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Monday, December 7, 2015
A Day that Lives in Infamy- the Anniversary of the Attack on
USDA Announces Enrollment Period for Safety Net Coverage
U.S. Department of Agriculture
(USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini announced
that producers who chose coverage from the safety net programs
established by the 2014 Farm Bill, known as the Agriculture Risk Coverage
(ARC) or the Price
Loss Coverage (PLC) programs, can begin visiting FSA
county offices starting TODAY,
to sign contracts to enroll in coverage for 2016. The enrollment
period will continue until Aug. 1, 2016.
"The choice between ARC and PLC is completed and remains in
effect through 2018, but producers must still enroll their farm by
signing a contract each year to receive coverage," said Dolcini.
Producers are encouraged to contact their local FSA office to
schedule an appointment to enroll. If a farm is not enrolled during
the 2016 enrollment period, producers on that farm will not be
eligible for financial assistance from the ARC or PLC programs should
crop prices or farm revenues fall below the historical price or
revenue benchmarks established by the program.
The two programs were authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill and offer a
safety net to agricultural producers when there is a substantial drop
in prices or revenues for covered commodities. Covered commodities
include barley, canola, large and small chickpeas, corn, crambe,
flaxseed, grain sorghum, lentils, mustard seed, oats, peanuts, dry
peas, rapeseed, long grain rice, medium grain rice (which includes
short grain and sweet rice), safflower seed, sesame, soybeans,
sunflower seed and wheat. Upland cotton is no longer a covered
commodity. For more details regarding these programs, go to www.fsa.usda.gov/arc-plc.
For more information, producers are encouraged to visit their local
FSA office. To find a local FSA office, visit http://offices.usda.gov.
The ARC and PLC programs were made possible by the 2014 Farm
or tap here to read more.
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Commend Congress for Reversing Cuts to Crop Insurance
The House and Senate finalized legislation at the end
of this past week reversing cuts to crop insurance that were made in
the recent budget deal. The legislation-included as part of the
highway bill-nullified what would have been a $3 billion cut to crop
insurance over ten years. National
Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) President, Brett Blankenship,
a wheat grower from Washtucna, Wash., issued the following statement
in response to the legislation.
"This vote was a huge victory for our agricultural producers and
consumers everywhere. Congress made a five-year commitment to our producers
when it passed the Farm Bill last year, and yesterday's votes in the
House and Senate confirmed that commitment. Wheat farmers across the
country rely on crop insurance to help offset the risks of things
that are beyond our control such as drought, severe weather events
and market prices depressed by a strong U.S. dollar. The draconian
cuts included as part of the budget agreement, which were reversed
last night, would have increased the cost of delivering the program,
reduced options for producers, and ultimately made premiums more
expensive. We sincerely appreciate the corrective action taken by
Congress, as do the thousands of farm families who grow wheat across
Beef Checkoff Works to
Develop New Cuts and Make Beef Quick and Easy for Today's Consumer
of the reasons the dollar per head beef checkoff has proven to be so
valuable to cattle producers is the research that resulted in a
couple of waves of value-added cuts. Beef Checkoff Executive Chef Dave Zino said
these value cuts have been a real win-win for the consumer and the
cattle industry. In working for the beef checkoff for the past 15
years, he has seen the Flat Iron Steak go from being unknown to being
menued literally from coast to coast.
The beef checkoff also has the Beef
Alternative Merchandising (BAM) program to stimulate
beef sales. In recent months, this has helped restaurants handle
larger carcasses and maximize profitability. Thicker cut steaks cook
better and the thinner a steak is cut, Zino said the less steak
integrity it has. By cutting a strip loin length wise, then into
smaller, thicker portions, he said the consumer gets a better eating
experience and a more desirable portion size.
The beef checkoff has also introduced a whole lineup of videos to
help consumers cook beef. The Millennial generation (those born between
1980 and 2000) have become a key target audience, because they
account for about a fourth of the U.S. population and about a third
of all adults. Zino said the videos show how easy it is to cook beef.
The website beefitswhatsfordinner.com
offers several resources, such as showing in three simple steps how
to cook beef. This includes grilling, broiling, pan frying, stewing,
stir-frying and much more.
or tap here to listen to our Beef Buzz with Chef Dave as he talks
with us about the strategies being used to reach consumers by the
Agriculture Producers Invited to Participate in Healthy Soils Project
Association of Conservation Districts (OACD) is now
accepting applications from Oklahoma agriculture producers to
participate in a soil health project. The Oklahoma Healthy Soils Project
is a voluntary effort to conserve the natural resources of Oklahoma
by encouraging agriculture producers to implement proven conservation
practices. The project will focus on incorporating cover crops on
croplands in four regions of the state in 2016 by establishing
demonstration farms of at least 80 acres in size on privately-held
lands through a voluntary process. The goal of the Healthy Soils
Project is to ascertain the feasibility of incorporating cover crops
into no-till systems in Oklahoma.
"Many producers are skeptical about incorporating cover crops
due to moisture loss," Jordan
Shearer, OACD Project Director said. "Although
we know cover crops use moisture, much of the moisture that producers
believe they are saving through a fallow system is lost to
Through the Oklahoma Healthy Soils Project, 10 producers will be
selected to plant cover crops on 80 acres at no cost to the producer.
The producers selected to participate in the pilot project will
receive up to $115/per acre for seed cost, fair rental rate
compensation, technical assistance and testing/monitoring equipment.
After implementation, cash crop yields from the cover crop acres will
be compared to yields from fallow systems to evaluate economic impact
as well as environmental benefits. Participating producers will also
be paired with a conservation mentor in their area to provide
qualitative support for the project duration.
Eligible producers must qualify for EQIP (Environmental Quality
Incentives Program) as defined by the 2014 U.S. Farm Bill and submit
a full Healthy Soils Project application to OACD by Friday January 15, 2016.
or tap here to read more about the areas for the first phase of
the demonstration project and to download an application.
We want to say thanks to American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance
Company for being a regular sponsor of our daily
update. On both the state and national levels, full-time staff
members serve as a "watchdog" for family agriculture
producers, mutual insurance company members and life company members.
Click here to go to their AFR website
to learn more about their efforts to serve rural America!
Global Roundtable for Sustainable
Beef (GRSB) Sets Key Initiatives in 2016
Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB) held its
annual general assembly meeting October 27 - 29, providing updates on
GRSB initiatives including: enhanced communications, antibiotic
stewardship, global indicators and equivalence. Approximately 75
individuals representing 28 member organizations attended the meeting
"We had more than a 50 percent increase in attendance this
year," said Ruaraidh
Petre, executive director of GRSB. "The meeting
provided a sense of the progress and increased enthusiasm to grow the
momentum of the organization. Most importantly, it provided a sense
of the value and indicators of progress in making the beef industry
more sustainable worldwide."
The GRSB meeting was focused around its Principles and Criteria for
Global Sustainable Beef, a document developed in 2014 that defines
the attributes of sustainability to which GRSB is committed. The
Principles also recognize that production systems and value chains
vary in sustainability across regions and countries. Regional
roundtables, including Brazilian Roundtable on Sustainable Livestock,
Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef, U.S. Roundtable for
Sustainable Beef, in addition to roundtable groups in Europe,
Columbia and Mexico, provided updates and progress on sustainable
initiatives within their respective areas. Over the past several
months, the Global-to-Local model of the regional roundtable process
also resulted in two technical working groups focused on
accreditation and global indicators. Those specific working groups
reported multiple meetings and progress throughout the year.
here to read more about additional areas of focus included 2016 -
2020 initiatives to move the organization forward in supporting
sustainability within the beef value chain.
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Planning 6th Annual Fundraiser for Troops Next Monday at Oklahoma
Oklahoma National Stockyards will be hosting a special sale of a
steer, donated by the Clyde
Runyon family, next Monday, December 14, 2014 at
approximately 11:00 a.m. The sales from the steer will be
donated to the All-American
Beef Battalion, a non-profit organization dedicated
to thanking the national's military by striving to provide a steak
dinner to every U.S. serviceman.
Last December, the sale raised over $60,000 bringing the five year
total of the special sale to well over $220,000 which translates to a
welcome home steak meal for more than 22,000 troops. Traditionally,
the steer is brought into the sale ring- and is sold- and resold- and
resold multiple times until everyone that has wanted to contribute
has had the chance to do so.
Robert York with National Livestock tells us in an email note that
Broadie, the founder of the AABB, has come to the
sale each year to speak on behalf of the program. He has put
together a tireless crew of volunteers that make this program
possible. The real beauty of this program is that 100% of all
money raised goes directly to support the program and not for
salaries for paid positions. Special thanks are also due to Rob Fisher,
President of Oklahoma National Stockyards Company, for supporting
this sale each year. Many other people deserve thanks for their
consistent support of this program including owners of commission
firms, order buying companies, banks and lending institutions, and
other companies that support the cattle industry with their products
To learn more about the All American Beef Batallion- and their
mission to say thank you to the troops- click here.
You can call National Livestock
at 1-800-310-0220 for more details- and can give them a donation
pledge over the phone if you can't be at the special sale next
Winners Selected and
Honored Saturday at 71st Annual State Speech Contest of AFR-OFU
The 71st State Speech Contest of the American Farmers and Ranchers
concluded Saturday with their State Finals being held on the campus
of Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. Hundreds of young 4-H and
FFA members participated in the 2015 contest- starting in their local
districts. The top finishers in those districts traveled to
Stillwater on December 5th and competed in five different speech
divisions and in one of three age classifications.
President of AFR-OFU, says that "these young people are
amazing." He adds that in many cases, there have been
several generations of families that have participated in this speech
contest that has been sponsored down through the years by the
organization. Of this year's crop of kids- "we're really proud
of them- we're happy to sponsor this and be a part of their lives and
be a part of helping develop their leadership skills."
Top winners in the five Senior Division Categories include:
Senior (11th & 12th grade) American Farmers & Ranchers:
1st - Colton Smith, Kingfisher
2nd - Kohl Murray, Perkins
3rd - Maggie Martens, Fairview
Senior Student Organizations:
1st - Guess Leonard, Sequoyah-Claremore
2nd - Holly Barrow, Kingfisher
3rd - Tucker Jackson, Calera
Senior Natural Resources:
1st - Chelsea Richison, Depew
2nd - Bryce Thralls, Calera
3rd - Shante Seals, Maysville
1st - Breckin Horton, Spiro
2nd - Emily Bennett, Yukon
3rd - Maddi Nation, Sapulpa
1st - Jordan Storey, Valliant
2nd - Sydnee Gerken, Kingfisher
3rd - Shianne Hood, Calumet
You can see the Intermediate and Novice divisions in our online story
here. We also have some comments, courtesy of Sam Knipp,
with the Intermediate Division winner in the AFR category- Madelyn Gerken
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