~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Friday March 20, 2009A service of Johnston Enterprises, American Farmers & Ranchers and Midwest Farm Shows!
-- Senator Jim Inhofe Reintroduces Truck Weight Bill
-- The Obama Administration Tells Farmers- IF you want to sign up for the 2009 Farm Program- you WILL allow us access to tax records.
-- Lucas urges EPA to petition Court to rehear decision on use of pesticides
-- Dr. Kim Anderson Likes This Week's Wheat Price Rally.
-- Oklahoma Youth Expo Rolls Into the Second Weekend
-- Oklahoma's Ag Day is this coming Tuesday, March 24
-- Looking at our Agricultural Markets...
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Senator Jim Inhofe Reintroduces Truck Weight Bill
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today re-introduced common sense bipartisan legislation with Senators Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) to address a problem faced by a number of farmers and ranchers in Oklahoma and around the country when they drive their goods across state lines. Currently, just by driving between two states that do not have a reciprocity agreement for farm truck weights, like Oklahoma and Kansas, these farmers are exceeding an unnecessarily low federal weight definition for commercial motor vehicles and are being ticketed and fined.
Several farm groups praised the reintroduction effort- Bob Stallman of the American Farm Bureau offered a letter of praise for the move saying "On behalf of Farm Bureau members across the nation, I thank you for your continued commitment to ending these burdensome and costly regulations."
American Farmers & Ranchers as well as the Oklahoma Farm Bureau
also greeted the reintroduction with enthusiasm. AFR's Terry Detrick said
"The new legislation is a step in the right direction in allowing farmers
and ranchers to transport their commodities without unreasonable
regulations that have no impact on roadway safety."
The Obama Administration Tells Farmers- IF you want to sign up for the 2009 Farm Program- you WILL allow us access to tax records.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Obama Administration continues its drive to make farm program signup for farmers as onerous as possible- the latest demand that farmers must sign a release of their tax records to be eligible to sign up for farm program benefits. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Thursday that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) have begun efforts to ensure that high-income individuals and entities who request USDA payments meet income limits set forth in the 2008 Farm Bill.
Beginning with the 2009 crop year and for successive years, in order to be eligible for USDA payments all recipients will be required to sign a separate form which grants IRS the authority to provide income information to USDA for verification purposes.
Before IRS will provide the information for a particular producer, IRS form 8821, or a similar form, must be obtained from each producer authorizing the release of information. Failure to obtain such form will make the producer ineligible for program benefits.
Lucas urges EPA to petition Court to rehear decision on use of pesticides
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Today, Ranking Member Frank Lucas sent a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator, Lisa Jackson, and to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder urging them to petition the United States 6th Circuit Court of Appeals for a rehearing of a recent decision by the court. The decision vacates EPA's 2007 rule exempting certain pesticide applications that are compliant with the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) from the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) provisions of the Clean Water Act (CWA). The court's decision will require American farmers to obtain redundant permits for the application of all FIFRA-compliant biological pesticides whenever those pesticides might find their way into waters of the United States. FIFRA requires the EPA to register only pesticides that the agency has determined will not cause unreasonable effects on the environment. In essence, this decision is duplicative.
"If this decision stands, then it will require millions of applications for permits. The EPA is not equipped to handle that caseload, so there will not be a timely issuance of these required permits. As a result, farmers won't be able to conduct their operations as they should. It will ultimately jeopardize their livelihoods. This decision penalizes EPA and it penalizes farmers. It's bad for everyone," said Ranking Member Frank Lucas. Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-OH) co-signed the letter as Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Horticulture and Organic Agriculture. The petition for a rehearing must be submitted before April 9, 2009.
We have more on this story on our website- including the complete letter sent by the lawmakers to EPA. Click on the link below for more.
Dr. Kim Anderson Likes This Week's Wheat Price Rally.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Dr. Kim Anderson says the rally of this week in the wheat market of some sixty cents per bushel through Thursday's close is significant, although he thinks that we may be close to a top near term on wheat. He says it may be a gamble to hold remaining wheat stocks for perhaps another thirty cents per bushel that might be added before this rally tops out.
At the same time- he sees little reason to forward contract 2009 crop wheat at this point- since the local wheat prices are only about at the average cost of production for this year's crop- slightly above five dollars a bushel.
Dr. Anderson's comments are available for you to hear by clicking on
our link below- and of course you can see Kim and Clinton Griffiths on
Saturday morning on the OSU Ag Communications show SUNUP.
Oklahoma Youth Expo Rolls Into the Second Weekend
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Earlier this week, the 2008 Miss Rodeo America, Amy Wilson of Colby, Kansas, spent some time at the Oklahoma Youth Expo and was one of the speakers for the "This One is for the Girls" event that attracted about 300 this year and was hosted by the Diamond Hats.
We had the chance to visit with Amy about rodeo, showing livestock and her year as a traveling ambassador for the livestock industry as Miss Rodeo America. I really enjoyed the part of our conversation about animal rights activists- she believes that livestock owners really care for their animals- whether it's a beef heifer for a youth project, a horse for rodeo or a commercial cattle operation- she says that the bad actors in this regard are few and far between.
Our Conversation with Amy is featured as one of our stories you can see this morning on the Blue Green Gazette with coverage all about the Oklahoma Youth Expo. We will be posting several stories later today- that scholarship list we promised yesterday will be coming later this morning, a look at the breeding ewe show of yesterday, more showmanship results, the OSU Day Activities at the Youth Expo and on Sunday evening- your first chance to see on the internet or any other media source the Grand Champions in the Market Lamb, Market Steer and Market Barrow arenas. Click on the Blue Green Gazette link below- and come back several times between now and the end of the weekend- we will have fresh stuff up there several times today, Saturday and Sunday.
Oklahoma's Ag Day is this coming Tuesday, March 24
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Jack Carson with the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture emails us with some of the first details that have really come out on the Ag Day celebration planned for this Tuesday at the Oklahoma State Capitol in Oklahoma City.
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Looking at our Agricultural Markets...
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Stockman's Livestock in Apache had more than a thousand more this week from a week ago and a year ago with 4,402 head selling yesterday. Yearlings were mixed with lighter yearlings $1 to $3 higher and those over 800 pounds $1 to $2 lower. Calves were called $4 to $7 higher. Five to six hundred pound steers brought $107 to $116.50 while seven to eight hundred pound steer yearlings came in from $85.50 to $97.25 For the full Apache market update, click here for the report- it should be updated with yesterday's numbers a little after 8 AM on Friday.
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