~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Thursday March 10, 2011A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- Oklahoma Farm Bureau Cheers Several Measures that are on the Move at the State Capitol
-- House Ag Committee Passes Measure to Shortcircuit Double Permitting Requirements for Pesticide Use
-- Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn Offers Repeal to VEETC Subsidy for Ethanol
-- Efforts of Oklahoma Conservation Partners and Producers Paying Off
-- Oklahoma Grain and Stocker Producers Leadership Storm Washington With the Oklahoma Wheat and Cattle Story
-- Soybean Producers Cheer Strong US Meat Export Sales
-- Hall- Coyote Hills Ranch Bull Sale Set for THIS Saturday in Chattanooga
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Oklahoma Farm Bureau Cheers Several Measures that are on the Move at the State Capitol
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Several measures at the State Capitol are on the move this week that are of interst to the Oklahoma Farm Bureau- and our Capitol reporter Keith Merckx talked on Wednesday afternoon with the Vice President for Public Policy of Oklahoma Farm Bureau, Tyler Norvell.
One measure that Farm Bureau is very pleased to see moving is HB 1249,
which would remove the exemption under current trespass law that allows
owners to retrieve animals by entering someone's property without
permission. HB 1249, authored by Rep. Wade Rousselot, passed the House
March 3 with an overwhelming 80 to 11 vote.
Another measure that Norvell talked with Merckx about is HB 1044 by Rep. George Faught, Muskogee. This would change how state agencies issue rules, specifically dealing with fee increases. State legislature must approve any fee increase before implementing fee. For example, water well permit fees cannot be increased without legislative approval. This measure has passed the House.
Click on the LINK below for our full rundown with Tyler Norvell of the Public Policy team at the Oklahoma Farm Bureau.
House Ag Committee Passes Measure to Shortcircuit Double Permitting Requirements for Pesticide Use
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~On Wednesday, the House Agriculture Committee approved HR872, The Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2011. It is a bipartisan bill that would amend the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) and the Clean Water Act (CWA) to clarify Congressional intent and eliminate the requirement of a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit for pesticides approved for use under FIFRA.
The legislation, which is cosponsored by 39 of the 46 members of the
Agriculture Committee, is necessary to address the negative economic
consequences of the ruling posed by the case National Cotton Council v.
EPA (6th Cir. 2009). Under the court ruling, pesticide users would have to
obtain a duplicative permit under the Clean Water Act (CWA) by April 9,
2011 or be subject to a fine of up to $37,500 per day per violation.
Click on the LINK below for more on this measure- including comments from both Oklahoma Congressman and Chairman of the House Ag Committee, Frank Lucas, as well as his ranking member Collin Peterson of Minnesota.
Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn Offers Repeal to VEETC Subsidy for Ethanol
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~U.S. Senators Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) today introduced a bill to save taxpayers $6 billion by repealing the costly and ineffective Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit (VEETC) or "blenders tax credit," which provides .45 cents per gallon to blenders of ethanol. Last week, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report describing the tax credit as "largely unneeded today to ensure demand for domestic ethanol production."
"The ethanol tax credit is bad economic policy, bad energy policy and bad environmental policy. The $6 billion we waste every year on corporate welfare should instead stay in taxpayers' pockets where it can be used to spur innovation, stimulate growth and create jobs. I'm hopeful my colleagues on both sides of the aisle will take a stand against business-as-usual special interest giveaways and eliminate this wasteful and harmful subsidy," Dr. Coburn said.
Meanwhile, the Renewable Fuels Association- a pro ethanol group- has quickly issued a statement decrying the amendment offered by our junior Oklahoma Senator. Bob Dineen is CEO of the RFA- and he is credited for this statement- "At a time of rapidly rising gas prices which threaten a fragile American economic recovery, it makes no sense to deprive Americans of a lower cost choice at the gas pump or to stop America's investment in an American-made, job-creating alternative to foreign oil. If recharging our economy is a top fiscal and economic priority for these Senators then Job One should be redirecting the $1 billion a day we spend on foreign oil back into the U.S. economy. Ethanol is part of the solution, not the problem."
Efforts of Oklahoma Conservation Partners and Producers Paying Off
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Teri Daniels of the Oklahoma State NRCS office provides a great analysis of recent conservation work in the state that is translating into measurable improvements in the environment. The full article is up on our website and we have it linked below- but here are a few of the highlights.
"With 78,500 miles of rivers and streams throughout Oklahoma, it's hard to imagine how effective water quality monitoring is even possible. That distance equates to about three times the circumference of the earth. But Oklahomans, determined to improve water quality, have found the recipe for success. Blend federal, state and local conservation partners, add local farmers, ranchers and producers, and mix well. This combination has yielded impressive results.
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) received funding for
a water quality initiative in the Illinois River Sub-Basin and
Eucha-Spavinaw Watershed in northeastern Oklahoma and northwestern
Arkansas. The purpose of the funding is to improve water quality within
the project area (which includes Lake Tenkiller, Lake Eucha and Lake
Spavinaw in Oklahoma).
Oklahoma Grain and Stocker Producers Leadership Storm Washington With the Oklahoma Wheat and Cattle Story
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Leaders of the Oklahoma Grain and Stocker Producers were in Washington D.C. last week for their annual fly-in. Among their top priorities was the immediate repeal of a provision in the new health care law mandating businesses file 1099 forms identifying anyone with whom they have done more than $600 worth of business over the past year. The OG&SP sent a letter to their delegation emphasizing their opposition to it last year.
The future direction of farm policy was also a hot topic, with the process of writing a new 2012 farm bill in the very early stages. OG&SP leaders would like to see a bill that provides effective risk management tools to offset the ongoing decline in public support for traditional programs and one that actually works like a safety net, providing funding when they need it rather than when they don't.
Future ag research and extension funding, a push to get languishing
trade agreements moving forward and opposition to environmental
over-regulation were also a focus of their many meetings.
Soybean Producers Cheer Strong US Meat Export Sales
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The United Soybean Board is always looking for fresh ways to build demand for US produced soybeans- and they recognize that as American livestock producers thrive- and are able to sell more meat products overseas- that means more soybeans will be used as a result.
Domestic animal agriculture remains the largest consumer of U.S. soybeans, accounting for about 98 percent of the domestic supply of U.S. soybean meal. Because soybean meal makes up a significant portion of animal feed, the United Soybean Board (USB) and soybean checkoff work to maintain domestic demand for U.S. soybeans by supporting organizations such as the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). In 2010, this support helped the U.S. livestock industry achieve strong export numbers for U.S. pork and beef, according to USMEF.
"The downturn in the economy has lowered the consumption of meat in the United States," explains Jim Schriver, soybean farmer from Montpelier, Ind., and chair of the USB domestic marketing program. "We, as the soybean industry, feel the responsibility to help our number one customer, animal agriculture, move the meat offshore. We do this through our alliances and significant soybean checkoff funding with organizations such as USMEF."
Hall- Coyote Hills Ranch Bull Sale Set for THIS Saturday in Chattanooga
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Hall-Coyote Hills Ranch All-Black - All Polled Bull Sale is scheduled for Saturday, March 12 at the ranch, Chattanooga, Oklahoma.
The sale begins at 1 pm, selling:
90 Black Polled, Limousin & Lim-Flex Bulls
70 Fall Yearling & 20 Spring Yearlings
35 Purebred, 55 Lim-Flix (Angus hybrids)
70 Homozygous Black, 60 Homozygous Polled
The Hall-Coyote Hills Ranch website explains their philosophy of being a seedstock producer- "EVERY CUSTOMER COUNTS- from the largest of cattle producers, to the individual with only a handful of cows, we firmly believe that every producer, no matter the size, has a place in the beef cattle industry. We strive to produce Limousin genetics that are bred to perform in what some would call less than ideal conditions. You will find genetics that represent some of the breed's most popular proven sires as well as some of the new sires. You will find fullbloods, purebreds and Lim-Flex all performing under similar conditions. Today's Limousin cattle offer improved fleshing ability, maternal characteristics, reproductive traits, temperaments and marbling. You will find good, affordable cattle worth the money at Hall/CHR. "
Click on the LINK below for more information on the sale and a link to their website where you can download a catalog for Saturday's sale.
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