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Thursday, January 24, 2019
Congressman Frank Lucas Steps Away from House Ag Committee - Promises to Return
Longtime member and former chairman of the House Ag Committee, Congressman Frank Lucas, was left unseated from the committee after House GOP leaders reshuffled their rosters in the process of transitioning from majority to minority status.
Commenting on this development, Lucas said that for the next few years he is obliged to help his party in this way to facilitate certain accommodations for his colleagues. However, Lucas assured the constituents of the 3rd District that his focus on their interests has not been lost, but will continue as he steps into his new position as Ranking Member on the Science, Space & Technology Committee - promising to serve agriculture in other capacities under the scope of this new assignment's oversight.
Lucas will retain his seniority during his departure from the House Ag Committee, which will be reinstated once the opportunity to return presents itself. In the meantime, this leaves the Ag Committee without a representative from Oklahoma for the first time in recent memory.
We talked with Congressman Lucas on Wednesday afternoon- Listen to what he had to say about his new committee assignments, by clicking here.
Midwest Farm Shows is proud to produce the two best Farm Shows in the State of Oklahoma annually- the Tulsa Farm Show each December and the Oklahoma City Farm Show each April.
They would like to thank all of you who participated in their 2018 Tulsa City Farm Show.
Up next will be the Oklahoma City's premier spring agricultural and ranching event with returns to the State Fair Park April 4-5-6, 2019.
Now is the ideal time to contact the Midwest Farm Show Office at 507-437-7969 and book space at the 2019 Oklahoma City Farm Show. To learn more about the Oklahoma City Farm Show, click here.
Blayne Arthur, now serving as the Commissioner of Agriculture for the State of Oklahoma, as well as the President of the State Board of Agriculture, addressed the Winter Policy Conference of the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association in Midwest City on Wednesday- and after her comments and some Q&A with cattle producers, we had the chance to talk with her about her arrival at the department earlier in January. She says that it has been busy- but even in just a week and a couple of days there at the agency- she says the staff has been tasked with facilitating greater accountability and greater transparency of the work that is being done at the department.
She believes that ODAFF is ready to tackle their part of the "Oklahoma Turnaround" which was the slogan used often by Governor Stitt as he ran for that office in 2018- Arthur saying she and those she is working with are excited about being able to dialogue with citizens of the state- letting them know about the work going on at the Department and how the services being done by the Agency can be improved to the benefit of stakeholders.
You can hear Arthur talk more about all that's been happening at ODAFF the last few weeks and what she hopes to accomplish in the near future as Oklahoma's Secretary of Agriculture, by clicking here.
Dr. Brett Carver Says Wheat Improvement Program Stronger Than Ever with Robust Variety Portfolio
Prior to its January Board Meeting, the Oklahoma Wheat Commission toured yesterday, the facilities at OSU utilized by the Oklahoma Wheat Improvement Team to learn more about the work being done there on behalf of wheat farmers. Guiding the tour was team Chairman and State Wheat Breeder Dr. Brett Carver. He spoke with our own Carson Horn about the research he has overseen as chairman, the results it has yielded and what his expectations are for the future of the work being conducted.
In summary, Carver says the program is very healthy and vigorous with a lot of things to look forward to as it continues its mission to create high-quality, high-yielding wheat varieties. With four new varieties released just this past year, the portfolio of OSU Wheat Varieties continues to grow and Carver says now more than ever, producers have the best opportunity to find a variety that will help them achieve the best possible success with the smallest amount of risk.
Listen to Carver and Carson talk about the work that's been done by the Oklahoma Wheat Improvement Team and the research that continues to strengthen that foundation of work, by clicking here.
Greenhouse Gas Guru Frank Mitloehner Debunks Myths of US Animal Agriculture's Environmental Impact
Dr. Frank Mitloehner is one of the top experts in the world when it comes to greenhouse gas emissions and animal agriculture. He's a professor at the University of California Davis. Fellow farm broadcaster, Ken Root, originally from Oklahoma and now broadcasting out of Iowa, talked to Mitloehner recently and he says it is important to understand that here in the United States, we don't have a greenhouse gas emission problem with our animal agriculture. He clarifies that when people start talking about it - they are really talking about the global numbers.
"You have to separate global from national. Globally, livestock contributes about 14.5 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions - such as CO2, methane and nitrous oxide," Mitloehner said. "In the United States, all of livestock contributes about 3.9 percent. The vast majority of greenhouse gases in the country comes from the use of fossil fuels."
Essentially, Mitloehner says this misconception suggests that livestock are largely responsible for atmospheric pollution here in the US. But in fact, the opposite is true. He contends that US producers have actually done an astounding job at reversing the ag industry's carbon footprint on the environment - producing more with less and at the same time limiting its overall environmental impact.
"I think we have done an unbelievable job in maintaining or even improving the performance of our animals while at the same time, shrinking herds," he explained. "We have never had fewer livestock than we have today. We have unprecedented improvement in efficiencies that directly correlate with environmental impact."
Listen to Mitloehner as he debunks the myth that the US ag industry has a greenhouse gas emission problem, on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here.
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CoBank Releases 2019 Year Ahead Report Forces That Will Shape the U.S. Rural Economy
The U.S. economy is still performing well by most key measures. However, consumers, investors, companies and other market participants have become more wary about the near-term future with seemingly good reason. Global and U.S. economic prospects are weakening and the agricultural economy shows few signs of an imminent comeback, according to a comprehensive 2019 outlook report from CoBank's Knowledge Exchange Division.
"Trade uncertainty, rising debt levels and market volatility are threatening to derail the global economy and creating difficult operating environments for U.S. agriculture," said Dan Kowalski, vice president of CoBank's Knowledge Exchange Division. "Trade is the outsized risk. Unresolved disputes with Mexico, Canada, Europe and China are the greatest collective threat to the U.S. economy in 2019."
The CoBank outlook report examines 10 key factors that will shape agriculture and markets sectors that serve rural communities throughout the U.S. Click here to continue reading about this report and the highlights of its findings.
American Football Fans will Eat More than 1.3 Billion Chicken Wings During the Super Bowl This Year
The National Chicken Council Wednesday released its annual Chicken Wing Report estimating Americans will eat an all-time high of 1.38 billion wings during the Super Bowl weekend, featuring the Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots. The figure is up two percent, or about 27 million wings, from 2018.
The report points out that the record number of wings is enough to circle the Earth three times, and is four wings for every man, woman and child in the United States. Also, the Council announced it is petitioning President Trump and Congress to declare the Monday after the Super Bowl a federal holiday.
The petition is available on Change.org. National Chicken Council spokesperson Tom Super concluded, "Whether you're a fan of the left wing or the right wing, there's no debate - or controversial missed calls - about America's favorite Super Bowl food."
Click here to read the full story.
We mentioned a few of the Champions that came out of Oklahoma at the 2019 National Western in Denver- and we have several more to spotlight this morning-
At the 2019 Shorthorn Show- a big win for Crow Creek Farms of Cache- they had the Grand Champion Shorthorn Bull- bred by Tom and Sharon Herje of Blanchard- Lots of happy smiles here:
Matt Scasta of Madill was honored as the 2019 Hereford Herdsman of the Year at the National Hereford Show during the National Western Stock Show. After votes were cast by fellow Hereford herdsmen and breeders, the award was announced prior to the selection of the grand champion polled Hereford female.
In the Hereford breed shows- the Grand Champion Female in the Horned Division was shown by Moore Cattle Company of Madill while the Reserve Grand Champion Bull in the Horned Division was shown by Express Ranches of Yukon.
In the Maine Anjou Breed- The Grand Champion Bull was shown by Buck Cattle Company of Madill.
At the National Medal of Excellence Limousin Show, the Grand champion female was JCL Cruel Girl 725E, 12/18/2017, 75% Lim-Flex, sired by TASF Crown Royal 960C ET, exhibited by McKinlee Palmatary of Durant.
In the Red Angus shows- Morley Griffith of Dale FFA took home Grand Champion Female honors in both the Open and Junior Show- the heifer, DAMAR BARCELONA E067 also was a Champion last November at the American Royal in Kansas City.
In the Chianina Division- the Grand Champion Female was shown by Ty Goss of Leedey.
To review all of the breeding show cattle results at the National Western- click or tap here.
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