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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Monday June 27, 2011A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- Scorching Hot Temps on Sunday- A Cold Front Hitting Oklahoma Today
-- National Cattlemen's Beef Association Sees Growing Support for Repeal of Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit
-- U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe Congratulates Keith Kisling on Appointment to USDA Advisory Committee
-- USMEF and OSU Collaborate on Dry-Aging Beef Research
-- USDA Designates Kansas and Oklahoma Counties as Natural Disaster Areas
-- Data Shows Increasing Value in Angus Calves
-- NCBA Contends that Regulatory Train Wreck Threatens Rural America.
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Scorching Hot Temps on Sunday- A Cold Front Hitting Oklahoma Today
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma Mesonet sites at Hollis and Erick reached 115 degrees on Sunday afternoon, the highest temperature recorded in Oklahoma since Buffalo and Freedom did it on July 9 and 10, 2009, respectively. Those two at least had the luxury of doing it during JULY, however.
The 115 degrees falls two degrees short of the all-time June record in
Oklahoma of 117 degrees, also set at Hollis back on June 14, 1953. It ties
the record for the day set previously at Mangum and Hammon back in 1980.
Erick does not have a long-term climate record, but it did break the
all-time record high recorded by the Mesonet site there of 111 degrees.
That record has stood for all of ONE day, with the 111-degree mark
occurring on Saturday.
While there is a chance of triple digit temperatures in the Oklahoma City area today- it is more likely to be just short. The latest weather service "discussion" about weather conditions explains "so much for an all-time june record high in Oklahoma City today. There is a cold front racing southeast and now looks to arrive in central Oklahoma around midday. There still will be a band of extreme hotness just ahead of the front this afternoon, but the hottest air is now more likely to end up just south of the Lawton and OKC areas. It will still be close- and south sides of both cities may still bake in record heat before the winds shift later this afternoon. the front will bring a temporary end to the excessive heat in northern Oklahoma."
National Cattlemen's Beef Association Sees Growing Support for Repeal of Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) supports legislation introduced by U.S. Representatives Wally Herger (R-Calif.) and Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.) to immediately repeal the 45-per cent per gallon Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit (VEETC) as well as the 54-cent per gallon tariff on imported ethanol. NCBA member and California cattleman Paul Cameron said government support of the corn-based ethanol industry has negatively affected his cattle-feeding operation as well as his ability to retain employees and, ultimately, make a profit.
"Our cattle rely primarily on Midwestern grown corn as their primary source for grain. This year 41 percent of our nation's corn crop will be used up by a heavily subsidized ethanol industry. In a year where grain inventories have been reduced by adverse weather conditions, corn prices have risen dramatically. Because of this, any chance of profitability in all protein industries has vanished," Cameron said. "The cattle inventory in our own operation is being reduced and we have already begun the process of laying off many of our employees. Coming from a county with nearly 30 percent unemployment, these good, hard-working people will be relegated to trying to find jobs where there are none. These are the very people who take pride in the fact that they not only feed a nation, but also feed the world."
According to Rep. Herger, who is a senior member on the House Committee on Ways and Means, which has jurisdiction over our nation's tax code, the VEETC and the import tariff distort the economy and raise costs for farmers and ranchers.
U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe Congratulates Keith Kisling on Appointment to USDA Advisory Committee
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced appointments to the reactivated Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture, or AC21. Keith Kisling from Burlington, Oklahoma was appointed to serve on the advisory committee. Appointees will initially serve one or two-year terms, and may be reappointed to serve up to six consecutive years.
"This advisory committee will come together to continue investigating the challenges of coexistence among different forms of agricultural production," said Vilsack. "I hope this committee will recommend workable solutions that will enhance the ability of all farmers to grow the crops they want in order to effectively meet the needs of their customers."
U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) congratulated Keith Kisling, former
Chairman of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission, on his appointment to the U.S.
Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and
21st Century Agriculture (AC21). Kisling is one of 22 representatives
appointed to the AC21.
USMEF and OSU Collaborate on Dry-Aging Beef Research
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~A study that analyzes differing techniques for dry aging of U.S. beef destined for international markets has been completed for the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) by researchers at Oklahoma State University's Department of Animal Science. Funding for the research was provided by the Oklahoma Beef Council.
"This is an outstanding example of applying research in the marketplace where it can benefit producers in Oklahoma and around the country," said Brett Morris, chairman of the Oklahoma Beef Council board of directors. "The opportunity to expand markets for U.S. beef by offering dry-aged product is an excellent use of producers' Checkoff dollars."
The OSU researchers, headed by former OSU professor Dr. Brad Morgan,
analyzed four different techniques for dry-aging of beef:
USDA Designates Kansas and Oklahoma Counties as Natural Disaster Areas
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 25 counties in Kansas, as well as five counties in Oklahoma, as primary natural disaster areas due to losses of wheat and forage crops caused by drought, excessive heat and high winds that occurred from Jan. 1, 2011, and continuing.
"Assistance at this point and time is critically important for Kansas producers, especially in helping them keep their farmland healthy for the remainder of the year," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. "President Obama and I realize that during this time of disaster, federal assistance will be needed until conditions improve as farmers strive to recover their losses."
The counties in Oklahoma named as primary natural disaster areas are
Alfalfa, Beaver, Grant, Harper, Kay, Osage and Woods counties.
Data Shows Increasing Value in Angus Calves
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The AngusSource program continues to add value to Angus-sired cattle, according to recent data from Western Video Market.
Western Video Market auction prices collected throughout 2010, show age- and source-verified calves sold through AngusSource earned higher prices compared to calves not age-and source-verified.
Calves enrolled in the American Angus Association®'s program, which documents source, group age and Angus genetics, brought $2.57 more per cwt. than non-verified calves.
Data also show calves sold as primarily Angus brought $2.60 more per
cwt. than English-to-English crosses, and $3.12 more than
NCBA Contends that Regulatory Train Wreck Threatens Rural America.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Earlier this month the Obama administration announced the creation of a White House Rural Council to address rural economic potentials as well as challenges. In his executive order, President Obama said the Council was established "to make sure we're working across government to strengthen rural communities and promote economic growth." While the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) believes efforts need to be made to rejuvenate economic opportunities and job creation in rural America, Bob McCann, NCBA policy division chair, said the administration is overlooking the negative impact government regulatory overreach has already had on rural America. McCann said the federal government's overregulation is a huge factor in stifling economic growth in America's farm and ranch communities and also plays a role in keeping future generations from staying in or returning to rural areas.
"The flood of regulations coming out of our federal government is literally breathtaking. You would think someone would wake up and realize that more than anything, we need commonsense rulemaking based on sound science rather than a piling on of burdensome, financially devastating regulations void of science," said McCann who is also a Texas rancher. "I agree that we need to find ways to revitalize economic growth in rural America but rather than a bureaucratic, ivory-tower based rural council, a good first step would be to control the onslaught of unnecessary regulations. This regulatory train wreck will lead farmers and ranchers to bankruptcy if action isn't taken to curtail this situation."
According to Colin Woodall, NCBA vice president of government affairs, from 2006 through 2017 nearly 60 regulations have been identified that pose threats to the U.S. cattle industry. He said 65% of those regulations are linked to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. NCBA has put together a graphic display of these regulations- click on the LINK below to see what they have assembled to give a visual idea of the regulations that have rained down on agriculture- especially animal agriculture.
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