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Friday, January 26, 2018
Oklahoma Cattlemen Endorse StepUpOk Tax Increase and Government Reform Proposal
The Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association went on record Thursday in support of the StepUpOk plan to raise taxes and reform state government. After much discussion, the organization became the first farm or ranch group in the state to offer an endorsement of the plan that would raise oil and gas gross production taxes, raise motor fuel taxes, place a state level tax on wind generation, up the cigarette tax and simplify the individual income tax brackets.
In addition, the supporters of StepUpOK want to put at least two ballot initiatives in front of the people- one to drop the super majority needed to pass tax increases in the state legislature from 75% to 60% and to extend the term limits for state lawmakers from 12 to 16 years.
Former OCA President Bob Drake of Davis, spoke strongly in favor of engaging in this conversation saying- "Agriculture needs to be at the table- we need to understand that we are a part of this state- the fact is that we are going to be voting taxes on ourselves but for what we receive against what we would pay- there is no comparison to the benefits that would result." Drake acknowledges that there are parts of the plan that are troubling- but he adds that a vote to endorse the plan now gives cattle producers a chance to be a part of the discussion going forward.
Drake is the only ag producer currently listed as a "supporter" on the website for StepUpOk.
Click or tap here to read more about this vote at the Winter Policy Conference of the OCA- we have links to the StepUpOk website where you can learn more about the program and we talked to Bob Drake after the vote- you can hear Bob's comments attached to our story linked just above.
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As of this week, 99 percent of the state has been categorized in at least moderate drought conditions - the most drought area seen April 2013. Of that area, 53 percent of the state has been raised into the severe drought category and 15 percent in exceptional drought.
The last 90 days have been the driest on record for the Panhandle and west central Oklahoma since at least 1921.
Thankfully, the impact to our water supplies have not yet been too significant, given this is our cool season. However, the
impact to agriculture has been. Oklahoma's State Climatologist Gary McManus has collected reports of dying or dead winter wheat, cattle selloffs due to lack of grazing and feed, and desiccated soil. The risk of fire danger is now very high as well, especially on windy days.
This trend is expected to continue for the next several weeks and possibly months, with little chance of rain forecasted for the near future. Click here
to jump to our webstory to view this week's Drought Monitor up close, or to review McManus' Mesonet Ticker for this week.
Wheat organizations from The U.S., Canada and Mexico urged negotiators to reach a successful North American Free Trade Agreement, yesterday.
In a letter addressed to President Donald Trump and his Mexican and Canadian counter-parts, President Peña Nieto and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, as well as the lead negotiators from each country including Ambassador Lighthizer, Minister Guajardo and Minister Freeland,
several wheat-based groups from the three nations detailed the importance of the trade agreement to wheat growers and their associated industries.
"The fact that wheat producers and end users from all three countries would speak with one voice about the importance of NAFTA should speak volumes to our leaders," said National Association of Wheat Growers President Gordon Stoner.
The groups emphasized that an updated trade deal is critical to ensure that all stakeholders can work together to provide the highest quality products at the greatest value for both the supply chain and consumers. Further, the letter stated that an integrated supply chain between the three countries is only effective with NAFTA in place.
to read more about this story and the actual letter that was sent from this wheat industry collective, shared with us by NAWG.
|As NAFTA Meetings Progress, Ag Industry's Seat at the Table Remains Empty with Doud Still on Hold
Yet another round of NAFTA renegotiations is underway this week in Montreal, Canada. Trade Specialist for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association Kent Bacus
is there attending the event, representing the beef industry and keeping an eye on these proceedings for cattle producers back home.
"I think it's important for the beef industry to have a presence at this negotiation round. A lot of the previous rounds have been technical and this will actually be a ministerial round. The trade ministers will be there including Ambassador Lighthizer,
" Bacus said. "It's important for us to show our support for these negotiations and also for the benefits that NAFTA has given the industry."
Bacus says the US beef industry simply cannot afford to lose market access to either Canada and Mexico, let alone both, which he says are each a billion-dollar market for American producers. Participating in this event, he hopes to help in moving talks forward with a positive message. So far, he says negotiators have done a good job at keeping agricultural trade out of the crosshairs, instead with most of the focus targeting manufacturing, specifically on automotive. But while the ag sector has remained relatively unscathed at this point, Bacus says we are still at a disadvantage in these talks, referring to the absence of a chief agriculture negotiator. Greg Doud
has been appointed to the post by President Trump
, but the Senate has yet to confirm him - held up by Jeff Flake
, a senator from Arizona with a bone to pick.
"That sends a message to the people across the table that maybe we're not being as serious as we should. This is something that the Senate has to resolve," he asserted. "We cannot afford to go another month, another NAFTA negotiation round without full representation at the table. We have to get that hold lifted."
Listen to Kent Bacus of NCBA report from Montreal on this week's NAFTA negotiations, on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here.
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As a result of issues with herbicide drift in several states this past year, the Environmental Protection Agency and major ag-chem manufacturers have developed and instituted new regulations for the use of their dicamba-base products in 2018. Applicators planning to use specific dicamba herbicides labelled for the Roundup Ready Xtend Crop SystemTM for soybeans and cotton are now required to complete a USDA-approved dicamba training session before spraying these products this year. OSU released an article this week with information about these training sessions and where they are being offered here in the state.
"Whether you're a certified applicator or driving the application equipment you have to be trained," said Todd Baughman, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension summer crop weed specialist. "Even if you went through training last year, you're still required to go through the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry approved training this year."
The mandatory training will cover the new regulations, including how to work with these herbicides, which are now restricted-use products with extensive recordkeeping requirements, and best management practices for applying the herbicides.
Only the ODAFF, Extension and the three major manufacturers - Monsanto, DuPont and BASF - are authorized to provide this training, which lasts one hour and is free of charge, although in some cases it may be offered in conjunction with a meeting or conference that has a registration fee.
For a complete schedule of the slated training dates and locations, and other relevant information regarding these meetings, click over to our website.
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|Kim Anderson Worries Ongoing Drought Conditions Might Push Oklahoma's Wheat Crop Off Track
Probably the biggest threat to a successful harvest right now, says Kim Anderson, Extension grain market economist, is the ongoing and worsening drought conditions here in the state.
In an interview with SUNUP Host Lyndall Stout
this week, Anderson reported that many of the farmers he has talked with recently, say that if moisture doesn't arrive within the next few weeks, they may not have a crop to harvest this year.
Not only does moisture, or lack thereof, impact farmers' yields and production at harvest time, Anderson says it also is affecting their production decisions.
The thing the market needs and wants the most right now, is quality. Anderson insists that if producers can deliver quality grain with high levels of protein and a good test weight, then he expects premiums to go up. However, in order for farmers to guarantee their wheat develops the desired protein levels, they need to top-dress their crop and get nitrogen in the ground. However, the drought is forecasted to continue for the next couple months at least. In order to get nitrogen in the ground, Anderson says you need moisture prior to the application and immediately after. Finding that window may prove impossible this year. If it does happen, though, that could cause another issue with logistics as fertilizers will be hard-pressed to coordinate the sudden demand for their equipment.
You can hear Kim's full remarks from his interview this week with Stout by clicking here.
Note that Anderson will not be featured on this weekend's episode of SUNUP which is instead airing a special report on wildfire and how Oklahoma prepares, responds and recovers.
I had the opportunity this week to make a quick trip to Dallas to attend the recently formed American Pecan Council's first board meeting of 2018. The APC's agency of record Weber Schandwick, represented by Caroline Lainio of their Chicago office, was also there and briefed the board members on the efforts that have been made during the last quarter in telling the pecan's story - all of which is laying the groundwork that will continue to build up through April when they will officially launch a new brand campaign on behalf of the pecan industry.
Lainio reported that in this timeframe, through social media and digital platforms, the APC made approximately 145 million digital impressions and engagements with consumers. In a quick sidebar interview, she explained to me how her agency was able to achieve that incredible number.
"We have for the past three months been setting the foundation and starting to tell the story of the American Pecan," she said. "We've been forging relationships with smart pecan partners - those food bloggers, those recipe makers, taste-makers and also with media like the Good Housekeepings of the world. We want to forge those relationships and start introducing that story to them in a way they've never heard it before."
Lainio says the APC's strategy has become centrally focused on three primary messaging pillars.
"We've really focused on three message pillars that we know, based on consumer testing, is moving the needle," she said. "These pillars are health and nutrition, taste when we talk about recipes and that heritage story. Each of those layer into a preconceived perception about pecans. They often think about them as an ingredient in a pie. They don't often think about it as a nut."
Lainio says the idea is to use those three pillars to help break consumers, "out of the pie-shell." Her hope is to reposition pecans as a nutritious snack for the health-conscious consumer, and also as a featured staple in a variety of dishes beyond the pie.
To listen to my complete interview with Lainio to hear about the recent activity of the APC and what's ahead, click here.
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