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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Monday November 22, 2010A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and Big Iron OnLine Auctions!
-- Today is Your Final Opportunity to Submit Comments on GIPSA Rule
-- Oklahoma Farm Bureau Delegates Set Farm Safety Net Policy at 2010 Convention
-- TJ and Diane Beach of Jackson Selected as Oklahoma Farm Bureau Farm Family of the Year
-- Knowles Family of LeFlore County Named Top Young Farm Family for 2010
-- Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt Assures Farm Bureau They Will Have an Advocate in Him
-- Farm Groups Confident Senator Debbie Stabenow Will Provide Leadership As New Chair of Senate Ag Committee
-- Senate Food Safety Debate Delayed
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Today is Your Final Opportunity to Submit Comments on GIPSA Rule
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~TODAY- Monday, November 22, 2010 concludes the public comment period for the GIPSA Rule on how livestock can be marketed in the United States. Thousands of comments have been submitted to the USDA both for and against the finalization of the rule by GIPSA and there is no indication how long they will take to review all comments, answer questions raised, make adjustments to the rule and release the revised product for all to see.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced back in mid June that on
June 22, 2010 USDA's Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards
Administration (GIPSA) would publish a proposed rule, as required by the
2008 farm bill and through existing authority under the Packers and
Stockyards Act, that would provide what he called "significant new
protections for producers against unfair, fraudulent or retaliatory
On today's Beef Buzz, we go back to the Informa Economics study on the GIPSA Rule. The study was conducted by Informa Economics Inc. on behalf of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA), the National Meat Association (NMA), the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) and the National Turkey Federation (NTF) and showed that the rule would result in job losses of more than 22,800, with an annual drop in gross domestic product by as much as $1.56 billion and an annual loss in tax revenues of $359 million. Click here for this Beef Buzz, which looks at where most of the cost of this rule may come from- as well as links to get to where you can read the rule yourself and comment- if you hurry and get it done today.
Meanwhile, Dr. Daryll Ray of the University of Tennessee offers an op-ed piece where he examines the same thing as the key element found in the Informa Study.Dr. Ray says " Indeed, the pro and con focal point of the GIPSA debate is the portion of the proposed rule that explicitly states that courts need not require plaintiffs to prove competitive injury at the industry level. It is fear of litigation that drives most of the additional costs that Informa projects with regard to the implementation of the proposed GIPSA rule." Click here to read his full take on this disagreement.
Oklahoma Farm Bureau Delegates Set Farm Safety Net Policy at 2010 Convention
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Oklahoma Farm Bureau set policy for the general farm organization in the coming year on Saturday during their 69th Annual Meeting in Oklahoma City. Probably the resolution that created the most buzz on Saturday was State Resolution 22/National Resolution 64 on specifics on the farm safety net.
The State Resolutions Committee recommended a position of calling as
their top priority the continuation of direct payments in the coming farm
bill. Their proposal said that if direct payments were cut, they supported
funds being moved to bolster crop insurance subsidy levels.
After the lunch break, the afternoon Resolutions Session saw Farm
Bureau delegates voted to reconsider the proposal, as Mike Dicks of Payne
County offered an amendment that added a paragraph that said initially "We
support a program or policy tool that continues to provide a fixed share
of the federal budget allocation for agriculture, is a green box policy,
and is considered a part of a revenue assurance program. This amendment
was amended to add the words "like Direct Payments" to be inserted into
the language- and all of that was added to what was approved earlier in
the day. The final language has Oklahoma Farm Bureau on the record for the
first time with a description of their priorities for Title 1 of the Farm
TJ and Diane Beach of Jackson Selected as Oklahoma Farm Bureau Farm Family of the Year
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Jackson County's T.J. and Diane Beach were named Oklahoma Farm Bureau's Farm Family of the Year Nov. 20 at the 69th Oklahoma Farm Bureau Annual Meeting in Oklahoma City.
A panel of judges selected the Elmer family from 13 entries in the annual contest, which honors the farm family who best represents farming and ranching and the spirit of Oklahoma agriculture.
Today's farm traces its origins to 1984, when T.J. rented his first wheat farm and running calves. He added land gradually, and the family today farmers 4,300 acres with cotton, wheat and alfalfa hay being the primary crops. They also have a 100-head cow herd and run 500 to 600 stockers each year.
Click on the LINK below to learn more about their farming operation as the Oklahoma Farm Bureau names the Beach Family the 2010 Farm Family of the Year.
Knowles Family of LeFlore County Named Top Young Farm Family for 2010
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~LeFlore County's Brian and LaSheil Knowles were named Oklahoma Farm Bureau's YF&R Achievement Award winner Nov. 20th at the 69th Oklahoma Farm Bureau Annual Meeting in Oklahoma City.
The YF&R Achievement Award honors the state's top young farmer or farm family for their achievements in the farming business and their leadership in the agricultural community.
They operate 840 acres near Keota where they have two commercial poultry houses and a cow-calf herd today after spending the last 12 years in agriculture. The annual production from the poultry operation exceeds 800,000 pounds and the cow-calf herd consists of 150 head. Some 400 acres are in hay production, and they also operate a custom hay enterprise, where they bale and haul hay for individual customers.
Click on the LINK below to learn more about this top Young Farm Family and the YF&R Achievement Award they were presented this past Saturday evening.
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt Assures Farm Bureau They Will Have an Advocate in Him
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma Attorney General Elect Scott Pruitt was one of several political officials that greeted Farm Bureau members during the opening general session of the 69th Annual Meeting of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau over this past weekend.
While Pruitt did not speak specifically about the controversial lawsuit that Drew Edmondson has brought against the northwest Arkansas Poultry companies, Pruitt did pledge to not use the AG's office to try to regulate an industry.
He did tell Farm Bureau members- and they responded with a rousing round of applause, that his first action as Attorney General will be to put Oklahoma on the record as opposing Obamacare and will join the other states who have taken legal action against the Federal government as they attempt to regulate the Health Care law passed earlier this year.
You can hear his full comments made to the OFB audience by clicking on the LINK below- Pruitt's tone is greatly different from the direction taken in recent years by outgoing AG Drew Edmondson.
Farm Groups Confident Senator Debbie Stabenow Will Provide Leadership As New Chair of Senate Ag Committee
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~With the decision on Friday by Senator Kent Conrad of North Dakota that he will stay on as the Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, the door has opened for Senator Debbie Stabenow of Michigan to take over the Leadership of the Senate Agriculture, replacing Blanche Lincoln in the new year. Senator Lincoln of Arkansas was defeated in her reelection bid earlier in November.
American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman says that "we are confident in Sen. Stabenow's ability to provide leadership on the 2012 farm bill and other important issues related to agriculture and rural communities.
Likewise, Roger Johnson of the National Farmers Union offered a positive tone about the Michigan lawmaker. ""We are confident that Chairwoman Stabenow will be able work with senators on both sides of the aisle to write a farm bill that is fiscally responsible but still protects farmers and ranchers from economic uncertainty in difficult times."
Senate Food Safety Debate Delayed
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The U.S. Senate will not continue to debate food safety legislation until after Thanksgiving. There are several issues, including a revised amendment by Montana Senator Jon Tester to exempt smaller operations from some requirements. Robert Guenther, senior vice president of public policy for the United Fresh Produce Association says - it is unfortunate this amendment is fundamentally undermining the integrity of this whole bill that is based on risk and science.
The exemption would apply to food producers that do direct sales to consumers, sell less than 500-thousand dollars annually, and only market their products in-state or within a 257-mile radius. The deal also would allow the Food and Drug Administration to revoke the exemption for producers linked to contaminated foods and it would allow FDA to inspect farms and increase regulation of food processors, increase scrutiny of imported products and authorize the agency to order recalls of tainted food.
While the bill was earlier considered likely to be passed because of a favorable 74-25 cloture vote, Tom O'Brien, a representative for the Delaware-based Produce Marketing Association says - there are wild cards associated with the bill including a Republican attempt to attach an anti-earmark spending amendment. Some believe the amendment is not a significant departure from what was suggested initially.
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