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Monday, February 26, 2018
|Ag Sales Tax Exemption Still in Play says OCA's Michael Kelsey as Deadline Week Arrives
According to Michael Kelsey, executive vice president of the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association, the ag sales tax exemption is still at risk of becoming a possible target by legislators at the State Capital looking for solutions to balance the budget.
Now three weeks into this legislative session, Kelsey offered a legislative update in which he said already, a bill has come through committee that would have sunset the ag sales tax exemption. He assures that attempt has been successfully deflected, but says the exemption is by no means off limits to others who might eye it a quick revenue fix.
"That just tells you what kind of environment we're involved in here," he said. "From a revenue standpoint, there are things on the table that we're watching. Our ag sales tax exemption is still very, very much in play."
For now, though, the state's budget is a step closer to being solved. This week, the Governor is expected to review a budget bill that was sent to her desk this past week, that will close the 2018 Fiscal Year. Kelsey says that essentially, the bill cuts the budget by two percent, but only for one quarter. Once that is finalized, the process will continue, but this time in addressing the 2019 Fiscal Year, which begins July 1, 2018.
Meanwhile, both the Senate and the House are going through the process of electing new leadership, a Pro-Temp and Speaker respectively. Agriculture advocate Mike Schulz is terming out of his position in the Senate so a new candidate will certainly fill that spot. But incumbent Speaker Charles McCall is in the running for reelection, with several contenders seeking his office. Kelsey says things in government will be in flux until those offices are filled.
This week, however, will be a busy one, marking a deadline for bills to come out of committee. If they fail to do so, they die there. Kelsey says the number of bills on the register will drop dramatically after March 1.
Take a moment to listen to Kelsey's legislative update, covering these topics and other ag-related bills being written, by clicking or tapping here.
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|An Eighty Year Success Story- Jimmy Emmons Talks OACD 80th Anniversary With Yours Truly
A birthday party deluxe is underway this week at the Embassy Suites just south of the Oklahoma State Capitol- as the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts holds their 80th Anniversary Meeting. Established in 1937 in response to the dirty thirties and tons and tons of dirt blowing thru the air- the Conservation Districts established a way for landowners and government to work together in keeping the soil from blowing away- improving water quality and in more recent times- initiating the conversation about Soil Health through practices like No Till and Cover Crops.
The President of the OACD is one of the rockstars in No Till Production- Jimmy Emmons of Leedey. I talked with Emmons on the opening day of the meeting Sunday afternoon- and we discussed the 80th anniversary, the status of conservation work in Oklahoma and previewed a world class part of the meeting planned for Tuesday- the Regenerative Agriculture Conference.
Click or tap here to jump over to our website for a chance to hear our conversation with Jimmy- some good thoughts about where we stand in improving soil health here in Oklahoma and across the US.
|Dr. Jayson Lusk Tells Ag Advocates to Focus on Win Win Conversations with Consumers
Dr. Jayson Lusk, farm economist, professor and Head of the Agricultural Economics Department at Purdue University, a former faculty member at Oklahoma State University, addressed attendees at the 2018 Bayer AgVocacy Forum in Anaheim, Calif. on Sunday afternoon. Lusk spoke to leaders in industry innovation, social media advocates for agriculture and the media on consumer trends and how those issues pertain to the development of the upcoming Farm Bill. He discussed ways in which those in the ag industry should advocate for their interests and how to position their messaging to achieve the best terms possible for farmers.
Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Associate Farm Director Carson Horn is on location covering the event and had the chance to speak with Lusk about the challenges and opportunities he sees ahead as Farm Bill discussions get underway.
Click or tap here to read more about Lusk's comments on how to achieve a win-win arrangement with consumers - as well as to listen to Carson and Jayson talk about these issues.
|Clara Wichert of Fairview Recognized as a Significant Woman in Oklahoma Agriculture by ODAFF
Clara Wichert of Fairview, Okla. was recognized last week by the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture as a Significant Woman in Agriculture.
Her involvement with agriculture first began when she married a farmer by the name of Lloyd Wichert in 1959. The couple's operation consisted of 600 acres of canola, alfalfa, wheat and cattle. Wichert had grown up on a farm, but her father thought women belonged inside the house. Because of this, Wichert didn't have much farm experience. But Lloyd had different plans for his wife. Wichert laughs about it now, but she recalls how difficult the transition was for her.
When Lloyd passed away in 1998, Wichert surprised everyone, including herself, and continued farming, seeking help from the Oklahoma Farm Bureau and Oklahoma State University on when to sell her wheat and how to manage her finances.
During this time after her husband's death, Wichert found purpose with the OFB and served on the OFB Women's Committee for 15 years, even chairing the committee for nine years.
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|NCBA's Sara Place Tells Producers to Beat the Drum, Celebrate US Beef's Success in Sustainability
As people become more interested in where their food comes from and how it is produced, the issue of sustainability in food production continues to grow as a leading concern among consumers. Perhaps the biggest challenge therein, is trying to explain what exactly that is. National Cattlemen's Beef Association's Dr. Sara Place works with beef producers to help answer that question. In a recent interview, she remarked that really, the term means something different to everyone.
"There's a lot of values infused in it and that's what makes it so complicated and why we're still having this debate about what it actually means," Place said. "But that said, in terms of what it means to the cattle industry is producing safe and nutritious wholesome beef while paying attention to economic viability, environmental stewardship and social responsibility."
In reality, Place says what consumers want in regard to sustainable production is probably very close to what producers are already doing - those practices that have been passed from one generation to the next as the right things to do as caretakers of land and livestock. Place says the US beef industry is in fact a leader in all areas of sustainable beef production already, especially when compared to other nations around the world. She promotes the importance of sharing that story and getting out in front of consumers' concerns. First and foremost, she insists the industry must put its values upfront and define the term "sustainability" before those outside the industry does it.
"We have a really good story to tell in our efficiency in the US, whether it's affordability of beef, the environmental impact or the carbon footprint of the industry," she said. "We're the leaders when it comes to sustainable beef production in the world and so we need to be a little more vocal about that and let people know how efficient we are."
Listen to NCBA's Sara Place and I discuss the beef industry's success story in sustainability on Friday's Beef Buzz, click here.
|OSU's Kim Anderson Responds to Latest USDA Model Projections for '18/'19 Wheat Marketing Year
In response to the release of USDA's latest model projections for the 2018/19 wheat marketing year, OSU's Kim Anderson offered farmers in Oklahoma a brief analysis of the report and his marketing strategy based on its findings.
According to Anderson's summary, key projections in the report put roduction at 1.839 billion bushels (up 5.6% from 2017/18 and 10.6% below the 5-year average), ending stocks of 931 million bushels (down 7.8% from 2017/18 and 4% above the 5-year average). The 2018/19 average annual price was projected to be $4.70 compared to the projected 2017/18 price of $4.60.Anderson says the price of wheat in Oklahoma averaged between 98 cents and $1.24 less than the US average wheat price throughout last year.He says that over the last 20 years, Oklahoma prices have veraged 10 cents less than U.S. prices, which he believes may be attributed to relatively low protein levels. However, Anderson believes that if Oklahoma's 2018 wheat has a test weight above 59 pounds and protein above 12 percent, the price spread may decline to near the minus 10 cent average and making Oklahoma's 2018/19 projected average annual price to be $4.60. In contrast, relatively low test weight and/or protein wheat crop could result in the average Oklahoma 2018/19 projected price being $3.70.
Anderson also offered his marketing strategy for this year, which he believes will help farmers determine how they can be most profitable given the current marketplace conditions. To review that strategy, click here to jump to his full article.
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|Climate Hub's Clay Pope Invites
Farmers to Attend Workshop on
Prepping for Continued Drought, March 5th
As drought continues to persist across Oklahoma and its neighboring states, the USDA Southern Plains Climate Hub, along with its partners with the National Drought Mitigation Center, the Southern Kansas Grazing Lands Council and others, is extending an invitation to all farmers in the area to attend a Drought Update and Outlook workshop, scheduled for March 5, 2018 at the Community Center in Ashland, Kansas. This class is designed to help farmers prepare their operations for extended dry weather patterns.
We caught up with organizer Clay Pope, who shared with us what attendees can expect to get out of this informational session.
"We'll talk to producers about some of the tools available through NOAA and the National Drought Mitigation Center to help inform them on some of their decision making," Pope said. "We'll cover the programs that help producers deal with the effects drought, planning for more drought if indeed we see this pattern continue. We'll talk about how to deal with recovery from wildfire and how to lessen its impact. Just try to help producers to have the best information and resources they can possibly have to deal with the situation."
The current drought situation is expected to intensify and Pope says Oklahomans, Texans and Kansans alike are all too familiar with the impact a severe drought can have.
For more information on this meeting and details on how
|This N That- Quartermaster Creek Angus Bull Sale, Cattle on Feed Analysis and Commodity Classic and Interstate Farm Show Ready To Roll
Mike Switzer want to invite you to the Quartermaster Creek Angus Bull Sale this Wednesday, Feb. 28th, at the ranch near Leedey, Oklahoma.
Mike and Annie will be offering 100 Two-Year Old Bulls from the Top of Their Herd
These Bulls are Rugged and Ready for Heavy Service!
Also Featuring: Yearling Heifers carrying Quartermaster Creek Genetics
Geonomic Results will be available
Details are available here.
Click or tap here for a sale catalog.
This past Friday- we got our latest Cattle on Feed Report- we have our audio Q&A analysis with Dr. Derrell Peel on our website this morning- and will feature it more fully in tomorrow's email once we can add in his written commentary that he will be releasing later this morning- but if you want to listen to his comments now- they are available by clicking or tapping here.
As you may have noticed in an earlier story- the one featuring Jayson Lusk- we have Carson Horn in Anaheim this week- ready to cover the 2018 Commodity Classic- be watching on our website and here in the email for coverage from Carson the next few days as he chases the latest news from the National Association of Wheat Growers, National Sorghum Producers, National Corn Growers and the American Soybean Association.
I will also stay busy- as we have the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts meeting that we will be covering as well as at the end of the week when we will be at the Interstate Farm and Home Show in Coffeyville, Ks- hosted by two of our GREAT radio station-s KGGF and KRIG.
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