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Update from Ron Hays of RON
Monday, February 10,
Obama Travels to Michigan and Signs 2014 Farm
Barack Obama Friday signed
the 2014 Farm Bill into law at Michigan State
University in Lansing, Michigan. The law spreads
benefits to all famers in every region of the
country and in every production sector. The bill
also slightly trims the food stamp
In remarks delivered before the
signing, Obama said the law would help increase
jobs, innovation, research and
The president acknowledged
the difficulties in getting the bill passed, but
commended Senators Debbie Stabenow and Thad
Cochran and Representatives Frank Lucas and Colin
Peterson for their efforts.
The bill cuts
direct government payments to farmers, but
bolsters federal crop insurance. Most of the
bill's $100 billion in expenditures, however, are
targeted for the food stamp program that serves
more than one seventh of all Americans.
The bill garnered bipartisan support in
its passage in both the House and Senate, but only
Democrats attended today's signing
Obama's trip to Michigan to sign
the bill was a reward to Senate Agriculture
Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow who helped
broker the bill's final
President Obama also mentioned
to the assembled crowd that he had lunch with
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan. Duggan took office last
month amidst Detroit's bankruptcy filing, the
largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S.
You can read a transcript of the
President's remarks or listen to them by clicking here.
Friday- we also had several groups quickly offer
praise that the President signed the bill and we
are now ready to implement the Agricultural Act of
2014- We have posted those comments on our website
and you can read them by clicking on the name of
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Speaking: Farm Bill Provides Safety Net for
America's farmers, ranchers and consumers what
they deserve by passing the Agricultural Act of
2014 - commonly referred to as the farm bill. This
five-year comprehensive bill ensures producers
have the tools they need to provide an affordable
and stable food and fiber supply.
like production agriculture in Oklahoma and rural
America, farm policy has come a long way since the
first farm bill, the Agricultural Adjustment Act
of 1933. At the time, our country was in the
middle of the greatest depression in national
history, and terrible dust bowl conditions were
rampant. America's farmers and ranchers were in
desperate need of assistance, so President
Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the first farm bill
into law to help address these issues.
While the current farm bill may not look
at all like the original bill drafted in 1933, the
ultimate goal remains the same - to provide a
strong safety net so we can continue to be the
preeminent source of food and fiber for the
can read more of Congressman Lucas's remarks by clicking here.
Host of Farm Groups Form Coalition to Advocate for
Action on a Federal GMO Labeling
farmers and representatives from a diverse group
of almost 30 industry and non-governmental
organizations today announced the formation of the
Coalition for Safe Affordable Food and urged
Congress to quickly seek a federal solution that
would establish standards for the safety and
labeling of food and beverage products made with
genetically modified ingredients.
families deserve safe, abundant and affordable
food," said NCGA President Martin
Barbre. "America's farmers rely on this
proven technology to protect crops from insects,
weeds and drought, enabling us to deliver on that
promise and to do so through sustainable means. A
federal solution on GMO labeling will bolster
consumer confidence in the safety of American food
by reaffirming the U.S. Food & Drug
Administration's role as the nation's foremost
authority on the use and labeling of foods
containing genetically modified
Click here for more of the
coalition's proposals on GMO labeling.
CEO Sees Bright Future Ahead for Beef
there is one word to describe the cattle industry
right now, National Cattlemen's Beef Association
CEO Forrest Roberts says it would
have to be "optimism." In recapping this past
week's Cattle Industry Convention in Nashville,
Tenn., Roberts told me the mood was
"The really neat thing is
we've had great attendance, great engagement and a
big turnout of people with smiles on their
Roberts attributed those smiles to
the prospect of continuing high beef prices in the
future and the lessening of drought conditions
across much of the beef-producing areas of the
Going forward, Roberts said,
he sees the beef industry at a crossroads with
many opportunities set before it.
spoke about the need for increasing the
dollar-per-head beef checkoff which has lost over
50 percent of its purchasing power since it was
instituted in 1985.
Click here to read more of this
story or to listen to my interview with Forrest
Oklahoma Cattlemens Association Board of Directors
Meeting and luncheon that was scheduled to take
place this Tuesday, Feb. 11 has been CANCELED.
Cattlemen's Leadership Academy session that was
scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday (Feb. 11 &
12) has also been canceled.
are thankful for the much needed moisture we have
received, but do not want to put any of our
members at risk trying to travel more than
you have any questions, call the OCA Office
the weather seems to be ready to get better then
second half of this week- which bodes well for the
2014 Oklahoma Soy Expo to go on as scheduled this
coming Wednesday, February 12 in Stillwater.
have details including the agenda that you can
take a look at online by clicking here.
Thursday- the 2014 Canola College is scheduled-
this all day educational event is set for the
Garfield County Fairgrounds Pavilion.
will be the premier canola education/training
event in the region in 2014. Anyone with an
interest in canola will want to be part of this
event where they will be able to share ideas and
experiences with canola experts and more than 300
new and veteran canola producers and industry
Click here for more details and a
link over to the OSU Canola website where you can
register to attend this free event.
Continues Contribution to Phenomenal Success of
the Angus Breed
Pfeiffer from Mulhall, Oklahoma, has been
re-elected to a second three-year term on the
American Angus Association board. Pfeiffer is also
on the board of directors with Certified Angus
Beef. I caught up with him at this past week's
Cattle Industry Convention in Nashville, Tenn.,
and we talked about the phenomenal success now
being enjoyed by the Angus
"Everybody likes to talk about
our overnight success," Pfeiffer jokes. "They just
don't realize the 22 years-actually this is our
35th year-so they don't talk about the first 15
years that things didn't go very well.
set another record year in sales. We're beginning
to talk now about a billion pounds by, maybe,
2016. And, if things continue the way they are,
and the certification traits stay the way they
are, we think it's a real possibility as demand
for the product continues to grow."
read more or listen to our full conversation by clicking here. By the way-
John is another Oklahoma Ag Leadership Program
Success Story- he and I were both a part of Class
One of OALP a "few" years back.
N That- Drizzle, Snow and Sun; and a GoodBye to
latest round of winter weather is unfolding- the
most recent snowfall grapic is up on our website
this morning- courtesy of our friends at News on
the potential for some freezing drizzle today- we
jump above freezing Wednesday head straight for
the 60s by this coming weekend!
Click here to check the snowfall graphic- as
as well as the Jed Castles'
forecast from News9 for the entire week.
dad has gone home.
Hays had a great life. He was proud to be
a country boy, a World War 2 Vet who served in the
Pacific, a Vo-Ag Teacher and later a Junior High
Science Teacher, a farmer, a husband, a dad, a
follower of Jesus Christ and a Sunday School
So much of who I am- the good and
the not so good- is because of him. He never quite
understood why I left Kentucky for my first farm
broadcast job- and why I never returned- but
he supported me and got to see a little of the
recognition I have been given over the
years. One of those times was when my folks
were able to see their son receive the honorary
American Farmer Degree when the National FFA
Convention moved to Louisville a few years
The heart break of losing his beloved
Ruth on Thanksgiving a year ago and the pain of a
failing body are now over- they are left here- he
is in Heaven- and while I am sad- I am also glad
and also thankful that God allowed me to have this
man in my life for almost 62
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