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Monday, October 23, 2017
Producers across the nation contribute to the national Beef Checkoff program every time they sell cattle. For every dollar per head collected in each state, fifty cents of that dollar is given to the Cattlemen's Beef Board to fund efforts in promotion, education and research. The other half of that dollar stays in that state to perform the same function. In recent years, several states have elected to augment their state checkoff programs, adding an additional dollar to be collected for its state checkoff program. This October, producers in Oklahoma are in the process of getting their own state checkoff approved and implemented. However, during this process, the referendum has roused some challengers.
According to Michael Kelsey, executive vice president of the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association which is spearheading this effort, the checkoff referendum here in Oklahoma is being ran just as they've been in every other state. He says one of the concerns being raised by challengers, is that young members of the cattle industry should not be allowed to vote in the process, speaking of 4-H and FFA members who own and sell cattle but are not of legal voting age for say a presidential election. But, Kelsey is pushing back.
"State law is very clear," Kelsey argues. "If you will pay the Checkoff, you're eligible to participate in the program. Every Checkoff has been that way. Why they've chosen Oklahoma to finally make a challenge... I can only guess."
Kelsey says the members of the OCA, as a grassroots organization, are very much invested in the ballot process - wanting it to be a fair and unbiased approach. But even other organizations in the state have acknowledged the need for such a program and understand the benefits of having one. So far, the cause has won the endorsement of American Farmers & Ranchers as well Oklahoma Farm Bureau, and several junior and breed associations, too.
Unfortunately, those in protest, Kelsey says, have all come from out-of-state to bring the legality of this referendum into question. Kelsey says that is highly discouraging to see outsiders come in and try to disrupt a process that will positively impact the cattle business in the state - when it is the ones who will be impacted, the local producers, that are backing it.
Read more about what Kelsey had to say regarding the protests of challengers to the proposed state checkoff and learn about how they are trying to lower voters' confidence by clicking here
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A recent report by Reuters brought into question some of IARC's conclusions about glyphosate, raising troubling new evidence that suggests IARC has shown a lack of objectivity, credibility and integrity in its research.
According to a statement released last week by the American Chemical Council, IARC has been accused of deliberately omitting critical evidence regarding the truth about glyphosate and its links to causing cancer.
The aforementioned report claims that IARC's Monograph working group studying glyphosate as a potential cancer causing agent rewrote conclusive studies that exonerated glyphosate - and in essence worked to actively condemn the use of glyphosate. The statement calls this action a violation of public trust and brings the organization's credibility into suspicion.
ACC argues that any policy on glyphosate based on this Monograph must be reevaluated as it can no longer be considered valid. It also speculates on whether or not this was an isolated incident or if this practice has been widespread in the IARC's work.
"ACC and others have called for reform of IARC based on a persistent lack of transparency and widespread conflicts of interest within the Monographs program," ACC stated. "These are important critiques of IARC policies and procedures that must be addressed. However today's allegations of blatant manipulation of information and disregard for clear scientific evidence supports the urgent need for a full investigation by an unaffiliated third party. Ultimately, the leadership and staff of IARC must be held accountable."
The ACC is now calling on those that fund IARC to join them in initiating an investigation into these new revelations. Click here to learn more.
|Piper Merritt Hopes to Hang Her Hat Among the National FFA Officers Who Call Oklahoma Home
The National FFA Convention gets kicked off this week in Indianapolis. One of the major highlights of the convention each year is to see the installation of the next National FFA Officer team. This year, Piper Merritt of Owasso will be traveling there to represent Oklahoma as the state's National FFA Officer candidate.
Piper told me in a recent interview that she has undergone extensive preparation for this week. She will be participating in some very intensive interviews and up against stiff competition, all of whom are competing for the chance to serve the National FFA Organization and its members across the country.
"The prep for this experience has been unlike anything I've ever gone through before," she said. "It's an entirely holistic approach preparing for the process. You want to focus on FFA and agricultural education, but also the larger issues in the ag industry. A lot of the prep has been about self-reflection - getting to know who I am at the core of my being and also how I can leave an impact on FFA and also how FFA has impacted me."
If her name is called this Saturday afternoon, Piper says she understands the commitments required of her - which is basically to devote an entire year of her life to serving the organization. She says that should that come to pass, her goal will be to soak up every experience, and to learn something from every event, every encounter, every interaction. And in return, she hopes to make a measurable impact of her own, to leave the organization better than she found it.
"I've always been so interested in service," Piper said, trying to explain her initial desire to run for national office. "How can we make - not only Oklahoma FFA better, but how can we make FFA better for every student in every single classroom. That was my main reason."
You can read more about Piper's dream of becoming a National FFA Officer and listen to our complete conversation, by clicking over to our Blue-Green Gazette. Be sure to check back in this week for updates on the Convention as I'll be there covering the event.
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|NCBA Says GIPSA "Deader Than a Doornail" After Secretary Sonny Perdue Dealt the Final Kill Shot
Just this week, US Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue
made the final decision to at last, officially withdraw the so called GIPSA rule, left over from the Obama administration that first appeared in the 2008 Farm Bill. The regulation's intended purpose was to create fairness in the markets and level the playing field between producers and packers. Over the years, some have been for the regulation - mostly populist groups like the National Farmers Union, RCALF-USA and the US Cattlemen's Association. Those opposing it have included the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, the National Pork Producers Council and the National Chicken Council. And, stuck in the middle - the American Farm Bureau Federation. Whatever your politics, though, the rule is no more and Colin Woodall
, NCBA's lead lobbyist, told me that although it has been a long battle, he is glad Perdue pulled the plug on GIPSA.
"(GIPSA) was USDA's opportunity to get right in the middle of cattle marketing," Woodall explained. "In essence, it would tell cattle producers how they could or could not market their cattle. And, they did so by trying to define what is fair. We can all agree that the last group we want defining fairness is the US government - regardless the administration."
By ridding the USDA of this rule, Woodall says that producers can go back and run their operations as they see fit. He says it will allow ranchers to be able to focus on the value-added marketing programs that their industry has spent so many years trying to build. And, the good news is that even though there have been multiple unsuccessful attempts to quell this rule, Woodall says Perdue's decision this time is final and it won't be able to be resurrected.
"The decision made by Sec. Perdue to withdraw this rule is the final kill shot, so it is deader than a doornail," he remarked. "Sec. Perdue understood the impact it was going to have on our marketing opportunities and we just can't thank him enough for his decision to protect our ability to market cattle how we want to, where we want to and under the circumstances that make us the most money possible."
Listen to Woodall and I discuss Secretary Perdue's decision to officially withdraw the GIPSA rules, on Friday's Beef Buzz - click here.
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Obviously, when it comes to wheat, variety selection plays a major role in the outcome a crop's potential quality. But according to OSU wheat specialists Brett Carver and David Marburger, farmers shouldn't rely simply on genetics to produce high-protein wheat.
With such low levels of protein in recent wheat crops here in the state, they admit that it is only natural to wonder how much the Oklahoma Wheat Improvement Team considers protein content in their breeding efforts. Quite a lot, actually. But Carver, head of the wheat improvement team, says there is only so much of that outcome they can control. The rest must come from a combination of environment and growing conditions.
"There's so much that goes into protein such as the variety, growing conditions and application of nutrients," Carver said. "We like to think genetics are what control protein content but that's only part of the equation. There are influences beyond genetics that interact with the genetics to give us that final protein content and final quality."
Marburger, OSU Cooperative Extension small grains specialist, said one of the common questions he fields from producers revolves around what varieties have higher protein content.
"There are some varieties that, on average, are going to be better when it comes to protein content. But, a lot of times, the variability among varieties at a certain location is outdone by the variability among the different environments where those varieties are being grown," Marburger said.
The fact is, the OSU Wheat Improvement Team, is literally working year-round on trying to improve wheat quality.
While there is no genetically perfect wheat breed that exists, that will tolerate any environment and growing condition and produce a premium quality crop - Marburger contends that any farmer can produce a high-protein crop from just about any variety available - as long as they properly manage it.
"It's important for producers to remember they can achieve the target of 11.5 percent protein in their crop with a high degree success with pretty much any variety, plus likely increase yield along the way, if they properly manage their nitrogen fertilizer."
Click here to read the full story about wheat variety and how it relates to a crop's protein-content.
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|Placements Way Bigger Than Expected in Latest Cattle on Feed- Derrell Peel Weighs in
The latest USDA Cattle on Feed report is being called a bearish surprise, with the placement numbers well above the average pre report guess- thirteen percent up from a year ago versus the average per report guess of eight percent. The on feed number as of October first was also higher than what analysts were expecting at five percent above the on feed numbers of October First of 2016.
After the report was released, I talked with Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Market Economist Dr. Derrell Peel, who told me "we knew it was going to be a bigger number" and that "we know that there is more cattle out there- we've been seeing larger auction volumes. In Oklahoma in particular, I wasn't sure whether those were cattle that going back out to pasture getting ready for winter grazing- it would appear that now that a significant number of those cattle were headed for the feedlots."
Click or tap here to read more about Friday's report- and to hear my visit with Dr. Peel from Friday afternoon where we caught up with him via phone on the sidelines of the Oklahoma Rural Economic Conference on campus at OSU.
Members of the National Association of Wheat Growers held their annual fall conference in Charleston, SC this past week. Committees covered a range of topics but talks regarding the 2018 Farm Bill and ongoing trade negotiations rose to the top of discussions.
Trade has become a foremost priority for the current administration. NAWG held a joint committee meeting with their colleagues from US Wheat Associates to discuss the industry's plan of action regarding its influence over trade matters in DC. From the committee, a resolution was made to encourage the administration to expedite the creation of bilateral trade agreements as stated or promised to increase agricultural trade.
NAWG CEO Chandler Goule stated that having a trade agenda in place is important to put pressure on the administration that promised many bilateral trade agreements in lieu of the Trans Pacific Partnership. He says, although those promises were made, they have yet to be delivered on and wheat growers are no better off because of it. He hopes this resolution will help to see those promises delivered upon.
Goule also said the conference was a success, as it helped to align the industry on its top priorities related to the 2018 Farm Bill. With the House and Senate both in deep discussions regarding the legislation's reauthorization, Goule says it is imperative to have everyone on the same page and able to guide lawmakers on how to go about improving programs included in the Farm Bill.
Click here to read a joint statement from NAWG and USW on the key points coming out of the conference.
Monday Thots- Three More Oklahoma School Land Lease Auctions This Week- and Lotsa Rain Over the Weekend
We are right in the middle of Oklahoma School Land Lease Auctions this week- with three auctions set for today, tomorrow and Wednesday.
This morning- the Lease Auction event makes a stop in Burns Flat at the Western Technology Center at 10 AM- offering five year leases via auction from Beckham, Caddo, Harmon, Kiowa, Roger Mills and Washita Counties.
Tomorrow- also at 10 AM- the process moves to Lawton and the Great Plains Technology Center.
Wednesday- the site is the Garfield County Fairgrounds in Enid- also at 10 AM.
Click or tap here for the brochure that lists the exact locations and counties where the leases are for each of these auctions.
Click or tap here for the CLO website that has all the details on the 2017 lease auctions that continue this week and next. By the way- the top link on this page that is called 2017 Land Lease Auction Notice (Brochure) will take you to the complete listing of each lease being offered by county- and it includes the details of things like how many cow units a parcel can support, location details and a minimum starting bid.
The weather system that roared across Oklahoma on Saturday evening brought some severe weather and a good bit of rainfall- over a dozen Oklahoma Mesonet sites topped two inches of rainfall- from Medicine Park in the southwest to Jay in the northeast. Most rain for any one location in the Mesonet locations was seen by McAlester- topping three inches- 3.28 to be exact.
Here's the Mesonet map which captures the rainfall totals we saw from this weekend:
By the way- there is a fast moving cold front sweeping down the plains as we write this on Monday morning- will bring strong north winds and much cooler temps with it. And, according to Jed Castles with News9- there is another cold front at the end of the week anticipated that could bring a freeze to a lot of central and western Oklahoma by this coming Saturday morning:
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