~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Wednesday May 26, 2010A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and Big Iron Online Auction!
-- NCBA Meets with USDA- Trying to Explain Checkoff Role in Group's Restructuring
-- USDA Remains Concerned About Beef Checkoff Firewall
-- All Things ACRE- Have Your Proved Yields to USDA Yet?
-- RFA Wants Tax Incentives Included in Jobs Bill
-- New Study Shows Gaps Regarding Slaughter Facilities
-- Kris Black's Cream of the Crop Sale Coming June 5
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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NCBA Meets with USDA- Trying to Explain Checkoff Role in Group's Restructuring
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The National Cattlemen's Beef Association sat down with USDA officials on Tuesday in Washington to discuss USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack's letter to the President of the NCBA, Steve Fogelsong, regarding concerns of USDA about the restructuring plan that NCBA is contemplating.
NCBA President Steve Fogelsong says that it's obvious from this meeting that "USDA wants to have a clear picture of what the Federation's role is in the new NCBA structure." The Federation that Fogelsong refers to is the entity that was created by the Checkoff law of the late 1980s that is the Federation of State Beef Councils that was originally the Beef Industry Council of the National Livestock and Meat Board. That group and the old NCA merged in the mid 1990s even as the new NCBA continued the role of the major checkoff contractor for doing the work of the checkoff at the direction of the Cattlemen's Beef Promotion Board.
The decision was made over a year ago that NCBA needed a new governing structure- and according to an interview that we did back in the winter at the Cattle Industry Convention in San Antonio with Jan Lyons, who has been a co-chair of the Goverance Task Force for the organization- there was a conscious decision made to bring the Federation side of the organization closer to the Policy side instead of making the firewall higher. Lyons told us that both arguments were considered and that it was felt to be able to respond to the challenges the industry faces today- a closer relationship was justified.
We have details about what was said to USDA by Fogelsong and the Chairman of the Federation of State Beef Councils, Scott George of Wyoming, who was also a part of the Tuesday meeting. Click on the link below- we have audio from the News Conference that followed the meeting by USDA and NCBA- plus several links from earlier stories we have written on this unfolding controversy.
Click here for more on the NCBA and USDA meeting on the Restructuring of NCBA and its impact on the Federation of State Beef Councils.
USDA Remains Concerned About Beef Checkoff Firewall
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~In response to a request from Stewart Doan of Agri- Pulse, a USDA spokesman from the USDA Office of Communications provided the following statement that indicates that USDA is not satisfied that NCBA has addressed the concerns raised in a letter from earlier this month by USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack. The brief statement says:
"USDA appreciates the opportunity to discuss the reorganization proposal put forward by NCBA during their visit today. Secretary Vilsack's recent letter to NCBA represents USDA's current position on this issue. We remain concerned that NCBA's current proposal weakens the firewall between policy and checkoff funded activities, and have asked NCBA to put in writing how they plan to carry out each of the Secretary's guidelines outlined in the letter."
All Things ACRE- Have Your Proved Yields to USDA Yet?
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Time is short when it comes to signing up for the 2010 farm programs at your local FSA office. Deadline is June first- and State FSA Director Francie Tolle tells us she foresees NO extension to that signup deadline this year. Sign up- or be left out of the farm program for this current crop year.
As the countdown to signing up for the 2010 Farm Programs continue- today we have a detailed look at ACRE as we talk with Rodney Jones, OSU Area Ag Economist about this farm program option that many wheat farmers signed up for in 2009. Once you sign up for ACRE- you are in through the life of the current farm law- however, you still have to sign up each year to stay in good graces with USDA.
We had a really good conversation that explains a lot of stuff about ACRE with Rodney Jones- and you can go and take a listen to that by clicking on the link below.
Click here for more on All Things Acre with OSU Area Ag Economist Rodney Jones.
RFA Wants Tax Incentives Included in Jobs Bill
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Renewable Fuels Association - headed by its President and CEO Bob Dinneen - is urging the Chair and Ranking Member of the House Ways and Means Committee to include an extension of the expiring tax incentives for ethanol in any legislative package designed to promote green job growth and economic revitalization. In a letter to the lawmakers - Dinneen asked Representatives Sander Levin and David Camp to adopt the provisions of H.R. 4940. This legislation would extend through 2015 four key tax incentives for the production and use of ethanol from all feedstocks.
Dinneen wrote that by including an extension of these important incentives in any green jobs legislative package - Congress will advance the goal of providing cleaner, renewable energy alternatives and save existing green jobs while promoting additional job opportunities from an expanding biofuel industry. The letter notes ethanol has been an extremely useful weapon in the fight for energy independence.
In addition - the RFA points out that a failure to extend tax incentives for the use of ethanol would result in the loss of 112-thousand jobs and the reduction of America's ability to supply its own renewable fuel by nearly 40-percent. As Dinneen wrote - the benefits domestic ethanol production has provided and the promises for the future are not guaranteed. There is still a role for the federal government to play in continuing the evolution of this domestic industry.
New Study Shows Gaps Regarding Slaughter Facilities
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service released a preliminary study Tuesday showing existing gaps in the regional food systems regarding the availability of slaughter facilities to small meat and poultry producers. The study was the first try at identifying areas in the country where small producers are concentrated - but don't necessarily have access to slaughter facilities. The data show the U.S. in a county- by-county view - noting the locations of nearby state slaughter facilities and small and very small federal slaughter establishments.
Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says the study shows there's often a shortage of facilities needed to bring food to market. Vilsack says the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food initiative is working to address various shortcomings in the food supply chain on behalf of the country's producers and consumers. According to Vilsack - there is an economic benefit if there is a stronger, closer link between production and consumption.
Click on the link below for more on this study from USDA as they continue to press for more priority to be given to small farmers in their Know Your Farmer Know Your Food efforts.
Click here to jump to the USDA website for more on this Packer Alignment with Concentations of Small Producers.
Kris Black's Cream of the Crop Sale Coming June 5
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Kris Black Cream of the Crop Female and Bull Sale will begin at noon, Saturday, June 5th at the Ranch just north of Cheyenne, Oklahoma.
Nearly 600 head will sell, featuring 500 Fall calving bred heifers and
cows,60 Spring Calving Pairs and 30 herd bull prospects ready to turn out.
Kris Black writes in the 2010 catalog "Once again we are offering a volume of quality cattle in the 9th sale. They are deep, diverse and right on target for major club calf production. There is a wealth of quality cattle from the bred heifers, all the way to the tremendous set of spring pairs with A.I. calves at side. The sire groups are impressive and exemplary of our goals."
Click here to jump to Collins Cattle Services website and details of the Cream of the Crop sale for 2010.
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Let's Check the Markets!
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