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The Midwest Cattleman · April 21, 2022 · P12
          SENATORS OFFER PRICE DISCOVERY AND                                       DONATIONS BEING ACCEPTED FOR
                  TRANSPARENCY ACT REVISION                                 RANCHERS IMPACTED BY RECENT WILDFIRES
         U.S. Sens. Deb Fischer,  ceding five years  would  be                In late March,
      Chuck Grassley, Jon  Tester,  covered by the law. Failure by  wildfires             tore
      and  Ron  Wyden recently in- a covered packer to make the  through portions
      troduced another version of  mandatory minimum pur- of Jewell and
      the Cattle Price Discovery  chases would result in a max- Pawnee                  coun-
      and Transparency Act. The  imum penalty of $90,000.                   ties,     burning
      revised bill would require the        The bill also includes pro- nearly         10,000
      secretary of agriculture to es- visions to create a publicly  and 8,600 acres
      tablish five to seven regions  available library of market- of pastureland,
      encompassing the continental  ing contracts, mandate boxed  respectively.
      U.S., then set the minimum  beef reporting, expedite the  Hay, fence, and
      levels of fed cattle purchases  reporting of cattle carcass  some equipment
      that must be made through  weights and require a packer  also was lost.
      negotiated trade within those  to report the number of cattle           A collection point for  do- the memo line, to 6031 S.W.
      regions. The formula used for  scheduled to be delivered for  nated hay and fencing sup- 37th, Topeka, KS 66614.
      establishing the initial man- processing each day for the  plies for those impacted by                     Producers can apply for
      datory minimums would be  next 14 days.                               the fire in Jewell County has  relief funds by filling out a
      no less than the average per-         In accordance with policy  been set up across the high- form, which asks about live-
      centage  of  negotiated  (grid  set by members that oppos- way from 2920 Highway 128,  stock, fence and structures
      base  + cash) purchases be- es government intervention  Burr Oak, KS 66936. This is  lost, grazing acres burned
      tween January 1, 2020, and  in the marketplace, neither  7 miles north of Burr Oak or  and veterinary costs to treat
      January 1, 2022, and no more  KLA nor NCBA supports this  2 miles south of the Kansas/ sick or injured animals. Ap-
      than 50%. Packers that have  legislation.                             Nebraska state line. For un- plications are due May 15.
      processed  5%  or  more  of  the   KLA                                loading assistance, call Jar-        Find the form here:  https://
      nation’s fed cattle in the pre-                                       ett Yelken at (402) 746-0569.
                                                                              The     Kansas      Livestock fire-relief-resources
      VILSACK                            transfer  into  an acre  of crop  Foundation, KLA’s charitable          Applicants do not have to
      continued from page 3              production, but closer to half  arm, is accepting cash dona- be KLA members. Relief fund
      market basically responds to       that.”                             tions to assist those impact- checks will be mailed soon to
      signals and farmers make the  USDA's Own Guidance                     ed  by  the  fires.  Those  who  producers who applied earli-
      decision,” he said.                     Those with land in CRP        would like to donate can do  er this year.
                                                                            so by sending a check, with
      Bringing CRP Ground                with contracts expiring in the     “wildfire relief” written in
      Back into Production ‘Not          fall have typically sought to
      Feasible’                          re-enroll a high percentage        LIFE
         Earlier  this  week,  Vilsack   of those acres back into the
      said bringing CRP ground           program, typically more than       continued from page 5
      back into production ‘not fea-     50% to 60%. USDA concluded
                                         a general CRP signup March  ice storms, and wars, I could  paper is available, on-line,
      sible’ and indicates less CRP      11, and Vilsack indicated that  always count on sitting down,  just like the big boys, and if
      re-enrollments in latest gener-    the trend of re-enrolling acres  on  Thursday evening, and  I’m so obsessed with making
      al signup. The calls for USDA      may not be as strong this time  reading  The Ozark County  sure I keep my Thursday rit-
      to allow ground in the Con-        relative to the 4 million acres  Times. Even though I haven’t  ual intact, I could simply log
      servation Reserve Program          under contracts that mature  lived there in fifty years, and  on, and read it on the com-
      (CRP) to be brought back into      September 30.                      have no living relatives left  puter.  Again, refer to para-
      production does not appear            While cautioning USDA is  in the county, I derive great  graph #1.
      to be one USDA will be heed-       still sorting through the CRP  pleasure, from keeping up                I  guess  I’ll  just  have  to
      ing. In a letter to the National   offers, Vilsack said, “our data  with the people, with whom I  adapt to change, and deal
      Grain and  Feed  Association       reflect the reality that, with  grew up—every Thursday.              with the fact that I may have
      (NGFA), USDA Secretary                                                  There  is hardly a week  to  read the  deaths, births,
      Tom  Vilsack said bringing         higher commodity prices, pro-
                                         ducers are not re-enrolling all  that goes by, that the obit- court cases, and fascinating
      CRP acres back into produc-        of these acres in CRP. Instead,  uary page doesn’t describe  pictures from my hometown,
      tion is  “not feasible” in part    high prices for this year’s  someone I knew. If I turn to  not every  Thursday, like I
      as land in the program is not      crops will motivate producers  the birth announcements, I,  have my entire lifetime, but
      highly productive.  The 2020       to plant more acres of wheat,  more often than not, know  sometimes on a Friday. Last
      Natural Resources Inventory        soybeans, and corn, with the  the child’s grandparents or  week, it arrived on a Satur-
      by USDA showed only 1.3%           main limiting factors being  great-grandparents.             When day…a SATURDAY!
      of prime farmland is in CRP        weather and  soil moisture  I read the court records, the
      and “more than 75% of acres”       conditions.”                       family names still ring with
      are less productive non-prime         That shows that producers  a familiarity of my younger
      farmland. Drought in several       are willing to bring acres out  days. If there are pictures
      parts of the US is another fac-    of CRP when contracts ma- accompanying a story, I can
      tor against tapping CRP acres      ture during a  time  of higher     usually identify the place,
      cited by  Vilsack along with                                          without reading the caption,
      facts that we have signaled —      commodity prices even with         and I’ve been able to do that,
                                         higher  costs  involved  to  re-
      acres coming out of CRP have                                          every Thursday.
      significant “slippage,”  which     turn such lands to productiv-        My family reminds me that
      Vilsack said means “one acre                                          even my hometown, weekly
      coming out of CRP does not
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