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Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Obama Vetoes WOTUS Disapproval- Says Rule Safeguards Public Health
Barack Obama vetoed Senate Joint Resolution 22 which
was a disapproval of WOTUS, the Waters of the US Clean Water Rule
finalized last August by EPA.
That veto came yesterday- and here is the text of the message sent
back to Congress from the White House:
"I am returning herewith without my approval S.J.
Res. 22, a resolution that would nullify a rule issued by the
Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of the Army to
clarify the jurisdictional boundaries of the Clean Water Act. The
rule, which is a product of extensive public involvement and years of
work, is critical to our efforts to protect the Nation's waters and
keep them clean; is responsive to calls for rulemaking from the
Congress, industry, and community stakeholders; and is consistent with
decisions of the United States Supreme Court.
"We must protect the waters that are vital for
the health of our communities and the success of our businesses,
agriculture, and energy development. As I have noted before, too many
of our waters have been left vulnerable. Pollution from upstream
sources ends up in the rivers, lakes, reservoirs, and coastal waters
near which most Americans live and on which they depend for their
drinking water, recreation, and economic development.
the scope of the Clean Water Act helps to protect these resources and
safeguard public health. Because this resolution seeks to block the
progress represented by this ruleand deny businesses and communities
the regulatory certainty and clarity needed to invest in projects
that rely on clean water, I cannot support it. I am therefore vetoing
There has been talk about a veto override attempt by the Republican
controlled Congress- but it not likely such a vote will be
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Yield Contest Highlights Sustainable Practices
Yield Contest will be conducted for the first time in
20 years, and winners will be announced nationally at the 2017 Commodity Classic
in San Antonio, Texas. The contest consists of two primary
competition categories: winter and spring wheat. All state wheat organization
grower-members are encouraged to participate.
"We are excited about the benefits this competition will bring
to our nation's wheat growers individually and to our country's wheat
industry collectively," commented National Wheat Foundation
(NWF) Chairman Dusty Tallman. "We anticipate
many of our growers will participate, and we look forward to seeing
the positive results this has on the wheat industry, especially when
it comes to improving crop management practices on the farm."
"BASF is pleased to partner with the National Wheat Foundation
on the Wheat Yield Contest," said Luke Lathan,
product manager for wheat, BASF
Corporation. "Lessons from this yield contest
can help all wheat farmers with information about new innovations for
production acres and sustainable farming practices."
For more information, including how to enter the 2015-16 National
Wheat Yield Contest, click
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Oklahoma Association of
Conservation Districts Accepting Applications for Mike Thralls
Association of Conservation Districts (OACD) is
taking applications for two scholarships to honor the late Mike Thralls.
In his memory, OACD will be awarding two $500 scholarships beginning
in February 2016. Thralls was a graduate of Oklahoma State University
who went on to serve as the Oklahoma Assistant Secretary of
Agriculture and Executive Director of the Oklahoma Conservation
Commission. OACD said Thralls was an unwavering steward of the land
who loved Oklahoma and was committed to preserving natural resources.
Applicants must be a current high school senior in Oklahoma that will
be pursuing a degree in agriculture or natural resources at OSU or
applicants can be currently enrolled at OSU in the College of
Agriculture or Natural Resources and be a graduate of an Oklahoma
In the spirit of Thralls, applicants that are involved in 4-H, FFA, farming
and/or ranching and have expressed an interest in conservation are
encouraged to apply. Applicants should exhibit outstanding character,
professionalism and a commitment to serve their community.
Applicants should submit a 500 word essay on a conservation subject
of their choice along with their full name, address, telephone
number, email address and a copy of their most recent high school or
college transcripts to OACD no later than February 1, 2016.
here for more details about the Mike Thralls Memorial Scholarships.
Beef Price Shift
Stimulates Ads, Demand
Not long ago, the news was sharply higher beef prices
in a still-recovering economy. Industry insiders wondered how
consumers would respond. Amid the talk of fewer retail features and
penny-conscious shoppers, people still turned to beef.
"Sometimes we all get more worried about those price points than
maybe the consumer does," said Randy Blach, CattleFax
senior market analyst.
He put it in perspective during the Certified Angus Beef ® (CAB®)
brand annual conference last fall, noting that the average consumer
has to work 12 to 15 minutes to pay for a pound of Choice beef today.
That's down from more than 30 minutes in the 1970s and '80s.
Blach said that helps explain why high-quality beef demand continued
to rise, even during the steep increase in prices. Click
or tap here to read more about retail and cattle prices.
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Cattlemen's Beef Board
Chairman Jimmy Maxey Offers Beef Checkoff 101
Industry Convention and Trade Show is a week away in
San Diego, California. One of the groups meeting at that Cattle
Industry Convention is the Cattlemen's
Beef Board. They will be led by California cattle
Maxey, who serves as Chairman. We asked Jimmy to give
us a Beef checkoff 101.
"The dollar gets collected, mostly by state beef councils,"
Maxey said. "Fifty cents stays there and 50 cents comes to the
national programs, then we try to invest that wisely in various forms
of research and promotion, industry information and consumer
The beef checkoff is reaching consumers today through digital
advertising campaigns. With the checkoff assessment at $1 per head,
the same as when the checkoff was established in 1985, Maxey said
it's been important to find ways to stretch those financial
resources. Digital marketing has allowed the checkoff to target beef
I featured Maxey on the Beef Buzz feature. Click
or tap here to listen to today's Beef Buzz.
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OCA Getting in
Front of Producers to Talk About State Beef Checkoff and State
are being distributed throughout Oklahoma for cattle producers to
vote on a secondary beef checkoff. The signature drive has reached
the halfway point in gathering the 5,000 signatures. Oklahoma
Cattlemen's Association (OCA) Executive Vice President Michael Kelsey
said they have seen overwhelming acceptance when they have had the
opportunity to put it in front of producers, but that has been a
challenge. Ag producers are busy, so he said they are developing
strategies to meet cattle producers where they are. OCA is looking at
communicating with producers at places like feed stores and
Beef producers still have an opportunity to sign the petition. The
petition is available through the OCA website, plus it was published
in the "Cowman" publication the last two months. Beef
producers are encouraged to sign the petition and mail it to the OCA
office. OCA wants to collect 5,000 signatures in the near future in
order to have the referendum later on this year. At that point,
Oklahoma cattle producers will get the opportunity to vote on the
OCA is also a part of the coalition promoting State Question 777.
This is known as the "Right to Farm" Constitutional
Amendment that will be voted on by Oklahomans in November 2016. Kelsey
said the constitutional amendment is vitally important to Oklahoma
agriculture and consumers as well. In traveling the state, he has
seen overwhelming acceptance from citizens, especially in the rural
areas. He said all of the state's agricultural organizations
are working together and standing united.
Opposition to the "Right to Farm" has started to emerge
with the formation of the Oklahoma Stewardship Council. Kelsey said
this is really an out-of-state group that is coming in and trying to
influence. He thinks that bolsters the "Vote Yes" campaign,
because he thinks citizens want Oklahoma farmers and ranchers to be
producing their food and citizens don't want to see out-of-state
entities influence food choices in the grocery store.
The state's agricultural producers need to continue to share the
message and financially support the "Vote Yes" campaign.
That's going to be a challenge because of the economy in general,
plus lower cattle prices have also hurt the state's agricultural sector.
Even with the tough economic times, Kelsey thinks the state's
agricultural producers will get behind the effort, because of what
this constitutional amendment will mean to the future of agriculture
in Oklahoma. Whether people donate $20 or $1,000, he said financial
support for State Question 777 is very important.
Kelsey and I talked about both of these issues this past week- click
or tap here to listen to our conversation.
This N That - Red River
Crops Conference, Big Iron Wednesday and Central Oklahoma Cattle
The 2016 Red
River Crops Conference gets underway this morning at
the Southwest Technology Center in Altus- and it's not too late to go
and take in some great presentations from both OSU Extension folks as
well as Texas AgriLife Extension experts.
Today's program looks at winter crop and summer crops other than
Cotton. The Thursday program focuses on Cotton. One of the
Thursday speakers is Dr.
Jody Campiche, who traveled the state of Oklahoma for
a couple of years as an extension ag economist- preaching to
producers about the value of signing up for ACRE a few years ago- and
then just before she left for the National Cotton Council- she was
busy explaining the differences in the 2014 Farm Law between ARC and
Details of the two day program are available
It's Wednesday- and that means the Big Iron folks will be busy
closing out this week's auction items - all 509 items
consigned. Bidding will start at 10 AM central
Click Here for the complete rundown
of what is being sold on this no reserve online sale this week.
If you'd like more information on buying and selling
with Big Iron, call District Manager Mike Wolfe at 580-320-2718 and he
can give you the full scoop. You can also reach Mike via email
by clicking or tapping here.
One speaker that you will find presenting both this afternoon in
Altus at the Red River Crops Conference as well as on Friday morning
at the Central Oklahoma Cattle Conference in Stillwater is Dr. Derrell Peel.
Dr. Peel is a part of the Friday lineup for cattle producers
gathering at the Payne County Expo Center in Stillwater for the one
day event- he's talking 2016 cattle market outlook at both locations.
Details of that Conference can be seen by clicking
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