~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Wednesday April 14, 2010A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- Oklahoma Senate Leadership Blesses Groundwater Tax by OWRB
-- A Picture is Worth a 1000 words- We've got several to show you.
-- NACTA Judging Conference Pulling Students From Across the US to El Reno This Week
-- American Soybean Association Gearing Up to Market Their 2012 Farm Bill Ideas
-- R Calf and Friends Say Trade is Trumping Animal Health Safety- Urges Obama Administration to Rethink Relaxation of FMD Ban on Brazil
-- We Salute Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Sponsor Elanco Animal Health!
-- Are You Tough Enough to Wear Pink?
-- Congrats Susan Allen!!!
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Oklahoma Senate Leadership Blesses Groundwater Tax by OWRB
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Oklahoma State Senate leadership has declined to hear legislation opposing a new groundwater permit fee recently adopted by the Oklahoma Water Recourses Board that would force rural Oklahomans to pay nearly a half million dollars in new fees, state Rep. George Faught said today.
House Joint Resolution 1086, by Faught, would disapprove the fee increase, which was adopted as a permanent agency rule by the Oklahoma Water Resources Board on February 9, 2010. The new agency rule would require a $50 fee for all groundwater permits, including those used for agriculture irrigation. This $50 fee would be per permit up to $500 per person and would be paid annually with an additional $50 late fee. "State agencies should not be allowed to unilaterally hike fees anytime their budget gets a little tight," said Faught, R-Muskogee. "Unfortunately, under current law, the only way to stop them is for the Legislature to disapprove a rule - which is why I filed this resolution.
"It is unfortunate that Senate leadership has declined to hear the resolution," Faught continued, "and as a result, the people of rural Oklahoma will literally pay the price. I am frustrated that the Senate is sending the message that it is okay to allow a state agency to unilaterally impose $300,000 to a half-million dollars in new fees on working Oklahoma families. The Legislature should not cede budget authority to unelected bureaucrats." HJR 1086 passed the Oklahoma House of Representatives on a bipartisan 70-26 vote, but was denied a hearing in the State Senate, thereby allowing the rule to go into effect.
A Picture is Worth a 1000 words- We've got several to show you.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We got out and shot a few pictures of both the 2010 winter wheat crop and the 2010 winter canola crop on Tuesday midday. It was pretty windy to get perfect shots- but we got a nice feel for what looks like could be an above average wheat crop and excellent winter canola crop.
The wheat pictures we have on our web site includes a picture of some wheat we saw in April 2009- reflecting the dead white heads that were already showing up after the drought and freeze conditions of last year. The 2010 pictures show a lush, dark green carpet rolling in the wind- and a lot of wheat that is jointing and even a few heads to be seen at the edges of a couple of fields that we stopped at. Click here to take a look at our wheat pictures taken yesterday.
At the same time- we saw several splashes of bright yellow across the countryside- and stopping at those fields, we saw winter canola about three feet tall or bigger- with the bright yellow blooms showing on virtually every plant. Michael Marlow of Monsanto tweeted yesterday that there are some insect issues on a spotty basis in canola- aphids and diamondback moth- but we noticed no bugs where we were at. Click here for our Winter Canola pics on our website- my wife's comment was, can't we get some of those pretty flowers for our back yard? They are a really beautiful sight to see.
NACTA Judging Conference Pulling Students From Across the US to El Reno This Week
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture organization is coming to Oklahoma Thursday through Saturday for their annual Judging Conference. Redlands Community College is hosting the group on campus in El Reno.
The NACTA Judging Conference has 778 participants registered for this
practical learning experience and demonstration of student knowledge and
skill. Student judging teams come from two-year and four-year colleges and
universities. Students will participate in the following Contests:
Click on the link below for more details of this competition that gets underway tomorrow in Canadian County.
American Soybean Association Gearing Up to Market Their 2012 Farm Bill Ideas
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The American Soybean Association has organized a 2012 Farm Bill Working Group. Members of the group are charged with the development of policies key to the future of all U.S. soybean growers. ASA President Rob Joslin, a soybean producer from Sidney, Ohio, explains - in establishing the working group, I attempted to identify members who will bring experience in key farm policy, crop and revenue insurance, bioenergy, agricultural research, and trade, and perspectives from all soybean production areas. Also included are past leaders who have been involved in previous farm bill debates.
Joslin says House Ag Committee Chairman Colin Peterson plans to hold the initial farm bill hearings in Washington in April and field hearings across the country in May and June 2010. In early 2011, the Committee may hold additional hearings in Washington before marking up its bill in the summer and passing it in the House in the fall of 2011.
The earliest the Senate will mark up its version of the farm bill would be before the August recess in 2012, completing conference with the House before the end of September of that year. The farm bill creates the policy that will administer commodity programs, conservation, trade, nutrition, rural development, agricultural research and bioenergy.
R Calf and Friends Say Trade is Trumping Animal Health Safety- Urges Obama Administration to Rethink Relaxation of FMD Ban on Brazil
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Thirty-two groups on Monday finalized a joint letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) requesting that both agencies immediately abandon plans to relax U.S. foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) restrictions regarding Brazilian beef and other Brazilian livestock products.
The agencies issued a joint news release on April 6 that indicates a proposed rule will be published in the April 16, 2010, Federal Register to recognize the Brazilian state of Santa Catarina as free of FMD, rinderpest, classical swine fever, African swine fever and swine vesicular disease, based on OIE (World Organization for Animal Health) guidelines, as well as to complete a risk evaluation that is currently underway and identify appropriate risk mitigation measures to determine whether fresh beef can be imported from Brazil while preventing the introduction of FMD into the United States. The joint news release was issued after U.S. and Brazilian negotiators reached a compromise about trade issues involving cotton.
The letter calls the agencies' plan to relax FMD restrictions on Brazil
through regionalization "fundamentally flawed and extremely dangerous."
Regionalization is a concept advocated by the OIE that carves out regions
within an FMD-affected country and designates the carved-out region free
of the disease. The letter explains that the United States avoided 'by
sheer luck' a heightened risk of FMD exposure when the U.S. attempted to
regionalize Uruguay before Uruguay was determined to be free of FMD, which
is what the agencies are now planning for Brazil.
We Salute Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Sponsor Elanco Animal Health!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We are pleased that Elanco Animal Health is using Ron on RON to help talk about the solutions they can bring to the table when it comes to Bovine Respiratory Disease- BRD. Elanco offers one of the most effective products on the market- Micotil- and it's a product we would recommend that you check out for your cattle herd.
Micotil is the proven, fast-acting, long lasting BRD treatment that offers a flexible, cost-effective dose range for both metaphylaxis and individual pull and treat therapy. Micotil offers great timing for beef cattle producers- once injected subcutaneously, Micotil will be on the job in the lungs in just one hour. And it sticks around, as Micotil stays in the respiratory tract for three to four days.
Elanco Animal Health is talking about their solutions when it comes to this costly cattle disease on our Radio Oklahoma Ag Network reports- and you can click on the link below to learn more about this product and how it can be a benefit for your operation. If BRD rears its ugly head- be sure and consider Micotil from Elanco to get effective treatment into your bovines in a hurry.
Are You Tough Enough to Wear Pink?
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~On Friday, April 16th, the Southern Plains Farm Show will be raising funds benefiting the SUSAN G. KOMEN for the cure. Folks attending the farm show will have lots of opportunities to participate in fund raisers. There will be an Auction at the livestock Equipment Demo Area at approximately 1:30 PM with dozens of items ranging in value from $30 to $250. An Arctic Cat 366 ATV will be raffled off, and items like feed, steaks, catered meals, art prints hats, & boots populate the sale lineup.
Farm Show Management has designate Friday as "Pink Day" picking up on the Wrangler "Tough Enough to Wear Pink" campaign that has run for the past 18 months. Nearly every sport From Rodeo to Basketball has joined in with various PINK items on their uniforms. Show Manager Ron Bormaster said "We're having a little fun while we deal with a very serious issue." OSU Okmulgee Nursing Students will be on hand Friday. They will be giving out life saving information and demonstrating proper self examination in the Cox Pavilion at booth C361.
Click on the link below as we have more on this story- including a listing of at least some of the items that will be in that auction on Friday afternoon.
Congrats Susan Allen!!!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We got a quick email from Susan Allen of Dairymax fame- and she tells us that their family has now officially expanded by one bambino- She emails Luke Russell Allen was born this morning (Tuesday April 13) at 2:38. He is 8 lbs 14 oz 21 inches long.
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Let's Check the Markets!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We've had requests to include Canola prices for your convenience here- and we will be doing so on a regular basis. Current cash price for Canola is $7.55 per bushel, while the 2010 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $7.80 per bushel- delivered to local participating elevators that are working with PCOM.
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