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The Oklahoma House of Representatives easily passed a measure on Thursday that would create Oklahoma Public Safety Protection Districts- the measure being promoted by the Oklahoma Municipal League. The vote on the House floor was 76 to 20- and for agriculture, changes in the proposal over the last four days made the bill more palatable to the major ag groups in the state. You can listen to our audio report about HB1992 by clicking or tapping here.
Heading into the second week of the session, it appeared that the authors of the bill had the votes to push this measure through with a provision that would allow these districts to be established by a simple majority vote- well under the sixty percent yes vote required for other votes by the people setting ad valorem tax levels for education. While the measure does have an exemption for agricultural land and for livestock, groups like American Farmers and Ranchers, the Oklahoma Farm Bureau and the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association all were strongly opposed to the bare majority language in the bill.
Several lawmakers sided with the ag groups, including the first term lawmaker who now holds the seat held by Don Armes of Comanche County, Trey Caldwell of District 63. Caldwell told me that from Monday to Thursday a united stand by Ag Groups helped bring the Municipal League back to the negotiating table, got the 50% vote changed to a 60% threshold and earned a pledge from supporters of HB 1992 that they would not try to undo the effects of the amendment in the Senate.
Click here to read more- and to listen to comments from Caldwell and Steve Thompson of Oklahoma Farm Bureau on the efforts this week to get the changes the Ag Community wanted in this measure.
Oh-and by the way- Congrats to Trey Caldwell- named as one of the Top Agriculturalists Under Forty by the Sirloin Club on Thursday evening- check our next story for details on that.
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The Sirloin Club of Oklahoma awarded Thursday evening five deserving, young agriculturalists with the Today's Agriculturalists Under 40 award for those who excel as ag educators, crop farmers, livestock producers, as an ag professional or as an agricultural business owner.
The 2020 recipients include, Brady Sidwell, Agriculture Business; Travis Bradshaw, Agriculture Educator; State Representative Trey Caldwell, Agriculture Professional; Cody Goodknight, Crop Farmer; and Kelsey Pfeiffer, Livestock Producer. (thanks to Larry and Mary Peck of Ag Youth for this pic)
Sidwell has diversified operations in the Enid area, including Sidwell Strategies and Enid Brewing Company; Bradshaw was Ag Education teacher for 15 years in Burlington and is in his first year at Elgin High School; Caldwell is a fifth generation farmer, rancher and business owner and is in his first term as a State Lawmaker; Goodknight farms in the Chattanooga area and Pfeiffer farms and raises goats and markets them in multiple states and works with Weaver Leather.
Click here to read more about last night's festivities.
I talked with all five honorees- we will be featuring all of them one by one in the coming week on our website and in our daily email-
Be watching for that!!!
Oklahoma State University Extension Grains Market Analyst Dr. Kim Anderson talks about what is going on in the Wheat Markets.
Dr. Anderson says right now the world has too much wheat. When talking specifially about the Oklahoma Wheat Market, Dr. Anderson says we are competitive in the North African market, and we are really competitive in Pacific Islands and Eastern Asia.
To hear more from Dr. Anderson, and to see the complete linup for Sunup, click here:
On today's Beef Buzz, Scott Yager, NCBA's Chief Environmental Counsel explains the difference between the EPA's old Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) and the new version, known as the Navigable Waters Protection Rule. The new edition was signed two weeks ago by EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler but it will take 60 days to become official law.
"This new rules goes a long way to correct the federal overreach of the 2015 rule," said Yager.
Yager said the new rule excludes water runoff from rain or snow events and water in farm stock ponds, irrigation ditches and other water holding areas in farm country.
"Those are all big wins for our industry," said Yager.
Yager said he expects activists to appeal the new rule.
The NCBA official said cattle producers can expect to see these policy wins challenged by activists groups and we will have to step up and defend those wins in court. If the industry does not become engaged, Yager said the wins could easily get knocked out by an activist judge.
In a nutshell, the major difference between the new rule and the old version is this:
The 2020 rule focuses on regulating 4 major categories:
· Navigable rivers
· Lakes and ponds
Under the old WOTUS rule, everything was included under the regulations.
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USDA FSA Administator Richard Fordyce reminds producers that the deadline to sign up for ARC, PLC, and CRP is quickly approaching.
Fordyce says, Winter is also an important time to visit your local USDA service center to discuss the many programs offered by the Farm Service Agency and Natural Resources Conservation Service, especially right now, when there are several signups occurring.
Farmer to farmer, I encourage you to visit your FSA county office, especially if you're interested in enrolling in either the Agriculture Risk Coverage or Price Loss Coverage programs, the Conservation Reserve Program, or any other FSA programs.
The deadline to enroll in Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage is March 16, 2020. But we recommend you contact your FSA county office to set up an appointment and begin the enrollment process now.
The USDA Hard Winter Wheat Quality Laboratory in Manhattan, Kansas is responsible for assisting breeders and producers within the Great Plains growing region with making selections for wheat that have the quality attributes that market place desires. The Director of that facility is Dr. Brad Seabourn, who I spoke with on the sidelines of the Oklahoma Genetics Annual Meeting here in Edmond, Oklahoma. Listen to our conversation by clicking on the LISTEN BAR below.
The lab is a part of the Center for Grain and Animal Health Research in Manhattan- and is one of four wheat labs within the Ag Research Service of USDA. Dr. Brad Seabourn says currently, they are evaluating experimental wheat lines that breeders are considering just before release. Seabourn says it's essential for breeders to make the right variety of wheat selections to produce a quality product, "The primary thing I think we need to keep in mind is that the consumer wants consistency and milling ability. Consistency in functionality and consistency in end-use product quality."
Seabourn says the last thing they want to do is release a variety that is not as good as or better than types that are currently in the commercial marketplace. The goal would be continuous improvement in the varieties. He said one thing they continue to look at is protein content, "Breeders need to understand that there has to be a minimum level of protein before it's going to make a good dough that you then convert into a product such as a pan bread. We see that number being roughly around 12% in the wheat. So, if you lose 1% in the milling process now, you're talking 11% in the flour. And as you move lower than that, we see less and less functionality in the dough because there is literally is not enough protein there to make a continuous protein network that's needed in the dough process."
We are looking forward to bringing greetings this evening at the Convention in Norman- hope to see many of you there!
Also coming up tomorrow and Monday(Presidents Day):
Saturday, February 15, 2020Lunch at 11:00 AM
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Monday, February 17, 2020--NoonAt the Clay Freeny Ranch
ALSO on Monday- which is President's Day- Ag Futures will be closed that day- and the Oklahoma Farm Bureau will kick off their Legislative Conference with lunch that day- details on that available here.
Details available on these events and more are in our calendar on our website- see what all is happening in the next few days by clicking or tapping here.
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