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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Wednesday September 23, 2009A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- Crop Insurance Deadline is One Week Away for Wheat and Other Small Grains for the 2010 Crop
-- Prayers Appreciated for Jeff Krehbiel
-- Tom Buis of Growth Energy Hails Harkin Amendment to Slow EPA on ILUC
-- Operating Committee Approves Beef Checkoff Initiatives for Fiscal 2010
-- Kudos to Mark Hodges
-- A Final Day with Ryan Ruppert About BQA- A Way to Shield Cattle Producers From Unfair Accusations
-- Southwest Stocker Cattle Conference in Lawton Coming September 29
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Crop Insurance Deadline is One Week Away for Wheat and Other Small Grains for the 2010 Crop
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We are a week away from the deadline for wheat farmers to sign up with their Crop Insurance Agent for the 2010 crop. Scott Bulling, Crop Insurance Specialist for the Oklahoma Farm Bureau, tells us that several decisions must be made by wheat and other fall planted small grain producers by September 30, 2009. Bulling says that the farmer must make a couple of decisions by that September 30th deadline. For wheat, barley, oats and rye, farmers must decide what type of crop insurance you are going to take and at what level of coverage you want your crop to be insured with. That could be as high as 80% in some counties. The type of coverage could be one of the revenue assurance products- or could be the traditional multi peril product.
Scott Bulling reminds us that the higher the level of coverage- the more coverage you may get under the SURE program which is one of the new elements of the 2008 farm law. It also may mean that you could qualify more easily for an ACRE payment if you are involved with that farm program option. And there is one new option for producers to consider in 2010. That is called the Enterprise option. Bulling tells us that this option gives you a significantly cheaper premium- but puts ALL of your wheat or other crop acres together for insurance purposes as one single field. If you farm in one close geographic area- it may work out for you- but if you have tracts of land all over a country- or even further, the Enterprise option probably is not your best choice.
Click on our link below for a chance to hear our conversation with Scott Bulling of OFB about the Crop Insurance deadlines and the choices that need to be done by close of business NEXT Wednesday, September 30th.
Prayers Appreciated for Jeff Krehbiel
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~There is a website that you can go to and Jeff's wife Karen is giving updates on Jeff's progress in that way. I have the link to that site linked below- you will have to sign up but there is no cost and it will give you the right to see her posts as well as comment on what you read- offering encouragement to Karen and Jeff and their daughter Brittany.
Karen's most recent post from last night says "Jeff was awake and alert most of the day. We had several visitors today and lots of email." She goes on to say that they saw the surgeon who operated on Jeff on Monday last night- and that there is still a rim of cancer around where the main tumor was removed. There will be a time of healing of the tissue where the surgery was- and then after a couple of weeks, radiation and chemo will likely follow.
Karen said in an earlier post that Jeff was sitting up for part of the
day- and has handled this surgery it seems very well.
Tom Buis of Growth Energy Hails Harkin Amendment to Slow EPA on ILUC
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Growth Energy, a coalition of America's ethanol supporters, has urged Congressional support of an amendment authored by Senator Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, to address a misguided rule, proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency, which would devastate the nation's ability to make domestic biofuels and guarantee a long-term monopoly on the automotive fuel market by the oil industry. "If the EPA goes ahead with this lopsided rule, it will penalize domestic production of biofuels like ethanol. And U.S.-made ethanol is the only existing alternative we have to foreign oil. It creates jobs, enhances our national and economic security, and cuts greenhouses gases. Senator Harkin's amendment deserves to be passed by the Congress. Senator Harkin's legislation is rooted in logic and fact - two things that are lacking from the EPA's proposed rule," said Tom Buis, Chief Executive Officer of Growth Energy.
Specifically, the Harkin amendment to the Interior- Environment Appropriations bill would prohibit the use of funds by the EPA to include international Indirect Land Use Change (ILUC) theories in the implementation of the renewable fuel program, in order to seek a full debate in the Congress on ILUC theory. The EPA seeks to measure the impact of ILUC theoretically linked to biofuels production, despite the lack of scientific consensus on how ILUC could be accurately measured, and significant criticism of the ILUC theory in the scientific community.
"The theory of Indirect Land Use Change has never been debated in the Congress. It has never been accepted as the consensus of the scientific community. The EPA should not be seeking to use ILUC to regulate an entire industry, especially one like ethanol that has the potential to create hundreds of thousands of U.S. jobs, make our nation more energy independent, and significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions," Buis said. "If we're going to theorize the indirect land use changes of fuel, the EPA should not single out biofuels - but should include the sources of all transportation fuels, including emissions from coal-fired power plants for plug-in cars, Persian Gulf oil tankers and tar-sand extraction."
Operating Committee Approves Beef Checkoff Initiatives for Fiscal 2010
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Beef Promotion Operating Committee has approved investment of the Cattlemen's Beef Board (CBB) Fiscal Year 2010 budget of $42.3 million on a total of 30 national checkoff programs. The fiscal year begins October first and the budget just announced is slightly higher than the budget projected in mid summer during the Cattle Industry midyear meeting- and slightly more than budgeted for the fiscal year that is just now winding down.
The approved national checkoff programs for Fiscal Year 2010
About $3 million for industry information projects, comprising the
National Beef Ambassador Program, beef and dairy-beef quality assurance
programs, and dissemination of accurate information about the beef
industry to counter misinformation from anti-beef groups and
Kudos to Mark Hodges
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The head of Oklahoma State University's Plant and Soil Sciences Department, Dr. David Porter, shared with us in an email this week that wheat industry leader Mark Hodges will be honored next month on campus at OSU.
Dave writes to us "Mark Hodges has been selected to receive the OSU
Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Distinguished
Alumnus Award for 2009!
Mark served for several years as the area agronomist in the Oklahoma
Panhandle before joining the Oklahoma Wheat Commission as their Executive
Director- he left the state for a short time as the head of the Oregon
Wheat Commission- returned to Oklahoma and served another term with the
Oklahoma Wheat Commission that ended last winter. He now has several hats,
serving as the Director for Plains Grains as well as for Oklahoma Genetics
Incorporated. And he also is spending time in the Panhandle on the family
A Final Day with Ryan Ruppert About BQA- A Way to Shield Cattle Producers From Unfair Accusations
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~One of the keys to making the Beef Quality Assurance program a success across the US is to put a face on the beef industry that consumers see and can trust. Ryan Ruppert, National Director of the Beef Quality Assurance Program, says it is his goal to have consumers seeing cattle producers as wearing the white hat- that they see and know that cattle producers take good care of their animals.
Ruppert says that BQA can be a shield against anti animal agriculture groups if cattle producers will embrace the program, become certified and be proactive in sharing how they are good stewards of the land and of their animals. Simply put, Ruppert believes the Beef Quality Assurance program is all about doing the right thing as cattle producers.
You can hear this final portion of our conversation with Ryan Ruppert about his efforts to lead cattlemen to a happy ending using BQA as one of the tools that helps let consumers know that things are being done right on the ranches across the USA. Click on our link below to jump to our Beef Buzz page with this third of a three part series with Ryan Ruppert.
Southwest Stocker Cattle Conference in Lawton Coming September 29
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Stocker cattle operators in and around southwestern Oklahoma continue to face a number of non-traditional management scenarios, but insights are available by attending the 7th annual Southwest Stocker Cattle Conference on Sept. 29. Sponsored by the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, the conference will take place at the Great Plains Technology Center, located at 4800 SW Lee Blvd. in Lawton. Conference sign-in will begin at 8:45 a.m. with sessions starting at 9:15 a.m. and finishing at approximately 2:30 p.m."Participants will pick up the latest science-based information and practical tips vital to making sound management decisions, always important given the tight profit margins under which most producers operate," said Bob LeValley, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension area livestock specialist.
Gerald Horn, OSU professor of animal science, will lead the opening session. Horn will review research being conducted at the OSU Wheat Pasture Research Unit near Marshall, part of the statewide Oklahoma Agricultural Experiment Station system."Research at this location has yielded a tremendous amount of information for producers, including identification of opportunities for increased efficiency and use of wheat forage in terms of raising stocker cattle," LeValley said.
Others on the program include Stan Bevers of Texas A&M, as well as Daren Williams of the NCBA, who will challenge producers to get involved in the Masters of Beef Advocacy Program. Click on the link below for registration information- cost to attend is free- and there is even a lunch that will be a part of the day's activities.
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Let's Check the Markets!
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