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Friday, March 1, 2019
It's been quite a year for the wheat farmer from Sentinel, Oklahoma that has been serving as the President of the National Association of Wheat Growers.
Jimmie Musick is part of a five-generation family farm in Washita County.
For the past three years, Musick has been working his way through the officer chairs for the National Association of Wheat Growers- serving over the last twelve months as the President of the group. He will hand over the reins of NAWG at the end of Commodity
Classic now underway in Orlando, Florida. Before he steps down- he will be on stage at this morning's General Session of the annual gathering of farmers from across America- as he discusses the status of US Agriculture with other commodity organization Presidents-
and then with US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, who will be speaking to the Classic audience at that same General Session.
We caught up with Jimmie as he stepped out of one of the NAWG Committee meetings in Orlando earlier this week- and we talked about a variety of issues that wheat farmers are grappling with- implementation of the Farm Bill, protecting funding for farm programs-
including Crop Insurance and the future of wheat production in this country given the gradual decline in recent years of wheat acres in the US.
You can read more and listen to our conversation with Musick by
clicking or tapping here.
Jimmie Musick is one of the good ones when it comes to those that step up and serve- and he has made a lot of folks across Oklahoma very proud as he has stood strong for wheat farmers across the United States this past year.
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WTO Dispute Panel Confirms China's Domestic Agricultural Support Exceeds Limits, Distorts Trade
U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) welcomed the ruling Thursday by a World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute panel that Chinese government payments to farmers for wheat exceed China's aggregate measure of support (AMS) commitments and significantly distort
global wheat trade.
"The past two decades have been a lost opportunity for the WTO negotiating function as major countries like China have refused to take on new responsibilities,"
USW President Vince Peterson said. "Perhaps this unfortunate situation will be the wake-up call countries need to realize that restricting trade and unfairly advantaging domestic industries in global markets winds up hurting everyone."
USDA now estimates that by June 2019, China will hold 140 million metric tons of wheat, accounting for 52 percent of global ending stocks. China's disproportionate stock has hurt U.S. farmers and their own flour
Wheat Industry Celebrates WTO Win Against China
In December 2016, USTR requested that the World Trade Organization establish a dispute settlement panel to consider whether China provides "market price support" for Indica (long-grain) rice, Japonica (short- and medium-grain) rice, wheat, and corn in
excess of China's domestic support commitments.
"The United States proved that China provided government support for its grain producers far in excess of the levels China agreed to when it joined the WTO, " announced U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer yesterday. China's
excessive support puts limits on opportunities for U.S. farmers to export their world-class products to China.
China's market price support policy artificially raises Chinese prices for grains above market levels, creating incentives for increased Chinese production of agricultural products and reduced imports. NAWG
estimated that the Chinese internal subsidy programs have cost the average U.S. Wheat farmer about $640M per year, billions of dollars at this point, not to mention the negative impacts to their own flour millers.
"We've sold no wheat to China last year. We haven't sold any this year. We continue to lose market share in Japan. I don't know if it will definitely cause a permanent change in the way the Chinese government continues to work with their commodities
but this is at least a step in the direction of showing them if they're going to be a member of the WTO, they're going to have to abide by their rules," said
NAWG CEO Chandler Goule.
Chandler talked about the WTO Ruling as well as several other wheat industry issues with Carson in Orlando-
click or tap here to jump over to our webstory to take a listen.
Markets Taken by Surprise as Wheat Prices Unexpectedly Fall 70 Cents- Kim Anderson Explains
Once again this week, wheat prices fell another unexpected 70 cents - leaving speculators wondering what happened and why this was not foreseen. SUNUP Host Lyndall Stout is joined this weekend by Oklahoma State University
Extension Grain Economist Dr. Kim Anderson, who will try to explain the causes behind this surprising turn of events in the markets.
In a preview of this week's interview, Anderson remarked that the sudden drop in price was probably in reaction to new information that has finally started to trickle in since being delayed by the government shutdown.
Anderson says a combination of things including a favorable crop conditions report, the expectation of favorable weather conditions and the anticipation of lower export demand are all contributing factors to this sudden drop in price.
Luckily for Oklahoma producers, 90 percent of the wheat in state has already been sold.
You can watch their visit tomorrow or Sunday on SUNUP- but you can hear Kim's comments right now and see what else is on the lineup for this week's episode by
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NCBA's Kevin Kester Urges Producers to Take a Stand Against WOTUS, Submit Comments to EPA
We had the chance to catch up this week with fifth-generation California rancher and Immediate Past President of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association Kevin Kester who shared his thoughts on the new Waters of the US rule
proposed by the Trump Administration's Environmental Protection Agency, currently up for public comment. If approved, the proposed language would replace the existing rule created during the Obama Administration. Compared side-by-side, Kester says the differences
are dramatic and significantly better in the eyes of farmers and ranchers. For that reason, ag industry organizations, especially the NCBA and Farm Bureau, are urging stakeholders to add their two cents and submit their positive comments during this period
to advocate for its passage.
"Under the Obama rule, literally 100 percent of my ranch falls under the jurisdiction of the EPA," he said. "Under the new proposal, I will have zero acres under EPA jurisdiction."
According to Kester, the new proposed rule is good for farmers and ranchers because it was written by farmers and ranchers - at least in part. Kester says the EPA, since the Trump Administration transitioned to power, has been willing to work with the
industry. NCBA has cooperated and provided nomenclature and verbiage that has been included in the actual language of the proposed rule. With relief from this rule within grasp, Kester says it is imperative not to let activist groups snatch the opportunity
"If you believe all the propaganda, we're destroying the planet earth because of this regulation which is nothing farther from the truth," he said. "We're just applying common sense. Nothing more, nothing less."
Listen to Kester and I discuss the status of the process to replace the WOTUS rule, on yesterday's Beef Buzz -
BASF and Commodity Organizations Recognize Two Oklahoma Students As Future Agriculture Leaders
BASF, in partnership with the American Soybean Association (ASA), the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), the National Sorghum Foundation (NSF) and
the National Wheat Foundation (NWF), awarded $20,000 in academic scholarships to 11 agriculture leaders at the annual Commodity Classic trade show.
NCGA and BASF awarded the William C. Berg Excellence in Agriculture Scholarship to five aspiring agriculture students, including
Amber Oerly, a sophomore from Booneville, Missouri, studying agriculture business at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College.
The NWF Jerry Minore Memorial Scholarship was named after Jerry Minore, a deceased BASF Senior Marketing Manager, to honor his advocacy efforts for wheat growers. One of the four who stood out was Adrienne Blakey, a junior from Stillwater,
Oklahoma, dual majoring in plant and soil sciences and agricultural communications at Oklahoma State University.
Get more info on the scholarships available, plus the full list of scholarship recipients in the article by
clicking or tapping here.
This N That from Our Nation's Capitol- Cattle Inventory Out From USDA, Senate OKs Wheeler and Secretary Sonny Jawbones with
Sen. Stabenow Over SNAP
No big surprises from USDA on Thursday afternoon when it came to the one month late Cattle Inventory Report- we talked with
Dr. Derrell Peel of OSU about the report shortly after it was released- we will have a writeup on the report in our Monday email- but if you want to listen to Dr. Peel and yours truly now-
click or tap here and get read and listen to get the details about those cattle numbers.
The Senate has approved Andrew Wheeler as the Head of the Environmental Protection Agency. The former coal lobbyist was confirmed by a vote of 52 to 47. He replaces former Oklahoma Attorney General
Scott Pruitt who started the roll back of Obama era environmental regs but faced non stop attacks by Environmentalists and the National Media and resigned about a year ago.
At his confirmation hearing in January, Wheeler talked about the dozens of rules that the EPA has rolled back over the past few years. He also made it explicitly clear to lawmakers that he intends to continue the Trump Administration's reversal of environmental
regulations. "Through our deregulatory actions, the Trump Administration has proven that burdensome federal regulations are not necessary to drive environmental progress," Wheeler said at his confirmation hearing.
American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall praises the Senate vote- "Farm Bureau welcomes the Senate's confirmation of Andrew Wheeler as EPA administrator. This is a tribute to his deep experience and the expertise he brings to the office.
"Mr. Wheeler knows first-hand the impact EPA policies have on America's economy from his previous work in the private sector and as chief of staff of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. The U.S. government needs more people like him."
Questioned for the second day in a row on Capitol Hill, Agriculture Secretary
Sonny Perdue said he has the authority to tighten food stamp rules for able-bodied adults even if lawmakers don't like it.
The senior Democrat on the Senate Agriculture Committee, Debbie Stabenow, urged Perdue on Thursday to withdraw the SNAP proposal and warned him to expect fierce opposition if he does not.
Other Democratic Senators agreed with Stabenow- but Perdue signaled the law gives him discretion about whether or not to waive the usual 90-day limit on food stamps in a three-year period for able-bodied adults aged 18 to 49 without dependents unless
they work at least 20 hours a week or are enrolled in job training.
"We do not believe that in states where unemployment is 4 percent that able-bodied adults should be able to stay on assistance interminably."
A quick reminder on the Express Ranch Spring Bull Sale- it's happening today at 12 Noon at the ranch in Yukon- click or tap here to jump over to their website where you can find the Sale Book and Videos and more here on Sale Day.
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Saturday, March 2, 2019
12 Noon ...at the ranch near Seminole, Oklahoma 74868
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Davis Angus Bull & Female Sale
Saturday, March 2, 2019
(Snow date March 9th)
Clinton Livestock Auction
76 Registered Angus Bills
75-80 Open Registered & Commercial Heifers
Offering bulls that meet the $G and Marb EPD requirements of Targeting the Brand in our upcoming sale.
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