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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Thursday, October 27, 2011A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- Talking Farm Policy and More with US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack
-- Cotton Gin in Carnegie Begins 2011 Cotton Season
-- Rep. Rick Crawford Explains Why Ag Should be Exempt from SPCC Regulations
-- FFA Teaming Up with Farm American Race Team
-- OSU's Francis Epplin Receives 2011 Sarkeys Distinguished Professor Award
-- Oklahoma State University Food and Ag Products Center Receives Generous Gift
-- Rainfall Amounts to Pile Up- Except for the Panhandle- and Congrats to Dr. Joe Williams!
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Talking Farm Policy and More with US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack says that he understands the direction that the House and Senate Ag Committee leadership are taking in attempting to firm up the budget committments for the 2012 farm bill this year instead of developing the policy direction first, then figuring out the budget implications of that policy, as we have done many times before in the Farm Bill debates of the past.
He adds that pressures surrounding the Ag Committees in responding to the Super Committee is a major driving force behind the focus of the Agriculture Committees in these final three months of 2011.
We spent almost fifteen minutes on the phone with the Secretary talking about the direction of farm policy as House Ag Committee Chairman Frank Lucas and Senate Ag Committee Chairman Debbie Stabenow consider a "hurry up" approach in writing the 2012 Farm Bill to get it included in the Super Committee plan for $1.2 trillion in deficit reduction before Christmas. In particular, the conversation centered around the need for a safety net that will work for all sections of the country and a wide variety of commodities- and how farm policy can aid in keeping agriculture "sustainable."
The Secretary also talked about the Obama Administration's reasons for proposing more cuts in Crop Insurance funding in their recent Deficit Reduction proposal, his upcoming Trade Mission to Vietnam and China, the timeline on the GIPSA Rule on the Marketing of Livestock, and a defense on USDA's Animal Disease Traceback plan.
Click here to listen to our conversation with Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack
Cotton Gin in Carnegie Begins 2011 Cotton Season
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~"Irrigation made the difference this year," Jeannie Hileman, manager of the Farmers Coop Gin, Carnegie, Ok., said. "Our customers planted nearly 30,000 acres of cotton, but we will only harvest about 12,000 acres. All of the dryland cotton failed to make a crop. We had hoped to gin more than 20,000 bales this year, but now we will be short of that total."
Caddo County had more soil moisture from early rains than just about any other part of the cotton-growing area in Oklahoma, she said. This, coupled with many farmers using pivot irrigation systems to water their crops, enabled to grow several acres of cotton and corn, she said.
"Most of the pivots in this area each cover 120 acres," she said. "This acreage makes up a quarter section of farmland. When you take away the corners of the quarter section, you have 120 acres under one center pivot system. Many farmers planted 60 acres of corn and 60 acres of cotton under the same pivot. When the corn began to dry down and mature, the farmer simply concentrated on watering the cotton for the rest of the production season. This helped us to keep a lot of the cotton going this year."
When interviewed for this report, Hileman's gin had ginned 400 bales, then had to shut down for a few days due to a 2.7 inch rain in early October. Wet ground was keeping farmers from harvesting the cotton.
Click here for more from Talkin' Cotton and the cotton gin in Carnegie
Rep. Rick Crawford Explains Why Ag Should be Exempt from SPCC Regulations
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~This week during The Ag Minute, guest host Rep. Rick Crawford explains why small farmers and ranchers should be exempted from regulations under the Oil Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) rule. The SPCC regulations mandate costly structural changes for farmers and ranchers that store fuel on their operations.
The Farmers Undertake Environmental Land Stewardship (FUELS) Act would ensure that regulations take into account a producer's risk and create logical exemptions for small farmers and ranchers.
Click on the LINK below for the link to listen to The Ag Minute. Part
of the transcript is written below.
"Although the rule has been delayed, farmers and ranchers are still
worried about the staggering costs they will incur when the EPA does
implement this regulation.
FFA Teaming Up with Farm American Race Team
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~As the National FFA Organization celebrated a record-setting year this past week at the 84th National FFA Convention, an agreement with Farm American and Furniture Row Racing has put agricultural education on the fast track in 2012.
Together, FFA and Farm American announced this past Friday that the National FFA Organization will become a communications partner with Farm American for the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Season. FFA and Farm American will work hand in hand in furthering American agriculture by telling the story of agriculture's important role both today and tomorrow. In the Career Show at the National Convention, we caught up with a long time broadcast friend of ours, Pat Driscoll, who now works with the Furniture Row Racing team- and we visited with Pat about the concept advanced by the Farm American race car in offering a positive image of farmers and ranchers to NASCAR fans around the country- as well as how they hope to work more closely with FFA in the coming year than ever before. Click on the LINK below to listen to our conversation.
The National FFA Organization, on the heels of announcing major
increases in nationwide membership in the past year, will support Farm
American's effort to grow the role the of American agriculture because of
the basic connection it has with the goals of FFA and agriculture
Click here for more on the FFA and Farm American as partners- and a chance to hear our conversation with Pat Driscoll with Farm American
OSU's Francis Epplin Receives 2011 Sarkeys Distinguished Professor Award
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma State University's Francis Epplin has been named the 2011 recipient of the Sarkeys Distinguished Professor Award by the OSU Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.
The Sarkeys award is based on outstanding contributions to agriculture through teaching, research or extension efforts. The award was established by the Sarkeys Foundation in 1980 to honor Elmo Baumann, an agronomist who worked with the foundation after his retirement from OSU.
Epplin is a professor of agricultural economics and holder of the university's Jean and Patsy Neustadt Chair. He is the former holder of OSU's Charles A. Breedlove Endowed Professorship in Agribusiness.
"Francis has made and continues to make distinctive and influential
contributions to agriculture and those who will impact agriculture's
future," said Mike Woods, head of the department of agricultural
Click here for more on Dr. Francis Epplin and the Sarkeys Distinguished Professor Award
Oklahoma State University Food and Ag Products Center Receives Generous Gift
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~If there is one thing Virgil and Marge Jurgensmeyer of Miami, Okla., understand well, it's the importance of giving back.
The Jurgensmeyers generously made a $250,000 gift to Oklahoma State University's Robert M. Kerr Food & Agricultural Products Center to create the Virgil and Marge Jurgensmeyer Endowed Professorship in Food Product Development.
Virgil, chief executive officer of J-M Farms and one of the founding
members of the FAPC, has served in a leadership role with the center from
inception to date.
Virgil said his concern throughout his years of involvement with the
FAPC has been the funding of the facility.
Click here for more on the Jurgensmeyers and their gift to FAPC
Rainfall Amounts to Pile Up- Except for the Panhandle- and Congrats to Dr. Joe Williams!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We expect when the latest Drought Monitor is released this morning- it will show that the exceptional drought Oklahoma has been dealing with has loosened its grip on the state just a little more- based on some nice rainfall totals of about five days ago in some of central Oklahoma- along with east central and southeast Oklahoma.
Meanwhile, we are getting some nice rainfall totals in western and central Oklahoma already from this morning's rain coming in with the cold front- eastern Oklahoma will likely get it's share as well before it is all said and done- unfortunately it looks like the northern tier of Oklahoma counties may not get all that much from this rain making system- and that is especially sad for the Panhandle, as they have missed several of these systems that have rolled in during the month of October. The rains we are seeing this morning will go a long way in getting our 2012 winter canola and winter wheat crops in good condition as they head for the winter dormancy season. Click here for a real time set of totals from the Oklahoma Mesonet- this is a live two day rainfall total map- so it will capture everything the state has seen from this latest system.
We will spotlight the three OSU Division of Ag Alums that will be honored in Stillwater this weekend tomorrow- but wanted to tip our hat this morning to Dr. Joe Williams- long time professor at Oklahoma State- and Director of the Oklahoma Ag Leadership Program for Classes 11-14. Dr. Joe has been selected to receive the 2011 Outstanding Alumni Award from the Department of Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at New Mexiso State University. At NMSU each department in the college selects a graduate that is recognized. This award is given every year to an outstanding department alumnus." Joe will be on hand in Las Cruces for the award Friday morning- then will be getting back to enjoy homecoming in Stillwater Friday evening and Saturday.
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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 $11.57 per bushel- as of the close of trade Wednesday, while the 2012 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $11.70 per bushel- delivered to local participating elevators that are working with PCOM.
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