~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Monday November 8, 2010A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and Big Iron OnLine Auctions!
-- Oklahoma Farmers in Line for $99 Million in 2009 ACRE Payments
-- Oklahoma Clean Water Efforts Are the Best in the Nation
-- Rural America a Key Part of the Modest Recovery of the US Economy
-- Global Conference On Sustainable Beef Held This Past Week in Denver
-- One Freshman Hopeful to Join Frank Lucas on the House Ag Committee
-- Unwanted Pesticide Disposal and OCA Fall Gatherings on the Agenda for the Week
-- Express Ranches Customer Appreciation Sale Coming on Tuesday in Apache
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Oklahoma Farmers in Line for $99 Million in 2009 ACRE Payments
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Francie Tolle, executive director of USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA) in Oklahoma announced today that USDA has started issuing an estimated $420 million in 2009 crop Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) payments to producers enrolled in the ACRE program for wheat, corn, barley, dry peas, grain sorghum, lentils, oats, peanuts, soybeans, and upland cotton due to revenue losses. One of every five of those national dollars are headed for the bank accounts of Oklahoma wheat, oat or corn producers who chose to signup for ACRE in the summer of 2009. According to Tolle, there could be up to an estimated $99 million in ACRE payments issued to producers of the aforementioned crops in Oklahoma.
Tolle told us that while there is up to $99 million available to
Oklahoma producers, probably not all of that end up coming to farmers in
the program. In an email, she says "This number is assuming that all farms
will trigger and meet all eligibility conditions (which will not happen -
for one thing just because the state triggers that does not mean the farm
will trigger). This number includes only crops that the state trigger has
been calculated - Wheat, Corn, Oats."
We were in Stillwater for the OSU Ag Rural Outlook Conference- so when word came Friday morning of this release of money by USDA for the 2009 ACRE program, we called and stopped by the State FSA Office on campus- and talked with Francie about this long awaited word on what was expected to be a huge payday for Oklahoma wheat farmers. Click on the LINK below for more on this story and a chance to hear our conversation with Francie Tolle. Oklahoma ended up with just over 2.5 million acres of wheat base signed up in ACRE- and the final state average price for an ACRE payment for Oklahoma is $46.85 per acre.
If you go back to August 2009, we talked to several folks, including
OSU Ag Economists Dr. Michael Dicks and Dr. Jody Campiche- we were making
several assumptions at that time of what might happen if a large number of
wheat farmers in the state signed up. Click
here for that story from August 2009 with the computations from Dr.
Dicks (The link in the story to one we did with Hope Pjesky earlier does
not work- sorry)
Oklahoma Clean Water Efforts Are the Best in the Nation
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Dov Weitman, chief of the Nonpoint Source Control Branch of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Washington, D.C., announced that 2010 was the most successful year in the history of the nonpoint source (NPS) program.
This program, more officially known as Section 319 of the Clean Water Act, provides funding to states to address nonpoint source water pollution issues. Nonpoint source pollution occurs when substances such as fertilizer, animal wastes, oil and other pollutants run off the land into streams, rivers and lakes during rainfall events.
The Oklahoma Conservation Commission (OCC) serves as the lead technical agency for the nonpoint source program in Oklahoma. Working in collaboration with the state's local conservation districts and other agencies, OCC's Water Quality Division, led by Shanon Phillips, has been helping landowners install practices on their land to reduce the impact of nonpoint source pollution for over two decades. These practices include, among others, installing fencing to reduce livestock impacts to streams, converting from conventional tillage to no-till to reduce soil erosion, and upgrading septic systems to prevent leaking sewage from polluting nearby waters. Practices are installed on a cost-share basis, with the landowner contributing a certain percentage of the cost, and state and federal funds paying the rest.
With nine success stories posted on the EPA website and an additional
ten stories pending, Oklahoma is among the best performing states in the
nation and helped the region exceed its yearly goal for documented water
Rural America a Key Part of the Modest Recovery of the US Economy
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Jason Henderson, the Omaha Branch Executive and a Vice President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, talked about rural economic conditions on Friday at the OSU Rural Outlook Conference in Stillwater. Henderson spoke as the markets were digesting the news of the FED moving forward with a second round of Quantitative Easing, buying back Treasury Bonds and trying to force more liquidity into the marketplace.
Henderson's boss, Tom Hoenig, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of
Kansas City and a member of the Federal Open Market Committee, has opposed
the Fed's monetary policy actions and expressed concern that the risks of
additional securities purchases outweighed the benefits.
Click on the LINK below for more on Henderson's appearance at the OSU Rural Outlook Conference- and a chance to hear our Q&A with this Economist with the Federal Reserve bank that serves the heartland- including Oklahoma.
Global Conference On Sustainable Beef Held This Past Week in Denver
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Co-hosted by Cargill, Intervet Schering-Plough Animal Health, JBS, McDonald's, Walmart and the World Wildlife Fund, the event convened a diverse group of stakeholders from around the globe to discuss programs, policies and practices that will maintain a sustainable supply of beef to meet the needs of a growing world population. In the context of the conference, sustainability is to be assessed through a "triple bottom line" approach of economic prosperity for producers and consumers, environmental integrity and social equity.
Conference participants heard perspectives on beef sustainability from several countries, including Africa, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, China, Europe and the United States, followed by a day-long series of small group discussions on the key issues of biodiversity, greenhouse gases, energy, food safety, labor, land use, nutrition and water. Much of the conversation focused on a need for using accepted and defined terminology; resolving gaps in sound science; use of technology throughout the supply chain; understanding consumer expectations; implications of state and federal regulatory and legislative mandates; and a need for open communication among all stakeholders.
The Immediate Past Chairman of the Texas Cattle Feeders Association, Mike Engler with Cactus Feeders, participated in the conference and called it "Interesting and thought provoking." However, he adds that "like many of these discussions the devil will be in the details about the great diversity of global beef production practices that are considered sustainable. What is sustainable in the U.S. will not necessarily be sustainable or even achievable in other countries."
One Freshman Hopeful to Join Frank Lucas on the House Ag Committee
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Congresswoman Elect Kristi Noem of South Dakota dispatched one of the Democratic members of the House Ag Committee, Stephanie Herseth Sandlin this past Tuesday in the midterm elections- grabbing the only House seat for all of South Dakota.
She said she hopes to be named to the Agriculture Committee, which she
deemed "extremely important to South Dakota." Noem said she feels she
could play a valuable role on the committee because "I've actually lived
This lady sounds like many of our young farmers we find here in Oklahoma. From her campaign website- "Kristi, 38, lives with her husband, Bryon, and three children, Kassidy, Kennedy, and Booker, on a ranch near Castlewood, where the family raises Angus cattle and also shows Quarter Horses. Kristi actively farmed with her family for 17 years, owned and operated a hunting operation, and helped manage the family restaurant."
Unwanted Pesticide Disposal and OCA Fall Gatherings on the Agenda for the Week
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma homeowners, agricultural producers, greenhouse and nursery operators, certified applicators and pesticide dealers can get rid of unwanted pesticides at four locations in November. Two are planned for this week in Alva (Tuesday) and Altus(Thursday)- and two more planned for next week in Blackwell and Coweta.
"No questions will be asked of participants," said Charles Luper, Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service associate with the Oklahoma State University Pesticide Safety Education Program. Luper said the intent of the collection service is not to prosecute participants for illegal management practices but to reduce potential health and environmental concerns by removing unwanted pesticides from storage. "We've had 24 pesticide collections since 2007 with a total of 518,588 pounds of pesticide material collected," he said. Click here for more details about these November collection points and the ongoing Pesticide Disposal program.
The Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association have established a new series of meetings for their members that they are calling Fall Gatherings. Two of these events were held in October and were highly successful- and two more are planned for this week- one Tuesday on the Stuart Ranch in Waurika and the other in Checotah Thursday at the Rafter R Ranch. They each will feature a chuckwagon style dinner and a program that will feature several topics from animal health to the latest rules and regs on truck weights in the state. Click here to jump to our calendar listing on our website, which offers some more details and contact information if you would like to attend.
Express Ranches Customer Appreciation Sale Coming on Tuesday in Apache
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The 2010 edition of the Express Ranches Customer Appreciation Sale is set for tomorrow, Tuesday November 9 at the Apache Livestock Auction.
According to Kevin Hafner of Express Ranches, there will be some top
notch females that can improve your herd. Kevin writes about the offering
"will have 250 bred heifers, all bred to Express low Birth Weight Bulls.
All are spring calvers, and will be sold in 3 to 5 head drafts with pen
Express also has their annual Express Select Sale at the Apache
Livestock Auction this coming Thursday during the regular Apache sale. In
Cooperation with the Stockman-Oklahoma Marketing Inc, Express is offering
an exclusive sale date for "Express Genetics." Selling will be yearlings
to calves, all Express sired.
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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 $9.50 per bushel- as of the close of trade on Thursday, while the 2011 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $10.25 per bushel- delivered to local participating elevators that are working with PCOM.
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