Print this page

Commodity Communicator Weekly

April 5, 2012

USDA EXTENDS DEADLINE FOR CRP SIGN-UP. . . . .Landowners now have until April 13 to apply to enroll their land in the Conservation Reserve Program. The Agriculture Department extended the deadline by one week because of strong interest in the program, which compensates landowners for taking environmentally sensitive farmland out of production.  About 30 million acres are enrolled in CRP; however, contracts on more than 6 million of those acres will expire in September.  USDA’s Farm Service Agency will evaluate the environmental benefits of landowners’ CRP offers; accepted offers will become effective Oct. 1.

 FSA news release

 (Gene Martin – gene.martin@arfb.com)

ARKANSAS SOYBEAN PROMOTION BOARD AWARDS GRADUATE STUDENT FELLOWSHIPS. . . . .The Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board and the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture recently awarded ASPB Fellowships to two University of Arkansas graduate students.

Lanny Ashlock, ASPB research coordinator, and Mark Cochran, UofA System vice president for agriculture, said the fellowships were awarded on the basis of academic accomplishments and future career plans that will advance the soybean industry.

The ASPB Fellows are Kimberly A. Cochran of Springdale, who is pursuing a Ph.D. degree in plant sciences, and Sharon Faye Smith of Mountain Home, who is in the master's degree program in crop, soil and environmental sciences. The fellowships provide $3,000 per month for the doctoral degree program and $1,500 per month for the master's degree program.

Ashlock said, "Arkansas soybean producers deal with ever increasing production, environmental and marketing challenges. The ASPB is dedicated to improving the Arkansas soybean industry. One way is to assist and encourage young Arkansas agriculturalists who have an interest in soybeans to remain in Arkansas to help improve the Arkansas soybean industry. On behalf of the state's soybean industry, I am delighted that we can help these outstanding students achieve their academic and career goals."

Cochran said, "On behalf of the entire Division of Agriculture, I am extremely grateful to the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board for this generous support of our graduate students as well as the major funding the ASPB provides for our statewide research and extension programs."

Kimberly Cochran is an honors graduate of Springdale High School and the University of Central Arkansas as a biology major. She earned a Master of Science in Plant Pathology degree from the University of Arkansas in 2009 and was named the department's outstanding M.S. student. She is a graduate research assistant working on plant disease and soil ecology research.

Sharon Faye Smith graduated with honors from Mountain Home High School and from the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences in 2011. Smith is a research graduate assistant studying the interactions between soybean crop management and sustainability of the soil. She plans to pursue a doctoral degree in environmental and agricultural sciences. . . . . .(Brandy Carroll - brandy.carroll@arfb.com)

SUPERMARKETS. . . . . .The folks who run supermarkets spend a lot of time and money studying how to sell more groceries and household products. Now, Consumer Reports has conducted their own survey to determine how effective supermarkets are, and the results are published in an article titled “Best & Worst Supermarkets,” published in the May issue.  Consumer Reports, the magazine published by Consumers Union since 1936 with a circulation of 7.3 million, surveyed 24,200 readers about 42,700 shopping experiences at 52 leading grocers.  The study found more than half of shoppers that say they have at least one complaint about their current store, and almost two thirds have two or more complaints. 

According to Consumer Reports, the stores with the five highest ratings were:  Wegmans, Trader Joe’s, Publix, Fareway Stores, and Costco.  Receiving the lowest ratings in Consumer Reports survey were:  Pathmark, Wal-Mart Supercenter, Shaw’s, A&P, and Jewel-Osco.

All of the highest-rated stores received high marks for service and cleanliness.  The most common complaint among shoppers was a shortage of checkout lanes, cited by about 25 percent in the survey.  Survey respondents also complained about congested or cluttered aisles, advertised specials that were out of stock and inept bagging.  Grocery prices also remain important as 43 percent of those surveyed said they had switched grocers because they were looking for lower prices.  Wal-Mart, the nation’s largest grocer, received high marks for its prices, but earned the next-to-lowest overall score due to low customer ratings on service and for its perishables. Interestingly, the stores that earned the highest overall ratings in the survey received the worst price ratings.  They made up for those low marks with high scores in service and cleanliness.

FARM BILL ON TRACK. . . . .By Bob Gray….The Senate Agriculture Committee plans to take up its version of the 2012 Farm Bill starting the last week of April.  This news confirms what we have been hearing for the last few weeks.  Senator Stabenow (DMI) who chairs the Senate Agriculture Committee has instructed her staff to have a draft bill prepared by the week of April 16th.  This draft legislation will serve as the vehicle for the full Senate Agriculture Committee to consider as they start work on finalizing a Farm Bill.  Their plan is to have a bill completed by the end of May.  It is our understanding that the Dairy Security Act (DSA) is contained in the Dairy Title of the Stabenow bill.  As you know the DSA has a Margin Protection (dairy insurance) Program and a Market Stabilization (production management) Program.  If a dairy producer decides to enroll in the Margin Protection Program they will automatically have to take part in the Market Stabilization Program.  It is also our understanding that there are no provisions in the DSA to reform the Federal Milk Marketing Orders.  However, until the draft Farm Bill language is circulated it is somewhat premature to speculate on the provisions in the bill.  It is expected that draft legislative language will be made available the week of April 16th. 

 CORN WEBINAR SCHEDULED FOR APRIL 12, 2012

 Weekly Corn Producer Update - The AR Corn and Grain Sorghum Board and Extension Service are teaming up to provide a weekly update to corn producers.  This is designed to give help producers timely information to help maximize yields and provide a forum to ask questions.  The first of these meetings will be next Thursday at 11:00 am.  You have 3 options to join:

 Option 1:  Click on one of the links below

Option 2:  Open the app, Enter Meeting Number: 572 822 694 and Password: WCPU12

Option 3:  Call 1-877-668-4490 and enter Meeting Number/access code: 572 822 694 when asked for attendee Id press #

-----------------------------------------------------
To join from your Computer
-----------------------------------------------------
1. Copy the link below into you web browser
https://arfb.webex.com/arfb/j.php?ED=198284012&UID=0&PW=NMzEzZTJkMmI3&RT=MiM3
2. Enter your name and email when prompted
3. If you are asked, enter the meeting password: WCPU12
4. Click "Join Now".
5. Say Yes or OK to any boxes which pop up
6. When asked to connect enter your phone number area code first
7. Then you are connected

-------------------------------------------------------
To join from your iPhone, Ipad, or android device

First download WebEx App to your phone
(Available at the App Store/MarketPlace)

-------------------------------------------------------
1. Click the link below
https://arfb.webex.com/arfb/j.php?ED=198284012&UID=0&PW=NMzEzZTJkMmI3&RT=MiM3
2. The program will automatically call you back
- Answer the call and follow the instructions
3. Once connected to the meeting, go back to main screen click the WebEx Ap
4. Now you will be receiving the presentation as well as the audio

or

1. Open the app
2. Enter Meeting Number: 572 822 694
3. Enter Password: WCPU12
4. Click Join
5. The program will automatically call you back
- Answer the call and follow the instructions
6. Once connected to the meeting, go back to main screen click the WebEx Ap
7. Now you will be receiving the presentation as well as the audio


IMPORTANT NOTICE: This WebEx service includes a feature that allows audio and any documents and other materials exchanged or viewed during the session to be recorded. By joining this session, you automatically consent to such recordings. If you do not consent to the recording, discuss your concerns with the meeting host prior to the start of the recording or do not join the session. Please note that any such recordings may be subject to discovery in the event of litigation.

 

(Matt King- matt.king@arfb.com)

 EPA PROPOSES WITHDRAWAL OF NINE TMDLs FOR BAYOU DE L’OUTRE . . . On Wednesday, March 28, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a Notice in the Federal Register proposing the withdrawal of nine Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) for Chloride, Sulfate, and Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) for the Bayou de L’Outre Watershed in Arkansas. The EPA proposes to withdraw the Bayou de L’Outre TMDLs due to the discovery of inconsistencies in the values used to derive the flow and load duration curves, resulting in the calculation of TMDLs which do not accurately reflect the loading capacity of the segments. Comments on the proposed withdrawal action must be submitted in writing to the EPA on or before April 27, 2012.

 To read the Federal Register notice, click on the following link: GPO - EPA Withdraws Bayou De L'Outre TMDLs. (Evan Teague – evan.teague@arfb.com)

 HSUS ABANDONS MISSOURI PETITION DRIVE . . . The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) pulled the plug on its ‘Your Vote Counts’ campaign in Missouri, an effort by the animal-rights group to amend the Missouri Constitution. The initiative would have made it harder for the state’s legislature to change future Missouri ballot initiatives.

To read the article, click on the following link: Pork Network - HSUS' MO Petition Drive. (Evan Teague – evan.teague@arfb.com)

APRIL MARKET UPDATE WEBINAR SCHEDULED FOR APRIL 10, 2012

Arkansas Farm Bureau invites you to the following online meeting:

April Market Update
Date: Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Time: 8:30 am, Central Daylight Time (Chicago, GMT-05:00)
Meeting Number: 577 946 740


April Market Update Conference Instructions

-----------------------------------------------------
To join from your Computer
-----------------------------------------------------
1. Copy the link below into you web browser
https://arfb.webex.com/arfb/j.php?ED=193607042&UID=1288353057&PW=NZTJkMmM3NTli&RT=MiM3
2. Enter your name and email when prompted
3. If you are asked, enter the meeting password: AMU12
4. Click "Join Now".
5. Say Yes or OK to any boxes which pop up
6. When asked to connect enter your phone number area code first
7. Then you are connected

-------------------------------------------------------
To join from your iPhone - First download WebEx App to your phone
(Available at the App Store)
-------------------------------------------------------
1. Click the link below
https://arfb.webex.com/arfb/j.php?ED=193607042&UID=1288353057&PW=NZTJkMmM3NTli&RT=MiM3
2. The program will automatically call you back
- Answer the call and follow the instructions
3. Once connected to the meeting, go back to main screen click the WebEx Ap
4. Now you will be receiving the presentation as well as the audio

or

1. Open the app
2. Enter Meeting Number: 577 946 740
3. Enter Password: AMU12
4. Click Join
5. The program will automatically call you back
- Answer the call and follow the instructions
6. Once connected to the meeting, go back to main screen click the WebEx Ap
7. Now you will be receiving the presentation as well as the audio

-------------------------------------------------------
To join from your Blackberry - First download WebEx App to your phone
(Available at the Blackberry – App World)
-------------------------------------------------------
1. Open the app
2. Enter Meeting Number: 577 946 740
3. Enter Password: AMU12
4. Click Join
5. The program will automatically call you back
- Answer the call and follow the instructions
6. Once connected to the meeting, go back to main screen click the WebEx Ap
7. Now you will be receiving the presentation as well as the audio

-------------------------------------------------------
For assistance
-------------------------------------------------------
1. Go to https://arfb.webex.com/arfb/mc
2. On the left navigation bar, click "Support".

IMPORTANT NOTICE: This WebEx service includes a feature that allows audio and any documents and other materials exchanged or viewed during the session to be recorded. By joining this session, you automatically consent to such recordings. If you do not consent to the recording, discuss your concerns with the meeting host prior to the start of the recording or do not join the session. Please note that any such recordings may be subject to discovery in the event of litigation.

(Matt King – matt.king@arfb.com)

 

SECURENETS VIDEO SURVEILLANCE . . . Save up to $250 on equipment and $10 per month monitoring on a Securenets security camera system. Call 866-420-3020 or go to www.securenets.us . . . (Gary Keathley – gary.keathley@arfb.com)

 

« go back to Listings