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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Friday May 2, 2008!A service of Farm Credit of East Central Oklahoma, KIS Futures & Midwest Farm Shows!
-- Farm Bill Conference Committee Nighttime Session
-- Packer Ban Rejected by Senate Conferees- House Did NOT have to weigh in
-- What About the Commodity Title???
-- Panhandle Crop Conditions Described by Cimarron County Producer- and It's Not Pretty.
-- Chilly Weather This Weekend- But Temps with a "2" in Front of Them Won't Be Seen in Oklahoma.
-- Coming Up- See Chelsea Saturday Morning!
-- J & J Angus in Orlando Has Production Sale Set for Saturday May 10.
-- Checking the Markets...
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Farm Bill Conference Committee Nighttime Session
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The "Principals"- mainly the House Ag Committee Chairman and Ranking Minority member, the Senate Ag Committee Chairman and Ranking Minority member- along with the House and Senate Leadership appointees. These insiders finally cobbled together a "deal" late Thursday afternoon and right at 5:30 PM central time- the public Conference Committee opened up with the intent by the "Principals" to steamroll through the entire measure before the end of the evening.
One fight arose over Crop Insurance- as House Republicans offered a strengthened Crop Insurance plan that would take some of the money away from the Permanent Disaster and use it for the combining of a couple of crop insurance programs that give fuller protection to a producer. Congressman Randy Neugebauer of Texas offered the amendment- and he had Congressman Moran of Kansas and Congressman Lucas of Oklahoma speak in support of his plan that offered money also to restore Direct Payments to the 2002 Farm Law levels. It failed straight across party lines in the House- so the Senate avoided a vote on it.
We have the audio on this debate on our Farm Bill webpage on
WWW.OklahomaFarmReport.Com- which we have linked below.
Packer Ban Rejected by Senate Conferees- House Did NOT have to weigh in
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~About four hours into the marathon session of the Farm Bill Conference Committee- they arrived at the Livestock Title with one outstanding issue to deal with- the so called Packer Ban on Livestock Ownership. The crusade leader for many years on this issue and on Payment Limits is Senator Charles Grassley, the Republican from Iowa. Grassley cited the need to save competition in the beef cattle business before we end up with one packer.
One of those rebutting Senator Grassley was Republican Senator Pat Roberts of Kansas- who said he did not want to get to the point where he had to tell a cattle producer wanting to partner in some way with a meat processor in a value added plan that he could not sell his cattle in that way. Roberts urged a no vote.
When it came to a vote, the two Iowa Senators found themselves pretty much by themselves as Senator Harkin admitted the votes were not there on a voice vote- so the Packer Ban failed on the Senate side of the Conference Committee without the House having to even consider it. We have the audio comments of both Senators Grassley and Roberts on our Farm Bill Webpage- which is linked below.
What About the Commodity Title???
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Conference Committee kept chugging along late last night into early this morning- and they finally arrived at the Commodity Title. The first debate of the Commodity Title surrounded the restoration of Direct Payments to 2002 Farm Law levels. Kansas Congressman argued passionately in favor of the restoration- Kansas Senator Pat Roberts also spoke in favor as did Oklahoma Congressman Frank Lucas.
However, Colin Peterson got close to being ugly about the idea- ridiculed the supporters for not willing to give up the two percent for the greater good- and at the end of the day- it was a party line vote- with Moran losing 7 to 9. As a result the Senate was spared having to go on the record.
There are still several Commodity Title Issues to be dealt with. Payment Limitations is a very complicated proposal by the Principals- and they are waiting on a CBO score. The Beneficial Interest matter is one where they are hopeful to get closer to the Administration- and they need a budget score on this as well. Peterson says one final issue concerns grain storage issues. They are hoping to pull these issues together by Monday- and I would suspect that the "Principals" will assemble what they want and will force feed the rest of the Conference Comittee.
The question remains- is it enough for the White House? At about 10 PM
last night, Deputy Chcuk Conner offered this statement ""The president
wants to sign a farm bill that meets his criteria.
Panhandle Crop Conditions Described by Cimarron County Producer- and It's Not Pretty.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Earlier this week when we briefed you on the Crop Weather updates from across the state- we provided you the ratings as compiled by USDA's National Ag Statistics folks- but those ratings don't tell the story in the western Panhandle according to Cherrie Brown of Boise City who write us this email-
"Your report this morning indicated that in Oklahoma, the pasture ratings are 81% in the fair to good condition rankings. Although this may be representative of most of the counties in Oklahoma, it isn't the case in Cimarron County. I have concerns that the state is unaware of climatic conditions facing the panhandle, especially those in Cimarron and Texas counties.
"I certainly understand the plight of producers who have been inundated
by recent rains, but as another concern, drought is affecting this area.
In Cimarron County, few dryland wheat acres will be harvested this year.
By Mesonet data, wheat acres in Cimarron Co. have received .81 inches of
rainfall since October 2007. We are historically dependent upon winter
snows to assist in filling soil moisture profiles and those were not
forthcoming. Little to no acres have been available for grazing. The
Mesonet shows that we are experiencing a deficit of 8.21". Many producers
are also reconsidering their number of corn acres to be planted under
irrigation this season due to depleted soil moisture, higher gas prices
and seed costs.
Chilly Weather This Weekend- But Temps with a "2" in Front of Them Won't Be Seen in Oklahoma.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Just like last weekend, we have colder temperatures that are filtering down from Canada toward the state of Oklahoma. We are expecting temperatures right around freezing in the Panhandle and above that level by a couple of degrees in the body of the state early Saturday morning.
If we stay at those levels, we expect no damage to the 2008 Oklahoma wheat crop. More damage may have ocurred Thursday evening from the round of severe weather that we had across portions of the state. The hail that rained down in some locations- including around Stillwater and points north- likely damaged some acres of the 2008 wheat crop.
Coming Up- See Chelsea Saturday Morning!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We have plans to have Chelsea Clifton of Kingfisher to make one of her first media appearances as President of the Oklahoma FFA on our In the Field segment on KWTV News9 tomorrow morning on Saturday, May 3. Our segment will air around 6:40 AM on the morning news.
We will also have this interview linked on our website over the weekend- so if you happen to miss the live segment- you'll be able to take a look at it on our hme page at WWW.OklahomaFarmReport.Com. (we have that linked below)
J & J Angus in Orlando Has Production Sale Set for Saturday May 10.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~J&J Angus Ranch has their third annual Production Sale planned for a week from this Saturday- May 10 with the sale set to begin at 1:00 PM. The day before, May 9, the Johnson family will have the cattle available for viewing beginning in the afternoon with refeshments and dinner available at the ranch. On Saturday, juice and pastries will be available first thing in the morning- with lunch offered at 10:45 am and the sale to begin at 1:00 PM.
Mark Johnson, who along with his wife Brenda, own J&J Angus Ranch-
tells us about the offering- There will be a total of 75 Angus lots
J&J Ranch is located on the south side of State Highway 51, 1.5 miles west of Interstate 35 (exit 174), look for the red barn on top of the hill. If you want more information, you can call Mark or Brenda at 405-880- 5887. We have the sales catalog linked below- click and check it out.
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Checking the Markets...
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We saw cash cattle trade develop in feedlot country on Thursday- steady money at $92 in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas. Feedlots had expected to be able to get $93 this week for fat cattle- but when the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Live Cattle Futures came in sharply lower on Thursday- owners took the $92 and cashed out.
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