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Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Ag Secretary Jim Reese Announces Significant Progress in Goal of Eliminating Feral Hog Populations
In an announcement made yesterday at a press conference at the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Secretary Jim Reese revealed that the Wildlife Services Division of the Department eliminated a record-number of feral hogs in the state during 2017.
A release from ODAFF describes how the effort put forth on behalf of Oklahoma agricultural producers and urban residents resulted in 188 percent more feral swine eliminated during 2017 than in the previous year and 29,811 more feral swine than were eliminated in 2011.
ODAFF had set a goal to eliminate 14,000 feral swine in 2017. This month, though, the Wildlife Services Division of ODAFF and partners reportedly eliminated 17,002 feral swine in 2017. That is compared to 11,206 feral swine eliminated in 2016, 7,808 feral swine eliminated in 2015 and 2,426 in 2011.
All feral swine efforts combined eliminated 32,237.
The breakdown of the 32,237 eliminated in 2017 was: 17,702 by Wildlife Services; 2,742 by private aerial hunting; 6,000 by sporting facilities; 5,289 by buying stations for harvesting, and 604 by Conservation in traps, just in less than five months.
"In the last six years, we've increased the number of hogs that we've eliminated by a variety of different programs," Reese said. "We're starting so far behind the ball, though, that to catch up, we still have a long way to go."
Click here to listen to more of the Secretary's comments from an interview with me recorded yesterday after the announcement.
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The Noble Research Institute joined USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Sand County Foundation and the Farm Foundation yesterday in launching an assessment of agricultural practices and strategies with the intention of further improving water quality in the U.S.
The National Agricultural Water Quality Practice Assessment will seek to better understand how effective specific agricultural management practices are at improving water quality.
"Data generated from this assessment will provided researchers and agricultural producers with the critical knowledge to make informed decisions," said Bill Buckner, President and CEO of the Noble Research Institute. "Informed decisions are better decisions which result in improved practices, better conservation and quality land stewardship."
The year-long project will culminate in a comprehensive report identifying current baseline knowledge about managing agricultural lands to improve conservation outcomes. The report will also identify critical gaps in knowledge, as well as strategies to advance agricultural conservation adoption and effectiveness. A key goal of the assessment is to help agricultural producers identify effective management practices that have the potential to yield tangible environmental results while supporting the economic viability of farms.
Click here to read the full release for more information about this project and how it will help in rural conservation efforts.
|Groups Worry US Agricultural Exports will Suffer as TPP Trade Partners Moves Deal Forward Without Us
Just as Trans-Pacific Partnership nations seemed ready to leave Canada behind, the nation has reached an agreement to sign the trade pact. Renamed the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, the agreement comes after talks in Japan this week.
With Canada now on board, with the approval of its agriculture sector, the TPP 11 agreement is scheduled for a signing ceremony in March.
The National Cattlemen's Beef Association says the U.S. withdrawal from TPP is a "missed opportunity." NCBA will have a representative in Canada attending the North American Free Trade Agreement talks later this week.
, NCBA's Director of International Trade and Market Access, issued a statement
expressing the industry's frustration for the situation.
"Withdrawing from TPP was a missed opportunity for the United States to gain greater access to some of the world's most vibrant and growing markets. As we now enter a pivotal round of NAFTA negotiations, the last thing we need is to take a step backwards in our relationships with Canada and Mexico."
The wheat industry's National Association of Wheat Growers and US Wheat Associates shared NCBA's concerns in a joint statement.
"The announcement today that the eleven remaining TPP members have concluded talks on a revised deal without us sends another discouraging signal to our long-time wheat importing customers in Japan," said Ben Conner, USW Director of Policy.
"If nothing else, this announcement should serve as a rallying cry for farmers, ranchers and dairy producers calling for the new trade deals we were promised when the President walked away from TPP," said Gordon Stoner, NAWG President and a wheat grower from Outlook, Mont. "The heat needs to be turned up on the administration and on trade negotiations with Japan. An already stressed agriculture sector needs the benefit of free and fair trade now."
Coming up next, starting on Monday, January 29th, the No-Till on the Plains 22nd Annual Winter Conference kicks off in Wichita, Kan. with a beginners' workshop.
Following that on Tuesday and Wednesday, says No-Till on the Plains Executive Director Steve Swaffer, the traditional conference will take place over the course of a full two-day schedule, featuring keynote speaker Allan Savory, world renown conservationist and holistic soil health management expert.
The conference will finish on Thursday with a separate event for the advanced no-till farmer during the Agricultural Innovative Minds Symposium (AIMS), where Swaffer says, "all the best minds and best discussion will take place."
If you plan to attend, Swaffer highly suggests pre-registering before Thursday
, in order to save $80 on your registration. Full price will be charged at the door. To hear Swaffer share with me more information on the conference, including details for accommodations, speakers and workshops and how to register, click here.
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|Farmers Urged to Practice Good Stewardship with New Restrictions on Latest Herbicide Technology
During the Red River Crops Conference in Altus, Okla. last week, Dr. Todd Baughman of Oklahoma State University's Plant and Soil Sciences department, presented to cotton farmers on the state's most problematic weeds currently and what herbicides have worked best to stave them off. Our own Carson Horn had the chance to speak with Baughman after his presentation to ask a few questions regarding Baughman's preferred strategy in weed prevention.
"By far the No. 1 weed we're dealing with across the state is Palmer amaranth or pigweed - it goes by a lot of different names. It's resistant to a lot of our technologies that are out there," Baughman said. "But Marestail has been a developing problem. Then, especially for western Oklahoma, we've been in a very dry climate. That's an ideal situation for volunteer cotton. We really need some moisture in the next couple of months to help deteriorate that seed."
Baughman says these unwanted plants can become a significant problem if allowed to grow beyond a certain stage. He recommends treating these plants when they have no more than two or three leaves, with AIM, Gramoxone or Paraquat. Two of the best things a farmer can do, he says, is to use a residual herbicide and to utilize multiple modes of action. This will help to prevent a buildup in weed resistance and allow for continued future use of available herbicide technologies.
Click or tap here to read more- and to listen to Carson and Todd talk weed control strategies- including what is happening in Oklahoma regarding Dicamba.
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|Hannah Thompson-Weeman of the Animal Ag Alliance Explains Why "Clean Meat" is a Dirty Word in Agriculture
, formerly with the Humane Society of the United States, recently authored a book entitled, Clean Meat. Hannah Thompson-Weeman
of the Animal Agriculture Alliance says she is concerned about the implications of this term and concept that Shapiro is promoting.
"There's a reason the activist groups are pushing that term, 'clean meat,' over things like cellular meat or lab grown meat," she told me in a recent interview. "First of all, it implies that conventionally produced meat, or as I like to call it - 'meat' - is somehow unclean or dirty in comparison. It also distances the product from the technology used to produce it."
In fact, she says in some cases, even plant-based products are thrown under this new umbrella term adopted by activists. Thompson-Weeman explained that typically, consumers do not share an enthusiasm for technology in their food production. This is a major contributing factor as to why activists want to push the term. However, she insists it is critical for agriculture as an industry and its advocates to push back on the damaging implications the opposition is trying to present. The unfortunate thing about the situation, though, is that this technology could be and should be and is a part of the overall strategy to provide protein to a world with a growing demand.
"The industry isn't afraid, it's not threatened by these products," Thompson-Weeman said. "Folks that I've talked to, even the companies that have invested in these products, have made it very clear it is an 'and' proposition and not an 'or' proposition at all for them. We just want to make sure the product is named accurately and labelled accurately so people know what they are getting."
Listen to Thompson-Weeman and I discuss this new term, "clean meat," and why it is potentially damaging to production agriculture, on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here
|Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association Hosts Policy Development Meeting Tomorrow
The Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association will host its annual policy meeting for Thursday, January 25, 2018. The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. at the Reed Conference Center located in Midwest City, Oklahoma. The OCA quarterly board of director's meeting will also take place in conjunction with the policy development meeting.
"When it comes to OCA Policy Development, every member has a voice," said Weston Givens, OCA President and rancher from Arnett, Oklahoma. "The winter policy meeting provides OCA members an opportunity to consider and create policy that drives our organization."
The timing of the Winter Policy Meeting in late January allows for OCA members to discuss bills of the upcoming Legislative Session which begins in February as well as proposed policies for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association Annual Convention the following week.
The day will conclude with the Winter Quarterly Board of Director's meeting. Click here for full schedule details.
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