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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Thursday September 16, 2010A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- Temple's Day at OSU
-- Professorship Announced as Beef Council Brings Money to the Table
-- Study Claims E15 Works Well With Older Cars
-- USDA Announces Disaster Aid that Will Likely Go Mostly to Arkansas This Fall- Ahead of the November Elections
-- Disaster Plan Announcement Does NOT Sit Well with the Ranking Member of the House Ag Committee Frank Lucas
-- Cattle on Feed Numbers Coming Friday Afternoon
-- Pork Industry Celebrates Passage of Mandatory Price Reporting Reauthorization
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Temple's Day at OSU
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~There was a tremendous amount of interest in the visit to Stillwater on Wednesday by an Icon in Animal Agriculture- Dr. Temple Grandin. Grandin spent the day on the campus of OSU- talked to several classes, was honored during a special luncheon and then spoke in Historic Gallagher Iba Arena to a crowd that was estimated at 3000 by OSU officials in their public safety department.
What we have for you in regards to Temple Grandin this morning is mostly audio- and we want to direct you to two reports we have on our website, www.OklahomaFarmReport.Com. First of all, before her presentation on Wednesday afternoon, we sat down and did a one on one exclusive interview with this lady who has established the academic discipline known as Animal Well Being- and we talked about the OSU Professorship, the Movie made about her life by HBO- and the Emmys- as well as her perspectives over a lifetime of work as an animal scientist. Click here to jump to that report on our website and a chance to hear that conversation with this special lady.
On Wednesday afternoon- we captured the audio of her Seminar that included a look back over her career as a pioneer in the animal handling and today animal well being discipline- and also some great observations about autism and how she has dealt with this in her life and what she has learned to help improve the lives of so many others that are also autistic.
Click on the LINK below for that PODCAST of the full seminar from the campus of OSU in Stillwater. It is a part of our Ag Perspectives Podcasts that can be subscribed to on Itunes. Take a listen to this when you have some time- you will enjoy the chance to hear a lifetime of insights from Temple Grandin.
Professorship Announced as Beef Council Brings Money to the Table
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~On Wednesday, the Oklahoma Beef Council announced a $250,000 gift to Oklahoma State University's newly created endowed professorship in honor of animal scientist and autistic expert Temple Grandin. Heather Buckmaster, Oklahoma Beef Council executive director, made the announcement.
"We are fortunate in Oklahoma to have visionary leaders at the Oklahoma
Beef Council who recognized the importance of animal care and handling
through science-based research," Buckmaster said. "As we begin fundraising
for a professorship in the name of a woman who has meant so much to our
industry, we-the Oklahoma Beef Council, our board of directors and the
55,000 farming and ranching families OBC serves-are very proud to announce
our commitment of $250,000 for the Temple Grandin Endowed Professorship in
Animal Behavior and Well-Being."
This announcement is the subject of today's Beef Buzz, as we feature the announcement made by Buckmaster after Grandin's seminar- along with reaction from Dr. Grandin and Dr. Robert Whitson, Dean of the Division of Agriculture at Oklahoma State University. Click on the LINK below to hear our Thursday Beef Buzz on this new position that will be added to the OSU Animal Science Department.
Study Claims E15 Works Well With Older Cars
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~A new comprehensive engineering analysis performed by Ricardo, Incorporated, an internationally recognized engineering firm, shows that moving from 10 percent ethanol in gasoline to 15 percent will mean little, if any, change on the performance of older cars and light trucks, those manufactured between 1994 and 2000. Bob Dinneen, President of the Renewable Fuels Association, says - this analysis provides conclusive evidence for the EPA that there is no reason to limit the availability of E15 to newer vehicles only. The study was paid for by the RFA.
This study concluded - that the adoption and use of E15 in the motor vehicle fleet from the studied model years should not adversely affect these vehicles or cause them to perform in a sub-optimal manner when compared with their performance using the E10 blend that is currently available. Careful review of the effects of exposure from E15 on vehicle driveability, catalytic converter durability and on board diagnostic systems of these model years determined no significant effect from an increase of 5% ethanol.
The Environmental Protection Agency is currently considering a fuel waiver request to allow ethanol to be blended up to 15 percent. The Agency has previously stated it expected to approve E15 for 2001 and newer vehicles only.
USDA Announces Disaster Aid that Will Likely Go Mostly to Arkansas This Fall- Ahead of the November Elections
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Obama administration has agreed to send 630-million dollars in disaster aid to southern farmers. The allocation is seen as a move to help boost Senate Ag Committee Chairman Blanche Lincoln's re-election prospects. Most of the money will go to her home state and should reach producers before November 2 - election day.
550-million will go to cotton, rice, soybean and sweet potato growers with a five percent yield and/or quality loss in primary disaster counties that received a Secretarial designation in 2009 due to excessive moisture or flooding. Over half of Arkansas' 75 counties made that list.
In addition, poultry farmers whose contracts were terminated because of processing plant closures will get 60-million dollars while catfish operations hit by high feed costs are in line to receive 20-million. Our colleague Stewart Doan with Agri-Pulse reports that Lincoln has made no excuses for trying to get the "best deal" possible for Arkansas farmers.
During a briefing with USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack on Wednesday morning, the Secretary contended that this was not focused just to help Senator Lincoln try to win reelection. However, with the mix of crops and the narrow criteria listed for the type of loss you could have- much of the money will go to farmers in her home state. The earlier plan she promoted would have sent over a $100 million to Oklahoma farmers- but wheat has not been included- and while 74 of the 77 Oklahoma counties have been declared disaster counties from this past crop year- and "could" participate in the handouts- the reality is that only a few dollars at best will go to producers in the state. While maps and the backgrounder for this plan CANNOT be found (at least not easily) on the USDA website- our friend Stewart Doan does have them linked for us on his Agri-Pulse story- you can get more details by jumping over there.
Disaster Plan Announcement Does NOT Sit Well with the Ranking Member of the House Ag Committee Frank Lucas
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Ranking Member Frank Lucas issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the details regarding disaster assistance funding.
"This disaster program clearly picks winners and losers with little justification. Rahm Emanuel and his Chicago-style politics have obviously overridden any common sense, legal precedent, or fiscal restraint at the Agriculture Department. The justification for this to be limited to flood or excessive rain declarations and to certain commodities amounts to rewarding farmers who happen to live in certain states and grow certain commodities.
"From the beginning, I questioned whether USDA had the legal authority to do this and I stand by that. It also makes a complete mockery of the Secretary's declaration to control spending. I call on Chairman Peterson to have immediate hearings to fully detail the precedent this sets."
Cattle on Feed Numbers Coming Friday Afternoon
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The regular monthly USDA Cattle on Feed numbers will be released at 2 PM central time on Friday afternoon. Allendale's Rich Nelson gives us a few thoughts about what he expects the numbers to show Friday afternoon.
"August Placements are expected to be 3.3% smaller than last year. Cattle feeders saw margins slip to just under break-even levels in August. Though prices for outgoing cattle advanced $3 in August, a 30 1/4 cent increase in corn prices was seen. September corn futures averaged 378 in July and 409 in August. Cattle placed in August will be marketed from January through the end of April."
Nelson adds "Allendale anticipates a Marketing total 6.1% larger than August of 2009. Slaughter levels were elevated, and will remain so, as we are working off those larger placements made this spring. That was exaggerated by more slaughter time in 2010 than 2009. There was one more weekday and one less Saturday. This added 3.9% to our original number. Total Cattle on Feed as of September 1 will be 0.6% larger than last year."
Pork Industry Celebrates Passage of Mandatory Price Reporting Reauthorization
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The National Pork Producers Council today applauded the House for approving legislation to reauthorize the law requiring meat packers to report to the U.S. Department of Agriculture the prices they pay producers for animals.
The legislation, which previously was approved by the Senate, now goes to the president to be signed into law. It reauthorizes for five years the Livestock Mandatory Reporting Act, which was set to expire Sept. 30, and includes new provisions requiring weekly reporting of pork exports - by price and volume - and of wholesale pork cuts.
"We applaud House passage of legislation reauthorizing the mandatory price reporting law," said NPPC President Sam Carney, a pork producer from Adair, Iowa. "And the addition of export and wholesale cuts reporting will further help producers like me make business and production decisions.
Carney praised House Agriculture Committee members Chairman Collin Peterson, D-Minn.; Ranking Member Frank Lucas, R-Okla.; David Scott, D-Ga., chairman of the livestock subcommittee; and Randy Neugebauer, ranking member of the livestock subcommittee, for their leadership on the issue. In the Senate, Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., and Ranking Member Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., led the fight to reauthorize the reporting act.
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Let's Check the Markets!
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