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Update from Ron Hays of RON
Friday, December 20,
Ag Secretary Reflects on 2013, Outlines Priorities
back on 2013, Jim Reese,
secretary of the Oklahoma Department of
Agriculture, says producers in the state had a
pretty good year. He spoke with me this week
and will appear on this weekend's "In the Field"
segment on News 9 at approximately 6:40 AM
Saturday as a part of the KWTV News9 Saturday
morning news block.
majority of the state has received a lot of rain.
It's been such a contrast to 2011 and 2012. There
are still pockets of the state, particularly in
the southwest and some west that are still dry,
but across the state, if you take our hay crop, it
was two-and-a-half times the last couple of years.
Commodity prices have been good. Crops were good.
So, as a whole, the state of agriculture has been
very good in 2013."
Looking forward, Reese
says his office has several priorities. Topping
his list is consumer education.
"We have to
have people comfortable with all of the food we
produce. Everybody eats. One hundred percent of
the population eats. They have to be comfortable
with all of the production methods and food safety
efforts that Oklahoma producers put into their
Reese says his office is
anxiously awaiting the passage of the federal farm
bill because it greatly impacts the operations of
his department in the areas of food, feed and
fertilizer safety and consumer protection.
"The biggest thing about the farm bill
people are concerned with is how it affects the
producers themselves and I can relate to that, but
it certainly affects our agency because we do a
lot of things for the federal government,
Click here to read more of
Secretary Reese's comments or to listen to our
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say thanks for all of you that participated in the
2013Tulsa Farm Show
they are excited to announce changes coming to
their spring farm show held each April in Oklahoma
Launched in 2005 as the Southern Plains Farm
Show, the show will now be billed the
Oklahoma City Farm Show
. The name
change is designed to clearly communicate the
show's location, and also signifies the plans for
a long term partnership with the community and
State Fair Park, a world-class event site. The
show continues as the premier spring agricultural
and ranching event for the southern plains area,
with over 300 exhibitors featuring over 1000
product lines for three big days. Click here to visit their new
and make plans to be a part of the
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Agriculture Considering Opposition To TPP
coalition of agricultural organizations led by the
National Pork Producers Council is likely to
oppose a final Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)
trade agreement if it includes Japan but that
country doesn't agree to comprehensive trade
liberalization, including elimination of tariffs
on virtually all U.S. agricultural
In a letter
sent this week to U.S. Trade Representative
Michael Froman, the 17 groups
said the unwillingness of Japanese negotiators to
present a comprehensive offer on agricultural
products is threatening to undermine the trade
Japan is demanding special
treatment for its agriculture sector, including
exclusion from the agreement of certain
The TPP is a regional
trade negotiation that includes the United States,
Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile,
Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru,
Singapore and Vietnam, which account for nearly 40
percent of global GDP.
Click here to read more and to
find a link to the coalition's letter.
Announces Proposed Amendment to the Oklahoma CCAA
for the Lesser
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is
announcing the Notice of Availability (NOA) for a
proposed amendment to the Oklahoma Candidate
Conservation Agreement with Assurances (CCAA) for
the lesser prairie-chicken. Public comments will
be accepted on the proposed amendment through
January 21, 2014.
The Oklahoma Department
of Wildlife Conservation (ODWC) has applied for an
amendment to their existing CCAA, to increase
enrollment from 200,000 acres to 400,000 acres by
2037 throughout the 14 Oklahoma Counties covered
by the CCAA. Approval and implementation of the
amended CCAA will extend a landscape-level
conservation program ultimately resulting in an
increase in the number of lesser prairie-chickens
on the ground.
You can read more of this
story by clicking here.
Brazil Agree on Path Forward to Enhance Bilateral
United States Department of Agriculture and the
Brazil Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food
made a joint statement this week:
United States and Brazil are two of the world's
largest agricultural producers and exporters. Over
the last 20 years, the U.S. Department of
Agriculture (USDA) and Brazil's Ministry of
Agriculture, Livestock, and Food Supply (MAPA)
have collaborated on many agriculture issues and
currently have some 100 agricultural cooperative
activities. As global leaders in the use of
innovative agricultural production technologies,
both countries share a keen interest in exploring
further agricultural cooperation.
Brazil and the United States maintain a strong
commitment to science-based rulemaking. USDA and
MAPA recently agreed to a path forward to amend
rules that currently limit bilateral beef trade.
Bilateral trade of all beef and beef products
could occur once each exporting country meets the
importing country's equivalence and technical
requirements for animal health and food
consumers in December say that they are willing to
pay more for hamburger, but less for steak,
chicken breast, pork chops, deli ham and chicken
wings, according to Oklahoma State University's
monthly Food Demand Survey (FooDS) released
earlier this week on December 17. The study's
author is Dr. Jayson Lusk, who
sits in the Willard Sparks Endowed Chair in the
Department of Ag Economics at OSU.
survey showed consumers willing to pay $4.20 per
pound for hamburger, up from $3.97 a month ago.
However, consumers were only willing to pay $4.52
per pound for chicken breast, down from $5.03 a
month ago. They were willing to pay $3.61 per
pound for pork chops, down from $3.75 last month.
The Willingness to Pay (WTP) for Chicken breast
and chicken wings fell to the lowest levels since
the survey was started in May. Although WTP for
steak fell only 4.32% from November to December,
it too fell to the lowest level seen since FooDS
monthly survey also tracks the concerns and values
that consumers hold dear as they make their meat
buying decisions. Click here to read more about the
December numbers- we also have a link to a PDF
produced by Dr. Lusk that offers more insight into
the December FooDS report.
Precip May Assist Drought-Stricken Areas, Gary
latest Drought Monitor shows dry conditions on the
increase in parts of Oklahoma, but Associate State
Climatologist Gary McManus says
forecast weekend precipitation is coming at a very
are looking generous, and more importantly,
generous in all the right places," he
amount of the state in drought really didn't
increase much (from 38.32% in D1-D4 last week to
38.65% this week), but the amount in that
D2-Severe drought category went from 11% to 14%.
McManus says that's nothing major, but it is still
an intensification which isn't easy to do during
the cool season.
driest location in Oklahoma where we find
Exceptional Drought lies in a portion of Harmon
County and most of Jackson and Tillman
have the latest graphics on our Drought status- click here to check them out.
for the winter storm heading our way- it is
already unfolding in Kansas as we send this email
out on this Friday morning- portions of I-70 up
around Topeka is starting to show some slick
spots- and it will likely become slicker as the
day goes on.
Oklahoma- this NWS graphic from the Norman office-
click here- shows that we have
got moisture headed our way- and a lot of the
state could be dealing with at least some ice-
what we are hearing from the Tulsa NWS office is
that our eastern counties (eastern third of the
state) will be facing more of a rain event that is
not frozen. The Panhandle has a winter storm
watch for late tonight and into Saturday- not as
much moisture seems to be in the cards for that
Line- a lot of Oklahoma will be wet on Saturday as
folks try to move around on the last weekend
N That- Final Superior Sale of Year, OALP Alums
and Last Call for Ipad Mini Winner
final Superior Livestock Video
Auction of the year is getting underway
at 8:00 AM central time today- just over 10,000
head to be sold.
Click here for the details of
today's sale that is originating from Ft. Worth
and can be seen on RFD-TV as well as online.
you are a alum of the Oklahoma Ag
Leadership Program- I want to put my OALP
Advisory Council Chairman's Hat on for a moment-
and remind you that now is the time to write that
check of support for OALP as 2013 rapidly winds
down. For every dollar you give- that will
help satisfy the match that the program has from
the Noble Foundation, which means your dollar
turns into two dollars to support the leadership
Edmond Bonjour tells us in an email to
alums "For those of your who still wish to
contribute toward the challenge grant, all
contributions must be postmarked by December 31,
made payable to the OSU Foundation with OALP in
the memo line, and sent to: OALP, 321 Wes Watkins
Center, Stillwater, OK 74078."
you want to contact the OSU Foundation directly-
tell them when you get them on the phone that you
want your donation to go to Fund 21-35700-
the Oklahoma Agricultural Leadership
Fund. Their number is 1-800-622-4678.
call for the young lady from Nowata that we
announced as the winner of the Ipad Mini-
Mary Presley of Nowata has until
noon today to call me at 405-473-6144. If
Mary calls- we will ship here the Ipad Mini that
we are giving away from our signups that came in
at the Tulsa Farm Show.
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