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Update from Ron Hays of RON
Wednesday June 6,
Takes Up 2012 Farm Bill- AND AFBF President Bob
Stallman Offers Last Minute Farm Bill Pitch to US
Tuesday afternoon- the Chairlady of the Senate Ag
Committee, Democrat Debbie
Stabenow began the process of introducing
her Committee's 2012 Farm Bill proposal on the
floor of the US Senate. Senate Majority Leader
Harry Reid has scheduled a Cloture vote to
determine if the Senate will proceed into the
process of debating the measure- that takes 60
votes which Stabenow claims she has. Once
the cloture vote is held- the debate itself is
likely to take several weeks with proponents of
the bill hoping to pass out a measure before the
Fourth of July recess at the end of this
month. Meanwhile, several groups are getting
their last minute ideas in front of members of the
100 member body.
example, the American Farm Bureau Federation has
sent a letter to the Senate outlining the
organization's priorities in, along with its
concerns about, the Senate Agriculture Committee's
proposed 2012 farm bill, S. 3240. AFBF President
Bob Stallman said that with Farm
Bureau's suggested improvements, he believes S.
3240 moves toward the organization's core
principles for rational, acceptable farm policy
and his organization would support passage of the
to Stallman, Farm Bureau places a priority on
several of the committee's decisions, including
using the $23 billion in savings suggested to the
Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction last fall;
protecting and strengthening the federal crop
insurance program; developing a commodity title
that attempts to encourage producers to follow
market signals rather than make planting decisions
in anticipation of government payments; and
refraining from basing any program on cost of
Click here to read more, and to find
a link to the AFBF letter to the Senate.
group that has weighed in- the Izaak
Walton League of America- has focused
their comments to Senators on the Conservation
Title- including a call for Crop Insurance
participants being required to accept Conservation
Compliance requirements with policies they
buy. You can read more about their ideas for
the 2012 farm bill by clicking here.
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Groups Call for Amendment Banning Packer-Owned
and state farm organizations including the
National Farmers Union and the National Farmers
Organization have joined with populist livestock
groups like R-Calf USA in calling on the U.S.
Senate to amend the Senate Ag Committee's 2012
Farm Bill proposal to include a ban on packer
ownership of livestock.
The groups were
among 108 signatories to a joint letter sent to
U.S. Senators to urge their support of the
anticipated 2012 Farm Bill amendment by Senator
Chuck Grassley (R-IA) to ban packer ownership of
livestock. The U.S. Senate is expected to debate
the 2012 Farm Bill during the week of June 4.
The joint letter states in part:
"Mega-meatpackers such as Tyson, Cargill, JBS and
Smithfield Foods use packer-owned livestock as a
major tool for exerting unfair market power over
farmers and ranchers. This practice fosters
industrial livestock production and freezes
independent farmers out of the markets. Packer
ownership of livestock has been proven to
artificially lower farmgate prices to farmers and
ranchers while consumer food prices continue to
R-Calf USA CEO Bill
Bullard said, "There are four large
packers that control over 80 percent of our cattle
market and those packers do control access to the
marketplace and they do use packer-owned cattle to
depress cattle prices."
Click here for more on the proposed
amendment banning packer-owned cattle, and a link
to the letter to the Senate.
Signs Transportation Bills; AFR
Applauds Support for Rural
Mary Fallin signed into law two
measures that will provide record funding for
infrastructure and significantly reduce the number
of bridges needing repair or replacement in
"Today's bill signing keeps us
on track to repair and replace all structurally
deficient bridges across Oklahoma by the end of
the decade," said T.W. Shannon, a
Lawton Republican who chairs the House
bill, HB 2248 substantially increases road funding
in the coming fiscal year.
companion bill, HB 2249, was supported by American
Farmers & Ranchers (AFR) and the Association
of County Commissioners of Oklahoma. It increases
funding for county roads and bridges by
reallocating vehicle license and registration
farmers and ranchers depend on rural and county
roads and bridges as they produce our food. Those
same roads and bridges are necessary for consumers
to receive the food. Therefore, the agriculture
industry and consumers alike rely heavily on the
quality of Oklahoma's rural infrastructure," said
Terry Detrick, president of
You can read more about the
transportation bills by clicking here.
Click here for more comments by Terry
Detrick on HB 2249.
to Focus on Business Management During World Pork
business seminars will feature the latest in
nutrition, herd health, manure management and
price risk at World Pork Expo on Wednesday, June
6, and Thursday, June 7. A highlight of the free
business-seminar luncheon at noon on both days
will be speakers discussing weather and economic
outlooks. Expo-goers will find these business
seminars and luncheons in the Varied Industries
Building at the Iowa State
"The best advice I can share
regarding World Pork Expo is to carve out more
than just one day to take it all in," says R.C.
Hunt, president, NPPC, from Wilson, N.C. "Before
and after continuing your education at business
seminars, you'll see the very latest technology on
display in the trade show. Add in great food and
hospitality, and you'll have a first-rate
experience along with outstanding ideas to take
Pork Expo takes place June 6-8 at the Iowa State
Fairgrounds in Des Moines. More than 450
commercial exhibits will be on display from 8 a.m.
to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 6, and Thursday, June
7, as well as from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday,
June 8. The breeding stock sales will continue on
Saturday, June 9, from 8 a.m. until they're
completed at approximately noon.
Click here to learn more about this
year's World Pork Expo.
Producers Warn of Unintended Consequences of
Succumbing to Activists'
to pressures from animal rights group activists,
two giants in the food industry recently announced
they were working to purchase pork only from
producers who phase out the use of gestation
crates. Fast food giant McDonald's said they
anticipate it will take ten years to completely
source their pork from such suppliers and grocery
heavyweight Kroger said its transition would take
In response to the
announcements from the two food giants and in
anticipation of other distributors who might
follow, the National Pork Producers Council issued
the following statement:
It is very
disconcerting that retailers, in making decisions
about sourcing pork products, continue to succumb
to the pressure of activist groups such as the
Humane Society of the United States without any
consideration of the impact on American farm
families, who produce the safe and affordable pork
that they sell to consumers. These unilateral and
impulsive announcements are made without any
recognition that nearly all of the pork products
produced in the United States today come from
facilities built for the validated practice of
Nowhere in the
announcements is there any discussion on the
willingness of these companies to pay for these
requests. These are very complex issues that
require interaction of the complete supply chain.
Simply making an announcement without
understanding the supply chain's ability to meet
the requests or the costs associated with them are
Click here to read more of the NPPC's
Weights Remain High Despite Weekend Rains as
rains in north central and northwest Oklahoma
slowed the wheat harvest some, but reports from
grain elevator operators say the moisture hasn't
affected the quality as much as had been feared.
Test weights are still averaging better than 60
pounds per bushel at elevators in Wakita, Tonkawa,
Shattuck and Buffalo.
Schuelke at Johnston Enterprises in
Wakita says harvest is about halfway done in his
area. Yields have been all over the map with a low
of 32 and a high of 86 ½.
Frank James reports they've taken
in about 250,000 bushels with test weights in the
60 to 64 pound range. He says harvest is about 40
percent complete in the area with yields averaging
55 to 60 bushels to the acre.
For more reports from elevators in
northwest Oklahoma, click here.
Churning Out Letters Urging Calls to Inhofe and
Coburn Regarding Their Animal Agriculture
Production Practice Bill
received a copy of the "personalized" email that
went out yesterday from the Humane Society
of the United States- telling non farm
interests that they could help decide the fate of
lives of hens all across America. The email,
signed by Wayne Pacelle
(President of HSUS), issued a call to action by
the HSUS that they called "Critical Momentum for
Hens." In the email they focus on the Senate
bill introduced by Dianne
Feinstein of California in recent days
that would turn the deal between the HSUS and the
United Egg Producers into law. The email
says in part "This bill (identical to H.R.
3798 introduced earlier in the House) will lead to
major improvements in the treatment of 280 million
hens involved in U.S. egg production, essentially
doubling the amount of space per bird, banning
inhumane practices such as forced starvation
molting, and requiring on-carton labeling so
consumers know how hens are raised."
It goes on to urge that we call Senators
Inhofe and Coburn immediately and demand
they sign on as co-sponsors.
we touched base with the Oklahoma
Cattlemen's Association and the
Oklahoma Pork Council- as the
national groups they are associated with, the
National Pork Producers Council and the National
Cattlemen's Beef Association, have both come out
strongly against this legislation.
Scott Dewald with the OCA
responded by email saying they are in contract
with the staff of the Oklahoma lawmakers- saying
simply that "In our view production
standards should not by legislated."
got a call later in the afternoon from Roy
Lee Lindsey of the OPC- and he said
basically the same thing- opposing this measure as
well as the Charles Grassley amendment to outlaw
packer ownership of livestock that we detailed in
an earlier story in today's email- he said they
continue to push for a trigger on corn production
and stocks- that when and if corn supplies get too
low- that a suspension of the Renewable Fuel
Standard kick in to make sure that livestock
producers are not totally priced out of the feed
grain market by ethanol interests.
line on the HSUS-UEP bill on dictating cage size
for hens- there is a very real possibility that
Feinstein will push to get her bill considered as
an amendment in days ahead to the 2012 Farm Bill.
HSUS is urging their supporters to make it so.
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