~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Friday February 18, 2011A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- House Ag Committee Hears From USDA's Tom Vilsack on Strong Farm Economy- Yet Some Worries Linger in 2011
-- USDA Secretary Vilsack to Chief Economist Joe Glauber on GIPSA Cost Benefit Analysis- Do it Right
-- Lyndall Stout and Kim Anderson Talking Wheat Marketing on This Week's SUNUP
-- Sixteen Locations in Oklahoma Are Members of the Hundred Degree Swing Team
-- Oklahoma Pork Council Honored by Sirloin Club
-- EPA's Numeric Nutrient Criteria in Florida Impose Future Threats
-- This Weekend on TV
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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House Ag Committee Hears From USDA's Tom Vilsack on Strong Farm Economy- Yet Some Worries Linger in 2011
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The House Agriculture Committee held a public hearing on Thursday to review the state of the farm economy. Members of the committee heard testimony from U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and questioned him on a variety of topics including the many regulatory burdens affecting the livelihoods of farmers and ranchers. The committee also discussed economic trends in prices, input costs, and farm output.
"The agriculture economy is highly cyclical and it changes like the weather in western Oklahoma: fast, sharp, and without notice. This reality helps explain why the mood in farm country today is both upbeat and apprehensive. This fact, along with experience, offer a cautionary note to anyone who might be tempted to cite current economic conditions on the farm as the basis for setting long term farm policies," said Chairman Frank Lucas.
The lone witness for the day was Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. After his opening statement, the Chairman of the Committee, Frank Lucas of Oklahoma, led off the questioning of the USDA Chief. We have that Q&A on our website for you to hear- just click on the LINK below to read Vilsack's opening statement, as well as have a chance to listen to the Q&A with Congressman Lucas and Secretary Vilsack.
Click here for our coverage of the House Ag Committee Hearing Featuring the Testimony of Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack
USDA Secretary Vilsack to Chief Economist Joe Glauber on GIPSA Cost Benefit Analysis- Do it Right
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~A flood of EPA rules and a pending USDA livestock marketing rule were among key issues House and Senate Ag lawmakers pressed U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack about Thursday.
Vilsack was qustioned multiple times during his Q&A with memebrs of the House Ag Committee on USDA's pending GIPSA Livestock Marketing rule - which he defends as necessary to bring fairness to the marketplace. The rule, which sparked huge controversy in 2010, was originally issued last June by the Agency, was the focal point at the USDA-Department of Justice Workshop on Competition Issues in the Livestock industry last August and drew over 60,000 comments during the public comment period that ended in November, 2010.
Vilsack discussed the Cost Benefit Analysis which he announced would be done after USDA began to review the flood of comments that came in on the proposed rule. He gave no time line for that work to be done, saying only that he had asked the Chief Economist to "do it right." Click on the LINK below for our Friday Beef Buzz featuring the comments of Secretary Vilsack as he discussed GIPSA with members of the House Ag Committee on Thursday.
Click here for our Friday Beef Buzz featuring the comments of USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack- talking GIPSA.
Lyndall Stout and Kim Anderson Talking Wheat Marketing on This Week's SUNUP
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma State University Grain marketing Economist Dr. Kim Anderson has told Lyndall Stout of SUNUP that he expects wheat prices this coming June at harvest will be significantly higher than they were last June- but that prices could trend lower once we can past our harvest season.
He adds that between now and harvest, the wheat market will be
volatile- and that our weather in the middle part of the United States
(the traditional bread basket of the country) will help drive price
direction as we near the harvest season.
You can see Kim and Lyndall on SUNUP Saturday morning at 7:30 on OETA statewide- or you can click on the LINK below and hear their conversation now. You can also check out the full lineup for SUNUP this weekend- as always it looks like a dandy.
Click here for this week's wheat marketing update with Kim Anderson- courtesy of the OSU Ag Communications team at SUNUP.
Sixteen Locations in Oklahoma Are Members of the Hundred Degree Swing Team
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~No, that's not swing dancing- but rather the swing between the lowest temperature in a seven day period and the highest temp. A total of 16 locations have had a temperature swing of at least 100 degrees between February 10 and February 17. Leading the list was Nowata, which is the location that set the all time record low temperature in Oklahoma last week (now official) of 31 degrees BELOW zero. They jumped up to a high yesterday of 79 degrees- a total swing of an astounding 110 degrees in a matter of seven days.
Here's the full list of the sixteen locations in the hundred degree
swing club (courtesy of the Oklahoma Climatological Survey:)
Regarding the records set last week- The State Climate Extremes
Committee (SCEC) met by teleconference Thursday afternoon and officially
approved two new all-time statewide records for Oklahoma.
Anytime you want the latest weather conditions in all areas of Oklahoma- click here for weather observations courtesy of the Oklahoma Mesonet.
Oklahoma Pork Council Honored by Sirloin Club
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Sirloin Club of Oklahoma presented the Presidents' Award to the Oklahoma Pork Council at their annual banquet earlier this week.
The Presidents' Award is named to honor the presidents' of the Oklahoma 4-H and FFA programs and all the members they represent. The award is presented to a company or organization that has shown continued support for youth livestock shows in Oklahoma and support for other 4-H and FFA programs each year. "When we added it up, the Oklahoma Pork Council has given over a quarter of a million dollars to Oklahoma's 4-H and FFA Youth in the past 10 years," said Celeste Nelson, chair of the honorees committee and immediate past president of the Sirloin Club.
Nelson said they have honored individuals for their commitment to
raising money for youth activities since 1966. They established the
Presidents' Award to honors companies because the individuals representing
the organizations would fluctuate but the organizations were always
committed to supporting youth. The Sirloin Club wanted to honor that
commitment. Eighteen organizations have been recognized to
In addition to the monetary donation given by OPC to the show as
premiums, scholarships and premium auction support, OPC commits a great
deal of staff time directing the swine shows, serving on committees and
attending and helping with other youth programs.
EPA's Numeric Nutrient Criteria in Florida Impose Future Threats
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The National Sorghum Producers, The National Cattlemen's Beef Association and the American Farm Bureau were three signees of more than 60 agricultural, water and industry organizations in a letter earlier this week opposing the Environmental Protection Agency's federal numeric nutrient criteria for Florida's flowing water and lakes finalized in November 2010. EPA's actions in Florida established a template for how the agency will structure and impose similar nutrient requirements nationwide. In fact, the agency is already taking steps to impose its Florida model on New England states and states in the Mississippi River watershed, which encompass the entire middle portion of the Unites States.
A study by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services concluded that Florida's agricultural community will lose 14,545 full‐time and part‐time jobs and will lose $1.148 billion annually as a result of the EPA requirements.
The letter states, "The negative attributes of this unprecedented federal mandate for Florida: unsound science, severe economic ramifications, harm to successful state water quality programs, and the absence of appreciable environmental benefits, will likely be a narrative retold in state after state in the coming years."
Click here to read the full letter send to Congress regarding the EPA Rules being imposed on Florida.
This Weekend on TV
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We have already mentioned the program lineup for SUNUP- but a couple of other TV tune-ins may be of interest to you as well.
Mike Spradling, President of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau, will join us Saturday morning on KWTV News9 for our regular In the Field Segment that is a part of the News9 Saturday morning news block that runs from 6 AM til 8 AM. Our In the Field segment usually falls around 6:40 AM. Mike and I will be talking about the Oklahoma Farm Bureau Leadership Conference that is happening this coming Monday and Tuesday in Oklahoma City.
And we invite you to check out "This Week in Agribusiness" on RFD TV as Orion Samuelson and Max Armstrong are going to SKYPE me in during one of their segments. We are talking about the recent two weeks of snow and cold conditions that blasted our state- and how our cattle producers and wheat farmers are faring after the storms. Click here for the RFD page for the show- they air This Week in Agribusiness a total of four times starting Saturday mornings at 7 AM central time- and also Sunday and Monday as well.
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Let's Check the Markets!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We've had requests to include Canola prices for your convenience here- and we will be doing so on a regular basis. Current cash price for Canola is $10.10 per bushel, while the 2011 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $10.90 per bushel- delivered to local participating elevators that are working with PCOM.
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