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Governor Mary Fallin Issues Executive Order
Addressing Oklahoma's Feral Hog Problem
Governor Mary Fallin
issued an executive order Friday directing the Oklahoma Department of
Wildlife Conservation (ODWC) to streamline the issuance of permits to
exterminate feral hogs on private land.
She said her order will allow safe and responsible feral hog
eradication in Oklahoma.
The governor also vetoed a measure that would have allowed the
eradication of feral hogs on public land with spotlights at night
without game warden notification or a hunting license, citing
potential safety issues.
Fallin said Senate Bill 1142 contained several provisions -- such as
eliminating the permitting requirement for those who want to
exclusively shoot feral hogs, authorizing nighttime removal and
allowing the use of certain technology to eradicate feral hogs --
that would endanger people on public hunting lands.
"We must be willing to employ every available method of
elimination if we want to eradicate this destructive nuisance,"
said Fallin. "While research and experience have demonstrated
that trapping feral swine proves to be the most effective method of
eradication, private property owners should have, at their disposal,
every tool available. As a result, I believe adjustments to current
eradication practices should be made."
Fallin's Executive Order 2016-16 directs the Oklahoma
Department of Wildlife Conservation to develop rules that include:
- Authorizing landowners on private property to remove or attempt to
remove feral swine at night, with the use of night-vision equipment,
off-road vehicles to pursue or follow feral swine, as well as handheld
or vehicle-mounted headlights or other powerful lights to pursue or
follow feral swine. At no time, however, will pursuing feral hogs on
public roadways or discharging firearms from a public roadway be
- Requiring private landowners to agree to provide advance
notification to a game warden assigned to the county in which
extermination efforts will occur before each attempt to remove feral
- Explaining how users may obtain information on feral hog
eradication, such as a link to the agency's website.
The rules are to take effect Nov. 1.
There are an estimated 1.6 million feral hogs in Oklahoma. They are
present in every county and are estimated to cause more than $1
billion in damage each year.
"Feral swine is an invasive species that inflicts significant
damage on Oklahoma ranch and farmland, and can hurt or even kill
domestic livestock and other wildlife," the governor wrote in
her veto message. "Although I support the intent of this
bill, which is to make it easier to remove or attempt to remove feral
swine, the bill's real-world application to public property like
state parks and Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) would create an
unreasonable public safety threat and a conservation crisis.
here to read more about Gov. Fallin's decision to veto SB 1142
and find a link to the complete executive order.
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Ok Farm Bureau Unhappy
With Veto- Oklahoma Cattlemen Hoping for Good Results from Fallin
Oklahoma Farm Bureau President Tom Buchanan says
he is disappointed that Governor Mary Fallin refused to sign SB 1142-
saying the bill would have provided 24/7 hunting rights to landowners
for wild hogs.
Buchanan says "Feral hogs are an invasive
species, and should be treated as such. By giving the Department of
Wildlife Conservation jurisdiction, the feral hog remains a game
here to read the entire statement from Oklahoma Farm Bureau.
Meanwhile, the Oklahoma Cattlemen agree that wild hogs
must be treated by the state of Oklahoma as an invasive species- but Michael Kelsey
tells us that they are willing to see if the ODWC will follow the
very precise direction of the Governor regarding rules that will
allow landowners the ability to hunt feral swine on their land.
Kelsey is not certain if the legislature will decide
to pursue a veto override or not- he says they most certainly have
that right- but given the politics of the budget and other issues
that are very contentious- Fallin's Executive Order may have taken
the wind out of the sails of any veto attempt.
To read more from the Cattlemen- and to hear Michael
Kelsey's comments to me on Friday afternoon- click
Cattle Placement Numbers
Higher Than Expected in Latest Cattle on Feed Report
The USDA released its May Cattle on Feed report
Friday, and Dr.
Derrell Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension
Livestock Marketing Specialist, says that while marketings and the
on-feed total were pretty close to pre-report estimates, the
placements were surprisingly up 7.5 percent.
Year-over-year increases in the placement numbers were especially
evident in the Southern Plains.
"Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas all had big placement numbers,"
Peel says. "I think there are a couple of things going on there.
One is that really over the last couple of three years the Southern
Plains has been lower; part of that was a drought impact - there was
just less cattle available regionally, and because of tight numbers
the Southern Plains just wasn't as competitive at bringing in
Despite the higher placement numbers, the Cattle on Feed report
doesn't change Peel's outlook for the second half of the year.
"We knew this was coming. We saw the placements start
year-over-year increases in February, now March and April," he
says. "We've suggested since then that we're probably going to
see year-over-year increases every month from here on for many months
as we're working our way into bigger numbers in the industry.
"In fact, this larger placement number really makes sense
relative to the fact that feedlots have marketed cattle pretty
aggressively - certainly in April. They ramped up marketings, pulling
cattle ahead, increasing the turnover rate, and the willingness to do
that hinges in part on the overall economics that supports them
buying replacement cattle."
here for a link to read the full USDA May Cattle on Feed report
and hear Peel's full analysis of the report during the latest
Attorney General Pruitt
Praises Victory in "Sue-and-Settle" Lawsuit
Attorney General Scott Pruitt
on Friday released the following statement in response to the Obama
administration's recent decision to abandon its efforts to list the
lesser prairie chicken as an endangered species.
administration's unlawful attempt to list the lesser prairie chicken
as an endangered species was not based on sound science but a hastily
put together effort by federal agencies, colluding with environmental
groups, to engage in 'sue-and-settle' tactics designed to stifle oil
and gas exploration in Oklahoma and other states," Attorney
General Pruitt said. "That is why I brought suit challenging the
listing, and arguing that science and facts-on-the-ground
unequivocally prove the chicken is not endangered, and that the
State's conservation efforts are working. I'm pleased to report that
the federal government has finally realized the error of its ways and
has ended its efforts to list the bird as endangered."
In 2014, the Attorney General's Office filed the lawsuit against the
U.S. Department of the Interior and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service alleging the USFWS engaged in "sue and settle"
tactics when the agency agreed to settle a lawsuit with a national
environmental group over the listing of the status of several animal
specials, including the Lesser Prairie Chicken.
In September, a U.S. District Judge ruled the USFWS failed to make a
proper evaluation of state conservation plans when determining
whether the bird should receive protection under the Endangered
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Damp Conditions Delay
Oklahoma Wheat Harvest, But Yield and Quality Estimates Still Look
Combines are on the move in Texas, already making
their way to the Waco area and even further north. That can only mean
one thing for Oklahoma wheat producers - harvest is quickly
In fact, Oklahoma Wheat Commision Executive Director Mike Schulte says
some wheat in the southwest corner of the state is ready to go, but
the recent cool and damp weather has farmers in a standstill. With
more rain in the forecast, he is hopeful to get the Oklahoma harvest
underway before too much moisture has a negative effect on the crop.
"We know that there are places in southwest Oklahoma that would
be harvesting right now today on the earlier varieties," Schulte
says. "Like I said, with moisture predicted all for next week, I
think producers are a little bit on edge because there are severe
storms predicted for Monday and Tuesday."
Looking at projected numbers for the 2016 wheat harvest, Schulte says
the National Grain and Feed Association estimates released recently
are very similar to the numbers he and area extension agents are
"I think that number being 130.6 million bushel average for the
state figured at 34 bushel average on a little more than 3.8 million
acres harvested is really pretty much right on target," he says.
"I think maybe they were a little bit lower on the yield average
than I would have been. I think particularly in northern Oklahoma,
some of the yields were lower than what I am predicting based on what
some of the other extension people are predicting as of
Although there has been some hail damage reported in the northern
areas of the state, Schulte says there is still a lot of good wheat
"Things really look good in north-central and northern
Oklahoma," he says. "I think we've got some potential for a
lot of 45-50 bushel wheat; I think there's even some potential for 80
bushel wheat as of today in some of those regions where you've had
really good managers who've been intensive on their management
to Schulte's full outlook for the fast-approaching wheat harvest.
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Grains Council Assessment Mission Finds Japan Taking Steps
Toward Ratification of TPP
Grains Council (USGC) Director of Trade Policy and Biotechnology Floyd Gaibler
traveled to Japan last week to assess the economic and political
environment for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement and
share results of two USGC studies on the agreement with local
The country initiated efforts to ratify TPP earlier this year,
prompting the engagement with Japanese industry on the Council's work
to examine likely impacts on Japanese feed grains and livestock
production, and in turn, U.S. exports of feed grains.
The Council commissioned two separate studies on TPP's impact in
Japan, both demonstrating that while the agreement provides many
improvements on Japanese agricultural trade access, the potential
impact on livestock and its feed demand through improved import
access would be small.
Gaibler presented the results of these two studies to local
stakeholders and met with officials to learn about the various domestic
government support measures being considered to aid the country's
transition to a net exporter of high-value food products, such as
"The studies were well received by all meeting participants, and
there was a general consensus of agreement in their estimated
impacts," Gaibler said. "However, we also saw that Japan's
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) has developed
a set of domestic measures to provide stabilization for existing
farmer operations and act as a buffer for the anticipated TPP
here to read more about Japan's efforts to ratify the TPP.
More on Bayer-
Monsanto Deal Impact- and John Deere Sees Sales Slip by Eight Percent
If Monsanto should chose to accept the proposed
acquisition presented by Bayer AG, the deal would put 83 percent of
U.S. corn seed sales and 70 percent of the global pesticide market
under the control of three consolidating companies.
The Wall Street Journal reports that would raise fears
from the agricultural sector at a time when farmers face heavy
pressure after three years of sliding crop prices. The National
Farmers Union has long opposed such mergers as President Roger Johnson
says if the deal were to be accepted; there will "almost
certainly" be much less competition in the marketplace. Johnson
says the lack of competition would mean "farmers will end up
paying higher prices than they otherwise would be paying."
Combining Monsanto's top position in crop seeds with
Bayer's much broader pesticide portfolio would lead to 28 percent of
worldwide pesticide sales, 36 percent of the U.S. corn seed market
and 28 percent of soybeans, according to Morgan Stanley estimates.
Meanwhile- Through the first half of the fiscal
year, John Deere
reports sales are down eight percent while earning
are 30 percent lower. Net income attributable to Deere & Company
was $495.4 million for the second quarter ending April 30th, compared
with $690.5 million for the same period last year.
For the first six months of the year, net income
attributable to Deere & Company was $749.8 million compared with
$1.07 billion last year. Company CEO Samuel Allen says the second
quarter performance reflects the continuing downturn in the global
farm economy. Further, Allen says that while the company expects
lower results this year, "Deere is continuing to perform at a
much higher level than in previous downturns."
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