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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Monday July 11, 2011A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- HSUS and United Egg Producers Agreement Could Cause Problems for Other Ag Industries
-- NCBA Pleased With Ethanol Agreement and End of Ethanol Tax Credit But Concerns Remain
-- Oklahoma Farm Bureau Strongly Supports New Farm Truck Bill
-- Sustainability in Cattle Production is a Growing Consideration for Producers
-- American Farmers and Ranchers Restructures and Welcomes New Employees
-- Feed Additive Ractopamine Approval Fails Again
-- More From Drought Workshop of Last Week in Austin- You Can Hear From the Man Who Predicts 5% Chance of Drought Ending This Summer
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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HSUS and United Egg Producers Agreement Could Cause Problems for Other Ag Industries
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Humane Society of the United States and the United Egg Producers announce an unprecedented agreement to work together toward the enactment of comprehensive new federal legislation for all 280 million hens involved in U.S. egg production. The proposed standards advocated by UEP and HSUS, if enacted, would be the first federal law addressing the treatment of animals on farms.
The two groups will jointly ask Congress for federal legislation which would require egg producers to increase space per bird in a tiered phase in, with the amount of space birds are given increasing, in intervals, over the next 15 to 18 years. Currently, the majority of birds are each provided 67 square inches of space, with roughly 50 million receiving 48 square inches. The proposed phase-in would culminate with hens nationwide being provided a minimum of 124 - 144 square inches of space, along with the other improvements noted.
We talked with Roy Lee Lindsey, Executive Director for Oklahoma Pork
Council, about how this could potentially affect the pork industry, as
well as other agricultural industries.
Click on the LINK below to listen to our conversation with Roy Lee Lindsey about the potential for HSUS to begin targeting other areas of the agricultural industry.
NCBA Pleased With Ethanol Agreement and End of Ethanol Tax Credit But Concerns Remain
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~National Cattlemen's Beef Association President Bill Donald said cattlemen are pleased the energy compromise reached by U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), John Thune (R-S.D.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) would repeal the 45-per cent gallon Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit (VEETC) and the 54-cent per gallon tariff on imported ethanol. However, Donald said cattlemen are concerned the compromise would extend tax credits for ethanol infrastructure.
"We commend the senators for working on a compromise and especially Sen. Feinstein for her leadership on this issue by gaining support from 73 senators to level the playing field for a bushel of corn," Donald said. "While we're pleased the agreement would repeal the VEETC and the tariff, we are disappointed that it would continue to prop up an industry that should be able to stand on its own two feet."
Director of Legislative Affairs for NCBA, Kristina Butts also weighed
in on the issue of VEETC and what it means to livestock producers saying
they are still concerned with $125 million still being allocated for corn
Oklahoma Farm Bureau Strongly Supports New Farm Truck Bill
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma Fifth District Congressman James Lankford's bill allowing broader weight restrictions on farm trucks is receiving strong support from Oklahoma Farm Bureau.
Lankford introduced the Farmers' Freedom Act July 7, to allow farmers to haul commodities across state boundaries without violating weight limits. Current law forces farm trucks to be covered under more restrictive federal regulations when loads exceed 26,000 pounds. This is especially burdensome when the trucks cross borders, even though the truck may be considered legal within each state.
"We have many producers who live near state borders and transport grain
and livestock to the nearest market, which may be across the state line,"
said Mike Spradling, president of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau. "This bill
would make it easier to transport our goods to market and continue to
ensure a safe, affordable food supply."
Sustainability in Cattle Production is a Growing Consideration for Producers
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Many cattle producers are aware of the increase in maintaining sustainability in beef cattle production. Cattle producers are becoming more aware of the need to take sustainablity into consideration while still providing quality cattle. Bryan Weech, Director of Livestock Agriculture for the World Wildlife Fund, recently spoke at the American Meat Science Association Reciprocal Meat Conference on this growing idea.
Weech said one of the biggest challenges is that the population and consumption of today does not equal what the world is able to produce on a long-term basis. The current population is consuming 1.25 times more natural resources than this world can offer, said Weech.
Food security around the world is also a concern, along with water
security and access. The answer to these growing concerns is to produce
more, with less said Weech.
American Farmers and Ranchers Restructures and Welcomes New Employees
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Farm and Cooperative Organization component of American Farmers & Ranchers, Oklahoma Farmers Union, has recently made changes to the organization structure to streamline operations for management and operation efficiencies.
AFR President Terry Detrick, Ames, continues as the spokesperson and representative of the organization for major activities and functions. Day-to-day operations of the farm organization are now managed by 16-year employee Paul Jackson, Ringling, who has previously worked in management, membership development, legislative and outreach activities for the association. This move will free up Detrick to focus on representing the organization and conducting board activities.
Joining the AFR cooperative team on June 1 was Steve Thompson as Policy
and Membership Development coordinator. Steve was raised in the rural
Lincoln County town of Carney, on a small cattle and hay operation his
family settled during the land run of 1891. After graduating from Carney
High School in 1995, he attended Oklahoma State University majoring in
agricultural education with a minor in agricultural economics. While at
Oklahoma State, Steve served as legislative intern for Oklahoma Farmers
Union in 1999 and in the same capacity for the Oklahoma Department of
Agriculture, Food & Forestry in 2000 and 2001.
Feed Additive Ractopamine Approval Fails Again
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Ractopamine, a feed additive used to promote leanness in both pork and beef recently failed to be approved by the Codex Alimentarius Commission. This feed additive, ractopamine, is used by Elanco Animal Health in feed for beef and pork, with Optaflexx brand for beef and Paylean brand for pork. The National Pork Producers Council and the National Cattlemen's Beef Association were both disappointed with the failure of the feed additive approval.
Ractopamine, like all feed additives, was evaluated and approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and has been approved for use in 26 countries, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Indonesia, Mexico, the Philippines and South Korea. A Codex panel of international scientists, including scientists from the European Union, three times has confirmed the safety of ractopamine and reaffirmed the safety of the product at this week's commission meeting in Geneva, Switzerland.
Despite those findings and the support of the United States, Canada and
countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Pacific Islands for
adoption of the standard, opposition from the European Union, China,
Thailand and Russia blocked it for non-scientific reasons outside the
scope of the Codex. Except for Russia, those countries ban imports of pork
from pigs fedractopamine.
More From Drought Workshop of Last Week in Austin- You Can Hear From the Man Who Predicts 5% Chance of Drought Ending This Summer
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The drought conditions that Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and Louisiana currently are struggling with have been caused, at least in part, by the La Nina water conditions in the central Pacific Ocean. Dan Collins with the National Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center says that while we have retreated from a La Nina earlier this year to a neutral set of water temperatures in the Pacific waters- several models suggest that we could swing back into a second La Nina this fall.
Meanwhile, it is highly likely that current drought conditions will not be broken the balance of this summer across Oklahoma and much of Texas, and the odds are not much better to see drought totally end in the region by the end of this calendar year.
Collins predicts that we are looking at just a five percent chance of
the drought being totally broken between now and September 30th in
Oklahoma and North Texas- and adds that there is only a one in four chance
that drought conditions could be eliminated by the end of
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