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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Monday April 18, 2011A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- No Dust Storms to Catch on TV- Just Wildfires
-- 2011 Oklahoma FFA Convention Preview- We Talk with State President Emily Beanland
-- Canola TV- We talk varieties with Chad Godsey
-- Terrible Wildfires a Function of Too Much Rain
-- Meat Industry Pushes Back on Pew Funded Study Questioning Safety of US Meat
-- From Last Week- President Obama signs 1099 repeal
-- Congressmen Lucas and Cole on the Road This Week at TownHall Meetings
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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No Dust Storms to Catch on TV- Just Wildfires
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The wildfires are terrible- check out our wildfire story further down for a bit of that- but perhaps one of the big stories of spring here in Oklahoma and Texas is the fact that we do NOT have duststorms covering everything with a film of top soil for miles and miles. Conservation efforts born out of the desperation of the Dust Bowl in the 1930s really have paid off in a significant way. That was pointed out this past week as Conservation Leaders were celebrating another Conservation Success Story in Oklahoma- water quality improvements.
The dedicated work of farmers, ranchers and other landowners to control non-point source pollution in Oklahoma by using voluntary programs administered by the Oklahoma Conservation Commission and local conservation districts is paying off according to new water quality numbers recently released by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Recent analysis of nonpoint source pollution reduction numbers from across the nation shows that Oklahoma for the second year in a row ranks among the top five states in reducing nutrients from our streams and rivers and for the third year in a row ranks among the top ten states in nutrient reduction work.
Senator Ron Justice (R-Chickasha), Chair of the Oklahoma State Senate Natural Resources Appropriations Sub-Committee says that "We should all take pride in this accomplishment. This shows what can happen when we work together to solve problems. When we respect folk's private property rights and when the State and Federal Governments give them the financial and technical assistance they need to make changes, we can accomplish great things. "
Click on the LINK below for more information on the progress made in the state on lowering nutrient levels in key waterways in the state- and to hear comments from Clay Pope of the OACD on the comparison of how voluntary conservation efforts can make a difference in either soil erosion or in water quality improvement.
2011 Oklahoma FFA Convention Preview- We Talk with State President Emily Beanland
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The 2011 State Convention of the Oklahoma FFA Association is coming up fast, with young men and ladies wearing the Blue and Gold jacket from all 77 counties converging on downtown Oklahoma City May 3rd and 4th.
Calling the convention to order in the Cox Convention Center will be Emily Beanland of Hollis, the 2010-2011 State President. Beanland is a sophomore at Oklahoma State University, and as is the tradition in the organization, is serving her second year as a state officer.
We have both our video as seen on KWTV News9 on our webstory you can jump to below- as well as a longer audio conversation with Emily as we talk about her year as FFA President, the plans that have been made for the State Convention now just days away- and may be next for Emily after her days as State President are complete. Click on the LINK below- we also have the link in our story for all the convention info you need to know from the Oklahoma FFA website.
Canola TV- We talk varieties with Chad Godsey
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The final segment of Canola TV from last week's OSU Canola Plot Tours that made a total of 15 stops is with Dr. Chad Godsey, who talked with us about varieties of canola available for the Southern Plains. There are now two companies actively developing canola lines for farmers to be able to consider- as well as some of the earlier publicly bred plant genetic materials. It all adds up to more choice for those wanting to grow winter canola.
Dr. Godsey discussed the varieties being grown in the various trials across the state with producers during the Plot Tour Stops- and we talked about what the highlights are this season as far as traits being seen and what a producer needs to be thinking about if he plans on growing canola next season.
Canola TV is a service of PCOM- and you can see our visit with Chad Godsey by clicking on the LINK below.
Terrible Wildfires a Function of Too Much Rain
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~There have been terrible wildfires in Oklahoma this spring- but none as bad and quite as scary as several in Texas. We have heard that the one that was in the Possum Kingdom Lake area of Texas had smoke drifting into Oklahoma in recent days- and one in Rotan, Texas was also a major producer of smoke into Lubbock and points farther away.
Lindsay Kennedy, who works for the National Sorghum Producers in Lubbock, has really been following the Texas wildfires in a blog that she writes. Her most recent posting is up and available to view- she went into the fire zone and got several pictures that remind you why you don't ignore warnings of fire danger.
Lindsay points out in her blog that "It is important to mention that
the story of this wildfire begins before April 14 and even prior to the
drought that has taken a toll on Texas this year. It starts last year when
a wetter-than-normal summer promoted abundant vegetation growth in the
area. On the Fourth of July, more than 10 inches of rain fell in a short
period of time. We had knee-high grass in some parts of the ranch, and
everything looked much greener than the average summer in West
Meat Industry Pushes Back on Pew Funded Study Questioning Safety of US Meat
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~A small study is provoking a firestorm over the safety of US meat- the study found that found nearly half of meat and poultry samples purchased at grocery stores in five U.S. cities contained the Staphylococcus aureus bacteria.
Nearly half of the meat and poultry samples - 47 percent - were contaminated with S. aureus, and more than half of those contaminated were resistant to at least three classes of antibiotics, according to the study published Friday in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases.
The study is designed to go after antibiotics being used in any form by animal agriculture- trying to show a link that makes their use unacceptable.
For the study, researchers looked at 136 samples involving 80 brands of
beef, chicken, pork and turkey from 26 grocery stores in five cities
including Los Angeles, Chicago, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Flagstaff, Ariz.,
and Washington, D.C. It was a study funded by the anti animal agriculture
group- the Pew Charitable Trust.
Also in response- National Cattlemen's Beef Association Bill Donald issued the following statement- "U.S. cattlemen's top priority is to produce the safest, highest quality beef in the world. Cattlemen and women use multiple technologies to ensure the safety of their cattle and therefore the beef products. Calling into question the safety of U.S. beef without conclusive scientific evidence is careless and misleads consumers. Pew Charitable Trusts, an agenda-driven organization on this issue, funded this study, which concludes that its extremely small sample size was 'insufficient to accurately estimate prevalence rates' and that 'public health relevance of this finding is unclear.' The study's authors clearly call into question the validity of their own study.The bottom-line is U.S. beef is safe and is part of a healthy, well-balanced diet."
From Last Week- President Obama signs 1099 repeal
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The health care law's "1099" provision, which agri-businesses and agricultural producers said would create a red-tape nightmare, was repealed last Thursday when President Obama signed H.R. 4. The House passed the repeal in March as one of its first priorities. The bill was passed by the Senate on April 5 on an 87-12 vote. President Obama supported repeal.
The 1099 reporting provision found its way, originally almost unnoticed, into the massive health care bill as a means of offsetting some of the bill's costs. It was only after the passage of the Affordable Care Act - commonly known as ObamaCare - that the full implications of the 1099 came to light.
Had the provision not been repealed it would have required all businesses to report to the Internal Revenue Services all purchases of goods and services over $600 annually on a 1099 form. When the business and agricultural community realized the paperwork nightmare associated with the new 1099 reporting provision, bipartisan efforts began to seek the repeal.
Congressmen Lucas and Cole on the Road This Week at TownHall Meetings
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Chairman of the House Ag Committee, Oklahoma Third District Congressman Frank Lucas, has scheduled Town Hall Meetings in four counties this week as the Congress has now begun their Easter break. Congressman Lucas plans four of these today and three tomorrow for this week- and then has several planned for next week as well.
Congressman Tom Cole will also be traveling his district both this week
and next week with a total of eight Town Hall meetings planned- four this
week and four next week.
We have these town hall meetings listed up on our website- click on the LINK below and scroll down to April and browse through the listings- you can find out when a Congressman may be near by. It's a great idea to be able to remind that lawmaker of the issues you have as your highest priority- person in a small group setting.
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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 $10.80 per bushel- as of the close of business yesterday, while the 2011 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $11.10 per bushel- delivered to local participating elevators that are working with PCOM.
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