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Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Buchanan Tells Senate Committee EPA Wants WOTUS to Regulate Areas
That Don't Look a Bit Like Water
Oklahoma Farm Bureau President Tom Buchanan
testified before a subcommittee of the Environment and Public Works
Committee on Tuesday afternoon in Washington, telling members of the
Committee that the EPA Clean Water Rule now being challenged in the
Federal Courts system is a rule that shows the Agency's disregard for
small business, farmers and ranchers and their ability to be a
productive part of American society.
Buchanan told the Committee that in regards to WOTUS "After
carefully studying the proposed rule, we at Farm Bureau concluded
that the rule's vague and broad language would define "waters of
the United States" to include countless land areas that are
common in and around farm fields and ranches across the countryside. These are areas that don't
look a bit like water. They look like land, and they
are farmed, but by defining them as "waters of the U.S."
the rule would make it illegal to farm, build a fence, cut trees,
build a house, or do most anything else there without first asking
permission of the federal government and navigating a costly and
complex permitting regime."
Buchanan added that Farm Bureau believes that EPA
violated Federal law in how they promoted WOTUS during the public
comment period. "EPA also engaged in an extraordinary social
media campaign aimed at a different audience-the broader public. That
campaign consisted almost entirely of non-substantive platitudes
about the importance of clean water-which no one disputes. It used
simplistic blogs, tweets and You Tube videos to generate purported
"support" for the rule among well-intended people who have
absolutely no idea what the rule would actually do or what it will
cost. EPA later claimed "public" support for the rule, even
though the vast majority of those who actually read the rule- state
and local governments, businesses, and organizations representing
virtually every segment of the U.S. economy-vehemently opposed
here to listen to Buchanan's full testimony.
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Oklahoma Senate Passes Cattle Theft
On Tuesday, April 12, the Oklahoma Senate passed HB
2504, without any 'no' votes. HB 2504 addresses cattle theft.
"OCA is very grateful to Representative John Pfeiffer
and Senator Ron
Justice for the carrying the bill," said Charlie Swanson,
President of the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association (OCA). "This
bill is another step in the right direction to help curb cattle theft
The bill sets the financial penalty at three times the value of the
stolen cattle and very clearly codifies that each animal can be a
separate felony penalty. According to Swanson, OCA is grateful to all
OCA members who called into their House and Senate members
encouraging them to vote 'yes' on this important bill.
USDA Expands Safety-Net
for Dairy Operations Adding Next-Generation Family Members
On Tuesday, April 12, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced
that dairy farms participating in the Margin Protection Program (MPP)
can now update their production history when an eligible family
member joins the operation. The voluntary program, established by the
2014 Farm Bill, protects participating dairy producers when the
margin - the difference between the price of milk and feed costs -
falls below levels of protection selected by the applicant.
"This change not only helps to strengthen a family dairy
operation, it also helps new dairy farmers get started in the family
business, while ensuring that safety net coverage remains available
for these growing farms," said Secretary Vilsack. "When
children, grandchildren or their spouses become part of a dairy
operation that is enrolled in MPP, the production from the dairy cows
they bring with them into the business can now be protected. By
strengthening the farm safety net, expanding credit options and
growing domestic and foreign markets, USDA is committed to helping
American farming operations remain successful."
OERB Cleaning Up Site
15,000 As the Journey to Restore Every Abandoned Well in Oklahoma
The Oklahoma Energy Resources Board is one of those true success
stories that was initially created at the request of the state's oil
and gas industry by the State Legislature. They saw a need to address
abandoned well sites and the industry advocated being taxed by the
government to fix the problems statewide. The OERB was the agency
created- established in 1994. The agency, now led by Executive
Stitt has quietly offered a service to landowners
that is free and cleans up, in many cases, messes that are decades
This week, the agency is announcing that they have reached a
milestone, with the 15,000th well site clean up underway. Site 15,000 is
located in the Oklahoma City metro, just east of the Bricktown Fire
Station (also built on an OERB-restored site) on Reno Ave. and will
be developed into a new OKC hotel. Stitt says that about $20,000 will
be used to restore this site.
I talked with Mindy about well site 15,000- and more importantly what
the impact has been over the past twenty years plus as OERB has
worked- usually in the country- rehabilitating land one well site at
a time. You can read
more about the OERB mission and journey- and hear our full conversation
with Mindy Stitt by clicking
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Lowered Demand Estimates Result in
Decreased Projected Corn Price
With corn overall demand estimates lowered by 24
million bushels and U.S. corn ending stocks raised by 25 million
bushels, farmers can expect about slightly less per bushel according
U.S. Department of Agriculture reports released today. While
production estimates were unchanged from March and the report
indicates increased demand for ethanol, those gains are more than
offset by a major increase in feed and residual demand.
"U.S. corn farmers have indicated their intention to grow
another bountiful crop in 2016 and, if the weather proves favorable,
we may see a large corn supply after harvest," said National
Corn Growers Association President Chip Bowling, a farmer from
Maryland. "At NCGA, we work to apply the same expertise and and
dedication shown by our members to our efforts to create and grow
demand for our crop. America's farmers sustainably produce a corn
crop that can feed and fuel the world. Working together, we can
create the opportunities necessary to maximize the potential of this
great resource and build a solid future for our farm families as
here to read more about projected corn prices.
TSCRA's Richard Thorpe
Ready to Speak Up for Beef Industry
elected TSCRA President Richard
Thorpe is not only a cattle rancher - he's also an
emergency room doctor - and it's his medical expertise that's made
him an ideal spokesperson for nutrition issues concerning the beef
industry for several years.
In his new role, Thorpe will be speaking out on a number of issues
affecting cattle producers, including private property rights, the
Trans-Pacific Partnership and the EPA's clean water rule- otherwise
known as WOTUS.
here to hear Thorpe's comments about each of these topics during the
latest Beef Buzz.
This N That- Fed Cattle
Review, Rainfall Cometh and OKC Farm Show Set to Start Tomorrow
According to Ed
Czerwein of the USDA Market news office in Amarillo,
prices for feedlot finished cattle was little changed this past week
for cattle actually sold in cash trade.
He reports "The weekly weighted average cash steer price for the
five areas, which includes Texas, Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas and
Iowa/Minnesota feeding areas, was only $.07 higher at $133.90 and
compared to $133.83 the previous week.
"The five area total cash volume was 82,000 head compared to
70,000 head the previous week. The three biggest states for cash
volume were Nebraska at 29,000 head, Kansas at 24,000 head and
Iowa/Minnesota at 18,000 head. All three together totaled 86 percent
of the cash volume for the five areas.
"Five area formula sales totaled 156,000 head with Texas at
70,000, Kansas at 38,000 head and Nebraska at 27,000 head. The five
area formula price was $216.06 compared to $220.10 the previous week.
Many of the formulas are based off of the previous cash sales, so
they normally lag a little behind in the up and down movements compared
to the cash sales."
here to read his full report- and for a chance to hear his
comments about the cash and formula cattle markets.
The indications are still there for significant rainfall this coming
Castles with News9, KWTV in Oklahoma City has a nine
day forecast map shows the chances of rain this weekend look really
excellent in central and western parts of the state:
It appears that Thursday and Friday will be great days to check out
the 2016 edition of the Oklahoma
City Farm Show at State Fair Park in OKC- admission
and parking are free- and show hours this year are the same as in all
of the years that Midwest Farm Shows has operated the event- 9:00 AM
to 5:00 PM on Thursday and Friday and 9-4 on Saturday.
Stop by the Cox Building and say HOWDY to us during the show- and
register for the Preifert Round Pen that we will once again give away
on Saturday afternoon- if rain should wash out the final performance
of Scott Daily's training- we will shoot to draw the name of the
winner around 2:00 PM- and notify the winner to come and pick up his
prize that afternoon.
For more details about the 2016 OKC Farm Show- click here.
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