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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Wednesday August 18, 2010A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- USDA's Vilsack Says They Are Having Trouble Figuring Out How to Do the Blanche Lincoln Disaster Aid Plan
-- USDA Reminds Producers of Approaching Sign-Up Deadline for the Conservation Reserve Program
-- NCBA Working on Ways to Push Back on EPA Dust Intentions
-- Larger Cattle on Feed Numbers Than Year Ago Seen For Friday Report
-- Dr. Temple Grandlin in Cowboy Country September 15
-- Bullard Still Talking About Thousands Flocking to Ft. Collins Next Week to Send a Message about GIPSA Marketing Rules
-- Sonrise Ranches Kicks Off a Great Set of Angus Sales Next Wedneday, August 25
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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USDA's Vilsack Says They Are Having Trouble Figuring Out How to Do the Blanche Lincoln Disaster Aid Plan
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Chris Clayton with DTN caught up with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack on Tuesday at the Iowa State Fair and asked him about the Lincoln Ag Disaster Aid Plan. Vilsack told Clayton USDA hasn't figured out how the department could implement Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Blanche Lincoln's $1.5 billion ad-hoc disaster plan.
Clayton reports in a blog this morning that "We have been asked to take a look at how that might be implemented and we are in the process of doing that. Obviously, as you know, it's a little complicated because there's not a direct congressional directive. There's not a law. There's not a specific program. The question then becomes how, if you were to do what she's asking us to do, if we were to do it, how would you do it in a way that would reinforce crop insurance and the SURE program? That's part of what we are trying to figure out right now. I don't think we quite have it figured out yet."
To read the rest of the Chris Clayton's report from the Iowa State Fair and his encounter with the former Governor of that state who is now the USDA Secretary, click on the LINK below.
We have been told from those who have spoken directly to Senator
Lincoln in recent days- that she is highly confident that this disaster
aid will be forthcoming- and very soon- in time to help convince Arkansas
farmers she deserves to get another six years in Washington.
USDA Reminds Producers of Approaching Sign-Up Deadline for the Conservation Reserve Program
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds producers that the deadline to enroll in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general sign-up is quickly approaching. Farmers and ranchers have until close of business on Friday, Aug. 27, 2010, to offer eligible land for CRP's competitive general sign-up. Applications can be completed by land owners at the FSA county office where their farm records are maintained. The 2008 Farm Bill authorized USDA to maintain CRP enrollment up to 32 million acres.
In addition to producers signing up for the first time, CRP participants with existing contracts that are scheduled to expire on Sept. 30, 2010, may elect to re-enroll under a new 10-15 year contract. Cropland that is highly erodible, or within a national or state Conservation Priority Area, or is covered under an expiring CRP contract is generally eligible to be enrolled into CRP, provided all other eligibility requirements are met.
Contracts awarded under this 39th sign-up are scheduled to become effective Oct. 1, 2010.
NCBA Working on Ways to Push Back on EPA Dust Intentions
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Dust rolling across the countryside is bad for human health- so says the Environmental Protection Agency and they believe they must crack down on "dust polluters." Every five years, the EPA is required to review scientific studies associated with "criteria pollutants" regulated under the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) of the Clean Air Act to determine if the pollutant is regulated appropriately. One of the criteria pollutants is particulate matter (PM, including dust). The NAAQS is a health-based standard. In other words, Congress determined that in order to regulate a pollutant under the NAAQS, scientific studies must show that the pollutant causes adverse health effects. Conversely, if scientific studies do not show that a pollutant causes adverse health effects, it is not supposed to be regulated under the NAAQS.
It's the contention of many groups involved in agriculture that "dust happens" and that it does not cause adverse health effects.We talked this past weekend with Colin Woodall of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association about the dust regs and how they may impact ranchers and feedlots. He says the EPA wants agriculture to accept lower levels of acceptable dust- and that changing farm practices should happen. For example, their idea of helping hold dust down is to only allow tillage operations to go on at night when humidity levels are higher than during the heat of the day.
Woodall says that several groups in Washington are enlisting the help of Governors- asking them to put pressure on EPA that these rules are not neededfor either the well being of the environment or the rural economies of their states. Click on the LINK below to jump to our midweek Beef Buzz featuring comments from Colin Woodall of the NCBA
Larger Cattle on Feed Numbers Than Year Ago Seen For Friday Report
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~This Friday afternoon at 2 PM Central- USDA will release their latest cattle count in the feedlots across the country. The Allendale folks believe that we will see larger on feed numbers compared to last summer, while placements may be smaller.
Specifically- August Placements are expected to be 4.0% smaller than last year, according to the Allendale analysis. Cattle feeders saw margins slip to break-even levels due to lower cash cattle prices and higher corn costs. September corn futures averaged 378 in July compared with 356 in June. Cattle placed in July will be marketed from October through February.
Allendale anticipates a Marketing total 0.4% smaller than July of 2009.
Feedlots were working off the lower placements posted from November
Dr. Temple Grandlin in Cowboy Country September 15
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~An Oklahoma State University special seminar will feature world famous innovator, author, activist and autistic expert Temple Grandin.
Grandin, a professor of animal science at Colorado State University and a designer of livestock-handling facilities, will speak on Sept. 15 at 2 p.m. in the OSU Student Union Ballroom, at the university's Stillwater campus. The seminar is free and open to the public.
"I really like talking to students to get them turned on to animal behavior and animal handling," Grandin said. "I will be talking about animal welfare, animal auditing, animal measurement, animal behavior, cattle handling and how autism helps with animal behavior." OSU's department of animal science is sponsoring the event. The department is part of the university's Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, comprised of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources and two state agencies: the Oklahoma Agricultural Experiment Station system and the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service. Steve Damron, OSU professor of animal production, is pleased that the seminar will bring one of the most celebrated and influential scientists of this time to campus.
In addition, Ron Kensinger, head of the department of animal science, will discuss a new OSU endowed chair to be housed in animal science and named in honor of Grandin. The seminar will kick off the campaign to raise money for the Temple Grandin Endowed Chair in Animal Behavior and Well-Being. "Her life story has inspired many in terms of her ability to overcome obstacles," Kensinger said. "Her career-long accomplishments are a perfect illustration of how fundamental research may one day lead to tremendous practical advances. We are privileged to have friends who recognize the value of naming an endowed chair in animal behavior and well-being in Dr. Grandin's honor."
Bullard Still Talking About Thousands Flocking to Ft. Collins Next Week to Send a Message about GIPSA Marketing Rules
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard has been crossing rural America. Bullard told cattle producers in Nebraska and Colorado, it is time to - explore the opportunity to restore the economic viability of rural communities by restoring competition to the largest segment of American Agriculture - the U.S. cattle industry. Bullard said the U.S. cattle industry - holds the key to rebuilding economic opportunities in communities that have been in decline over the past several decades.
Bullard believes the way your cattle industry looks today and the direction it is heading is not the result of any natural phenomenon. He adds that the fact that our industry is shrinking and our production remains stagnant in the face of increased consumption is a sure sign of an unhealthy industry - an industry in crisis.
To help the cattle industry to get out of this crisis, Bullard is encouraging everyone in Rural America to attend the upcoming August 27, 2010, competition workshop jointly hosted by the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Attendance is free and open to the public. Bullard calls for the largest gathering of Rural Americans in the history of the United States to arrive on the Colorado State University campus at Ft. Collins, next Friday morning to help mark a new beginning for Rural America.
Sonrise Ranches Kicks Off a Great Set of Angus Sales Next Wedneday, August 25
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Partnership Liquidation and Angus Production Sale at the Sonrise Ranches in Oolagah is just a week away- set for twelve noon on August 25th at the ranch. The sale will include Donors, Donor Prospects, 80 Bred Cowws, 30 Pairs, 40 Bred Heifers, 30 Open Elite heifers and 10 ET Calves.
Owner Chip Carroll writes about the 2010 sale "We are extremely blessed to be offering you some of our very best this year. Let me be frank with you. Some of the top cows in the Angus breed will sell at the Sonrise in this sale. We look forward to seeing you here, but if you are unable to make it, we are broadcasting the sale on DVAuction.com."
Click on the LINK below for our Calendar listing for this tremendous sale of top Angus genetics. For more information by phone, call the ranch office at 918-371-7400.
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