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Update from Ron Hays of RON
Wednesday, January 29,
have a Farm Bill Conference Report- which means,
we are two votes and one signature from having a
Farm Law of 2014. The first of those votes will
likely happen Wednesday morning on the floor of
the US House- debate will begin around 8:15 AM
central time (can be seen on CSpan) with one hour
of debate followed by an up or down
Act of 2014 contains major reforms including
eliminating the direct payment program,
streamlining and consolidating numerous programs
to improve their effectiveness and reduce
duplication, and cutting down on program misuse.
The bill also strengthens our nation's commitment
to support farmers and ranchers affected by
natural disasters or significant economic losses,
and renews a national commitment to protect land,
water, and other natural resources.
statement released Monday night by the House Ag
Committee, the Chairman of the Farm Bill
Conference and the Chairman of the House Ag
Committee, Frank Lucas says "I am
proud of our efforts to finish a farm bill
conference report with significant savings and
reforms. We are putting in place sound policy that
is good for farmers, ranchers, consumers, and
those who have hit difficult times. I appreciate
the work of everyone who helped in this process.
We never lost sight of the goal, we never wavered
in our commitment to enacting a five-year,
comprehensive farm bill. I ask my colleagues to
join me in supporting its
Yesterday, I talked with Chairman
Lucas about the process, about the difficulty
of getting a dairy deal done, the fact that Lucas
is satisfied with the Commodity Title, believes
that the Nutrition title takes the country in the
right direction on making sure those in need get
food and those who are not do not, blames the
Democrats in the Senate for no action on COOL and
GIPSA and regrets the Commodity Title was not made
Permanent Law- replacing the 1939-1949
Chairman Lucas also discussed the
prospects for passage- and responded to a question
about the fact that he will face a primary
challenge this coming June for another two years
can catch our full conversation by clicking here.
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Groups Reactions to 2014 Farm Bill Report Range
from Euphoria to Vexation
2014 Farm Bill was reported out of conference
committee on Monday and the reactions of various
agricultural and other groups ranged from mostly
favorable to strongly disappointed. Those
groups praising the bill urged Congress to act
swiftly to pass it while at least one opposing
group took off the gloves and vowed to work for
National Association of Wheat
Growers gave the conference report an
enthusiastic thumbs up as did the National Cotton Council, the National Sorghum Producers and Growth Energy.
Dairy Farmers of America and the
National Council of Farmers
Cooperatives were more muted in their
from the National Cattlemen's Beef
Association's negative reaction mentioned
elsewhere in this newsletter, the Environmental Working Group also
gave the conference report a failing grade.
on the organizations' names to read their
Stabenow Proud of Farm Bill That is 'Almost
Miraculous,' Confident in its Final
Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank
Lucas and Senate Agriculture Committee
Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow
yesterday addressed members of the media about the
2014 Farm Bill reported out of the Conference
Lucas emphasized the magnitude
of the nearly three-year project.
look at the environment we were dealing in-the
budget situation, the ongoing deficits-if you look
at the political rancor that we have had to deal
with in both houses and across the country, not
only is this a good farm bill, this is almost a
miraculous farm bill... but that's what farmers
and ranchers and consumers needed. That's what
we're about as elected officials to the United
States House and the United States Senate-do our
work, do it in a way that surprises people
positively, and almost create some
In her remarks, Stabenow
recapped the process all the way from its first
discussions among both the House and Senate ag
committees and traced it up through the final
Conference Committee report. She said she was
proud that the final bill embodied self-imposed
cuts to the agriculture budget and, if followed by
other agencies, would result in a large reduction
in the federal deficit.
"We did what I
think taxpayers and the citizens would like us to
do in every part of the budget. We looked at
everything... I think between the commodity title
and disaster assistance and crop insurance we have
addressed the needs of every part of America's
agriculture, to be honest with you. And that's
something we started out saying we wanted to work
for every region and I believe we have done
You can listen to their full remarks
and read more of this story by clicking here.
Lobbyist Colin Woodall on COOL- Debbie Stabenow
Completely Failed Us
Chairlady of the Senate Ag Committee, Debbie
Stabenow, is being singled out by the lead
lobbyist of the National Cattlemen's Beef
Association as not keeping her word in fixing
mandatory Country of Origin Labeling rule that
livestock and meat groups are up in arms about.
Colin Woodall of the NCBA's
Washington office says of the Farm Bill Conference
Report that did not address a change in COOL and
actually backtracked on GIPSA- "we sure found out
that we don't have as many friends on Capitol Hill
as we expected, especially in Debbie
Stabenow, the chairlady of the Senate Ag
Woodall says that NCBA and the
other groups that signed a letter to the Farm Bill
Conference Leadership and members have vowed to
work as hard as they can to defeat the Conference
Report in either the House or Senate. Woodall
feels they have a chance of doing so in both
bodies, but that prevailing in the Senate would
send a great signal to Senator Stabenow- "I think
our preference would be to take this farm bill
down in the Senate, just to show the lack of
leadership by Senator Stabenow on this subject."
spoke at length with Woodall and you can listen to
our conversation by clicking here.
at her Tuesday morning teleconference, Stabenow
defended herself saying that the Senate and House
conferees supported the main livestock groups in
the form of permanent disaster assistance "which
was the number one priority for all of these
groups up until a couple of weeks ago... All of us
worked together with what we knew we could achieve
and they came in wanting to repeal COOL. There was
no way-the chairman and I assessed this-the votes
were not there in either body to do that. And, so,
we moved forward to achieve what we could together
and I'm very disappointed that they are not
choosing to understand what a huge win this bill
is for livestock."
says the language in the bill is the language that
came from the House offered by Randy
Neugebauer of Texas calling for a study
on the new COOL rule by USDA (the agency that
wrote the rule) in 180 days from the enactment of
the farm bill.
Lucas also defended the decision to omit
a repeal of COOL from the farm bill. Click here to listen to their
response to my question on the COOL issue from
Senator Stabenow and Representative Lucas.
Hall Meetings Planned to Demonstrate Demand for
of Energy & Environment Michael Teague and
representatives from the Governor's Office will
join local legislators, city officials, the State
Chamber of Oklahoma and local Chambers of Commerce
for a series of upcoming town hall meetings to
discuss ways to accelerate the deployment of
compressed natural gas (CNG) refueling
infrastructure throughout the state. The meetings
will take place on Thursday, January 30th in
Antlers; Friday, February 7th in Durant; and
Friday, February 14th in Alva.
of Oklahoma currently has more than 550 CNG
vehicles in state fleets, and nearly 400 of which
were purchased in the last year at reduced prices
as a result of Governor Fallin's 23-state effort
to encourage the production of more affordable and
functional CNG vehicles. As state and local
governments work toward transitioning fleets to
CNG, additional CNG refueling stations are needed.
The town hall meetings will be focused on building
support among state and local leaders, public and
private fleets and the general public to
demonstrate to private fuel retailers the demand
for CNG in communities currently without access to
You'll find a full
listing of the dates, times and locations of the
town hall meetings on our website by clicking here.
Selk Explains What to Expect from 'Normal'
Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus
Extension Animal Scientist, writes in the latest
Late January is
the time that requires last minute preparations
for the upcoming spring calving season. Before the
first heifer begins the calving process this
spring, it would be wise to review what takes
place in a normal
delivery. Understanding "normal"
will help us better recognize problems when they
occur and therefore provide assistance when
necessary. The process of "calving" (or formally
known as parturition) is generally divided into
Stage 1 -- The first
stage of parturition is dilation of the cervix.
2 -- The second stage of parturition is
defined as the delivery of the newborn.
3 -- The third stage of parturition is the
shedding of the placenta or fetal membranes.
Click here for a detailed
discussion on calving with Glenn Selk.
n That- Big Iron, Little Dixie Horse Thief and
Your Basic Farm Bill One Pager- or ALL 959 Pages
this Wednesday, we call your attention to the
weekly closing of bids on the Big Iron website- a
total of 331 items are being sold this week.
Click here for the Big Iron
website where you can see pictures and lots of
details about each of those items.
also remind you that it's easy to use Big Iron as
a buyer or seller- you can call District Manager
Mike Wolfe and he can help you
with the process- give Mike a call at
former Southern Arkansas University student has
been sentenced to more than three years in prison
in Oklahoma for stealing horses from the school
Jaci Jackson was
also sentenced Monday to seven years of probation
for her role in the 2011 theft.
faced charges in both states. She set to be
sentenced in Arkansas on February 6, 2014.
Prosecutors say the horses were taken from
the school in Magnolia, Arkansas, and were
discovered in McCurtain County, Oklahoma. One of
the horses had been killed.
case you want a convenient one page summary of the
Agricultural Act of 2014- the friendly folks of
the House Ag Committee have got just what you are
looking for. Click here for their one pager on
the measure that apparently will be our farm law
for the next five years.
course, if you want the full word by word version,
click here for all 959 pages of
the measure. That does not count the Manager's Statement, which is
kind of like the play by play color commentary of
what is going on within those 959 pages- the
Manager's Statement is another 186 pages.
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