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Friday, June 14, 2019
Featured Story: Kansas City Region Selected by USDA as New Home for the Economic Research Service and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture
Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue says the USDA will move the Economic Research Service and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture to the Kansas City Region. Perdue says the site selection process was rigorous and the Kansas City Region provides a win-win.
"It maximizes our mission function by putting taxpayer savings into programs and providing affordability, easy commutes, and extraordinary living for our employees," Perdue says. "The Kansas City Region has proven itself to be a hub for all things agriculture and is a booming city in America's Heartland."
USDA conducted a cost-benefit analysis and conservative estimates show a savings of nearly $300 million nominally on things like employment costs and rent over the course of a 15-year lease term. That will mean savings of about $20 million per year, which will mean more funding will be available for researching critical needs like rural prosperity and agricultural competitiveness. The move will also help USDA retain programs and employees for the long term.
Perdue says, "We didn't undertake these actions lightly. We're doing this to enhance the long-term sustainability and success of these agencies. The considerable taxpayer savings will allow us to be more efficient and place a lot of USDA resources closer to many important stakeholders."
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Up next will be the Tulsa Farm Show in December 2019- the dates are December 12th, 13th, and 14th.
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Several Groups Continue to very Unhappy with Moving of USDA Agencies
The USDA is still planning to relocate the Economic Research Service (ERS) and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) even with opposition to that decision.
The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) is urging the Senate to take a final stand against this decision. Despite the opposition from stakeholders and multiple warnings from Congress not to proceed, the USDA is still charging forward with relocation and reorganization plans for the two agencies.
"We are shocked and dismayed that USDA has from the beginning refused to go through the proper channels - including the solicitation of public comment and adhering to the directives of Congress - for such a significant and disruptive change as relocating essential government research agencies," said Juli Obudzinski, NSAC Interim Policy Director.
The American Statistical Association (ASA) also issued a statement yesterday regarding the decision to move forward with the relocation.
"Today's decision is a big win for Kansas City and the immediate geographical area, but it comes at too great a cost for the nation," said, Ron Wassertain, executive director of ASA. "National policy is made in Washington, D.C. It is common sense that these ERS and NIFA, so vital to informing food and agriculture policy, should be located where national policy is made."
| okPORK's Roy Lee Lindsey Calls State's 2019 Legislative Session Ag's Biggest Win in Over 20 Years
Earlier this week executive director of the Oklahoma Pork Council, Roy Lee Lindsey, spoke with Associate Farm Director Carson Horn, to reflect from a livestock perspective on the outcome of the 2019 Oklahoma Legislative Session. According to Lindsey, of the 21 sessions he's participated in the employ of the Oklahoma Pork Council, this year was probably the best ever in his mind.
In addition to successfully defending farmers' tax exemption and helping to modernize various outdated statutes at the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture, the Pork Council spearheaded a bill that caps nuisance lawsuits targeting agricultural operations. Given the recent exploitation of the justice system in other states to acquire significant court settlements, Lindsey is hopeful this legislation deters similar activity here in Oklahoma and protects producers in not just the pork business but all segments of the state's ag industry.
"We looked out for things important to rural Oklahoma and overall I just couldn't be more pleased with the way this session went from an agricultural perspective," he said. "It was certainly a very different year in the Legislature than it's been the last couple. You had roughly a third of the group being in their first year. That's overwhelming, but I think they identified the things that were priorities. And, I think the Governor has done an outstanding job advocating for Oklahoma and the good things we have going for us every day - and agriculture is one of those real bright spots for our state."
You can listen to the whole conversation between Roy Lee and Carson, by clicking or tapping here.
This Week on SUNUP OSU's Kim Anderson Talks About the Progress of Oklahoma Wheat Harvest and the June 2019 WASDE
On this weekend's episode of SUNUP, host Lyndall Stout is joined by Dr. Kim Anderson, Oklahoma State University Extension Grain Market Economist, to discuss the progess of Oklahoma's wheat harvest as well as the information in the latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report released this week by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Anderson says the 2019 Oklahoma wheat harvest is well underway in the southwestern part of the state and is starting to creep into the central part of the state. Early reports from the field, he says, have shown better than expected yields and test weights.
Prices across most the state are holding strong at $4.40/bu to $4.50/bu so far. It is still too early to tell what the state average protein content will be this year and how that might affect prices.
Regarding the WASDE report, corn remains the big concern with stakeholders speculating over planted acres and potential yields. You can listen to Anderson talk more about the WASDE report and harvest progress, over on our website - here.
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The weekly harvest report series of reports from Plains Grains for hard red winter wheat has started for 2019, with the first report of the season showing Texas wheat harvest at 32%, Oklahoma at 18% and Kansas reporting test cutting along the Oklahoma- Kansas border- these numbers up through June 13, 2019.
Mark Hodges with Plains Grains says there are some good things to note in this slow developing harvest season- ""On the positive side, very good yields and test weights of 58 lbs/bu. (76.4 kg/hl ) to well above 60 lbs/bu. (78.9 kg/hl) continue to be reported. However, it is extremely early in harvest. There has been no sprout damage reported from any location, a concern after the excessive rain received over the last 45 days in the central and southern Great Plains."
| U.S. Pork Producers Seek Main Course, Not Crumbs
Expanding U.S. export markets continues to be vital to the success of American pork producers. However, ongoing trade disputes with some of our top markets, most notably China, are hampering growth and have caused severe financial harm to U.S. hog farmers. National Pork Producers Council Vice President and Counsel of Global Government Affairs Nick Giordano addressed this issue yesterday at a Global Business Dialogue event in Washington, D.C.
"Mostly because of free trade agreements, the United States is the leading global exporter of pork. As a result, U.S. pork is an attractive candidate for trade retaliation. America's hog farmers - and many other sectors of U.S. agriculture - have been at the tip of the trade retaliation spear for more than a year," Giordano said.
The 20 percent retaliatory tariff on U.S. pork was recently lifted, America's producers still face a stifling 62 percent tariff into China. There are enormous trade opportunities with China, especially to help offset reduced domestic production due to African swine fever (ASF).
You can read more about the U.S. pork producers concerns, by clicking or tapping here.
| Despite Minor Declines, US Beef Export Business Continues to Perform Well as Fringe Markets Grow
The most recent numbers reported by the U.S. Meat Export Federation show that through April, beef exports for the year are holding up pretty well compared to one year ago. Though it has been down slightly, the over all performance has been fair.
Beef exports in April are down by 4 percent compared to last year with Canada chief among those customers with lower totals, declining 22 percent year over year followed by Hong Kong at 41 percent under last year. South Korea, Vietnam and China meanwhile all showed strong growth year over year.
All things taken into account, the gains and the declines, Katelyn McCullock, director of the Livestock Marketing Information Center says given the larger beef supplies currently working through the pipeline, things should be on track both domestically and internationally to keep product moving.
"We still have a lot of production on the market. So, I take it as a good sign that even though the percentage changes don't tell the full story when you compare against 2018 - which was a very strong year for beef - I think we're still in relatively good shape from a balancing of supply and demand perspective."
You can listen to the whole conversation between Katelyn McCullock and I on the Beef Buzz - here.
|This N That- Dairy Farmers Want Your Blood, Google Gives to 4-H and Cattle Rustler Turns Himself In
Dairy MAX and Hiland Dairies are teaming up with the Oklahoma Blood Institute to ask you for some blood- here's the deal as described on the OBI Facebook page-
"GOT MILK? Give blood & save lives at any Oklahoma Blood Institute donor center on World Blood Donor Day (this Friday, June 14) and get a pint of milk and a serving of ice cream. Plus, a "Passion for Pints" t-shirt, a "Summer Vibes" t-shirt, a squeeze cow & voucher for free entry to Science Museum Oklahoma or Safari Joe's H2O / Water Park!"
Google Execs were in Pryor yesterday announcing an expansion in their facility in that northeastern Oklahoma community- and along the way- they announced a BIG contribution to 4-H.
Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Google, announced a 600 million dollar expansion of the Mayes County Google Campus, located in MidAmerica Industrial Park of Pryor, Oklahoma.
Pichai also announced their largest ever Google Grant of Six million dollars to the National 4-H Council to support computer science education in its Oklahoma chapters and others across the nation.
Several other great leaders were also in attendance for the announcement including Oklahoma's Governor, Kevin Stitt, 4-H President and CEO Jennifer Sirangelo and Oklahoma State Secretary of Ag Blayne Arthur- who of course was the Director of the Oklahoma 4-H Foundation before jumping over to the Kevin Stitt Administration earler this year. Blayne shared a pic on her Facebook feed of herself and Jennifer:
Finally- a cattle rustler faces multiple felony counts. Clayten Warren Smith, 36, of Stroud is in custody after being charged with four counts of knowingly concealing stolen property. The charges are the result of an investigation by Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Special Ranger Bart Perrier.
According to Perrier, Smith was caring for the victims' cattle when their owners became suspicious that some of the animals had been removed from the property and sold by Smith. The subsequent investigation revealed that Smith had indeed sold cattle that did not belong to him at various sale barns from June 2018 to January 2019. The victims allege those cattle were sold without their knowledge or permission.
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