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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Tuesday October 18, 2011A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- House Ag Committee Chair Frank Lucas and Other Ag Committee Leadership Offer $23 Billion in Ag Cuts to Super Committee
-- EPA's Lisa Jaackson Bows to Pressure from Agriculture- Says Farm Dust Regs Won't Get More Strict
-- Agricultural Groups Pleased with EPA Decision on Farm Dust Regulations
-- National FFA Convention- Here We Come -A Preview with Harry Birdwell and Seth Hankey
-- Wide Choice/Select Spread Reflects Changing Beef Market Conditions
-- Oklahoma Crop Weather Update - Fall Planting Still Behind
-- Time for Doc- School Land Auctions Roll On- and Twas a Dirty Monday in Lubbock
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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House Ag Committee Chair Frank Lucas and Other Ag Committee Leadership Offer $23 Billion in Ag Cuts to Super Committee
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The leaders of the Senate and House Agriculture Committees sent a letter to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction recommending a $23 billion cut to mandatory spending within the committees' jurisdiction. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Pat Roberts (R-KS), Chair and Ranking Member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and Representatives Frank Lucas (R-OK) and Collin Peterson (D-MN), Chair and Ranking Member of the House Agriculture Committee, will continue working together on the details of the spending cuts in the same bipartisan fashion that has defined the process to date.
The four lawmakers issued the following joint statement:
A part of the text of the letter sent by the four lawmakers is
As you know, the Agriculture Committees reauthorize most of the mandatory and discretionary spending programs in our jurisdiction every five years through omnibus legislation commonly known as the Farm Bill. The current Farm Bill expires in 2012, and the Agriculture Committees have been working diligently on the many important policies we consider in this reauthorization process.
EPA's Lisa Jaackson Bows to Pressure from Agriculture- Says Farm Dust Regs Won't Get More Strict
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson has confirmed that EPA will not regulate farm dust. This is apparently a move that conflicts with her advisors within the agency, but has been forced by huge pressure from rural America. The Radio Oklahoma Network has obtained the following statement from an EPA official as well as a letter sent by EPA to Senator Amy Kocubar, which offers assurances farm dust standards will not be made stricter than current levels.
"Particulate matter in the air we breathe can cause Americans to get sick, and can even cause premature death. For more than two decades, EPA has been working to reduce this pollution to improve our health while growing our economy. In progressing this work, some have raised the common myth that we are planning to expand regulation of dust from farms.
"EPA has repeatedly said that it has no plans to tighten regulations of dust. As further proof and upon careful consideration of the scientific record, analysis by Agency scientists, and advice from the independent Clean Air Science Advisory Council, EPA recently wrote Congress that it is prepared to propose to keep the current standard for PM10 when it is sent to OMB for interagency review.
"EPA hopes that this action finally puts an end to the myth that the Agency is planning to expand regulations of "farm dust"."
Click here for more on this statement from EPA and the letter from Jackson to the Senator
Agricultural Groups Pleased with EPA Decision on Farm Dust Regulations
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson issued the following statement after U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson said that the agency does not plan to regulate farm dust:
"NFU is pleased to see EPA Administrator Jackson provide final clarification for members of Congress and the agriculture community that the agency does not have plans to regulate farm dust. Lately, there has been considerable anxiety within the farming community that EPA is going to regulate dust on farms."
Click here for the complete statement from NFU.
The National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) and the Public Lands
Council (PLC) also welcomed news from EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson that
the decision has been made to retain the current coarse particulate matter
The National Corn Growers Association President Garry Niemeyer released
the following statement in response to the House and Senate Agriculture
Committees' proposed reductions in farm bill spending:
The National Council of Farmer Cooperatives (NCFC) also praised the
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's announcement definitively stating
to Congress that the agency will not regulate farm dust.
Click here for the rest of NCFC's statement regarding dust regulations
National FFA Convention- Here We Come -A Preview with Harry Birdwell and Seth Hankey
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~As National FFA Convention gets rolling this week, we talked with former National FFA President Harry Birdwell, who is currently the Oklahoma Secretary for the School Land Commission. Birdwell, of Fletcher, Okla., was National FFA President in 1969 and 1970.
Birdwell was the seventh national president from Oklahoma and says frankly that serving as the national president was one of the great experiences of his life. Being a part of FFA really expanded his world and provided leadership and speaking opportunities, as well as, the opportunity to see and experience people and leaders from other parts of our country says Birdwell.
When Birdwell served as national president, it was the first year that
girls were allowed to be members and he says it has been a great thing for
the organization ever since. Also, the year that Birdwell served, he says
they spent a lot of time with President Richard Nixon, talking with
members and leadership in Congress, and on many national news programs,
like the Today Show.
Burlington FFA member, Seth Hankey, has been selected as a
finalist for one of the National FFA organization's top star awards.
Hankey is a finalist in the American Star in Agricultural Placement for
2011. These star awards recognize students who have developed outstanding
agricultural skill and competency through their career development
Click here to watch a video of our interview with Seth Hankey as he prepares for National Convention.
Wide Choice/Select Spread Reflects Changing Beef Market Conditions
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Recent changes in wholesale beef price levels and relationships indicate a number of changes occurring in beef markets. According to Dr. Derrell Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist, most obvious is the dramatic increase in the Choice/Select spread in the past two months. Since a summer low of $3.30/cwt. the Choice/Select spread has swelled to a weekly average of $16.68 this past week. This spread is the largest since the highs in December of 2006 and 2007.
The Choice/Select spread typically widens at the end of the year but the increase has been larger and earlier than usual this fall. The Choice/Select spread is the net difference in prices from two markets: the Choice and the Select beef markets and is thus influenced by the supply and demand in either market. Thus, in general, there are four ways for the Choice/Select spread to change. For example, an increase in Choice demand; a decrease in Choice supply; a decrease in Select demand; or an increase in Select supply could all cause the Choice/Select spread to widen. Because of the many factors that may be involved, it is not always easy to understand what is driving changes in the Choice/Select spread.
Undoubtedly there are several factors behind the $13/cwt. increase in the Choice Select spread over the past 8 weeks. First, total beef production is falling; beef production has been below year ago levels for 8 of the last 9 weeks. Secondly, cow slaughter is currently a higher percentage of total slaughter compared to last year which means that the decrease in fed beef is even more pronounced than the total would imply. A third factor is that the Choice grading percentage in 2011 has remained mostly even with year ago levels.
For the past several years, a growing Choice grading percentage has contributed to a generally narrow Choice/Select Spread. These factors all combine to result in lower total beef supplies and proportionately lower Choice supply compared to Select beef supply. The unusual demographics of this year contributed to these changes and more impacts are expected in the coming months. The drought forced many younger, smaller cattle into feedlots, which is likely to temper carcass weights and may continue to limit Choice grading percent. High feed costs and lack of feedlot profitability is a growing incentive to minimize days on feed which is likely to further limit Choice grading percentage.
Click here for more from Dr. Derrell Peel and his latest cattle market analysis
Oklahoma Crop Weather Update - Fall Planting Still Behind
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~According to the latest USDA Crop Weather Update, the fall planting across the state is still falling behind saying- "The rainfall from the previous week continued to benefit producers as many were able to plant small grains and canola. Wheat and other crops planted in dry ground emerged after the beneficial rainfall with about a third of wheat, canola and rye reported as emerged by the end of the week. This is well behind our normal emergence for this time of the year, but a welcome sight nonetheless. Light rain amounting to only 0.2 of an inch for the state was received for the week. The latest US Drought Monitor showed improvement from exceptional to extreme drought for the I-35 corridor where the highest rainfall totals were received the week before. The entire state was still in a severe to exceptional drought. Recent rainfall was soaked up by thirsty soils leaving little runoff for stock ponds, which were critically low in most of the state."
When it comes to our fall-planted crops- "Planting of small grains and
canola continued, though all activities were behind normal. Seedbed
preparation for wheat ground was 94 percent complete by week's end and
planting reached 63 percent complete, up 16 points from the previous week,
but still 12 points behind normal. Wheat emerged was 32 percent complete,
19 points behind the five-year average. Canola seedbed preparation was
virtually complete by the end of the week, while planting reached 81
percent complete. Thirty-five percent of canola had emerged by Sunday, 17
points behind last year.
When it comes to hay production and cutting, very little hay was cut over the last week. Third cuttings of alfalfa were 56 percent complete, and only seven percent of the state had completed a fourth cutting, compared to a five-year average of 99 percent. A second cutting of other hay reached 55 percent complete by Sunday, 27 points behind normal.
Click here for the complete Crop Weather Update as of Monday, October 17, 2011
Time for Doc- School Land Auctions Roll On- and Twas a Dirty Monday in Lubbock
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Chairman of the Natural Resources Committee in the US House, Doc Hastings of Washington state, will be in Oklahoma on Thursday of this week- and there are opportunities to get some "face time" with this key member in the GOP leadership team. There's a lunch planned in Oklahoma City, with Oklahoma Congressman Tom Cole planning to be there as well- and if you would like to get the chance to talk natural resource issues with the Congressmen- contact the in state contact for these meetings, Todd Pauley, at 405-521-0900.
The lease auctions of the School Land Commission continue today in the Panhandle- in Boise City this morning and in Guymon this afternoon- and tomorrow the auction moves on to Woodward with leases available from several counties in that area. Click here for more from the School Land Commission website about what leases are available here in the fall of 2011. Available there is both a PDF of the schedule of auctions as well as a county by county listing of the leases available.
Finally, we got a picture forwarded to us from Clay Pope of the OACD that shows one of his greatest fears- top soil in the air. This particular shot is in Lubbock- with the inside of the Red Raider football stadium for reference. Click here and take a look- and see first hand the impact of drought here in the southern plains.
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