~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Wednesday June 23, 2010A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and Big Iron OnLine Auctions!
-- The Future of Biofuels- RFS2 Arrives Officially on July First
-- "Air Out" the Changes Proposed to the Clean Air Act- So Say a Trio of Ranking Members in the US House
-- Jeff Edwards, Brian Arnall and More Have Info to Share in Latest PASS Newsletter
-- OCA Summer Ranch Tour Spotlights South Central Oklahoma
-- E-15 Waiver Delay Still Garnering Attention
-- Cherokee Wheat Trial Reflects Drought Conditions
-- Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board creates website
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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The Future of Biofuels- RFS2 Arrives Officially on July First
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Tuesday trumpeted a federal report, to be issued today, that will guide the United States in building a national biofuels industry that will pump out an annual 36 billion gallons of alternative fuels by 2022 in an effort to wean the country off foreign oil and offshore drilling and revive rural America. Already the several hundred facilities that make ethanol out of corn are producing 13.5 billion gallons annually, nearing the 15-billion-gallon corn-based portion of the total goal mandated by the Renewable Fuels Standard and creating upwards of 500,000 direct or indirect jobs, the secretary said.
The forthcoming report, Vilsack said, will provide a "roadmap" to building the infrastructure and demand needed to produce the other 21 billion gallons that must be derived from other biomass sources, from oil seeds to municipal waste. "I'm absolutely confident that we have the capacity and ability to meet [36 billion gallons] by year 2022," Vilsack told reporters during a conference call, noting that the RFS final rule takes effect July 1. Vilsack acknowledged the challenges that have stymied the proliferation of biofuels, including insufficient numbers of biorefineries, blender pumps, distribution systems and flex-fuel vehicles. The 22-page report, he said, addresses those issues and guides USDA and other agencies in how best to use their resources to fund the initiative.
The U.S. ethanol industry indicates that they are eagerly awaiting the details of USDA's roadmap for biofuels - but the Renewable Fuels Association notes the real test will be acting on that roadmap in a timely fashion. The group sees at least five important steps the federal government can take to put America on the road to greater energy security. The first is EPA approval of the use of E15 blends for all vehicles and the immediate use of E12 blends as a stepping stone. Second - RFA says Department of Energy and USDA loan guarantee programs should be structured so cellulosic and other next generation technologies have access. The final steps include Congressional extension of key ethanol tax incentives, partnering with private industry to accelerate the development of higher level blend infrastructure like blender pumps and mandating that all new vehicles sold be flex-fuel vehicles capable of using any ethanol blend up to 85-percent.
"Air Out" the Changes Proposed to the Clean Air Act- So Say a Trio of Ranking Members in the US House
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Yesterday, Co-Chairs of the Rural America Solutions Group Frank Lucas (R-OK), Sam Graves (R-MO) and Doc Hastings (R-WA) sent a letter to Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman James Oberstar, Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson, Small Business Committee Chairwoman Nydia Velazquez and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Nick Rahall asking for hearings on H.R. 5088, America's Commitment to Clean Water Act.
This bill greatly expands the scope of the Clean Water Act by removing the word "navigable" from its current definition. As a result, every body of water - from farmers' irrigation canals, to streams, small ponds and backyard muddle-puddles - could suddenly be subjected to sweeping new federal regulations and permitting. This vast expansion of government authority would threaten jobs, increase costs for farmers and small businesses, and impact local water storage and delivery systems.
In the letter, the lawmakers say "Although the bill has been referred
to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, this
far-reaching legislation would have a great impact on Western irrigation
projects, farming and ranching operations, mining and small businesses
that are within the jurisdiction of the Committees of which you are Chairs
and we Ranking Members. At a time when creating and protecting jobs should
be our top priority, we need to gain a full understanding of the effects
that this bill will have on the economies of rural communities and the
nation as a whole."
Jeff Edwards, Brian Arnall and More Have Info to Share in Latest PASS Newsletter
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The latest Oklahoma State University Plant and Soil Science Newsletter is out- here are some of the highlights:
Tissue Testing Drs. Arnall and Zhang discuss the relevance of tissue testing and what role it can play in your nutrient management.
What can be done about low protein? Dr. Edwards talks about low protein level in wheat this year and what can be done to improve protein levels in the future.
Burndown treatments ahead of planting summer crops Dr. Armstrong covers
the basics of burndown prior to planting a summer crop behind wheat.
Hay production losses How to avoid hay production losses? Dr. Redfearn
covers the basics.
OCA Summer Ranch Tour Spotlights South Central Oklahoma
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The 20th Annual Summer Ranch Tour of the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association kicks off Sunday afternoon, June 27 in Oklahoma City at the OCA Headquarters. Chisholm Kinder has planned the tour for the OCA this year- and he has a total of 13 stops through south central Oklahoma planned for the three day event.
Stops include DJM Brangus, Clark Ranch, Sparks-Kimbrough Ranch, Nipp Cahrolais, Noble Foundation's Oswalt Ranch, Buck Cattle Company, Oklahoma Steel and Wire, 3J Farms, D& H Cattle Company, Chapman Ranch, Diepenbrock Ranch, $K Cattle Company and Perry Brangus.
Click on the LINK below to read more- and to hear our conversation with Chisholm about the 2010 Ranch Tour.
E-15 Waiver Delay Still Garnering Attention
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Senators Chuck Grassley, John Thune, Mike Johanns and Kit Bond are pressing President Obama on his administration's delay to further delay a decision to allow for E15 blends of gasoline. In a letter Tuesday - the Senators asked for immediate consideration of an interim blend of E12 - as well as prompt action on the waiver petition submitted over a year ago by Growth Energy. National Farmers Union also weighed in on the delay until the fall. NFU Vice President of Government Relations Chandler Goule expressed NFU's disappointment and said farmers are getting impatient.
According to Goule, further delay continues to impede real energy solutions from U.S. farms and ranches. It also delays the creation of thousands of U.S. jobs and the reduction of the nation's dependence on fossil fuels. Considering the administration talks so adamantly about the benefits of domestic, renewable fuels - Senators Grassley, Thune, Johanns and Bond write that it's hard to understand how they can allow such delay and inaction.
Cherokee Wheat Trial Reflects Drought Conditions
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Two things jump out at us when we review the Cherokee Wheat Variety Trial that has now been harvested and reported on the Wheat webpage of Oklahoma State University.
The first thing is that the yields are really low- compared to many other locations. Top yield in the trial in a grain only setting was just 33 bushels per acre- in an area that if you had normal weather- you could expect almost double that at the top end. Dry weather during some critical stretches of the growing season had a profound impact in this test location.
The other thing that jumps out is that Duster is number one- AGAIN.
That means that from the bottom of the state to the top- Duster has proven
itself to be a great yielding variety. The only location that has not seen
Duster as the top yielding variety thus far was El Reno- AgriPro's Jackpot
was the top yielder with Duster in second place.
Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board creates website
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The voter-approved Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board has unveiled a new, interactive website, which we have linked at the bottom of this story.
It offers news updates, details on the Board's past public meetings, contact information and meeting dates. Visitors also have a chance to offer direct comment to the board, approved by Ohio voters last November. The Board was created with the support of Ohio agricultural organizations, as a way to head off ballot issues on confinement housing the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) had gotten approved in California, Arizona and other states.
Currently HSUS is back in Ohio, gathering signatures for a ballot initiative it favors, that would essentially force the Care Board to adopt the HSUS housing standards.
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Let's Check the Markets!
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