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Friday, October 21, 2016
Tyler Schnaithman is Your 2016 Star Farmer of America!
Production agriculture has been part of Tyler Schnaithman's life from the beginning. He remembers starting with the simple tasks of sweeping out the barn and filling up water tanks and the excitement that followed when he was soon able to do larger jobs. He also remembers hearing from his grandpa about FFA and how he couldn't wait for him to join. So, when he entered the eighth grade, the Garber, Okla., resident was more than ready to join the organization and explore all the opportunities that FFA and agriculture had to offer.
Today, that excitement regarding agriculture has earned him the honor of being named 2016 American Star Farmer, one of the most prestigious honors awarded to a student by the National FFA Organization. He is the tenth Star Farmer of America to come from Oklahoma- and follows in the footsteps of his brother Travis, who won the Star Farmer award in 2008.
Tyler Schnaithman is no stranger to the national stage. In 2013, he was the National Champion in Prepared Public Speaking- and he has also been the Oklahoma Star Farmer- and have served as a State Officer of the organization.
Click here for our story to read more- and for a chance to hear our conversation with Tyler as we walked from backstage to the TV studio set of RFD-TV where Tyler and the other three stars were interviewed by our friend and colleague Orion Samuelson after the Thursday night convention session.
Two of Oklahoma's Speech Champions have realized a goal of reaching the Final Four here in Indy- Adrienne Blakey of Stillwater spoke yesterday morning in the National Extemporaneous Speech Contest finals- and Emily Kennedy of Edmond qualified yesterday as one of the best four Creed speakers and will give the Creed one final time in the National Finals of the Contest midday today.
Both ladies will have to wait until tonight to know who the National Champion in their category is- that's when the major Speech Contests winners will be announced and celebrated.
We caught up with and talked to Adrienne yesterday afternoon- and you can read more about her journey from Prepared Public Speaking to Extemp- click here for our story with her as found in the Blue Green Gazette on OklahomaFarmReport.Com.
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|Vilsack: "Let's Start the Farm Bill Conversation the Right Way"
US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack made an appearance this week at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis. Following his address to FFA members, I had a chance to visit with him about getting a head start on the Farm Bill conversation."I think there's urgency in starting the conversation appropriately and that's what I've been stressing to audiences that I talk to," Vilsack said. "The conversation in 2011/12 started with 'we have to save money.' Well, once you start a Farm Bill conversation that way... it becomes very difficult."Vilsack explains starting negotiations off on a negative tone with the insinuation that budgets will be cut, those at the table inevitably turn on each other, fighting for the biggest piece of the pie they can secure for their interest. He suggests the alternative in opening up discussions but fears history could repeat itself."The first way to start this conversation should be, 'What is the need?' Vilsack said. "It may be significantly higher than we're spending today - fair enough. Once we've defined that universe, then let's be creative about how to meet as many of those needs as we possibly can."The secretary also expressed concern about conversations that explore transferring money from the Nutrition Title to the farm programs. He insists it is not that simple; that those funds would more likely flow somewhere outside of the Farm Bill 'universe.' He says in reality, when people are able to buy more at the grocery store through the Nutrition program, they will, and if they buy more, than more has to be produced and packaged and processed. At the end of the day, he says, it provides stability to the market.Listen to Vilsack's comments on starting Farm Bill discussions early.
You can also listen to his prepared remarks given at the National FFA Convention by clicking here .
|Kim Anderson Explains What Crops Have the Potential to Make a Profit in 2017 on SUNUP
Oklahoma State University Extension Grains Market Analyst Dr. Kim Anderson talks wheat prices with SUNUP's Lyndall Stout this week - and gives his projections on what parameters producers can afford to keep their margins given the current economic climate in the grain markets.
Unfortunately for many in Oklahoma, Dr. Anderson says wheat looks to be the worst of all the crops. Over the past nine years, Dr. Anderson quoted the average price for wheat at approximately $6 with the current price near $2.80. Variable costs he says range anywhere from $150-$190 per acre. If producers can keep their yield at 35bu./acre, a breakeven price can be calculated at $4.86/bu. If that yield is increased by 5 bu. to 40, it lowers the breakeven down to $4.25. Currently, the markets are predicting a price for June/July 2017 for $3.66. That equals a $1.26/bu. loss for 35 bu. wheat or $44/acre if working off 40bu. wheat, in which case it is only a $23/acre loss.
Canola though looks a little better, says Dr. Anderson. Breakeven prices he says are around $7.50 if working with 30 bu. an acre. That can be dropped to $6.42 if yields are increased to 35 bu./acre. Currently, average prices are near $8/bu. Good news for corn growers though, Dr. Anderson says this is the only crop that looks to have any profit in it. Most importantly, Dr. Anderson says is yield.
"If they can keep that cost down and that yield high," Anderson said, "they'll dramatically increase the odds of making a profit."
You can watch their visit tomorrow or Sunday on SUNUP- but you can hear Kim's comments right now by clicking here.
|Sen. Jim Inhofe Denounces WOTUS, Talks TPP Viability During Oklahoma Visit Promoting SQ-777
Sen. Jim Inhofe is visiting Oklahoma this week to promote State Question 777 - Right to Farm. Radio Oklahoma Network's Associate Farm Director Carson Horn had the chance to speak with him on several pieces of legislation with the potential to greatly affect rural communities, including the Waters of the US rule (WOTUS) and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).Historically, laws pertaining to water have always been within the jurisdiction of the states. According to Sen. Inhofe, liberal interest groups for many years have attempted to introduce legislation to transfer this authority from the states to the federal government - something the senator says he has managed to keep from happening as chairman of Environment and Public Works Committee."And that's exactly what they are trying to do," Inhofe said. "Well we want to keep it in the states."The senator also brought up TPP, the trade deal that neither of the presidential hopefuls have expressed much enthusiasm over, yet in contrast, is supported by President Obama. Sen. Inhofe says while there is the potentiality that a TPP vote could take place during the Lame Duck session, the reality of it is not likely. He attributes several concerns held by policy makers as the hold up, fearing it may stir competition with economic rivals like China. Though, if the legislation were to pass, it is expected to create approximately $4.4 billion in new farm revenue and 40,000 new jobs.Listen to Sen. Jim Inhofe and Carson Horn's full conversation about WOTUS and TPP.
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|Wild Pigs Perhaps Can be Controlled, but Eradication 'Not a Realistic Goal,' State Legislators Advised
Absent some technological breakthrough, total elimination of wild hogs in Oklahoma is a target that's virtually impossible to achieve, at least for the forseeable future, state legislators were informed Wednesday.
Eradication of all feral hogs in Oklahoma "is not a realistic goal," Jeff Pennington, Central Region supervisor for the Wildlife Division of the state Department of Wildlife Conservation, told members of the House Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development.
However, he added, the destructive animals can be controlled to some extent.
The interim legislative study was requested by Reps. Brian Renegar, D-McAlester, and Kevin Wallace, R-Wellston. They proposed a bipartisan, comprehensive examination of ways to control wild hogs, an invasive species that numbers an estimated 600,000 to 1.5 million in Oklahoma.
Also attending the study were Rep. Steve Kouplen, D-Beggs, and Rep. Wade Rousselot, D-Okay.
Click here to read the complete findings from the study.
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|Rick Machen of the King Ranch Institute Paints the Big Picture on Ranch Management
Featured at a recent ranching summit hosted by Kansas State University, Rick Machen of the King Ranch Institute spoke to producers about what he calls a systems approach to ranch management. "It's really nothing more than looking at the big picture and appreciating all the parts," Machen said, adding though that it is also about, "trying to strive and understand as best we can, how those parts interact and how they relate to each other."Those parts being your everyday focuses, such as managing forages, managing your cattle, preventative herd health, nutrition, reproduction, etc. he says."So we ask those questions in a systems approach," Machen said. "What's happening right now? What's happened in the recent past? And, then most importantly - why are these events happening? It's there when we begin to find leverage where we can make small changes that will have a sustainable long-term impact."Listen to Rick Machen of the King Ranch Institute talk more about his systems approach to ranch management during the latest Beef Buzz.
|$4.6 Million in Major Dam Upgrade Projects Authorized for Latimer and Pontotoc Counties
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has authorized projects to upgrade high hazard flood control dams in Latimer and Pontotoc Counties. Both dams protect several homes, businesses and county roads downstream. The combined cost of the projects is $4.6 million.A dam classification of high hazard means in the unlikely event of a dam failure, there is a potential for loss of life. This is the case for both dams to be upgraded."We're pleased to announce these dam upgrade projects both for the obvious downstream flood control benefits they provide, as well as the positive economic benefit the construction will have in these communities," said April Burns, Acting Assistant State Conservationist for Water Resources.Flood control dam upgrade projects are funded through the Watershed Rehabilitation Program. This program allows for a cost-share partnership between NRCS and local sponsors. The Oklahoma Conservation Commission, Latimer County Conservation District and Pontotoc County Conservation District are the local sponsors for these projects. NRCS will fund $2,057,700 for the Latimer County project and state partners will fund $852,100. For the Pontotoc County project, NRCS will fund $1,254,200 and state partners will fund $507,800.
Click here for a link to a graph highlighting the flood damage prevented by control dams across the state.
|Cattle on Feed Numbers Out This Afternoon- Allendale Sees Bigger Marketings and Smaller Placements
The folks at Allendale see an interesting set of numbers for this afternoon's monthly Cattle on Feed numbers from USDA.
They predict the following:
"September Placements are expected to be 2.6% smaller than last year at 1.891 million head. This would be the smallest September placement since the current data-series started in 1996. It would also end seven months in a row of higher than last year placements. September placements supply the February through June slaughter period.
"Allendale anticipates a Marketing total 6.53% larger than August 2015 at 1.749 million. This was the largest July marketing in five years. There was no calendar adjustment this month.
"Total Cattle on Feed as of October 1 is 0.4% larger than last year at 10.274 million. That is a decrease over the September 1 total that was +1.5% from one year ago."
The report is out at 2:00 PM central time.
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