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had a total of 755 cattle on their showlist for the Wednesday, March 13th sale of finished cattle- details will be available after noon today by clicking here.
At OKC West Livestock Auction in El Reno Tuesday, Steer and heifer calves 2.00-5.00 lower, except 5 weight heifers mostly steady. Click here for the complete sale report.
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Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Spring Break is just around the corner which means it is that time again for 4-H and FFA students to converge on Oklahoma City for "ten days of organized chaos" as Executive Director of the Oklahoma Youth Expo Tyler Norvell puts it. The event will kick-off this Thursday, during which more than 7,000 Oklahoma agricultural education students will come together to participate in the world's largest junior livestock show at its home at the Oklahoma City State Fairgrounds.
Once again this year, the OYE will host a variety of events leading up to the show's main event - the Grand Drive - scheduled for Thursday evening, March 21. The 2019 Night of Stars Gilt Sale will be held in Barn 8 on Wednesday night (March 20) where the youth who have raised premier show stock can showcase and sell their animals to eager buyers from across the country. Prior to that, 100 of Oklahoma's 149 state legislators will be welcomed to the arena on Tuesday evening to participate in the annual Legislative Show, where state policymakers show livestock alongside youth exhibitors from their home districts.
In addition, Oklahoma Beef Council Spokesman Steven Adams of the OKC Thunder is also scheduled to make a special appearance this year on Tuesday, March 19 for a meet and greet with exhibitors. If that is not enough to entice every student in the state to attend, Norvell says the returning Skillathon should. This is a free competition open to all students who compete for $15,000 in scholarships using their knowledge of livestock care and handling.
This year, 150 scholarships will be awarded totaling $300,000. Furthermore, Norvell is expecting another strong turn out this year at the OYE Sale of Champions, anticipating 2019's sale to again exceed $1 million.
Continue reading or listen to Norvell and I speak about all that is on tap for OYE this year, by clicking over to our website
for the full story.
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Reports will be heard daily on great radio stations that cover Oklahoma and that are a part of the Radio Oklahoma Ag Network- on the internet- our reports of the 2019 OYE can be found on the Blue Green Gazette page- available here. We will be adding pictures daily to our official 2019 OYE Album of Photos on FLICKR, found here.
For more information about the Oklahoma Youth Expo, click here for the home page of the OYE website.
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During Kansas State University's recent Cattlemen's Day Conference, former OSU meat scientist Dr. Brad Morgan of the Performance Food Group, offered his perspective on the way in which the alternative meat industry is evolving and the potential for encroachment it has in the traditional meat market, which fears falling victim to a similar situation the dairy industry found itself in with the arrival of products mimicking milk for example.
While he believes most consumers will prefer traditional meats over imitation, he also believes there will be a market for these products as they continue to develop - a niche market anyway. Like the case with turkey bacon, there are people that will buy these products but he insists it will only be a relatively small segment of the consumer base. While Morgan views this as largely a non-event, he argues what is important is that consumers fully understand what they are buying. Which should be the case as per the recently announced agreement between the USDA and the FDA. USDA has ensured that its oversight of the labeling of these products will include prominent visuals that clearly denote their plant or lab-based origins. Despite the anxiety that seems to be building, Morgan attempted to reassure stakeholders.
"Don't get too nervous about this. Right now, one out of ten people may consider purchasing one of these types of items. I think that number would even go down when you start talking about the price associated with them at this point," he said. "The other thing is, this is all being done in a lab. It's not in a large production system. They're still a long way to get there."
Listen to Morgan's full commentary on the subject of alternative meat products, on today's Beef Buzz - click here.
Secretary Perdue Announces Middle List of Potential Sites for the Relocation of ERS, NIFA Offices
The Department of Agriculture Tuesday published a narrowed list of potential site relocations for the Economic Research Service and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
USDA says the agency used a set of guiding principles against the interested locations, including consideration of USDA travel requirements, labor force statistics, and work hours most compatible with all USDA office schedules.
The new list includes 67 potential sites across the nation from the 136 proposed locations. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says "USDA will make the best choice for our employees and customers," adding "relocation will help ensure that USDA is the most effective, most efficient, and most customer-focused agency in the federal government."
The initial list includes locations in 35 states, however, the smaller list announced this week includes sites from just 28 states, excluding the three submitted by Oklahoma. Kansas and Texas still each have three potential locations in the running. For more on this story, including a look at the complete list of possible relocation sites, click here.
USDA Foreign Agricultural Service to Host Farm Bill Listening Session Regarding Farm Bill Trade Title
The USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service will host a listening session Friday, March 22, in DC to solicit input from stakeholders with an interest in FAS programs authorized under the Trade Title of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018.
During the session, stakeholders will have the opportunity to offer their comments on FAS food assistance and fellowship and exchange programs and FAS international market development programs. Written comments will also be accepted for submission by those unable to attend in person through the end of business on the day of the session.
For more information about the session and its agenda or for instructions on how to submit your own comments, click or tap here
to jump to the original announcement from USDA on our website.
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Wheat Grower Jesse Green Confidently Puts All His Eggs In One Basket
While at the Commodity Classic in Orlando Carson stopped to talk with Jesse Green, a wheat producer from Wellston, OK and 1st place winner in NWF's 2018 State Wheat Yield Contest.
Green offered his take on Bayer's Westbred wheat variety and the success he's has had with it. Despite a slight dismay when it came to test weight, he's sticking with another Westbred variety again this year.
"Without Westbred the last couple years, I feel fully confident in saying that I would not have been seeing the yields I've seen over the last three years," stated Green. "Westbred's the way to go on wheat in my mind."
Click or tap here to listen to Green talk with Carson about why he likes the early maturing 4303 or 4269 varieties, and what he makes of this growing season so far.
Senate Ag Committee Chairman Murdock Pushing Bill to Prohibit Land Purchases by Wildlife Commission
A bill limiting how much land the Wildlife Conservation Commission can purchase is awaiting a vote by the full Senate. State Sen. Casey Murdock, R-Felt, is the principal author of the measure, which would prevent the Commission from buying more land than they sell each year. Senator Murdock is the Chairman of the Senate Agriculture and Wildlife Committee.
"The Wildlife Commission is buying land in rural Oklahoma, but when land is owned by the state or U.S. government, there are no families living on it-their kids aren't going to attend the local school. They aren't spending their money in the local businesses in nearby towns. It's an economic drag on rural Oklahoma," Murdock said.
Murdock said under his legislation, the Wildlife Commission would still be able to lease land. He noted that lease money is paid to landowners who are farmers and ranchers who then spend that money in their local communities.
In checking the calendar- the Senate will be voting non stop on measures coming out of various committees, including a couple sponsored by Murdock- but SB703 is not on the docket for today.
Click or tap here for more on this measure.
Quartermaster Creek Spring Bull Sale
Quartermaster Creek Spring Bull Sale
TODAY - Wednesday March 13, 2019
12:30 At the Ranch
19564 E. 840 Road
Leedey, Oklahoma 73654
Mike and Annie Switzer had to reschedule their spring bull sale because of icy conditions a couple of weeks back- the rescheduled date has arrived- and the sale will be kicking off at 12:30 PM in Leedey.
They will be selling 100 Two Year Old bulls sired by leading AI sires- all rugged and ready for service.
They also will be selling 70 Open Yearling Heifers carrying QC Genetics.
For details- go to the Quartermaster Creek website- click or tap here.
Scroll down on their front page to find links for the Sale Book, Videos of the Bulls and the Sale Flyer.
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