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Cash price for canola was
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Update from Ron Hays of RON
Designates 597 Counties in 2013 as Disaster Areas
Due to Drought
Secretary Tom Vilsack designated
597 counties in 14 states as primary natural
disaster areas due to drought and heat, making all
qualified farm operators in the areas eligible for
low-interest emergency loans. These are the first
disaster designations made by the U.S. Department
of Agriculture in 2013.
The only county in
Oklahoma not designated as a primary natural
disaster area was Ottawa County in the far
northeastern corner of the state. Since it is
contiguous with counties that are designated as
primary disaster areas, farmers in the county are
eligible for assistance as well.
drought persists, USDA will continue to partner
with producers to see them through longer-term
recovery, while taking the swift actions needed to
help farmers and ranchers prepare their land and
operations for the upcoming planting season," said
Vilsack. "I will also continue to work with
Congress to encourage passage of a Food, Farm and
Jobs bill that gives rural America the long-term
certainty they need, including a strong and
defensible safety net."
The 597 counties
have shown a drought intensity value of at least
D2 (Drought Severe) for eight consecutive weeks
based on U.S. Drought Monitor measurements,
providing for an automatic designation. The
Drought Monitor is produced in partnership by
USDA, the National Drought Mitigation Center at
the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and the
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
It helps USDA determine county disaster
designations due to drought.
Click here for the map of the
affected counties and to read more of this
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NCBA Weigh in on Animal Traceability Final
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)
published its final rule on traceability
requirements for livestock moved interstate.
Though the final rule mainly focuses on cattle, it
leaves in place existing poultry-related
traceability regimes and requires records be
retained for poultry for two years. The rule
becomes effective March 11, 2013.
generally supportive of agency efforts to
implement traceability programs, the National
Chicken Council voiced concern about applying a
one-size fits all, cattle-based traceability
system to poultry, specifically a proposed
requirement that records be kept for five years
for all species.
"NCC and our members
are committed to animal health and to ensuring
effective mechanisms are in place to identify and
quickly trace an animal disease to its source,"
said NCC Vice President of Scientific and
Regulatory Affairs Ashley
Peterson, Ph.D. "NCC is pleased that
APHIS took some of our comments into account in
the formulation of the final rule, including
reducing the recordkeeping requirements for
poultry to two years, down from the proposed five
Click here for more on the NCC's
The National Cattlemen's
Beef Association was generally pleased with the
rule's final form.
are encouraged that many of the priorities of
cattlemen and women have been included in this
final rule," said NCBA Chief Veterinarian
Dr. Kathy Simmons. "USDA APHIS
listened to the voices of livestock producers when
drafting this rule and the final product is one
that will help reduce the number of animals
involved in an investigation, reduce the time
needed to respond and decrease the cost to
You can read more from the NCBA by
Derrell Peel Talks About Rebuilding the Cow
are we going with this beef cattle business of
ours in the Southern Great Plains in 2013? OSU
Extension Livestock Marketing Economist
Derrell Peel says the answer
depends on whether the drought continues or
"I think, absolutely, the
production considerations are the major issue.
We've just got a huge part of the central part of
the U.S. and--from a beef cattle standpoint-a huge
part of the beef cattle industry in an area that's
in very serious drought. It's the middle of the
winter and so it's not an issue right now, but
three months from now it will be a huge issue. And
so, I think, without a doubt, the question of a
continuation of drought or a return to more normal
weather is going to be absolutely critical as we
move into the spring period."
substantial herd liquidation in Texas, Oklahoma,
and parts of Kansas in 2011. Herd liquidation
slowed in 2012, but if the drought continues, Peel
says 2013 could see increased
"I don't think that there's
any doubt that we're setting up, certainly in the
Southern Plains part of it, because we started in
2011 with significant liquidation. We got through
2012 in Texas and Oklahoma and some of the
immediately surrounding areas with less
liquidation simply because we had already made so
much. But conditions now are probably worse than
they were at any time in 2011. Water supplies are
increasingly the most critical factor."
Derrell joined me for the latest Beef
Buzz. Click here read more or to listen to our
Fiscal Cliff as seen from TSCRA President Joe
Parker's Point of View
Parker, Jr., a third generation rancher
from Clay County, Texas, gives his take on the
recent fiscal cliff debate in the latest Texas and
Southwest Cattle Raisers Association Cattlemen's
Column. He is president of the
Like many of you I learned the
importance of financial responsibility at an early
age. You simply don't spend money you don't have.
The money you do have you work for. And if you're
lucky, you might save some of that money for a
rainy day or leave it for your kids once you're
The lessons I was taught at home, at
school and at church were all the same. Be good
stewards of what God gave you, whether it's your
land, your home or your finances.
lessons of self responsibility and good
stewardship weren't invented by our elders. They
were passed down through generations of
hardworking Americans since our founding. It was,
in fact, Thomas Jefferson himself that said,
"Never spend your money before you have
I guess some Washington politicians
have forgotten these lessons, or perhaps they were
never taught them in the first place.
You can read more of Joe's comments
on our webpage by clicking here.
to Begin Releasing Crop Reports at 11 a.m.
Oklahoma Time on January 11
U.S. Department of Agriculture reminds data users
that the National Agricultural Statistics Service
(NASS) and World Agricultural Outlook Board (WAOB)
will begin issuing several major USDA statistical
reports at 11:00 a.m. CDT beginning on Friday,
January 11, 2013. USDA previously released these
crop reports at 7:30 a.m. CDT. USDA statistical
reports with the noon release time are: World
Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates, Acreage,
Crop Production, Grain Stocks, Prospective
Plantings, and Small Grains Summary. The time for
livestock reports currently released at 2:00 p.m.
CDT will not
and Erick Got an Inch! Rainfall Event Exiting
Northwestern Oklahoma This Thursday Morning
rain that came up from old Mexico proved to be one
of the best statewide rainfall events that we have
seen for months across Oklahoma.
totals across Oklahoma show that virtually
everyone in the statement got at least a sprinkle,
with much of north central, central and western
Oklahoma getting three to six tenths of an inch of
rain. A large amount of southeastern
Oklahoma got the most rain from this system that
tracked up from old Mexico across eastern Oklahoma
before swinging to the northwest during the
evening hours on Wednesday. Rainfall amounts from
one inch to an inch and half were common- with
Broken Bow apparently the winner in the rain gauge
race- picking up just over an inch and a half of
There were at least two
pockets in southwestern-west central Oklahoma that
also jumped above the inch mark. The Bessie
and Butler Mesonet stations both claimed just over
an inch of rain in the west central part of the
state, while Hollis and Erick both got more than
an inch of rain as well.
can go and see the full map for whop got how much-
click here for the rainfall map
for the last 48 hours across the state.
N That- Bellringer Sale Underway Today, Link to
Flickr Pics and Giving Birth to an App
Superior Livestock as they kick off 2013 with "The
Bellringer" in Denver, Colorado. This two day sale
will offer 76,000 head of cattle- starting at 8 AM
central time this morning- it can be
seen on the RFD channel on both DISH and DirecTV
as well as online.
morning, the sale starts with yearling cattle,
including a lot from our region and from Oklahoma-
tomorrow- weaned calves will be the feature and
again- a lot from Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas.
Click here for the Superior
website- there you will see details about how
to register to bid and the link to watch the sale
online if you don't have access to RFD.
yesterday's email- we were pointing you to our
website for some pics of the 2013 winter canola
and winter wheat crop- we thought we had gotten
those and a few more added into our Flickr sets
but that got delayed- they are now there and you
can click here for our 2013 WheatWatch
2013 Flickr set- pics from two different
fields that you can compare from Mid October to
early November to January. WheatWatch is a service
of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission.
also have the 2013 Winter Canola shots of this
week in a new Flickr set that we will be adding to
as the days go by as it relates to the 2013 Winter
Canola crop- Click here for those photos.
had thought we would have our Apps for Android and
for the Iphone out around Thanksgiving- but giving
birth to these little boogers has taken longer
than we thought they might- but the Android is
ready to go to the Android store- and we hope for
Apple approve in the next few days. I am
getting excited and will be playing show and tell
on our website and here in the daily email- there
are some features I think you are going to
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