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Monday, May 14, 2018
|Kim Anderson Sets the Tone for Lahoma Field Day, Encourages Farmers to Research Every Decision
OSU's Kim Anderson spoke with farmers during the Lahoma Field Day last week about how research can help farmers thrive when times are good but also survive the tougher times too.
Anderson says that when it comes to farming or just about any business, there is never one solution that will fix every problem or achieve every goal. However, with adequate research, he says a farmer can make well-informed decisions to get the best outcome in a situation fraught with uncertainty.
"Everything we do, we've got to research it," he emphasized. "We have to obtain knowledge so that we have the best knowledge available when we make our decision."
While this may seem like a time-consuming task, Anderson says it doesn't necessarily have to be. He suggested that OSU and the extension team are always there to help answer questions and guide in decision making using expert research conducted by university faculty.
"I tell my students, I want to be exploited. In other words, a farmer doesn't need to go out and do all these variety trials and stuff. OSU will do it," he said. "They just need to come to the field day to see which varieties performed better, or come talk about soil fertility or weed control. That's what they're going to learn at the field day. We're doing the research for them."
Anderson's talk set the tone for the field day, preparing everyone in attendance to open their minds to learning as much as they could. Each segment had something different to offer producers which they could take back and incorporate into their own operations. Over the next few days, we'll bring you more discussions with extension experts from the Lahoma Field Day, offering more great advice and updated information that will expand your knowledge and help you to make better-informed decisions. Click here to read more or to listen to Anderson's complete conversation with our own Carson Horn.
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|Tecumseh's Randy Gilbert Honored with Governor's Excellence in Agriculture Award for Public Service
Last week, Randy Gilbert of Tecumseh, Okla. was honored by Mary Fallin with the Governor's Excellence in Agriculture Award for Public Service.
This award presented to Gilbert honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions of public service to Oklahoma agriculture. This award is given to those who work diligently to improve public perception of agriculture in Oklahoma and have given unselfishly of his/her time and talents to the advancement and betterment of the Oklahoma agricultural industry.
"It's just a wonderful honor to be recognized by your peers, the Department of Agriculture and certainly the Governor of Oklahoma," he said in an interview with our Associate Farm Director Carson Horn. "But, this is not an award for me - it's an award for my family and for all the mentors I've had and all the people that have helped me along the way."
Gilbert's life motto, not surprisingly, is lead by example. Through his business and time, he continuously gives back to his community and state, with agriculture being one of his top priorities.
He grew up heavily involved in FFA and later became an ag-ed teacher in Lawton before returning home to his family's business, Gilbert and Sons Trucking. However, his devotion to youth and agriculture never faded. He began his dream of ranching with the purchase of 20 cows in 1989, and the next year he was able to purchase 120 acres of land. He immediately began serving his community, volunteering at the Pottawatomie County Junior Livestock Show and County Free Fair. Thirty years later, he's still on the board of directors for both shows. In addition, he now also serves on the Soil Conservation Board, Oklahoma Youth Expo board of directors, the American Farmers and Ranchers State board of directors, and as chairman of the Oklahoma FFA Foundation board of directors. He has also served on the State Board of Career and Technology Education for 16 years, a position appointed by the governor.
Learn more about Gilbert's service to Oklahoma's ag industry and its youth, by clicking here to read more or to listen to his full interview with Carson recorded after accepting his award.
|Rapid Growth of Blockchain Technology Use Brings Promising Opportunity and Change to Agriculture
A new report from CoBank suggests that the ag industry stands to benefit from blockchain technology, an information storage system that allows people to record transactions in a digitized, decentralized data log maintained on a network of computers. In fact, this technology is already being put to use by many major companies.
The efficiency of Blockchain helps lower companies' transaction costs, optimizes logistics, increases traceability, enhances food and safety protocols, and can potentially add greater value creation across the supply chain.
Tanner Ehmke, manager of CoBank's Knowledge Exchange Division says Blockchain offers an opportunity for revolutionary change in food traceability, tracking of commodities and grain trading.
While there may be some initial resistance in the industry, Ehmke says early adopters of the technology will stand to benefit the most as interest grows in direct-to-farmer marketing channels.
For a brief video synopsis or a look at this complete report, click here.
New Zoetis Implant, Synovex Grass 1, Puts More Weight on Your Cattle and Less on Your Shoulders
I was joined by Dr. Doug Hilbig, beef technical service veterinarian with Zoetis, on our Beef Buzz segment this past Friday, to discuss the animal health company's next generation implant, Synovex 1 Grass. Like most conventional implants, this new technology works great in feedlots and in stocker cattle. What sets it apart though is its true long-lasting effects.
"These implants as opposed to a conventional implant, they're designed to pay out for a true 200 days, where conventional implants are typically just a 100-day implant," Hilbig said. "Some other longer acting implants don't pay out quite as evenly where as this one is probably the most even payout there is."
The great thing about this product, says Hilbig, is that every producer manages their operation differently according to whatever environmental situation they are in. Some years, a producer may be turning cattle out for what they think will only be 150 days. Sometimes, it ends up being longer than what a producer might have expected due to some unforeseen circumstances. With Synovex, you can check off one more thing from your list of things not to worry about, because if you keep your cattle in the pasture longer than anticipated, you are still working within that 200-day framework. Tested side-by-side with other conventional implants - even the so-called long-lasting varieties - Synovex was shown to outlast the competition by nearly double the amount of time in the field, and performed twice as well.
"If you look at it, it was like having two of the conventional implants put in 100 days apart," he said. "What it showed us is, it doesn't do any different than any other implant - except it last 100 days longer."
For more information about Synovex to see if it is the right option for your operation, Hilbig recommends speaking with your veterinarian or animal health distributor. Also, check out the Zoetis website or talk to your local Zoetis representative.
Listen to Hilbig and I speak about Synovex and how it can help improve the efficiency of your cattle and add to your bottom line, on Firday's Beef Buzz - click here.
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|American Pecan Council Names Alexander J. Ott as Organization's Inaugural Executive Director
Alexander J. Ott, an agriculture industry leader with more than a decade of experience leading category organizations, will join the American Pecan Counci as its new Executive Director beginning July 1, 2018. Ott currently serves as Executive Director of the California Apple Commission, the California Olive Committee and the California Blueberry Commission, and will relocate from California to Texas to lead the APC.
"I'm excited to join an organization that has built such strong momentum in such a short time, thanks to the dedication and passion of the people behind it," said Ott. "I'm humbled to be able to work on behalf of the thousands of American pecan growers, shellers and handlers across the entire pecan belt to help drive production, support research, educate trade and ultimately grow consumer demand for the American Pecan."
Ott brings 14 years of experience working with federal and state marketing orders and various export programs to support California's apple, olive, kiwifruit and blueberry industries. Prior to his work with commissions, Ott served on the staffs of California state assemblymen and United States Congressman John T. Doolittle, focusing on agriculture and natural resource issues. Ott earned a Bachelor of Arts in Government from California State University, Sacramento and his Master of Arts in International Relations and Political Science from California State University, Fresno. Ott also graduated from the California Agricultural Leadership Foundation.
Click here to continue reading the complete announcement from the APC, on our website.
|Doris Armbruster of Burlington Recognized as a Significant Woman in Agriculture by OK Dept. of Ag
This past week, 92-year-old Doris Armbruster of Burlington, Okla. was named by the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture as a Significant Woman in Agriculture.
Armbruster was born in the summer of 1925 on the farm homesteaded by her father in Alfalfa County near Burlington in northern Oklahoma which is still farmed by members of her family. Growing up, Armbruster's family raised wheat as well as Shorthorn and Hereford commercial cow herds and they had stocker calves. As a young girl, she was very involved in tending to the livestock which she says engrained in her the value of hard work and an appreciation of living in a rural community.
Armbruster made it her mission to raise her children the same way, and teach them the rewards of simple country life. She did just that, later in life after meeting her husband, Robert, at a county speech contest whom she married on Christmas Eve 1943. Together, the Armbrusters farmed wheat, cattle and alfalfa. Over time on the farm, Doris helped make management decisions about farming and livestock operations. She also introduced new ideas to complement traditional practices.
In the mid-1970s, Armbruster became a member of the Cowbells, now known as the Oklahoma CattleWomen. During her time as a member, Armbruster eventually took responsibility for leading and supporting an event hosted each year by the organization called the Oklahoma Beef Cook-Off which featured tasty recipes that promoted beef within the state and its local communities. Armbruster became Chairwoman of the Beef Cook-Off in 1993 and served in that role for about 15 years.
Having spent her whole life in the country, Armbruster was truly a Significant Woman in Agriculture for understanding the importance of stepping off the farm occasionally to reach out those in town and to spread the good word about agriculture.
to read more about Armbruster's life and what makes her a Significant Woman in Agriculture.
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MAYBE- the Farm Bill Will Be Debated on the House Floor This Week
While ready to move on the farm bill, House Republican leaders are giving Agriculture Committee chairman Mike Conaway time to persuade "a lot of undecideds" to vote for tougher work requirements for SNAP recipients and looser subsidy rules for farmers. A sizable number of Republican lawmakers say Conaway wasn't tough enough on either group and want to tighten the access to federal support.
Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy listed the farm bill for consideration this week but placed it last of three bills for debate. The House Rules Committee, the gatekeeper for floor action, says it will spend two days - Tuesday and Wednesday - deciding terms of debate for the bill, which could mean no discussion on the floor before Thursday.
"We've got a lot of undecideds," said Conaway at the end of last week, acknowledging he lacked a majority for the bill after a head count by the leadership. "We believe we'll get there- I believe we'll be there next week and we'll have it on the floor."
With NO Democrats planning on voting for the bill- the margin of error for the Chairman is slim- and even if this measure is able to pass- it faces major overhaul if and when we see a Conference between the Senate and the House. Senator Pat Roberts has said more than once he has no desire to tackle the SNAP reforms that Chairman Conaway is championing.
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