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Checkoff Invests in Research and Promotion With an
Eye on Tangible Results for
United Sorghum Checkoff Program is a relatively
new checkoff program- having been established in
the 2008-2009 timeframe- and according to the
Checkoff's Executive Director Florentino
Lopez, the early monies that have been
collected has been directed to research that can
help develop traits that will create value to
producers- either as a trait that enhances
production- or can stimulate demand.
spoke with us at the 2012 Great Plains
Sorghum Conference on the campus of Kansas State
University in Manhattan, Kansas. He says that a
lot of the early research that has been funded by
checkoff money has focused on issues like cold
tolerance or drought tolerance. He adds that
something they called the "Conversion Project" has
been successful early on- helping bring improved
genetics to producers in the last couple of
Lopez says that a large amount of
the current sorghum crop is being utilized for
ethanol, but that they are not ignoring the feed
or food markets. He believes that demand is there
for sorghum- produce it and there will be a place
to sell it. In studying supply-demand figures for
the last several years- Lopez says there is
virtually no carryover of sorghum from year to
year- so for producers who are interested in
including sorghum in their crop rotation- there is
and will be a market.
from sorghum- approximately one-third of the U.S.
sorghum crop is used for biofuels production.
Naturally drought-tolerant, sorghum can be used
for many different types of ethanol production
including starch-based, sugar-based and cellulosic
ethanol production. Sorghum and corn are
interchangeable in the grain-based ethanol market.
A bushel of grain sorghum produces as much ethanol
as a bushel of corn.
You can listen to our entire
conversation with Florentino Lopez by clicking
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Platform Released- GOP Praises Farmers for
Productivity and Care of the
GOP has released the 2012 Republican National
Platform that pertains to agriculture. The writers
speak of the need to curb over regulation more
than once- and also address ending direct farm
program price supports- offering instead risk
management programs that are counter cyclical in
nature. The platform also speaks of agriculture
contributing its share of deficit
In addition, the platform
praises farmers and ranchers for their role in
providing a trade surplus for America- and for
protecting the natural resources that include our
soil and water- as well as the protection of
farmers and ranchers against an activist EPA.
In the closest sentence to getting specfic
about the 2012 farm bill policy discussion- the
platform says simply "The success of our system of
risk management policies will enable farmers and
ranchers to continue to feed and fuel the nation
and much of the world."
can read the entire GOP ag platform on our
website. Click here to go there.
Officials Complimentary, Optimistic About Future
with U.S. Soy
group of U.S. soybean farmers stepped off a plane
in China last month, they anticipated a
celebration of 30 years of partnership. What they
got, however, was a whole lot more. The work of
the soy checkoff through the United Soybean Board
(USB) and its international marketing arm, the
U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC), has paid
dividends in China and the officials wanted to
make sure these farmers knew it.
more than just a supplier of soybeans, but that is
part of it," says Vanessa Kummer,
a soybean farmer from Colfax, N.D., and chair of
USB. "We've helped them improve their food safety
and, during this visit, we heard how much they
The Chinese aquaculture
industry is a big part of this partnership. The
soy checkoff funds projects that help increase the
food safety and growth rates for fish farmers, and
the group of U.S. soy farmers heard about the
positive success of these programs.
are a big part of the Chinese diet, so the
aquaculture industry is a major player in their
economy," adds Kummer. "The checkoff has helped
these fish farmers achieve the right rations and
populations, which lessens negative effects."
Click here to read more.
Over Production Makes More Sense Than Ever to
Rancher Kit Pharo
Kit Pharo decided he wanted to be
a rancher. He took a look at the cattle business
and thought he could see how to make a profit on a
ranch in eastern Colorado. In 1985 he and his wife
began implementing a profit-centered approach and
it has rewarded their efforts.
recently spoke with us at the Southern Plains Beef
Symposium in Ardmore. He says the secret to the
success of the Pharo Cattle Company is simple:
it's not just about producing quality cattle it's
about making money.
"We had been in other
businesses prior to this and I knew I had some
business sense and I decided the ranching was
either going to make me a living or I was going to
do something else. And, unfortunately, it looks to
me like a lot of ranches are just a way of life.
They're not as profitable as they should be. In
fact, I think most of them are break-even at best.
"So we decided to do some things
differently. We didn't want to decrease
production, necessarily, but we realized that
production was not the same as profit. So we
started focusing on profit and realized fairly
quickly that inputs or expenses played a bigger
factor than production. So, if we could reduce or
eliminate expenses, we could increase our profits.
And that's been very positive for us as far as the
ranching business. The easiest dollar that I'm
ever going to make is the dollar I don't
You can catch our interview with Kit
Pharo by clicking here.
State Wheat Specialist Jeff Edwards Discusses
Protected Seed Wheat Rights and Responsibilities
hard red winter wheat varieties available today
are protected by Title V of the plant Variety
Protection Act, which means they can only be sold
as a certified class of seed. OSU Small Grains
Extension Specialist Jeff Edwards
has published some guidelines regarding producers'
rights and responsibilities when using protected
PVP Seed law Q &
Stories about seed law violations
and fines have appeared in popular farm press and
local newspapers over the past few years. These
stories have tended to focus on the "penalty" part
of the law and the magnitude of the fines rather
than how the law protects Oklahoma farmers'
investments in wheat variety development and the
provisions in the law that allow farmers to save
seed for replanting. The purpose of this article
is to answer some of the most frequently asked
questions regarding the PVP
What is PVP?
Plant Variety Protection Act (PVP or PVPA) is a
federal seed law designed to protect the
intellectual property of plant breeders, seed
producers, and those who have funded variety
development (in our case OSU and Oklahoma
Taxpayers). The PVP law that you read about in the
news today was enacted in 1994 and was an
amendment to a law originally passed in 1970. The
law prohibits the sale of farmer-saved seed
without the variety owner's permission. This
protection lasts for 20 years for most crops. The
'Title V' you sometimes see tacked on to the end
of PVP, refers to an amendment to the federal seed
act stating that the variety can only be sold as a
class of certified seed and by variety
Can I save seed from
Yes. You can
save seed from PVP-protected varieties to plant on
land you own or rent. You just cannot sell or
trade the seed for planting purposes. A comparable
example is an audio cd. You can make extra copies
of an audio cd for your own use, such as an extra
copy for the truck, without creating any problems.
However, if you placed copies of the latest George
Strait cd for sale on Ebay, you would likely be
contacted by the owners of the music regarding
your unauthorized sale of their intellectual
Click here for more questions and
answers from Jeff Edwards.
Landscapers Focus of September Meetings
pair of meetings in September is geared toward
gardeners and horticulturists.
Oklahoma Horticulture Society
will hold its annual fall meeting
Sept. 16 at The Botanic Garden at Oklahoma State
University. The schedule for the day begins at
noon with The Botanic Garden at OSU opening for
visitors. The plant auction runs from 12:30 p.m.
to 3:30 p.m., with the OHS business meeting taking
place at 1:30 p.m.Mark Fishbein will give his
presentation at 2 p.m. and Kim Toscano will
provide garden tours beginning at 4 p.m. For registration information, click
Oklahoma Nursery and Landscape
Association has scheduled its annual
convention and trade show Sept. 20-21 at the Hard
Rock Casino and Hotel in Tulsa. The event is
open to all who work and hobby in the
green industry. Exhibitors will be on hand to
share: plant materials, soil and amendments, trees
and shrubs, irrigation supplies, landscaping
equipment, business services and more. Education
on Thursday and Friday will focus on rain water
capture, current water issues in the State of
Oklahoma, pest issues, arborculture and more. For more information, click
Bureau and Farmers Union Show Unity in Call for
Action by US House on 2012 Farm Bill in
Farmers Union President Roger
Johnson and American Farm Bureau
Federation President Bob Stallman
will serve as the masters of ceremony for the Farm
Bill Now rally coming up September 12th in
Washington, D.C. The event is hosted by NFU, AFBF
- the two largest general farm groups in the U.S.
- and a number of other agricultural
the rally occurs on the 12th- there will be only
eight days remaining on the legislative calendar
before the current farm bill expires- and NFU's
Johnson says the rally aims to send a strong,
unified message to Congress that they must act now
on the 2012 Farm Bill to ensure the well-being and
livelihood of all Americans who benefit from the
says American Farm Bureau appreciates the work
done by Congress to date and looks forward to
working with the House to get a farm bill passed
and into conference as soon as possible. In light
of the drought - he says it's imperative for
America's farmers that a farm bill is passed this
The Farm Bill Now
coalition now has close to 50 groups that have
signed on- click here to see the full list
and check out their current talking points.
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