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USDA's April Cattle on Feed Report Looks Neutral
to Friendly - Derrell Peel Explains
herd expansion that began back in 2014 means producers will continue
to see more feeder cattle in the market, says Derrell Peel,
Oklahoma State University extension livestock marketing specialist.
This is confirmed in the latest USDA Cattle on Feed report released
April 22, that indicates U.S. cattle on feed inventory is up 1
percent from this time last year.
Peel says there weren't any real surprises in the report, and the
fact that numbers are up year-over-year is something producers should
expect for several months to come.
"Herd expansion has now reached a point where that feeder supply
pipeline is coming into the feedlots," he says. "We're
going to translate this into increased slaughter coming out of the
feedlot and increased beef production from this point forward."
According to the report, cattle and calves on feed for the U.S.
slaughter market for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head
totaled 10.9 million head on April 1, 2016. The inventory was 1
percent above April 1, 2015.
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Earth Day Editorial from
Ag Committee Chairmen Praises Farmers and Ranchers
celebrate Earth Day, the chairmen of the House and Senate Agriculture
Committees - Rep.
Michael Conaway and Sen. Pat Roberts
- wrote the following editorial applauding the efforts of
America's farmers and ranchers in protecting our natural
We've all heard it said: farmers are the original environmentalists.
We say that because American farmers and ranchers were taking care of
their land long before anyone told them to do so. Why? They have the
most at stake. If they do not take care of their land, the land will
not take care of them. They also know that leaving the land in better
shape than they found it is the key to passing their farms and
ranches down to the next generation.
The Agriculture Committees, the U.S. Department of
Agriculture, and numerous farm groups and conservation organizations
have long chosen the first option. For decades, they have worked
collaboratively with our nation's farmers and ranchers to implement
voluntary, incentive-based conservation practices that have drastically
reduced soil and water erosion and provided critical wildlife habitat
among a host of other environmental benefits.
With Recent Rains-
Dr. Bob Hunger Reports Foliar Diseases on the Rise in 2016 Oklahoma
Oklahoma State University's Dr. Bob Hunger, Extension
Wheat Pathologist in the Department of Entomology & Plant
Pathology has released his latest wheat disease findings- released
via email on Saturday, April 23rd.
Dr. Hunger writes "Rain over the last week was
extremely beneficial to wheat across Oklahoma, with the cool, cloudy
and wet weather also serving to slow down wheat progression. Wheat
around Stillwater is basically at flowering. Gary Strickland (Extn
Educator; Jackson County in SW OK) indicated wheat in his area
experienced some hail damage, and Greg Highfill (Extn Educator; Woods
County in NW OK) indicated that although not widespread, he has seen
a bit more freeze damage than expected. Overall though, my impression
is that freeze damage is minimal.
"Cool temperature and rain also will facilitate foliar disease
development. Especially over the last several days, there has been
extended periods of dew on wheat, which provides an optimum
environment for increasing foliar diseases. As temperature now rises,
leaf rust should become more common."
Contest Winners and More to Highlight 2016 Oklahoma FFA Convention
Over 10,000 FFA members and guests will be a part of
the 2016 edition of the Oklahoma FFA Convention that officially kicks
off tomorrow in downtown Oklahoma City. There's a lot that will be
happening- and that includes the recognition of some of the top FFA
members that make up the 27,000 total membership in the state of
Four of the top awards
will be spotlighted on Wednesday afternoon- as the Stars in
Production Agriculture, Agribusiness, Ag Placement and Agriscience
will be announced from a total of twenty top seniors in High School
from across the state. There are five District Stars in each of the
four categories- we have that list of twenty for you by clicking
Over this past weekend, over two thousand FFA members
were in Stillwater- and the top achievers in a whole host of contests
will be honored on stage during the various general sessions.
Some of the teams that won State Titles in their
contests include Tuttle
FFA winning Livestock Judging, Kingfisher
FFA winning in Meats Judging and Ag Communications, Edmond FFA
winning in Floriculture and Ag Mechanics, Choteau
FFA winning in Dairy Judging, Whitesboro winning in Land Judging,
winning in Rangeland Judging and Salina FFA winning in Poultry
A list of the top winners- teams and individuals- in
many of the Interscholastics events from this past Friday and
Saturday can be seen by clicking
Farm Shows is our longest running sponsor of
the daily email- and they say thanks to all of you who participated
in their 2016 Oklahoma
City Farm Show.
Up next will be
the Tulsa Farm
Show in December 2016- the dates are December 8th,
9th and 10th. Now is the ideal time to contact Ron Bormaster
at 507-437-7969 and book space at the 2016 Tulsa Farm
Show. To learn more about the Tulsa Farm Show, click here.
Agriculture Secretary Tom
Vilsack Comments on the Signing of Paris Climate Agreement
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack
released the following statement Friday on the signing of the Paris
"By signing the historic climate agreement reached with nearly
200 nations in Paris this past December, the U.S. is moving forward
on our commitment to take real action on climate change. The
agreement establishes a long-term and durable framework to reduce
global greenhouse gas emissions and build resiliency for the future.
America's farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners have a track
record of coupling extraordinary productivity gains with natural
resource stewardship, which positions them well to contribute to the
climate solutions called for in the Paris Agreement. Since 2009, USDA
conservation programs have helped American producers install
practices that have reduced net greenhouse gas emissions by over 416
million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent, or approximately 60
million metric tons per year -- the equivalent of taking 12.6 million
cars off the road for a year.
Through USDA's Building Blocks for Climate Smart Agriculture and
Forestry, we plan to accelerate our efforts, reducing greenhouse gas
emissions and increasing carbon sequestration by over 120 million
metric tons a year by 2025. At home and abroad, USDA and its partners
will continue to demonstrate that climate-smart strategies can build
resilience, reduce global greenhouse gas emissions, and increase
carbon storage in our soils and forest while boosting productivity
and improving global food security. This Earth Day, USDA is proud to
be part of this commitment."
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NCBA's Daren Williams
Says MBA Program is All About Creating Grassroots Promotion for Beef
In an effort to better educate consumers, members of
the beef community are being trained to share positive - and accurate
- facts about their industry. Daren
Williams, senior executive director of communications
for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, says the Masters of
Beef Advocacy program is actually modeled after a political campaign
"I got my career start working on Sen. Bob Dole's 1988
presidential campaign," he says. "We (NCBA) kind of stole
this idea of building a grassroots network - state by state, county
by county - where we would have advocates on the ground well-equipped
to discuss any of the issues with their neighbors or the media."
Supported by the National Beef Checkoff, the MBA is a set of online
courses created to empower producers to engage consumers about
production practices, food safety and dietary guidelines.
Graduates of the MBA program are then encouraged to connect with
consumers across the country via social media. The variety of social
media platforms available today - Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and
blogs - makes it possible for this growing network of more than 8,000
advocates to effectively communicate with the public and respond when
AND- we hosted Daren on our Saturday morning TV
feature In the Field on KWTV News9- click
here to watch it in case you missed it!
Monsanto Announces 2016
Regional "Farm Mom of the Year" Winners
As spring arrives in full force, two things are sure
to follow - planting will begin, and Monsanto will announce its new
crop of "Farm Moms." For most areas of the country,
planting has officially started, and now today Monsanto is proud to
announce it has selected five fantastic women as its regional winners
in its 2016 America's Farmers Mom of the Year contest.
"Once again we are so honored to have read nominations for
hundreds of the strongest, kindest and most passionate women when it
comes to their families, farms, communities and agriculture,"
Mueller, corporate brand manager for Monsanto.
"What all of these women accomplish on a daily basis is
phenomenal, making our job to select just one winner per region a
difficult one. However, we are thrilled to introduce America to our
five new regional farm moms. We were impressed with their drive and
willingness to speak out for agriculture, and we know America will
The 2016 regional winners of the America's Farmers Mom of the Year
- Northwest Region: Katie
Heger (Underwood, N.D.)
- Southwest Region: Nikki
Weathers (Yuma, Colo.)
- Midwest Region: Karen
Kasper (Owatonna, Minn.)
- Northeast Region: Ann
Stamp (Cranston, R.I.)
- Southeast Region: Mary
Courtney (Bagdad, Ky.)
Of course, Oklahoma is home to the first National
"Farm Mom of the Year- Carol
Cowan of Watonga!
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