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Update from Ron Hays of RON
Friday, April 24,
and Republicans Praise
'Right to Farm'
possible House vote in the works this coming week
to accept the Senate amendments to Right to Farm,
both Republican and Democratic House members from
rural areas have gone on record for their support
of HJR 1012. The measure passed the Oklahoma
Senate Tuesday with overwhelming support, on a
vote of 39-6.
Rural House Democrats
said Wednesday they are grateful to see the
legislation pass the Senate by an overwhelming
margin. Those Democrats have always stood for
rural Oklahoma and against outside interests
telling farmers and ranchers how to run their
operations. Operations that not only provide food
and fiber for Americans but for the world.
Operations that are the envy of people across the
globe. Click here to read more from the
The Oklahoma House of
Representatives Republican Rural Caucus is in full
support of a constitutional amendment to protect
the rights of agricultural producers in rural
Oklahoma, the caucus chair said.
this day and age, there is a concerted war being
waged on the rural way of life," said state
Rep. Dustin Roberts, R-Durant.
"Environmental and animal rights activists have
made life more difficult for farmers and ranchers
throughout the U.S. Now, the Oklahoma Legislature
is putting forth a solid, constitutional
protection for agricultural producers. I could not
be more proud of the progress of HJR1012 through
the legislative process."
Click here to read more from the
Oklahoma House of Representatives Republican Rural
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Battling EPA to Finish Line Over
battle over the 'Waters of the
U.S.' (WOTUS) proposed rule from the
Environmental Protection Agency
and the Army Corps of Engineers
continues. The proposed rule went through a
lengthy public comment period through the Federal
Register. Agriculture fought back with the
campaign to "Ditch the Rule". Now EPA is in the
process of getting the final rule out the door.
National Cattlemen's Beef
Association Vice President for
Government Affairs Colin Woodall
said 'WOTUS' continues to be a big deal for the
cattle business and they are hopeful Congress will
have a chance to weigh in on this end game.
"We had a great move last week by the
House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
that passed out legislation that basically would
tell EPA to rescind this proposed rule and start
over from scratch and more importantly start over
by bringing in the stakeholders that are going to
be impacted by this rule," Woodall said. "So that
is a good start, but right now it's a race to see
who can finish this process first, whether it's
EPA or Congress."
version of the 'WOTUS' proposal has been sent to
the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). EPA
Administrator Gina McCarthy sent
the rule to OMB for their analysis for possible
publishing for the general public.
don't know what those revisions are, we don't know
how they are going to impact or address our
concerns, but we do know that OMB is looking at it
and I think she (McCarthy) did that knowing
Congress was going to start taking some pretty
swift action," Woodall
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Wheat Pathologist Bob Hunger Finds Rust, Mildew
and Mite-Transmitted Viruses in
Hunger, Extension Wheat Pathologist in
the Department of Entomology & Plant Pathology
at Oklahoma State University released the
following Wheat Disease Report on Thursday, April
23, 2015. available here.
"Oklahoma: Again, a
cool and moist week in Oklahoma with rain and cool
temperatures in the forecast through the weekend.
Wheat is mostly at flowering around Stillwater but
by early next week will likely be past flowering.
From what I hear across the state, wheat is
quickly approaching, at, or will be quickly past
flowering (depending on what part of the state,
when planted, and how much drought stress was
"Around Stillwater there has
been an increase in stripe rust and powdery mildew
(especially stripe rust). Leaf rust also has
increased, but not to the same extent (incidence
or severity) as stripe rust. Dr. Brett
Carver (OSU Wheat Breeder) indicated he
saw significant stripe rust in his nurseries at
Lahoma (north-central OK). Gary
Strickland (Jackson County Extn Educator)
also has observed an increase in stripe rust (and
to a lesser extent, leaf rust) in far southwestern
Oklahoma. My impression is that stripe rust has
activated again with the cool and wet weather, and
continues to spread across Oklahoma. This Thursday
and Friday there will be field days in central
Oklahoma, so look for a more extensive report next
More details on disease issues here
in Oklahoma's wheat crop- as well as what is being
seen in Texas and Kansas are
Anderson Analyzes Oklahoma Wheat Crop and Price
rains have renewed optimism for the Oklahoma wheat
crop. Oklahoma State University Grain Marketing
Specialist Kim Anderson has been
traveling the state talking with farmers and
walking fields. The U.S. Drought
Monitor shows the southwestern part of the state
has been hit the hardest by drought, but he has
found the area around Altus and Frederick with
probably the best wheat in the state. He found the
crop around Clinton looks relatively close to
average. In northern Oklahoma, he said they are
looking at about 50 - 75 percent of a normal wheat
crop, as the moisture came too late. For this crop
to reach its potential, Anderson said the weather
needs to stay cool. If it get hot and dry, that
will shrink the berries and the crop's yield
potential will decrease.
In looking at
wheat market, Anderson said the July Kansas City
wheat contract has come down to $5.10, which
appears to be a floor, as wheat has bounced back
up 15 - 20 cents. In this weekend's edition of
SUNUP, host Lyndall Stout asks
about the factors driving the wheat market.
Anderson said the weather, along with the funds
and the value of the U.S. dollar.
"That high value of that dollar
relative to other currencies, that is really
having a negative impact on our prices," Anderson
In looking at the outlook for
wheat prices at harvest, Anderson is predicting
$5.25 for mid-June. If the weather turns hot, then
he said the price could go up to $5.50. Depending
on location, cash prices would be 15 to 20 cents
lower than that.
got Lyndall and Kim's full interview for you to
hear- and a complete rundown of this weekend's
SUNUP program to be seen on OETA-
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Subcommittee Reviews Reauthorization of the
Livestock Mandatory Reporting
David Rouzer (R-NC), Chairman of the
House Agriculture Committee's Livestock and
Foreign Agriculture Subcommittee, held a public
hearing to review the reauthorization of the
Livestock Mandatory Reporting
First enacted in 1999,
the Livestock Mandatory Price Reporting Act was
developed in response to changing markets with an
increasing number of animals being sold via
marketing arrangements under which prices were not
publicly disclosed. As these structural changes
continued, livestock producers requested that the
voluntary price reporting mechanism be made
mandatory. The resulting Act mandated price
reporting for live cattle, boxed beef, and live
swine, and allowed USDA to establish mandatory
price reporting for lamb sales. Subsequent
reauthorizations modified swine reporting
provisions and reporting of wholesale pork cuts.
The current 5-year authorization expires on
September 30th of this year.
hearing allows us to start the legislative process
of reauthorization by hearing from industry and
stakeholders on the challenges they are facing,"
Chairman Rouzer said. "It is vital to have
industry groups work together to find the best
solution. As the committee works on reauthorizing
the Livestock Mandatory Reporting Act, it is the
goal and intent of our committee to bring all
parties together and strike a balance that
promotes fairness, transparency, and stability in
the market. No one knows how to make this process
work better than those directly involved, and I
appreciate their willingness to work together and
with the committee to make this happen."
Click here to read more from
House Agriculture Committee Chairman K.
Michael Conaway as well as written testimony from
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Irrigation Engines Reduce Fuel
who irrigated with emissions-compliant,
propane-powered irrigation engines reduced fuel
costs by more than 40 percent in 2014, according
to research results from the Propane
Education & Research Council's
Propane Farm Incentive
"Results show that propane
engines are economical, reliable, and offer the
performance needed by today's farmers," said
Cinch Munson, PERC's director of
agriculture business development. "Alternative
fuel engines running on propane cost less to
purchase and operate than Tier-4-compliant diesel
options, and the performance is
Participating growers from
21 states installed and tested 87 propane-powered
irrigation engines from seven different
manufacturers. Over the course of 2014,
participants used the engines to irrigate nearly
9,000 acres of 10 different
Propane engines also garnered
positive performance and satisfaction ratings from
growers. In a post-season survey, 95 percent rated
engine performance as a four or five on a
five-point scale. The same percentage said they
would purchase another propane engine and
recommend propane engines to other growers.
Click here to read more on how
propane increases efficiency and fuel
Beef Council Telling Runners About the Power of
Lean Beef at OKC Memorial Marathon
weekend, the Oklahoma Beef Council is exhibiting
at the Health and Fitness Expo, an integral part
of the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon. With its
efforts to educate consumers who are advocates for
a healthy lifestyle about the benefits of lean
beef, the Expo is an excellent opportunity for
lean beef promotion and education.
more than 25,000 people attending the Expo, Beef
Council Executive Director Heather
Buckmaster says this is a tremendous
opportunity to share the story of Oklahoma
ranchers caring for their animals and producing
beef in a responsible, sustainable way- and at the
same time sharing lean beef recipes and
information about the power of protein in Lean
Beef as part of a healthy
From its inaugural race in
2001 with just shy of 5,000 participants, the
event now hosts over 25,000 runners and walkers
from every state and several foreign countries.
The Mission of the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon
is to celebrate life. It has been voted as one of
the 12 'must-run' marathons in the world by
Runner's World magazine.
on the Beef Council's involvement at the Health
and Fitness Expo is available here- including a quick
visit that we had with Heather about the value of
reminding these fitness fanatics that beef is
perfect to be a part of their diet and lifestyle.
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