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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON
Monday, March 5, 2018
At the National Farmers Union- AFBF President Zippy Duvall Returns the Favor and Shows Up to Talk Opiods
Oklahoma continues to be the largest state affiliate of the National Farmers Union- and AFR President Terry Detrick has led a solid group of Oklahomans to Kansas City for the 116th Annual Convention of the National Farmers Union- starting up over the weekend and continuing through tomorrow.
The opening general session of the meeting featured a look at one of the bad things impacting rural America in 2018- the opioid crisis gripping farm and ranch families. On stage talking about the problem was NFU President Roger Johnson, American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall, and USDA Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett. The panel focused on NFU's and AFBF's joint Farm Town Strong campaign and USDA's efforts to combat opioid misuse in rural America.
AFR's Sam Knipp has provided us a conversation that he had with Presidents Duvall and Johnson about this problem- and he also got them to comment on the hostoric nature of the two farm groups working together on this issue. Click or tap here to hear that Q&A- and to read more about this HUGE problem in rural America.
By the way- Roger Johnson was unopposed and was re-elected by the NFU delegates to continue as President of the Organization.
The Oklahoma Farm Bureau - a grassroots organization that has for its Mission Statement- Improving the Lives of Rural Oklahomans." Farm Bureau, as the state's largest general farm organization, is active at the State Capitol fighting for the best interests of its members and working with other groups to make certain that the interests of rural Oklahoma are protected.
Click here for their website to learn more about the organization and how it can benefit you to be a part of Farm Bureau.
|Our Next Significant Woman in Oklahoma Agriculture: Mary Chris Barth
The Oklahoma Department of Ag continues their series of highlighting the lives of ladies who have made a difference within their circle of influence in Oklahoma Agriculture- the featured lady this week- Mary Chris Barth of Beaver County:
Precedence was set in the family even before Mary Chris Barth was born - life on the farm continues on.
Challenges and tough decisions, like stiff Panhandle winds, will come in agriculture and in life in general. But Barth says, "You can either lie down and quit life or push on and make the best of it for others."
Today, Barth, a widow of three years, handles the day-to-day work on a ranch gradually rebuilding its herd from the last drought. She does so with a positive attitude and a lot of grit.
"There is far more joy in overcoming life's road blocks as compared to having a pity party," she said. "Take the hand life deals you and make the best of it."
Read more of Mary Chris' story by clicking or tapping here.
|RFA's Bob Dinneen is Pleased with Last Week's Events of Impact on RFS
The long time head of the Renewable Fuel Association, Bob Dinneen, talked for a few minutes this past week at the Commodity Classic with our own Carson Horn- and they talked about the battle over the Renewable Fuel Standard that had several dramatic twists and turns even as farmers were in Anaheim for the Commodity Classic.
The good news was word from Senator Ted Cruz that the hold on the nomination of Bill Northey to be what will effectively make him the number three person at the USDA was released- the Senate quickly had a voice vote and approved Northey- who will be sworn in tomorrow morning back home in Des Moines as he steps down from being the Iowa Secretary of Ag and takes on the job of oversight of the Farm Service Agency, the Natural Resources Conservation Agency and the Risk Management Agency- among others.
Dinneen was delighted with that news- and is even happier that the meetings held this past week at the White House regarding the RFS showed that President Trump has no intention to cave to oil interests and gut the Renewable Fuel Standard.
Dinneen and Horn talk about of this- click or tap here and read more- and take a listen- Bob Dinneen is always a fascinating interview- and you will enjoy their give and take.
|Judge's Decision to put Glyphosate's Prop 65 Listing on Hold a Good Sign on Final Ruling Says NAWG CEO
At this past week's Commodity Classic- Carson Horn caught up with Chandler Goule, NAWG's chief executive officer, for a brief update on several issues including the association's pending lawsuit in California regarding the state's addition of glyphosate to its Prop 65 list.
The week before Commodity Classic, NAWG led an agricultural coalition as the lead plaintiff in a case filed with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California requesting a preliminary injunction that would halt the implementation of the Prop 65 listing until a final ruling could be decided by the court. On Tuesday of this past week, NAWG reported that Judge William Shubb granted NAWG's request and implemented a temporary stay on the herbicide's listing.
"We had a wonderful win this week, not only for consumers but for the entire ag coalition that has come into this lawsuit," Goule said. "We were actually told it could take the judge four to six weeks to make a decision and he made it in less than a week. He questioned Prop 65 itself. He questioned why only one study was used to list glyphosate. This is a great win for us."
The mere speed at which the judge was able to make his decision and in reviewing his decision, Goule says it is obvious Shubb has a clear understanding of the issue at hand and believes that this is a good sign as to how the eventual ruling will be made.
Read more by clicking or tapping here- and then you can also listen to Chandler's comments with Carson on Prop 65 and more.
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|Treat Your Soil Microbes Well and Your Grasslands Will Deliver Forage to Make Your Ranch Operation Profitable
Every ranch is unique in how it must be managed to reach its potential in sustainability- so says Dr. Richard Teague of Texas A&M, who talked with me at the recent Regenerative Agriculture Conference sponsored by the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts- Dr. Teague explaining the AMP Grazing plan that he is championing at meetings across the country.
In our latest Beef Buzz, Dr.Teague says that every ranch plan needs to be unique, with the principles always being the same- "The principles are that you graze for a short period so that you don't take off too much foliage- and then you get off til it's recovered- and you adjust the animal numbers so that you get good grass growth. In doing so, you will encourage taller growing grasses with deeper roots and you grow enough that you leave some litter on the surface.
"All of those things make the soil microbes work as well as they can." That circle of life of the plants feeding the microbes and the microbes helping nourish the growing plants results in healthier biology in your fields. Dr. Teague adds that to get most from your grasslands- you need something more than a monoculture of plants in your fields. "Monocultures are death to soils- and when you bring in more species- then your soil microbes actually respond and that's when the system works better."
To hear all of his comments on the pursuit of a sustainable ranch operation- click or tap here. We also have a link back to Part One of our visit with Dr. Teague from last week as well.
|The 2018 Payne County Jr Livestock Premium Sale- Truly One to Remember
Many Counties have been having Junior Livestock Shows and Premium Sales ahead of the statewide Oklahoma Youth Expo that starts tomorrow.
We have heard reports from many of them- but report from the Premium Sale at the Payne County Show truly captures all that is good about our farm and ranch community- and the people mentioned by Dr. Jerry Fitch of OSU in his description of how the community- local and state- came together to say "We Love You" to one special family.
I asked and got permission to share Jerry's posting from Facebook over the weekend- hope you enjoy it:
"Those of you that know me know that I am passionate about the youth we have in agriculture, the 4-H program, the FFA program, my OALE program, my college students. I truly believe that our youth are the future of agriculture! My kids grew up in these programs and will be successful in their adult careers in part due to their training in these programs and because of the many that came before them that help make these programs better and stronger each and every year.
"I became involved in fund raising for these 4-H and FFA programs back when my kids were little and just beginning in the programs and I am now the guy that reaches out to many of you in our Stillwater community every year to become members of the Stillwater Sirloin Club to support the kids involved in these great programs. I have been on both sides with my kids reaping the benefits of the Stillwater Booster Club and the Stillwater Sirloin Club and then as the adult in charge of raising money to help make these programs get better and stronger and reach more and more kids every year!
"I have now done this for many years, but last night and the 48 hours prior to that still has me leaning back in my chair and marveling at what just happened. Last nights event will be with me for the rest of my life!
"Almost a year ago to the day, Clay Burtrum
and I were talking and he was beaming as he told me that his daughter Kinzie
really enjoyed seeing all the 4-H and FFA students show their animals at the County Show and that she decided that she wanted to show a steer for her senior year in high school! Up until this time, Kinzie had been heavily involved in all of the leadership, speech contests and all of the other great things that FFA has to offer, but she had never shown an animal and of course Clay had shown every animal known to mankind when he grew up in the program (except Chickens)!!
"As you all know, the rock of this family Clay's wife and Kinzie's Mom Tina was called home to be with our Lord in December and this family has endured more in the last 3 months than any family should have to go through!! Fast forward to Tuesday night and to see the look in Kinzie's eyes and the tears in Clay's eyes when Kinzie exited the show ring after being selected to be in the Payne County Premium Auction was life changing. Kinzie had reached her goal of "making the sale" and I know Mom was looking down from above cheering her on!
"I went home that night and told June that I was going to do everything in my power to make that steer bring $10,000+ in the sale Thursday night. I texted Rachel Pickens
that night and asked if she would help, her comment was I'm in! She put me in touch with Amy Jameson
! I texted Scott Bulling
and he started working on the Beef Cattle Industry. This all happened in about a 30-minute period on Wednesday morning. Almost immediately, I started getting phone calls, texts and emails with statements like "put me in for $100", "put me in for $500", "put me in for $1000".
When it was all said and done, we "purchased" Kinzie's steer for a record $22,150. BUT, that is not about what this post is about! This post is about always remember the heart, passion and compassion that we have for each other in this community, this state, this industry! Proud to be a Cowboy, Proud to be a Pioneer, Proud to be in our Stillwater Community, Proud to be an Oklahoman and Proud to be part of our Animal Agriculture Industry!! PROUD! - Amen"
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|This Week- Oklahoma Farm Bureau's Leadership Conference and the Start of the 2018 OYE!
County Farm Bureau leaders from across the state are invited to attend the Oklahoma Farm Bureau Leadership Conference held today and tomorrow in Oklahoma City.
Held annually, the conference is an opportunity for county leaders to discuss current issues affecting agriculture and rural Oklahoma, learn more about their role as county board members, and interact with state lawmakers and elected officials.
The two-day event will be held at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel
in downtown Oklahoma City. A highlight of the event this afternoon is a Gubernatorial Panel with several candidates running for Governor this November expected to mke an appearance.
The 2018 Oklahoma Youth Expo is ready to kick off tomorrow- with the first animals to arrive to come in after 5:00 PM tomorrow afternoon. (Gilts)
19,477 animals were entered and most of them will show up in the days ahead to compete at the world's largest junior livestock show.
Here is the breakdown of the entries by species and by either market animal or breeding animal:
Market Lamb- 1,760
Market Goat- 1,060
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