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Latest Farm and Ranch News
Update from Ron Hays of RON
Groups Split on WTO Ruling that U.S. COOL is
Permissible, but Violates Global Trade
World Trade Organization has ruled a U.S.
requirement for Country of Origin Label on meat
sold in the United States violates global trade
rules. While not ending the U.S. COOL mandate, the
ruling does put pressure on officials to bring the
program into line with WTO guidelines.
ruling affirms a country's right to require COOL ,
but sided with Mexico and Canada which had said
the increased costs of segregating their animals
for processors unfairly lowered the value of their
from industry groups was mixed.
National Farmers Union and the U.S. Cattlemen's
Association generally applauded the announcement
from the WTO. The groups support country of origin
labeling, and promised to work with the
administration to develop measures to address the
concerns of Mexico and Canada.
(You can read NFU's statement by
clicking here. A
statement from the USCA is available by clicking
National Pork Producers Council and the National
Cattlemen's Beef Association took a different view
of the ruling. The groups opposed COOL when it was
under consideration in the U.S. Congress. Instead
of relying on country of origin labeling, the NPPC
believes harmonization of North American meat and
livestock policies regarding food safety, labeling
and animal health is a better approach.
(Click here for the NPPC
statement. Read the NCBA's statement by clicking
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Livestock Auctioneer Says Some Things Are 'Worth
Breaking Your Back
National Stockyards auctioneer Bailey
Ballou begins his year-long reign as the
newly-crowned World Livestock Auctioneer Champion.
We recently spoke with him about the competition,
the livestock auction industry, and being a
said he really loves to speak about the cattle
industry and he's glad to be called on as a
spokesman at this time.
"One big thing for
me is anytime we're given the opportunity to put a
positive light on our industry, I want to do that.
Our industry is facing some battles right now in
the public eye as far as livestock handling goes
and I would like to put a positive message out
there every chance I'm given.
"I think we
have some common ground with the folks who are
against us in the fact that we care about the
livestock. That's what they care about. That's
what we care about. We put our due diligence in to
care for our livestock and I think if we can find
that common ground, that's really important."
You can read more from Bailey Ballou
and hear the full interview by clicking
Releases the Latest Acreage and Grain Stocks
USDA released the latest Acreage and Grain Stocks
numbers. Tom Leffler of
Leffler Commodities says the total US
acreage numbers appear to be on the
negative side with increases across the board for
corn, soybeans and wheat acres.
acres were pegged at 96.4 million acres, soybeans
at 76.1 million acres and all wheat came in at 56
million. All these numbers were more than the
trade was anticipating.
In the stocks
numbers, wheat and soybeans came in more than what
the trade was expecting. Corn stocks numbers were
a little less than year ago totals which is looked
on as friendly right now.
Click here for a link to the full
USDA report and to hear Tom's analysis of all the
you drill down to the Oklahoma numbers-
the really key numbers are how many acres USDA
thinks we will harvest- for example for corn- USDA
says we planted about the same number of acres of
corn both last year and this year- the difference
is that the drought of 2011 forced about half of
the acres to be abandoned- we harvested just
190,000 acres a year ago- and many of those acres
were drought stressed- this year- the crop got in
early- has had a few timely rains earilier and
USDA thinks we will harvest 330,000 acres this
year. It's the same story with soybeans-
although we will need more rain to help this
soybean crop along- a year ago- we harvested
265,000 acres and the projected harvest number for
2012 is currently pegged at 380,000 acres.
crop that we have not mentioned is cotton- total
upland cotton acreage numbers that were planted in
2012 nationally stands at 12.4 million acres- off
two million acres from a year ago- no harvested
acres were given in the Friday report- but the
hope for the southwest is that the heat of a year
ago is not repeated and that more acres will make
to fall with enough cotton lint to harvest.
Oklahoma's cotton acres are off 20% from a year
ago- based on harvested acres- but the hope is for
many more acres than 2011 to make it to harvest in
2012. Click here to jump over to the
Oklahoma Acreage summary as released this past
Farm Brothers' Catchy Video Goes Viral
farm brothers from Saline County, Kansas, are
basking in the limelight. Greg,
Nathan and Kendal Peterson posted a parody of
LMFAO's "Sexy and I Know It" to YouTube, and their
video has gone viral.
Since Monday evening,
over 1.5 million people have viewed the Petersons'
"I'm Farming and I Grow It" video. Their
popularity earned the brothers an appearance on
Fox News in New York Friday morning. The video has
also been featured on Good Morning America and
The video is a catchy adaptation of
the pop hip-hop tune and features the brothers at
work around their family's farm.
requested assistance from the National Cattlemen's
Beef Association to help them prepare for their
Click here to the the Peterson
Acreage Reporting Deadline Quickly Approaching
Tolle, executive director for the Oklahoma Farm
Service Agency (FSA), reminds producers of the
acreage reporting requirements that must be met
prior to receiving program benefits.
Producers are required to file an FSA-578,
Report of Acreage, certification for their farm by
July 16 for crops other than small grains. To be
considered timely, acreage reports are due in the
county office by July 16 for nearly all crops
other than small grains, or 15 calendar days
before the onset of harvest or grazing of the
specific crop acreage being reported.
is also very important that producers report crop
losses, including those insured under Federal Crop
Insurance (FCIC) and Non-insured Crop Disaster
Assistance Program (NAP) within 15 days of the
date damage occurred or 15 days from the date
damage is apparent. Losses and or damages to crops
must be reported on a form CCC-576, Notice of
Loss, after each disaster occurrence and in a
timely manner to insure continued eligibility for
Click here for more.
Groups Applaud Approval of Highway Bill and the Ag
Hours of Service Exemption
the previous highway bill poised to end on June
30, the National Cattlemen's Beef Association
(NCBA), Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA),
the Agricultural and Food Transporters Conference
(AFTC) of the American Trucking Associations, the
National Council of Farmer Cooperatives (NCFC) and
The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) applauded Congress
for approving the conference report on the Moving
Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act
(MAP-21) last Friday. The 2-year reauthorization
of the Surface Transportation bill includes a
clarification of regulations critical to the
agriculture industry's ability to distribute farm
supplies in a timely manner.
President J.D. Alexander said, "This very
important bill is another example of legislation
that resulted from bipartisan compromise. This
bill has been on a road to nowhere for more than
three years. Cattlemen should be relieved that
progress has been made."
final agreement includes the Farmers' Freedom Act
(H.R. 2414), which was sponsored by Rep. James
Lankford (R-Okla.). Alexander said H.R. 2414 will
prevent certain farm vehicles from vigorous
federal requirements, such as commercial driver's
licenses, designed for fulltime commercial
drivers. Among the provisions included in H.R.
2414, the legislation provides additional
uniformity across state lines. Also included on
that list of provisions is H.R. 3265, which was
introduced by Congressman Sam Graves (R-Mo.). This
legislation waives certain driving restrictions
during planting and harvesting seasons for farmers
who are transporting commodities.
Click here to read the NCBA's
response by clicking here.
You can read more of the
other groups' reactions to the highway bill
by clicking here.
Conservation Commission's Mike Thralls Back on the
news came on Friday in the form of an email via
Mark Harrison of the Oklahoma Conservation
Commission Mike Thralls- some of
you received this already- but for those who did
not- I wanted to share Mike's message about his
medical journey this spring-
much gratitude I have been able to return to work
this week. Since receiving the news of
more cancer, my spirit has been greatly encouraged
and my recovery aided by the prayers, cards,
calls, visits and support I have consistently
received from you. My most recent doctor's
visits report that the cancer has been addressed,
although we will remain vigilant.
Interestingly , our local mail carrier stopped Dad
a few weeks ago asking about me because of the
sheer volume of cards she was delivering to our
simply cannot thank you enough nor adequately
describe how much your encouragement meant to
me. But I can add my testimony to that of
others with similar experiences that this
conservation and agriculture family is the best in
their care for each other. I am also deeply
appreciative to those who donated leave when mine
was exhausted. Thank you for all you have
done to support me and my family during
continue to gain strength and it is good to be
back. I look forward to seeing you
soon. May God's grace be with each of
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