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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Wednesday October 6, 2010A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- Some Folks Say- Strongest La Nina in 60 Years Now Settling In
-- We Talk With NCBA Chief Economist Gregg Doud- Asking Why Do We Need an Economic Analysis of the GIPSA Rule?
-- Farm Bureau Reminds Congress- You Gotta Deal With Tax Issues in the Lame Duck
-- Western Farmers Electric and the Oklahoma Conservation Districts Partner Up- Again
-- Women in Ag Conference Coming Next Week to Moore-Norman Technology Center
-- Cattle Rustlers Nabbed by Oklahoma Department of Ag Special Agents
-- It's Hog Out Month in Texas as They Push Back Against the Explosion of Feral Hogs in the Lone Star State
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Some Folks Say- Strongest La Nina in 60 Years Now Settling In
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Associate State Climatologist Gary McManus provides us with some of the latest details on what may prove to be eventually a major news event for Oklahoma- a very intense La Nina which could mean much drier conditions for Oklahoma the rest of this fall and into the winter and perhaps the spring months as well. Gary tells us that a lot of weather experts who spend their lives tracking El Nino and La Nina see this weather pattern close to being historic- ""Centers around the world that run El Niño/La Niña prediction models are in overwhelming consensus in predicting a strengthening and long-lasting La Niña. In fact, chances are good that the current La Niña will develop into one of the stronger events in the last 60 years."
While October has gotten off to a fairly cool start, the National Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center (CPC) sees an increased chance for warmer- and drier-than-normal weather in Oklahoma during October. Looking farther out, the CPC indicates similar conditions could persist through the winter months, meaning a milder but possibly drier winter for Oklahoma. The culprit behind this possible disruption of Oklahoma's weather is none other than El Niño's counterpart, La Niña.
La Niña occurs when sea surface temperatures in the equatorial Pacific become cooler than normal. Much like El Niño, this cooling of sea surface temperatures can influence weather around the globe, including that of the United States. Impacts from La Niña include the tendency for a warmer and drier cool season in the southern United States, along with cooler and wetter conditions in the Midwest and Pacific Northwest. The current La Niña is expected to continue strengthening and remain in place throughout the 2010-11 winter season.
La Niña's impacts on Oklahoma's economy can be significant. A warmer
and drier cool season can have adverse effects on Oklahoma's agricultural
industry. With the planting of next year's wheat crop underway, moisture
becomes a key ingredient for establishing that crop and developing it
through to maturity. That wheat can also be used to provide forage during
the winter months for cattle producers. Unfortunately, Oklahoma's key
wheat-producing areas are beginning to see dry conditions spread due to
below normal rainfall over the last couple of months. Rainfall deficits
due to La Niña's influence would come at an inopportune time. Another
negative impact of warmer and drier conditions is a possible increase in
wildfires, which the state saw during the dry winter of 2005-06.
We Talk With NCBA Chief Economist Gregg Doud- Asking Why Do We Need an Economic Analysis of the GIPSA Rule?
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We reported to you on Monday that U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack received a bipartisan letter from 115 members of the U.S. House of Representatives calling for a comprehensive economic analysis of a proposed rule on livestock and poultry marketing under the Packers and Stockyards Act. Four of the five Oklahoma members of the US House signed the letter that was organized by House Ag Committee Chairman Colin Peterson and his Ranking Minority Member Frank Lucas of Oklahoma. We can only assume that Congresswoman Mary Fallin was preoccupied with her run to become Governor as she was the only member of the delegation that did not sign this strong request made to Vilsack.
We discuss this request by Congress with the Chief Economist of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, Gregg Doud. We also talk with Gregg about what he thinks USDA may discover if they look under the hood of this proposed rule from the viewpoint of the economic impact it may carry with it.
We posted this interview that we did on Tuesday morning as an Ag Perspectives Podcast on our website- you can click on the LINK below and check it out. Our Ag Perspectives Podcasts are also available thru Itunes, along with our Morning Farm News from the Radio Oklahoma Network as well as the Beef Buzz, also heard daily on RON.
Farm Bureau Reminds Congress- You Gotta Deal With Tax Issues in the Lame Duck
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The prompt passage of tax legislation - according to American Farm Bureau President Bob Stallman it's the most pressing issue for America's farmers and ranchers. In a letter to members of the House and Senate - he called on Congress to act quickly to pass tax legislation providing estate tax relief, keep capital gains tax rates and extend other important tax provisions that expired at the end of 2009 or are set to expire at the end of 2010 when they return after the election.
According to Stallman - passage of estate tax relief is the most important tax issue for farmers and ranchers. Farm Bureau supports a five-million dollar exemption and top rate of 35-percent. The group also supports continuation of the 15-percent capital gains tax rate. He says increased capital gains taxes would have a severe impact on farmers and ranchers because the average amount of capital gains they report is about 50-percent higher than the average taxpayer and represents 20-percent of the total adjusted gross income reported by farm households.
Finally - Farm Bureau is opposed to individual tax rate increases.
Stallman says most farmers and ranchers file taxes as individuals. Any
increase in individual income tax rates - he says - will impact their
businesses and the disposable income they have. Stallman notes the farm
and ranch sector can help stimulate the economy, assist those in need and
preserve open space when agricultural producers' incomes allow them to do
more than just cover necessary expenses.
Western Farmers Electric and the Oklahoma Conservation Districts Partner Up- Again
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~As part of their continuing commitment to the youth of Oklahoma and the Conservation of our state's natural resources, Western Farmers Electric Cooperative (WFEC) and the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts (OACD) have announced that they will again partner together in presenting the WFEC Conservation Youth Awards. These awards will go to the winners of the OACD poster, essay and speech contests at the district and state level. Last year over 1,000 students from throughout Oklahoma participated in these contests.
"We are honored to again have WFEC as a partner in recognizing the outstanding achievements of our states youth," Trey Lam, President of OACD said. "These students work hard in preparing their speeches, posters and essays. The support of WFEC gives us a chance to better recognize their achievements."
Open to students from all areas of Oklahoma, the WFEC Youth Conservation Contests include categories for both high school and grade school students. These contestants research the conservation topic chosen each year and then write essays, develop speeches or create posters to expand on the conservation theme for that year.
Women in Ag Conference Coming Next Week to Moore-Norman Technology Center
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's Oct. 14-15 Statewide Women in Agriculture and Small Business Conference will be here before you know it- and tomorrow- October 7- is the deadline for early registration which will save you a few dollars. Damona Doye, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension farm management specialist says "The focus of the two-day conference is to provide the latest information on topics that empower women to solve issues and concerns of importance to them, their families and communities."
Keynote speakers will be Michele Payn-Knoper and Karen Hill. A
certified speaking professional, Knoper of Cause Matters Corp. has become
a nationally known spokesperson and advocate for agriculture in recent
years, and a leader in the use of social media who can explain "350
million reasons why agriculture needs to be engaged." Her keynote session
will focus on the people, promise and passion of agriculture.
Hill, president of Training Professionals Inc., will provide
participants insights gleaned from her 30 years in training and working
with all types of businesses and clients, from OSU and the University of
Oklahoma to state agencies, banks and "nearly every type of organization
Cattle Rustlers Nabbed by Oklahoma Department of Ag Special Agents
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Special Agents from the Investigative Services Unit of the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry arrested two suspects yesterday for multiple cattle thefts in Lincoln County. Special Agents from the Investigative Unit working with the Lincoln and Hughes County Sheriffs' Offices arrested the suspects as they attempted to sell cattle which were stolen from a Lincoln County ranch Friday, October 1.
ODAFF agents and deputies from the Hughes County Sheriff's Office arrested Angella Wallace and Charles Wallace for receiving and concealing stolen property, said Col. Mike Grimes, Chief Agent of the state agriculture department's Investigative Services Unit. The suspects were attempting to sell the cattle at the Holdenville livestock market when the cattle were identified as having been stolen.
This is the third arrest in a short time frame of suspects believed to
be involved in multiple thefts of cattle, he said. Special Agents continue
to investigate to determine other thefts these subjects may have
committed. Other recent arrests have involved subjects in Woodward,
Jefferson and Love Counties.
Special Agent Captain Jerry Flowers, working with the Hughes County
Undersheriff Doug Sipes, recovered the stolen cattle which were valued at
$14,000. The cattle were branded, which assisted in the identification and
recovery of the cattle.
It's Hog Out Month in Texas as They Push Back Against the Explosion of Feral Hogs in the Lone Star State
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~With as many as 2 million feral hogs causing millions of dollars in urban and rural property damage across the Lone Star State each year, the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) today challenged all 254 Texas counties to step up efforts to curb the ongoing problem and decrease the state's feral hog population.
On Monday in Arlington, which has been seriously impacted by feral hogs, Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples read a proclamation declaring October "Hog Out Month - Get the Hog Outta Texas!"
"Wild, feral hogs are causing tremendous damage across the landscape of Texas," Commissioner Staples said. "With more hogs coming to Texas October 9, in the form of Arkansas Razorbacks, all Texas landowners are encouraged to step up and do their part to reduce the number of feral hogs and protect our state from further damage. Texas Aggies will try to do their part at Cowboys Stadium this Saturday. The Aggies may have their hands full with the Arkansas Razorback variety, but just like Texas landowners, we all must keep fighting until we defeat these depredating animals. Go Texas landowners, Go Aggies, and let's all work to Get the Hog Outta Texas during Hog Out Month."
Commissioner Staples kicked off a county challenge to reduce the number of hogs by legal means. The challenge, which has recruited nearly 60 counties so far, will run through October 31. A grant will be given to the counties with the most hogs removed. Click on the LINK below and you can check out the Texas gameplan of fighting feral hogs in their state.
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