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Update from Ron Hays of RON
Monday, October 1,
Announces Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments
Sign-Up Period for 2011 Crop
Service Agency Administrator Juan
Garcia announced the sign-up period for
the 2011 crop year Supplemental Revenue Assistance
Payments (SURE) program will open Oct. 22, 2012.
The SURE program is part of the Food,
Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Farm Bill).
Under the 2008 Farm Bill, SURE authorizes
assistance to farmers and ranchers who suffered
crop losses caused by natural disasters occurring
through Sept. 30, 2011.
producer who suffered losses during the 2011 crop
year is encouraged to visit a local FSA office to
learn more about the SURE program and how to
apply," said Garcia.
As of Sept. 30, 2011,
the Department's authority to operate the SURE
program expired along with four other, important
disaster assistance programs: the Livestock
Indemnity Program (LIP); the Emergency Assistance
for Livestock, Honey Bees, and Farm-Raised Fish
(ELAP); the Livestock Forage Disaster Program
(LFP); and the Tree Assistance Program (TAP).
Production losses due to disasters occurring after
Sept. 30, 2011, are not eligible for disaster
considered socially disadvantaged, a beginning
farmer or rancher, or a limited resource farmer
may be eligible for SURE without a policy or plan
of insurance or NAP coverage.
ranchers interested in signing up must do so
before the June 7, 2013 deadline.
You can read more about this program
including eligibility requirements by clicking
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Improvements Maximize Value of School Land Leases
annual school land lease auctions are rapidly
approaching and the secretary of the school land
office, Harry Birdwell, says
officials are doing everything they can to
preserve this crucial income stream for public
education. Birdwell spoke with us
about their ongoing
"We made the
commitment as an agency that we were going to do
more to properly conserve the land, more
conservation improvements and terracing and going
in and developing water resources and digging new
wells and dredging out silted ponds," Birdwell
"And another new thing
that is so important, I think, to our state is if
you look at the number of acres of productive land
throughout the state that are being encroached on
by red cedar infestations, that's really taking
away from grazing and cropping lands around the
state. So, we've begun a program on our land to
remove, in areas of the state where infestation is
worst, a lot of cedars because that will return
the land to productivity. Those red cedars take an
awful lot of water that would otherwise be
productively used in growing vegetation and
Click here to read more or listen to
our full interview and to find a link for the
upcoming lease auctions.
you can also take a look at our "In the Field" TV
segment with Birdwell that was seen this past
Saturday morning on KWTV News9 in Oklahoma City-
click here to check that out.
Council of Farmers Cooperatives Calls For Lame
Duck Ag Bill Vote
following statement was released by Chuck
Conner, president and CEO of the National
Council of Farmers
"With the 2008
farm bill expiring on Sunday, it is of upmost
importance that Congress take up farm legislation
when they return for a lame duck session after the
November elections. America's farmers, ranchers
and growers need the certainty that comes from
knowing the rules of the game as they begin to
make planting decisions for the 2013 crop year
for Congress to take action, though, those of us
in the agricultural community need to move beyond
simply calling on Congress to pass a bill. We must
come together to develop a framework for farm
programs that meets the needs of all producers,
regardless of the region of the country they farm
in or the commodity that they grow."
Click here for
Study to Examine Farmers' Production
volatile weather and variable planting conditions
last spring, the U.S. Department of Agriculture
(USDA) will soon begin contacting producers to
learn about their actual production practices
during the 2012 growing season. As part of the
Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS),
USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service
(NASS) and Economic Research Service (ERS) will
gather data on farmers' chemical use and pest
management practices for soybeans and
fall, ARMS serves as the primary source of
information on the production practices, resource
use and economic well-being of America's farm
operations and farm households," said Wilbert C.
Hundl Jr., Director of the Oklahoma NASS Field
Office. "The survey results help agricultural
leaders and decision-makers better understand how
producers cope with risk, adapt to policy changes,
and make decisions about chemical use, new
technologies and many other aspects of
October, NASS representatives will conduct
face-to-face interviews with 6,000 growers
nationwide, including 150 in Oklahoma."When
contacted, wheat producers will be asked to
provide information on their fertilizer, nutrient,
biocontrol and pesticide applications, as well as
their pest management and irrigation practices,"
added Hundl. "Early next year, we will follow up
with some of the participants to obtain additional
East Expanding, Changing Market for U.S. Meat
Halstrom, U.S. Meat Export Federation
(USMEF) senior vice president for global marketing
and communications, recently visited the Middle
East to meet with USMEF's representatives in the
region as well as with buyers and traders of U.S.
beef. With U.S. beef sales expanding rapidly in a
section of the globe that stretches all the way
from West Africa to Kazakhstan. He says the region
truly is in transition.
really exciting part about the Middle East right
now is the expansion away from just variety meats.
There's still a big market for variety
meats-livers, hearts, kidneys-but the emerging
area is the muscle cuts. Five years ago 95 percent
of our value was variety meats. Last year 60
percent of our value was muscle cuts, 40 percent
of the value was variety meats. So, what's
happening is we're starting to diversify into many
different cuts all across the region," Halstrom
He also said that social
and political unrest in the Middle East has done
very little to slow demand for U.S.
"The unrest, from
a humanitarian standpoint, is unfortunate, but the
reality is that their desires for higher levels of
protein continue to increase. And that's where
U.S. beef, high quality grain-fed beef, comes
Check our webpage for more of this
story and our audio interview with Dan
Science Society Cautions Pesticide Buyers to
Select Carefully for Best
are a number of important considerations to make
in purchasing and applying the proper pesticide.
The Weed Science Society of America has recently
published recommendations to pesticide users that
will help them more safely select and use the
are buying a pesticide for commercial use on
crops, for personal use on your lawn or garden, or
for any other purpose, the purchase must be
carefully considered," says Andrew Thostenson,
President of the American Association of Pesticide
Safety Educators and Pesticide Program Specialist,
North Dakota State University Extension
Here are a few of the
guidelines from the
1. Arrive at the
store knowing the identity of the pest(s) that you
are trying to control. Your Cooperative Extension
Service, other trained professionals or university
websites can help. (Some websites for identifying
pests are listed below.)
Make sure the pesticide will work on your pest(s).
Check the label to see if the pest is listed and
under what conditions it will be controlled. For
example, an herbicide will not control weeds that
are too large, and an insecticide will not solve
an insect problem that is caused by poor food
storage or ripped window screens.
Click here for more on pesticide
selection from the WSSA.
2008 Farm Law Has Expired- Now What?
October first and that means the 2008 Farm Law is
officially dead. While there has been a tremendous
amount of political rhetoric about not getting a
farm bill done on time here in 2012- the truth is
that no farm bill has been completed before the
one before it expired since 1977.
the Congressional Research Service (CRS) points
out in their report, "Possible Extension of the
2008 Farm Bill," in the past 40 years, only the
1973 and 1977 farm bills were enacted before Sept.
30. The 1981, 1985, and 1990 farm bills were
enacted by Dec. 31 The most recent three farm
bills have been enacted much later: April 1996,
May 2002 and June 2008.
have an extensive analysis that USDA has done on
what happens now that we have no contemporary farm
bill in place as the law of the land- and how they
see the Permanent Farm Law of 1949 kicking
in. Click here to check out our story on
the USDA intentions in this regard. We
also have the complete memo as written by USDA
that you can check out as well as a part of that
thing that is fascinating to me is that the wheat
program under permanent law- if the Secretary
decides we will have a marketing program for that
year, would be based on 1958 allotments for each
farm. USDA admits they have no data that
relates to today's farms from back in 1958 on
file- so setting up allotments and as a result
quotas would be very problematic for the
agency. Wheat loan rate- if a marketing
quota program was put in place would be around $16
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