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-- Executive Recruiter Paints Radical
Picture of Future Labor Needs--and Pay--'Down on
the Farm' (Jump to Story
-- USDA Says More Targeted CRP Acres Can
Offset Projected Prairie Chicken Population
Decline (Jump to Story
-- Wheat Growers President Paul Fruendt
Says Farmers Concerned About Rain, Farm Bill, and
-- Ignoring Genetic Upgrades Leaves
Millions of Dollars on the Table, Tom Brink Says
-- Stabenow Commends USDA Efforts to
Streamline Rural Programs, Prioritize Economic
Development (Jump to Story
-- P&K Equipment Hosts John Deere
Drive Green Challenge Event (Jump to Story
-- Express Ranches Set for Spring Bull
Sale on Friday- Over 500 Bulls on Offer (Jump
Recruiter Paints Radical Picture of Future Labor
Needs--and Pay--'Down on the
during a panel discussion at the Ag Issues Forum
being held here in Orlando, executive recruiter
Greg Duerksen offered a vastly
different view of future labor needs down on the
farm than what one hears at the main street coffee
shop or the local co-op. His experiences range
from growing up on a grain and livestock farm in
South Dakota to turning around the largest
fertilizer producer and exporter in Latin America.
His work around the globe as president of
Kincannon and Reed has given him a unique
perspective into the future of agriculture.
Duerksen was questioned during the Ag Issues Forum
by moderator Frank Sesno.
we're standing at the threshold of a future that
few have imagined.
"The fundamental problem
is that we have a mismatch between the old
management and labor needs of farming and the
current and future needs of leadership and talent
"Historically, we had
owner-operators, like my father, like my
grandfather, farmers, but from a management
standpoint, they were owner-operators. They had
limited geography. The farm was defined as what
you could handle yourself with your kids and
occasional low-skilled labor."
He says that
has been replaced by today's
"Today, we have farmers
leading diverse geographies over continents or at
least over states and they need not low-skilled
labor, but they need teams of skilled managers and
operators. And so you have to think dramatically
differently about what you need for talent."
He says his firm currently has three
active searches for farm managers in Canada, New
Guinea, and the Ukraine. These are $300,000 per
year jobs farming wheat, rice, and canola.
Duerksen said this type of search can't be called
common yet, but it is the wave of the future.
Click here to read more or to
listen to the panel discussion.
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Says More Targeted CRP Acres Can Offset Projected
Prairie Chicken Population
Natural Resources Conservation Service recently
released a Conservation Insight about how USDA
conservation programs contribute to Lesser
Prairie-Chicken conservation in relation to
projected climate change. A landscape-scale
geospatial analysis - completed in 2011 by Playa
Lakes Joint Venture (PLJV) in collaboration with
The Nature Conservancy (TNC) - showed that if 10
percent of the land currently enrolled in the
Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) was spatially
targeted to benefit the Lesser Prairie-Chicken, a
one to two percent population decline could be
offset. Simply put, more targeted CRP acres can
offset a greater portion of the projected
population decline of the species.
Conservation Effects Assessment Project shows the
differences between our current and projected
landscape, and highlights those areas that may
remain similar," says TNC's Duane
Pool, one of the report's authors and a
landscape ecologist now at Rocky Mountain Bird
Observatory. "If we target our conservation
efforts in those areas, we may be able to provide
a climate resistant refuge for animals that depend
on this landscape and time for birds to
potentially adapt to the changing
You can read more by clicking here.
Growers President Paul Fruendt Says Farmers
Concerned About Rain, Farm Bill, and Biotech
are a lot of issues on the plates of wheat
producers across the state and across the nation.
Those issues are being discussed at the Commodity
Classic underway in Kissimmee, Florida.
spoke with Paul Fruendt,
president of Oklahoma Wheat Growers, about what
are the top concerns of Oklahoma producers.
Topping everybody's list, he says, has to be
"About a month ago, I was ready
to start writing off lots of acres of this crop.
But, you know, a lot of things can change in a
month and we've been very blessed to get the
moisture that we've received. It's come in a very
nice way with either snow or sleet or even gentle
rain. Even this latest hit here in the last couple
of days has been amazing. I'm of the opinion now
are acres will continue to maintain themselves and
our yield should be within reason. Maybe not a
bumper crop yet, but I think we're well within our
Following closely behind,
Fruend says, is Congressional action-or lack
thereof-on a farm bill. He says he does see
movement from some quarters in Washington, D.C.,
and that gives him some measure of hope.
Click here to read the full story
or to listen to my conversation with Paul
Genetic Upgrades Leaves Millions of Dollars on the
Table, Tom Brink Says
cows are better suited to their environment than
to pleasing beef consumers. Their owners can still
use high-value Angus genetics as a terminal cross
in those herds, to help themselves and the entire
beef supply chain.
That's according to two
years of results from the Southern Carcass
Improvement Project (SCIP), as presented by an
advisor to the demonstration. Tom
Brink, President of J&F Oklahoma
Holdings, Inc., helped compile a white paper on
last fall's results.
He presented those
findings and an abstract of the work Feb. 2, at
the Southern Section, American Society of Animal
Science annual meeting in Orlando, Fla.
Having purchased and fed many thousands of
Brahman-cross calves from the region over the
years, Brink said the net dollars left on the
table in the South by ignoring a genetic upgrade
amount to at least $200 million a year-$625
million across the entire U.S.-and that money is
not out of reach.
can read more from Tom Brink by clicking here.
Commends USDA Efforts to Streamline Rural
Programs, Prioritize Economic
Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of
the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture,
Nutrition and Forestry, today commended the U.S.
Department of Agriculture for prioritizing rural
communities through its release of a report on
streamlining rural programs and making them easier
for rural communities to use. The effort
consolidates 11 different definitions of "rural"
into one, to better target resources for programs
that promote rural economic development.
"I commend Secretary Vilsack and USDA for
prioritizing rural communities and addressing an
issue that has long frustrated small town mayors
and other members of rural communities. Under
current law, USDA uses 11 different definitions of
'rural,' creating red tape and making programs
unnecessarily difficult to use. The Senate last
year passed a Farm Bill with overwhelming
bipartisan support that eliminated the 11
different definitions of 'rural' and replaced it
with just one. This is a common-sense solution
that will help our rural communities and small
businesses grow and create
Equipment Hosts John Deere Drive Green Challenge
residents interested in the latest utility
tractors and vehicles, lawn and garden equipment,
loaders and other equipment from John Deere are
invited to stop by P & K Equipment at the Lazy
E Arena on Saturday, March 9, from 10:00 a.m. to
2:00 p.m. as they host their 2013 Drive Green
Event attendees will also
qualify for a $500 discount on John Deere compact
and utility tractors and a chance to win a John
Deere 1 Series Sub-Compact Utility Tractor with
loader and grooming mower. In addition, the Drive
Green Challenge offers interested customers the
chance to compare the latest equipment from John
Deere and other companies.
Eisenhauer, general manager at P & K
Equipment, is confident attendees will enjoy the
chance to test drive different models of
equipment. "The best thing about this event is the
fact that we put John Deere tractors side-by-side
with competitive models so folks can see the
differences for themselves. Even people who have
been doing their comparison shopping online can
come in, drive the machines and see how John Deere
stacks up to the rest."
Click here for more.
Ranches Set for Spring Bull Sale on Friday- Over
500 Bulls on Offer
2013 Spring Bull Sale of Express
Ranches gets underway tomorrow morning-
10 AM on Friday March first- and this year's event
will feature some of the finest genetics found in
the Angus breed today. The sale at the Ranch
in Yukon will include a lineup of 546 Bulls-
featuring the National Western Grand Champion
Carload. The sale will happen at the Ranch in
Yukon, Friday, March first, starting at 10
Funk and Jarold Callahan
write in the 2013 Catalog "With all of us
experiencing the best cattle prices in history, we
still feel one of the most important decisions we
have to make is bull selection. Proper bull
selection allows us to optimize our opportunities
to turn a profit and maximize our land, labor and
Express we are constantly striving to blend
technology with common sense to supply you, our
customer, with the best
bulls we can produce.
All of the bulls selling have HD50K genomic
profiles for you to examine."
evening (at the Ranch)- Express Ranches will host
a pre sale seminar talking about utilizing the
latest genetic information in bull selection- the
session "More Dependable Bull Buying with
Genomically Enhanced EPDs" features Tany
Amen of Angus Genetics, Dr.Kent
Anderson of Pfizer Animal Genetics and
Nolan Stone of Five Rivers
Click here to go to the Express
website and their sale page- they have the catalog
on line to examine- video of the bulls and the
ability to download the bulls performance data.
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