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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Wednesday July 18, 2007!A service of Midwest Farm Shows
-- Leave Cattlemen Alone! That's the message to Congress from Denver.
-- Farm Bill Follies- Peterson has a Payment Limits Plan- but Two Senators tell Pelosi "Take ours instead!"
-- A Canola Correction- Prairie Gold is crushing Canola in Oklahoma this summer.
-- POP announces deal with PCOM and will buy and crush Canola in 2008.
-- Farm Bureau's YF&R to hold their Summer Conference in Ardmore...
-- Farm Direct Success to be Featured August 2 in northeastern Oklahoma.
-- OSU's Hard Red Winter Wheat Variety "Centerfield" is a Major Leaguer when it comes to Herbicide Resistance!
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Leave Cattlemen Alone! That's the message to Congress from Denver.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We are in Denver for the next few days and will be covering now until the end of the week the mid-year Cattle Industry Conference. Meeting here in Denver are members of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, American National Cattlewomen, the Cattlemen's Beef Promotion Board and Cattlefax.
As we arrived in Denver yesterday, a lot of folks- including us- were keeping at least one eye on what was going on back east in Washington as the 2007 Farm Bill markup began at midday yesterday. We had the chance to sit down and talk at length late in the day with Jay Truitt, head of the Washington office of the NCBA, and we talked about the cattle industry perception of the farm bill and what it should have in it and what needs to be left out- and at the top of that second list is a Livestock Concentration title as has been dreamed of by Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa, Chairman of the Senate Ag Committee. Truitt's message was very simple- LEAVE cattlemen alone and allow them the option to market their cattle in a variety of ways if they choose to do so. We also talked about the reality of COOL- that it will be implemented next fall- and that it's imperative that some modifications to that measure need to occur in order for cattle producers not to shoulder all of the cost and little benefit from COOL. We have our conversation linked below- and we talk about a lot of subjects- the definition of manure, Death Tax, COOL and a lot more. Check it out.
Oklahoma Cattlewomen at this midyear meeting are hopeful of some good news before they leave for home this week as they have proposed one of the major national projects run by the ANCW come to Oklahoma in 2008- the annual Beef Ambassador Competition. We'll let you know when Ddee Haynes, President of the Oklahoma group, gets the final word.
Farm Bill Follies- Peterson has a Payment Limits Plan- but Two Senators tell Pelosi "Take ours instead!"
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The markup in the full House Ag Committee for the 2007 Farm Bill gets down to serious business today- and apparently Colin Peterson intends to promote a lower ceiling for the maximum amount of money one can receive in the form of farm program payments- and a lower Means Test number, meaning that the bar to slide under will be lower and the number crunchers say that will save farm bill dollars for other "needs" that have been identified during this farm bill process. Peterson also hopes this proposal will help provide enough money in various areas within the 2007 legislation that will undercut support for Ron Kind's radical rewrite of farm policy on the floor of the House late this month.
Under the proposal, farmers would face a tighter payment cap. They would be allowed just one entity under which to collect payments. Those payments would be capped at $60,000 for direct payments and $65,000 for counter-cyclical payments, for a total of $125,000. The current three- entity rule caps direct payments and counter-cyclical payments at $210,000. The plan also means there would be no limit in loan- deficiency payments for producers, which currently is $150,000 under the three-entity rule. High market prices for most major commodities have Congress and USDA projecting few crops receiving marketing-loan gains in the coming years, with the exception of cotton. So the committee proposes getting rid of commodity certificates, which are used primarily by cotton, and allowing unlimited loan-deficiency payments. Peterson says "it's a big change from the current law."
Meanwhile, Senator Charles Grassley is courting House Speaker Nancy Pelosi- asking here to dump her Ag Committee Chairman and let the Senator take her to the Payment Limits Dance instead. In a letter to the speaker, Grassley and Byron Dorgan claim that they have the best plan for payment limits that will save money for other program priorities. The bill would set a limit of $250,000 for farm payments in an attempt to better target farm program payments to family farmers. Specifically, the bill caps direct payments at $20,000; counter-cyclical payments at $30,000; and marketing loan gains (including forfeitures), loan deficiency payments, and commodity certificates at $75,000. They don't speak of a Means Test change in their letter to the Speaker. We have linked their letter below in case you wish to check out this offer made to the Speaker on Payment Limits.
A Canola Correction- Prairie Gold is crushing Canola in Oklahoma this summer.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~I indicated yesterday that about the only choice for marketing canola here in the southern plains this year was to ship to North Dakota- and I have been reminded that is not your only choice in 2007. Wayne Janzen with Prairie Gold emailed me Tuesday morning and said they were up and running this summer- crushing canola and other oilseeds.
Wayne tells us "We have a partner in the biodiesel business who is wanting as much production as we can send them. We did get off to a late start, but have been buying canola since mid June."
If you have questions for Wayne and want to know more about Prairie Gold Oilseeds- or you are looking at market options for your canola production- this year or even as you think about next season, give him a call at 580-822-5116.
POP announces deal with PCOM and will buy and crush Canola in 2008.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~POP did stand for the Plains Oilseed Producers LLC- but they have changed from an LLC to a Cooperative and have along the way decided they don't need to build a multi million dollar crushing plant somewhere in western Oklahoma. Instead, they have cut a deal with PCOM, the Producers Cooperative Oil Mill. Built in 1944, the Producers Cooperative Oil Mill (PCOM), located near downtown Oklahoma City, will have capacity to process products from Winter Canola, sunflowers and other oilseeds as they are pledging to buy the necessary equipment to be ready for the 2008 Canola crop.
The newly expanded oilseed crushing plant in Oklahoma City will offer producers several local delivery points throughout the Southern Great Plains, saving them transportation costs to more northern markets. POP will continue to work with grain handlers across the Southern Great Plains to establish additional local delivery points for growers' oilseed crops.
POP is also working with Monsanto, as they are aggressively marketing their Roundup Ready Winter Canola varieties for fall planting. It is our understanding that Monsanto will provide technicians to help producers transition as they add winter canola to their farm's rotation of crops. There will be more information available about this new alliance at the Oklahoma-Kansas Winter Canola Conference tomorrow at the Garfield County Fairgrounds in Enid.
Farm Bureau's YF&R to hold their Summer Conference in Ardmore...
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Young Farmers and Ranchers group of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau has their summer conference slated for this Friday and Saturday in southern Oklahoma in Ardmore. These younger members of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau will have a chance to get some leadership training under their belt, check out some of the best research underway in our state and hear about OSU's involvement with Mali, West Africa.
Saturday morning and early afternoon will be spent by the group covering a lot of ground through the facilities and research farm of the Noble Foundation. Everything from biotech to biofuels will be examined during this encounter with the Noble Foundation officials. Later that afternoon, they will have some leadership training offered by staffers from the American Farm Bureau, and Sam Knipp will give his insights into traveling to and working with media professionals from the west African nation of Mali.
Sam traveled to Mali back in March with a group of University folks and Media to survey the media found in this emerging Democracy. Here in July, several media outlets, including yours truly and the Radio Oklahoma Network, have hosted radio, TV and print members of the media from this nation as they learn more about how we cover the news. The YF&R group will also leave time for lots of networking and having families get to know one another better as well.
Farm Direct Success to be Featured August 2 in northeastern Oklahoma.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~One of the more successful Farm Direct farms in Oklahoma will open up themselves to examination August 2, as Three Springs Farm, owned and operated by Emily Oakley and Mike Appel, will be the site of a workshop on direct marketing. The free workshop runs from 5 to 9 at the farm in northeastern Cherokee County.
The couple studied sustainable agriculture in college, and interned and worked on a variety of farms before returning to Oakley's native Oklahoma to start a farming enterprise of their own. Their experiences taught them the ins and outs of growing food. However, Oakley says, "the field component is actually just one component." She ticks off some of the many other elements that have to be factored into the larger production plan: infrastructure, equipment, irrigation, fertility, pest control, post-harvest handling and processing, and transportation. The couple's own experiences, and their planned program for the workshop, emphasize the office aspects of farming as a business, and recordkeeping in particular, as essential for keeping all these threads woven together. "Recordkeeping is critical to our crop production plan. It helps us to provide a diversity of products that's exciting to the customer, but still allows us to farm smart in terms of getting the biggest bang for our buck." They will also spend time discussing their marketing efforts of their crops and how they spread their risk through marketing.
The Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture is sponsoring the workshop, in partnership with the USDA Risk Management Agency, an equal opportunity provider. For more information, call 918.647.9123 or go to the link we have provided below.
OSU's Hard Red Winter Wheat Variety "Centerfield" is a Major Leaguer when it comes to Herbicide Resistance!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Centerfield is another of the new varieties of Hard Red Winter Wheat that has been released by OSU and promoted as offering some answers to specific problems that Oklahoma wheat producers have been facing. Using Clearfield technology, Centerfield is a herbicide-tolerant hard red winter wheat adapted for Central Oklahoma.
If you have used and liked 2174, this wheat may work in your wheat operation as it is a child of 2174 with herbicide resistance built in using the Clearfield system. This is obviously unlike Roundup Ready technology which is genetically modified- this is conventional wheat breeding placing traits that help the plant achieve this ability to handle herbicide applications to knock weeds in your wheat field stands.
OSU has just printed a brochure telling the Centerfield story- and we have it linked on our front page of www.oklahomafarmreport.com. Take a look and consider this technological winner for your efforts to diversify your wheat crop seedings in 2007.
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