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Update from Ron Hays of RON
Monday, May 11,
Rain and Mild Temperatures
Combine to Push Oklahoma Wheat Crop to Higher
That's a word that describes the 2015 Oklahoma
Wheat Crop- especially north of Interstate 40.
Extension Wheat Specialist Dr. Jeff
Edwards calls the recent rains and cooler
weather a "real shot in the arm" for the Oklahoma
wheat crop. He cautions though- that while the
wheat crop has responded state wide to the
moisture- so have the foliar diseases that have
been hanging around most of the growing season.
Edwards says that farmers who did not use a
fungicide and have a susceptible variety to stripe
rust or leaf rust will likely pay with a reduced
yield come harvest.
One OSU bred
variety that is in the category of being
vulnerable to foliar disease- especially stripe
rust- is Ruby Lee. Dr. Edwards
pointed out to wheat farmers gathered at the
Lahoma Wheat Field Day on Friday the difference
seen in the station's Ruby Lee plots that were
sprayed versus the plots that were not sprayed. He
believes that there could be a twenty five percent
yield difference in the treated versus untreated
One variety that appears to be
holding up well to the stripe rust invasion-
sprayed or not- is Gallagher.
Iba is also showing at least some
level of stripe rust resistance.
talked with Dr. Edwards at the Lahoma Wheat Field
Day on Friday- and besides stripe rust- we talked
about the size of the 2015 Oklahoma crop- which,
Dr. Edwards now believes could be at least the 108
million bushels predicted by the Oklahoma Grain
and Feed Association scouts who reported last week
on the size of the crop- and in fact- Edwards
thinks if we get another week or so of mild
temperatures and a little more rainfall- the crop
could be bigger than that.
Click here for our Top Ag Story of
the morning with Jeff Edwards- and be sure and
jump over there to take a listen to our
you may also want to go review the latest WHEAT
DISEASE report from Dr. Bob
Hunger- we have it posted and available here.
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Global Trends Define Future of Food
Walmart food safety executive for
global brands and expert in food safety culture
shared insights about key global trends in food
safety, helping Oklahoma State
University's Robert M. Kerr Food &
Agricultural Products Center to identify
ways to better focus FAPC programs serving
Yiannas, vice president of food safety
and health for Walmart discussed the six trends -
changing food systems, foodborne surveillance,
globalization, ingredients, social media and
criminalization - during a recent visit to the
'Frank, you like to think of yourself as a food
safety futurist,'" he said. "It is a compliment
because I do spend a lot of time thinking about
the future. One thing I have learned is to be a
good futurist, you must understand and learn from
Yiannas, author of two
books, Food Safety = Behavior: 30 Proven
Techniques to Enhance Employee Compliance and Food
Safety Culture: Creating a Behavior-Based Food
Safety Management System, said during the history
of food processing, manufacturers and researchers
have made progress in winning the battle against
Click here to read more about the
future of food safety.
the Harvest Ready To Get Behind "Vote Yes"
Campaign and Support Right to
the Harvest has become a growing force in
standing up against activist groups that are
against agriculture. During the 2015 Oklahoma
Legislative session, Protect the Harvest got
behind the "Right to Farm" initiative. With strong
passage in both the House and Senate, Protect the
Harvest Executive Director Brian
Klippenstein commended the efforts of the
members of the state legislature and the authors
of the legislation, Representative Scott Biggs and
State Senator Jason Smalley for their efforts.
"The vote totals were overwhelmingly
one sided in our favor, so it's great to have an
advisory role this process," Klippenstein said.
During the legislative session, the
animal rights group the Humane Society of the
United States came out against the "Right to Farm"
initiative through lobbying, along with an email
and television campaign. Protect the Harvest
responded against their tactic in standing up for
Oklahoma agricultural producers.
have tell the competing side of the story and they
are not used to that," Klippenstein said. "They
are used to coming in, bullying their way,
silencing their opponents and carrying the day.
But when the full story is told, we find that we
Protect the Harvest will be
involved in "Vote Yes Campaign" for the "Right to
Farm" initiative in Oklahoma. Klippenstein said
there will be a lot of information to share, a lot
of disinformation to counter and coalitions to
build. In states where the animal rights agenda
has passed the biggest loser has been the
consumer. For example in California, the price of
eggs has gone up substantially, so Klippenstein
said there is a lot at
Click here to read more or to
listen to my full interview with Brian
Was Last Day to Submit Comments on Dietary
Guidelines- and Ag Groups and Leaders Weighed
of comments were provided to the Secretaries of
Agriculture and Health and Human Services in
recent weeks- in response to the recommendations
that came from the Dietary Guidelines Advisory
Committee. These recommendations form the
basis to begin the shaping of new dietary
guidelines that will be in place for the next five
years- and will impact decisions in areas like
School Lunch programs, Nutrition Advice promoted
by the Federal Government and more.
a result, the Committee's recommendations that
removed lean meats from what Americans should be
consuming as a part of a healthy diet infuriated
animal agriculture supporters.
Ag leaders offered comments at the end of this
past week to Secretaries Vilsack and
Burwell- and called on them to repudiate
the ideas of the Advisory Committee and bring the
final set of Dietary Guidelines that will be
released between now and the end of the year back
to a more traditional view that a healthy diet
does and should include lean meats- providing a
source of protein and other key nutrients.
Chairman of the House Ag Committee,
Michael Conaway, has called on
both Secretaries to pay attention to the public
outcry. He asked in a statement Friday that
they "commit to a process to fully review and
consider the public comments before publishing new
dietary guidelines pursuant to the National
Nutrition Monitoring and Related Research Act of
Secretary of Agriculture Jim
Reese weighed in- saying in a letter that
"It is not the role of medical doctors and
dieticians to determine how livestock should be
raised. The very basis of the sustainability
section refers to a United Nations - Food and
Agriculture Organization (FAO) report that the FAO
has already recanted. The reference to livestock's
contribution to 30% of the nation's greenhouse
gases (GHG) is now being promoted as 7%-18% by the
FAO and as low as 3% of the GHG in the United
States by the Environmental Protection Agency
("Inventory of US Greenhouse Gas Emissions and
Sinks: 1990-2007"). This means the basis of the
sustainability report on GHG is inflated 900%.
More importantly, why are medical doctors wading
into livestock production to determine what food
is best for us to eat?"
on what the Oklahoma Ag Secretary shared is available here.
livestock groups released what they shared with
the Secretaries on Friday- click on the name of
the group to read more of their comments made
about the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee's
National Pork Producers Council
(and Oklahoma Pork Council also submitted
National Cattlemen's Beef
Texas and Southwest Cattle Raisers
Colin Woodall Optimistic Outlook for TPA and
it possible that we could see Trade
Promotion Authority passed yet this
month? Maybe, according to National
Cattlemen's Association Vice President of
Government Affairs Colin Woodall. The
Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways and
Means Committee passed their version of TPA, so
the next step is the floor of the House and
Senate. He said NCBA can support both bills and
they are hopeful that TPA can get to the
President's desk by the Memorial Day recess.
"If we can do that, then I think we
definitely have the opportunity finish up the
Trans-Pacific Partnership and now start looking at
some new deals," Woodall
With more bipartisan
support for TPA in the Senate, Woodall said they
would like to see the Senate vote first on TPA
before it's brought up in the House. The House has
some concerns with giving President Barack Obama
Trade Promotion Authority.
at trade and this Administration, Woodall said
trade is a very positive area. In working with the
U.S. Trade Representative and the U.S. Department
of Agriculture, he said they have had some great
opportunities to move forward with expanding trade
opportunities for cattlemen.
Click here to read more or
hear more about why NCBA supports
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Initiatives Collaborate to Meet Growing Food
Soil Renaissance and
Phytobiomes Initiative announced
Friday a collaboration aimed at understanding how
soil health and the broader phytobiomes in which
plants exist impact food production for a growing
In December 2013,
The Samuel Roberts Noble
Foundation and Farm
launched the Soil Renaissance to bring attention
to soil health's critical role in feeding a global
population that will increase from 7.5 billion
people today to more than 9 billion by 2050.
Likewise, the American Phytopathological Society
(APS) recently initiated the Phytobiomes
Initiative to understand the entire system of
factors that affect crop plants, including living
organisms (bacteria, fungi, viruses, insects,
nematodes, etc.), soils and the
"Soil and the plants that
grow in it are the foundation of life. They work
in unison to serve as the basis for all of life,"
said Bill Buckner, president and CEO of the Noble
Foundation. "It only makes sense then that the two
major initiatives - one focused on soil, one
focused on the entire biome (i.e., a geographical
area) that impacts plants - should work together
to solve the pressing problem of how to increase
Read more on these
soil building efforts by clicking here.
Rural Democrats Decry Possible Move to Raid County
Bridge Fund to Plug State Budget Hole
House Democrats urge their rural Republican
colleagues to resist any attempt to siphon revenue
from a popular county road/bridge fund to help
plug a gaping hole in the state
behind closed doors, Republican House and Senate
budget writers are debating how much money to
withdraw from the state's "rainy day" fund and how
much to divert from state agency savings accounts
in order to make up a $611 million state revenue
Earl Sears, R-Bartlesville,
chairman of the House Appropriations and Budget
Committee, and Senate Appropriations Committee
Chairman Clark Jolley
acknowledged last week that the County
Improvements to Roads and Bridges (CIRB) fund is
among the potential revenue sources "likely to be
CIRB currently has $254 million, ledgers
"Protecting rural roads and
bridges shouldn't be a partisan issue," said Rep.
Steve Kouplen, House Democratic
Caucus chairman-elect. "But with reliable sources
indicating the GOP plans to take tens of millions
of dollars from the CIRB in order to balance the
state budget, rural Republican legislators need to
act swiftly and join us in a bipartisan bid to
stop this planned raid dead in its
on the Concerns Raised by the Rural House
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