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Oklahoma Farm Bureau Members Gather- Re Elect Rodd Moesel as President and Set Policy for the Next Year
The Oklahoma Farm Bureau held their 78th Annual Convention and Trade Show in downtown Oklahoma City over the weekend. On Saturday, Farm Bureau delegates re-elected Rodd Moesel as president of the organization for a second two-year term.
During his Presidential Address ahead of the election, Moesel offered details of a just complete Strategic Plan for the general farm organization. The new Mission Statement for the group is "Supporting the Agriculture community to improve the lives of Oklahomans." Along with that Mission statement is the new Oklahoma Farm Bureau Vision- " To be the Champion for excellence and prosperity in the agriculture community through advocacy , education and policy development."
Moesel had no opposition in his re-election and a motion to close the nominations and elect him by acclimation was approved unanimously by the delegates. Moesel operates a horticulture business, based in Oklahoma City.
Click or tap here to read more about those leaders elected to serve the group in the coming year- and to listen to our conversation with Rodd.
ALSO FROM THE FARM BUREAU MEETING- the group's delegates set policy for the coming year.
They worked through dozens of resolutions that came from the State Resolutions Committee- that had risen up from County Farm Bureaus earlier in the year. Steve Thompson, Senior Director of Public Policy for Oklahoma Farm Bureau, talked with me about some of the key issues that were approved by the delegates on Saturday.
Thompson said a very recent issue had surfaced just ahead of the State Convention- a brand new state question just announced- State Question 804, a proposal that would put into the state constitution a new Independent Redistricting Committee. Thompson said the Board of Directors approved a resolution that was brought to the delegates at the state meeting- and they approved the general Farm Organization's opposition to SQ 804.
Click or tap here to learn more about SQ 804- and to listen to visit with Steve about that issue and several more that were high points of the work done by the delegates.
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At the US Meat Export Federation's Strategic Planning Conference in Tucson, Ariz., USMEF members received a breakdown of the trade landscape in Asia from Wendy Cutler, vice president of the Asia Society Policy Institute. Cutler previously served as the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative's chief negotiator on the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement and led bilateral negotiations with Japan under the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
Cutler reviewed the events that have taken place since the U.S. withdrew from TPP, starting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's efforts to convince President Trump to return to the agreement. Eventually a preliminary U.S.-Japan trade agreement was reached and it is now under consideration by the Japanese Parliament.
"The great news for you is that this is largely an agricultural deal," Cutler said. "Under this agreement we secured from Japan most of the agricultural market access that we forfeited when we lost TPP. And I think what's really great for beef and pork is that when this deal goes into effect, which should be Jan. 1, we're going to come into that deal 'caught up' with the other TPP countries, meaning that we'll get the same tariff rates that they're getting."
You can read more from Cutler regarding the US-Japan Trade agreement, by jumping over to our website.
The latest USDA Crop Production Report was released on Friday- and it predicts a much better Oklahoma cotton crop compared to 2018. However, the latest cotton estimates for Oklahoma are well under the September Crop Numbers that showed Oklahoma would produce 840,000 bales this growing season. Fall crop conditions were less favorable than expected and that number was reduced by 110,000 bales. Oklahoma Upland Cotton production totaled 730 thousand bales, 7 percent higher than 2018. Yield averaged 609 pounds per acre, compared with 595 pounds last year. Acreage harvested, at 575 thousand acres, is up 5 percent from last year.
Oklahoma corn production totaled 46.2 million bushels, up 23 percent from the previous year. Statewide yields averaged 142 bushels per acre, 8 bushels higher than 2018. Acres harvested for grain, at 325 thousand, are up 16 percent from last year.
Oklahoma soybean production is forecast at 11.4 million bushels, down 32 percent from last year. Yield is expected to average 26 bushels per acre, compared with 28 bushels in 2018. Harvested acreage, at 440 thousand acres, is 27 percent lower than last year.
Oklahoma sorghum production totaled 14.0 million bushels, up 17 percent from last year. Yield averaged 52 bushels per acre, up 2 bushels from the previous year. Acres harvested, at 270 thousand acres, are 13 percent higher than 2018.
Oklahoma peanut production is 21 percent higher than last year, at 55.5 million pounds. Yield is forecast at 3,700 pounds per acre, up 630 pounds from 2018. Harvested acres is unchanged from last year at 15 thousand acres.
You can read more about Oklahoma crop projections and national projections, by clicking or tapping here.
The latest World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report was released on Friday by the USDA's Economic Research Service- the following are some of the highlights of the report:
The outlook for 2019/20 U.S. wheat this month is for smaller supplies, reduced domestic use, and lower stocks.
This month's 2019/20 U.S. corn outlook is for lower production, reduced use, and smaller ending stocks.
The U.S. soybean outlook is for slightly lower production, reduced crush, and higher ending stocks.
This month's 2019/20 U.S. cotton estimates include lower production and ending stocks due to a smaller crop in the Southwest.
The forecast for 2019 total red meat and poultry production is raised from last month on higher beef, pork, broiler, and turkey production.
Click here to read more from the November 2019 WASDE report.
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On Tuesday, November 5, 2019, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the investment of over $4.2 million in high-speed broadband infrastructure in Oklahoma. Funded by USDA's Rural Development Broadband ReConnect Program, the project will create and improve rural e-Connectivity for rural households and farms in Oklahoma. Representatives Frank Lucas (OK-03) and Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) released the following statements praising USDA's investment in rural Oklahoma:
"In today's society, our access to broadband allows us to connect to an unlimited amount of services and information. From businesses on Main Street, classrooms in our local schools, and households dotted throughout rural America, the ability to connect to broadband truly shapes the lives of each and every Oklahoman," said Congressman Lucas.
"Oklahoma's Second District is the only congressional district in the country where broadband is available to less than half the population. Our rural areas and schools are too often left without the services they need to deliver educational opportunities essential to our children's future success. This grant will significantly improve connectivity and quality of life for those in the rural areas I serve. I look forward to seeing the positive impact of this investment for years to come," said Congressman Mullin.
Click here to read more from Representatives Lucas and Mullin.
Dr. John Stika joined the Angus beef team back in 1999, and for over a decade has served as their President. Today I continue my conversation with John Stika about the improvements and genetics in the past decade, that has increased the number of carcasses that are high choice, but also a lot more carcasses being rated prime. Stika says the market place has noticed. "As an industry this year we expect we are going to be 72% choice and 8% prime on average."
There was a time in the industry was running upwards of 10-11% prime in the market place and when that product was available retail, the food service industry really jumped all over it. "What happened was we kinda got them addicted to it. They really like the product" says Stika, "Their customers like it. It presents that experience of taste, flavor and juices that we want all beef customers to have."
With the demand for Certified Angus Beef high we need to see more cattle hitting those 10 specifications for quality, because that is what the market place is requesting. Stika adds "The marketplace is saying we will reward producers who can produce that quality of product because the demand is there"
You can listen to the entire conversation between Stika and I from Friday's Beef Buzz - here.
Part one of our conversation with Dr. Stika can be heard by clicking or tapping here.
A live look at innovative in vitro fertilization (IVF) technology will be on display when the 27th Cattlemen's College is held in San Antonio, Texas, Feb. 4-5, immediately prior to the 2020 Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show. Cattlemen's College is conducted by the National Cattlemen's Beef Association producer education team and sponsored by Zoetis.
Called "Taking the Mystery Out of IVF," the session will use ultrasound-assisted technology to collect eggs from a cow without the use of ovary stimulating hormones. The presentation will be conducted by Michael Bishop, Ph.D., director of strategy for Vytelle, and Bruno Sanches, DVM, Vytelle chief operating officer.
"With Cattlemen's College we're always in search of innovative, interactive ways of providing education that's both captivating and helpful to cattle producers," said Josh White, NCBA executive director of producer education. "This session really fits that bill, as it takes a process that's three decades old and modernizes it to give cattlemen and women a chance to see beef cattle reproduction in a new light."
You can read more about the cattlemen's college and the revolutionary IVF process, or learn how to register for the event, by clicking or tapping here.
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