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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Thursday April 22, 2010A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- Vilsack Proclaims the Next Farm Bill Should Emphasize Rural Development and Pay For It with Farm Safety Net Monies
-- Congressman Lucas Tangles With Secretary Vilsack Over Limited Emphasis on Farm Program Safety Net and Conservation Programs
-- Senate Ag Committee Passes on a Party Line Vote a Major Financial Overhaul Bill
-- Oberstar Dredges Up Battle over "Navigable Waters" language in Clean Water Act
-- To Apply or Not To Apply Fungicides This Season- Now Is the Time for That Question
-- Farm Bureau Weighs in on EPA Blog Blunder
-- Shorthorn Breed Gathering for Oklahoma Coming Saturday April 24 in Duncan
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Vilsack Proclaims the Next Farm Bill Should Emphasize Rural Development and Pay For It with Farm Safety Net Monies
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Wednesday, Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack addressed the current and next farm bills before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture chaired by Collin Peterson. Vilsack presented a national perspective on the challenges facing rural America based on his travels to rural communities throughout the country. He also discussed the state of agriculture today, the need for a strong farm safety net, and new approaches to create income opportunities and generate wealth in a stronger, more prosperous rural America for generations to come.
As for the next farm bill, Vilsack said it is important that we approach this new legislation with an eye toward truly making a difference in the future of the lives of millions of rural Americans. If we set our goals appropriately, Vilsack said, we can properly assist and strengthen production agriculture, while also building and reinforcing the future of rural communities.
The Secretary had lengthy written statement that he immediately ignored and talked to the Committee "from the heart." He then spoke of Rural America often and spoke little of programs that will be of direct impact US farmers and ranchers. He did praise the American farmer to feeding more people than ever, but decried the lack of jobs in Rural America, saying that is a problem that he wants to address in the next farm bill.
He did not speak of any monies from nutrition programs going to these Rural America support efforts- but only of redirecting resources from the other 25% of the total pricetag of the farm bill. Click on the link below and you can jump to the story we have on our website that addresses the Vilsack's written testimony and also features the audio of his actual presentation to the Committee.
Congressman Lucas Tangles With Secretary Vilsack Over Limited Emphasis on Farm Program Safety Net and Conservation Programs
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Ranking Minority Member of the House Ag Committee, Oklahoma Republican Frank Lucas, took off the white gloves and asked USDA's intentions about keeping farm safety net programs as a primary element in the next farm bill. He also asked if the Secretary if the Administration is prepared to provide services to rural America with the intention of turning it into one big bedroom community.
The Secretary did not deny that the Administration wants a reduction in farm program direct payments, a reduction in crop insurance monies and some conservation funds to boot- but he claims what he has in mind will provide services and improvements in Rural America. And no, the Secretary says there is no interest in turning Rural America into one big Bedroom Community.
Lucas wasn't buying it, and pointed out Democrats and Republicans
overrode President Bush's veto of the 2008 Farm Bill in a fight also over
the direction of U.S. farm policy. Lucas served notice to Vilsack that
with farm bill budget dollars rapidly dwindling, ag lawmakers will fight
Senate Ag Committee Passes on a Party Line Vote a Major Financial Overhaul Bill
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~During the Senate Ag Committee's markup session for the Wall Street Transparency and Accountability Act yesterday, Ranking Member Saxby Chambliss pointed out the committee is responsible for oversight of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and derivatives regulation is an area that we constantly monitor. The Senator called appropriate regulation of derivatives, and specifically the swaps market, a critical component of such legislation.
Chambliss hoped there would be changes to the bill. But, his substitute was defeated 9 to 12. For instance, he said, - Farm Credit System institutions - despite attempts to ensure that they are not subjected to all of these new mandates, I understand that the chairman's mark may have in fact not exempted them. Chambliss said , this is exactly what I fear, unintended consequences resulting from applying complicated regulations too broadly.
The vote was 13 to 8, with one Republican joining the Democrats on the
Committee in a yes vote. Senator Charles Grassley crossed the aisle and
voted for the measure.
Oberstar Dredges Up Battle over "Navigable Waters" language in Clean Water Act
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~If a bill written by Minnesota Representative James Oberstar passes Congressional muster, The Clean Water Act would affect all fresh waters. Advocates say it was the intent of the law, passed in 1972, to include all fresh water. But, on two occasions the U.S. Supreme Court has decided that the Clean Water Act applies only to waters deemed navigable. That would exclude small water bodies, intermittently flowing streams and wetlands.
A similar measure passed the Environment and Public Works Committee- but has shown little traction in getting a vote on the Senate floor.
The National Cattlemen's Beef Association is not amused. "Removing the word 'navigable' from the definition of waters of the United States is a non-starter for us," said Tamara Thies, NCBA chief environmental counsel. "Navigability is essential to maintain the appropriate federal-state balance that has always been the hallmark of the Clean Water Act. Without it, the reach of the federal government's strong arm will be limitless. While this bill claims to exclude 'prior converted croplands' from regulation under the Act, it actually takes away the authority of the Secretary of Agriculture to determine which lands meet that definition and gives it to the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.
"In addition, it's perplexing that the author claims that the bill will not regulate groundwater when a groundwater exclusion is not included in the statutory language of the bill. This bill would take away state and private property rights and would only lead to endless litigation and bureaucratic red tape. The result would actually hamper our nation's ability to maintain clean waters."
To Apply or Not To Apply Fungicides This Season- Now Is the Time for That Question
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The latest wheat disease report from OSU Plant Pathologist Dr. Bob Hunger tells us that the weather is ideal in many locations for rapid spread of foliar diseases- and you will need to hit the window of opportunity soon if you decide to spray- or it will be too late for this season. Here's the full Oklahoma Wheat Disease update that Dr. Hunger has provided us:
"Examining plots and trials around Stillwater I found powdery mildew, leaf rust and stripe rust. Wheat was mostly in at full boot with some heads just starting to emerge. Later planted wheat was approaching boot. Barley yellow dwarf virus was observed in several trials around Stillwater; however, no or only very few aphids were seen. Presence of BYDV was indicated by flag leaf discoloration, which is indicative of spring infection. In one early planted trial differences in height also were noticeable, which is more indicative of fall infection.
"Where powdery mildew was previously found, it has increased significantly on lower leaves (F-3, F-4) and was easily in the 65-90S range. In some early planted Jagalene, I found powdery mildew, leaf rust and stripe rust with leaf rust (25-40S) being the primary disease present. Flag leaves were still clean and infection on the F-1 leaf was still low (10% range). Stripe rust was present here and elsewhere, but at a relatively low incidence. Dr. Art Klatt (OSU wheat breeder) and Sarah Wright (graduate student) also have reported seeing stripe rust in there breeder lines here at Stillwater. Leaf rust also was observed in several plots and trials around Stillwater. These observations indicate to me that for Oklahoma the decision to spray a foliar fungicide onto higher-yielding fields is here - especially for central and southern OK. The wheat in this area is between growth stage 10-10.5 (full boot-heads fully emerged), and the window to spray will quickly close as fungicides cannot be applied after heads are fully emerged. This is especially true for the earlier planted wheat. In northern, northwestern and the panhandle of Oklahoma, the wheat probably is not quite as far along, but weather for the last 4-5 days and the forecast for the next 4-5 days has been and is favorable for infection and spread of foliar diseases."
Farm Bureau Weighs in on EPA Blog Blunder
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~It's been all over Twitter and Facebook in the last few days- an EPA Blog that has run amuck with a posting on the need to go meatless to save the planet. Bob Stallman, President of the American Farm Bureau, has issued a statement telling EPA that the Interns should not be running the ship- at least when it comes to blasting a major part of US agriculture.
"The American Farm Bureau Federation is concerned with the recent blog
post by an Environmental Protection Agency intern on the agency's official
blog, "Greenversations." In the post, the intern promotes going meatless
because of environmental and animal welfare concerns.
"While this is a position taken by an intern of the agency, EPA should
control its blog space. What is written on its blog comes across as its
official position toward farmers and ranchers that it regulates and shows
a terrible disregard for them and the agriculture industry."
Shorthorn Breed Gathering for Oklahoma Coming Saturday April 24 in Duncan
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The 2010 Oklahoma Sooner Classic Shorthorn Sale is set for this Saturday, April 24, 2010 at the Stephens County Fairgrounds in Duncan. The sale will begin at 1:00 PM
Among the lots that will sell will be Fancy Show Heifer Prospects,
Bulls, Bred Females and Cow/Calf Pairs.
For more information, contact Sammy Richardson, Chairman of the
Oklahoma Shorthorn Association at 580-658-2709 or 580-467-8267.
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