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Friday, May 3, 2019
Featured Story: OETA Debuts Special Documentary on Oklahoma Mesonet Celebrating System's 25th Anniversary
The Oklahoma Mesonet is celebrating 25 years of service this year as the nation's premier network of environmental monitoring stations designed to measure the environment at the size and duration of mesoscale weather events. The Mesonet is unique in the collaborative spirit of its cooperative relationship between both Oklahoma State University and the University of Oklahoma as well as private stakeholders. We caught up Mesonet Agriculture Coordinator Wes Lee at the Oklahoma FFA Convention Career Show to reflect on this milestone and the system's contributions to the state's ag industry and other stakeholders.
"From the beginning, agriculture was one of the bases for putting the Mesonet system together. The other side of the equation was public safety and that's branched out now more into the Oklahoma Fire Section," he said. "But agriculture is still one of the key drivers behind the 25-year history of the Mesonet."
As part of the system's 25th anniversary, OETA will broadcast multiple airings of a special documentary debuting at 9:30 p.m. on Friday, May 3rd looking back at how the Mesonet has influenced weather forecasting and environmental-related decision-making in the state.
Learn more about the Oklahoma Mesonet and its 25-year history, by clicking over
to our website to continue reading or to listen to my full conversation with Lee.
The Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association is the trusted voice of the Oklahoma Cattle Industry. With headquarters in Oklahoma City, the OCA has a regular presence at the State Capitol to protect and defend the interests of cattlemen and cattlewomen.
Their Vision Statement explains the highest priority of the organization- "Leadership that serves, strengthens and advocates for the Oklahoma cattle industry."
To learn more about the OCA and how you can be a part of this forward-looking group of cattle producers, click here for their website
. For more information- call 405-235-4391.
Lobbyist Tyler Norvell Chalks Up 2019 Legislative Session a Success for Oklahoma's Poultry Industry
The 2019 Oklahoma Legislative Session is nearing its end as policymakers this week started to shift focus to the budget phase of the process. Tyler Norvell of the Poultry Federation of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Missouri, joined Associate Farm Director Carson Horn in studio this week to offer his review of this year's session from a poultry industry perspective as well as an outlook on what may come from the budget process now in its early stages.
According to Norvell, the poultry industry was met primarily with two issues that commanded most of his attention this session. The most prominent being the controversary that sparked in northeast Oklahoma around the start of the new year when residents cried foul in protest of the local poultry industry's rapid growth in the area.
In the end, Norvell says the outcome resulting from Ag Secretary Blayne Arthur and Governor Stitt's leadership placated the concerned citizens while at the same time protected the industry's path forward for continued growth. In addition, Norvell says he was pleased to see HB 2373 signed into law, which caps non-economic damages on ag nuisance suits.
As state leaders turn their attention to formulating a budget, though Norvell assures us that farmers' ag sales tax exemption remains safe and any tampering with ad valorem taxes or capital gains is considered strictly off the table as lawmakers mull the potential of another teacher pay raise.
Listen to Norvell's full conversation with Carson for more of his insights into how the 2019 Oklahoma Legislative Session has unfolded, by clicking or tapping here
The Wheat Quality Council 62nd Annual Hard Red Winter Wheat Tour has ended. The projections have been compiled for the year.
The Wheat Tour is conducted by industry professionals from across the United State and several countries. The professionals gather in Manhattan Kan., from there they travel throughout Kansas, Northern Oklahoma and Southern Nebraska scouting numerous fields per day. Each team of scouts measure potential yields on each stop and determine an average for each route.
The tour estimated a final average yield potential of 47.2 bushels per acre (bu/ac) or about 3.18 metric tons (MT) per hectare for the 2019/20 Kansas HRW crop", Claire Hutchins, US Wheat Associates Market Analyst. "This year, tour participants made 469 stops to scout fields. Combining seeded area with per-acre yield potential, the total production potential estimate for Kansas was 306.5 million bushels or about 8.36 million metric tons (MMT). Last year's total production estimate was 243 million bushels."
You can read more about the Wheat Tour and how it will impact the markets this year on our website by clicking or tapping here.
BQA Program Continues to Benefit, Improve US Beef Industry as More Producers Commit to Quality
Established nearly 30 years ago, the Beef Quality Assurance program, was the beef industry's answer in addressing quality concerns present at that time. Initially, the program was meant to educate producers on best practices relevant in cattle handling for the purpose of reducing the incidents of injection site lesions when administering vaccinations. Today, thanks to an undisputed record of measurable success, the program continues and has evolved with the industry over the years to address other areas within modern beef production where further improvements can be made, such as cattle health, biosecurity and transportation.
Chase DeCoite, director of the BQA program for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, sat down with us recently to talk about the BQA and its continued success as it has evolved into what he describes as a "total cattle management program."
"We've learned that from the way you handle your cattle to how you use those cattle health products and the records you keep, can improve meat quality," DeCoite said. "It's very impressive how the industry has really wrapped its arms around BQA and adopted those practices."
DeCoite says it is not just for producers either - consumers appreciate the program too because it instills in them confidence toward the US beef industry and products they purchase.
You can listen to our complete conversation over the success of the BQA program, on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here
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Anderson Says Prices May Have Bottomed Though Contract Wheat is a Buck Lower Than Projected
Earlier this year, the general expectation was that the price of forward contracted wheat would have climbed up to $5.00/bu. by now. You look at the market this week, however, and see prices have instead fallen under $4.00/bu. In his weekly visit with SUNUP host Dave Deken this weekend, Oklahoma State University Extension Grain Market Economist Dr. Kim Anderson attempts to account for the market's recent lethargy.
From what he can surmise about the situation, Anderson believes the market is harboring several reservations about this year's crop, with particular concerns regarding the crop's quality in terms of protein levels and the persistent lack of export demand.
Current industry projections have suggested that Oklahoma's crop will end up significantly higher than last year's and above its average crop size. Last year, Oklahoma produced a mere 70 million bushels. This year, it is speculated Oklahoma will raise production by 75 percent up to 120 million bushels, 23 million bushels above Oklahoma's average production. Nationally, the same is true with estimates pegging the US HRW wheat crop well above normal. The fact that there are strong, lingering concerns over protein levels, Anderson says, has certainly impacted prices.
You can watch their visit tomorrow or Sunday on SUNUP- but you can hear Kim's complete comments and see what else is on the lineup for this week's episode right now, by clicking or tapping here.
New National Poll By Morning Consult Shows Impacts of Rural Economy on Farmer Mental Health
A strong majority of farmers and farmworkers say financial issues, farm or business problems and fear of losing the farm impact farmers' mental health, according to a new national Morning Consult research poll. Sponsored by the American Farm Bureau Federation in recognition of May as Mental Health Month, the poll surveyed rural adults and farmers/farmworkers to better understand factors affecting the mental health of farmers, availability of resources, perceptions of stigma, personal experiences with mental health challenges and other relevant issues.
AFBF President Zippy Duvall stated in a release announcing the poll's findings that "Even as the rest of the economy has boomed, farmers and ranchers are in year six of a widespread commodity-price slump. We can and must do more to address farmer stress and mental health issues in rural America."
Large majorities of rural Americans polled agreed that cost, social stigma and embarrassment would make it harder for them to seek help or treatment for mental health conditions. Farm Bureau is advocating for programs that provide America's farmers and ranchers with critical support and mental health resources and is urging Congress to fund $10 million for the Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network, the level authorized in the 2018 farm bill.
Click here to jump to the full article and access a presentation with more detail on the Morning Consult poll results.
Vian and Oklahoma Union FFA Chapters Place High in National Land and Range Judging Contest Thursday
Nearly 700 4-H and FFA students and over 200 coaches from over 34 states competed in the 68th National Land and Range Judging Contest, May 2, 2019. After two days of practice at sites in the Oklahoma City area, the contest was held near El Reno, Oklahoma at the Cheyenne Arapaho Tribal Headquarters.
National championship trophies were awarded at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum to team and individual winners in each category of competition: land judging, range judging and homesite evaluation. Each category included FFA and 4-H awards.
In Oklahoma results, Vian, Oklahoma FFA claimed the Reserve Champion Trophy and Medals in FFA Team Land Judging. The team includes Tee Trotter, Ben Spyres, Cash Wright, Kacie Gibbins and Coach Trent Trotter. Cash Wright of Vian FFA was 10th in the FFA Individual Land Judging. Trent Trotter of Vian was the National Champion in the Adult Land Judging.
Oklahoma Union FFA claimed the fifth place trophy and medals in FFA Team Range Judging. The team includes Braden Weber, Olivia Barron, Maddy McKinney, Ashtyn Thomas and Coach Kevin Stacy. Maddie McKinney of Oklahoma Union FFA was fourth and Olivia Barron of Oklahoma Union was 10th in the FFA Individual Range Judging. Roland, Oklahoma FFA placed 8th in the team rankings, Fox, Oklahoma FFA placed 9th and Broken Arrow placed 11th in the team rankings.
During the contest- we had the chance to catch up with Trey Lam of the Oklahoma Conservation Commission- and we talked about the history of this event- and why it still is a big deal for Oklahoma to sponsor and host this contest annually- read more about the contest and listen to our visit with Trey by clicking or tapping here.
Four Oklahoma STEM educators have been selected to attend the The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture's On the Farm STEM event, hosted in two sessions located in Kansas City, Kansas (May 1-3) and Syracuse, New York (May 21-23). The event's training is designed to bring science to life for participants with the help of American beef cattle ranchers, researchers, nutritionists and veterinarians.
Of the 550 applications that were received, only 60 spots total were granted, four of which were awarded to Oklahoma's Kelleigh Dies of Piedmont Public Schools, Gayla Howell of Yukon Public Schools, Debra Deskin of Edmond Public Schools and Johnnie Keel of Norman Public Schools.
Dies and Howell were selected to attend the Kansas event alongside 23 other peers. Deskin and Keel will join 31 of their peers for the New York event.
Development of the On the Farm training and supporting resources was funded by the Beef Checkoff Program. Visit our website to read the full article for additional information on how this event builds awareness, understanding and a positive public perception of agriculture through education.
|Friday Bits- RIBEYE the Offficial Steak of Oklahoma, NRCS Chief in Okla- Listen to Him on KGGF AND Remember LeForce and Hall Coyote Hills Sales Saturday
Our friends at the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association are turning backflips this morning after word came that Governor Kevin Stitt had signed the bill into law that makes the Ribeye Steak the Official Steak of Oklahoma.
Michael Kelsey shot me a note last night with this brief statement "Declaring an official steak allows Oklahoma retail and food service establishments to promote their business by highlighting to consumers a great cut of beef. For example, a restaurant can provide a different ribeye feature every week during May, which is Beef Month in Oklahoma. A grocery store could feature a specific ribeye cut for grilling over the Memorial Day recess.
"Beef cattle farmers and ranchers represent the largest sector of Oklahoma agriculture. Highlighting the most popular steak, the ribeye steak, as the official steak of Oklahoma is a great opportunity to promote Oklahoma and our great beef industry."
You might consider going out and celebrating this weekend with- you guessed it- a nice juicy Ribeye- By the way- Senate Ag Committee Chair Casey Murdock from Felt was the key ramrod of this bill.
I was really excited to get to spend a few minutes yesterday with the new Chief of the Natural Resources and Conservation Services- Matt Lohr.
We will be featuring our conversation on our website later today and in our email on Monday- but you can take a listen to our visit with Matt TODAY if you want to hop on the Radio and tune over to 690 AM to KGGF Radio between 11:30 and 12 Noon today during our regular weekday longform programming that we have on that station- after we do markets to start the half hour- Matt is the main part of the balance of the half hour- you can hear KGGF in most of the northeastern quarter of Oklahoma- as well as the southeastern quarter of Kansas- and over into Missouri and Arkansas, too. And they can be heard anywhere on the TuneIn App.
We also do extended programming on KGGF between 6 AM and 6:30 AM as well as 12:30 PM to 1 PM Monday through Friday- check it out!
Hall-Coyote Hills Ranch - Annual Lim-Flex & Limousin Production Sale will happen tomorrow. The Sale starts on Saturday, May 4th at 1:00 p.m. at the ranch in Chattanooga.
ALSO Coming up THIS weekend- LeForce Herefords is hosting a Complete Dispersal Sale on Saturday, May 4th at 11:00 a.m. at the Enid Livestock Market. Be to sure arrive early for your chance to bid on over 600 head of fall pairs, spring pairs, open heifers, herd sires, spring yearling bulls, fall yearling bulls and embryos and semen.
Check them out online to see some of the top performing Hereford cattle up for auction tomorrow. LeForce Herefords has been serving up quality Hereford genetics since 1893. For more information click over to the calendar page
on our website.
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