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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON
Monday, December 10, 2018
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On Tuesday morning, the Oklahoma Board of Agriculture will be considering adopting emergency rules to establish setbacks for new poultry house construction in northeastern Oklahoma. These emergency rules regarding setbacks for poultry feeding operations have been met with opposition by agricultural groups filing comments in advance of the meeting.
Two groups have provided us with their comments sent ahead of the Monday morning deadline for those comments, with several other groups indicating they have sent comments that oppose the emergency rulemaking.
General Farm Organization Oklahoma Farm Bureau writes in a letter penned by the Director of Regulatory Affairs Marla Peek to State Secretary of Ag Jim Reese "We respectfully oppose the adoption of these proposed rules or any amended version of these proposed rules. Emergency rules drafted without initial and considerable industry and stakeholder input are likely to have unintended consequences and be unsatisfactory to all parties.
Peek goes on to say ""We are concerned about including "expanding" poultry operations in the proposed rule. Neighbors could decline to sign a waiver and freeze the size of a producer's operation, limiting the producer's use of his property and future profit potential. We are concerned about the "100-year floodplain as designated by FEMA" language, which is an exclusion without a setback. We don't know how many existing, expanding or new operations would be affected by this language."
Also opposing the rules in a letter to Reese is the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association. The letter comes from their Executive Vice President Michael Kelsey and states "OCA respectfully yet strongly opposes the use of an Emergency Rule process for this issue. There has not been adequate time for industry and stockholder input and feedback on this issue in entirety. Prior to the December 10th deadline for these comments, ODAFF held only one industry conference call on December 3rd and did not share a copy of the draft proposed rules until ten minutes before the call. Less that one week is not adequate time to consider any rule, even a proposed Emergency Rule.
Kelsey details their concerns and concludes "OCA respectfully requests ODAFF to withdraw the proposed Emergency Rule and work with all interested parties during the upcoming Legislative Session."
You can read the letters from both groups that are a part of our webstory- click or tap here to jump over there to see more about the emergency rule and the response from these two ag groups.
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U.S. beef exports remained on a record-shattering value pace in October, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). October pork exports trended seasonally higher compared to recent months but were still below the results posted in October 2017.
October beef exports totaled 117,838 metric tons (mt), up 6 percent from a year ago, valued at $727.4 million - up 10 percent and the second-highest monthly total on record. For January through October, beef exports totaled 1.13 million mt, up 9 percent year-over-year, while value was up 17 percent to $6.92 billion. For beef muscle cuts only, exports increased 12 percent in volume (867,714 mt) and 19 percent in value ($6.19 billion).
Exports accounted for 13 percent of total beef production in October, which was steady with last year, and 11.6 percent for muscle cuts only (down slightly). For January through October, exports accounted for 13.5 percent of total production and 11.1 percent for muscle cuts - up from 12.8 percent and 10.2 percent, respectively, last year. Beef export value equated to $317.53 per head of fed slaughter in October, up 5 percent from a year ago. For January through October, the per-head average was up 15 percent to $320.50.
"Demand for U.S. beef continues to climb in nearly every region of the world, with annual records already falling in some markets," said Dan Halstrom, USMEF president and CEO. "Per-head export value will also easily set a new record in 2018, which illustrates the strong returns exports are delivering for cattle producers and for the entire supply chain."
October pork export volume was 207,725 mt, the largest since May but still 2 percent lower year-over-year, reflecting smaller variety meat exports. Export value ($536.5 million) was also the largest since May but still down 5 percent from a year ago.
To read more- and check out the details for both beef and pork exports- click or tap here.
Senate President Pro Tempore-designate Greg Treat has announced the full committee assignments of Senate Republicans for the 57th Legislature.
Treat also announced meeting times and locations of Senate committees for the 2019 session.
We have the complete list of the Committees and the Republican Senators who will serve on those Committees in the new year- click or tap here to view that full list.
For the Ag Committee- we reported to you earlier that Casey Murdock of Felt will be the Chairman- he will be joined on the Committee by these GOP colleagues:
* Senator Roland Pederson, Vice Chair
* Senator Dewayne Pemberton
* Senator Chris Kidd
* Senator Brent Howard
* Senator David Bullard
* Senator Chuck Hall
* Senator Mark Allen
* Senator Tom Dugger
* Senator James Leewright
Mark McCully, Vice President, Production for Certified Angus Beef, calls the Angus Cow the unsung hero for the Certified Angus Beef success story. McCully says her maternal ability is the key- "that Angus cow that was able to breed back and go bring in a heavy calf and mother that calf up and do a great job and still produce a calf that could go to the next level and grow fast and efficient in the feedyard and be able to then produce that high quality carcass in the end- that's been key. You gotta have all three- anyone of those pillars that don't work and we talk a lot about sustainability today- you have a chain that is not sustainable if any one of those things don't work."
McCully also points to the increasing number of pounds in high choice and prime that are being produced today is being absorbed by food service that is growing their sales of Certified Angus Beef. He believes that the genetics back on the ranch that are available to Angus breeders and their customers that buy bulls from them are allowing the CAB brand to grow. He points to the genetic tools developed by the Angus breed as being vital to the future growth of the Angus breed and the future growth that is being projected for Certified Angus Beef.
We talked with McCully at the recent American Angus convention- and you can hear his comments on the Angus cow and more by clicking here for our latest Beef Buzz- as heard on great radio stations across the region- and as digitally housed on our website under our Beef Buzz section,
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In 2017, on just his sixth day in office, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue made chocolate milk safe for schools again, along with white flour and salt, in the name of "regulatory flexibility" for school food programs. This past week, the USDA said it will make permanent the "flexibilities," which roll back healthy-food initiatives backed by Michelle Obama when she was First Lady and endorsed by Congress in 2010.
According to the USDA release on the final rule, to be published later this month in the Federal Register, it increases local flexibility in implementing school nutrition standards for milk, whole grains, and sodium. Secretary Perdue said the final rule will deliver on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) promise, made in a May 2017 proclamation (PDF, 123 KB), to develop forward-thinking strategies that ensure school nutrition standards are both healthful and practical.
To read more, click or tap here. USDA will officially publish the rule this Wednesday, December 12th.
In recent days, Oklahoma agriculture lost two cattle industry leaders, including 2004 Oklahoma Ag Hall of Fame Inductee Ralph Chain.
Chain is remembered on the ODAFF website's listing of Hall of Fame winners- "The Chain Ranch's beginnings date back to 1893 when Mr. Chain's grandfather bartered a shotgun and $50 for 160 acres of sandy Oklahoma land. Hard work, faith in God and a progressive spirit helped build the ranch into more than 60,000 acres of range and cropland by the time Ralph Chain earned this honor.
"Over the course of his stewardship, the ranch focused on practices environmentally sound and adopted farming methods conducive to producing all-natural beef. Mr. Chain discovered that these practices were not only cost-effective, but they also boosted the land's capacity to host wildlife to a level like never before. His stewardship had helped the Chain Ranch pioneer a new industry: Oklahoma agri-tourism.
"Sportsmen, naturalists, and others seeking the beauty of wildlife-rich western Oklahoma soon found about the wonderful treasures of the Chain Ranch. Both the ranch and countless enthusiasts soon became the beneficiaries as the Chain Ranch Sportsman's Club was created."
Also passing in recent days was lifetime cattle producer and leader Charles Buckminster.
Weston Givens, President of the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association offered these comments about both men- "Oklahoma lost two great men this past week in the passing of Charles Buckminster and Ralph Chain. Both men, OCA Lifetime Members, were leaders in the beef cattle industry, indeed in agriculture for their entire lives.
"Generations of Oklahoma beef cattle producers have and will benefit from the lives of Charles and Ralph. OCA extends are deepest sympathies to their families at this time."
|Oklahoma Breeders Share Ownership of Grand Champion Polled Bull at Western States National Hereford Show
Hereford exhibitors took a gamble to see if they could win the title of grand champion Nov. 29 - Dec. 1 in Reno, Nev. A total of 234 Herefords were exhibited throughout the two-day event.
Judge Brandon Callis, Minco, Okla. evaluated the open bull show on Nov. 30, and the open female show on Dec. 1.
Winning grand champion polled bull and yearling champion bull was Hoffman Herefords, Thedford, Neb., Express Ranches, Yukon, Okla., Williams Hilltop Farms, Rushford, Minn., and Ward Ranch, Edmond, Okla., with H Deberard 7454 ET. He is a March 14, 2017, son of UPS Sensation 2296 ET.
After having our reports on a different Oklahoma City station for the last few months- I am pleased to tell you that we have returned to KOKC AM and KOKC FM in Oklahoma City with three Ag Updates weekdays- starting today!
Those reports will be heard at 5:27 AM, 12:27 PM and 6:37 PM daily on 1520 AM and 95.3 FM. You can learn more about Talk Radio's New Generation, KOKC by clicking here for their website.
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