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Update from Ron Hays of RON
Thursday, November 14,
Plains Canola Production Grows in Importance to
the Industry, Jeff Scott
canola crop across Oklahoma is looking spectacular
going into the winter says Jeff
Scott. Scott is a farmer near Pond Creek
in north central Oklahoma and he is the current
president of the Great Plains Canola Association.
He is also a vice president with the U.S. Canola
Association which just held its annual Fall
conference in Oklahoma City. I spoke with Scott at
the meeting about the coming of age of canola
production in the Southern Plains and his take on
the prospects for the 2014
Scott said the fact that U.S.
Canola held its meeting in Oklahoma City this year
reflects favorably on inroads being made by canola
producers in the Southern Great Plains.
think it's pretty major. This is our opportunity
to highlight to a national organization what we've
been doing down here. The money that they've put
into the programs down here to expand acres--our
U.S. Canola Promote Canola Acres program-we have
gotten the lion's share of the money out of that.
We've made it work. We've taken those funds,
leveraged them with other funds and seen real
growth, real traction in the region."
Scott says, it's not just producers who are taking
note of the expansion of the canola industry in
the Southern Plains; it's also seed companies,
agricultural chemical companies and other allied
industries that are also members of the U.S.
"It's really a unique
group with the United States Canola Association.
We have oilseed crushers, we have chemical
companies, we've got seed companies, we have food
end-user companies, we've got a plethora of
industries coming to the table. And while each one
of us may have our own little niche that we are
focused on, as a group we're able to come together
and look at the big picture and at the expansion
of canola across the United States. The bright
spot of that canola growth is the Southern Great
Plains centered in Oklahoma."
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Among States Receiving USDA Grants for Native
Secretary Tom Vilsack
commemorated Native American Heritage Month and
recognized USDA programs that strengthen Native
Americans and their communities.
provides a vast array of funding and technical
assistance to help Native Americans and their
communities. For instance, during fiscal year
2013, USDA Rural Development's Electric Programs
invested $275 million - an historic high - to
bring new and improved electric infrastructure to
more than 80,000 Native Americans and Alaska
Natives. This total includes a $167 million loan
to the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority
headquartered in Fort Defiance, Ariz.
Oklahoma, the USDA is funding the following
-- The Latimer County
Housing Authority has been selected to receive a
$449,400 Self-Help Housing Technical Assistance
Grant to provide grants to public or private
non-profit organizations and Indian Tribes, which
the recipients will use to recruit, screen and
provide loan packaging assistance to 20 people
interested in participating in Rural Development's
Self-Help housing program.
The Tri-County Indian Nations Community
Development Corp. is receiving a $376,050
Self-Help Housing technical assistance grant to
help build 27 new homes for low- or
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Enjoying a Buffet of Saltcedar in
been a hard day's night, and they have been
working like a dog. Saltcedar beetles may be the
new rock stars for property owners in Oklahoma.
Brought from the Middle East and planted
along the United States' east coast because it
could handle high salt content and effectively
prevented bank and beach erosion, saltcedar has
swept the nation.
For more than 100 years,
the invasive species has worked its way through
river systems and has spread from the Carolinas to
California and as far north as the Canadian
border. While the saltcedar is great for erosion
control, it causes major problems to native
species sharing the same area.
have tried several management practices including
herbicide application, prescribed fire and
mechanical removal to fight off the species. But,
recently landowners have been noticing some plants
dying in the western edge of Oklahoma due to the
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Media Placement Crucial in Getting Positive Beef
Message to Millennial
Peterson Murray is the senior executive
director of innovative communications for the
National Cattlemen's Beef Association. They are
Beef Checkoff contractors, so, as a result, she
works on behalf of all cattle producers in getting
their message out via social media. She says one
of the most amazing things about social media is
its ability to precisely target each
"The beauty of digital is that it
allows you to be real time and to connect with
that consumer in the very moment. So, for
instance, on Facebook, if a consumer is posting
information about looking for recipes or that they
can't come up with something good to eat for
dinner tonight, we can specifically target those
kind of consumers and send a news feed post that
goes right in front of them instead of having them
having to seek out information about
Murray says one of the keys to
keeping that message in front of the consumer is
being able to rise to the top in Google searches
on an ongoing basis when the consumer is thinking
Michelle joins me on the latest
Beef Buzz. Click here to listen
Heifers Fills Pens, Creates
the face of a shrinking cow herd, the management
of Kuner Feedlot in Colorado looks for creative
ways to fill pen space. The 100,000-head JBS Five
Rivers yard recently began a heifer development
program that is far from ordinary. It combines
genomic technology and the disposition scoring
with traditional selection criteria.
General Manager Nolan Stone
explains, they purchased 4,000 angus-based heifers
and then ran the Gene Max DNA test which measures
gain and grade potential on commercial cattle.
"From there we selected the top 50
percent. Any heifer that scored above 50 on the
Gene Max made it into the first cut of the
program. The heifers that didn't make it in fit in
very well because we also have a natural program
at Kuner and we bought all-natural calves to begin
with, so those heifers went into our all-natural
"Most people look at the heifers
and try to pick the best ones. We felt like this
was a way to take that a step further we actually
had genetic value on those heifers and they were
selected solely on that to begin with. And then
from there we pared down based on phenotypical
characteristics," Stone said.
You can read
more of this story or watch the video version by
Grain Crops Driving Short Term Markets,
Stewart-Peterson Exec Tells Farm
National Association of Farm Broadcasters is
meeting in Kansas City, Missouri, this week. In
addition to attracting broadcasters from all over
the nation, the meeting brings representatives
from agriculture companies and groups as
Bryan Doherty is a
senior market adviser for Stewart-Peterson, a
nationwide consulting firm dealing with marketing
services and commodities. He said that in the
short term, producers are dealing with large grain
crops. The projected corn carryout is near the 2
billion bushel mark and Doherty said that will
have a tremendous impact on the markets
"To give you a relative compass
to work with, that's more than double a year ago.
Consequently, prices are about half of what they
were a year ago and the market is viewing the
current supply as very adequate. That can change,
but now it's adequate. The consequence of adequate
supply is more likely sideways or lower trade
activity as fall wears on into early winter. And
maybe some price recovery into winter, but chances
of a significant rally are going to have to come
on some type of supply issue, Southern Hemisphere
weather or planting conditions are awry in our
home base here in the U.S."
such a quick reversal in corn supplies over a
one-year period is not unusual. It all boils down
to the addition of planted acres and higher
yields. It is also affected by the demand side
which fell when corn was near the $7 per bushel
mark. Another large factor in the quick turnaround
of ending stocks is the incredible ability of
technology in the form of better seeds, better
equipment, and better chemical inputs to increase
can listen to my conversation with Bryan or read
more of this story on our website. Please click here to go there.
the Farm Bill Beat- J Douglas is
the Farm Bill Reporter of the Day- Talking to
Chairman Frank Lucas
reported on FarmPolicy.com, RON Radio
Affiliate K101 was ground zero for farm
bill information as J Douglas
Williams talked on Wednesday with
the Chairman of the House Ag Committee
Frank Lucas. K101 is the
most listened to radio station in the state of
Oklahoma when it comes to farmers and ranchers-
and Woodward is in the heart of the Third
Congressional District of the state of Oklahoma-
the home district for Chairman Lucas.
to Chairman Lucas- "I am in the process, with my
senior colleagues on the House side on the Ag
Committee, to try to negotiate out the differences
between us and the Senate. There are three
big areas of difference, and in reverse order,
food stamps. The Senate wants to save about
$4 billion by basically making the Northeastern
states that use food stamps to help pay for their
citizens' home heating oil to stay warm in the
wintertime to pay more."
Senate essentially just doesn't want to make any
changes in food stamps. The House wants to
do ten times as much, so working that out is going
to be tough," the Chairman added.
Lucas pointed out that, "The second area is
the dairy program. The House leadership
doesn't want to do supply management, which makes
the dairy insurance work better. The Senate
insists on that. That's a philosophical issue
about supply management by the federal
the biggest area, the one that matters probably
the most, generally, to our listeners, is the
commodity title. The Senate wants to
do...they've finally come around to the fact that
you have to have a safety net that works not
just for the Midwest, but for everybody
else. They want a program by which, when
you sign up for five years, you're automatically
covered under either version of the safety
the K101 interview- you also have Frank Lucas
mentioning the "E" word- Extension. "This
really, really needs to be done by the end of the
year, which is not that many weeks away. But if
you can't make it happen in that timely fashion,
then you probably need an extension. Now the
problem with an extension is so many of my friends
on the left and the right up here are opposed to
the direct payment system in the old farm bill,
which, by the way, is the least trade distorting,
most WTO compliant.
our best battling tool with the Australians and
the Argentines and the Brazilians. It's
politically unsustainable, but it's the best
economic policy. A lot of folks I serve with
won't vote for an extension if it actually extends
the whole present farm bill, which we did this year. So yes, I'm
getting squeezed from several directions."
can hear the full interview between J Doug and
Chairman Lucas by clicking here.
friend Keith Good has also done a transcript of
the K101 interview with Frank Lucas- click here to jump over and read
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