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Latest Farm and Ranch News
Update from Ron Hays of RON
Grassley and Johnson Introduce Rural America
Preservation Act of 2012, Continuing Their Quest
for a Hard Cap on Farm Program Payments
Chuck Grassley and Tim Johnson introduced
legislation that would place a hard cap on the
farm payments an individual farmer could receive
in a year and would close long-abused and
well-documented loopholes in the farm payment
Johnson, president of the National Farmers Union,
was quick to applaud the measure.
bill programs are designed to help protect farmers
in times of need, not to make farmers and ranchers
rich," he said.
proposed bill would cap loan deficiency payments
and marketing loan gains at $75,000 each and
impose a $50,000 limit on all other commodity
programs. The combined limit for payments to
married farm couples would be $250,000. The
legislation would also improve the "measurable
standard" by which the U.S. Department of
Agriculture determines who should and should not
receive farm payments.
Grassley emphasized the safety net aspect of farm
legislation and signaled lawmakers' intentions to
return to the original purpose of farm programs.
unacceptable that small- and medium-sized farmers
get so little of the very program that was created
to help them.
nothing wrong with farmers growing their
operations. But big farmers shouldn't be using
taxpayer dollars to get even bigger. When the
largest 10% of farmers receive 70% of farm
payments, something is wrong."
senators had introduced similar legislation
earlier this Congress, but wanted to be sure the
legislative text would accommodate any type of
safety-net program adopted in a new farm and
nutrition bill. This is particularly important in
light of the growing prospect that direct payments
are unlikely to be included in a farm and
You can read Senator Grassley's
lengthy statement introducing the Rural America
Preservation Act of 2012 by clicking
Click here to read Roger Johnson's
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Groups Want Comprehensive U.S.-EU Free
ad hoc coalition of 40 food and agricultural
organizations led by the National Pork Producers
Council in a letter sent to the Obama
administration and Congress expressed concern that
a proposed free trade agreement between the United
States and the European Union might fall short of
long-established U.S. objectives for trade pacts.
"Some non-agricultural members of the
business community have suggested that a U.S.-EU
FTA negotiation should not be pursued as a 'single
undertaking' with success in one area dependent on
success in all the others," said NPPC President
R.C. Hunt, a pork producer from Wilson, N.C. "The
agriculture community, however, believes that,
rather than creating a high-standard 21st century
trade agreement that is central to the
administration's trade policy efforts, approaches
other than a single undertaking would assure the
perpetuation of trade barriers to many U.S.
products and sectors, including agriculture."
"The EU's free trade deals with other
countries do not meet the high standards of U.S.
trade agreements," added Nicholas Giordano, NPPC's
vice president and counsel for international
affairs, "and we doubt that the EU would ever
agree to open its market to agricultural
commodities unless it was obliged to do so as part
of a comprehensive trade
You can read more about proposals for
a US-EU trade agreement by clicking here.
Obama in Oklahoma for the First Time as President-
Called the Man that is "All Hat and No Cattle" by
Obama has spent the night in Oklahoma for the
first time during his tenure as President of the
United States- and is set to fly by helicopter up
to Cushing first thing this morning to continue to
sell his "All of the Above" energy plan.
Cushing, the president will announce a directive
to federal agencies to fast-track an oil pipeline
from the Oklahoma town to refineries on Texas'
Gulf Coast. The project is part of the larger
Keystone XL project that Obama rejected earlier
this year. Obama continues to stonewall the
pipeline plans to move crude oil from Canada down
across the northern plains- ending up in
Cushing where this leg he is approving would take
it on to the Galveston-Houston area.
485-mile pipeline would remove a bottleneck in the
country's oil transportation system, as rising oil
production has outgrown pipelines' capacity to
deliver oil to refineries.
Oklahoma officials have issued statements
regarding the President's brief stay in Oklahoma-
and typical of the responses come from Oklahoma
Senator Tom Coburn. The Senator says he
always glad to have Mr. Obama in the state- but
offered criticism of Obama's energy flip
a statement this morning- Senator Coburn says
I am always happy to welcome any president to
Oklahoma, taxpayers should understand that the
Obama administration has been hostile to the very
sector of the economy he wants to take credit for
Oklahoma, we have a phrase to describe the
president's position: 'All hat, no cattle.'
The president offers big talk on domestic energy
production but has offered little action to back
up his claims.
word and deed, this administration has
consistently expressed an illogical and
ideological hostility to oil and gas.
President Obama has even called oil the 'fuel of
the past' even though government experts recognize
our nation will rely on fossil fuels for nearly 70
percent of our energy needs through 2035.
also understand that the United States may be the
only nation in the world today that could be
energy independent but isn't because of its own
government. The president will, of course,
claim that oil production is increasing.
This is true but misleading. Production has
increased on privately owned lands while declining
on lands managed by the federal government. In
other words, production has increased in spite of
this administration's policies and because of
decisions made by previous administrations - both
Republican and Democrat. "
Click here to read the full statement
from Senator Coburn issued this morning.
President Obama will be speaking in Cushing and
then flying on to Ohio at midday today.
Ag Secretary Comments on 2011 Drought Losses
Commissioner Todd Staples issued the following
statement in response to the news that Texas
agricultural losses attributed to the historical
2011 drought reached a record $7.62 billion. The
updated total makes the 2011 drought the most
costly drought in history, according to Texas
AgriLife Extension Service
"When you are one of the
biggest agricultural producing states in the
nation, a monumental drought causes enormous
losses," Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd
Staples said. "While the pain and damage caused by
this drought cannot be overstated, our state's
farmers and ranchers are determined in their
commitment and fierce in their resolve. We will
rebuild and continue delivering the safest, most
reliable and most affordable food supply in the
For a link to the details of the
new Texas drought loss report, click here.
Pests Could Pose Challenges For Producers
Following 2011 Drought
and wet weather conditions across the state are
giving farmers a glimmer of hope after last year's
disastrous drought. Peanut farmers as well are
contemplating what potential this year might hold
for a good crop.
Dr. John Damicone,
professor of entomology and plant pathology at
Oklahoma State University, spoke with us at
the recent Peanut Expo at Quartz Mountain.
Damicone said the hot dry weather last year does
have a positive side.
"I always try and
tell peanut farmers that when the conditions are
good for growing peanuts, they're also good for
diseases, unfortunately. But that's when you start
making good peanuts is when the conditions are
favorable for disease. But when the temperatures
are over 100 every day, that heat acts like a
fungicide, so we didn't have major disease
problems in peanuts last year because of that
heat. We also didn't make very good peanuts so
they go hand in hand, unfortunately."
good weather conditions hold with adequate
moisture, diseases will quickly become an issue,
Damicone said. Unfortunately, there are few
choices when it comes to nematicides and producers
may have to fall back on other management
You can read more of our interview
with Dr. Damicone or hear the full interview by
to Honor Virgil Jurgensmeyer with 2012 DASNR
Jurgensmeyer will be honored by Oklahoma State
University's Division of Agricultural Sciences and
Natural Resources as a 2012 DASNR Champion Award
recipient March 28.
The DASNR Champion
award recognizes and honors those who are not
graduates of OSU's College of Agricultural
Sciences and Natural Resources but who have
brought distinction to the division while
demonstrating a continuing interest in and
commitment for agricultural sciences and natural
Jurgensmeyer is the chief
executive officer of J-M Farms in Miami, Okla., a
mushroom production, processing, packaging and
shipping facility that employs approximately 500
people and serves nine states. He served for many
years on the Industry Advisory Committee of the
OSU Robert M. Kerr Food & Agricultural
"Virgil is a leader in
the mushroom production and processing industry,
and his Oklahoma-based company competes with the
major mushroom businesses in the United States,"
said FAPC Director J. Roy Escoubas.
Click here to read more about Virgil
Jurgensmeyer and his contributions to Oklahoma
N That- Farm Bill Hearings on the Road- Ag
Airplanes Grounded and Thinking Back a
next two Fridays- Oklahoma Congressman
Frank Lucas will be outside the
Washington, DC beltway with his 2012 Farm Bill
Traveling Road Show- this Friday the 23rd in
Galesburg, Illinois to get the Corn Belt's
viewpoint on the farm policy needs of this
country- followed by a March 30th stop in
Jonesboro, Arkansas to check the pulse of the mid
south and deep south when it comes to farm
policy. After that, it's an Easter break
before the House Ag Committee travels to Dodge
City, Ks to hold their four and final field
hearing on farm policy on April 20th. In a
statement earlier this week on the Paul Ryan
budget proposal- Lucas let it be known that
further hearings would follow inside the beltway
after the one planned for April 20. Click here for the hearing webpage of
the House Ag Committee- that's where you can
get the link to listen live to the show tomorrow
morning from the land of corn and soybeans and
bit of fallout from President Obama's stopover in
Oklahoma- central Oklahoma farmers will not get
any crop spraying done until POTUS has left the
state- private aircraft are grounded in the area
while Air Force 1 is here. It may not be a good
morning for spraying anyway- and with the forecast
for sunshine once the President is gone- in this
case to use a basketball phrase- "no harm no
are spotlighting the three Champions of DASNR this
week in our daily email- and in doing so- I think
back to last spring when the first set of
Champions of DASNR were announced- I remember the
phone call from Dean Bob Whitson
telling me about the award and thinking- he wants
me to come and cover the event and report on who
these gentlemen are- and then he got around to
telling me that OSU's Division of Ag had selected
me as one of the three award winners. I was
surprised- and very honored. I must say that
I still am- my friends who were honored at the
same time deserved the honor (Terry Detrick and
Mike Spradling) but I am still not sure how I got
included in that special circle. With that
said- it was a great honor to be included in 2011-
and I offer my congratulations to Bill, Virgil and
Paul for their tremendous service to Oklahoma
Agriculture- and to OSU's Division of Agriculture
over many years.
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