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Sent: Thursday, July 21, 2011 6:32 AM
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Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Thursday July 21, 2011
A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- Texas Panhandle Develops Plan to Stretch Ogallala Water Supplies for Decades
-- National Association of Conservation Districts Approves Principles for 2012 Farm Bill
-- House Ag Committee Chair Frank Lucas Says Timing of Writing Farm Bill Hinges on Deficit Decisions
-- Smaller Placements Expected to be the Calling Card in This Friday's Cattle on Feed Report
-- The First Lady Corrals Walmart and Big Retailers to Promise Service in Less Profitable Areas
-- American Farmers and Ranchers Named "Friend of Extension"
-- Drought Watch Continues- as Does the Ag in the Classroom Tour
-- Let's Check the Markets!

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Texas Panhandle Develops Plan to Stretch Ogallala Water Supplies for Decades
The Board of Directors of the High Plains Underground Water Conservation District No. 1 has approved rule amendments to implement the district's 50/50 management goal to have 50 percent of the saturated thickness of the Ogallala Aquifer in 2010 available for use in 2060. This District is responsible for water being pumped out of this huge underground sea in 16 Texas Panhandle counties.

In order to achieve the 50/50 goal, the rule amendments establish the first-ever production limit for groundwater pumpage by water users within the 16-county High Plains Water District service area. This includes agriculture, municipalities, public water suppliers, and others.

Beginning in 2012 and continuing through 2013, all persons owning or operating an existing, new, or pre-district well or well system pumping groundwater from the Ogallala Aquifer must limit the total amount of production to 1.75 acre-feet (21 inches) per contiguous acre per year. The production limit drops to 1.5 acre-feet (18 inches) per contiguous acre per year during 2014-2015, and is lowered to 1.25 acre-feet (15 inches) per contiguous acre per year in 2016 and beyond.

The District is also going to require every well to have a meter- as of the beginning of 2012. Beginning Jan. 1, 2012, all new water wells or well systems in the district are required to have a meter in place before pumping can occur. Existing water wells or well systems may measure groundwater through an alternative measuring method from 2012 to 2016. These systems must be equipped with meters no later than Jan. 1, 2016.

Click on the LINK below for more on the District's plan to try to keep the southern end of the Ogallala from going dry.

Click here for more on the High Plains Underground Water District's Long Term Conservation Plan

National Association of Conservation Districts Approves Principles for 2012 Farm Bill
The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) Board of Directors has approved a set of principles to guide the association's advocacy efforts in advance of the 2012 Farm Bill.

NACD Supports a Farm Bill Conservation Title that among other things follow these four principles:

-Is resource-driven and locally-led.

-Fully funds technical assistance needs for planning and program implementation.

-Maintains the funding commitment made in the 2008 Farm Bill to continue critical conservation programs.

-Consolidates NRCS Farm Bill conservation programs to improve efficiency, simplify the application process, and better utilize available program funding.

Click on the LINK below to see the other elements in the Conservation title that the National Association of Conservation Districts wants to see included as the 2012 farm bill is developed.

Click here for the full rundown of principles for the Conservation Title of the soon to be developed 2012 farm bill.

House Ag Committee Chair Frank Lucas Says Timing of Writing Farm Bill Hinges on Deficit Decisions
There are a lot of budget ideas out floating around right now- and all of them include significant cuts in the USDA budget and farm and conservation spending. The Chairman of the House Ag Committee, Oklahoma Congressman Frank Lucas, is watching closely as the package that eventually is moved forward will dictate the timing and the overall direction of farm policy as the 2012 farm bill is developed.

Some of the proposals are such that year five of the 2008 Farm Law might be negated- and Congressman Lucas says that would mean having to quickly move on writing new farm policy under the new fiscal realities this fall. It's his preference that the final year of the current law be allowed to run its course- a new bill be written next spring/summer and farmers would then begin operating under this new climate in the 2013 crop year.

Congressman Lucas discussed these ideas with Mike Adams on the national rural talk show Agritalk on Wednesday- and we have an overview of what Lucas was saying about the budget deficit discussions from a farm policy point of view- just click on the LINK below to jump to our webstory that has the audio excerpts of Congressman Lucas as heard on Agritalk.

Click here for our overview of Congressman Frank Lucas and his appearance on Agritalk discussing the deficit talks and the impact on farm policy development.

Smaller Placements Expected to be the Calling Card in This Friday's Cattle on Feed Report
The next regular USDA Cattle on Feed Report is coming out this Friday afternoon at 2 PM central time- after the markets are closed for the week. According to Rich Nelson with Allendale, the headline number will be a smaller placements figure. "June Placements are expected to be 8.8% smaller than last year. Sharply negative margins on outgoing cattle in June likely limited new placements. Losses reached $200 per head for many producers. Placements should remain under previous year levels for several months. Cattle placed in June will be marketed from November through February."

Allendale anticipates a Marketing total 4.6% higher than June of 2010. Marketings, on a percentage vs. last year basis, will increase in later July then again in August before becoming manageable. According to Nelson, Allendale strongly feels USDA's May marketing estimate was 4% too large. Though some will take that amount off the June number, we have not made that adjustment.

Cattle that have been on feed for several months comprise a lot of the on feed number- and they are keeping the numbers above that of a year ago. According to Allendale- they expect "Total Cattle on Feed as of July 1 will be 2.1% larger than last year. The front end supply of cattle, those on feed for over 120 days, is seen 9% higher than last year."

The First Lady Corrals Walmart and Big Retailers to Promise Service in Less Profitable Areas
First Lady Michelle Obama joined leaders from major retailers, foundations and small businesses today to announce commitments that will provide access to healthy, affordable food to millions of people in underserved communities. The commitments from SUPERVALU, Walgreens, Walmart and regional retailers will include opening or expanding over 1,500 stores to serve communities throughout the country that currently do not have access to fresh produce and other healthy foods.

In the case of the big retail gorilla Walmart, they have pledged to "open or expand 275 to 300 stores which will serve more than 800,000 people in rural and urban areas with limited or no access to grocery options."

in addition- the retailer is promising the First Lady to push to get their food offerings healthier than ever. "Walmart's healthier food initiative will reduce sodium and added sugars form packaged food items, make healthier food more affordable and develop a simple front-of-package seal for identifying healthier food choices."

Click here for more on the push from First Lady Michelle to promote healthier food choices.

American Farmers and Ranchers Named "Friend of Extension"
The American Farmers & Ranchers (AFR) received the 2011 Oklahoma Association Extension Agriculture Agents (OAEAA) Friend of Extension Award, at the 2011 OAEAA awards banquet held in Broken Bow, Oklahoma.

The OAEAA Friend of Extension Service Award recognizes Oklahomans who have contributed to Oklahoma agriculture and who have supported the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service (OCES) on county, district and state levels. Terry Detrick, AFR president, accepted the award on behalf of the company.

"AFR is truly grateful to have been honored with such a distinct award," Detrick said. "It was wonderful to hear such humbling words in the introduction before the award was presented. Hearing those comments was just a small reminder of why AFR stands for producers, families and youth within our State."

Click here for more on this honor and a pciture of Terry Detrick accepting the award for AFR

Drought Watch Continues- as Does the Ag in the Classroom Tour
Mary Chris Barth headed south into Texas in the last few days and dropped us an email about the ag conditions they noticed going and coming. In an email she writes "We went south of Mineral Wells and came back I 45 & I35. The ranch we visited while in the Houston area has had 2 inches this year normal is 26/29 inch range. Pecan groves are dying as are the pine forest. You can wade across the Brazos river in an areawhere it is usually deep enough that they use the river as a fence. We did not see 20 cow herds total from the time we left the Cheyenne area till return. All were rail thin and should have been sold a long time ago. Field upon field not planted did not look like 5% of the cotton or peanuts would make."

By the way, the next National Drought Monitor will be out Thursday morning and we will be kicking it up on our website as soon as we have the opportunity to do so. Be watching OklahomaFarmReport.Com for that update.

Finally, we have heard again from Dana Bessinger of Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom fame. She tells us what they were doing on Wednesday in the heat- and what's on tap as the tour comes to a close on Thursday. The Wednesday stops included Marland Mansion grounds, Pioneer Woman, Silver Top Farms with sheep and wool, which Dana says is a "Super agritourism stop!" Also on Wednesday- the teachers got to see the Tall Grass Prairie and enjoy an Osage County Ranch Tour with Will Cubbage. Ag in the Classroom lessons such as "They Don't Just Eat Grass" were unveiled and the day concluded at Hughes Ranch for supper assisted by Barnsdall 4-H.

Dana adds "on Thursday we'll be at Chad Selmon's pecan farm. Then GanderWay Winery and Vineyards for a tour and lunch. Ending with a tour of the Oklahoma Botanical Gardens at OSU."

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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 $13.00 per bushel- as of the close of trade Wednesday, while the 2012 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $12.94 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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