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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Thursday June 23, 2011A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- House Ag Committee Chairman Frank Lucas on Ag Approps Outcome and More
-- National Farmers Union Calls On President Obama to Act On GIPSA Rule
-- Today's Beef Buzz Offers Congressman Lucas' Advice to USDA on GIPSA
-- Canola TV - Ron Hays discusses the Growth of Interest in Canola in Northern Oklahoma with Jeff Scott
-- Four Oklahomans Competing in World Livestock Auctioneer Championship
-- OSU Student Selected to Travel to Africa with National FFA Organization to Help Fight Hunger
-- NCBA Tells EPA to Back Away from Overreaching Regulations Through YouTube Video
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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House Ag Committee Chairman Frank Lucas on Ag Approps Outcome and More
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Chairman of the House Ag Committee, Oklahoma Third District Congressman Frank Lucas, talked with Director of Farm Programming Ron Hays about a variety of ag issues on Wednesday morning- including a discussion of the three day debate on the FY2012 Ag Appropriations bill. Lucas says that except for the amendment offered by Arizona COngressman Jeff Flake that prohibits USDA from paying the $147 million to the Brazilian Cotton Institute, the attempts to change farm policy on the floor was turned back.
Lucas also talked about the instructions to USDA to not to go forward in finalizing the GIPSA Rule after October first, about the Senate Ag Committee passing HR 872, the 2008 Farm Law Audit Sessions that were supposed to start today, deficit reduction and the efforts by Vice President Joe Biden to broker a deal and the hangup on the Free Trade Deals.
On the Audit sessions, he indicated that USDA had requested more time to pull together specific data that the Chairman had asked them to bring to the Committee- and that he had granted them some extra time to do- adding the review of Conservation programs will be rescheduled in the not too distant future.
Click on the LINK below to listen to our visit with the Chairman of House Ag Committee Frank Lucas on the Agriculture Appropriations Outcome and a variety of agricultural issues.
National Farmers Union Calls On President Obama to Act On GIPSA Rule
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~In a recent press conference, a national coalition of cattle and hog producers, poultry growers, and consumers came together to urge President Obama to complete the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration rule, also known as the GIPSA rule. Organizations that participated in the press conference were National Farmers Union, Western Organization of Resource Councils, Land Stewardship Project, Contract Poultry Association of the Virginias and Food and Water Watch.
National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson summarized the news briefing and said the GIPSA rule is critically important to family farmers and ranchers. The current market for livestock is very concentrated and there is a need for the marketplace to become competitive again, Johnson said.
Johnson also said the GIPSA rule would return us to an essential competitive market that would provide more market access and fairer treatment within these markets.
Another group that partnered with the NFU at the News Briefing on Wednesday was R-Calf USA- their CEO, Bill Bullard says that this is life or death for cattlemen- "Our cattle industry is in a death struggle with the meatpackers." You can read the R-Calf take on the one year anniversary of the proposed rule by clicking here.
Today's Beef Buzz Offers Congressman Lucas' Advice to USDA on GIPSA
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~He's a rancher from Roger Mills County, Oklahoma. He's also the Chairman of the House Ag Committee. Oklahoma Congressman Frank Lucas is one of those lawmakers in the middle between the USDA and it's agency, GIPSA, on one side and lots of unhappy constituents on the other side clamoring either for or against the controversial rule on the marketing of livestock that the Agency proposed one year ago this week.
Last week, the full US House went on record against the finalization of the proposed rule, as they denied funding after October first to USDA to do any further work on the GIPSA Rule. Congressman Lucas says he hopes that USDA gets the message- and assuming they finish the cost benefit analysis on the rule before October first- would then allow the industry to comment on that Analysis and whatever changes in the rule that USDA may be willing to offer.
On today's Beef Buzz, we have the comments that Frank Lucas gave us in our conversation that we detailed at the top of today's email. The Beef Buzz is not only a regular website feature on WWW.OklahomaFarmReport.Com- it's also heard on great radio stations across the region on the Radio Oklahoma Network. Previous Beef Buzzes can be listened to by clicking on the Beef Buzz button on the left hand side of any page of our website- we invite you to go and check our extensive Beef Buzz archive out.
Canola TV - Ron Hays discusses the Growth of Interest in Canola in Northern Oklahoma with Jeff Scott
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~In our newest edition of Canola TV, Ron Hays sits down with Jeff Scott again, a canola producer from Grant County, and discusses the growth of canola in northern Oklahoma. Scott says there were more canola fields planted in the northern region than last year with more than 8,000 acres planted this year. Scott says he is glad to see this jump and increase in canola fields. Farmers are beginning to see what canola can do for their wheat crop, says Scott.
Click on the LINK below to watch the latest edition of Canola TV. Ron Hays and Jeff Scott discuss more on the increase in planting canola in northern Oklahoma, as well as how harvest is finishing up in Grant County.
Four Oklahomans Competing in World Livestock Auctioneer Championship
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Livestock Marketing Association will be hosting their 48th Annual World Livestock Auctioneer Championship on June 25, 2011. The contest will take place at Upstate Livestock Exchange in Williamston, South Carolina, with 33 livestock auctioneers competing. Of those 33 competitors, four are from Oklahoma and will be battling it out for the title of world livestock auctioneer champion.
The first two Oklahoma representatives are Justin Dodson of Welch and Dustin Focht of Stillwater. Both competed in the Montgomery Quarterfinal at the Montgomery Stock Yards on Sept. 13. Dodson was named champion and Focht won the reserve champion title.
Another contestant representing Oklahoma at the WLAC is Kevin
Magby. Magby is from Atoka and competed in the Burlington Quarterfinal
at the Burlington Livestock Exchange on Oct. 28. Magby scored in the top
eight at the quarterfinal, which guaranteed him a spot in as a competitor
in the WLAC.
Click on the LINK below to read more about the World Livestock Auctioneer Championship- being held this year in South Carolina this coming Saturday evening.
OSU Student Selected to Travel to Africa with National FFA Organization to Help Fight Hunger
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma State University student, Ashley Breitnauer, has been selected to travel to Rwanda, Africa as part of the National FFA Organization and the FFA Global Outreach: Africa program. Breitnauer is an agricultural communications major at Oklahoma State University. Seven other collegiate FFA members were also selected to participate in the FFA GO: Africa program. Through this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, the students will work from July 13-Aug. 2 in Rwanda, Africa, to help local farmers fight hunger and poverty through sustainable agriculture.
The students will experience the reality of food insecurity, agriculture and conservation issues in a sub-Saharan African country where the average annual income is $1,500 or below.
Click on the LINK below to see a complete list of the collegiate FFA members participating in FFA GO: Africa, as well as more information on this program.
NCBA Tells EPA to Back Away from Overreaching Regulations Through YouTube Video
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) followed its recent "Overregulation All Across the Nation" YouTube video with a new video highlighting efforts by U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) to stand up for U.S. farmers and ranchers during a hearing of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. Specifically, Sen. Barrasso questioned Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson about her agency's potential revision of the National Ambient Air Quality Standard for coarse particulate matter, more commonly known as dust, as well as the effects EPA's overreaching regulations have on U.S. cattlemen. NCBA posted a video of Sen. Barrasso questioning Administrator Jackson on its Beltway Beef YouTube channel.
We have the video for your review on our website- and you can click on the LINK below to watch a most interesting interaction between Lisa Jackson and Senator John Barrasso.
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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 $12.10 per bushel- as of the close of trade Wednesday, while the 2011 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $12.10 per bushel- delivered to local participating elevators that are working with PCOM.
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