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Friday, February 21,
Grain Prices Could Trigger New Farm Bill
Assistance, USDA Economist
declines in grain prices and significant increases
in federal budget outlays are ahead according to
projections released Thursday by the USDA. The
price drops in corn, soybeans and wheat could be
enough to trigger payments under the new farm bill
according to USDA Chief Economist Joe
Glauber. Glauber released his findings
during a presentation at the department's annual
two-day Agricultural Outlook
Glauber's projections indicate
corn prices could fall to $3.90 per bushel in the
coming crop year despite decreases in planted
acres. Decreases in planted acres would not help
wheat prices either, with Glauber projecting a
price of $5.30 per bushel.
be hurt the least, with a projected price of $9.65
per bushel. That figure, however, represents a 24
percent decline from the current USDA estimate for
the 2013-2014 farm cycle.
The prices for
all three commodities fall below assumptions used
by the Congressional Budget Office when it scored
the 2014 farm bill. An updated CBO score next
month will use the new USDA projections and is
likely to show farm bill outlays will increase
billions of dollars.
The new numbers
reflect the dynamics of the new farm bill signed
into law earlier this month by President
Previous projections had shown corn
prices would drop as low as $3.65 per bushel under
the old law, so the new projection of $3.90
represents a modest improvement on hopes that
reduced acreage will stabilize prices. Even with
the improvement, the gap between the earlier CBO
estimates and Glauber's new projections looms
large. If the projections are accurate, corn
growers will receive substantial aid under the new
Agriculture Risk Coverage program. ARC subsidies
would be paid out in 2015.
Click here for more of this story
and a link to the charts Glauber used during his
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findings in the 2012 Census of Agriculture counted
2,109,363 farms in the United States, according to
results issued today by the U.S. Department of
Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics
The number of reported U.S.
farms decreased by 4 percent since the 2007 Census
of Agriculture. In Oklahoma, the number of farms
had a larger decline, by 7 percent, and was
estimated at 80,245 farms.
"The Census of
Agriculture is a complete count of the Nation's
farms and ranches, and the people who operate
them," said Wilbert Hundl, Jr.,
State Statistician for the NASS Oklahoma Field
Office. "It provides the only source of uniform,
comprehensive agricultural data for every county
in the Nation."
"In addition to looking at
all aspects of farming," said Hundl, "the Census
of Agriculture provides the most comprehensive
look at operator demographics - an area in which
operators continue to become more diverse, both in
Oklahoma and across the United States." The 2012
Census counted fewer female principal farm
operators in Oklahoma compared to the 2007 Census;
however, counts of American Indian, Asian and
Black or African American farm operators continued
to trend upward.
find the rest of this story on our website by clicking here. Secretary of
Agriculture Tom Vilsack weighed
in on the preliminary numbers and you'll find his
comments by clicking here.
the preliminary report released on Thursday- here
are a few key numbers for Oklahoma:
of Acres Farmed 34,356,110 acres (2012 Report up
350,000 acres from 2007)
Farm Size in Oklahoma- 428 acres
with $50,000 Gross Sales or More- 13,989- UP 13%
Age of Farm Operator- 58.3 years (same as national
Peterson Reflects on Farm Bill Passage and
Challenges Yet Ahead
took more than four years for what is officially
known as the Agriculture Act of 2014 to be written
and to make it through the U.S. Senate and the
U.S. House of Representatives and be signed into
law. Reflecting on the bill's history, Ranking
Democrat Member Collin Peterson
spoke recently with Mike Hergert, farm director
with the Red River Radio Network in North
said there were a number of reasons it took the
bill so long to wend its way through the process.
Some of the roadblocks were structural and some of
them were due to personalities, he
"This is the first time the Senate
went first. And because they don't have the depth
over in the Senate that we have in the House, they
got themselves backed into some corners and it was
hard to get them out.
Peterson said the
process of passing a farm bill has become so
arduous that there may never be another one.
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listen to Collin Peterson's
Producers, Researchers Getting a Handle on Pest
Management, Royer Says
issue that farmers new to canola have to master
early is pest control. Dr. Tom
Royer, an entomologist at Oklahoma State
University, spoke about pests and effective
management at the recent Canola College event in
Enid. He says producers and researchers in the
Southern Plains have already learned a great deal
about managing the crop in the relatively short
time it has been grown here.
thing we learned was that aphids are always going
to be a problem in canola every year and we always
have to be conscious of that and be ready for
them. So, that's one of the first things we tried
to address as our learning curve increased. We
started figuring out ways we could hold back
aphids and manage them."
Royer says that
another pest of concern is the diamond-backed moth
and other caterpillars that may begin to invest
the crop before it goes into dormancy. He says
they are studying it very closely to see if the
weather has any affect on them or if they are
continued to do damage while the canola plant is
can listen to my interview with Tom Royer by clicking here.
Believes Brazil WTO Case
response to Brazil's decision to request a panel
at the World Trade Organization (WTO) to assess
the new U.S. farm bill, the National Cotton
Council stated that the new Stacked Income
Protection Plan was developed specifically to
bring the United States into compliance with the
2008 WTO Appellate Body decision thus resolving
the long-standing dispute.
Wally Darneille said, "The farm
bill makes several changes to cotton policy and
the GSM 102 export credit program. These changes
are significant, and we believe the matter is
resolved. We are encouraged by statements by
Brazilian officials which indicate a preference to
resolve the case through continued discussions
rather than retaliation. We encourage U.S.
officials to continue to engage with their
Brazilian counterparts to reach a resolution to
can catch the rest of this story on our website by
Grain Policy Change Good News for U.S. Producers,
Kim Anderson Says
news for U.S. grain farmers: China this week
dropped its policy to be self-sufficient in wheat,
corn and soybeans. In his preview for this week's
SUNUP program, OSU Extension Grain Marketing
Specialist Kim Anderson tells
host Lyndall Stout what that
means for U.S. producers.
"China has always
had a grain policy to maximize their production.
They wanted to be self-sufficient in producing
wheat, corn and beans. They've had a dramatic
increase in meat consumption and demand in China.
"They are dropping that quantity grain
production to quality grain production. They are
releasing land so it can produce more valuable
crops like the vegetable crops, but that means
they'll be importing more wheat, corn and beans.
And I think that's positive for our exports."
more of Kim Anderson's analysis and this week's
SUNUP lineup by clicking
N That- Hogs, Horses and Heroes!
first "H" in this segment of our Friday email is
about the HSUS and their latest undercover video
at a hig farm in western Kentucky. On Thursday,
HSUS rolled out their latest video attacking the
practice of using gestation crates- and added a
new wrinkle- decrying the practice of feedback-
where tiny amounts of baby pig tissue that is
infected with PEDv is given to pregnant sows in an
effort to help the sows build up immunity to the
disease and hopefully transmit that immunity in
her milk to her baby pigs.
Association of Swine Veterinarians Executive
Director Dr. Tom Burkgren
explains the procedure as speeding up the exposure
that would occur naturally over time - providing a
much better chance of protecting baby pigs. Dr.
Paul Sundberg of the National Pork Board adds that
in the natural environment - wild hog sows and
those raised outdoors will eat dead baby pigs on
their own as a natural protection against
Center for Food Integrity quickly assembled an
independent panel of animal health professionals
that reviewed the claims of HSUS- and found them
lacking in being factual and truthful.
have details of their findings and the HSUS video
in our story on our website for you to check out-
click here and jump over
our attention to Horses- there is a bill does not
seem likely to move forward at the state capitol
that would allow counties to vote on whether to
allow horse slaughter facilities in their
county. Click here for details on this
bill as offered by Senator Randy
Bass from southwest Oklahoma.
has been talk about "maybe" having a horse
slaughter plant in the vicinity of the Oklahoma
National Stockyards in Oklahoma City. This appears
to be not true- and State Representative
Skye McNeil addressed that
issue in a statement released last night-
have spoken with President Robert
Fisher from the Oklahoma Stockyards and,
frankly, he is just as surprised as I was to hear
that a rumor is being circulated that a horse
slaughter facility will be built and operated at
the Stockyards. He has made it clear to me that
this rumor is patently false. I recognize that
this issue has become a heated subject during the
last year, but spreading blatant lies for
political gain is shameful and transparent. I am
hopeful that we can raise the level of discourse
on this issue should Senator Bass' proposal move
we arrive at my third "H" of the morning-
Heroes. I am not a hero but
I have been inspired by more than one in my
lifetime. I buried one of those on Monday as
my dad, Bob Hays, was laid to
rest in a cemetery in central Kentucky. Many
of you were also heroes as you offered me
encouragement along the way because of that
goodbye on Monday as well as my birthday that some
of you knew about from Facebook- and I want to say
thanks for the kind words that many have
offered. They are greatly appreciated.
choose to include military honors in the service
honoring my dad- the young soldiers stood by his
casket draped with a flag, rifles were fired and
taps were played and my family received that flag
that had covered the casket.
thought a few of you might enjoy reading what the
Army said about my dad who served in the Pacific
in World War II and was a part of what has been
called "The Greatest Generation." Of his
service in the 1940s, the Army called him a
"Rifleman" and they wrote "Served as
Assistant Squad Leader in a Rifle Squad. Assisted
in the holding and capturing of enemy positions.
Went on long marches and endured other hardships
common to a common infantryman. Used Rifle,
grenade, carbine etc- served with the 19th
Infantry Regiment for 23 months on new Guinea,
Goodenough Islands, Leyte, Mindoro, Luzon,
Mindonao and Japan."
he finally was willing to talk about the War in
his latter years- he talked about just being a
country boy and how his growing up on a farm
helped him lead and survive.
continue to lose his generation on a daily basis-
and if you still have one alive in your life- take
a few minutes right away to learn all you can
about their story during those days of war in the
1940s. You will be blessed.
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