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Update from Ron Hays of RON
Bill Impacts Described by OSU's Jody
Campiche, Assistant Professor and OSU
Extension Economist, published the following
analysis of the 2014 farm bill:
U.S. House of Representatives passed the
Agriculture Act of 2014 on January 29. A summary
of commodity, conservation, crop insurance, and
disaster assistance is provided below. All
information is based on an initial interpretation
of the bill language and is subject to change once
more detailed information is released. Additional
newsletters with more specific information about
each new program will be released as
Commodity Revenue and Price
The new farm bill
ends direct payments, counter-cyclical payments,
and ACRE payments for all covered commodities
starting with the 2014 crop year. A new revenue
protection program, called Average Risk Coverage
(ARC) and a new price protection program, called
Price Loss Coverage (PLC) is included for covered
commodities (excluding upland cotton). The ARC
program is similar to the ACRE program in the 2008
farm bill and the PLC program is similar to the
counter-cyclical payment program in previous farm
bills. For both ARC and PLC, producers have the
option to choose farm level or county level
coverage. Similar to the 2008 farm bill, producers
will have the option to make a one-time,
irrevocable decision to enroll in ARC or PLC on a
commodity-by-commodity basis for each crop on the
farm. However, producers who enroll in
individual-level ARC must elect individual-level
ARC for all crops on the
Marketing assistance loans are
continued under the same provisions as in the 2008
farm bill, with some changes in how the cotton
loan rate is determined. The minimum loan rate for
cotton is setat $0.45/lb and the maximum rate is
Agriculture Disaster Assistance
Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) and the
Livestock Forage Program (LFP) are continued for
2012 and each succeeding fiscal year, which means
that eligible producers will receive LIP and LFP
payments for losses that occurred in 2012 and 2013
(since the 2008 farm bill only authorized these
programs through October 2011). The minimum risk
management purchase requirement for disaster
assistance that was included in the 2008 farm bill
is omitted for these programs.
Click here for more of Jody
Campiche's detailed analysis.
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Amendment Tops OFB's Agenda for 2014 Legislative
Oklahoma legislative session gets underway next
week and Oklahoma Farm Bureau has its eye on a
number of issues both locally and nationally.
LeeAnna Covington, who works in
the public policy division at the Oklahoma Farm
Bureau, spoke with me about this year's
Topping Covington's list here at
home will be getting a "right-to-farm" amendment
added to the state constitution. Nationally, she
says, Oklahoma Farm Bureau members will be keeping
a sharp eye on the implementation of the 2014 Farm
Bill and on action on making it possible for horse
slaughter plants to be built in
She said the recently-passed farm
bill in Washington has drawn mixed reactions from
Oklahoma farmers and ranchers. While most approve
of it, some were disappointed that the repeal of
COOL was not included in the legislation.
She also said that stand-alone legislation
is in the works to provide funding for USDA
inspectors in horse slaughter plants. Funding was
stripped out of the recent budget that was passed
and Senator Jim Inhofe says he will introduce a
bill to restore funding so that slaughter plants
can be built.
can read more of this story or listen to our
conversation by clicking here.
Six Reasons EWG Opposes the Farm
following editorial was written by Scott
Faber, vice president of government
affairs for the Environmental Working
Thanks to the leadership of
Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie
Stabenow (D-Mich.), the farm bill that passed the
House this week and will likely pass the Senate
next week has some positive features, including
new conservation requirements for farm businesses
that collect crop insurance subsidies and more
funding for local and organic farmers. But those
important provisions are outweighed by new,
expanded and largely unlimited subsidies that do
too much to help the largest and most successful
farm operations at the expense of family farmers
and the environment.
In particular, the
final farm bill: May Increase Farm Subsidies,
Rejects Reasonable Subsidy Limits, Increases
Insurance Subsidies, Cuts Nutrition
Assistance, Cuts Conservation Funding,
and Rejects Transparency.
can read the details on each of Scott's six
reasons by clicking here.
Association of Conservation Districts Praises
House Passage of Farm Bill
passage last Wednesday of the 2014 Farm Bill by
the U.S. House of Representatives is great news
for rural Oklahoma according to Kim
Farber, President of the Oklahoma
Association of Conservation Districts
"We are extremely pleased that the
House of Representatives took action this week to
pass a new comprehensive Farm Bill that not only
provides certainty for farmers and ranchers but
also continues to give us the tools we need to
help protect our natural resources while we feed
and clothe the world," Farber said. "We especially
are grateful for all the hard work and leadership
shown by Oklahoma's own Congressman Frank Lucas,
Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, in
putting together this compromise bill and then
shepherding it through the House. It's a good bill
not just for rural Oklahoma, but for all of
Farber said that the next step in
the journey of the Farm Bill is consideration by
the full U.S. Senate which is expected early this
Click here to read more.
Count Lowest Since 1951- Oklahoma Fifth in Total
Cattle Numbers and Third in Total Beef Cow Herd
U.S. Cattle Inventory Report, including all cattle
and calves, was down 2 percent from last year,
making 2014 the lowest Jan. 1 inventory of all
cattle and calves since the 82.1 million reported
are some of the highlights of the report that was
released on Friday afternoon by USDA:
cattle and calves, 87.7 million down 2 percent.
Cows and heifers that have calved, 38
million down 1 percent.
Beef cows, 29
million down 1 percent.
Dairy cows, 9.2
Heifers 500 pounds and
over, 18.8 million down 2 percent.
replacement heifers, 5.5 million up 2 percent.
Dairy replacement heifers, 4.5 million
Other heifers, 8.7 million down
Steers 500 pounds and over,
15.4 million down 3 percent.
pounds and over, 2 million down 1 percent.
Calves under 500 pounds, 13.3 million down
2013 calf crop, 33.9 million
down 1 percent from 2012.
Cattle on small
grains pasture in KS, OK and TX, 1.61 million up
feeder cattle and replacement heifer prices at and
above historical levels, the reports shows that 10
million head of heifers are expected to be
retained as producing cows. This is a similar
scenario as last year. Mother Nature will
determine how many of these heifers will be
introduced to the cow herd as pasture and range
conditions in parts of the west are in need of
Oklahoma swapped positions
with Nebraska again in the total number of beef
cows as of January first- and is once again the
third largest mama cow state in the country- Texas
went below the four million beef cow number to
3.91 million beef cows- off three percent from a
year ago, Missouri is the second largest beef cow
state at 1.82 Million head- up four percent over a
year ago and Oklahoma saw a three percent rise in
beef cow numbers to 1.805 million head as of
January first. Nebraska and South Dakota round out
the first largest beef cow states in the country
in this latest report.
Click here to view the full
Jayson Lusk Opines in the New York Times on the
Need for GMO Wheat
Jayson Lusk is a part of the Ag Economics
Department at Oklahoma State University- and while
he didn't sell a million copies of his 2013 book
the "Food Police: A Well-Fed Manifesto About
the Politics of Your Plate" it has provided him
with a lot of credibility within the mainstream
media- as witnessed on Sunday with an editorial
that he co- authored with Henry
Miller entitled "We Need GMO Wheat." (Click here for the full op-ed in
the electronic version of the New York
In the op-ed, Dr. Lusk and Miller
lay out a tremendous case for the wheat to play
catch up with corn and soybeans and participate in
the world of biotechnology.
write "How does wheat differ from the other
commodity crops, and why does it matter? Much of
our domestically produced corn and soybeans are
fed to animals or made into ethanol, while most
wheat is consumed by humans as bread or pasta.
This is why there were fears that genetically
engineered wheat would suffer as an export crop.
The European countries and Japan have
traditionally imported about 15 percent of our
wheat exports. But they have also been
antagonistic to genetically engineered crops and
food derived from them.
a result, wheat farmers missed out on perhaps the
most important benefit of genetic engineering: the
development of crops that can survive droughts or
grow with lower-quality water. Those attributes
would go a long way to improving wheat yields and
making the crop more attractive to farmers.
of the nation's wheat crop comes from a section of
the central plains that sits atop the Ogallala
Aquifer, which is rapidly being depleted. The
direst warnings suggest that at current rates of
use, in 50 years only 30 percent of its water will
remain. Farmers who have relied on the aquifer may
face tougher restrictions on use or be forced to
change their farming practices."
point out the safety of GMO crops and how farmers-
not just in this country- but also globally as
well- will benefit from biotech development of
wheat. AND- they make the case that this is
one of the tools need to feed more and more hungry
mouths in the decades to come.
of early Monday morning- there were already 72
comments- and everyone of them that I read were
filled with hate for GMOs and disdain for the
article and its claims for a better wheat
industry- this by people who have NO CLUE about
production agriculture. One of my favorite
comments that I saw this morning says "If these
GMO crops are so great, why didn''t a billion
years of evolution produce them?"
Uncle Jed often said of Jethro- "I gotta have a
long talk with that boy."
N That- Farm Bill Senate Vote, Winter Weather All
Week and Cattle Industry Convention Getting
today is done- we could be down to NO Votes and
ONE Signature for the Farm Bill Conference Report.
Senate Majority Leader Harry
Reid has scheduled a vote for
this afternoon on the farm
Reid filed cloture on the House-passed amendment
to H.R. 2642 - the $956 billion conference
committee farm bill - setting up a vote for Monday at 4:30 p.m Central
time. If at least 60 senators vote
to end debate, the Senate will then proceed to a
vote on final passage.
can watch on CSpan2- and we will be tweeting as we
can with coverage from those votes in the Tuesday
will continue to camp out on top of Oklahoma all
of this week. It appears that three more storm
systems are ready to make a run across the state
starting early Tuesday morning.
of News9 and Jed Castles, we have
a couple of graphics that show where the storm may
be tracking- starting after midnight tonight- and
it appears that areas from Ponca City over to
Woodward could see from six to seven inches of
snow. Wheat and canola farmers are hoping
for a wet snow that will stay on the fields and
melt in when we finally get some warmer temps.
also have details from Alan Crone
from the News on 6 about storm two and three for
this week- both with some moisture included and
both with cold temperatures as part of the package
Click here to see those graphics
(maps) and read about the storms of this week as
described by Alan Crone.
the weather cooperates- and the Company Airplane
flies- we are headed for the 2014 Cattle Industry
Convention and Trade Show in Nashville for the
balance of this week. We jump right into
before dawn to after dusk coverage from this
meeting first thing on Tuesday morning as the
Cattlemen's College at the 2014 event gets
underway later today and hits road gear on
Tuesday- several outstanding speakers are on their
agenda and there will be a lot of policy issues to
stay up with- Cattlefax offering their annual
market outlook and so much more.
quick preview can be heard and read in an end of
the week Beef Buzz that we have posted on our
website- click here to listen to comments
from the current President of the NCBA-
Scott George about the meetings
and the biggest ever trade show.
we will be posting stories, tweeting and doing
radio from the 2014 Cattle Industry Convention
starting on Tuesday.
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