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Friday, February 12, 2016
Gina McCarthy Puts "Government Knows Best" Attitude on
Display Before House Ag Committee
was a rough day being the Administrator of the Environmental
Protection Agency- as Gina
McCarthy spent over two hours seated in front of the
House Ag Committee on Thursday, while lawmakers vented frustration
over multiple issues.
The focus was
clearly WOTUS, the Clean Water Rule that was
finalized last August and is currently under a nationwide injunction
while the Federal District Court in Cincinnati decides jurisdiction
over the multiple lawsuits against the rule.
It was a Democratic Lawmaker who perhaps was the most blunt.
Georgia Congressman David
Scott told McCarthy "You broke the law- you
broke the law" with the use of social media in promoting a
positive perception of WOTUS during the comment period. The GAO
has issued an opinion that the EPA acted illegally in using taxpayer
money to urge support for the Rule via social media in 2014 and
have Scott's complete scolding of McCarthy that you can hear on
our website- and we have the opening statement of the Administrator
and the initial Q&A she had with the Chairman of the
in this story found on our website.
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Oklahoma Farmland Values
Rise, Despite Significant Downturn in Farm Income
Oklahoma farmland values have held stronger than other
states across the region, but the state is also looking at much lower
farm income. That's according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City's
quarterly survey of the seven-state region. These numbers are based
on the fourth quarter of 2015.
Oklahoma was the
only state in the Tenth District where bankers
reported increases in average cropland values over the previous year.
Oklahoma farmland values rose modestly with non-irrigated and
irrigated cropland increasing three percent. According to survey
respondents, district wide values of non-irrigated and irrigated
cropland decreased four percent and two percent, respectively, from a
Oklahoma ranchland values also continued to rise, in addition to the
Mountain States. Oklahoma's ranchland values increased four percent
over last year. For the rest of the Midwest region, growth in the
value of ranchland stalled in the fourth quarter alongside sharp
declines in cattle prices that persisted to the end of the year. From
January 2015 through December, feeder cattle prices plunged more than
25 percent, causing profit margins in the cattle sector to
deteriorate significantly. Alongside these price declines,
year-over-year growth in the value of ranchland dropped from an
average of eight percent in the first three quarters of 2015 to zero
in the fourth quarter.
Farm credit conditions in the Tenth District also deteriorated
alongside lower farm income. Click
or tap here to read more about the expected farm income outlook.
Public Notice by Oklahoma
Pork Council And the National Pork Board
The election of pork producer delegate candidates for
the 2017 National
Pork Producers (Pork Act) Delegate Body will take
place at 3 p.m. on Friday, February 26, 2016 in conjunction with the Oklahoma Pork Congress
and Annual Meeting which will be held at the Embassy Suites Norman
Hotel & Conference Center in Norman, Okla. All Oklahoma pork
producers are invited to attend.
Any producer age 18 or older who is a resident of Oklahoma and has
paid all assessments due may be considered as a delegate candidate
and/or participate in the election. All eligible producers are
encouraged to bring with them a sales receipt proving that hogs were
sold in their name and the checkoff deducted.
If you are interested in being a candidate, please prepare a short
(1/2 page) biography telling about yourself and send it to the
Oklahoma Pork Council, ATTN: Election Committee, 901 N. Lincoln
Blvd., Suite 380, Oklahoma City, OK 73104 to arrive by February 22,
2014. Nominations will also be accepted from the floor.
For more information, contact the Oklahoma Pork Council. Telephone:
888-SAY-PORK (729-7675) or 405-232-3781.
Reserve Program Enrollment Deadline February 26
Department of Agriculture (USDA) is reminding farmers
and ranchers that the competitive sign-up deadline for its most
popular voluntary conservation program, the Conservation Reserve Program
(CRP), is Feb.
26, 2016. This will be one of the most competitive
general sign-up periods in history, in part due a statutory limit on
the number of acres that can be enrolled in the program. The most
competitive applications will be those that combine multiple
conservation benefits, such as water quality and wildlife habitat.
For the past thirty years, CRP has provided financial incentives to
farmers and ranchers to remove environmentally sensitive agricultural
land from production to be planted with certain grasses, shrubs and
trees that improve water quality, prevent soil erosion and increase
wildlife habitat. Since 1985, CRP has sequestered an annual average
of 49 million tons of greenhouse gases, equal to taking 9 million
cars off the road; prevented 9 billion tons of soil from erosion,
enough to fill 600 million dump trucks; and reduced nitrogen and
phosphorous runoff by 95 and 85 percent, respectively. CRP also
protects more than 170,000 stream miles with forests and grasses,
enough to go around the world seven times. The program has allowed
for the restoration of 2.7 million acres of wetland and protects more
than 170,000 stream miles with forests and grasses, enough to go
around the world seven times.
"Since the start of this Administration, USDA has invested more
than $29 billion to help producers make conservation improvements,
working with as many as 500,000 farmers, ranchers and landowners to
protect land and water on over 400 million acres nationwide,"
Secretary Tom Vilsack. "The Conservation Reserve
Program has been and continues to be a key piece of USDA's
conservation strategy, and with this competitive sign-up we are
encouraging applications that offer the greatest environmental
or tap here to read more about the Conservation Reserve
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OSU's Kim Anderson
Cautiously Optimistic In Wheat Price Outlook
Wheat prices continued to move lower this week,
despite a number of factors globally that could result in lower
production. In this weekend's edition of SUNUP, Oklahoma State University
Grain Marketing Specialist Kim
Anderson said the World Agricultural Supply and
Demand Estimate (WASDE) report came out this week. WASDE reported
lower exports for wheat by 25 million metric ton and increased ending
stocks. Anderson said the adjustments were anticipated by traders, so
the report wasn't a surprise.
Traders continue to watch events in Egypt. The country has rejected
their last two tenders because sellers are adding a risk premium of
$10 to $20 a metric ton. Anderson said Egypt may not have the
financial ability to pay for wheat with the added premium, so they
are rejecting loads.
For wheat harvest prices, Anderson is predicting prices around $4.50
- $4.75, which is below the cost of production. He said wheat
contracts between now and September are offering a ten to 20 cent
price premium. In looking at July 2017 wheat prices, Anderson said
that shows indications the market will come back above the cost of
SUNUP host Dave Deken talks
with Dr. Anderson for this weekend's show. Click
or tap here to listen to the full interview and take a look
at the SUNUP show lineup for this weekend.
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Certified Angus Beef
Continues to Grow, Bringing Profitability Back to Cattlemen
Angus Beef (CAB) program is all about bringing
economic value back to Angus cattle producers. That's according to
CAB Board Chairman and Angus producer John Pfeiffer from Mulhall,
Oklahoma. He said the original purpose of the branded beef program
was to increase the value of registered Angus cattle, primarily Angus
bulls. Pfeiffer feels CAB has fundamentally changed the beef industry
because it has been able to return premiums back to producers.
CAB is considered the gold standard when it comes to branded beef
programs in this country. The CAB lineup continues to grow with new
value-added products. CAB continues to grow domestically along with
expanding into markets globally. Pfeiffer said CAB looks to open a
certification plant in Russia in the next 30 days.
CAB has made a huge impact on how cattle producers manage their herd.
Pfeiffer said the program has changed how cattlemen look at genetic
selection and make herd mating decisions. Since attending a Certified
Angus meeting in the early 1980's, he said their breeding program
completely changed in aiming to produce cattle that will meet CAB
I caught up with Pfeiffer at the Cattle Industry Convention in San
Diego held last week. Click
or tap here to listen to our conversation, which we have featured
on our latest Beef Buzz.
Names to Know- Jarold
Callahan, Amber Bales, Mike Thralls and Dr. Bob Totusek
Fallin announced Thursday she is appointing Jarold Callahan
to the Board of Regents for Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical
Colleges. He will replace Andy Lester, who resigned after being
appointed to the Oklahoma Regents for Higher Education.
"Jarold is a lifelong rancher with experience in education at
the university level, so he will be a valuable addition to the Board
of Regents for Oklahoma A&M Colleges," said Fallin.
Callahan has been a Professor at OSU, an EVP with the Oklahoma
Cattlemen's Association and currently serves as the President of
Read more about the appointment by clicking
or tapping here.
The 2016 Ag in the Classroom Teacher of the Year is Morrison Third
Grade Teacher Amber
Bales. She was recently surprised by the state AITC
coordinators during a school assembly with the news- and will be
honored at the end of March at the Ag Day celebration at the Oklahoma
Details about Amber and this Ag in the Classroom honor are available
The names of Mike
Thralls and Dr.
Bob Totusek remind us that today is the LAST DAY for
nominations for the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture's Excellence
in Ag Awards. These two legends were honored last year with two
of the new awards that were started last year by the ODAFF and
Governor Fallin's office to help spotlight some of the tremendous
leaders we have had in the state when it comes to agriculture.
Thralls was named as the first recipient of the Agriculture
Environmental Stewardship Award while Dr. Tot received the
Outstanding Legacy in Agriculture Award in 2015. The third of the new
awards started last year went to Leland Walker- who picked up the
Outstanding Public Service in Agriculture Award
The newest member of the Oklahoma Ag Hall of Fame- who won the
Governor's Outstanding Achievement Award in Agriculture last year was
Panhandle producer Joe
If you or your group are going to nominate someone for one of these
four awards- you have to get your nominations in by the close of
business TODAY. Click here for
more details- the next set of award winners will be announced
March 30th during Ag Day at the State Capitol.
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