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Washington NEWS                                                                                     USPOULTRY will argue Congress did not intend to regulate these
Lincoln Says She Will Vote Against Employee Free Choice Act:                                        normal agricultural practices when it enacted the Clean Water Act.
Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., told a Monday meeting of the Little                                   Business NEWS
Rock Political Animals Club that she will oppose the Employee Free                                  Poultry Organizations Form Joint Councils on Safety: The U.S.
Choice Act. Lincoln has been closely watched for her decision on                                    Poultry and Egg Association, National Chicken Council and National
whether to support the measure. Observers have said her vote on                                     Turkey Federation announced they have formed joint councils on
the matter would have a significant impact on the 2010 election.                                    human resources and safety. The Joint Poultry Industry Human
Legislative NEWS                                                                                    Resources Council and the Joint Poultry Industry Safety and Health
Tobacco Ads: Readers of several North Carolina newspapers may                                       Council consolidate what previously were separate committees that
have recently noticed a full-page ad aimed at stirring opposition to an                             addressed similar issues. The objective is to enhance the
increase in the state cigarette tax. The newly formed N.C. Taxpayers                                coordination of industry programs in these areas, while continuing to
Alliance, composed of tobacco companies and growers, emphasizes                                     allow each association to address species-specific concerns. The
in the ads that ran last week that an estimated 50,000 jobs in the                                  three organizations outlined the following goals of the new councils:
state are linked to tobacco production and warns that higher taxes                                  provide a strong, unified voice for the poultry industry; promote
will harm the industry. The ads encourage readers to call their local                               information exchange between the associations and their members;
legislators and ask them to oppose a tax increase.                                                  more effectively utilize industry and association resources; reduce
                                                                                                    the burden on industry representatives by combining the committees.
Environmental NEWS                                                                                  Commodity NEWS
6th Circuit NPDES Permit Decision: The EPA will not seek a
rehearing on the 6th Circuit decision to require NPDES permits for a                                FDA Officially Delays Feed Ban: The Food and Drug
broad range of pesticide applications. Instead they have filed a                                    Administration announced it has officially delayed for 60 days the
motion for a two year stay. Agriculture interveners in the case will be                             2008 BSE final rule prohibiting the use of certain cattle materials in
asking for a rehearing.                                                                             feed for all animals. The effective date is pushed back to June 26
Poultry Groups Challenge EPA CAFO Regulation: The National                                          from April 27. Additionally, FDA has allowed for a seven-day
Chicken Council and the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association have filed                                 comment period, although the agency has stipulated that comments
suit in the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans to                                   be confined to discussion on whether to delay the effective date
challenge certain aspects of the EPA's new regulation on water                                      rather than the merits of the ban itself. Written comments on the
pollution discharges from so-called confined animal feeding                                         issue are due on or before April 16 to the Division of Dockets
operations, or CAFOs. The new regulation was issued in response                                     Management (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630
to a 2005 ruling by the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New                                 Fishers Lane, Rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852. Electronic comments
York that said EPA could not require growers to apply for permits                                   may be submitted to Identify all submissions to
merely because they have a "potential to discharge" pollutants to                                   the docket with the following docket number: FDA–2002–N–0031
U.S. waters. EPA has replaced that portion of the rule with a new                                   (formerly Docket No. 2002N–0273).
provision that would require permits where there is a "proposal to                                  Heavy Steers, Cow Slaughter to Boost Beef Production: Although
discharge." The NCC/USPOULTRY lawsuit contends the new                                              beef output is now expected to be slightly higher in 2009 than earlier
requirement does not conform to the Second Circuit's ruling. In                                     predicted, lower-than-expected pork and poultry production will more
addition, the lawsuit challenges recent guidance documents, issued                                  than offset those gains, bringing down the forecast for total meat
by EPA in the form of letters, that interpret the CAFO regulation.                                  production this year, according to USDA's latest World Agricultural
According to NCC and USPOULTRY, the letters essentially say a                                       Supply and Demand Estimates report. Heavier steer and heifer
grower has a "proposal to discharge" and therefore must apply for a                                 weight and aggressive cow slaughter will boost beef production to
permit, if poultry housing has a ventilation fan that may potentially                               26.44 billion pounds from 26.37 pounds forecast in March.
exhaust dust or other substances on the ground where rain water                                     Diminished hog slaughter and a drop in the number of sows
might wash them into a ditch leading to surface waters. NCC and                                     farrowing in the first half of the year will rein in pork production this
                                                                                                    year to 22.77 billion pounds from 23.01 billion predicted last month.
Continued reductions in eggs set have pulled down broiler production       Bill included several changes to marketing assistance loan
forecasts for the year to 35.5 billion pounds from 35.8 billion pounds     provisions. The regulation for Marketing Assistance Loans and Loan
last month. Turkey production is also forecast lower. The cattle price     Deficiency Payments redefines rice as long grain and medium grain.
forecast, meanwhile, is unchanged from last month, in a range of $84       Large chickpeas are included as an eligible pulse crop beginning with
to $89 per hundredweight. Forecast hog prices are boosted at the           crop year 2009. The 2008 crop year marketing loan and loan
lower end by $1 per hundredweight, to a range of $46 to $48 per            deficiency payment benefits were subject to a limit of $75,000 per
hundredweight. Dropping broiler production hasn't boosted price            person. Starting with the 2009 crop year, these benefits will no longer
forecasts, though: they dropped to between 79 cents and 83 cents           be subject to a payment limit. As part of USDA's efforts to streamline
per pound from a range of 81 cents to 86 cents per pound.                  the loan process, the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) will no
More Corn, Soybean Demand Boosting Prices: USDA raised its                 longer adjust loan rates on warehouse-stored loans by premiums and
price forecasts for corn and soybeans based on increased projected         discounts at loan making time. Loan rates will be adjusted by
use that will lower ending stocks for the 2008-2009 marketing year         premiums and discounts only at loan settlement, if the commodity is
that ends Aug. 31, 2009. The forecasts, published in USDA's                either farm-stored delivered or warehouse-stored forfeited. This
monthly World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates report,              change starts with the 2009 crop year and does not apply to peanuts.
showed ending stocks below average analysts' estimates, boosting           For more information please visit your FSA county office or
futures prices for both corn and soybeans on the Chicago Board of
Trade in morning trade.                                                    $17 Million in Grants for Beginning Farmers and Ranchers: Ag
Drought NEWS                                                               Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA is making more than
Dry Conditions Persist: Dry conditions continue to plague much of          $17 million in grants available under the Beginning Farmer and
the state, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. The latest report        Rancher Development Program. Vilsack also described recent
shows 24 western counties still in moderate drought. Another 22            initiatives, such as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
counties, mostly in the western and southeastern regions of the            (ARRA), designed to help producers and keep farmers on the land.
state, are abnormally dry. Seventy-one N.C. counties were in some          The Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program is an
stage of drought two weeks ago. But the frequent rainfalls in March        education, training, technical assistance and outreach program
suggest that normal patterns are returning across much of the state,       designed to help U.S. farmers and ranchers -specifically those who
said state climatologist Ryan Boyles. Higher groundwater levels and        have been farming or ranching for 10 years or less. The projects will
stream flows show the effects. Drought in the western N.C. counties        be limited to 3 years. Budget requests in the proposals, which are
is expected to improve over the next three years, the federal Climate      due May 13, 2009, must not exceed $250,000 per year. For more
Prediction Center says.                                                    info go to
Immigration NEWS                                                           Mark Your Calendar
Revised Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification: U.S.                AgForum with Congressman Brad Miller: On April 16, the NC
Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a reminder that        Agribusiness Council will host an AgForum with Congressman Brad
the revised Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification (Rev.            Miller at Flue-Cured Tobacco Stabilization in Timberlake, NC. RSVP
02/02/09), is now in effect for all U.S. employers. The revision date      required. Seats are limited.
is printed on the lower right-hand corner of the form. The interim final   AgForum with Congressman Howard Coble: On April 17, the NC
rule, published Dec.17, 2008 in the Federal Register, revised the list     Agribusiness Council will host an AgForum with Congressman
of documents acceptable for the Employment Eligibility Verification        Howard Coble at Whitaker Farms in Climbax, NC. RSVP required.
(Form I-9) process. Employers may no longer use previous versions          Seats are limited.
of the Form I-9. USCIS also updated the Handbook for Employers.            AgForum with Congressman Walter Jones: On April 20, the NC
Employers who do not have computer access can order Forms I-9 by           Agribusiness Council will host an AgForum with Congressman Walter
calling the toll-free forms line at 1-800-870-3676.                        Jones at Wilson Community College in Wilson, NC. RSVP required.
                                                                           Seats are limited.
USDA NEWS                                                                  AgDay at the General Assembly: On Wednesday, May 13 the NC
ACRE Program Enrollment Opens on April 27: Ag Secretary Tom                Agribusiness Council will host AgDay at the General Assembly which
Vilsack announced that producers can elect and enroll in the               will start with a morning AgBriefing followed by legislative visits,
Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) program beginning April 27,           meetings with House and Senate leadership and ending with an
2009. Producers have until Aug.14, 2009, to make their decision for        evening reception at the Cardinal Club with Governor Beverly Perdue
the 2009 crop. USDA will not accept any late-filed applications. For       as the guest of honor. Further details and RSVP information will be
more information about the ACRE program please visit your local            sent to NCAg members via email – but members are encouraged to
Farm Service Agency (FSA) county office or visit         mark the date – AgDay (May 13) - on their calendar.
FSIS Revises List of Approved Additives for Meat, Poultry Items:           The North Carolina Finfish Advisory Committee of the N.C.
USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service has amended FSIS                 Marine Fisheries Commission will meet on Tuesday, April 14 at
Directive 7120.1, which identifies substances approved for use in          10:30 a.m., NC DENR Regional Field Office, 943 Washington Square
meat and poultry products as food additives; approved in generally         Mall, Washington.
recognized as safe (GRAS) notices and pre-market notifications; and        The Legislative Research Commission Advisory Subcommittee
approved in letters conveying acceptability determinations. To view        on Offshore Energy Exploration will meet on Wednesday, April 15
the list,go to                                          at 10 a.m., Jim Graham Building, N.C. State Fair Grounds, Raleigh.
New Provisions for Marketing Assistance Loans and Loan                     The Environmental Management Commission will hold a public
Deficiency Payments: Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced              hearing on Tuesday, April 22 at 6:30 p.m. on various proposed rules
that the new regulations for the Marketing Assistance Loans (MAL)          related to groundwater contaminants, Western Piedmont Community
and Loan Deficiency Payments (LDP) program have been                       College, Moore Hall, 1001 Burkemont Avenue, Morganton. Contact:
implemented in accordance with the 2008 Farm Bill. The 2008 Farm           Sandra Moore, 807-6417.
"rehearsal" stroke while
looking at the hole.

This putting exercise rebuilds rhythm and tempo in your putting stroke and creates a
putting motion to the hole as apposed to a mechanical stroke to the hole.

Here's a putting tip to help you with your game. All good putters putt with a sense of
touch or feel.

When you're putting your best, you have a sense of getting the putt on line to the hole.

When you're putting poorly, you can't seem to find the line if your life depended on it!

Work on this and you'll see strokes coming off your score. Check this putting drill out in
my "Ultimate Game of Golf Book" available now at or calling


Hole # 13: 143 yd. Par Three

                Feel is the difference in the short game and score

A sense of touch is especially crucial in the short game as such shots require more finesse
and control. When it comes to putting, chipping and pitching, it's even more crucial to get
the feel right, not the thought as feel becomes the all important action to perform.

Too many golfers are thinking about the mechanics of their stroke or swings while they
are swinging instead of concentrating on the sensations of FEEL. Although you need to
be grounded in sound fundamentals to chip and pitch and hit the lob shot, this is the
primary reason you have trouble in the short game area and end up sculling or hitting the
ball fat around the green or not getting it close enough to the hole.

Your training and how you learned to approach the game is letting you down. You're
thinking mechanics when you should be thinking feel. Your thinking should be done
ahead of time before you hit the shot. That's what you have heard called the pre-shot

If you need short game work, then we can help you at one of our Short Game Boot
camps or my “Killer Short Game “Secrets program at


Hole # 14: 510 yd. Par Five

                     The Mental Game to Golf Being Decisive

As a practical drill, look over your game and find where you have been uncertain about
your golf shots. Work out how you can get into that situation again, and find a way that
you approach that shot in a more decisive way and hit the shot you feel you can produce
with a bit more confidence.

If you want to improve your shot-making and golf score, then keep the following datum
constantly in mind:

All well executed golf shots are the result of being DECISIVE and sure at the
moment of hitting the golf shot to the target.

Try to create a discipline around this and approach your shots more this way and you will
find that your course management skills and scores will improve.

Hole #15: 339 yd. Par Four

                                How to Read Greens

Reading a green is nothing more than developing good judgment and trusting a sense of
feel. It is a skill that can be acquired as long as you work and practice at it.

The ability to read a green begins first with being able to LOOK and observe what is
obvious about the putt at hand. That is the key to reading greens. The golfer then
becomes trained in the art of observation and experience so he can instinctually sense
what the putt is going to do.

This is the important survey step of the putting routine I refer to in my book, Ultimate
Putting, and becomes the basis for every putting situation. It is best to read the putt
looking from behind the ball to the hole--down the line of the putt.

Many top pros like Dave Stockton, an excellent putter and others like to read the putt
from the low side of the putt. A putt viewed from the low side reveals more about the
putt, uphill or downhill and will also offer other valuable input on its speed, etc.

To confirm your first impression, which is usually correct 75% of the time or to change it
if you're not certain, try reading the putt from the low side by forming a triangle from the
ball to the hole and down to you on the low side. You'll get a different look or perspective
of the putt this way which can get you more decisive.


Hole # 16: 429 yds. Par Four

                 The Secret the Pros Use to Hit Great Golf Shots

You can learn the pre-shot mental routine like the pros use.

Here are the four key steps:

       Survey the shot. Program your mental computer with the key factors and data;
       Decide on the type of shot you need to hit;
       Rehearse or practice the shot and visualize it going to the intended target;
       Hit the shot at the height of your intention, creativeness and focus.

You'll notice that all top players of the game have a prescribed manner or way they hit
their golf shots to the target. They have a routine that they learn to do each time that
peaks their intention, to execute or hit the shot to the target.

This routine is the secret that the pros use to discipline their ability to focus at the shot at
hand. It is precise and systematic yet fluid and crisp in execution and is a vital component
to hitting good golf shots and scoring well.

The complete pre-shot mental routine is detailed more specifically in my book, The
Ultimate Game of Golf. See the golf books section on this site for ordering information
and master this important part of the game.
Hole # 17: 200 yd. Par Three

                    How to Hit the Punch or Knockdown Shot
                               to get out of trouble

Take 2-3 clubs less on this shot.

2) Narrow your stance.

3) Swing more with your arms with minimum hip turn.

4) Make a three-quarter swing to the top.

5) Hit down and through on the target line to the hole especially with your arms making
more of the motion.

6) Hold or check your finish down the intended line instead of finishing high in your
follow through.

The KEY is to use plenty of club, as much as 2 - 3 clubs less, and hit the shot using the
arms with minimal hip turn at a 75% swing pace, and you've got it!

This shot will save you strokes and get you out of trouble. This is the shot that Tiger
Woods has made famous. He uses it frequently, especially under windy course conditions
to his advantage. You can pick up 2 - 5 strokes on your opponents who lack this skillful

This shot is a specialty shot and requires a lot of practice. I suggest you go out either
early in the morning or late in the day and play nine holes and hit this shot as you go.
Find situations where you would use this, under trees and off the tee for example, and get
the feel and technique of this shot down. You can save 2 - 5 strokes with this skillful shot
on windy days!
Hole # 18: 380 yd. Par Four

                     Improving Sense of Feel in Your Putting

In your putting whether it be on the course or on the putting green, you should work
towards improving your sense of feel in the stroke with the purpose of making each
stroke count and going in the cup.

All good golfers worked on developing a sense of feel in their stroke. They grove-in a
repeating stroke that is both smooth and rhythmic and that will stand-up under pressure.
The sense of feel is crucial and is always senior to the mechanics of the putting stroke
itself – so keep this constantly in mind with your stroke.

Stroke longer putts to get a feel for the green first, making no conscious effort or
thinking. Feeling your way with the hands just swinging the putter head back and through
is the key without any conscious thought is the key to developing feel in the stroke!


                             Special Bonus Golf Tip

I will always remember the thrill of watching with my brother, Sam Snead practice at the
Green Briar in White Sulfur Springs, Virginia.

Snead would hit shots with great rhythm swing and seemed to concentrate solely timing
and making a good shoulder turn away from the ball and back through down the target
line. He would naturally increase his club head speed 3-5 miles per hour.

He would hit the driver his regular distance, then throw down 5- 10 balls and make just a
bit more of a shoulder turn and hit the ball 10-15 yd. farther this way.
The last batch went another 1o yd. farther and in watching the great example of rhythm it
has always stayed with me in my golf swing and in teaching my students.

Here’s one of the best drills you can do based on the great Sam Snead who ranks in the
top five players of all time right behind Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Arnold Palmer and
Walter Hagen.

Swing the club back and through 100 times a day and keep the bogeys away! Use a
practice club on a daily basis or every other day and I recommend you swing in sets of
5-10 swings or more. Just swing, swing away. Making a smooth swing back and
through to the intended target. Don’t underestimate the effectiveness of this swing
drills. Trust me on this!
 About the Author, Bob Cisco, Performance Advisor
 and Trainer and his “Eighteen Best Kept Golf Tips”

Let me know how you like these Eighteeen Best Kept Golf Tips and any success you
have had from them! If you are looking to improve your game, then I recommend you
get the “Killer Short Game Secrets” Short Game System program right now by going to and order it or by calling 323-255-3935 to place your
order and get the special discount.

If you reside in So. Calif, you should come out to one of one of our specialty Ultimate
Golf Schools, e.g. Short Game Boot camp, “How to Harness Effortless Power”, “Mental
Game to Golf” and “Fit for Golf” Workshops.


       Bob Cisco is a former PGA tour instructor, author and teaching professional in
       Southern California. He is the author of three popular golf instructional books

       He is the director of golf and president of Ultimate Golf Schools and conducts
       one of the top Short Game Schools and “Effortless Power” Boot camps in the

For more golf tips to improve your golf game or to order his “Ultimate Game of Golf” or
“Ultimate Putting, How to Master the Art of Putting” instructional books, go to and send an email order on line, or call our golf school at 323-255-
3935 and we will rush out a copy to you! Special pricing for students receiving this

To Your Golf Success!

Bob Cisco