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price for canola was $11.09 per bushel- based on
delivery to the Northern AG elevator in Yukon yesterday.
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National Daily Feeder & Stocker
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Update from Ron Hays of RON
Wednesday, July 3,
and 532 Groups: Bring the Farm Bill Back to the
American Farm Bureau Federation helped garner a
group of more than 532 organizations that today
urged House leadership to bring the farm bill back
to the House floor for a vote as soon as possible.
The groups also urged against splitting the
nutrition title from the legislation.
letter to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), the vast
group encompassing agriculture, conservation,
nutrition, rural development, finance, forestry,
energy and crop insurance organizations and
companies said passage of the farm bill (H.R.
1947, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk
Management Act of 2013) is
"This important legislation
supports our nation's farmers, ranchers, forest
owners, food security, natural resources and
wildlife habitats, rural communities, and the 16
million Americans whose jobs directly depend on
the agriculture industry," said the letter.
"Farm bills represent a delicate balance
between America's farm, nutrition, conservation,
and other priorities, and accordingly require
strong bipartisan support," continued the letter.
"It is vital for the House to try once again to
bring together a broad coalition of lawmakers from
both sides of the aisle to provide certainty for
farmers, rural America, the environment and our
economy in general and pass a five-year farm bill
upon returning in July."
Click here to read more of this
story and to read the full text of the letter and
the groups which signed it.
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have American Farmers &
Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company as a regular sponsor
of our daily update. On both the state and
national levels, full-time staff members serve as
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learn more about their efforts to serve rural
are delighted to have the Oklahoma
Cattlemen's Association as
a part of our great lineup of email
sponsors. They do a tremendous job of
representing cattle producers at the state capitol
as well as in our nation's capitol. Click here for their website to
learn more about the OCA. They do want to
remind you about their 61st annual meeting that is
coming up July 25-27 in Midwest City- they have a
dedicated webpage to the 2013 meeting- click here to jump there and make
plans now to be a part of this premiere cattle
industry event for the state of
Clay Pope Disappointed with Farm Bill Failure,
Hopeful About Future
other leaders from across the spectrum of
agricultural groups, Clay Pope of
the Oklahoma Conservation Districts was
disappointed in the failure of the 2013 farm bill
in the House of Representatives. Pope spoke with
me about the bill's failure and how to go forward.
He will appear on this weekend's "in the Field"
segment on News 9 about 6:40 a.m. Saturday
Pope said he was appreciative of
how hard Rep. Frank Lucas worked in getting a bill
through the House Agriculture Committee and onto
the House floor. He also had
praise for the lawmakers who voted for the bill.
Even the though bill was voted down, Pope said
he's hopeful for the future.
they'll come with some other resolution that we
can come with another version of the bill that we
can move on to conference and get some finality to
the farm bill."
He said legislators are
trying to understand why the farm bill failed by
39 votes. He said it is
absolutely vital that legislators redouble their
efforts to get a bill back on the floor and passed
"Trying to plan for the future,
trying to make sure that we have the tools
necessary to feed and clothe the world while at
the same time protecting our natural resources, it
is key to get a farm bill passed."
Click here to read more or to
listen to our full interview.
Bureau Seeks Court Ruling on Farmyard Storm
American Farm Bureau Federation Monday asked the
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of
West Virginia to determine that livestock and
poultry farmers do not need Clean Water Act
discharge permits for ordinary storm water runoff
from their farmyards. The joint motion, filed by
AFBF, West Virginia Farm Bureau and West Virginia
poultry farmer Lois Alt, would garner a big win
for farmers nationwide if the court rules in their
Monday's motion comes on the heels
of the court's April decision rejecting efforts by
the Environmental Protection Agency to dismiss
Alt's case in its entirety in order to avoid
defending its legal position in court. This
lawsuit began in 2012 when Alt challenged an EPA
order demanding that she obtain a Clean Water Act
discharge permit for ordinary storm water runoff
from her farmyard or face $37,500 in fines each
time the storm water came into contact with dust,
feathers or small amounts of manure on the ground
outside her poultry houses as a result of normal
farming operations. Despite EPA's withdrawal of
the Alt order six weeks before the legal briefing
was scheduled to commence, the court agreed with
Farm Bureau and Alt that the case should go
forward to clarify whether, as EPA contends,
discharge permits are required for "ordinary
precipitation runoff from a typical farmyard."
"For the last year Lois
Alt has courageously held her ground
against EPA not only to defend her own farm, but
to help stop EPA from using its muscle against
other responsible farmers," said AFBF President
Bob Stallman. "We are honored to
join with her to explain to the court how EPA is
misinterpreting the Clean Water Act and unlawfully
using the full force of the federal government to
force farmers to seek permits when they are not
discharging to waters."
Click here to read more of this
Says Effects of De-worming
and Late Summer Protein Supplements are
Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus
Extension Animal Scientist, writes in the latest
use of high protein supplements on late summer
native range and Bermuda grass pastures has been
well documented. The Oklahoma Gold supplementation
program is widely used for fall-born replacement
heifers and summer grazing of stocker cattle.
Adding another management tool, late summer
de-worming may pay additional dividends.
Oklahoma State University beef
nutritionists studied the effects of de-worming
and protein supplementation during late-summer on
performance of fall-born heifers grazing native
warm-season pastures. Forty Angus and Angus x
Hereford heifers (average age = 270 days) were
assigned to receive one of four treatment
combinations: 1) no supplement, no de-wormer; 2)
supplement, no de-wormer; 3) no supplement,
de-wormed; and 4) supplement, and de-wormed. The
de-wormer treatment (Ivermectin, 1% solution
containing 10% clorsulon) was applied on July 25
and again on August 26. Protein supplemented
heifers received the equivalent of 1 pound per
head per day of cottonseed meal (41% crude
protein, as fed basis) for 84 days beginning on
July 29. Fecal egg counts were obtained from 5
heifers within each treatment combination at
28-day intervals. Fecal egg shedding was lower in
de-wormed heifers throughout the treatment period.
You can read more from Glenn Selk by clicking
Appeals OIG's Decision to Withhold Records
Relating to Questionable Checkoff Audit
Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM) filed
an administrative appeal challenging the
USDA Inspector General's (OIG) refusal to release
more than 3,000 pages of information relating to a
questionable audit report.
independent audit that discovered substantial
violations of the beef checkoff program-which
supervised by USDA's Agricultural Marketing
Service (AMS)-a recently released OIG report of
those same operations did not discover such
violations. To uncover the truth behind these
irreconcilably conflicting conclusions, OCM filed
requests under the Freedom of Information Act
(FOIA) to demand disclosure of the audit records
and provide the kind of transparency that OIG has
stated is critical to the integrity of the
OIG has now claimed,
however, that it intends to withhold from public
disclosure more than 3,000 pages of report drafts
(the final report was a mere 17 pages long). OCM
today has filed an administrative appeal,
challenging the OIG refusal to disclose these
materials. The appeal also alleges that OIG has
not complied with FOIA's statutory deadlines and
improperly transferred records to AMS-the very
agency being audited-for that agency to make
read more of this story by clicking here.
Global Food Security Index Shows Promise in
Developing Nations, Declines in
Tuesday, the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU)
issued findings from the annual Global Food
Security Index, a first-of-its-kind ranking tool
to comprehensively measure food security and
monitor the ongoing impact of agriculture
investments, collaborations and policies around
the world. Commissioned by DuPont, the 2013 Index
expands on the 25 previously identified food
security indicators to determine how two new
factors, political corruption and urbanization,
affect access to safe, nutritious and affordable
food. Additionally, the 2013 Index includes
Singapore and Ireland in the 107-country
comparison, designed to track progress, foster
collaboration and create real-world solutions to
help feed the 9 billion people on
"Addressing food security is
fruitless without measurement tools and global
benchmarks, together with a continued commitment,
but most important: Action," said DuPont Pioneer
President Paul E. Schickler.
"Since we commissioned the first Global Food
Security Index last year, governments, NGOs and
academics have used the Index as a roadmap to
identify critical food security issues and make
better informed decisions, develop collaborative
partnerships and create effective local policies
to address country-specific needs."
Click here for more.
N That- Big Iron Sale Day, 9Th Annual Canola
Conference Dates Set and Happy Birthday
this day before the 4th of July, the Big Iron
folks will have an online sale as usual- although
total numbers being offered are lighter than
normal. A total of 154 items will be sold in
the no reserve bid process- with first items
starting to close at 10 AM. Click here for our calendar
listing for this week's sale- which includes our
audio conversation that we had recently with
District Sales Manager Mike
Wolfe. Mike explains how Big Iron works
and how you can buy or sell with confidence with
Big Iron. We also have a link at that page
to the first listing of all of the items being
sold on this Wednesday.
interested in learning how to maximize their
canola crop should plan now to attend one of two
Oklahoma-Kansas Winter Canola Conferences taking
place July 17 in Enid and July 18 in
There is no charge to
attend either of the conferences being put on by
cooperating partners Oklahoma Oilseed Commission,
the Great Plains Canola Association, Kansas State
University and Oklahoma State University's
Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural
The July 17 conference will take
place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Enid Convention
Hall, located downtown at 301 S. Independence Ave.
in Enid. A meeting of the Great Plains Canola
Association will follow the meeting. The July 18
conference will take place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
at Western Oklahoma State College, located at 2801
N. Main St. in Altus. Registration will begin at 8
a.m. for both conferences, with programs kicking
off just before 9 a.m.
Click here for more details and
we hope to see you at one of these great events
which help kick off the 2014 growing season.
tomorrow the official birthday celebration of our
wonderful country- government offices, markets and
many businesses make it a day of relaxation and
celebration. There will be no email
tomorrow- but we will have a limited
edition on Friday- with several of our stories
falling under the category of "in case you missed
we pause and reflect on being citizens in this
land of the brave and the home of the free- most
of us fully understand that freedom comes with a
price- a price that has been paid by many who have
given their lives so we can live our lives.
The most recent example of brave young men giving
their lives helping others can be found in
Arizona, where 19 Hot Shot Fire Fighters were
caught in a fierce quickly expanding fire- and
found themselves out of time and out of options as
they lost their lives. I ask that you pray
for these men and their families as you enjoy time
with your families and friends the next couple of
days- the Fourth of July 2013 will be a rough
holiday for them to face.
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