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Update from Ron Hays of RON
Monday, March 3,
Lucas: No Rest for House Ag Committee Following
Farm Bill Passage
the bulk of the work with the 2014 Farm Bill is
now behind him, Third District Oklahoma
Congressman Frank Lucas said
there is still more work to be done by the House
Agriculture Committee which he chairs.
visited with me about several items that will need
to be addressed in the coming months, the largest
of which is the implementation of the farm
think they're working very hard to address the
drought disaster payments, some of those that are
backdated for years, trying to catch up on that.
The rulemaking process to implement the two new
choices in the commodity title, whether it's PLC
or ARC, so that producers will be able when they
sign up for the 2014 farm bill will be prepared to
make their choices, I think is somewhere into the
"The bottom line is this,
there are so many dramatic changes from the old
direct payment-based farm bill from 2008 to the
new Agricultural Act of 2014 with its choices and
new option, the department is going to have to
work really hard to take the law that we crafted
in Congress and turn it into the rules and regs so
that the software can be purchased so that the
good FSA folks can be properly trained to work
with all of us when we go in and begin the sign-up
process at different stages throughout the spring,
summer and into the fall."
Lucas said he
was pleased that the President put drought relief
at the top of the USDA's agenda in implementing
the farm law.
"Prioritizing getting the
drought dollars out the door, because those go to
producers who have been hurting for some time now,
I believe that was the right call, so I'm pleased
with that. But once that's done, there's a whole
myriad of other things in the other commodity
groups that have to be addressed."
can listen to our full conversation or read more
of this story by clicking here.
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Vilsack Addresses Commodity Classic on Farm Bill
Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom
Vilsack addressed attendees at the
Commodity Classic in San Antonio, Texas, Friday.
Vilsack spoke mainly about the USDA's plans for
2014 and the ongoing implementation of the
recently-adopted farm law. Vilsack suggested
that sign up for the 2014 crop year may well
extend into 2015 as the agency works to retool for
a very different Commodity safety net than what
has been in place.
"With the passage of
the farm bill, it seems to me that at USDA we have
three basic responsibilities. We need to continue
the profitability of large-scale commercial sized
operations. We need to continue to promote
programs and policies that will ensure that
profitability will remain. Commercial size
operations are important to this country and to
our ability to continue to feed our people and the
world's people. At the same time, we have the
responsibility to preserve and expand mid-sized
operations coming up with new ways to create
income opportunities so folks don't necessarily
have to give up the farm. For me, that's extremely
important and I know it is for you as well.
"And our final responsibility to assist
smaller-sized operations, those that are our
beginning farmers and ranchers, women, minorities,
social disadvantaged, our returning Veterans who
are interested in reconnecting with the land. We
have a responsibility to enable them to start and
stay in this business. "
Click here to read more of this
story and to find a link to Vilsack's full
and Wathina Luthi Inducted into okPork Hall of
into someone else's shoes can be the beginning of
a trip anywhere. Stepping into Chuck and
Wathina Luthi's shoes is a trip going
everywhere. There is a minimal amount of area in
the Oklahoma pork industry their shoes haven't
traveled. For this reason okPORK announced Chuck
and Wathina as their 2014 okPORK Hall of Fame
Chuck and Wathina's
contribution to the pork industry in Oklahoma
began before they met, even before they were born.
The two met in college, but before then both of
their families had been involved in raising pigs.
When the young couple moved to Woodward and Chuck
took a job working in town, Wathina needed
something to keep her busy at home.
told him he needed to find something to keep me
busy or I was going to get a job in town," Wathina
said. "So we got two pigs - and we were excited.
We got two sows and started there."
that humble start, the Luthis' farm has never
stopped growing. They held contracts with several
companies throughout the years but now they work
with The Maschhoffs. Their 4,900-head sow farm
sends weaned baby pigs north to Iowa to grow to
can listen to my interview with Wathina or read
more of this story on our website by clicking here.
we have two videos to share with you as well- one
is the video that was shown on Friday night to
honor the couple as they were inducted into the
Hall of Fame- and the other is from their
appearance with yours truly on our In the Field
segment as seen on Saturday morning on KWTV News9
in Oklahoma City. Click here to take a look at both
of those videos!
Senate Gives Unanimous Approval to 'Rural Tourism
full Oklahoma Senate voted 40-0 last Thursday in
favor of legislation requiring advance notice
before state parks can be closed. Sen.
Jerry Ellis presented SB 1959
both in committee and on the floor. The measure,
authored by Sen. Sean Burrage,
D-Claremore, and co-authored by Ellis, D-Valliant,
would require the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation
Department to notify local governments before
closing any state park, parkland or public
recreation facility within the state agency's
2013, the Oklahoma Tourism Commission voted to
take away the status of Hugo State Park. That
would have been devastating to our local economy,"
Ellis said. "Hugo State Park survived the axe, but
the year before, seven other state parks were not
so lucky, and all of them were located in rural
Oklahoma. People need to remember-as goes rural
Oklahoma, so goes Oklahoma. Simply shutting down
these parks with no warning and without giving our
rural areas adequate opportunity to make their
case will ultimately hurt the whole
Click here for more.
Finalizes Changes to the WIC
U. S. Department of Agriculture last Friday
finalized changes to the Special Supplemental
Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children
(WIC) to further improve the nutrition and health
of the nation's low-income pregnant women, new
mothers, infants and young children. The changes -
which increase access to fruits and vegetables,
whole grains and low-fat dairy - are based on the
latest nutrition science. Today's announcement
marks the completion of the first comprehensive
revisions to the WIC food packages since 1980.
"The updates to the WIC food package make
pivotal improvements to the program and better
meet the diverse nutritional needs of mothers and
their young children," said Agriculture Secretary
Tom Vilsack. "The foods provided
by the WIC program, along with education that
focuses on the critical role of breastfeeding and
proper nutrition, help to ensure that every
American child has the opportunity to grow up
healthy and strong."
You'll find more of
this story on our website by clicking here.
2010, the Oklahoma Pork Council established the
Outstanding Legislator Award to honor members of
the Oklahoma legislature for supporting Oklahoma's
pork industry. This year's honorees are Sen.
Roger Ballenger, D-Okmulgee, and
Speaker of the House Jeff
grew up in Okmulgee and made his living as an
electrical contractor in the Tulsa area while
owning and operating a small Beefmaster cattle
operation west of Okmulgee. He was the Okmulgee
County Commissioner for 16 years and served on the
Okmulgee City Council for eight years.
Oklahoma Speaker of the House Jeff Hickman
is a fifth generation owner of farmland in Alfalfa
and Woods counties. Speaker Hickman was raised in
the Cherokee and Dacoma areas and represents
District 58 which includes the counties of
Alfalfa, Major, Woods and Woodward.
Click here for more details on
these award winners and their awards.
THE AWARD TO SPEAKER HICKMAN WAS
PRESENTED- we talked with him in the
hallway at the Reed Center before he headed
on to his next obligation- and he expressed great
appreciation to the Oklahoma Pork Council for the
award- saying that the pork industry has been an
important job creator in rural Oklahoma.
also talked about the 2014 session- and he
mentioned several priorities- including the
"elephant in the room- the budget." Click here for our story on Speaker
Hickman where you can go and listen to our
conversation with him- for those of you
interested in the conversation over possibly
allowing Career Techs to have an FFA Chapter- we
asked Speaker Hickman about that as well.
Association of Conservation Districts Annual
Meeting Pushes On in Snow and Ice at the Reed
word we have gotten from officials with the
Oklahoma Association of Conservation
Districts is that they have decided to
push forward with their annual meeting's
activities today and tomorrow at the Reed Center
in Midwest City. They had to cancel their Sunday
events planned to kick off the three day
theme for the 2014 meeting is Local Leadership-
Click here for more details about
their annual meeting in general and click here for the printable PDF
of their schedule for today and tomorrow.
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