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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Tuesday October 4, 2011A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and One Resource Environmental
-- President Obama Finally Pulls the Trigger- and Transmits the FTAs to Congress
-- Ag Groups Line Up to Call on Congress to Pass the FTAs- With One Exception
-- Oklahoma Crop Weather Update - La Niña and Warmer, Drier Fall Ahead
-- Meanwhile- Rainfall Prospects for Western Oklahoma Looking Strong for This Weekend
-- County Bridges in Rural Oklahoma are Part of Gov. Fallin's Bridge Repair Plan
-- Cattle Raisers Urge Congress to Streamline Endangered Species Act
-- Finally- One FTA Naysayer- Roger Johnson of the National Farmers Union
-- A Legendary Deal for One and All
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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President Obama Finally Pulls the Trigger- and Transmits the FTAs to Congress
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~As President Barack Obama moved into the White House, he had little interest in promoting expanded international trade that would be of benefit to US interests. The Obama Administration has initiated no trade pacts of their own in the first three years of his Presidency- and it was only about a year ago that the President pulled the three FTAs negotiated by the Bush team (with Columbia, Panama and South Korea) off the shelf and started tinkering with them around the edges before saying multiple times in recent months that he was ready to submit them to Capitol Hill. The sticking point in recent days has been his demand of getting more money for a program known as Trade Adjustment Assistance- used mostly for union workers who have lost their jobs because of previous trade deals. The GOP leadership in the House have apparently agreed to a scaled down TAA, which has prompted the President to finally move forward with the three agreements.
President Obama released the following statement regarding the Free Trade Agreements calling on Congress to pass the agreements quickly.
"The series of trade agreements I am submitting to Congress today will make it easier for American companies to sell their products in South Korea, Colombia, and Panama and provide a major boost to our exports. These agreements will support tens of thousands of jobs across the country for workers making products stamped with three proud words: Made in America.
"We've worked hard to strengthen these agreements to get the best possible deal for American workers and businesses, and I call on Congress to pass them without delay, along with the bipartisan agreement on Trade Adjustment Assistance that will help workers whose jobs have been affected by global competition."
Ag Groups Line Up to Call on Congress to Pass the FTAs- With One Exception
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman released the following statement in reaction to President Obama's announcement to move forward with the Free Trade Agreements with Korea, Panama and Colombia. The AFBF win the prize as they were the first ag group to get their news release out about the decision of the White House to transmit the deals to Congress.
"The American Farm Bureau Federation is pleased that President Obama has sent implementing legislation to Congress today to ratify three bilateral free-trade agreements between the United States and Korea, Colombia and Panama. America's farmers and ranchers have much at stake and the fact these three agreements are moving forward is very good news for our economy."
The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) and U.S. Wheat
Associates (USW) were also pleased that the Obama Administration submitted
implementing legislation for the pending free trade agreements.
AND- we got a release and a statement from USDA and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack late in the afternoon- signaling his desire to see Congress to stop fiddling around pass these FTAs- click and read.
Oklahoma Crop Weather Update - La Niña and Warmer, Drier Fall Ahead
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The latest Crop Weather Update is out and focusing on the dry weather still ahead for Oklahoma, saying- "The climatic phenomena known as La Niña has re-emerged in the equatorial Pacific waters which often brings warmer and drier weather to the southern one-third of the United States. For Oklahoma, this could mean warmer and drier weather for late-fall through spring. No precipitation was reported by Mesonet in any of the nine reporting districts for the week of September 26th through October 2nd. Small grain and canola producers planted with anticipation of rain. Livestock producers continued to face shortages of water and hay supplies across the state and were culling herds. The past week's lack of precipitation led to topsoil moisture conditions with 76 percent of the state rated very short and 87 percent of subsoil rated very short."
When it comes to our fall-planted crops- "Seedbed preparation and
planting continued to progress despite dry conditions. Seedbed preparation
for wheat ground was 82 percent complete by week's end, 9 points behind
normal. Planting reached 30 percent, 19 points behind normal. Canola
seedbed preparation reached 91 percent complete by the end of the week, up
14 points from the previous week, while planting reached 48 percent, 11
points behind last year.
Hay production and cutting continued to struggle across the state showing very little progress last week. Third cuttings of alfalfa were 53 percent complete, 47 points behind normal. A second cutting of other hay reached 51 percent complete by Sunday, 25 points behind the five-year average.
Meanwhile- Rainfall Prospects for Western Oklahoma Looking Strong for This Weekend
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Rainfall relief is a possibility at the end of this week. The latest 5-day precipitation forecast from the Hydrometeorological Prediction Center (HPC) throws a big old bull's eye of approximately 4 inches in western Oklahoma through Saturday morning- according to Gary McManus, Associate State Climatologist of the Oklahoma Climatological Survey.
McManus adds that "The latest outlooks for October from the NWS' Climate Prediction Center were released on Friday. At least for parts of Oklahoma, a wet signal is showing up through the month. The forecasters at the CPC see an increased chance for above normal precipitation in the eastern one-third of the state or so."
County Bridges in Rural Oklahoma are Part of Gov. Fallin's Bridge Repair Plan
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Governor Mary Fallin announced a new initiative to target and fix all 706 of the Oklahoma state highway system's currently identified structurally deficient bridges by 2019. Oklahoma has frequently and notoriously topped national "bad bridge" lists. Fallin's new "Bridge Improvement and Turnpike Modernization Plan" would, upon completion, bring the number of currently known structurally deficient highway bridges to less than one percent and make Oklahoma a national leader in that area.
Her plan also calls for projects that would significantly reduce congestion on the Creek and Kilpatrick turnpikes. These improvements would be made without increasing taxes or tolls. Fallin said the historic number of upcoming infrastructure improvements will benefit safety, commerce and travel in Oklahoma for decades to come.
"Having a safe, reliable and modern transportation infrastructure is
important for Oklahoma's economy and important for the safety of our
citizens," Fallin said. "Our new 'Bridge Improvement and Turnpike
Modernization Plan' will ensure that Oklahoma's poor rankings on national
transportation issues become a thing of the past. By the end of this
decade, Oklahoma will be one of the top five states in the nation for
well-maintained highway bridges.
Terry Detrick, President of American Farmers & Ranchers, expressed
support for the Governor and her plans to tackle the bridge issues here in
Cattle Raisers Urge Congress to Streamline Endangered Species Act
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) passed policy Friday urging the U.S. Congress to require the Department of Interior (DOI) and the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to streamline the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to better balance comprehensive science, economic development, input from affected stakeholders, and private property rights when determining whether to list, introduce, and/or relocate a threatened or endangered plant or animal species.
The TSCRA policy action was taken at their fall board meeting held this past week in Lubbock, Texas. TSCRA is an organization of mostly Texas ranchers, but with membership in Oklahoma as well because of their Special Rangers that cover both Texas as well as Oklahoma that help in cattle theft cases across both states.
Finally- One FTA Naysayer- Roger Johnson of the National Farmers Union
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~As we mentioned in the stories earlier in the email about the free trade deals- there was one agricultural group that came out in full fledged opposition to the Free Trade Agreements that were sent to Capitol Hill by President Obama for Congressional votes. That group was the National Farmers Union- and here's part of the statement as released on Monday evening by their President- Roger Johnson:
"These three agreements are similar to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA). Both of those agreements have worsened the U.S. trade deficit, because the U.S. does not compete on a level playing field with other nations. America adheres to higher labor and environmental standards than other nations, so U.S. companies incur costs that companies in other nations do not."
Johnson singled out the Columbian FTA as one especially onerous to him- ""Colombia has one of the worst labor records in the world, routinely committing violence against those who attempt to organize workers. In 2010, 51 union members were killed in Colombia. We should not reward the Colombian labor record by entering into a trade agreement with them."
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Let's Check the Markets!
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