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Tuesday, October 17, 2017
EPA's Scott Pruitt Declares an End to Sue and Settle- The Days of Litigation Through Regulation Are Over
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt issued an Agency-wide directive on Monday designed to end "sue and settle" practices within the Agency, providing an unprecedented level of public participation and transparency in EPA consent decrees and settlement agreements.
"The days of regulation through litigation are over," said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. "We will no longer go behind closed doors and use consent decrees and settlement agreements to resolve lawsuits filed against the Agency by special interest groups where doing so would circumvent the regulatory process set forth by Congress. Additionally, gone are the days of routinely paying tens of thousands of dollars in attorney's fees to these groups with which we swiftly settle."
For those of us that followed Pruitt when he was the Attorney General of Oklahoma- you know he was no fan of Sue and Settle
- one case that he battled over several years had to do with the Lesser Prairie Chicken. In March of 2014, we reported that the AG filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of the Interior and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) alleging the FWS engaged in "sue and settle" tactics when the agency agreed to settle a lawsuit with a national environmental group over the listing status of several animal species, including the Lesser Prairie Chicken.
From our March 2014 report on Oklahoma Farm Report
- Pruitt declared "Increasingly, federal agencies are colluding with like-minded special interest groups by using 'sue and settle' tactics to reach 'friendly settlements' of lawsuits filed by the interest groups. These settlements, which often impose tougher regulations and shorter timelines than those imposed by Congress, are having a crippling effect on the U.S. economy. Furthermore, because these settlements are taking place without public input, attorneys general are unable to represent the respective interests of their states, businesses, and citizens."
Two years later- Pruitt declared victory in this fight- as the Obama Administration backed off the endangered species listing- after a federal court told them to. Pruitt, in a May 2016 report on Oklahoma Farm Report
said "I'm pleased to report that the federal government has finally realized the error of its ways and has ended its efforts to list the bird as endangered."
|Join Us in Enid at P&K Today from 10 AM to 4 PM
If you are able to break away from fall field work- we would love to have you stop by and say "Howdy" today at P&K Equipment in Enid from 10 AM to 4 PM today(I know- the graphic says 9)
P&K is located in Enid on the North Highway 81 bypass- just across from the Chisholm Trail Expo Center. There will be lots happening! Demonstrations of John Deere guidance systems. Test drive Gator UTV's and John Deere compact and utility tractors. Stihl product demos', food trucks and much more! Special event pricing too.
Several of our friends in the world of agriculture will be hanging around- ready to answer your questions about their products- and KOFM in Enid will be broadcasting live from P&K part of the time.
Come see us- would love to say Howdy.
|Corn and Soybean Harvest Chugging Along, Although Still Lagging Behind Normal Rates of Progress
In the latest crop progress report released Monday, October 16, 2017, the United States Department of Agriculture rated the US corn crop condition slightly better from a week ago, at 65 percent good to excellent, 24 percent fair and 11 percent poor to very poor. Corn maturity nationwide climbed from 82 to 90 percent this week, still lagging the five-year of 94 percent. Corn is 28 percent harvested across the nation, well behind the average of 47 percent. The US soybean condition has remained mostly unchanged from last week, still rated at 61 percent good to excellent, 27 percent fair and 12 percent poor to very poor. Soybeans are up to 49 percent harvested nationally, trailing the average of 60 percent. Pasture and rangeland for the US rates have moved some this past week, rated now at 9 percent very poor, 16 poor, 35 fair, 35 good and 5 excellent. For the complete USDA Crop Progress report, click here
According to the weekly crop progress report from USDA, Oklahoma
winter wheat planted reached 57 percent, down 19 points from normal. Winter wheat emerged reached 35 percent, down 13 points from normal. Canola planted reached 84 percent, down 2 points from normal. Corn harvested reached 63 percent, down 17 points from normal. Sorghum mature reached 87 percent, up 1 point from normal. Sorghum harvested reached 46 percent, down 8 points from normal. Cotton harvested reached 11 percent, down 2 points from the previous year but up 2 points from normal. Conditions of pasture and range were rated at 46 percent good to excellent, 46 fair, and 8 poor to very poor. To view the complete Oklahoma Crop Progress and Condition Report, click here
, winter wheat planted was 42 percent, well behind 71 last year and 75 for the five-year average. Emerged was 25 percent, behind 44 last year, and well behind 46 average. Corn mature was 92 percent, behind 99 last year and 97 average. Harvested was 54 percent, well behind 74 last year, and behind 73 average. Sorghum condition rated 2 percent very poor, 8 poor, 32 fair, 46 good, and 12 excellent. Sorghum mature was 75 percent, behind 88 last year, and near 78 average. Harvested was 13 percent, well behind 41 last year, and behind 32 average. Pasture and range conditions rated 4 percent very poor, 15 poor, 35 fair, 43 good, and 3 excellent. To view the complete Kansas Crop Progress and Condition Report, click here
, winter wheat planted is rated this week at 66 percent complete, compared to 63 last year and 63 the average. Winter wheat emerged has reached 35 percent, ahead of last year by 3 and behind the average by 2. Currently, 95 percent of the state's corn crop is mature, ahead of last year by 1 and the average by 3. Corn harvested is up 4 points this week from last at 80 percent, ahead of the average by 3. Cotton harvested is at 30 percent, ahead of the average by 8. Cotton's condition is rated 54 good to excellent, 32 fair, 14 poor to very poor. Sorghum in the state has reached 89 percent mature, on par with last year and ahean of the average by 1. Meanwhile 79 percent of the state's sorghum crop has been harvested, ahead of the average by 7. Pasture and range conditions have improved some this week, rated at 44 percent good to excellent statewide, 36 fair and 20 percent poor to very poor. To view the complete Texas Crop Progress and Condition Report, click here
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|Lowell Catlett Presents Master Class on Why It's the Best Time Ever for the Cattle Feeding Business
The Texas Cattle Feeders Association celebrated its 50th anniversary during the association's annual convention this year in Amarillo. Dr. Lowell Catlett
, Regents Professor for the Department of Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business, New Mexico State University, was there to offer attendees a bit of perspective on how far the feeding industry has come in Texas over the last 50 years. I was also there and had the chance to speak with Dr. Catlett, who says when it comes to cattle feeding in Texas, things are a lot different - and a lot better.
Catlett explained that before Texas really established itself in the business, cattle feeding was done primarily in Iowa and across the Midwest, where feed stocks like corn and soybeans were plentiful - Catlett says it was only natural for feeders to begin where the source of feed was. However, he says they eventually discovered the benefits Texas and the High Plains had to offer.
"This old dry climate here in the Great Plains - the Southern Great Plains, especially, you just don't have quite the harshness of having to use up a lot of energy to just stay warm," he said. "So, cattle do quite well in the High Plains and so we just uni-train grains down sometimes from the Midwest and we saw some transformations over the last 50 years."
And it is not just the cattle feeding industry that has grown by leaps and bounds during the last half a century, he says, but rather the entire ag industry. As many wonder how farmers will be able to feed 9 billion people by 2050 - Catlett confidently says we are already there.
"We are - we produce enough food in agriculture now - we can easily feed 10 billion people. We already do essentially produce that much," he said. "Until we go back and look, and frame some things in the past - we tend to just kind of think that things are always the way they were."
Listen to Catlett and I discuss where the cattle feeding industry in Texas began, where it is now and where it is going, on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here
According to Dr. Derrell Peel, OSU extension livestock market economist, the price of stocker and feeder cattle have remained relatively strong since August, dropping only two percent compared to the seasonal norm of four percent.
Peel writes in his column included in this week's Cow/Calf Corner newsletter that this resilience in price is a good indication of strong stocker demand despite larger calf supplies. He reinforces this notion citing data that shows Oklahoma's auction volume has been 11 percent higher year over year for the past six weeks. While fall wheat pastures have not been fully established yet due to a variety of reasons, Peel writes that an abundance of available forage has allowed stocker demand to sustain itself this far into the fall season and says there is plenty of cattle on the sidelines waiting to be put onto pasture when it's ready.
Typically around this time of year, Peel says the price of heavier feeder cattle will decline, but currently he reports prices at being eight percent above August levels.
"Strong feedlot demand for bigger yearlings is more than offsetting increased feeder cattle supplies this fall. Feedlots continue to have an incentive to place and feed cattle and, with bigger feeder supplies, to focus more on yearlings rather than calves at this time of the year," he writes. "Feedlots have the ability to be more choosy about the kind of cattle they want to feed and the resulting demand for yearlings relative to middleweight feeders produces a more pronounced stocker signal in the form of a higher value of gain."
The stocker segment of the industry is now at an advantage to shine, Peel says, when at this moment it has the opportunity to perform its function as a shock absorber for the flow of cattle during times of growth.
"Feedlot preferences to "buy pounds" in the form of heavy feeders rather than placing lighter feeders and adding more weight per animal in the feedlot necessarily translates into a signal for stocker producers to provide that additional weight gain on feeder cattle," Peel states. "As stocker producers respond to these signals, they are not only adding weight to feeder cattle but are spreading out feeder supplies over time."
As feedlots focus more on feeding yearlings, stocker producers will in turn have more opportunities to profitably add weight to calves to help meet that feedlot demand.
to read Peel's complete article from this week's edition of the Cow/Calf Corner
As the National Pork Board continues to work on building and improving its digital presence, the organization has partnered with Yummly, a leading recipe app and website offering personalized recipe recommendations and cooking resources to more than 23 million registered users.
Partnering with Yummly will allow the pork industry to tap into the modern search preferences of today's cooks that frequent the site for daily culinary inspiration and instruction.
Yummly will carry the Pork Board's 2,100 recipes on its web-based platform and place access to them at the fingertips of consumers that visit the website or subscribe to the app.
"Smartphone apps like Yummly are precisely how to get our information in front of consumers," said Steve Rommereim, vice president and member of the Checkoff's Domestic Marketing committee. "We need to keep pork top of mind through access to creative recipes and ideas that are available in real time."
Yummly has highly engaged users that consult their database of more than two million recipes to drive daily decisions on what to make which, in turn, drives grocery purchases.
"This will allow a seamless process in motivating consumers to buy pork," said Jarrod Sutton, vice president of domestic marketing. "It all starts with searching the app for a recipe, finding the ideal recipe and generating a list of the foodstuffs needed to purchase."
The Yummly site will use pork-branded pages to share and distribute the NPB recipes following the transition of the recipes and the launch of the newly designed pork.org by early December.
to learn more about this exciting new partnership between Yummly and the National Pork Board to boost the industry's promotional and digital efforts.
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|School Land Commission Hosts Lease Auctions Today and
The School Land Commission kicked off its first round of the 2017 Oklahoma School Land Lease Auctions, yesterday, in Beaver County.
Today, the Commission will be hosting their next auction in Cimarron County at the Cimarron County Fairgrounds, in Boise City at 9:00 a.m. sharp.
This will be followed by another auction in Texas County at 2:00 p.m. located in Guymon at the Texas County Fairgrounds.
Then tomorrow, the Commission will be calling for bids again at the High Plains Technology Center in Woodward.
Click here for the flyer that details all of the auctions for 2017.
And you can click here for the School Land Commission webpage for more information on all of the auctions that run through October 31st.
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In case you missed it - Oklahoma Farm Bureau President Tom Buchanan over the weekend, joined me as my guest for our 'In the Field' segment, as seen on KWTV-News9 each Saturday, to discuss some of the issues that have cropped up through the organization's grassroots policy efforts so far this fall.
Members of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau are currently
preparing for their annual convention coming up November 10-12, and Buchanan says the organization's resolutions committee is working hard to bring proposed resolutions from the county level, to the delegate floor at the convention, where they will ultimately be voted on and potentially be made into policy that will guide the organization's legislative efforts over the next year.
So far in the process, some of the issues that have materialized includes property rights, the ongoing feral hog issue, the 2018 Farm Bill, the repeal of WOTUS and other issues related to Oklahoma's water resources, and a proposed fuel tax by lawmakers aimed at helping to fix the state budget crisis.
You can watch this past weekend's segment, featuring my visit with Buchanan, discussing Oklahoma Farm Bureau's policy development process ahead of their 2018 convention, by clicking or tapping here
. You can also click here
to jump to a previous story from last week, to read more in-depth about these issues and listen in on our complete off-camera conversation.
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