Oklahoma’s Latest Farm and Ranch News
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON
Monday, August 21, 2017
Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update.
— House Ag Committee’s Frank Lucas, “No Issue Closer to My Heart Than Conservation”
— Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association Gears Up for Annual Range Round Up Benefiting Children’s Hospital Foundation
— Argentina Grants US Pork Products Market Access, Eliminating Non-Science Based Import Barriers
— Nina Webb of Guymon, Oklahoma Recognized as a Significant Woman in Oklahoma Agriculture
— AFR LEAD Golf Tourney Raises $10K for Deserving Veterans Seeking Involvement in the Ag Industry
— Ethanol Production Predicted to Outpace Demand, Fosters Less Optimistic Outlook for the Near-Term
— This Week-August Area Meetings for Farm Bureau, AFR Barbecues, ALO Goes Round the World for OALP and Superior’s Big Horn Classic!
LucasHouse Ag Committee’s Frank Lucas, “No Issue Closer to My Heart Than Conservation”
No dramatic changes in conservation titles – that’s Oklahoma’s 3rd District Congressman and Chair of the Conservation Sub-Committee for House Ag Frank Lucas’ prediction regarding the 2018 Farm Bill.
He spoke with me at a Conservation Summit meeting here in Oklahoma this past Friday, during which we discussed some of the goals the Congressman has as Farm Bill talks begin.
Two popular programs, CRP and EQIP, are taking center stage right now in national discussions. Lucas says Ag Committee Ranking Member Colin Peterson has called for more acres to be added to the Conservation Reserve Program – but Lucas wonders where the money will come from in order to do that. EQIP, though, seems to be on the minds of farmers everywhere. He says that is an issues he hears more than most anything else. Lucas stated that he understands the want and need for more dollars to be appropriated to the cost share program.
“Remember Ron,” he said. “I chaired the Subcommittee (on Conservation) for the ’02 Farm Bill- I was overall Chairman for the ’14 Farm Bill and am once again the Subcommittee Chair for what will be the ’18 farm bill- there is no issue closer to my heart than conservation.”
Personally, Lucas’ goal is to see that more flood control dams are built where they are needed, but again available funding for such projects present a problem.
Additionally, Lucas hopes to see some commodity issues included in Title One addressed, but says that with many key Department posts still vacant, those discussions have been very difficult to get underway.
For more details on what thoughts Congressman Lucas shared with me this past week, continue reading or listen to our full conversation, by clicking here.
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BUZZOklahoma Cattlemen’s Association Ready for 2017 Range Round Up Benefiting Children’s Hospital Foundation
This year marks the 33rd year the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association has hosted the Range Round Up, a rodeo of sorts featuring instead of traditional events, some competitions more comparable to the everyday chores ranch hands deal with on a daily basis. It is also the 21st year that OCA has partnered with the Children’s Hospital Foundation, to raise funds for kids dealing with a variety of medical issues. Dallas Henderson of the OCA and an organizer of the event sat down with us to talk about this year’s Round Up.
“This is a very historical ranch rodeo, that brings in 12 historic ranches from across Oklahoma, some of which were started back in statehood,” Henderson said, describing some of the different ranch-style events included. “Everything from milking a wild cow – we have ranch bronc, as well as stray gathering where those guys have to go out and rope some stray calves or cows. So, it’s everyday events.”
Competitors in the ranch rodeo are actual ranch hands that work on the twelve competing ranches. The winner will have the opportunity to represent Oklahoma at the World Finals Ranch Rodeo later in Amarillo this November. Proceeds of this event will be donated to the Children’s Hospital Foundation, adding to the OCA’s cumulative total over the years of nearly $450,000.
“It’s cowboys helping kids,” Henderson remarked. “We get those kids involved. We have a contestant cookout where those kids and their families can come meet the cowboys – we’ll put on a small mini-rodeo just for them.”
Doors open at 5:00 each day at the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, Oklahoma on August 25-26, 2017. For ticket information or to listen to my conversation with Dallas discussing this year’s event – click here.
PorkArgentinaArgentina Grants US Pork Products Market Access, Eliminating Non-Science Based Import Barriers
This past week, the South American nation, Argentina, abandoned its ties to a group of several other countries worldwide, that held closely non-science based beliefs that created barriers between US pork exports and their market.
The National Pork Producers Council released a statement applauding the Trump Administration for bringing an end to Argentina’s unfounded resolve and convincing their trade regulators to allow the US pork industry access.
“U.S. pork producers are the most competitive in the world and we have long sought the opportunity to provide affordable, high-quality pork in Argentina,” said NPPC President Ken Maschhoff. “We thank Secretaries Perdue and Ross, and their teams at the USDA and the Department of Commerce, as well as U.S. Trade Representative Lighthizer and his team, for their diligent work to win Argentine market access.”
Maschhoff added, “We also thank Vice President Pence for his efforts, including a recent visit to Argentina, to move a trade agreement that promises significant U.S. economic benefits over the finish line.”
This is a significant step in the right direction for advancing the US pork industry, but the NPPC says it will continue to push the Trump Administration to seek other trade opportunities in countries where US pork is blocked, such as Thailand and India, based on non-science based restrictions.
Click here to read the NPPC’s complete statement regarding Argentina’a decision to open its market to US pork.
SigWomanNina Webb of Guymon, Oklahoma Recognized as a Significant Woman in Oklahoma Agriculture
As part of a continuing series of stories on Significant Women in Oklahoma Agriculture, the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food & Forestry and Oklahoma State University are recognizing and honoring the impact of countless women across all 77 counties of the state, from all aspects and areas of the agricultural industry. The honorees were nominated by their peers and selected by a committee of 14 industry professionals. This week Nina Webb of Guymon, Okla. is featured this week as a Significant Woman in Oklahoma Agriculture.
Nina Webb grew up in a family that followed oil from Marlow to Oklahoma City to Wichita Falls, Texas, and then finally, in 1968, Guymon. At each stop they usually lived just outside the city and had livestock and grew a few things like peaches near Wichita Falls.
In 1972, she married Joe Webb and from then on the couple worked together on their farm and raising a family, farming about 1,000 to 1,500 acres of wheat and corn. They also grazed calves for themselves and feedlots in the area. They have been important to both extension and research efforts in their area and were recognized together in 2005 as Ag Producer of the Year from Texas County and in 2013 by the Oklahoma State University Department of Plant and Soil Sciences as Master Agronomists.
Today, and for some time now, Nina, her husband have gotten involved in the rodeo stock business, and have become co-owners in some very successful bulls. Many of which are making names for themselves.
How successful is Webb at this bucking bull endeavor? Take a look at the ABBI Futurity Standings. Out of more than 550 bulls, Nina is part owner of three of the top 25 bulls.
Ask longtime friends about Webb and they’ll first talk about not only her commitment to agriculture, but her loyalty to her community. However, eventually the discussion comes back to one topic – bulls.
Learn more about the significance of Nina’s involvement in Oklahoma agriculture, by reading her full profile story up on our website – click here.
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AFRAFR LEAD Golf Tourney Raises $10K for Deserving Veterans Seeking Involvement in the Ag Industry
Members and supporters of the agricultural community in Oklahoma last week turned out to help American Farmers & Ranchers’ LEAD program raise funds for their charitable cause, the Farmers Veteran Coalition, during their annual charity golf tournament. AFR’s Sam Knipp shared with us a conversation he had with FVC fellow, Major Joel Heinzeroth, who retired this summer after a 20-year career with the US Army, most recently stationed at Fort Sill in Southwest Oklahoma.
“Farmer Veteran Coalition is what we call a VSO, or a veteran service organization,” Heinzeroth explained. “Their intent is to help veterans that are leaving the military who have a passion for agriculture.”
Thanks to the participants of this year’s golf tournament, AFR LEAD, raised nearly $10,000 for the FVC.
Heinzeroth says he is proud to be a part of the FVC that has helped him return to his agricultural roots after serving in the military. He thanks AFR for their interest and action in helping FVC spread the word about the good works of the organization, offering tools and training to help vets find placement in the agricultural industry.
Listen to Sam speak with Heinzeroth at the AFR LEAD Golf Tournament, by clicking here, and find out how this organization helped him and his family start their own cattle operation in Southwest Oklahoma.
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EthanolEthanol Production Predicted to Outpace Demand, Fosters Less Optimistic Outlook for the Near-Term
According to a new report from CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange Division, entitled “Ethanol’s Growth Path: Output and Export Uncertainties Both Rising,” the ethanol market will soon face worsening slim-to-negative profit margins, which could potentially push the industry toward consolidation.
The report outlines how an ethanol market fueled by corn prices at multi-year lows, coupled with reinvestment into production capacity, will push supply past demand growth.
Despite some recent bright spots in the ethanol industry including increased domestic product demand and higher blended fuels becoming available, the report indicates that prospective outlooks for the industry are a bit pessimistic.
In 2017, export weakness and lower distillers grains prices have hurt margins.
Exports of ethanol, particularly to Brazil and China, have been strong over the last year, but that picture has changed significantly and the outlook for future ethanol exports suggests a continued decrease over the foreseeable future.
“Forecasts indicate that total ethanol production by 2020 will have increased by approximately 850 – 900 million gallons, compared to 2017 levels,” said Tanner Ehmke, CoBank senior economist. “Without a substantial increase in domestic demand or exports to clear excess supplies, ethanol producers are facing a downturn over the medium term. Those who have access to multiple transportation markets and have invested in new technology will be leaner and more cost efficient, enabling greater flexibility to endure prolonged periods of low prices.”
For more insights to this developing issue or to read a brief synopsis of the report, click over to our website.
ThisWeekThis Week-August Area Meetings for Farm Bureau, AFR Barbecues, ALO Goes Round the World for OALP and Superior’s Big Horn Classic
The calendar is full this week- you can check out details of the OCA’s Range Roundup in an earlier story- and with that event accounted for- we remind you of several more (details of these in our calendar available here)-
August Area Meetings of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau continue- starting this evening at 6 PM in Guymon- then Woodward, Blair and Duncan. For good measure- Farm Bureau is hosting a Clay Shoot this Friday in McLoud to raise money for their Legal Foundation.
AFR kicks off a series of grassroots meetings that happen this week and next- the first of those meetings are tonight in Guthrie- they are calling these five regional meetings their Summer Barbecue Series.
Ag Leadership Oklahoma is hosting Blessings of the Field this coming Friday night at Coyote Dog Hill in Clinton- this to benefit the Oklahoma Ag Leadership Program- it will be a FABULOUS evening- contact Mike Schulte at 405-850-3609 and he may be able to still squeeze you in.
Finally- Superior Livestock is set for a great week for the Big Horn Classic sale to begin tomorrow morning at 9:00 AM CENTRAL time- tomorrow it will be calves from this part of the country and yearlings on Wednesday with cattle featured from the western states Thursday and Friday. A toal of 165,000 head will be offered this week.
Click here for more details day by day of this year’s Big Horn Classic
AND- if you are interested in being a part of the 38th Labor Day Sale of Superior- deadline to consign is a week from today- August 28th.
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