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A6 - THE PERKINS JOURNAL, Thursday, December 27, 2012 Back Page By Payne County Extension Educators Nathan Anderson, Agriculture Educator Dea Rash, FCS Educator Brett Morris, 4-H Youth Development Keith Reid, Horticulture Educator $uzette Baffa, Rural Development http://oces.okstate.edu/payne Ag News Census Countdown Begins for Oklahoma Farmers and Ranchers Farmers and ranchers in Oklahoma will soon have the opportunity to make a positive impact on their Communities by taking part in the 2012 Census Of Agriculture. Conducted every five years by the U.S. Department of Agri- culture's(USDA) National Agricu!t M i Statistics Ser- vice (NASS), the Census is a complete count of all U.S. farms, ranches and those who operate them. "The Census remains the 0nly source of uniform, comprehensive agricul- tural data for every county in the nation," said Wilbert Hundl, Jr., director of the NASS Oklahoma Field Office. "It's a critical tool that gives farmers a voice to influence decisions that will shape the future of their community, industry and operation." The'Census looks at land use and ownership, operator characteristics, production practices, income, expen- ditures and other topics. This information is used by all those who serve farmers and rdral communities from federal, state and local gov- ernments to agribusinesses and trade associations. For example, legislators use the data when shaping farm policy and agribusinesses factor it into their planning efforts. "Your answers to the For more information, visit Census impact farm pro- www.agcensus.usda.govor grams and rural services that contact the USDA-NASS support your community," ' Oklahoma Field Office at Hundl, said. "So do your (888)525-9226. part and be counted when you receive your form, Combining Limited because there's strength Access of Hay withNight- in numbers that only the time Feeding Census can reveal." Cow-calf producers have In the 2007 Census ofAgri- always wished for the culture, farmers reported a calves to be born in day- total of 86,565 Oklahoma light. If cows go into labor farms. This showed a 3.9 in daylight, it is easier to see percent increase from the the cows and it is easier to 2002 Ceils,us: Additionally, get help if extra assistance in 2007, land in farms, at is required to help with the 35.09 million acres, was up delivery. 1.42 million acres from the The easiest and most 33.66 million acres reported practical method of inhib- in 2002. The market value iting nighttime calving at of agricultural products present is by feeding cows sold in 2007, at $5.8 bil- at night; the physiological lion, was up $1.3 billion mechanism is unknown, but from the previous Census. some hormonal effect may This telling information be involved. Although and thousands of statistics some cows will still give are only available every birth in the middle of the five years as a direct result night, the percentage of of farmer responses to the cows calving in the daylight Census of Agriculture. will increase if the feeding NASS will mail out Census activity is done late in the forms beginning December day. Research has shown 29th thru January 3rd to col- that cows fed at, or after lect data for the 2012 calen- dusk will have a 2 or 3 to day year. Completed forms 1 ratio of calves born in are due by February 4, daylight versus those born 2013. Producers are encour- at night. aged to fill out the Census This year will provide an online via a secure website, extra challenge for some www.agcensus.usda.gov, producers. Those that need but may also returo their to stretch the hay supplies form by mail. Federal law as much as possible may requires all agricultural choose to limit access to producers to participate in the hay. Limiting the time the Census of Agriculture to 4 to 6 hours per day that and requires NASS to keep cows have access to the all individual information big round bales (in bale confidential, feeders) has been shown to improve .hay feeding efficiency. However, lim- CHURCH ited access to the hay may Continued from Page A5 ............ be difficult to accomplish by governing our actions by moral principles, not selfish with "nighttime feeding", desires. Now we have come to the last Sunday of Advent. If the cows are turned in The Advent wreath is fully lighted, the day of Christ's birth with the hay at dusk, they into this world draws near. In the gospel, Elizabeth is happy must- be removed from the before Mary arrives. She has been blessed in becoming the hay at 10:00 pm to mid- mother of John the Baptist. Her happiness goes to a new night--in the dark. This is level today. Mary has shown what faith is. She has agreed neither easy, or convenient to God's invitation, even if she was initially confused by to accomplish, it. Her faith is deeper than the doubt that seeks to limit Perhaps a better solution it. So she conceives. She has also heard of the blessing would be turn the cows into bestowed on Elizabeth and wastes no time in going to her the area with the hay bale to rejoice with her. The happiness that Elizabeth has in the just before noon and use the greatest blessing she could have hoped for; being a mother, protein supplement such as is nothing compared with the blessing she receives at the range cubes to coax them greeting of Mary. The voice of Mary, the words she speaks into the adjoining pasture at bring what Elizabeth could have never dreamed of; the gift dusk. This would allow the of the Holy Spirit. Mary trusted in God, she did what the cows access to the big round gospels these past three weeks call us to do and something bales for about 5 hours, then marvelous happened to her and to people for all time. Mary they will eat the supplement brought Jesus into the world. This gift to Mary quickly over the next hour. The became a gift to others, Elizabeth being the first to rejoice shift to daylight calving in Mary's gift. My friends the joy of Christmas is the ever may not be as dramatic as new presence ofGodtous as one of us. While we celebrate would be accomplished this event specifically at one time of the year, what it means with total night time feed- is to have an effect every day of the year. The lessons of ing, however some compro- Advent are not just for four weeks, but for the whole year. mise is necessary in times of If we stay alert to God's presence, if we constantly seek to limited forage. There will turn toward him and show it in how we govern our lives, still be a need for those 2: then we become like Mary. Our words, our presence can 00 am heifer checks ! Be bring Christ into the lives of others and we, like Mary, can sure to have enough feeder be vessels through which the world around us is filled space for all of the cows to with the Holy Spirit. have access to the hay bales at once. Horticulture News Even though we are soon nearing the end of Decem- ber, the Stillwater Farmers Market continues to offer a selection of locally grown produce and value-added garden products in their Saturday market. In the winter, the market is located at the NOC campus at the intersection of Hall of Fame and Monroe from 10am- lpm. Our local growers are a very progressive group and some of their facili- ties allow them to extend the growing season well beyond what one might expect. We Do All Minor Repairs G- :':'3-:"I T" AMERICA N i J FARm.s a I .c.Hs I;' MIITI~,,,.J,. 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