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Update from Ron Hays of RON
Thursday, February 27,
of a Farm Wife' Blogger Finds Her Voice as an Ag
Webel thought she wanted to get away from
the farm and rural life, but, despite serious
efforts on her part, she found herself being drawn
back to her roots. And not only has she
wholeheartedly embraced that which she once sought
to escape, but she has now become a very popular
blogger writing "Confessions of a
She spoke Tuesday at the
Bayer Crop Science Ag Issues Forum in San Antonio,
Texas, where she sat down with me for an
might say that Webel is a convert to agriculture
even though she was raised in a rural
"I grew up in a small town. My dad
was an ag teacher at a local community college. I
had a corn field in my back yard and I decided,
like any teenager, 'I'm just going to go and go to
college and be a city girl.'"
Webel got her
degree in education and planned to teach, one day,
in the big city of Chicago. In the meantime,
however, she met and married her husband who was
in corporate agriculture. By and by the couple
decided they wanted to return to their roots and
become full-time farmers.
In trying to
become re-acclimated to rural life, Webel says she
searched ag publications, but couldn't find anyone
writing about the subject that resonated with
Strangely enough, Webel credits Oprah
Winfrey with encouraging her to write about farm
issues. When Oprah Winfrey made disparaging
comments about beef that ultimately led to a
lawsuit, Webel says she wanted to add her voice to
the discussion to counter the detractors of the
beef industry who seemed to get more press than
Click here to read more of this
story or to listen to my interview with Emily.
You'll also find a link to her
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Next? NAWG Exec Looks to Effects of the Farm Bill,
TPP and GMOs
the flurry of activity that culminated in the
passage and signing of the 2014 farm bill dies
down, various agricultural industry leaders have
been going over the new law with a fine-toothed
comb. They have also had time to begin looking at
other international and domestic
CEO of the National Association of Wheat Growers
recently spoke with me at the Commodity Classic
about his group's assessment of the bill and what
he sees on the horizon for wheat farmers.
"As far as crop insurance, we're very
satisfied that we were able to hold it together.
And, also, just because of Oklahoma, Texas and
that area, we're looking at stronger price-support
levels than what we thought we might
Farmers will have to make choices
under the provisions of the new law and Palmer
says they are looking toward their extension
economists to give them a good analysis of which
of the two choices will make the most sense for
can read more of Jim's comments about
Trans-Pacific trade and strategies for adopting
GMOs by clicking here. You'll also
find our full audio conversation.
Tax Reform Plan Unveiled to Mixed
Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave
Camp (R-Mich.) introduced a comprehensive
tax reform plan in Washington, D.C.
yesterday. For individuals, it would
consolidate tax brackets and reduce rates.
It would also eliminate or reduce numerous
deductions and exemptions.
ag groups examined the bill and found portions of
it to their liking and other portions
Soybean Association President Ray
Gaesser said, ""ASA strongly
supports the measures proposed to allow farmers to
continue utilizing cash-based accounting
regardless of size. This accommodates the
uncertain and potentially inconsistent nature of
farm incomes and crop values across multiple
years." You can read more of his
comments by clicking
Coleman, executive director of the
Advanced Ethanol Council said, "While the
draft plan falls well short of the goal of
ensuring that the multi-trillion dollar global
clean energy sector sets up shop in the United
States, Chairman Camp should be commended for
taking tough positions on many of the most
distortive oil and gas subsidies in the federal
tax code." Click here for more of her
Farm Bureau Federation President Bob
Stallman lauded the agreement but
reserved offering a full endorsement until an in
depth review of the details could be made.
" Farmers and ranchers are
grateful for the long-standing willingness of the
chairman, as well as his colleagues, to listen to
our concerns on issues like cash
accounting." You'll find the rest of his
statement by clicking here.
College 2014- Angela Post Talks About Getting
Ahead with Weed Control
more Oklahoma wheat producers add canola to their
rotation, Oklahoma State University Weed Science
Extension Specialist Angel Post
says it is very important to understand their
options for effective weed
She spoke at
the recent Canola College in Enid and says it is
always best if producers can get out in front of
their canola crop and control weeds even before
"The important part
is, definitely, you want to decrease your weed
competition with your crop-in any crop-and in
canola in particular because, especially as it's
getting established, you're going to need to make
sure you give those plants a really start. And if
you do your weed control early in the season,
you're going to decrease that weed competition and
increase your yields in the long
She says that most
producers are starting their weed-control program
even before planting by using a burn-down
Click here for more of this story
and my interview with Angela Post.
and Africa Home to 95 Percent of Global
global agricultural population----defined as
individuals dependent on agriculture, hunting,
fishing, and forestry for their
livelihood----accounted for over 37 percent of the
world's population in 2011, the most recent year
for which data are available. This is a decrease
of 12 percent from 1980, when the world's
agricultural and nonagricultural populations were
roughly the same size. Although the agricultural
population shrunk as a share of total population
between 1980 and 2011, it grew numerically from
2.2 billion to 2.6 billion people during this
period, writes Worldwatch Senior Fellow Sophie
Wenzlau in the Institute's latest Vital Signs
Online trend (www.worldwatch.org).
1980 and 2011, the nonagricultural population grew
by a staggering 94 percent, from 2.2 billion to
4.4 billion people----a rate approximately five
times greater than that of agricultural population
growth. In both cases, growth was driven by the
massive increase in the world's total population,
which more than doubled between 1961 and 2011,
from 3.1 billion to 7 billion
In 2011, Africa
and Asia accounted for about 95 percent of the
world's agricultural population. In contrast, the
agricultural population in the Americas accounted
for a little less than 4 percent.
will find the rest of this story on our website by
is Key Ingredient in Producing Healthier Meat For
Humans, Brazilian Study
may be a key ingredient to producing healthier
meat and lowering animal cholesterol levels
according to researchers at the University of São
Paulo (USP) in Brazil. The study aimed to
determine the effects of canola oil as a fat
source when combined with the antioxidants vitamin
E and selenium, as well as determine the metabolic
lipid oxidation and nutritional value of the beef.
The result - a meat enriched with vitamin E and
selenium with lower levels of
essential nutrient for animals and people, is a
powerful antioxidant and plays a critical role in
metabolism, reproductive health and the body's
natural defense system. The organic selenium used
in the USP study was Sel-Plex®, from Alltech, a
natural source of selenium enriched yeasts with
higher bioavailability than inorganic sources.
Sel-Plex is the only FDA reviewed and the first EU
approved form of organic selenium for all animal
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N That- Last Call for Oklahoma Pork Congress as
well as an Organic Conference and- First
Gentleman Talking Ag
the Oklahoma Pork Industry, it will be a full day
of education, networking and recognition as the
2014 Oklahoma Pork Congress will
be happening at the Reed Center in Midwest City.
for the 2014 event will be presented by
Jim Wiesemeyer, vice president of
Informa Economics. From his position in Washington
D.C. he will share information on the state of
national affairs and how they will affect the U.S.
pork industry and economy as a whole.
can look at the entire lineup for the day by clicking here.
Oklahoma 2014 will take place Feb. 28 and
March 1 in the Agriculture Technology Building on
the OSU/OKC campus. Lynn Malley,
OSU Cooperative Extension assistant state
specialist, solid waste management programs, said
this two-day conference is the first of its kind.
conservation agronomist at the NRCS East National
Technology Support Center in Greensboro, N.C.,
will serve as the keynote speaker. Archuleta has
25 years of experience with the NRCS and is a
certified Professional Soil Scientist with Soil
Science Society of America. Ray is the USDA guru
when it comes to the Soil Health initiative.
can review the highlights of this sustainable ag
meeting planned for tomorrow and Saturday by clicking here.
Mary Fallin's husband,
Wade Christensen, kept busy at
the recent National Governor's Conference while
his wife served as the Chair of the event.
Christensen used his farming expertise to do a
little educating of the other spouses at the event
about the importance of US Agriculture.
who is a fourth-generation farmer from Thomas,
Oklahoma, moderated the weekend's "signature
session," which focused this year on agriculture.
The session, titled "America's Farms: Feeding and
Strengthening Communities," highlighted the
important role farming and ranching operations
play in providing a safe and healthy food source
in the U.S. and throughout the world. It also
highlighted the importance of the agricultural
sector to the U.S. economy, national security and
more about how Wade used his bully pulpit as First
Gentleman to benefit farming and ranching- click here for this story on our
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