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Update from Ron Hays of RON
Friday, February 15,
of the Farm Bill Process, Senate Ag Committee
Chair Stabenow Proposes Ending Federal Farm Safety
Chairman of the Senate Ag Committee,
Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, is
proposing the full elimination of Direct Payments
in a vehicle outside of the five year farm bill
process. Her proposal is a part of a larger Senate
Democrat plan to offer a Sequester Alternative in
advance of automatic spending cuts that are
supposed to go into effect March first. Stabenow
described agriculture's portion of the plan as one
fourth of the overall dollars needed to achieve
the alternative's goal of $110 billion dollars in
a combination of revenue and cuts. Agriculture
would contribute $27.5 billion in cuts to the
The cuts would come solely from
the Commodity Title, with no cuts from any other
part of the farm law- or for that matter, from any
other domestic non military spending
would only be for one year of the ten year
Sequestration plan and but would take ten years of
budget accounting and loss of the farm program
baseline to achieve the "savings."
Chairman of the House Ag Committee, Frank
Lucas, was not impressed- saying in part
"The Senate's approach of taking away our
investment in rural America without addressing the
hole it will create is not balanced and not
see Stabenow's full statement as well as the full
statement from Chairman Lucas- and to hear our
audio overview which includes Debbie Stabenow
explaining her math to the farm media yesterday
afternoon- click here for our top ag story
on this subject.
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DC- AFR's Terry Detrick Says House Leadership
Feels NO Sense of Urgency Over Farm Bill
Detrick, president of American Farmers
and Ranchers is in Washington, D.C., this week
speaking with members of Congress. He and the
other members of the National Farmers Union
executive committee are trying to encourage the
House leadership in particular to get the farm
bill moving once again. He spoke with me
about their lobbying efforts.
got to get them busy with a farm bill. The farm
bill now, some of them seem to have put it on the
back burner-a lot of them have put it on the back
burner because they got a little extension. They
don't realize that this thing's going to take a
while to work out."
Detrick says that many
of the Congressmen they have spoken with say the
farm bill has waned as an issue among their
"One of the things we're
hearing now is that they're really not hearing
from their constituency. And our constituency back
home is 'We've got a farm bill to extend us a
while now,' and they've let off the pressure.
it's an urgent, urgent situation and we've got to
get our constituents out in the countryside to
start calling our Congressmen. Even from other
states, people in leadership need to be urging
their membership to get on the ball. Let's get a
cooperative attitude and let's get things going so
we can get them together."
You can hear our full conversation or
read more by clicking here.
Lawmaker Skye McNeil asking Oklahoma Agriculture
to Contact Their Lawmakers in Support of HB1999
bill allowing horses to be processed for slaughter
in Oklahoma is wending its way through the state
legislative process, and it is drawing fierce
opposition from powerful special interest groups.
The bill's author, Rep. Skye
McNiel, spoke with me about the bill's
bill repeals the ban on processing horses in
Oklahoma. It does not deal with the
consumption laws. Basically, it says we can
process horses in Oklahoma, but we will not eat
them in Oklahoma; we will ship that meat
Even though the bill is aimed
at providing a humane and cost-effective way to
dispose of unwanted horses who might otherwise be
abused or neglected, she said lawmakers are
taking a lot of flak from animal rights groups.
"We're getting a lot of heat from
organizations such as HSUS (Humane Society of the
United States) and they have really come out and
attacked us on this bill saying that it's not
humane and that this is not the best way to deal
with this population of horses.
agree that we have a population--a large
population--of unwanted horses being abused and
mistreated, but what we don't agree on is how we
deal with those horses. And, quite frankly,
they've not come up with any solutions.. and I
think that it's time that we stand up and tell
them that we in Oklahoma will make the policy-all
of us citizens of Oklahoma, not outside forces,
not people outside of Oklahoma making Oklahoma
Click here to read more or to listen
to my conversation with Skye McNiel.
Added Value with High Protein Wheat takes
Statewide Effort, Anderson Says
added value in commodities is one way to increase
farm income. For wheat producers-especially
individuals-that is very difficult to do. In his
preview to this weekend's edition of SUNUP,
Oklahoma State University Grain Marketing
Specialist Kim Anderson says that
while capturing the added value of high protein in
wheat may be difficult, it is not
"The way you capture that
return, that value of the wheat, is to produce it
and market it as a whole. In other words, the
state of Oklahoma produces a good, high quality,
high milling quality wheat--good protein. Then the
market is going to pay the state a premium for
that wheat. You'll see that in the basis. As an
individual, you're probably not going to capture
it, but as a state, as a marketing area, you can
capture that higher value."
You can hear Kim Anderson's audio
preview and see the complete lineup for this
week's SUNUP by clicking here.
Highlights Value of Conservation Programs in
National Association of Conservation Districts
(NACD) submitted testimony for the record in
today's Senate Agriculture Committee Hearing,
titled: "Drought, Fire and Freeze: The Economics
of Disasters for America's Agricultural
Producers." The hearing examined weather
disasters' crippling effects on agriculture,
underscoring the need to pass disaster relief and
a new five-year Farm Bill.
programs help producers make their operations more
resilient," said NACD President Earl
Garber. "By mitigating the effects of
disasters and preventing longer-term harm to the
land and other precious natural resources,
conservation technical assistance, Farm Bill
programs, and other proactive measures help
producers stay on their feet when disasters
strike. Conservation measures pay dividends beyond
disaster payments and offer confidence to crop
insurance providers. From droughts to hurricanes
and freezes to wildfires, such extreme events can
have a paralyzing effect on the entire
agricultural industry, local economies, and our
natural resource base. Proactive conservation
planning and implementation on the ground sustains
agriculture from year to year, increasing
efficiency and cost savings for
Click here for a link to the NACD's
Rains Ease Drought Conditions in Parts of Oklahoma
weekend's rains have been reflected in an
improving U.S. Drought Monitor, says Gary
McManus, Oklahoma's Associate State
Climatologist. Eastern parts of the state have
improved most, with some areas being upgraded from
the extreme category to severe.
and snow a few days ago won't be realized on the
Drought Monitor map until next week, which should
show more improvements.
is forecast for next week. The amounts are not
expected to be heavy, but every little bit helps.
After that, there are indications of another major
storm the following week. It's just now starting
to show up on the latest 7-day rainfall map.
Preliminary indications are for more moisture to
fall in the eastern parts of the state.
Click here for the latest Drought
N That- Jhett Skaggs Benefit Report, McAlester
Sale, Presidents Day Schedule
from Shari Holloway is that a
little over $71,000 was raised last night in the
live auction for Jhett Skaggs and
his family- as Jhett faces a second heart
transplant operation. That does not include the
silent auction proceeds- so a great evening as so
many folks gave of their time, talents and
resources to make this happen. Shari and those who
were organizing this event pass along their thanks
to each and every one that helped!
special and Cow and Bull sale is set for tomorrow
for the McAlester Union
Stockyards- we have details in the
calendar section of our website- click here to learn more about
this sale that begins at 12 noon tomorrow.
coming Monday is President's Day-
and the ag futures will be closing for a three day
weekend today here they finish their open outcry
and electronic trade after lunch today.
Livestock futures close at 1:55 PM while grain
trade in Chicago and Kansas City close at 2:00 PM
central time. The grains will reopen Monday
evening at 7:00 PM central time for the electronic
trade for Tuesday while livestock trade won't
trade until the open outcry/electronic trade
opening at 9:05 AM Tuesday morning.
Government offices take the day- no mail service
of course- banks are closed- equity markets
are closed-and we will be limited on what
livestock market information will be available to
us. HOWEVER- we will have an email
update as normal- and our radio reports
on the Radio Oklahoma Ag Network will be heard on
the 45 radio stations we work with across the
state and region. If you want to see the complete
holiday schedule for all of the futures trading
platforms- click here.
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