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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Thursday June 16, 2011A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- House Ag Committee Chairman Frank Lucas Defends Ag Committee Turf During Ag Appropriations Debate
-- Defunding of USDA's Finalizing the GIPSA Marketing Rule to Stay in FY2012 House Appropriations Bill
-- Coming Friday- CRP Numbers for Oklahoma and Yield Results for OSU Wheat Plots
-- Cotton Farmers Wrestle With Mother Nature in the Early Part of the Growing Season
-- U.S. Biodiesel Industry Launches Campaign to Raise Biodiesel Awareness
-- Secretary Vilsack Announces Establishment of Biomass Crop Assistant Program Projects
-- Harvest Around Showers, Dupont Seed Business Great and Save the Date for the SPBS
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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House Ag Committee Chairman Frank Lucas Defends Ag Committee Turf During Ag Appropriations Debate
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Chairman of the House Ag Committee, Oklahoma Congressman Frank Lucas, defended the "turf" of his Committee vigorously on Wednesday evening as several amendments were offered by long time critics of farm policy.
Lucas told his colleagues on the House floor that the House Ag Committee was starting an audit of every program that came out of the 2008 farm law this next week- and that the writing of the 2012 farm bill in the months to come would be a transparent process that would help provide production agriculture with a safety net as well as helping producers become more efficient and competitive in the global market.
Earlier in the day, Congressman Lucas was also on the House Floor- defending a $15 million allocation for watershed flood control structure rehab. Click here to read more about that effort which was successful- and to hear Congressman Lucas' comments at that point in the debate.
Last night, Lucas was standing up against two long time farm policy critics- Ron Kind of Wisconsin and Earl Blumenauer of Oregon. The Blumenauer amendment would be especially damaging as it would effectively lower the payment limitation to $125,000 per farm.
We have audio of Congressman Lucas speaking against the Kind amendment on the floor last night- as well as the texts of the two overnight "Dear Colleague" letters written by the Chairman of the House Ag Committee. Click on the LINK below for our headline story this morning of Congressman Lucas taking on those who want to change farm policy through the Approps process.
Click here for our coverage of the FY 2012 Ag Appropriations bill that continues today on Capitol Hill.
Defunding of USDA's Finalizing the GIPSA Marketing Rule to Stay in FY2012 House Appropriations Bill
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~It now appears the defunding of USDA's finalizing the so called GIPSA Rule Changes for the marketing of livestock in the US will not be challenged by a floor vote as the full US House works on the Fiscal Year 2012 Ag Appropriations bill that will fund the USDA and the Food and Drug Administration beginning October 1, 2011.
On today's Beef Buzz, we hear from Colin Woodall, Vice President of Government Affairs for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association. Woodall offers an update from the NCBA perspective about the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration's (GIPSA) proposed rule on livestock and poultry marketing. Woodall says the U.S. House of Representatives will likely vote on the 2012 agriculture appropriations bill as early as this afternoon, which includes language to defund the proposed GIPSA rule.
Late Wednesday evening, Ohio Democrat Marcy Kaptur took to the House
floor and spoke against the section of the bill that directs the Grain
Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration to suspend rulemaking on
the GIPSA rule. She accused the National Cattlemen's Beef Association of
intimidating and harassing supporters of the proposal, which was first
unveiled by GIPSA a year ago.
Click here for our Beef Buzz where you can hear from both Colin Woodall of NCBA as well as Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur.
Coming Friday- CRP Numbers for Oklahoma and Yield Results for OSU Wheat Plots
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We have been tied up following the Appropriations battle on the floor of the House in the last day or so- and will be catching up on several other stories on Friday morning.
Our Oklahoma FSA folks have been working hard to supply us with a state breakdown of the latest Conservation Reserve Program- and we will detail those in our Friday email.
We will also be summarizing the yield plots to date of the 2011 wheat plots that are managed by the OSU Wheat Improvement Team and supported by the Oklahoma Wheat Commission. Dr. Jeff Edwards oversees the Wheat Improvement Team efforts in pulling these numbers together- and we will offer you the latest on these numbers on Friday morning as well.
Cotton Farmers Wrestle With Mother Nature in the Early Part of the Growing Season
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~While some farmers have got a pretty good crop established of 2011 cotton, other locations in Oklahoma are "just hanging on" and others not even in that good of shape. Vic Schoonover with NTOK cotton provides us with a sampling of reports from key locations that are growing cotton here in 2011.
For example, Mike Berry, manager of the Cotton Growers Cooperative gin in Altus, has this to say about cotton production in the Lugert-Altus Irrigation District: "Most of the cotton growers here have used up the six inches of water allotted to them this year. Some rain fell north of Altus last week, a little in the Blair region. Before we used the six inches alloted this year, Lake Altus was about one-half full at 47,000 acre feet. After the six inches was used up, there is only 30,000 acre feet of water left in the lake. There will have to be a lot of rainfall in the watershed north of the lake to help out this year."
Further north- Rodney Sawatsky, manager of the Midwest Farmers, Inc., gin at Clinton, says a lot of cotton has been planted in the region with some of it growing well and some of it in trouble. "We have gotten some rain, but it has been very scattered," he said. "Farmers are still planting cotton. We will just have to wait to see if any more rain will come our way soon."
Click here for the full rundown of cotton crop conditions from the Red River north to Kansas.
U.S. Biodiesel Industry Launches Campaign to Raise Biodiesel Awareness
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The U.S. biodiesel industry this week is launching its largest-ever public outreach effort. The paid ad buy will raise awareness of the economic, environmental and national security benefits of the nation's first and only EPA-designated advanced biofuel to reach nationwide production.
The multi-million dollar project will include national television advertising, coupled with regional print and radio advertising as well as an online presence. The centerpiece of the education effort is a 30-second spot that will air across the nation on Sunday-morning network talk shows, beginning this Sunday, June 19th. The ads feature the tagline, "Biodiesel. America's Advanced Biofuel" and focus on biodiesel's viability here and now. The television spot highlights biodiesel use in the Dallas area to demonstrate the fuel's practical, common-sense appeal in communities across the country.
"The public generally doesn't know that there is an advanced biofuel here now," said Joe Jobe, CEO of the National Biodiesel Board (NBB), the industry trade association. "This is not some pipedream. Biodiesel today is fueling long-haul trucks from Florida to California, municipal buses in Texas, Ford pickups in Detroit, and Volkswagens in New York City."
Click here to read more about the PR efforts that Bio-diesel Supporters Are Mounting.
Secretary Vilsack Announces Establishment of Biomass Crop Assistant Program Projects
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today the establishment of four additional Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) project areas to promote the cultivation of crops that can be processed into renewable energy. Acreage in Arkansas, Missouri, Ohio and Pennsylvania will be designated to grow giant miscanthus, a sterile hybrid warm-season grass that can be converted into energy to be used for heat, power, liquid biofuels, and bio-based products.
"Renewable, home-grown, clean energy from American producers is vital to our country's energy future because it reduces our reliance on foreign oil and creates good-paying production jobs that cannot be exported," said Vilsack. "Today's announcement will make a significant contribution to rural America and create nearly 4,000 jobs, demonstrating the great economic potential the production of renewable energy holds for our rural communities."
It is estimated that each of the four project areas and conversion facilities would earn about $50 million per year. According to industry estimates, a large number of biorefinery, agriculture and support jobs will be created in each area. The estimates are: Ashtabula, Ohio - 1,210 jobs added; Paragould, Ark. - 750 jobs added; Aurora, Mo. - 960 jobs added; and Columbia, Mo. - 980 jobs added. These numbers are estimated based on an economic impact study that measures the amount of jobs the projects will generate at full production levels.
Click Here for More Details About These Four Locations and How USDA is Attempting to Jumpstart Cellulosic Ethanol Production
Harvest Around Showers, Dupont Seed Business Great and Save the Date for the SPBS
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We saw rain on the radar for parts of Kansas early this morning- and that may slow wheat harvest just a bit for a day or so. Meanwhile, the latest Kansas wheat harvest report speaks of good harvest weather on Wednesday- "Warm and windy weather conditions across Kansas were more conducive to wheat harvest on Wednesday, as harvest action is finally in full swing from east to west." The Kansas Wheat Growers and Kansas Wheat Commission have their latest harvest report out- click here to take a look.
DuPont has been bragging about the vitality of its seed business- Pioneer Hi-Bred, to several investor conferences in recent days. "Pioneer is on pace for strong growth in its global business in 2011," said Paul E. Schickler, Pioneer president. "In North America where the planting season is coming to a close, we anticipate an increase in corn and soybean market share coupled with mid single-digit price increases, in line with our objectives." Click here to read more about the success that Pioneer is enjoying in 2011.
We'll have more details soon- but the Southern Plains Beef Symposium in Ardmore is going to be really great here in 2011- the date this year is Saturday, August 13, 2011. This tremendous one day beef cattle seminar is a joint effort of the Noble Foundation and the OSU Extension folks- and I look forward to helping emcee the 2011 event coming up in August. One of the morning speakers will be Dr. Frank Mitloehner from the University of California- Davis who is a leading authority globally on greenhouse gases and cattle production- and the great story that the beef cattle industry in this country has to tell about producing beef in a very sustainable manner.
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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 $12.19 per bushel, while the 2011 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $12.19 per bushel- delivered to local participating elevators that are working with PCOM.
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