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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON
   Friday, July 12, 2013
Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
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FarmBillYepFor the First Time in Decades- Farm and Conservation Legislation Stands on Its Own Sans Nutrition- and Passes the House 216-208


In a historic vote, the 2013 Farm Bill HR 2642 survived zero support from Democrats and was approved 216 to 208.  This measure was made up of 11 of the 12 titles of the June farm bill failure in the US House, when the bill, because of late amendments that infuriated potential Democratic supporters, lost by a 39 vote margin.

Along the way- there was a lot of praise for the Chairman of the House Ag Committee, Frank Lucas of Oklahoma.

This bill is historic for at least three reasons.  First, it is the first time a farm bill that was defeated on the House floor was given mouth to mouth, and after spitting out the food stamps that it choked on, was passed. 

The removal of the Nutrition Title (Title Four) was huge in that you have to go decades back to find a farm bill standing alone without Nutrition programs included in the bill to garner urban support. After the vote, top Democrat on the House Ag Committee, Collin Peterson, was still spitting nails over the removal of the Nutrition language- saying that it is  "setting the stage for draconian cuts to nutrition programs."  Obviously, the Senate Farm Bill has a Nutrition Title and it will be up to the Senate whether they want to push for its inclusion in a Conference Report or not.  There is nothing negative about Nutrition programs in the House version- no cuts or reforms- they simply chose to let this entitlement sit "as is" for the time being.

Chairman Frank Lucas of the House Ag Committee did promise on the House Floor as he made his final comments to the House before the vote that he would work hard to get a Nutrition Title pulled back together to bring to the House Rules Committee and then to the Floor as soon as is possible.

The third reason that this vote was historic was that the Farm Bill fallback that could also be called the ultimate "sacred cow" of farm bills for over sixty years- the 1949 Farm Law- was removed as permanent law.  Title One of the 2013 bill in the House- if it becomes law- would serve as the underlying permanent law going forward.  Critics like Collin Peterson say that this would mean no more farm bills could make it through Congress- but Chairman Lucas argued for that aspect of the bill in the Rules Committee on Wednesday night- click here for that- and while it faces likely opposition in the Senate- just the fact that it has been passed by one body speaks volumes.

As for our stories about the Thursday vote to stay on the island and meet in the ceremonial hut with the Senate Ag Committee leadership for a Conference- click here for Chairman Lucas' statement on the outcome and his audio finale, click here for Peterson's final comments and click here for his post vote statement- and click here for a statement from Chairlady Stabenow from the Senate Ag Committee.


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FarmBillReactMost Farm Groups Glad to Get Successful Vote in House- Looking Forward to Conference with Senate  


Most ag and conservation groups are happy to see the vote of the slimmed down 2013 Farm Bill that gets the bill through the House and on to a Conference with leadership of the Senate Ag Committee.  


There are groups like the EWG, that are bitterly upset with the outcome- but most say let's move on and get a good bill out of conference.



Click on the Name of the group of interest to you to see their post farm bill vote statement:


National Cotton Council   




wheatOklahoma, Kansas and Texas Wheat Crops All Get a Little Bigger in July Estimatest 



Oklahoma's July 1, 2013 wheat production is forecast at 115.5 million bushels, up 1 percent from last month, but 25 percent below last year, according to the July Crop Production report issued today by the USDA-NASS Oklahoma Field Office. Acres harvested for grain, at 3.5 million, are down 0.3 million acres from the previous month, and down 0.8 million acres from a year ago. Average yield is forecast at 33 bushels per acre, up 3 bushels from last month, but down 3 bushels from 2012. The 2013 Oklahoma crop is well above the estimate of scouts that reported in early May at the Oklahoma Grain and Feed Association, who saw only a 84 to 85 million bushel crop across the state after a series of freeze events had followed a very dry fall and winter season.


You can read more about the Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas wheat crops- plus details from the WASDE and July Crop Production numbers released at 11 AM Thursday- click here to do that.





AITCHundreds of Teachers Educated About Ag in the Classroom



Earlier this week, the Ag in the Classroom state conferencewas held in downtown Oklahoma City and was held in conjunction with a statewide Department of Education teachers event. Over 600 teachers were registered for the AITC program, and many others were exposed to the Ag in the Classroom concept for the first time with the venue set inside of the larger venue called Vision 2020.


During the statewide gathering, we talked with one of the Ag in the Classroom State Coordinators, Audrey Harmon. We talked about the State Conference and what's new in the Ag in the Classroom efforts to tell the agricultural story to school kids.  


Click here to read more and to listen to our conversation with Audrey.




MAPMAP Funding Allocated for Current Fiscal Year- Millions to Promote Farm Goods Overseas  



Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) awarded fiscal year 2013 funding to more than 70 U.S. agricultural organizations to help expand commercial export markets for their goods. USDA remains focused on carrying out its mission, despite a time of significant budget uncertainty. Today's announcement is one part of the Department's efforts to strengthen the rural economy.

Under the Market Access Program (MAP), FAS will provide $172.7 million to 70 nonprofit organizations and cooperatives. MAP participants contribute an average 171-percent match for generic marketing and promotion activities and a dollar-for-dollar match for promotion of branded products by small businesses and cooperatives. Under the Foreign Market Development Program (FMD), FAS will allocate $25.4 million to 26 trade organizations that represent U.S. agricultural producers. The organizations, which contribute an average 183-percent cost share, will conduct activities that help maintain or increase demand for U.S. agricultural commodities overseas.


Click here to read more- and there is a link to a table in our story listing all groups and how much money they are receiving for the current fiscal year.



PGIOklahoma Wheat Harvest Up to 97% Done- Plains Grains



Harvest of the 2013 HRW crop continues to rapidly wind down in the states of Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas. Texas is now 91% complete with almost all wheat left to cut being in the extreme northwestern part of the state (Panhandle). Oklahoma is almost completely done with 97% of the crop now harvested Kansas is also making rapid progress (87% complete) with the southern two-thirds now wrapping up and the northern one-third winding down.  



Colorado is now 25% complete with the majority of that being in the southern two-thirds of the eastern half of the state. That area has reported yields from 0 - 20 bushels per acre (0 - 1.3 tons per hectare) due to drought and freeze damage, while what little cutting that has been done in the northern areas has been ranging from 30 - 40 bushels per acre (2.0 - 2.7 tons per hectare). Nebraska is now 15% complete with harvest ranging from the southeastern parts of the state winding down to the far north and western areas either not started or having just begun.

Click here for more on the sampling and quality tests run to date-



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