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price for canola was $9.70 per bushel- based
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National Daily Feeder & Stocker
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Latest Farm and Ranch News
Update from Ron Hays of RON
Thursday, August 22,
Inhofe, Pryor Question
EPA's Authority to Retroactively Enforce SPCC Rule
Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior
member of the Environment and Public Works (EPW)
Committee, and Sen. Mark Pryor
(D-Ark.) sent a letter Thursday to Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina
McCarthy requesting clarification on the EPA's
interpretation of its authority with regard to
enforcing the Spill, Prevention, Containment, and
Countermeasure (SPCC) rule on farmers. In the
letter, the Senators expressed concern for the
EPA's intent to retroactively enforce the rule
despite bicameral and bipartisan congressional
support to delay implementation and ultimately
exempt much of the agriculture industry from
The Senators wrote in the
letter, "It has come to our attention that the EPA
is informing agriculture producers that it does
have the authority to begin enforcing the SPCC
rule retroactively beginning September 23.
Congress has repeatedly raised concerns about the
implementation of this rule within the agriculture
sector, making these reports particularly
Inhofe and Pryor have been
leading the fight to protect agricultural
producers from being unfairly targeted by the SPCC
rule that is intended to regulate large-scale
energy production. To comply with the SPCC rule,
farmers would be required to install new
double-walled engine oil and diesel storage
containers, build expensive berms around their
storage facility locations, and fill out volumes
of paperwork that must be certified by
Click here to read more and to
find a link to the full letter.
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agonists have proven to be revolutionary as a feed
ingredient for cattle in this country. They
improves feed efficiency resulting in
carcasses. However, one of the
two products approved for use, Zilmax, has been
withdrawn from the market by its manufacturer,
Merck, for further scientific review due to
reports of lameness in some cattle going from
feedlots to packing
Engler, president and CEO of Cactus
Feeders, said his operation has worked with both
Optiflex and Zilmax. He spoke with me in
advance of the announcement by Merck that they
were suspending sales temporarily of the product-
and said he hopes the issues with Zilmax are
is not new technology. The most recent of these
products on the market, Zilmax, zilpateral, has
been approved in the United States and we've been
feeding it for six years. So, we have a lot of
experience with these products."
said if producers are having problems, those
problems need to be fixed and they may or may not
be not be due to the use of a particular feed
additive. He said if the lameness issues seen in a
few instances are not due to beta agonists, it is
very important to get the product back to the
market so that feeders can use it.
Engler joins me on the latest Beef Buzz. You
can read the rest of this story or listen to our
interview by clicking here.
Examines Impact of Affordable Care Act on Rural
Center for Rural Affairs released a new report
that examines how the Affordable Care Act will
provide tax credits and subsidies through new
health insurance marketplaces to make health
coverage more affordable for many Americans. The
report summarizes these provisions, how they will
work and their importance to rural
"Beginning October 1, 2013,
Americans will face a new world of health
insurance purchasing," said Jon
Bailey, Director of Rural Research and
Analysis at the Center for Rural Affairs and
author of the report. "Many individuals and
families will have the opportunity to purchase
health insurance from either state-operated or
federally facilitated health insurance
marketplaces. Millions of uninsured Americans will
be purchasing health insurance for the first time,
or the first time in awhile."
Bailey, a major calculation for many as they begin
to research and purchase insurance through the
health insurance marketplaces will be the cost -
the amount in premiums individuals and families
must pay for their choice of coverage.
affordability of insurance will determine the
success of the primary goals of the Affordable
Care Act - enrollment in health insurance
exchanges to increase insurance coverage and
reduce the nation's uninsured," Bailey added.
Click here to read the rest of
this story or to access a link to the full
New Canola Book Puts a Wealth of Information at
canola industry is growing rapidly across the
Southern Great Plains. Exploding may be a more apt
way to describe it. As more and more producers
seek to add it to their rotations, Fairview
producer Matt Gard says there's
one thing that hasn't kept pace:
"Being a canola
producer myself, I've noticed the difficulties in
trying to find accurate yield data and have it
right underneath your fingertips. So my company,
we pulled together all the information from the
Oklahoma Oilseed Commission, the national canola
yield trials, from Oklahoma State University, and
from our good friends up north, the Kansas State
University people. And we put all our yield data
all in one book so it's one-stop shopping for all
the yield data for our producers to be able to
As an entrepreneur, Gard said he saw
the need to bring together all the information
from all varieties which are acclimated to the
Great Plains into one resource. He produced a book
containing all of the information available about
each specific variety. Gard's book contains a
write up about each variety describing the traits
and characteristics each
exhibits. It contains over 25
pages of tables and several guest editorials from
producers, canola extension specialists, and
certified crop advisors.
Click here to read more and to
find a link to Gard's website, where you can
purchase your copy of the book.
Research Needs to Focus On Flavor, OSU Animal
Science Professor Says
is known for its flavor, yet the industry may need
to spend more time focusing on it. The most recent
national Beef Quality Audit points out flavor's
growing importance with consumers.
know that palatability is important," says
Deb VanOverbeke of Oklahoma State
University, "and when we say palatability, it's
tenderness, juiciness, and flavor. But the one
interesting piece that I think came from the audit
is that if you as those closest to the
consumer-retailers and food service
restaurateurs-they'd tell you that flavor is more
important than tenderness. And if you ask everyone
else in the industry, they think tenderness is
more important than flavor. And so I think it gave
us some insights on what factors we maybe need to
focus on. And we've done so much research over the
years on tenderness that now it's time to do some
flavor and maybe combine the two and find out
where we need to go from here to make sure we're
meeting consumer demands."
research has shown that USDA quality grades do a
good job of predicting all three of those
can see the video version of this story or read
more by clicking here.
Forestry Department Conducting Inventory
in Several Oklahoma Counties
type of forest or woodlands is present in
Oklahoma? What tree species? Is our forest
healthy? Beckham, Greer, Harmon, Jackson,
Kiowa, Tillman and Washita counties.
Foresters began this important data
collection in 2009. Each subsequent year,
foresters continue gathering information about the
amount of land under forest cover, the type of
forests and tree species that are present, tree
size, invasive species and forest health issues.
These and many other
questions will be answered as a Forest Inventory
and Analysis (FIA) crew from Oklahoma Forestry
Services begins collecting data on plots in Woods,
forests and woodlands provide Oklahoma with many
valuable goods and services," said State Forester
George Geissler. "We are
collecting information about our forests in all 77
counties which will improve our planning and
management strategies and ensure our citizens
receive the greatest benefit possible."
Click here or here to read more.
N That- Cattle on Feed Preview, Express and The
Big Event and Thoughts About Steve Collier
Nelson with Allendale expects a
significant jump in placements in tomorrow's
monthly Cattle on Feed Report from USDA.
Here's Rich's preview of the numbers he sees US
coming up with:
Placements are expected to be 11.6% higher than
last year. Cattle feeders are taking notice of
cheaper corn coming this fall. Corn in western
Kansas fell from $7.30 in June to $6.92 in July.
This was despite terrible margin conditions on
outgoing fat cattle (27 months of losses). Cash
cattle prices fell from $121 in June to $119 in
July. July placements will be marketed from
December to March. There will not be abundant Q1
cattle slaughter. There was a severe shortfall in
lightweight placements in May and June.
anticipates a Marketing total 3.8% higher than
July of 2012. There was one more weekday in July
2013 than in 2012.
Cattle on Feed as of July 1 will be 1.8% smaller
than last year. This would be smaller than the
July 1 survey which showed 3.2% fewer cattle."
Ranches are gearing up for their 2013
edition of The Big Event- a two day lineup of
tremendous Angus genetics to add to your
herd. This is their annual female sale- and
on day one- this coming Friday, August 23rd- they
will offer approximately 150 Fall calving mature
females. Then Saturday morning- the Big
Event features donor cows, fall calving
2-year-olds, bred heifers, fall opens, heifer calf
splits with spring calving cows and, as always,
show heifer prospects that are eligible for the
Express Scholarship program that has paid out over
$3 million in scholarships to youth across the
United States and Canada.
more information- click here- or call Express
Ranches at 1-800-664-3977.
services are planned for later today for a friend
of years ago- and before the days of the Oklahoma
Youth Expo. Steve Collier,
who worked for many years with the Greater OKC
Chamber of Commerce, died this past Sunday.
He was 59.
I worked with Steve when he was
heavily involved with the Oklahoma 4-H and FFA
Junior Livestock Show- which was known even back
then as the world's largest Junior Livestock
Show. Steve's passion for Oklahoma
agriculture and the state's youth was evident in
how hard he worked to keep the Junior Livestock
show moving forward.
Collier was also
involved in a lot of the strategy that helped OKC
capture the title- Horse Show Capital of the
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