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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Friday June 22, 2007!A service of Midwest Farm Shows
-- Harvest 2007 Slugs Along- Insurance Adjusters are in Full Swing.
-- One Berry Good Report From Goodwell in the Panhandle!
-- Farm Bill, Farm Truck Weights and the Biosecurity Lab possibilities at Ft. Reno among the issues for AFR/OFU group in Washington this week.
-- George McCreary's Paw Paw Creek Dispersion is happening tomorrow at the ranch just outside Vinita!
-- A week's worth of disappointment for USDA Secretary Mike Johanns.
-- People Get Ready, the COOL Train is Coming!
-- Farm Bill Tidbits- Harkin says 2002 Farm Law Extension Cannot Survive a Floor Test!
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Harvest 2007 Slugs Along- Insurance Adjusters are in Full Swing.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~While it has been stop and go for the combines- especially in parts of north central Oklahoma- as well as other locales where Mother Nature has decided to catch up on three years of drought in 45 days or less- one group has seen a lot of action this harvest season. Unfortunately, that group are the insurance adjusters.
We got a report from a farmer who is also a crop adjuster for one of the major players in the crop insurance business here in the region- his company has hundreds of open claims in just Oklahoma. He reported that he had been from Kremlin to Tonkawa to Billings and then back to Covington and south to Hennessey. In this area- it has been the exception rather than the rule to have had a chance to harvest any wheat, with many of the fields in this area being estimated at TWO bushels per acre or less. Remember- the area that this adjuster mentions is the heart of Oklahoma wheat production most years- but in 2007, it's disaster, pure and simple.
He did offer a slightly better report in west central Oklahoma- out in the Thomas to Putnam area- yields and test weights are fair in that region- but there are still a lot of acres to cut. We do invite folks to give us their latest on harvest progress- or lack of progress in your situation if that applies. We are not using names- we are just looking for a feel of what the crop is really looking like.
One Berry Good Report From Goodwell in the Panhandle!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We received a very positive email from Dr. Brett Carver- the OSU Wheat Breeder who heads up the Wheat Improvement team at Oklahoma State University and wanted to share his excitement with you in today's email.
Dr. Carver writes "Ron, I want to share some very exciting news with you -- straight from the combine operated by Wayne Whitmore, project manager for the OSU wheat improvement program. He is in Goodwell, OK, at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center. While harvesting the regional performance nursery this afternoon (Thursday), Wayne discovered an OSU advanced line that hit 132 bushels/ac under irrigation....120 bushels/ac yields are not uncommon in this nursery, which contains elite lines on release-track from private and public breeding programs throughout the region. We will be sure to enter the OSU line into the 2007-08 OSU wheat variety trials conducted by Dr. Jeff Edwards, just to give folks a chance to see it under farmer-field conditions. "
Farm Bill, Farm Truck Weights and the Biosecurity Lab possibilities at Ft. Reno among the issues for AFR/OFU group in Washington this week.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We are just back from Washington, DC where we shadowed the group with two names, the Oklahoma Farmers Union/American Farmers and Ranchers, over the last couple of days.
The group had the chance to be in Washington the day of the Commodity Title Mark Up by the House Ag Subcommittee for General Farm Commodities- but that event caused a couple of top USDA officials to cancel their meetings with the Oklahomans.
The group did have the chance to meet with the Oklahoma Delegation- and promoting their views on some general issues like the Farm Bill- but also on some Oklahoma specific issues. Ray Wulf and the group he led expressed their deep concerns about allowing the federal government to build a biosecurity animal and plant disease laboratory within the confines of Ft. Reno, urged lawmakers to support the Dan Boren/Mary Fallon bill that would raise the minimum weight level for a commercial truck in this country and asked for continuing support on getting a federal clarification on the fact that animal manure is not a hazardous waste to be regulated under the Superfund laws. You can hear our conversation with Ray Wulf that we captured with him as we had a stopover in our flight on Thursday in northern Kentucky at the Cincinnati Airport- it is linked below.
George McCreary's Paw Paw Creek Dispersion is happening tomorrow at the ranch just outside Vinita!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Paw Paw Creek is well known in the Club Calf marketplace- but all good things must come to an end- and George McCreary has decided to disperse the herd and move on to enjoy life. There will be a complete dispersion of the herd- including an excellent offering of fall bred cows and heifers, open heifers and several spring cow calf pairs.
For more information on this sale- we have linked to the website from Collins Cattle Services that has this information- or you can call Christy Collins at 1-800- 975-6313 OR 580-335-3000. The sale is planned for June 23rd at the Ranch just outside Vinita.
A week's worth of disappointment for USDA Secretary Mike Johanns.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Secretary expressed disappointment after Tuesday's mark up of the Commodity Title for the 2007 Farm Bill being developed at the Subcommittee level by the House Ag Committee. Johanns was disappointed that the 18 member panel ignored many calls for significant change in the Commodity Title and instead extended the 2002 Farm Law's Commodity Title in the measure they forwarded on the full committee, which will spend several days after the Fourth of July recess to finalize their version of the farm bill. The administration argues that it makes no sense to be paying farmers subsidies when they are in the midst of historically high prices for program crops- especially feed grains.
More disappointment came to the Secretary as USDA issued a statement from Johanns and USTR Ambassador Susan Schwab about the failure of talks in Europe this week to get the Doha Round of the WTO talks back on track.
In a joint statement, Johanns and Schwab lament the failure of talks this week "The United States is deeply disappointed with the outcome of this week's negotiations. For the past six years we have pursued an agreement in the Doha Round that will spur economic growth and development - especially in the world's poorest countries - by creating new trade flows and disciplining subsidies. To meet the Doha Round's promise, developed and advanced developing economies need to open their domestic markets for agricultural goods, industrial products, and services. We came this week with the commitment to make significant progress towards a successful Round. Unfortunately, this week's negotiations could not generate political consensus to meaningfully open markets to new trade - particularly in manufactured goods."
People Get Ready, the COOL Train is Coming!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~And you have got to have a ticket to ride the COOL train once the mandatory program leaves the station and becomes law next October first. According to the American Meat Institute, unless USDA changes what they were going to require several years ago right after this proposal first became law as a part of the 2002 farm bill, the ticket you will need is the ability to declare in writing that there is a verifiable audit trail in place that identifies where the livestock in each load were born and raised.
We feature comments with Mark Dopp of the AMI on that letter- and what he says is their obligation to make sure that people understand that animals born this spring and summer are likely to have to comply with mandatory COOL- even though the comment period has just been reopened for the program and that the final rule for COOL for red meat and fruits and vegetables is still months away.
Mark Dopp is featured in today's Beef Buzz on the Radio Oklahoma Network- heard across the state on great radio stations! We also have the program on our website- and you can take a listen to it- or a bunch of our best Beef Buzz shows over the last several months- just choose the program you want to listen to- click on it and the MP3 file will download quickly and easily.
Farm Bill Tidbits- Harkin says 2002 Farm Law Extension Cannot Survive a Floor Test!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Both Chairmen of the Agriculture Committees held telenews conferences yesterday- and Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa gave a thumbs down to the performance of the House Ag Subcommittee for General Farm Commodities for voting 18 to nothing in favor of dumping the Colin Peterson proposals for the Commodity Title and replacing them with an extension of the 2002 farm law.
Harkin told reporters that a straight extension of the Commodity Programs and Payment Limits from 2002 "would never survive the floor" of the House of Representatives. He says that the Committee took a "very narrow view of farm policy" and added that he thinks supporters of southern crops upped the ante in the markup session on Tuesday- knowing in the end they will have to give quite a bit in order to save commodity programs in the end.
Peterson reiterated his desire to reform the current measure by cutting direct payments and using more of that for a revenue based countercyclical program, which he contends will be a better safety net and more defendable on the House floor, where a variety of challenges are very possible. We will spotlight one of those challenges on Monday as we share with you a conversation we had with Congressman Ron Kind of Wisconsin, the author of FARM21, a measure that would phase out the Commodity Program, put some of that money in savings accounts for farmers, but the bulk of it would be sprinkled across a variety of programs that Kind and his supporters envision.
Here's a link of a Wisconsin article on the Ron Kind plan- and it's interesting the first reader comment to this article is a guy for wants no part of Animal ID- people who hate that concept can make that argument work almost anywhere these days!
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