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Monday, June 11, 2018
The Senate's version of the Farm Bill was released to the public after the Ag Committee hashed out some final details last week. Republican and Democratic aides say that it's bipartisan, budget-neutral, and is intended to provide certainty and predictability for the nation's farmers.
One Inside the Washington Beltway Ag Lobbyist said that the good news is that this is a boring bill. And the Bad News is that it is a boring bill. It does not have the SNAP proposals that has weighed down the House measure- but there are no big new ideas that are a part of the Senate legislation.
One aide said that, "The text shows that the chair and the ranking member have a partnership that is deep, and it shows that Democrats and Republicans can work together to put together big impactful legislation."
The bill is titled the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018. Its intention is to improve on a range of farm programs and tighten up integrity in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
The Senate Ag Committee will mark up the measure this Wednesday- and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says his intention is to pass the bill on the Senate floor before the July 4th recess.
In response, Sentinel, Okla. wheat farmer and president of the National Association of Wheat Growers Jimmie Musick commended the Senate for its bipartisan effort and says that while NAWG's review of the draft bill is still ongoing, several positive provisions for wheat farmers.
"NAWG is pleased that this process is moving forward with support from both sides of the aisle, and we urge both Chambers to complete action on a full Farm Bill reauthorization before the current one expires on September 30th," Musick stated.
The American Soybean Association also applauded the leaders of the Senate Agriculture Committee.
"The farm bill is vital legislation, not just for American farmers but for consumers in our country and abroad who depend on us to provide food, fiber and fuel," said ASA Vice President and Kentucky soybean grower Davie Stephens. "We're grateful to Chairman Roberts and Ranking Member Stabenow for their bipartisan effort and for taking this important step toward completing the farm bill this year."
FINALLY- the pork industry offered an over the weekend response to the language of the measure- cheering the inclusion of the move to a Vaccine Bank for FMD to be established in the US- read their comments by clicking or tapping here.
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Crystal Shipman of Eagletown, Okla., Recognized as a Significant Woman in Oklahoma Agriculture
Crystal Shipman of Eagletown, Okla. was recognized this past week by the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture as a Significant Woman in Agriculture.
For the last three years, Shipman has taught agriculture and agronomy courses at Eastern Oklahoma State College (EOSC) in Wilburton, Okla. In addition to her role as a professor, she has also served as the coach of the soils judging team and co-sponsor of the college's agricultural leadership and advocacy group.
Prior to being a professor at EOSC, Shipman was the Agricultural Education instructor at Smithville High School for five years - a natural move for Shipman who grew up an active member of both 4-H and FFA on her family's small farm. In her youth, Shipman showed hogs and sheep from the time she was 9-years-old. She was also active in judging contests. In fact, her high school ag teacher convinced her to try out land judging through FFA which sparked her interest in agronomy.
After graduating from Eagletown High School, Shipman attended EOSC where she was on the soil judging team and majored in plant and soil science. She later went on to complete her degree at Oklahoma State University.
After an eight-year teaching career in high school and college, Shipman is beginning a new chapter. She recently accepted the OSU Extension Educator position in LeFlore County.
She will now have the opportunity to work with numerous 4-Hers in her county on their projects and hopes some of them may also develop an interest in agronomy and horticulture. When she isn't advocating for the agricultural industry, Shipman is helping her husband of nearly 10 years, Bobby, with his family's commercial cattle operation. Though their son Jasper is only 5 years old and not yet old enough to enroll in 4-H, Shipman said he's already developed a love for agriculture, specifically horses.
Click here to read more about Shipman's story and what makes her a Significant Woman in Oklahoma Agriculture.
LMIC's Jim Robb Says Current Rate of Cow Slaughter Could Translate into More Optimism for Future
Based on the data he has seen distributed by the USDA, Jim Robb of the Livestock Marketing Information Center says he is beginning to see a picture develop of where we are on beef cow herd rebuilding here in 2018. He walked us through his thoughts in a recent interview.
"On the slaughter side, we had overall cow slaughter up 9,000 head year-over-year. That's a 9 percent increase, with most of that in beef cow slaughter," he said. "We had a 12 percent year-over-year increase in the latest data which would be for the week ending May 19th in terms of beef cow slaughter. So, clearly, we have open beef cows, we have drought conditions and we're increasing beef cow slaughter a little bit more than we anticipated a couple months ago."
More importantly, however, Robb says heifer slaughter as of last week was up 33,000 head year-over-year which is a 29 percent year-over-year increase - which Robb points out is huge for any statistic in agriculture let alone heifer slaughter. What this tells Robb is that the overall size of the herd is probably growing at an even slower pace than previous thought. If his calculations are correct, Robb predicts we are on track for a January 1, 2019 total cattle herd that is up perhaps a half a percent. Compared to the prior year when growth was nearly 7/10 a percent and the year before at 2 percent - Robb says this indicates a real moderation in the rate of herd growth. Down the road, he says this moderation will be very beneficial from a supply perspective in terms of cattle prices.
"I think in terms of marketing cattle, we don't want to get caught up especially in ranching country too much with the short term. We want to look to the fourth quarter of this year, because we could have some real gyrations this summer," he said. "We have several moving parts - politically, with the corn crop, drought conditions, etc. But, focused on cow/calf country and stockers, it's not too early to start some fundamental business planning looking out a little bit more longer term."
Listen to Robb and I discuss current economic factors that will help producers develop their marketing strategies for the coming year, on Friday's Beef Buzz - click here. And remember, you can catch Robb next week at the Texoma Cattlemen's Conference in Ardmore, Okla. on June 15th for more of his advice.
Dairy MAX Brings Western Dairy Association Under Its Umbrella- Now Serving Dairy Farmers in Seven States
Nonprofit regional dairy councils Dairy MAX and Western Dairy Association recently announced the completion of a merger between the groups.
Two of the leading dairy councils in America, Texas-based Dairy MAX and Colorado-based Western Dairy Association, have a long history of affirming the efforts of dairy farmers in their regions and providing information about the nutrition and benefits of dairy. The combined organization, which will be known as Dairy MAX, represents more than 900 dairy farmers and their families in seven states: Colorado, southwest Kansas, Montana, New Mexico, western Oklahoma, Texas and Wyoming.
Dairy MAX is part of a nationwide effort to promote dairy, develop new dairy foods, provide educational information and increase consumption. It does so with a team of experts in dairy farming, education, health and wellness and business, working with organizations such as the National Dairy Council (NDC) and Milk Processor Education Program (MilkPEP).
"It is an exciting day for our regional dairy council and for the dairy farmers we represent," said Mike Konkle, CEO of Dairy MAX. "Dairy MAX highlights the importance of American agriculture and dairy farming, helping to grow impact in our communities year after year. We believe that dairy products are simple solutions to everyday hunger, nutrition and dietary needs - and that's a key message we're committed to sharing as part of the newly shaped Dairy MAX."
We spoke recently with Susan Allen of Dairy MAX about the merger- to hear their conversation- or to learn more about hardworking dairy farm families, dairy's role in nourishing our communities and fighting hunger and the health benefits dairy provides - click here.
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They would like to thank all of you who participated in their 2018 Oklahoma City Farm Show.
Up next will be the Tulsa Farm Show in December 2018- the dates are December 6th, 7th and 8th. Now is the ideal time to contact the Farm Show Office at 507-437-7969 and book space at the 2018 Tulsa Farm Show. To learn more about the Tulsa Farm Show, click here.
Hemp Planting Can Begin with License Approval After Governor Fallin Scraps 30-Day Waiting Period
Farmers with the appropriate ODAFF sanctioned license and an agreement with an authorized higher learning institute in Oklahoma, will now be able to begin planting hemp as soon as they are able. Governor Mary Fallin last week waived a previously required 30-day waiting period for license-holders by signing an emergency rule amending the original law. This measure will allow for the prompt action of farmers to take advantage of the limited planted window. This should help them avoid issues such as soil temperatures being too high and the chance of the crop freezing before reaching maturity.
Oklahoma is rapidly getting out of a window of planting opportunity for hemp this season- at least for outside production. We were told that the varieties that farmers would have available to them have either 90 day or 120 day maturity timelines. Inside or greenhouse production is a different matter- since weather would not be a factor in those efforts.
State Ag Secretary Jim Reese said, "There are numerous entities offering producers various contracts to lease land or grow hemp. Industrial hemp is a very interesting plant, however, I encourage all landowners and producers to have their contracts carefully reviewed, check with their USDA/FSA office, their insurance provider and their lenders."
Thus far, ODAFF has approved three applications for license. All three are indoor (greenhouse) applications. These licenses are annual and expire Dec. 31, 2018. The license can be re-issued each year, but it is an annual license.
While several colleges that are eligible to work with producers on hemp- only Langston University has actually provided those wanting to try hemp this growing season the necessary documentation to be able to say they have an agreement with an institution of higher education to move forward now. Their agreement is in the form of a letter, according to officials at ODAFF.
Oklahoma State University,
the state's primary land grant institution,
has decided to wait until next year to to give them time to study the crop and develop a producer agreement that will meet the expectations of the lawmakers who moved this proposal earlier this year. More information about the license and regulations regarding the cultivation of industrial hemp in Oklahoma, can be found by clicking here.
BioZyme Inc Offers New Gain Smart Line Through VitaFerm Brand- Grows Calves Naturally, Efficiently
BioZyme offers many valuable supplements for mature cows through its VitaFerm product line. However, the nutritional requirements for a lactating cow are very different from those of a 500-660-pound stocker calf. This fact inspired BioZyme's R&D Team's latest innovation in a new line of products specifically for the stocker calf sector - VitaFerm® Gain Smart®. Gain Smart is a line of vitamin and mineral supplements for beef cattle that contains Amaferm, a natural prebiotic designed to maximize the nutritional value of feed. It is research-proven to promote calf health and vigor, stimulate digestion and increase nutrient absorption for optimum gain.
Three different Gain Smart products are available to fit each producer's needs based on the specific environment in which cattle are ran. However, they each have the same goal of maximizing feed efficiency in a safe, natural manner.
Gain Smart ensures calves stay healthy and growing, while being on a natural supplement. That growth lessens the stress on the producers and ensures consumers are getting a safe, natural product.
Biozyme insists producers will get a direct return from the Amaferm advantage. The added performance and gain will more than pay for mineral program.
To learn more about BioZyme or its product lines, click here.
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|Texas & Southwest Cattle Raisers Association Offering Reward for Information in Stilwell Cattle Theft
Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Special Ranger John Cummings is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the recovery of 24 head of cattle stolen from the Stilwell Livestock Auction
and the arrest of the person or persons responsible for the crime.
It's believed that the perpetrator or perpetrators entered the Stilwell Livestock Auction barn at an unknown time in the overnight hours between Tuesday, June 5 and Wednesday, June 6, 2018. The suspect or suspects made entry by cutting a padlock and are then believed to have loaded the animals onto a trailer for transport.
The case is being investigated by TSCRA with the assistance of the Adair County Sheriff's Office. Anyone with information that could help identify the perpetrators is asked to call TSCRA's Operation Cow Thief hotline at (888) 830-2333, Special Ranger Cummings at (918) 342-0888 or the Adair County Sheriff's Office.
All information is kept confidential and tips may be provided anonymously. Click here for more details.
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