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Thursday, January 4, 2018
American Farm Bureau and National Farmers Union Standing Together to Battle the Opiod Crisis
As farming communities face mounting challenges with the nation's opioid epidemic, the nation's two largest general farm organizations are teaming up to confront the issue. The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) and National Farmers Union (NFU) today announced a new campaign, "Farm Town Strong," to raise awareness of the crisis' impact on farming communities. The campaign will also provide resources and information to help farm communities and encourage farmer-to-farmer support to overcome the crisis.The groups have launched a new website- FarmTownStrong.org, to provide easy access to information and resources that can help struggling farm families and rural communities.The Farm Town Strong campaign comes on the heels of a recent survey commissioned by AFBF and NFU that highlighted how the opioid epidemic has hit farmers and farm workers especially hard. While just under half of rural Americans say that they, a family member or friend have been directly impacted by opioid addiction, for farmers and farm workers it's 74 percent. A strong majority of respondents also support increasing public awareness of anti-opioid resources and reducing the stigma that surrounds addiction to help solve the opioid crisis.
The coming together of these two farm organizations on this issue shows how serious the problem is- and is a high profile issue where they have found common ground. Click here
to read more and to check out the link to the joint webpage put together by the groups.
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. National Livestock has been around since 1932- and they have worked with livestock producers to help them secure credit and to buy or sell cattle through the National Livestock Commission Company. They also own and operate the Southern Oklahoma Livestock Market in Ada, Superior Livestock, which continues to operate independently and have a major stake in OKC West in El Reno. To learn more about how these folks can help you succeed in the cattle business, click here for their website
or call the Oklahoma City office at 1-800-310-0220.
|AGs from Across U.S. (Including Oklahoma) Take Action Against California's Prop 65 Regulation on Glyphosate
Attorneys General in Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wisconsin have filed an amicus brief in support of the preliminary injunction sought by agriculture groups against California's flawed Prop 65 regulation. In addition, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the California Chamber of Commerce filed their own amicus brief in support of the preliminary injunction to halt the regulation.
California is requiring products that may contain the herbicide glyphosate to bear a false and misleading label, even though there is no scientific evidence to support this move.
"We are pleased that attorneys general from across the country are standing up for agriculture and consumers by standing against this unconstitutional action by California," said Gordon Stoner, President of the National Association of Wheat Growers. "California's flawed Prop 65 requirement will cause irreparable harm to the agriculture economy impacting American farmers and consumers everywhere. AGOur coalition is growing with the support of these attorneys general as well as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and California Chamber of Commerce who are supporting our efforts to immediately halt this flawed action."
Click here to read more about this move by the AGs- including by Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter.
|To Reach Out to Millennials- Visual is the Language of Information Today
Jason Dorsey is one of the leading experts on both Millennials (or Generation Y) and Generation Z. These two generations encompass adults and teens under the age of 40- with Millennials the focus of marketing efforts that have been developed by the Beef Checkoff in recent years. I sat down recently with Dorsey and talked with him about these generations and how they approach buying and other lifestyle decisions. Today's Beef Buzz wraps up that conversation between yours truly and Dorsey.
Dorsey says that when it comes to both generations- far and away the best way to provide them information is via video. Dorsey told me that "visual is the language of information today" and that for Millennials and Gen Z "video is critically important- they're going to watch a video before they read something- and then images and then bullet points."
Click here to read more and then be sure to listen to our visit with Jason Dorsey about what he knows about these younger Americans and how farmers and ranchers can best communicate with them.
Noble's Myriah Johnson Tells Wheat Farmers- Consider Your Options: Graze-out vs. Harvesting Wheat
Dr. Myriah Johnson is an Ag Consultant with the Noble Research Institute and she offers wheat producers some ideas about how to determine whether to graze out or harvest for grain.
"As we move into 2018, it will soon be time to think about whether to pull cattle off wheat so it can be harvested for grain or to leave the cattle on the pasture through wheat graze-out. One of the biggest concerns this past fall was the lack of moisture received. This will ultimately impact producers' decisions this spring, too.
"In evaluating the graze-out or wheat for grain options, a partial budget can be a useful tool. For this, we'll assume you could continue with a 650-pound steer in March and take him to 800 pounds in early May. Estimated prices in Oklahoma City are $158.85 per hundredweight and $137.47 per hundredweight, respectively. We'll also assume 1.25 head per acre during this springtime period of graze-out. Ultimately, an additional $86.66 in revenue could be generated with graze-out wheat."
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|Quelex Offers Customized Weed Management to Set Stage for Success
Dow AgroSciences has introduced new chemistry in the fight against weeds for wheat producers- Quelex® wheat herbicide with new active ingredient Arylex™. With this new control tool, wheat farmers have the chance to develop a weed control program with maximum application flexibility to tackle winter and spring annual weeds in winter wheat.
"Timing continues to be an important consideration in weed management," says Dallas Peterson, Extension weed specialist, Kansas State University. "Properly timed weed control improves herbicide efficacy, protects yield and reduces future infestations."
Dr. Peterson offers three tips that can help a wheat producer stay ahead of tough weeds- click here to read more about how Quelex can help wheat production here in the southern plains.
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|NCBA, Cattle Genetics Experts Team Up
Cattle genetics will be the focus of a new set of webinars to help cattlemen and women better use the tool in their operations. The National Cattlemen's Beef Association is teaming up with six genetics specialists from across the country to offer the NCBA Cattlemen's Genetics Webinar Series, which will kick off Jan. 18, 2018.
Titled "Fake News: EPDs Don't Work," the January webinar will be followed by sessions in February, March and April that explore other aspects of genetic utilization that will give cattle producers a knowledge boost on cattle selection and breeding.
Providing expertise to producers through the webinar series is the eBEEF team, a group of six genetic specialists from five academic institutions that have invested time and resources in the advancement of the cattle industry through genetics. Members of the team are: Darrh Bullock, Ph.D., University of Kentucky; Jared Decker, Ph.D., University of Missouri; Alison Van Eenennaam, Ph.D., University of California-Davis; Matt Spangler, Ph.D., University of Nebraska; and Megan Rolf, Ph.D., and Bob Weaber, Ph.D., Kansas State University.
|Kaden McCombs Joins Oklahoma Cattlemen Staff as Director of Membership
The Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association kicks off 2018 with a new Director of Membership, Kaden McCombs. McCombs isn't completely new to the OCA, as he was the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Foundation intern during the summer of 2016.
"I am humbled and excited to be a part of the staff at the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association. When offered this position, I reflected on my time this past summer and knew this was an opportunity I could not turn down. I am excited to join a group of people who know that to accomplish the goals of this organization, hard work and dedication are required. I also witnessed how much pride my new teammates have for where they work," McCombs said.
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