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Update from Ron Hays of RON
Wednesday, February 25,
Offers Renewal Option for Expiring CSP Contracts,
Resources Conservation Service Chief Jason
Weller announced Tuesday that the U.S.
Department of Agriculture is offering a renewal
option through Tuesday, March 31, 2015 for
eligible agricultural producers and forest
landowners with expiring Conservation
Stewardship Program (CSP) contracts.
These producers must be willing to adopt
additional conservation activities aimed at
helping them achieve higher levels of conservation
on their farms, forests and
USDA will also extend the
deadline for general sign-up CSP applications
until Friday, March 13, 2015
providing farmers, ranchers, and private forest
managers two additional weeks to apply for this
funding round of $100 million.
producers are established conservation leaders who
work hard at enhancing natural resources on
private lands," Weller said. "This contract
renewal period will provide greater opportunities
for these conservation stewards to voluntarily do
even more to improve water, air and soil quality
and enhance wildlife habitat on their operations.
By extending the deadline for general sign-up
applications, we are ensuring that landowners will
be able to take advantage of a program that will
enroll up to 7.7 million acres this
Changes in the 2014 Farm Bill
will allow CSP participants with expiring
contracts to renew them by exceeding stewardship
thresholds for two or more existing natural
resource concerns specified by the Natural
Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) or by
meeting stewardship thresholds for at least two
new natural resource concerns such as improving
water quality or soil health. NRCS administers
About 9,300 contracts covering
more than 12.2 million acres are nearing the end
of their five- year term and can be renewed for an
additional five years. The agricultural producer
or forest landowner must complete all conservation
activities contained in the initial contract
before a renewal can be granted.
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Using Technology to Feed Growing Population in
Safe, Sustainable Way- Bayer's Jim
challenge for farmers involved in modern
production agriculture is to overcome the
misinformation and distrust that seems to dominate
the thinking of consumers across the United
States. Jim Blome, CEO of Bayer
Crop Science LP, told participants at the 10th
annual Ag Issues Forum on Tuesday that a recent
survey shows that 94% of consumers have no direct
connection to production agriculture and that
leaves the door wide open to consumers hearing bad
information on the internet about how food is
produced and believing
illustration that has been told by others, Blome
mentioned there are many consumers who have no
problem standing in line all day waiting for a
chance to buy the latest iPhone, but demand that
their food should be produced by a farmer with a
team of mules.
feed a growing population, Blome contends that
farmers need all of the technology we have today
and a lot more in the days ahead. He adds that
Bayer is engaged in trying to find those new ideas
in crop production that will allow producers to
succeed in raising safe and sustainable crops,
investing a billion dollars annually in their
research and development efforts. He told us in a
conversation after his presentation to the Ag
Issues Forum that Bayer will be launching five new
technologies this year to help farmers- and plan
to roll out as many as 30 new innovations by the
of Jim Blome said and our full conversation can be
heard by clicking here.
Mullin Touts Need for Local Control in Spending
MarkWayne Mullin wants federal funding to
have more local control. In speaking at the
Oklahoma Association of Conservation
Districts (OACD) 77th Annual State
Meeting, Oklahoma's Second District Congressman
shared he believes local officials should
administer federal dollars for conservation,
similar to funding for education.
"Education is better administrated on
local levels, so is our conservation needs,"
Mullin said. "No one understands it better than
those that are living in it. Like I have said many
times, no one knows my land better than I do. So
why should bureaucrats from Washington D.C. be
telling me how to administrate programs, that we
know how to do better ourselves."
of agriculture's biggest federal challenges has
been new regulations coming from the
Environmental Protection Agency.
Mullin said this agency needs to understand this
is a partnership, not a dictatorship He said
Oklahomans work in partnership with our neighbors,
the state and with conservation programs, but when
EPA comes in, its their way or else.
Republicans leading the House and Senate, Mullin
is optimistic Congress will make more progress
this year. Sam
Knipp of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau
interviewed Mullin at the
conference. To read more or to listen
to the full interview, click or tap
Says Decline in Pastureland Could be Weak Link of
U.S. cattle industry is already starting to see
some solid herd expansion, Rabo AgriFinance Senior
Analyst Don Close said the
expansion seen in 2014 exceeded his expectations,
but more is needed. He said there is a dire need
to increase cow numbers, as those calves could
provide the support need for the industry's
infrastructure of feed yards and processing
Now that herd
expansion is taking place, Close wonders if grass
availability will become a limiting factor. Over
the last ten years, US Ag Census Data has shown
the 2002 and 2012 Census showed total pasture
acres declined by about six percent or 31 million
"I think as long as we were in
a situation when cattle numbers were declining
faster than acreage numbers, it kind of went under
the radar," Close said.
Now with the
potential for sustained growth in this industry,
Close said this may push producers to weigh
options that require less land. According to a new
report from Razorback Food & Agribusiness
(FAR) Research and Advisory group. The report,
"Outside In: Confined Cow-Calf Production as a
Viable Model for Rebuilding the U.S. Cow Herd
Numbers" finds that more innovation is paramount
to the growth of the U.S. cattle sector. To
read or to listen to my interview with Close on
how herd expansion can take place, by clicking here.
Addresses Policy Priorities and Goals for 2015
state's budget, water resources and consumer
education are among the top priorities of the
American Farmers and Ranchers/ Oklahoma
Farmers Union organization for 2015. At
their recent annual convention, members outlined
their policy and organizational goals for the
With the projected
shortfall in state revenue, AFR President
Terry Detrick believes the
state's budget is going to be biggest issue in the
legislature this year, so brand new issues will
likely not get a lot of attention. The
organization looks for some returning issues to be
discussed such as the state's water resources.
Detrick said AFR is opposed to selling water
"We're not opposed to
whatever we need to do to utilize water in-state,
but we definitely do not believe in 'a taking
without adequate compensation', to the parts of
the state where that would come from," Detrick
said. "Because that is their resource and
recreation from that is a big part of their
economy and we have no more right to take that
away from them, then somebody else would have to
take away our right to farm."
federal level, AFR shares a different view from
their national affiliation of the National Farmers
Union on the beef checkoff. Detrick said they are
very much in favor of the national beef check
off. In my interview with Detrick at
their annual meeting, he also discusses some of
the goals for the coming here. Click here to read or to listen to
the full interview.
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Agricultural Economics Faculty, Students
and students of the Oklahoma State University
Department of Agricultural Economics were honored
for their achievements at the recent Southern
Agricultural Economics Association annual meeting
in Atlanta, Georgia.
"The SAEA is one
of our leading professional organizations," said
Mike Woods, agricultural
economics department head. "The participation by
our students and faculty was outstanding.
Recognition by peers in our profession is
particularly important and impressive, and helps
showcase the excellence of our teaching, research
and Extension programs."
Whitacre, associate professor and OSU
Cooperative Extension economist, received the SAEA
Teaching Award for his AGEC 4723 rural economic
development class. The Oklahoma
Quality Beef Network received the SAEA
Outstanding Extension Program Award.
Woods was honored with the SAEA
Lifetime Achievement Award. To read
more about these honorees, click
N That - Big Iron, Oklahoma Pork Congress and
Oklahoma No-Till Conference All Dead
Wednesday- and that means the Big
Iron folks will be busy closing out
this week's auction items - all 755 items
consigned. Bidding will start at 10 AM
Click Here for the complete
rundown of what is being sold on this no reserve
online sale this week.
you'd like more information on buying and selling
with Big Iron, call District
Manager Mike Wolfe at
580-320-2718 and he can give you the full
scoop. You can also reach
Mike via email by clicking or tapping
Friday- February 27th- the 2015 Oklahoma Pork
Congress will be happening at the Embassy Suites
in Norman. Click here for more details and
an agenda of the state's pork producers.
in Norman is the 2015 edition of the No-Till
Oklahoma Conference- set for March 3rd and 4th.
The meeting returns to the National
Center for Employee Development on the south side
of Norman on State Highway Nine.
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& K Equipment, American Farmers &
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