforces the need to humanize our industry and document how our industry has progressed. And we need our story to be out there," she writes. "We are producing the best product we've ever produced. And consumers love it. That's not perception, that's reality!"
Ruhland explains that this survey is an important part to understanding today's consumers and how they think, so the industry know what issues need to be addressed. Through advertising and promotional efforts, the Checkoff will use this information to continue to drive consumers to the beef counter, presenting beef as a healthy, affordable and responsibly produced product.
to read Ruhland's complete op-ed article up on our website.
|Shelley Wong of Choctaw Recognized as a Significant Woman in Oklahoma's Agriculture Industry
Shelley Wong of Choctaw, is a regular at the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry's farmers market, selling her family's produce, including squash, red onions, Chinese okra, melons and zucchinis among other things picked by hand in her garden.
Through participating in the farmers market, Wong has created strong ties to the community and shared countless stories giving urban citizens first-hand accounts of life on the farm and in her own way, boosting agriculture's image and making food personal.
Wong was only three when communist revolutionary Mao Zedong declared himself head of the People's Republic of China.
She grew up in a time of a "government rate" for food. In her village, that was about 20 pounds of rice per person, per month. That was for two meals a day. Those who couldn't work, like a child or an older adult, received less, she said.
Wong's father died when she was 6, and she was the middle of five children. However, her grandfather and an aunt in New York sent them money, so they had a better situation than some others. Still, Wong saw and heard the impacts of hunger all around her.
In 1962, at the age of 16 and pretending to be only 12 to skirt government regulations, Wong and her grandmother took a daring adventure to a city near Hong Kong and eventually managed to smuggle themselves into the then British-owned territory.
Two years later in Hong Kong, she would meet her husband, a US citizen from Los Angeles that would take her there and eventually she gained her own citizenship in 1969. From that time, food played a central role in Wong's life, owning and working in a grocery store with her husband, then selling the store to start a restaurant, and always finding ways to help the hungry when they needed it.
In 2005, Wong and her husband made the move to Oklahoma to be closer to their children. She continues to work with food, growing it in her own garden and sells it locally to her community.
Wong believes everyone has a connection to food and that through it, we can all be connected. Her small acts of kindness throughout life have amounted to significant impacts on the lives of others that have suffered from the pangs of hunger to helping stimulate the economy in her small corner of the world. This past week, the Oklahoma Department of Ag recognized Wong as a Significant Woman in Oklahoma Agriculture.
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They would like to thank all of you who participated in their 2017 Oklahoma City Farm Show.
Up next will be the Tulsa Farm Show in December 2017- the dates are December 7th, 8th and 9th. Now is the ideal time to contact Ron Bormaster at 507-437-7969 and book space at the 2017 Tulsa Farm Show. To learn more about the Tulsa Farm Show, click here.
US beef exports have performed great so far in 2017, especially exports going into markets in the Asia-Pacific Rim including two very important US beef markets, Japan and South Korea. Oklahoma Beef Council Executive Director Heather Buckmaster
explained why South Korea has become and continues to grow as a major buyer of US beef, during a recent visit in studio with me.
"South Korea has been a great market for us the last few years when you consider that at one point in time, they were protesting in the streets," Buckmaster said. "Now, it's one of our highest valued markets today."
Currently, beef exports to South Korea for the first half of the year, are up by 13 percent in volume from a year ago; over 83,000 mt.; and over 21 percent in value at $527 million. The US has also captured more than 50 percent of Korea's chilled beef market, totaling near 19,000 mt. valued at $166 million. One of the main reasons our product is doing so well, is thanks to one of the world's largest retailers - Costco - which has 14 storefront locations throughout South Korea.
"This past year, we had a huge highlight, and that was when Costco brought in and replaced all Australian beef with US beef," Buckmaster reported, adding that this increased incremental beef sales for the US by 33 million pounds. "That was a result of a multilayer effort by the US Meat Export Federation and in part, by the Beef Checkoff."
Listen to Heather Buckmaster of the Oklahoma Beef Council and I discuss the strength of US beef export performance in South Korea and learn how the Beef Council is working to keep it that way, on Friday's Beef Buzz - click here.
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Coming up, cotton and peanut producers will have the opportunity to learn about some of the latest research-based best management practices for these crops at a field tour being hosted by the Oklahoma State University Caddo Research Station in Ft. Cobb on September 21st.
The field tour is free-of-charge and pre-registration is not required. Dinner will be provided at no charge to participants at 7 p.m.
A peanut-blasting clinic will begin at 3 p.m. and peanut producers are encouraged to bring samples from their fields to assess crop maturity that can assist in determining a timely harvest date. Around 5 p.m. there will be a tour of the research and demonstration plots with insights provided by OSU and USDA experts
Field tour sponsors including ACG Materials, BASF Ag products, DuPont Crop Protection, Golden Peanuts, Helena Chemical Company and Verdesian Life Sciences, will also take the opportunity to talk about some of the latest chemicals and management tools available to producers to help them be their most successful.
Anyone seeking additional information about the Sept. 21 Caddo Research Station Peanut and Cotton Field Tour should click here
for the event organizer's contact info and for a complete list of slated speakers.
In just a week, consumer fuel choice will return to all but two of the 29 states that offer E15 fuels.
The EPA's Reid Vapor Pressure restriction will be lifted in most states and E15 will again be available for purchase on September 16th.
For some time, Growth Energy has led the charge in pushing for a fix to the RVP law, and has strongly supported the Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act (S. 517 and H.R. 1311), which would give American consumers access to the affordable fueling option year-round, for drivers of cars made in 2001 or later.
Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor says that while she is happy to see E15 coming back on the market everywhere this month, she regrets to point out that the fuel is always a good option to have on hand when disaster strikes, referring to Hurricane Harvey which shut down refineries and caused fuel shortages. In response, the EPA issued waivers on August 31st that allowed an early return to E15 from summer restrictions in affected areas.
"While we are glad that the summertime restriction on E15 will be over everywhere on September 16, fuel shortages from the devastating Hurricane Harvey are an unfortunate but important reminder that our fuel regulations are out of date and that homegrown biofuels are an at-the-ready source for America's energy needs," Skor said. "The biofuels industry stands ready to do our part."
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to read the original statement issued last week by Growth Energy regarding the return of consumer choice fuels this September.
|Oklahoma FFA Says Goodbye to Grandma Dean
The State FFA office provided us this bit of sad news at the end of this past week- and we wanted to share it with you as we wrap up this morning:
June Dean, better known to past participants of Oklahoma FFA Alumni Leadership Camp as "Grandma Dean," passed away Friday, September 8, 2017, in Owasso. Services are scheduled for TODAY- Monday, September 11, 1 p.m., First Baptist Church of Owasso.
June served as the 1995-1996 president of the National FFA Alumni Association...and as long-time secretary of the Oklahoma FFA Alumni Association. She was truly an Oklahoma FFA legend.
The family is requesting financial contributions to honor June be made to the Grandma and Grandpa Dean permanent trust in the Oklahoma FFA Foundation. You can mail checks to:
Lisa Eden, Treasurer
Oklahoma FFA Foundation
PO Box 33090
Tulsa, OK 74153
The family will be sent notification of your generosity.
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