~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Wednesday, October 26, 2011A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- Full and Complete 2012 Farm Bill Via the Super Committee Route is Possible- So Says House Ag Committee Chair Frank Lucas
-- National Cattlemen's Beef Association Past President Testifies to Stop EPA from Regulating Dust
-- Myth vs. Fact on EPA Regulating Farm Dust
-- Oklahoma FSA Announces SURE 2010 Crop Disaster Program Signup Begin Nov. 14
-- A Dry Fall Means "Plant Vampires" in Wheat and Canola
-- U.S. Beef and Pork Exports Expected to Finish Strong Despite Tougher Pricing
-- Oklahoma Hog Hunter Urges Respect for Landowners
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Full and Complete 2012 Farm Bill Via the Super Committee Route is Possible- So Says House Ag Committee Chair Frank Lucas
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~A complete 2012 Farm Bill could land under the protection of the so called Super Committee in Washington- if the leaders of the House and Senate Ag Committees can come together on key elements of how to pay for $23 billion in budget savings from agricultural programs that would contribute to the $1.2 trillion in deficit reduction that the Super Committee is charged with finding. The Chairman of the House Ag Committee, Frank Lucas, told Radio Oklahoma Network Farm Director Ron Hays that "it's possible" when asked if a full farm bill could be delivered to the Super Committee as the policy plan that would result in the savings earlier promised by the Ag Leadership.
Lucas says that he believes that the Agriculture Committees may be the only Committees on Capitol Hill where Republicans and Democrats are working together on a plan to provide the Super Committee with details of actual cuts and how they will be achieved in policy.
Congressman Lucas walked us through the process to this point with comments on the Commodity and Conservation titles- and indicated that the window of opportunity is very tight- and that legislative language would have to be in place by "early November."
Lucas also promised that if something tangible comes from the four Ag Committee leaders, the other members of his Committee will have a chance to review it- adding he is talking daily with House Ag Committee members about where the process is to this point.
National Cattlemen's Beef Association Past President Testifies to Stop EPA from Regulating Dust
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Although rumors are circulating that refer to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) attempt to regulate farm dust as a myth, a hearing hosted by Chairman Ed Whitfield (R-KY) of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power cleared up what many call profound misconceptions. Testifying on behalf of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association was Steve Foglesong, immediate past president of the organization and a rancher from Astoria, Ill. Foglesong said ranchers are pleased EPA has decided not to propose to lower the standard for coarse particulate matter (dust) this year but the issue is far from resolved.
Click on the LINK below to hear Fogelsong's testimony on the dust regulations.
He said EPA does not have a consistent track record of doing what it proposes. In fact, in 1996 EPA proposed to remove the dust standard altogether, only to bring it back in the final rule. In 2006, EPA proposed to exempt farm dust. That exemption also disappeared in the final rule. Foglesong said even if EPA retains the current dust standard, the opportunity remains for the agency to tighten it in the future. Unless Congress passes the Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act, he said that threat remains. Chairman Whitfield said family farmers and ranchers need flexible, science-based regulations, rather than an EPA guessing game.
"EPA's unprecedented wave of stringent and inflexible regulations pose a serious threat to the economy," said Whitfield. "Now, this overly aggressive EPA has discussed focusing their efforts on family farms under the guise of revising the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for particulate matter. With record high unemployment and deficits, it is beyond understanding as to why EPA would even think about regulating farm dust."
Myth vs. Fact on EPA Regulating Farm Dust
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~With many different groups talking about the issue of regulating farm dust by the Environmental Protection Agency, farmers, ranchers and agricultural organizations are hearing a lot of different information. The following "Myth vs. Fact on EPA Regulating Farm Dust" is a background of information regarding the topic and provides some clarification on the issue.
This article was provided by the office of Representative Kristi Noem (SD-AL). Our thanks to Rep. Noem for providing us with this information.
OVERVIEW: HR 1633 is a bipartisan bill that addresses the regulation of dust, which is subject to regulation under the Environmental Protection Agency's standard for coarse particulate matter ("PM10") within its National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) program. EPA is currently conducting a review of that standard.
MYTH: The EPA doesn't regulate dust. This is a "phantom
Oklahoma FSA Announces SURE 2010 Crop Disaster Program Signup Begin Nov. 14
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Francie Tolle, executive director for Oklahoma Farm Service Agency (FSA), announced that enrollment for 2010 crop losses under the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments (SURE) program will begin Nov. 14, 2011 and end on June 1, 2012.
"Eligible producers who suffered crop losses during the 2010 crop year are encouraged to visit their county FSA office after signup begins on Nov. 14 to learn more about the SURE crop disaster program and how to apply," said Tolle.
SURE is available to eligible producers on farms in counties with Secretarial disaster declarations, including contiguous counties, if the producer has incurred at least a 10 percent crop production or quality loss on a crop of economic significance, excluding grazed crops. If the producer does not farm in a county with a Secretarial disaster declaration, SURE is available for the crop year if the actual production on the farm, because of disaster-related conditions, is 50 percent or less than normal production of the farm considering all crops grown nationwide by the producer.
Although farmers may be able to sign up for the SURE program in November, the SURE payments may not be issued until sometime later because the 2010 National Average Market Price (NAMP) data may not be available for all crops. The NAMP prices are intended to reflect the actual marketing value of a crop during the marketing year and the marketing year for some crops will not end until the beginning of 2012.
A Dry Fall Means "Plant Vampires" in Wheat and Canola
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~A hot, dry summer like we have experienced can drive many plant feeding insects to look for any green, succulent plants to snack on until they die or hibernate for the winter. We are getting reports of leafhoppers attacking winter wheat. Several leafhopper species will move into, and feed on wheat, including the painted leafhopper, the aster leafhopper and the gray lawn leafhopper, just to name a few. These insects are small (1/16 - 1/8 inches) wedge-shaped relatives of aphids that actively fly and move when disturbed. The gray lawn leafhopper is grayish-yellow with dark brown markings and two black spots on its "face". The aster leafhopper is greenish yellow with 3 pairs of spots or dashes on its "face".
These "plant vampires" feed on the wheat plant's sap with their needle-like mouthparts, and literally suck the life out it. Symptoms of leafhopper damage in wheat are similar to symptoms of nitrogen deficiency. Leaf blades may turn brown along the edges and have a green-yellow color to the leaves. One question that sometimes arises about leafhoppers in wheat is "do they transmit barley yellow dwarf virus?" The short answer, based on years of research by numerous entomologists and plant virologists, is NO! Any correlation between treating a wheat field with an insecticide for leafhoppers and a seeming reduction in barley yellow dwarf incidence probably occurred because infective aphids were controlled as well.
What about canola? Well, the aster leafhopper (also known as the six-spotted leafhopper) is of concern because it is a vector of aster yellows. Aster yellows disease is caused by a mycoplasma that requires transmission by a host insect. This disease can be particularly damaging to canola, especially when it infects plants early. It affects more than 300 plant species including several common weeds such as horseweed, plantain, ragweed, wild carrot and wild lettuce.
U.S. Beef and Pork Exports Expected to Finish Strong Despite Tougher Pricing
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The recent strengthening of the U.S. dollar against other foreign currencies can and will have an affect on the U.S. beef and pork exports. It can affect the exports through terms of customer purchasing power in major export markets or when priced against the currencies of other competitors, such as Brazil, Australia and Canada.
According to U.S. Meat Export Federation Economist Erin Daley Borror, these changes will make the fourth quarter of 2011 a tougher business climate than the rest of the year. Daley Borror says we have had a clear advantage for most of 2011 with the weak dollar until around September when that began to change.
However, Daley Borror says she is confident that the U.S. beef and pork exports will still manage to have a solid performance throughout the rest of the year. This is mainly because of the strong global demand and the pricing environment is roughly the same as it was in the final quarter of 2010.
Erin Daley Borror of USMEF was our guest on our Beef Buzz show that is heard on the Radio Oklahoma Network. Click on the LINK below for our Beef Buzz- as we hear from Daley Borror on the changes in the fourth quarter of 2011 for U.S. beef and pork exports.
Oklahoma Hog Hunter Urges Respect for Landowners
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~"Once you get a couple of hogs, you want to go out and get more," says Kevin O'Neal, a Guthrie businessman who has hunted feral swine for the past 15 years. He has seen first-hand the damage caused by feral swine on his family's property near Rush Springs. "We've lost hay and they've rooted giant holes in our fields," O'Neal said.
In spite of the physical damage and financial loss, he understands why some landowners are reluctant to allow hunters to access their property. He remembers a hunting group that brought horses, four-wheelers and dogs to his property and cut his fences in three places to follow the hunt. He says most landowners have concerns about hunters who may damage their property or their livestock.
O'Neal's approach is to leave the property in better condition than it was in when he began the hunt. He picks up trash, avoids using vehicles on muddy ground, and offers to mend fences if needed. He builds trust with landowners who grant him hunting rights by inviting them to go with him on the hunt and watch him in action.
The best way to decide if a landowner and a hunter are a good match for each other is to talk about it over lunch, O'Neal advises. He takes time to listen to a landowner's concerns and find out what is appropriate for each hunting situation.
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