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Thursday, March 29, 2018
|Oklahoma Farm Bureau Interim Leader Thad Doye Officially Named by Board as Executive Director
The Oklahoma Farm Bureau board of directors Wednesday announced Thad Doye has been selected to serve as the farm organization's new executive director. Our own Carson Horn reached out to OKFB President Rodd Moesel after the announcement was made for his comments on this decision.
"We are excited to have a lifelong Oklahoma farmer and rancher serving Oklahoma Farm Bureau as our executive director," Moesel said. "Thad brings with him decades of experience in agriculture, Farm Bureau, and a servant's heart that we know will help him build and grow our organization to better serve our state's farming and ranching families."
Doye was chosen by the OKFB board after a comprehensive national search. Doye brings with him extensive OKFB experience, having served in various roles throughout his career there and prior to that as a volunteer and active member of the organization.
"Oklahoma agriculture and Oklahoma Farm Bureau have some exciting opportunities ahead, but we also realize we face some challenges," Doye said. "Farm Bureau members created this organization to help improve agriculture and rural Oklahoma, and I will work with OKFB staff and Farm Bureau leaders to ensure our organization is making the future brighter for our state."
Doye began his career at OKFB in 1998 as a field representative before being named vice president of field services and later moving to the position of crop insurance manager for Oklahoma Farm Bureau Insurance. Doye was selected to serve as OKFB's interim executive director in July 2017.
to read more about Doye's new appointment and listen to Carson's interview with Rodd Moesel for further insight into this decision.
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|Oklahoma Wind Industry Converges on State Capitol Touting $20 Billion Impact on Rural Communities
More than a hundred professionals from Oklahoma's wind industry gathered at the State Capitol, Wednesday, to advocate for the industry itself and the benefits it has brought our state's economy and citizens, particularly those living in rural areas. Associate Farm Director Carson Horn was there to speak with stakeholders who turned out to talk with their legislators and show support for wind projects in Oklahoma.
Executive Director of the Oklahoma Wind Coalition Mark Yates explained that while the wind industry may not have a presence across the entire state, its economic impact from the revenue generated through taxes, landowner lease payments and job creation is felt and measurably so.
"No doubt. We're in 26 counties today with over $20 billion of investment and now we see rural schools coming off the state aid formula in high numbers," he said. "We also see $47 million a year going back to Oklahoma landowners, farmers and ranchers. So, although wind isn't everywhere in the state, the 26 counties in which we're invested - often we're the top taxpayer in those counties. It's been a tremendous economic impact, especially in rural areas of our state."
Heath Herje, senior director of development at Tradewind Energy, backed up that claim.
"When we pay those large amounts of ad valorem taxes over the years, it helps that school come off of state aid which frees up funding for other schools across the state," Herje said. "So, it's really beneficial not only for those communities, but all schools across the state."
Superintendent of Garber Public Schools Will Jones offered his first hand experience as a beneficiary of the tax revenue generated by the wind industry.
"It's insulated us from the volatile budget situation for schools in the state," he said. "We passed a bond issue for a new gym and band hall in 2014 and we just now passed another $5 million bond issue in February. It's definitely improving our school and putting a better education forward for our kids."
to read the full version of this story up on our website and listen to Carson's audio report as well.
|Tune into the OSU Wheat Extension Team's New Webinar Series for Answers to All Your Wheat Questions
Starting this next Monday, April 2nd, the Oklahoma State University wheat extension team will broadcast its first episode in a new series of Wheat Update webinars which will be featured each Monday morning at 8:30 AM over the next four weeks.
These webinars will be less content driven and more focused on viewers' questions. The first ten minutes of each session will provide viewers a crop update. Then the remaining 50 minutes of the webinar will be used to field questions or to discuss topics provided by the audience through chat, Twitter (@osuplantsoilsci), and other social media platforms.
Viewers are encouraged to send topics or questions to Extension Small Grains Specialist Dr. Dave Marburger or Dr. Jeff Edwards, professor and department head of Plant and Soil Sciences in advance of each webinar.
For more details on this webinar series, how to interact during them and instructions on how to access the webinar for viewing, click over to our website.
|Omnibus Package a Silver Bullet for Agriculture Industry's Many Problems - Fixing CERCLA, ELD, Sec. 199
The cattle industry is cheering the Omnibus legislation signed into law last week. National Cattlemen's Beef Association's DC office says it is especially gratifying to see several fixes included in the bill that address issues that directly touch the beef industry, as well as the broader ag community. I caught up recently with Colin Woodall, NCBA's lead lobbyist, for his perspective on the impact of this package to cattle producers.
"It is a good bill for us in the cattle business. I think the one we can point to as the biggest win is our effort to get livestock exempted from EPA's Superfund air reporting requirements," Woodall said, explaining how NCBA has worked for more than a year now to secure extensions and delays on those requirements for producers. "We were successful in getting some extensions, but we were really hoping for a permanent solution and that was included in this Omnibus."
Woodall says this is one of the few times the EPA has actually been on agriculture's side, and commended Administrator Scott Pruitt saying he understands the cattle business and was more than willing to assist with this issue. Woodall explained that Pruitt's hands were tied, though, realizing this was a judicial matter and guided NCBA to seek leverage through Congress which ultimately worked. In addition, yet another extension on the ELD mandate, which once in effect will require livestock haulers to transition from paper logging to installing an electronic logging device in their rigs, was included in the Omnibus bill. This provision pushes the mandate for haulers to the end of September of this year. Two previous extensions had already been granted prior to this.
"That allows us more time to find a permanent solution," Woodall said. "We need to be able to drive as long as we need to, to get these cattle to their next destination. The last thing the Department of Transportation or Congress want to be responsible for is a load of dead cattle sitting on the side of the road. Getting this extension shows that Congress understands that and we need to fix it."
Listen to Woodall and I speak more about these issues and others, including the Section 199A fix, that were addressed in the recently passed Omnibus bill, on yesterday's Beef Buzz -
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|KORUS Redo Leaves Agriculture Out- Exactly What Ag Interests Asked For
Yesterday's announcement that the U.S. and South Korea have agreed on changes to the existing U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS) is a relief to a U.S. meat industry dependent on exports to key markets like South Korea.
Meatingplace. contacted the USMEF- and their spokesman, Joe Schuele offered this statement- "The announcement of a successfully revised KORUS trade agreement comes as excellent news for the U.S. beef and pork industries because it helps ensure that we will continue to be able to serve the growing South Korean market and a critically important customer base."
The United States is the largest supplier of beef to Korea and trails only the European Union as the second-largest pork supplier. U.S. red meat exports to Korea set a record last year of $1.7 billion, up 19 percent year-over-year and up 69 percent from 2012.
USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue offers kudos all around the negotiating table with the announcement on the agreement in principle-
"I applaud President Trump, Ambassador Lighthizer, and the U.S. trade team for partnering with the Republic of Korea to modernize KORUS and protect the strong agricultural components that were built into the pact. Korea has long been an important trading partner for U.S. agriculture and currently ranks as our 6th-highest value market. U.S. agricultural exports to the country have increased 95 percent over the past decade and we look forward to continued growth."
|USDA Undersecretary Bill Northey to Address Ranchers at 2018 Hemphill Beef Cattle Conference
Over the last four years, the Hemphill County Extension Service located in Canadian, Texas has built up an impressive beef cattle conference, originally as a continuing education opportunity for local producers - now catering to cattlemen across the country. Coming up on April 24 and 25, producers will have the chance to attend the 2018 edition of the Hemphill Texas A&M AgriLife Beef Cattle Conference. The event's organizer Andy Holloway, told me recently what was going to be on tap this year for attendees in 2018.
He says with the ongoing drought as the backdrop to this year's conference, there will be lots of timely and relevant information for farmers and ranchers to glean from the "power-packed" lineup of expert speakers slated to present.
"The conference this year is not only going to focus how we prepare for a wildfire, but how do we do things to make our cow herd more productive and efficient - even in difficult times," Holloway said. "It's all about helping to learn about critical issues so we can all help each other not only face these things and survive but succeed and prosper."
The "power-packed" schedule for this year features a laundry list of recognizable and notable experts in the field of beef husbandry. Most exciting, though, may certainly be
Undersecretary of Agriculture Bill Northey. As the No. 2 man at the United States Department of Agriculture and the 2018 Farm Bill negotiations underway - Holloway says attendees will certainly not want to miss his remarks. Attendees will also have the chance to interact with over 50 exhibitors at the event's trade show and to see local operations during ranch tours incorporated into the program as well.
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|USDA Sees No Risk With Gene Editing- Plans No Regulation on Plant Editing Efforts
Emphasizing that "USDA seeks to allow innovation when there is no risk present," Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue
reiterated that USDA does not regulate nor plan to regulate plants developed through new breeding techniques such as gene editing. The exception would be plants that pose a pest or noxious weed threat or are developed using plant pests. Click or tap here
for the complete statement released Wednesday afternoon by Secretary Perdue.
The USDA used similar language
last November when it announced for the third time in a decade that it will modernize its regulations for agricultural biotechnology. Perdue's statement provided "clarification" of USDA oversight of "innovative new breeding techniques," said the department. The USDA had no immediate comment on why a clarification was needed.
While there is no given reason for the USDA statement made yesterday- the re statement of the position on Gene Editing does provide comfort to those that might want to invest in the cutting edge technology as it relates to plant research. The statement made by USDA on Wednesday does not include its stance on gene editing for animals- which have FDA oversight. Earlier this year- Dr. Alison Van Eenanaam
of UC-Davis told us "Proposed draft guidance from the FDA in terms of how it's going to be regulated is proposing that all intentional alterations are going to be regulated as drugs. That's just bizarre. If you use this technology, the resulting animal is going to be a drug? That doesn't really make sense because it's really just animal breeding." Click here for our conversation with Alison on that aspect of gene editing from January.
At present, the USDA regulates only crops and other plants developed through classical biotechnology, which involves the insertion of genetic material from a foreign organism into the genes of a plant. Gene editing modifies the DNA within a cell. Proponents say the results are the same as those of traditional plant-breeding techniques and are inherently safe, so they should not go through the time-consuming and costly reviews that are mandatory for GMO crops.
|This N That- Crop Report Day, Some Rain Sneaks Into NW Oklahoma and Good Friday is Manana
Grain markets are waiting for the bevy of USDA reports. Historically markets will experience volatility after the release of data.
According to Allendale- "USDA Quarterly Stocks report will be released today at 11:00 am CST. Newswire survey of analyst average estimate is 8.703 billion bushels of corn compared to last year's 8.622 billion bushels. Trade average estimate for soybeans is 2.030 billion bushels versus a year ago of 1,739 billion bushels.
"Wheat stocks are expected to be 1.498 billion bushels versus 1.659 a year ago.
"Planted acreage analyst's average estimate for corn is 89.42 million acres, soybeans 91.05 million acres and 46.297 million acres of all wheat. USDA at outlook meeting in February estimated 90 million acres for corn and soybeans."
A little bit of rain has crept into the northwestern half of the state- including an inch of rain plus in Alva, Cherokee and Breckinridge in Garfield County
Rain chances are not great in the next few days- but places in northwestern Oklahoma could see frost and maybe freezing temps Easter weekend- Ouch!
US Ag Futures markets are closed on Friday. Grain markets reopen on Sunday evening at 7:00 pm CST. Livestock will open at regular time on Monday.
The US Stock Market is also closed in celebration of Good Friday and the Easter Holiday.
We will have an email tomorrow- and will share some Easter Thoughts with you then- if you are off for the three day weekend tomorrow morning- we will be seeing you Monday!
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