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Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Oklahoma Farm Bureau's John Collison Says State Question
777 Offers Protection for Future Farm Generations
The general election is ten months away. Americans
will be voting for their selection for President and choosing which
party will control both the House and the Senate. That's also when
Oklahomans will also have the opportunity to vote on State Question
777, the Right to Farm Amendment. Opposition to the constitutional
amendment is starting to come forward. Oklahoma Farm Bureau Vice
President of Public Policy John
Collison says there is no doubt that this is going to
be a tough fight.
"You know it always is," Collison said. "A state
question is really hard to do, it really is. If it wasn't, it would
happen all the time."
Opponents of State Question 777 are trying to pit small farms against
large farms. Collison responded in saying 95 percent of all farms in
Oklahoma are family-owned farms, regardless of size. In educating
citizens throughout the state, Oklahoma Farm Bureau talks how the
"Right to Farm" was put together by Oklahomans, for
Oklahomans. Collison said this measure will protect family farms from
these outside interest groups.
visited with John at the end of this past week- and he provided an
update on how the state's largest general farm group sees the debate
over State Question 777 going. You can read more and hear our
conversation with him by clicking
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Cattle on Feed, and Dr. Peel Says There's More Data to Come
Derrell Peel, Oklahoma State
University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist, offers his
economic analysis of the beef cattle industry. This analysis is a
part of the weekly series known as the "Cow Calf Corner"
published electronically by Dr. Peel and Dr.
"Winter storm Jonas has dumped record snowfall on
the east coast causing near total shutdown of several major cities
and across a large region. Impacts from deep snow, power outages and
coastal flooding will continue for several days. Some winter storms
affect beef production and supply; some impact demand; and sometimes
winter weather affects both beef supply and demand. Jonas will be
primarily a demand impact as the storm was centered east of the major
beef production regions in the middle of the country. The storm means
less grocery shopping and restaurant visits and likely will interrupt
beef supply pipelines for several days to come.
"The January Cattle on Feed report showed January 1 feedlot
inventories slightly lower than one year ago. December placements,
though larger than expected at 99 percent of last year, were down
year over year for the sixth consecutive month. Total placements
since July are down 4.3 percent; some 459 thousand head less than a
year earlier. This ensures that feedlot supplies will remain limited
through the first half of 2016."
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about the annual Cattle inventory report that comes out on Friday,
Noble Foundation to Offer
a Variety of Seminars on the Trade Show Floor
at This Week's Cattle Industry Convention
GrowSafe Systems & The Samuel Roberts Noble
Foundation are teaming up again to host an oversized booth at the
2016 edition of the Cattle Industry Convention in San Diego- the
trade show officially opens tomorrow and runs through Friday as
cattle producers are arriving from all over the United States.
Noble is presenting a series of mini seminars all
three days, with several of the folks from Noble as well as from
GrowSafe to offer their two cents worth on things going on in the
beef business. Hugh Aljoe,
Billy Cook and Amy Hays from Noble are among
those on the agenda.
And- they have several producers that will be a part
of their mini sessions as well- for example, OSU student and former
National Beef Ambassador Kalyn
McKibben will be talking about how she, as a
millennial, plans to be involved in the industry. Noble and GrowSafe
are telling NCBA convention goers why they need to stop by and listen
to Kalyn: "98 percent of ranches are still family owned and
operated. If this trend is to continue, we have to know more about
how to bring the next generation of operators back to the farm. Baby
boomers and Gen Xers can talk about it, but nothing beats hearing
from millennials themselves on why they want to come back to the
ranch and what it takes to keep them there. McKibben is a millennial
returning to the ranch and is ready to start the next generation of
AND- be watching for lots of
coverage from San Diego over the next several days as we chase
stories from all the groups meeting here as well as from the
convention sessions, the Trade Show and more.
Rises in 2015 as Consumers Seek Cleaner Fuels
US consumers used a record of nearly 2.1 billion
gallons of biodiesel in 2015, reducing America's carbon emissions by
at least 18.2 million metric tons, according to new EPA data released
as the industry kicks off its 2016
Biodiesel Conference and Expo.
Biodiesel industry leaders said the year-end figures demonstrate
biodiesel's rising popularity and its continued success as America's
first and only EPA-designated Advanced Biofuel to reach
commercial-scale production nationwide.
"We're seeing it take hold across the country. Consumers are
seeking out cleaner alternatives to fossil fuels and they see
biodiesel as a high-performing, cost-competitive alternative to
petroleum diesel," said Joe
Jobe, CEO of the National Biodiesel Board (NBB),
the industry's US trade association. "These numbers also show
without question that the Renewable Fuel Standard is delivering
significant volumes of Advanced Biofuel to the American people. They
prove that the RFS is absolutely working."
"Biodiesel is still a young industry, but it is becoming a
mainstream American fuel that's having a real impact in helping us
cut pollution, create jobs and diversify the fuels market."
According to the data, fuel companies reported producing 2.09 billion
gallons of biodiesel in 2015, up from about 1.97 billion gallons in
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Volunteer women farmers involved in the CommonGround program,
along with state and national staff, met in Washington at the Smithsonian National Museum of
American History to share their experiences with the
program and welcome new members last week. Through both general and
breakout sessions, the participants worked intensively on the tools
that they use to share their personal story and that of modern
farming with urban and suburban moms through sessions on social
media, public speaking and interview skills.
Through a series of presentations from representatives of affiliated
agricultural groups, such as the Center for Food Integrity,
attendees explored a wide array of subjects including the most
prevalent consumer attitudes toward agriculture and the most
effective ways to share their story with a broader audience.
Support for their efforts was reinforced through presentations from National Corn Growers
Association Grower Services Action Team Chair Patty Mann and
Kavazanjian, who also chairs USFRA.
"I came away from the conference with an appreciation for the
idea that we need to embrace skepticism in conversations about food
and farming with those outside of agriculture," said Mann.
"Just listening to concerns and sharing values can assure others
that we really do want the same things for our families.
To read more about the conference, plus CommonGround
launched a new video addressing consumer concerns about pesticides
titled "Not a Latte." The video, which can be viewed by clicking
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Plasticulture Conference Set for February 13
Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry will
host its 10th
Annual Plasticulture Conference on Sat., Feb. 13 at
the Mid America Technology Center in Wayne. The conference provides
gardeners with the latest information on the plasticulture growing
This year's theme will be "Advanced Techniques for Plasticulture."
Keynote speaker Itzhak
Esquira is the Greenhouse and Plasticulture Extension
Specialist for the Israeli Plants Board. He teaches greenhouse
technology at Tel Hai College and offers agricultural consulting
through his company, GreenIT in Tel Aviv, Israel. Other
speakers include Micah
Anderson, ODAFF Plasticulture Program Coordinator,
OSU Area Extension Horticulturist Dr. Jim Shrefler, Noble
Foundation Horticulture Consultant Steve Upson, US Foods Manager
Freddy Phillips and Dr.
Merritt Taylor of the OSU Agricultural Economics
Plasticulture is a farming technique that creates raised soil
beds covered with plastic sheeting and equipped with irrigation drip
lines laid directly under the plastic. Vegetable seedlings are
planted in holes punched through the plastic. Click
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After a Dramatic End of
Year Increase in Choice Boxed Beef Prices, Latest Cutout Values Pull
On Mondays, Ed
Czerwein with the USDA Market News Office in
Amarillo, Texas, releases his overview of the boxed beef trade for
the previous week. We have his latest report for the week ending
January 23rd, which continues to track the dramatic up and down in
recent days of the choice cut out values. Here are some highlights-
the complete report can be read and Ed's comments can be heard by clicking
or tapping here.
"The daily spot Choice box beef cutout ended the week last
Friday at $224.83 which was $7.64 lower compared to the
previous week and $10.33 below the $235 top set Monday thru Thursday
of that same week. This daily spot Choice cutout has jumped
over 44 dollars up to that $235 figure in a little less than three
weeks. There were 649 loads sold for the week in the daily box
beef cutout which was about 10 % of the total volume.
"While the pullback from $235 is significant, this decline that
began on Friday January 15 was a normal seasonal change that usually
runs until late in February before a the spring rally in March at the
beginning of the grilling season."
Back East- It is Still a
Mess- House Ag Committee Hearing Becomes a Victim of Jonas
Federal workers in the nation's capital are getting
yet another snow day today. After two to three feet of snow in some
parts of the Eastern seaboard region, the second day off for Uncle
Sam reflects how hard it is to get around the D.C. area in the wake
of the weekend blizzard.
One casualty of Jonas is a hearing that was planned
for today. The House Agriculture Committee postponed a hearing
planned for this morning on Capitol Hill with EPA Administrator
Gina McCarthy. No new date has been set.
You can also expect that some reports that normally
originate out of USDA will likely be delayed for yet another day.
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