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Monday, March 11,
Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch
-- $15 Billion in Indemnity Checks Flow to
Farmers (Jump to Story
-- USDA Issues Proposed Rule to
Amend COOL- NCBA Says Proposal Makes Things
(Jump to Story
-- Pork and Peanut Producers Hold
Confabs on Friday (Jump to Story
-- Adequate Land Ranks as Top Concern of
Young Farmers (Jump to Story
-- Quarter Horse Association Supports
Legislator's Horse Processing Bill (Jump to Story
-- In the Field with Brandon Morgan- The
Road to the OYE (Jump to Story
-- This 'n' That- OCA Begins Search for
EVP, AFR Honors Youth and This Past Weekend's
Rainfall Totals (Jump to
Billion in Indemnity Checks Flow to
the claims come in from one of the worst droughts
in decades, farmers and ranchers across the
country are receiving indemnity payments for the
losses they have incurred. As of March 4, 2013,
more than $15.4 billion has been sent to farmers.
Farmers will invest more than $4.1 billion to
purchase more than 1.2 million crop insurance
* In 2012, farmers invested more
than $4.1 billion to purchase more than 1.2
million crop insurance policies, protecting 128
* Crop insurance policies
protect more than 281 million acres of planted
* $28.6 billion: The amount of money
farmers have spent out of their own pockets to
purchase the protection of crop insurance in the
* Illinois has the highest
loss ratio at 3.55.
* 19 states have loss
ratios exceeding 1.05 - meaning that for every $1
paid in premiums, companies are paying out $1.05
in indemnities. These states
include: Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Nebraska,
Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, South Dakota, New Mexico,
New Hampshire, New York, Wisconsin, Texas,
Colorado, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Wyoming,
Michigan and Ohio.
* Nationally, the loss
ratio is 1.39.
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Issues Proposed Rule to Amend COOL- NCBA Says
Proposal Makes Things Worse
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has issued a
proposed rule to modify the labeling provisions
for muscle cut commodities covered under the
Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) program.
"USDA expects that these changes will
improve the overall operation of the program and
also bring the current mandatory COOL requirements
into compliance with U.S. international trade
obligations," said Agriculture Secretary
rule would modify the labeling provisions for
muscle cut covered commodities to require the
origin designations to include information about
where each of the production steps (i.e., born,
raised, slaughtered) occurred and would remove the
allowance for commingling of muscle cuts.
can read more by clicking here.
quick reaction comes from Scott
George, President of the National
Cattlemen's Beef Association- he says the USDA is
going the wrong direction and making the COOL
proposal even more of a burden on the US cattle
industry with no benefit in sight. George, in a
Friday afternoon statement, says "The proposed
amendments will only further hinder our trading
relationships with our partners, raise the cost of
beef for consumers and result in retaliatory
tariffs being placed on our export products. The
requirement that all products sold at retail be
labeled with information noting the birth, raising
and slaughter will place additional recordkeeping
burdens on processors and retailers, contrary to
the administration's assertion. Moreover, this
combined with the elimination of the ability to
comingle muscle cuts, will only further add to the
costs of processing non-U.S. born, raised and
Click here for the full statement
from the NCBA- and you can also take a look at the
statement from J Patrick Boyle of
the American Meat Institute- he's even more blunt
in his assessment about how bad the proposal is-
click here for his statement.
and Peanut Producers Hold Confabs on
Oklahoma Pork Congress and the Oklahoma Peanut
Expo are both scheduled this Friday with meetings,
speakers, trade shows, and information for
Oklahoma Pork Congress will be
held in the Reed Center in Midwest City. More than
150 pork producers, allied industry members and
guests will meet for updates, programs, lunch,
awards banquet, business meeting as well as silent
and live auctions.
The day will begin
at 10 a.m. with an update from the National Pork
Producers Council, and the National Pork Board.
After the national updates about the industry, Dr.
Michelle Calvo-Lorenzo plans to introduce herself
to the Oklahoma Pork community as the Livestock
Well-Being and Environmental Management Specialist
recently hired in the Oklahoma State University
Department of Animal Science. Her discussion will
include her ideas for research projects and what
she hopes to accomplish in her new
can click here for more of this
story, or click here for a complete
agenda of the day.
producers will converge on Quartz
Mountain Resort near Lone Wolf. The annual event
has become the state's premier industry meeting
drawing participants from across the southern U.S.
a record setting production year, the convention
appears appropriately themed "Building on
Success". "The program is timely and the topics
targeted to address current issues important to
our producers", says Joe D White,
Commission chairman and peanut producer from
Frederick. "We were blessed with an outstanding
crop last year", said White, "As producers, we
must be aware of all the factors that will
influence the new crop, whether it be weather,
markets, farm policy or production decisions.
There is no better way to become informed than by
attending the Oklahoma Peanut Expo".
Click here for more on the
Land Ranks as Top Concern of Young
adequate land to grow crops and raise livestock
was the top challenge identified in the latest
survey of participants in the American Farm Bureau
Federation's Young Farmers & Ranchers program.
That challenge was identified by 20 percent of
respondents, followed by burdensome government
regulations and "red tape," which was identified
by 15 percent of the young farmers and ranchers
"Access to adequate land to
begin farming or expand an established operation
is a major concern for today's young farmers,"
said Zach Hunnicutt, AFBF's
national YF&R Committee chair and a crop
farmer from Nebraska. "Another major challenge we
all face in one form or another is the cost of
complying with a maze of government regulations."
Other issues ranked as top concerns
included economic challenges, particularly
profitability, 12 percent; water availability, 10
percent; taxes, 9 percent; health care
availability and cost, 9 percent; availability of
farm labor and related regulations, 8 percent; and
willingness of parents to turn over the reins of
the farm or ranch, 7 percent.
more of this story on our website. Click here to go there.
Horse Association Supports Legislator's Horse
Persechino, executive director of
competion and breed integrity for the American
Quarter Horse Association, released the following
letter in support of Oklahoma Rep. Skye McNiel's
bill to allow horse processing facilities in
Dear Representative McNiel,
The American Quarter Horse Association
continues to increase its role in public policy
and advocacy concerning the American Quarter Horse
and all horses. In addition to increasing advocacy
of the American Quarter Horse in public policy,
AQHA continues to keep the horse as its foremost
concern by providing programs to members promoting
the health and wellbeing of their America Quarter
AQHA believes it is the owner's
responsibility and, ultimately, their choice
regarding decisions concerning the welfare of
their horse(s). The Association encourages
responsible ownership practices and management
that will reduce the number of unwanted horses and
recognizes that federally regulated, humane
processing of unwanted horses is a necessary
aspect of the equine industry because it provides
a humane euthanasia alternative for horses that
might otherwise continue a life of discomfort and
pain, or inadequate care or abandonment. This
position was supported in a United States
Government Accountability Office study that was
released in June of 2011, entitled "Horse Welfare
Action Needed to Address Unintended Consequences
from Cessation of Domestic Slaughter."
Click here to read the full
the Field with Brandon Morgan- The Road to the
like agriculture education instructors all across
the state, Brandon Morgan of
Newcastle is helping his students prepare for the
Oklahoma Youth Expo which will be held at State
Fair Park March 16-26. He took some time to visit
with me about the OYE and what it takes for
students to get there.
He said it
takes a lot of work for exhibitors to get to the
OYE. Depending on the species selected, it can be
a yearlong project for some students and a
six-month-long project for others. He said
the first step is selecting a quality animal and
then committing oneself to the care, training, and
grooming of the animal.
He said that if the
students persevere all the way through the
process, "This program, to me, is just something
that cannot be touched, in my mind, in terms of
what it does for young people. The life skills
that a kid gains through showing livestock are
can read more- listen to our full conversation or
watch our TV visit during our Saturday morning In
the Field segment with Brandon by clicking here.
'n' That- OCA Begins Search for EVP, AFR Honors
Youth and This Past Weekend's Rainfall Totals
Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association (OCA) Executive
Committee met recently to develop its transition
process to fill the position of OCA Executive Vice
President and Treasurer.
The committee named
Steve McKinley to serve as acting
executive vice president and appointed a search
and screening committee. The search and screening
committee is accepting resumes only and it will
advance its recommendation (s) to the OCA
Executive Committee for its
Click here to read more and to
find a link to the position description.
Oklahoma youth were recently recognized for their
involvement in American Farmers &
Ranchers/Oklahoma Farmers Union (AFR/OFU) youth
and leadership activities at the AFR/OFU 108th
State Convention Feb. 23. The AFR/OFU Star Youth
Award is the highest honor a youth can receive
from the AFR/OFU Youth Program.
year's recipients were Kelsie
Williams, Hollis; Dyson
Runyan, Madill; Micaela
Danker, Wellston; and Barrett
Powell, Ringwood. Students statewide are
eligible for the honor. Recipients must have been
active in the AFR/OFU Youth Program for a minimum
of five years leading to high school graduation.
"The AFR Youth Program is overflowing with
tomorrow's young leaders," said AFR President
Click here for more.
rainfall totals were highest over this
just concluded weekend in a ban in northwestern
Oklahoma and a wider swath of southeastern
Oklahoma. The northwest Oklahoma rainfall winner
since last Friday was Woodward, with 2.17 inches
of rain- while Freedom checked in with 1.66 inches
and Arnet with 1.6 inches of rainfall. Cherokee's
Mesonet site pulled in .89 inches of rain and
southeast of a line from Cherokee to Arnet- the
rainfall totals fell off to a couple of tenths to
just over a half inch of rain in most locations
until you hit a line that streches from
Burneyville along the Red River in the south to
Miami in the far northeastern corner of the state-
both of those Mesonet stations hit an inch of
rainfall- and locations south and east of that
line generally got more rainfall- 11 Mesonet
stations in southeastern Oklahoma topped the two
inch rainfall total- with Wilburton at 2.4 inches,
Hugo at 2.39 inches and Stigler at 2.35 inches of
Click here for the graphic of
this past weekend's rainfall- check it out.
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