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Friday, May 4, 2018
|Gov. Mary Fallin Appoints Texas County Farm Bureau Member Joe Mayer to State Board of Agriculture
Texas County Farm Bureau member Joe Mayer of Guymon, Oklahoma, has been appointed by Gov. Mary Fallin and confirmed by the Oklahoma Senate to serve a four-year term as a member of the State Board of Agriculture.
"Joe Mayer brings a great knowledge of the grain and cattle business to the State Board of Agriculture," Fallin said. "He is at the forefront in the beef industry, and he will use what he has learned from using and adapting the latest technologies to improve ranchers and farmers across our state."
A second-generation Farm Bureau member, Mayer has been actively involved in the farm organization for more than four decades. He represented District One on the OKFB board of directors from 1993 until 2002, and has served on the Texas County Farm Bureau board of directors.
Mayer was honored with the Governor's Outstanding Achievement in Agriculture award and inducted into the Oklahoma Agriculture Hall of Fame in 2007.
Click here to read more about Mayer and his experience in agriculture.
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|DC Insider Steve Kopperud Harbors Mixed Emotions on the Political Agendas of Washington Leaders
We had the chance to speak with Steve Kopperud, a political consultant in Washington, DC that caters to various ag industry groups, during the Oklahoma Grain & Feed Association's recent meeting. Kopperud remarked on several hot-button political issues related to agriculture that have been unfolding in recent weeks.
Regarding the next Farm Bill, Kopperud has taken a somewhat pessimistic stance on whether or not the legislation will be ratified before the 2014 version of the bill expires, saying that House Ag Chair Mike Conaway's early to mid-May deadline seems unlikely with the level political polarization that has already enveloped the legislation. He stated that House Republicans have many mountains to climb before significant movement is made on this legislation.
While his view on the Farm Bill's timeline may be pessimistic, his thoughts on a trade war with China aren't.
"No, I don't think there will be a trade war. That's like both the US and China putting a gun to their head and pulling the trigger. I think it's a lot of bluster," he said adding that China could not afford to cut off soybeans or sorghum and that the US could not afford to lose their business in those areas.
Kopperud also touched on some of the political machinations going on in DC such as Democrats' push to oust key Trump cabinet player, Scott Pruitt of the EPA and the media's misleading bias suggesting a wave of leftists will flood into Congress come midterms. Rather, Kopperud believes with a few more legislative wins, the GOP could probably maintain control of both Congressional bodies - and perhaps even strengthen its hold.
Click here to read more or listen to our complete conversation as Kopperud fills us in on the current political climate in Washington.
|Industry Stakeholders Gather in OKC for 4th US Roundtable for Sustainable Beef General Assembly
The U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef Thursday opened a 60-day public comment period on the group's Sustainability Framework.
The Sustainability Framework is a set of resources developed to assist ranchers, cattle auction markets, feedyards, packers, processors, and retail and food service organizations in their efforts to continuously improve the sustainability of U.S. beef.
Roundtable chair, Kim Stackhouse-Lawson, says the framework should "serve as an invaluable tool in enhancing U.S. beef sustainability."
The key areas identified by the group as being important to the sustainability of beef are referred to as High-Priority Indicators.
These include: animal health and well-being, efficiency and yield, employee safety and well-being, land resources, water resources, and air and greenhouse gas emissions.
We spoke with the Roundtable's outgoing chairwoman, Rickette Collins during the event, who says, "From supporting pilots and projects to developing a complete Framework to assess sustainability, the USRSB has achieved so much in just short three years. We hope to build on this momentum as we begin collecting feedback from the public."
The Public Comment Period will end July first. To learn more about the framework, submit your own comments or to listen to our complete conversation with Collins - click here.
|NCBA's Jennifer Houston Says USRSB Consumer Insights Pinpoint Key Issues Industry Must Address
The US Roundtable for Sustainable Beef met in Oklahoma City this week to continue its work on advancing and improving the level of sustainability within the US beef industry. Part of this week's program included a consumer panel, during which participants opened up about their purchasing habits, preferences, attitudes and concerns related to beef. President-elect of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association Jennifer Houston was there and shared with us her reaction to the panel's discussion.
"I think the biggest thing that jumped out at me is just the disconnect between terms we use and what the consumers' version of that term is," she said. "We've got to continue working on our side to talk in terms that they can understand and that they're familiar with."
Discussion during this panel hit a high-note when one question from the audience sparked some vigorous debate about the use of growth hormones in beef production. It became clear that most panelists were either outwardly hostile or at least suspicious of hormone use in cattle. Houston says that backs up what the industry already knows. She says that reinforces the need for the industry to collectively reach out to that segment of concerned consumers and educate them on why producers use the methods they do. Most importantly, Houston explains that those involved in the industry from producer to packer need to do a better job at simply telling their story. Boiling her strategy down, she says we must find new ways to reach consumers, use those channels to share the industry's story and speak to consumers in terms they understand.
"Market research is absolutely key, because no matter what we think as farmers and ranchers, if it doesn't resonate with consumers then we don't need to be doing it. We need to reassure them that they can buy (beef) and feel good about it," Houston explained. "I think they all said - 'If you as farmers and ranchers would buy it, eat it and feed it to your children, then we feel ok doing that.' I thought that was a really telling message to the credibility of farmers and ranchers."
Listen to Houston and I discuss her reaction to the debate that took place during the USRSB consumer panel focus group, on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here.
|Oklahoma FFA Members Donate Animals to Feed Hungry Children, Part of the FFA Hunger Challenge
Over the past year, Oklahoma FFA members from more than 230 chapters donated 388 animals and $5,337 in cash to benefit the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma as part of the FFA Hunger Challenge presented by the state FFA officer team. The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma was able to make 1,055,437 protein sticks from the animals donated - impacting 34,000 chronically hungry elementary school children in the state.
"The results on the April 1, 2018, deadline were a huge success by any measure. Oklahoma FFA chapters provided more than enough pork and beef protein sticks to supply every hungry child's backpack for well over a year," said Jack Staats, state FFA advisor and state agricultural education program administrator at the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education.
Hollis FFA chapter in southwest Oklahoma donated 34 animals, the most from any chapter. Merritt chapter donated 19, Yukon, 18, Altus, Porter and Thomas-Fay-Custer donated 11 each, and the Elk City chapter donated 10 animals.
Learn more about the success of this year's FFA Hunger Challenge, here.
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They would like to thank all of you who participated in their 2018 Oklahoma City Farm Show.
Up next will be the Tulsa Farm Show in December 2018- the dates are December 6th, 7th and 8th. Now is the ideal time to contact Ron Bormaster at 507-437-7969 and book space at the 2018 Tulsa Farm Show. To learn more about the Tulsa Farm Show, click here.
|Kim Anderson Says Farmers May See the Price of Wheat Climb 50 Cents, But at the Cost of Quality
This week on SUNUP - Extension Grain Market Specialist Dr. Kim Anderson joins host Lyndall Stout again to share two big stories from the wheat industry. He begins with the disappointing estimates of this week's crop tours which have pegged Oklahoma's crop this year at an estimated 2.5 million acres harvested and producing between 58 to 63 million bushels.
Although yields may be lower than normal this year, Anderson says that might be a blessing. Very little supplemental nitrogen was put down this year, according to elevator operators across the state. A lower yielding crop, though, means there will be more residual nitrogen in the ground for kernels to utilize. Anderson is optimistic this will increase the quality of the grain harvested. With that in mind, Anderson says the last wildcard is whether or not a good test weight is produced.
Right now, prices are up about 50 cents from last week settling between $5.00 and $5.20 for forward contract. Anderson
advises producers to take advantage of these prices while they can, recommending they sell around 20 percent of their crop, holding on to the rest in case prices rise even higher.
You can watch their visit tomorrow or Sunday on SUNUP- or listen to Kim's comments right now and see what else is on the lineup for this week's show, by clicking here.
|Animal Ag Alliance Shares Speaker Lineup for 2018 Summit, Geared Toward Protecting Your Roots
The future of food, consumer choice, sustainability and the connection farmers and ranchers have with consumers were all topics of discussion on the first day of the Animal Agriculture Alliance's 2018 Stakeholders Summit, themed "Protect Your Roots," at the Renaissance Capital View Hotel in Arlington, Va.
"The conversations are changing about food to include agriculture and the message of farmers," said Tyne Morgan, host of U.S. Farm Report and Summit moderator. "There are a lot of companies taking notice of the positive side of agriculture and they are starting to tell that story too."
Several featured speakers talked about the various issues cropping up in consumer dialogue and addressed these matter. Those that presented included Mark Gale, president and partner with Charleston | Orwig who kicked off the event with new research about food labels and nutrition information.
Following Gale were speakers from Food Tank, North American Meat Institute and National Pork Producers Council who talked about trends in the food industry and what they predict animal agriculture will look like oi the future.
Alison Van Eenennaam, PhD, of University of California, Davis, shared how the dairy, beef, pork and chicken industries have decreased their environmental impact over the years. And, former OSU faculty member, Jayson Lusk, PhD, of Purdue University continued the conversation on poultry presenting recent research findings about consumer beliefs, knowledge and willingness-to-pay for specific attributes, such as cage-free eggs and "slow-growth" broilers.
Lastly, Ted McKinney, Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs at USDA, took the stage to talk about agriculture's roots in Washington.
Click here for more information and insights provided by these speakers during AAA's Summit meeting.
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|Congratulations! to Cole Eschete of Bokchito - Oklahoma's New State FFA President
Cole Eschete of Bokchito, Okla. was the lucky individual that heard his name called Wednesday night at the Oklahoma FFA State Convention, marking him as the 2018-19 State FFA President. Our own Carson Horn spoke briefly with Eschete on the sidelines after the new slate of officers were installed.
"It feels amazing - I'm just a small-town kid and this is just the best experience I could have ever imagined," he exclaimed. "It's been a dream for a long time and it's going to be a great year."
Eschete remarked on how much he has enjoyed his time serving as a state officer over the past year working alongside members and ag teachers across the state. He enjoyed it so much, in fact, he says he was simply not ready to give it up - believing he still had a lot more to give back to the association.
In becoming State President this year, Eschete will have the unique and rare experience to have served under the direction and guidance of two State Executive FFA Secretaries, both Kent Boggs who is soon to retire from the position he has held for over three decades and this year under Trevor Lucas, an Edmond FFA ag teacher and former state officer himself.
Eschete is the son of Clay and Annie Eschete who raised him on the family's cattle operation, Lost Cajun Ranch, where his love for agriculture began. Eschete attended Rock Creek High School throughout his early FFA career during which he showed hogs and participated in various leadership development activities.
Listen to Carson's complete interview with Eschete, by clicking over to the Blue-Green Gazette on our website.
|Hall Coyote Hills Production Sale Set for Tomorrow
The Hall-Coyote Hills Ranch Annual LIM-FLEX & LIMOUSIN
Production Sale is set for tommorow- Saturday, MAY 5, 2018 at 1 p.m. at the Ranch - Chattanooga, OK
The Ranch is located 1 mile west, 2 miles south and 1 mile west of Chattanooga, OK on Hwy 5
The sale will feature 130 head as 75 lots:
- 30 Fall-Calving Cow/Calf Pairs, many with show heifer prospects at side. All are eligibile for 2019 Texas Limousin Shoot-Out
- 25 Spring-Calving Cow/Calf Pairs
- 10 Fall-Bred Lim-Flex Heifers
- 10 Breeding-Age Lim-Flex Bulls
- Embryos from LH Belle 015B x Air Force One
Call 580-597-3006 for last minute sale information or visit their website by clicking here to view the catalog with complete performance, pedigrees, EPDs, photos & videos.
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