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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Thursday September 30, 2010A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- Final Day- SURE Signup and Crop Insurance Signup
-- House Republicans Call on EPA to Step Back
-- Oklahoma State University and the Oklahoma Youth Expo to Partner on Scholarships Worth $20,000
-- Farm Bureau Fighting 1099 Reporting Requirements of Healthcare Law
-- Tight Beef Supplies Seen Globally
-- NCBA Believes EPA is Waging War Against Animal Agriculture
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Final Day- SURE Signup and Crop Insurance Signup
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~A quick reminder that today- September 30- is the final day to sign up for a couple of programs. One of those programs is the disaster aid program- SURE- for losses suffered back in 2008.
In a story we did earlier in September- Francie Tolle, executive director for Oklahoma Farm Service Agency, hopes producers take the deadline seriously. "2008 was a tough year for some of our Oklahoma farmers, and the SURE program is a good way to recoup some of those losses," Tolle said, "but unless that producer comes in to talk with one of our offices by the 30th, it's a lost opportunity." Click here to jump back to that story and a few more details on getting into your FSA office on this program- but ONLY thru the close of business today.
Likewise, today is the deadline to declare your intentions to buy crop insurance for your winter wheat and other small grains you are planting this fall.
From a story from the beginning of this week- "Farmers who raise wheat and other small grains that are planted in the fall face a Crop Insurance Deadline of Thursday, September 30, 2010. Scott Bulling with Oklahoma Farm Bureau says that buying a crop insurance policy, expecially one of the Revenue Assurance policies, is one of the best investments that an Oklahoma wheat producer can make year in and year out. More money has been paid out in federal crop insurance than in either direct payments or countercyclical payments in recent crop years."
Click here for that full story- complete with the interview that we did with Scott Bulling. Remember- Crop insurance intentions have to be in place and signed off on by close of business TODAY.
House Republicans Call on EPA to Step Back
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Representatives Frank Lucas (R-OK), Sam Graves (R-MO), and Doc Hastings (R-WA), Co-Chairs of the Rural America Solutions Group, hosted a forum today entitled, "The EPA's Assault on Rural America: How New Regulations and Proposed Legislation are Stifling Job Creation and Economic Growth."
Joining Congressman Lucas at the forum was Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe, ranking Minority member of the Environment and Public Works Committee in the US Senate.
"Every day the EPA seems to demonstrate how vastly disconnected it is to the folks who feed us," said Representative Lucas, Ranking Member of the House Agriculture Committee. "With little oversight from the Democratic leadership that controls both the House and the Senate, the EPA has become an agency gone wild, creating regulations and policies that are burdensome, overreaching, and that negatively affect jobs and rural economies. If the EPA is allowed to continue down this path, the only choice for many farmers and ranchers will be to stop farming altogether."
Click on the LINK below for more on this forum- including a link to the video of the hour and half presentation. Further down in this email is a story about the comments made by the NCBA's Tamara Thies. Check that out as well.
Oklahoma State University and the Oklahoma Youth Expo to Partner on Scholarships Worth $20,000
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~A Scholarship Partnership has been announced by Oklahoma State University and the Oklahoma Youth Expo. OSU has pledged $10,000 for two $5,000 scholarships to be used at the University by high achievers honored by the Oklahoma Youth Expo. In response, the Board of Directors of the Oklahoma Youth Expo has agreed to match the OSU pledge, making the total scholarship money in this agreement $20,000 for a total of four $5,000 scholarships.
OYE Executive Director Jeramy Rich says these scholarships will be incorporated into the awards process that includes the Agricultural All State Awards- honoring the brightest and the best of Oklahoma youth involved in agriculture. Rich says that young people interested in these scholarships will need to go through the OYE application process that has a December first deadline to turn in the application. Candidates will be interviewed after the first of the year- and the young men and ladies involved will be ranked and then spotlighted just ahead of the Selection of the Grand Champion Market Animals at the 2011 Oklahoma Youth Expo at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City.
Click on the LINK below for the rest of this story- a link to the OYE website where you can download an application for these scholarships and a chance to hear our conversation with Jeramy Rich of the OYE about this partnership as well as what else is happening with the Oklahoma Youth Expo for 2011.
Farm Bureau Fighting 1099 Reporting Requirements of Healthcare Law
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Provisions in the new health care law that require farms, ranches and other businesses to complete an Internal Revenue Service Form 1099 for any expenditure totaling more than $600 in a calendar year create an unnecessary and costly paperwork burden, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation.
Farm Bureau backs bills in the House and Senate, H.R. 5141, by Rep. Dan Lungren (R- Calif.) and S. 3578 by Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) that would repeal the Form 1099 reporting requirements. In addition, Farm Bureau filed comments with the IRS calling for repeal of the provisions that are set to take effect in 2012.
In comments to the IRS, Farm Bureau cited research by LeMaster Daniels, an accounting firm that services numerous agricultural operations across Washington State and Idaho. According to LeMaster Daniels, the number of forms that would be required for a typical cattle operation with $250,000 of gross income would increase over four fold from 16 to 68. For a typical orchard with $175,000 of gross revenue, the number of Form 1099s required would increase from one to 19.
Tight Beef Supplies Seen Globally
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~World Meat Congress 2010 has been going on in Buenos Aires, Argentina, with industry experts from across the globe gathering to discuss current trends and future challenges in meat production and consumption.
While the focus of the conference is global, this year's venue has specifically cast a spotlight on Argentina's dwindling beef supplies - which are the result of severe drought and interventionist government policies that have hampered its beef industry's ability to export. According to USMEF Economist Erin Daley, this has emerged as one of the meeting's dominant topics.
"These circumstances are making grain farming much more attractive than ranching, contributing to a shift in this region's land use," said Daley. She adds that while the Argentine government's intent in limiting exports was to keep domestic beef supplies plentiful and prices low, the result has been quite the opposite as producers have shifted resources, beef supplies have tightened and domestic beef consumption has declined sharply.
Erin is our guest on this edition of the Beef Buzz- you can read more about her thoughts on what is going on in Argentina as the government has micromanaged beef prices and that has caused the industry great harm. When you click thru to our story- you can also hear comments with Erin as well- the same report that goes to great radio stations across the region via the Radio Oklahoma Network.
NCBA Believes EPA is Waging War Against Animal Agriculture
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~National Cattlemen's Beef Association Chief Environmental Counsel Tamara Thies spoke on behalf of U.S. cattlemen and women today, Wed., Sept. 29, 2010, at a forum in Washington, D.C., focused on the impact of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations on job creation and economic expansion in America's rural communities. Thies told members of Congress in attendance that the "EPA is waging an unprecedented war" to end animal agriculture production.
"EPA exhibits reckless indifference to scientific fact and, instead, imposes stringent regulations based on nothing more than its biased anti-animal agriculture agenda that will leave many cattle operations with no recourse but to shut down and eliminate jobs," said Thies. "It is ironic that as we work to become less dependent on foreign oil, Obama policies are likely to make us more dependent on foreign beef. Maybe we'll need to start a strategic hamburger reserve after the Obama Administration is finished with us."
Click on the LINK below to read more on her comments to the Forum- and we have the audio of her presentation as well. The technical quality was rather poor- but her comments were very pointed and deserve a listen.
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Let's Check the Markets!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We've had requests to include Canola prices for your convenience here- and we will be doing so on a regular basis. Current cash price for Canola is $8.35 per bushel- as of the close of trade Wednesday, while the 2011 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $9.05 per bushel- delivered to local participating elevators that are working with PCOM.
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