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Wednesday, January 22, 2020
| Dean Tom Coon Tells the Story of the $50 Million Name Change for the College of Ag at OSU as We Travel the Road to Rural Prosperity
The name for the Ag School on the campus of Oklahoma State University in Stillwater is changing. With the approval of the Regents, it will be known as the Ferguson College of Ag.
We sat down this past week with the Dean of CASNR and DASNR, Dr. Tom Coon, to explore how the Ferguson Family, the OSU Administration and OSU Foundation put this deal together- and how the $50 Million will be used to advance the Land Grant mission at Oklahoma State University.
Half of the money is being given now and will jumpstart the collection of private monies to build the replacement for Ag Hall- part of the deal with the Fergusons is that the whole building will be built at once- and construction could start in about a year- if the rest of the money can be raised. Dr. Coon told us that about ten million has also been raised from other sources meaning about $15 million still needs to be raised.
The other half of the money is money pledged to come once the Fergusons are both gone- which could be years down the road.
Click or tap here to jump over to pour SoundCloud page to listen to our complete conversation with Dr. Coon.
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Farmer and rancher delegates to the American Farm Bureau Federation's 101st Annual Convention adopted policies to guide the organization's work in 2020 on key topics ranging from dairy to labor and climate change to conservation compliance.
"Delegates from across the nation came together today to look ahead at issues and opportunities facing farms, ranches and rural communities," said American Farm Bureau Federation Vice President Scott VanderWal. "The 2020 policies ensure we are able to continue producing safe and healthy food, fiber and renewable fuel for our nation and the world."
One of the delegates on the floor representing Oklahoma was Walters farmer Jimmy Kinder, who talked with me right after the day long deliberations. You can hear their conversation by clicking on the LISTEN BAR below.
One policy that Kinder defended on the floor was voluntary COOL. Texas Farm Bureau called for AFBF to change it's existing policy and become a proponent for Mandatory COOL- but Kinder said that was heading down the wrong direction- and delegates overwhlemingly agreed to stay with the Voluntary approach for labeling.
| Dr. John Anderson Talks Strong Demand in a New Decade
Dr. John Anderson, is the new head of the Ag Economics Department at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville- starting in that role at the beginning of 2020. Anderson was on staff of the American Farm Bureau as their Deputy Chief Economist and returned to the American Farm Bureau convention this week in Austin, Texas, offering some market outlook to convention-goers.
Anderson talked about rising meat production in this country from the three protein sources, poultry, pork, and beef, "Quarterly meat production has been growing strongly for quite a while now. Chicken production has been expanding by at least 2%, most years closer to 3% since 2013, that's a pretty good stretch. Pork production has been expanding since 2015. Pork production here by 5% in 2019, which is a really robust rate of growth. We're looking at something more like three and a half percent for 2020, but still fairly positive, strong growth in production. Beef production has been expanding since 2016, we're down to about 1% year over year growth in beef, but that's still a fairly long stretch of positive growth in production in that market.
7 Steps to Creating a Successful Ranch Managment Plan
Dr. Hugh Aljoe, Direcctor of Producer Relations for the Noble Research Institute gives 7 Steps to Creating a Successful Ranch Management plan.
What is intentional management? It might be easier to describe what it is not than to describe what it is. In an attempt at "tongue-in-cheek" humor, let me describe what intentional management is not.
You might not be managing intentionally if:
Your record-keeping system is a shoe box or a file folder in which you keep receipts until tax time.
Your marketing plan is to sell the largest calves each time you pen the herd, weaning the calves en route to the sale barn.
Your winter feeding program is to provide cubes a couple of times a week to the herd without knowing the quality of the hay or standing forage on offer.
Your stocking rate was set by what the neighbor, your granddad or your real estate agent suggested, and you don't adjust it until drought forces you to.
You don't routinely test and analyze your pasture soils, yet you routinely apply fertilizer.
I'm sure you can think of other s of how we as producers too often go about "running" cattle with little forethought and planning. In favorable years, we can get by easily enough, but in unfavorable years (due to weather, markets or other issues), difficulties arise. These unanticipated surprises can be costly and often difficult to overcome. Hopefully, most of us learn from our mistakes and failures and, if we survive, can laugh at them in hindsight. The secret is to fail early, fail often, but fail cheaply - and adapt our management so that we do not repeat our mistakes.
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The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) are partnering with nearly a dozen state corn organizations this winter to put on five trade schools in farmers' local areas, aiming to educate and empower grower-leaders on trade topics.
The regional events build on similar workshops held in Washington, D.C., in 2016 and 2019 and in St. Louis in 2018. Each offered wide-ranging information demonstrating the importance of trade to the agriculture industry and farmers' profitability; details on hot topics on the trade agenda; and training on how participants can talk about trade issues in their communities.
Negotiations on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), a trade agreement with Japan and a trade deal with China dominated much of agriculture news in 2019, spurring interest among those in the ag sector and creating demand for more and more detailed information on trade topics.
Dr. Glenn Selk On Signs of Impending Calving in Cows or Heifers
As the spring calving season begins, the cows will show typical signs that will indicate parturition is imminent. Changes that are gradually seen are udder development, or making bag and the relaxation and swelling of the vulva. These indicate the cow is due to calve in the near future. There is much difference between individuals in the development of these signs and certainly age is a factor. The first calf heifer, particularly if she has the genetic makeup for heavy milking, develops udder for a very long time, sometimes for two or three weeks before parturition. The swelling and relaxation of the vulva can be highly variable too. Most people notice that Brahman influence cattle seem to change in this area much more than cattle from other breeds.
Typically, in the immediate 2 weeks preceding calving, the udder is filling, and one of the things that might be seen is the loss of the cervical plug. This is a very thick tenacious, mucous material hanging from the vulva. It may be seen pooling behind the cow when she is lying down. Some people mistakenly think this happens immediately before calving, but in fact this can be seen weeks before parturition and therefore is only another sign that the calving season is here. The immediate signs that usually occur within 24 hours of calving would be relaxation of the pelvic ligaments and strutting of the teats. A protein hormone called "relaxin" is produced by structures on the ovary and is highest in concentration the last 24 hours prior to calving. This hormone causes the softening of the collagen in the pelvic ligaments and the cervix.
John Deere was recently presented with a pair of AE50 Awards for outstanding innovations that improve production agriculture. Every year the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) recognizes the 50 most innovative product-engineering designs in the food and agriculture industry with its AE50 Awards, as chosen by international engineering experts. Winning products are recognized for ingenuity in product development, and for saving producers time, costs and labor while improving safety.
This year John Deere received AE50 awards for the following agricultural innovations:
· LS475 Liquid System
· N500C Series Air Drill
"AE50 Awards reaffirm the innovative spirit of our employees and illustrate John Deere's commitment to bring those linked to the land the most useful, high-quality products possible. No one in the industry invests more in research and development than John Deere, and we remain committed to that strategy," said Joel Dawson, director, production and precision ag for John Deere. "Our engineers take great pride in creating new technology and products to benefit our customers."
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