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Update from Ron Hays of RON
Thursday, April 17,
Great American Wheat Harvest" Movie Showcases Huge
Risk of Custom Harvesting
Great American Wheat Harvest" documentary made
it's way to Oklahoma on Wednesday evening, as the
Oklahoma Wheat Commission and Oklahoma State
University hosted a special screening of the film
at the OSU Student Union. Film Director and
Producer Conrad Weaver was in
Stillwater for the showing and he told the
audience that the movie shows how wheat goes from
the field to the table. The film took almost four
years to go from concept to finished project, and
Weaver gave his wife credit for urging him to
explore how this way of life could be turned into
Weaver talked with yours
truly about the movie- and he told me that the
enormous risk that these families take as Custom
Harvesters is mind boggling. He pointed out that
they really don't have a safety net- "farmers have
crop insurance, harvesters do not."
Click here to read more- and to
listen to our conversation with Conrad
Weaver. We also have the video movie trailer
that you can check out as well.
THE WAY- there was a special check
presentation just ahead of the special screening
on Wednesday evening at the Student Union-as the
Oklahoma Wheat Research Foundation, the Oklahoma
Wheat Commission and Oklahoma Genetics, Inc gave
$1,104,712.90 to Oklahoma State University for
this fiscal year's wheat research funding. The
money came from a combination of checkoff
collections through the Wheat Commission as well
as from royalties paid on OSU released varieties
of wheat that are marketed by OGI.
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to Farm,' Intensifying Drought Top List of Topics
We Talk with OFB President Tom Buchanan
Oklahoma Farm Bureau Women's Leadership Team took
time this last week to put on their annual
luncheon spread for legislators during Farm City
Week at the state capitol. OFB President
Tom Buchanan was on hand and
spoke with me. There are several issues of
importance under consideration at the capitol. One
of great importance is the "Right to Farm"
amendment to the state constitution.
Oklahoma, many people would ask the question, 'Why
would you need a right-to-farm in the Oklahoma
constitution because this is an ag state, it
always has been and always will be?' It's the
outside forces that want to change how we do
business. Today's modern farmers are using modern
techniques that are good for the environment, good
for the animal and good for the consumer. And we
want to be able to continue to do that and not
have someone from the outside handicap us and tell
us how to do business. So, it's really a
protection for the future."
Being a farmer
from southwestern Oklahoma himself, Buchanan said
another big issue currently on his mind and the
minds of several lawmakers is the intensifying
drought gripping that portion of the
used to say it was tragic and that does not
describe it now. We are literally at a point that
I believe that we're seeing some culture
Click here to listen to my
interview with Tom or to read more of this
Designates Blaine County as a Primary Natural
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has
designated Blaine County in Oklahoma as a primary
natural disaster area due to damages and losses
caused by the recent drought.
go out to those Oklahoma farmers and ranchers
affected by recent natural disasters," said
Agriculture Secretary Tom
Vilsack. "President Obama and I are
committed to ensuring that agriculture remains a
bright spot in our nation's economy by sustaining
the successes of America's farmers, ranchers, and
rural communities through these difficult times.
We're also telling Oklahoma producers that USDA
stands with you and your communities when severe
weather and natural disasters threaten to disrupt
Farmers and ranchers in
the following Oklahoma counties also qualify for
natural disaster assistance because their county
Caddo, Canadian, Custer, Kingfisher, Major
Click here to read
Attorney General Fights 'Sue-and-Settle' Tactic
and Possible Misleading Ads by
of the tactics being used by environmental groups
to force additional government regulations on
farmers and ranchers is known as "sue and settle."
Using this tactic, the groups sue government
agencies and then pursue settlements with them
which force the agencies to interpret rules in a
manner which favors the environmental groups over
Oklahoma Attorney General
Scott Pruitt has been in the
vanguard of attorneys general fighting this
tactic. He spoke with me this week and said it is
time for action to put a stop to this
"We recently sued the Fish and
Wildlife Service in Tulsa, in federal court there.
Oklahoma Farm Bureau is a plaintiff there. Other
states have joined-North Dakota and Kansas among
others-that have intervened. And the lawsuit is
about the listing of the Lesser Prairie Chicken as
a threatened species. And it
flows out of a settlement that Fish and Wildlife
agreed to in 2011 that is entirely inconsistent
with the statute. They have actually used the
settlement process to regulate through litigation
and not go through proper rule making. It's a huge
case, a very important case... We believe it is a
pinnacle case for other states across the country
to look at the abusive practices agencies are
engaging in as far as these friendly lawsuits with
environmental groups to regulate."
also addresses his office's current investigation
of fundraising practices by the Humane Society of
the United States. You can catch his
comments and more of this story by clicking here.
Honors ODAFF's Investigative Services
Monday, the Senate honored the work and dedication
of the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food,
and Forestry's (ODAFF) Investigative Services
Division and their Chief Agent, Jerry
Flowers. Sen. Ron
Justice was joined by Lt. Gov.
Todd Lamb in presenting Senate
"It's an honor to recognize
the leadership of Jerry Flowers and the work of
his outstanding agents. They have done a great job
across the state in helping capture those who are
breaking the law, stealing cattle and equipment on
farms," said Justice, R-Chickasha. "With the price
of livestock what it is, cattle theft has been on
the rise but they have worked hard to protect
those in rural Oklahoma and return what is
rightfully theirs. We want to commend them for
their dedication and service to rural Oklahoma."
The ODAFF Investigative Services Division
investigates agriculture crimes ranging from the
theft of livestock, agriculture equipment and
timber to wild land fire arson. Flowers and his
nine special agents recently made national news
when they apprehended former ranch hands David
Wallace and Larry "Snag" Smith who are accused of
stealing 100 cows, worth $100,000, from Oklahoma
Rancher and former "The Amazing Race" contestant,
Read more by clicking here.
Opens and Expands Export Markets through Farm Bill
Secretary Tom Vilsack has
announced that the U.S. Department of
Agriculture's (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service
(FAS) awarded funding to more than 60 U.S.
agricultural organizations to help expand
commercial export markets for American products.
The funding was made available through the 2014
Farm Bill. USDA will begin accepting applications
for 2015 export development program funding on
April 17, 2014.
"Now that Congress has
passed the Farm Bill, USDA is moving quickly to
implement our trade promotion programs to help
open and expand opportunities for farmers,
ranchers, and small businesses and build on the
past five years of record agricultural exports,"
said Vilsack. "These programs are an important
investment in rural America. Every dollar we
invest in trade promotion provides $35 in economic
Through the Market Access
Program (MAP), FAS partners with U.S. agricultural
trade associations, cooperatives, state regional
trade groups and small businesses to share the
costs of overseas marketing and promotional
activities that help build commercial export
markets for U.S. agricultural products and
commodities. The program, which focuses on
consumer promotion, including brand promotion for
small companies and cooperatives, is used
extensively by organizations promoting fruits,
vegetables, nuts, processed products, and bulk and
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N That- Farm Bureau Continues to Oppose HJR 1002,
Superior Good Friday Sale Coming and Easter
Holiday Trading Schedule
lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow
Oklahoma school districts to raise the
constitutional cap on bond indebtedness to fund
the construction of storm shelters.
Oklahoma Farm Bureau Vice President of
Public Policy and Media Affairs John
Collison says the idea of building storm
shelters to protect school children is just fine;
however the mechanism to pay for them is not.
He says the Oklahoma Farm Bureau opposes
HJR 1092 which would allow school districts to
propose property tax increases with no upper cap.
He says that school districts which are currently
below their cap can already propose bond increases
to fund shelter construction and there are other
funding mechanisms available to districts which
are at their cap which don't entail increasing
Click here for more- including
comments that Collison made to me earlier this
week on the desire of OFB to stop this
next Superior Video Livestock
Auction happens on Good Friday- tomorrow-
April 18th starting at 8 am central time. A
good sized number of yearlings and calves are in
the mix for this sale- a total of 37,300 will be
offered- that includes 7,700 yearling
steers, 4,900 yearling heifers, 8,800 weaned
calves, 14,900 calves on cows and 700
replacement heifers, bred heifers and bred cows
Superior for more information at 1-800-422-2117 or
click here for details about this
sale at Superior Livestock.
the close of the ag futures trade today- we will
be entering into the Easter Holiday
weekend- which means that the grains
trade based in Chicago and Kansas City will be
closed until Sunday evening at 7:00 PM central
futures trade remains closed until next Monday
morning at 9:05 AM.
Click here for a PDF of the Good
Friday/Easter schedule for the ag futures operated
by the CME Group.
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