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AFR Hosts Golf
Tourny- Raising Money for Yes on SQ777
The American Farmers & Ranchers and their young adult LEAD
program hosted a golf tournament Monday- designed to support a yes
vote for State Question 777. By the end of the day, a total of 79
golfers participated- and $8,458 was raised to support a Yes on 777
vote. The State President of the AFR, Terry Detrick, was excited about
the support- and said AFR is pleased to be one of several Oklahoma ag
groups raising money in order to go after that yes vote in the
November general election. However, he told me that more money is
needed for the campaign that is still ahead.
Detrick and other Ag Leaders have been speaking to a variety of
groups that don't have a direct tie to farming and ranching in the
state- and the wheat farmer from north central Oklahoma says that
once he is able to correct some of the misconceptions being advanced
by those who oppose the State Question- most people he has talked to
see the reason for a yes vote.
You can click
here to hear my full conversation with Terry about his
experiences in dealing with the general public regarding State
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Crop Insurance Providing
More of a Reliable Farm Safety Net Than Ever- RMA's Brandon
In what might be considered an Op-Ed article, the Administrator of
the US Department of Agriculture's Brandon Willis brags on his
agency- and the product that they deliver- Crop Insurance. Here is
his case that he makes for how Crop Insurance has done under the new
farm law in becoming the primary federal farm safety net for many in
the farm community.
"A stronger and more diverse federal crop insurance program has
provided America's diverse agricultural producers and rural
communities with a reliable farm safety net that keeps the economy strong
even after severe weather destroys crops. The program, managed by
USDA's Risk Management Agency (RMA), has expanded options and
availability over the past seven years, focusing on improved options
for small and diverse farm operations, organic producers, beginning
farmers and ranchers, and those struggling with years of repeated
drought and providing the protections they need to continue farming.
"For years RMA has painstakingly worked to ensure that crop
insurance worked for all farmers growing in all regions. We are
seeing those efforts pay dividends with a very diverse crop insurance
program that is meeting the needs of farmers nationwide.
"Crop insurance will continue to provide the nation's producers
the assurance they need to keep agriculture strong, and our rural
communities working, even in difficult times."
here to read more about the efforts of the RMA and the Insurance
industry in rolling out a variety of crop insurance products.
Harvest Done in Southern Plains- Nationally, Corn and Soybeans
The southern plains wheat harvest is done in the three major HRW
wheat states- Oklahoma is 98% harvested, Texas 97% done and Kansas
now 91% complete. Good progress was made this past week in both
Colorado and Nebraska- now 33% and 38% harvested respectively.
The US Corn Crop continues to be in great shape, with 76% of the crop
nationally rated in Good to Excellent condition- one point better
than last week. One third of the crop is now in the silking stage or
beyond, versus 23% a year ago and the five year average of 26%.
Soybeans also are further along in their development compared to a
year ago and the five year average. The US Soybean crop is 40%
blooming, versus 33% at this point in 2015 and the five year average
of 31%. The crop remains in 71% good to excellent condition, a one
point improvement over a week ago.
The US Grain Sorghum crop remains at 69% good to excellent compared
to the 69% of a week ago- but may actually be slightly better than a
week ago with a two point jump in the Excellent category. The three
largest Sorghum producing states, Kansas, Texas and Oklahoma, all are
in overwhelmingly good to excellent shape- Kansas and Oklahoma check
in at 75% good to excellent and Texas now at 62% good to excellent.
here to read more- and to get to the link for the National Crop
Progress report- as well as the links for the State Crop Weather
Updates for Oklahoma and the states in our area.
Cattle Markets- Derrell Peels Calls Them the Crossroads of the Cattle
According to OSU Livestock Market Economist Dr. Derrell Peel,
"The job of markets -any market- is to determine what will be
produced; how much will be produced; and what resources will be used
to produce; all relative to the demand for the product. The cattle
industry produces fed cattle ready for slaughter. However this
production mostly occurs across separate and widely dispersed sectors
of cow-calf, stocker and feedlot production by producers who only
interact through market transactions."
As a result, Dr. Peel contends that the function served by feeder
cattle markets is very important to the cattle industry- adding
"feeder cattle markets are the one and only place in the cattle
industry where cow-calf, stocker and feedlot producers all communicate,
albeit indirectly through feeder cattle prices, as cow-calf producers
sell calves, stocker producers buy stockers and sell feeders and
feedlots buy feeder cattle. In order to coordinate cattle markets,
feeder cattle prices must simultaneously encourage cow-calf
production to ensure available cattle supplies for the industry while
reflecting beef demand back from consumers through fed and feeder
here to read his complete analysis on how the markets tie
together a very complex industry.
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Corn Tells EPA to Follow
the Law- Soy Says Hit the Easy Button Regarding RFS
Both the American Soybean Association and the National Corn Growers
Association have unveiled their comments that have been submitted to
the EPA regarding the Renewable Fuel Standard- with both groups
calling on the Agency to raise the amount of renewable fuel blended
into the nation's gas supply in 2017.
In a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, National Corn
Growers Association President Chip
Bowling writes, "The RFS is doing exactly what
it was intended to do. It is successfully driving the adoption of
renewable fuel alternatives to petroleum, supporting jobs across the
country, and ensuring the United States remains a global leader in
developing new renewable energy sources while decreasing GHG
emissions here at home."
Meanwhile, the American
Soybean Association says the EPA should simply hit
the Easy Button with biodiesel.
"Our differences with EPA's proposed volumes are relatively
small, but they are important," wrote ASA President Richard Wilkins
in the association's comments. "The EPA and the Administration
are missing an easy opportunity to help the agriculture and rural
economy while at the same time achieving greater greenhouse gas
emissions reductions - a high priority for EPA and this
"While EPA's Proposed Rule does move forward with biomass-based
diesel volumes, increasing them from 2.0 to 2.1 billion gallons from
2017 to 2018, we can - and should - do more," added Wilkins.
"Given the many benefits that biodiesel provides, we think EPA
should enthusiastically support more aggressive, but easily
achievable, volume targets for biodiesel. We see no reason why EPA
should not, at a minimum, support biomass-based diesel volumes of 2.5
billion gallons for 2018."
here for more on the Corn Growers comments- click
here for more on the Soybean Association comments.
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Talking Vet Feed
Directives with Dr. Brian Lubbers
US Roundtable for
Sustainable Beef Meets Today and Tomorrow in Denver
This afternoon and tomorrow morning- there will be a General Assembly
for the stakeholders of the US
Roundtable for Sustainable Beef.
It's a variety of Land Grant and Industry folks who are involved in
this gathering- as they review the current strategic plan for the
Roundtable and look at what progress is being made on that plan- as
well as examining where there is work still to do.
Some of the names on the program in Denver that jump out at us
include former Chairlady of the USMEF, Leann Saunders with the group
Where Food Comes From, Ben Weinheimer with TCFA, John Butler with the
Beef Marketing Group and Dr. Sara Place of Oklahoma State University.
We will be covering the meeting this afternoon- this in advance of
our coverage of the Summer Cattle Industry Business Meetings that
really crank up Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning.
In the meantime- click here for the
Roundtable's website and a chance to review their strategic plan
they are busy with.
Rules Committee to Consider GMO Labeling Amendment
The House Committee on Rules will meet Tuesday, July 12,
2016 at 3:00 PM- and will consider a couple of bills to be heard
on the floor, hopefully this week, including
amendment to the House amendment to S. 764-An Act to reauthorize
and amend the National Sea Grant College Program Act, and for
other purposes. [GMO Labeling Requirements]
Texas Republican Pete Sessions is the Chair- and
the third most senior Republican on the Committee is Tom Cole.
outcome is not certain. According to Agri-Pulse- "There are
concerns that House conservatives may turn on the legislation either
for philosophical reasons or because House Rules may not allow any
amendments to be debated on the floor."
Meanwhile on Monday, more than 1,100 agriculture, food and business
organizations and companies representing the entire U.S. food supply
chain from farm to fork sent a letter to House leadership calling on
them to pass this week the agricultural biotechnology solution that
was approved 63-30 by the Senate with broad bipartisan support.
letter, addressed to Speaker
Ryan, Minority Leader Pelosi, Majority Leader McCarthy, and Minority
Whip Hoyer, calls for expedited consideration and the
scheduling of floor time this week to ensure this bipartisan proposal
receives passage before Congress adjourns for the summer recess.
here to read the letter sent to the House members on Monday.
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