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Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Monday March 7, 2011
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-- From the 2011 Commodity Classic- Oklahoma Congressman Frank Lucas Opens Their General Session Talking Farm Bill Timeline
-- On the Same Stage- Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack Preaches the Importance of Agriculture to Overall Economy
-- Joint Statement from the Four Groups Hosting Commodity Classic on the Budget Issues Facing the US
-- Senator Pat Roberts Assembling All Star Minority Staff for Senate Ag Committee
-- Wheat Now Past First Hollow Stem in Central Oklahoma- That and More in PASS Newsletter
-- 2011 Spring Planted Crops Must be Insured by March 15
-- Former CBOT Trader Talking Market Strategy Today in Chickasha
-- Let's Check the Markets!

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From the 2011 Commodity Classic- Oklahoma Congressman Frank Lucas Opens Their General Session Talking Farm Bill Timeline
The new Chairman of the House Ag Committee, Oklahoma Congressman Frank Lucas, presented his plan for developing the 2012 Farm Bill to attendees at the 2011 Commodity Classic in Tampa, Florida on Friday morning. Congressman Lucas entertained the crowd with a few details of his farm roots- including the chores that he expected to have assigned to him when he arrives home to the farm in Roger Mills County from Florida by his wife, Lynda

Lucas told the audience that he will chair hearings on Thursday of this week with featured witness Lisa Jackson of the Environmental Protection Agency- saying it would be the first of many oversight hearings as they examined what he calls an "assault on agriculture" that EPA has been conducting. He promises he will ask of Ms. Jackson, are you following the law in promoting all of the many regulations aimed at agriculture?

He also questioned the direction of the USDA, saying that organic and local farmers markets are important- but that should not be centerstage at USDA to the detriment of traditional production agriculture.

Click on the LINK below to read more of the Congressman's comments to the Commodity Classic- and we also have the audio of the full speech on that page as well.
In talking to fellow reporters and several ag leaders- they gave Oklahoma's Third District Congressman high marks for his speech and for the tone that he set of not backing down to the Obama Administration on the regulatory schemes being promoted by EPA and other agencies.

Click here for more on Frank Lucas and his speech at Commodity Classic on Friday in Tampa

On the Same Stage- Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack Preaches the Importance of Agriculture to Overall Economy
The setting was not quite a brush arbor- and no one passed the offering plate- but US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack was in his revival mode on Friday at the 2011 Commodity Classic, as he spoke to leaders of the four commodity groups that come together for this event- the National Sorghum Producers, National Association of Wheat Growers, the American Soybean Association and the National Corn Growers Association.

Vilsack, slapping the podium, offered a passionate defense of biofuels and proclaimed that agriculture could show the rest of the America out of the economic desert that they have been wandering around in- only if they would take notice.
In addition, the Obama administration, Vilsack insisted, understands the "significance and importance" of foreign trade.

He also forcefully reiterated the administration's commitment to expand use of biofuels and, to the delight of his audience, railed against those who blame increased use of corn-based ethanol for higher food prices, calling the food versus fuel argument "irritating."

Click here to listen to Tom Vilsack's sermon/speech to the Commodity Classic from this past Friday in Tampa.

Joint Statement from the Four Groups Hosting Commodity Classic on the Budget Issues Facing the US
On the final day of the Commodity Classic, the four groups that make up the event joined together in a common statement that has been attributed to the three Presidents and the one Chairman of the groups involved.
The four leaders include:
National Association of Wheat Growers President Jerry McReynolds, a wheat producer from Woodston, Kan.
National Corn Growers Association President Bart Schott, a corn grower from Kulm, N.D.
American Soybean Association President Alan Kemper, soybean farmer from Lafayette, Ind.
and National Sorghum Producers Chairman Gerald Simonsen, a sorghum grower from Ruskin, Neb.

The four groups jointly state:

"Farmer members of the American Soybean Association, the National Association of Wheat Growers, the National Corn Growers Association and the National Sorghum Producers are meeting at Commodity Classic to determine policies that reflect their priorities in 2011 and beyond. Among these priorities, we recognize that reducing federal deficits and the national debt is critical to putting the American economy, including U.S. agriculture, on a sound course for future growth and prosperity.

"We note that agriculture made a down payment in cutting spending when the Department of Agriculture directed $4 billion in savings under the Standard Reinsurance Agreement for federal crop insurance toward deficit reduction. We believe any further reduction in discretionary spending should recognize and reflect this contribution. We would also note that agriculture-related programs represent less than one-half of one percent of the federal budget.

"Looking forward, we believe any meaningful approach to deficit and debt reduction in the FY2012 budget must encompass all entitlement programs and all discretionary spending. We look forward to working with Congress and the Administration to develop a budget that successfully addresses the need for federal deficit and debt reduction balanced with the need of ensuring a successful agricultural economy."

Senator Pat Roberts Assembling All Star Minority Staff for Senate Ag Committee
Two well known staffers for two of the farm groups with the best reputations inside the Washington beltway are leaving those organizations and going to work for the Republicans on the Senate Ag Committee, even as the Committee is gearing up to work on the 2012 farm bill. These staffers will join people like former Undersecretary of Agriculture Jim Miller who has joined Kent Conrad's personal staff to work on the 2012 Farm Bill as well.

First, we heard in Tampa at the Commodity Classic that Tara Smith, policy analyst for the American Farm Bureau, is leaving for a slot with Senator Roberts on the Senate Ag Committee. Smith has worked closely with Mary Kay Thatcher on public policy, and in talking with Mary Kay at the Commodity Classic, you can tell she has really mixed feelings in losing Tara off of her staff.

Meanwhile, word came Friday evening from Colin Woodall at the National Cattlemen's Beef Association that Gregg Doud, Chief Economist for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association for almost a decade, is breaking camp and moving his tent over to the Senate Ag Committee as well. Colin writes "After giving over eight years of service to NCBA, Gregg Doud is leaving the DC office to take a position on the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee. Gregg will be serving under Ranking Republican Member Pat Roberts from Kansas - Gregg's home state Senator. As Senior Professional Staff, Gregg will be covering livestock, trade, CFTC, food aid, and dairy policy for the Committee, and he will be instrumental in writing the 2012 Farm Bill. Senator Roberts is a great friend of the cattle industry, and this is a great opportunity for Gregg to help shape future ag policy for this country."

From this past month- clcik here for our Ag Perspectives Podcast with Gregg Doud at the Cattle Industry Convention in Denver- as we see Gregg heads over to Capitol Hill for an office at the Senate Ag Committee

Wheat Now Past First Hollow Stem in Central Oklahoma- That and More in PASS Newsletter
Many varieties of wheat are almost at- or now past the first follow stem point of development in two central Oklahoma locations- Stillwater and El Reno.

Dr. Jeff Edwards, in the latest PASS newsletter, offers this advice- "Remember that to check in your own fields, you must check in a non-grazed area of wheat of the same variety and with the same planting date as the field in question. Split open stems and if 1.5 cm of hollow stem is present (about the diameter of a dime) the field is at first hollow stem and it is time to remove cattle."

Several other articles are in the latest issue of the Plant and Soil Sciences Department Newsletter- and you can click on the LINK below to learn more about what's in the Newsletter and to download your own copy in PDF of the newsletter.

Click here for the latest newsletter from the OSU Division of Ag Newsletter from the Plant and Soil Science Department.

2011 Spring Planted Crops Must be Insured by March 15
Francie Tolle, executive director of USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA) in Oklahoma would like to remind producers that they have until Tuesday March 15, 2011 to sign-up for the 2011 Non-insured Assistance Program (NAP) coverage for spring planted crops. This deadline applies to the following spring planted crops: 2011 forage sorghum, oats, potatoes, soybeans, sunflowers and all spring planted specialty crops grown for food.

NAP covers losses caused by damaging weather conditions. Producers receive a payment when the loss is in excess of 50 percent. Losses are generally determined by the percentage of loss compared to the producer's Actual Production History (APH). Eligible production losses are paid at 55 percent of the established value for the crop.

The service fee is $250 per crop per county or $750 per producer per county. The fee cannot exceed a total of $1875 per producer with farming interest in multiple counties. Limited resource producers may request a waiver of service fees.

"Producers who currently have NAP coverage or who are interested in coverage are encouraged to keep accurate production records," said Tolle. NAP coverage is only available for crops not covered under the Federal Crop Insurance program. Producers are reminded about the requirement for FCIC insurance or NAP coverage on all crops in order to remain eligible for the agency's Disaster Assistance Programs such as SURE, LFP, TAP, and ELAP.

Click here for more information on this and other FSA programs from an Oklahoma perspective

Former CBOT Trader Talking Market Strategy Today in Chickasha
Oklahoma crop producers who want to learn more about marketing and contracting, should plan to attend the Cotton and Grain Marketing Seminar, March 7, in Chickasha, Oklahoma. The even will be held from 9 to 11:30 am at the Canadian Valley Technology Center. No registration fee is required.

Mark Gold is the special guest who will lead the seminar. Mark is a former 20 year member of the Chicago Board of Trade where he was a pit trader and floor broker. As managing partner of Top Third Ag Marketing, Mark can be heard daily on numerous radio programs. In addition, Mark is a regular guest analyst on U.S. Farm Report and Ag Day TV. Mark's daily audio grain marketing comments are featured on AgWeb.

"This meeting is focused more on contracting, futures prices, and hedging, we're expecting a large attendance of producers," said Dennis Crawford, Ag Business Management Coordinator for the Canadian Valley Technology Center. "This meeting will include a blend of topics that should be of interest to anyone who wants to learn about the new marketing trends and opportunities."

If you have interest in attending- head to Chickasha this morning- the address for the Canadian Valley Tech Center there is 1401 Michigan Ave. in Chickasha.

To learn more about the Agri-Business Management Programs at Canadian Valley Tech in Chickasha- Click here.

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Let's Check the Markets!
We've had requests to include Canola prices for your convenience here- and we will be doing so on a regular basis. Current cash price for Canola is $10.30 per bushel- as of the close of business yesterday, while the 2011 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $10.95 per bushel- delivered to local participating elevators that are working with PCOM.

Here are some links we will leave in place on an ongoing basis- Click on the name of the report to go to that link:
Our Daily Market Wrapup from the Radio Oklahoma Network with Ed Richards and Tom Leffler- analyzing the Futures Markets from the previous Day-
Ron on RON Markets as heard on K101 mornings with cash and futures reviewed- includes where the Cash Cattle market stands, the latest Feeder Cattle Markets Etc.
Previous Day's Wheat Market Recap- Two Pager From The Kansas City Board of Trade looks at all three US Wheat Futures Exchanges with extra info on Hard Red Winter Wheat and the why of that day's market.
Daily Oklahoma Cash Grain Prices: As Reported by the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture. <
The National Daily Feeder & Stocker Cattle Summary- as prepared by USDA.
The National Daily Slaughter Cattle Summary- as prepared by USDA.
Finally, Here is the Daily Volume and Price Summary from the Texas Cattle Feeders Association.

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