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Update from Ron Hays of RON
Wednesday, February 20,
Conservation and Resource Expansion are Vital for
Healthy Ag Expansion, Tom Buchanan
success of agriculture is tied directly the
availability of ample supplies of water.
Tom Buchanan, the manager of the
Altus-Lugert-Altus Irrigation District spoke to
Oklahoma Farm Bureau members about water issues at
their recent Leadership Conference. After his
presentation, he spoke with me about how the state
should proceed on water issues.
doubt the first thing we've got to do is to
address true conservation measures and they've got
to start happening today. In western Oklahoma, in
southwestern Oklahoma which I know about, we are
running out of water as we speak. Most of our
municipal supplies look like they're good for two
years, but two years happens real, real quick. And
if demand were to increase or if this drought were
to escalate, evaporation alone can cut that two
years down to where we're looking at very quickly
being out of water. So, conservation has to be the
first thing that comes to mind. We've got to make
it happen today.
"In addition to that,
additional development's got to start happening.
In Oklahoma w rely greatly on surface water and
all our surface impoundments are old, antiquated.
Some of the newest lakes we have were built in the
mid- to late 70s. So we have our newest
infrastructure to store water is old today. And
it's incumbent upon this generation to pick up the
banner and pick up where the other one left off
and do new infrastructure development to store
water with for future generations of
You can catch our conversation or read more by clicking here.
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Urge USTR to Quickly Address Russian Import Ban on
Debbie Stabenow (D-MI),
Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on
Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, and Senator
Thad Cochran (R-MS), Ranking
Member of the Committee, urged U.S. Trade
Representative Ron Kirk to quickly address
Russia's new import ban on U.S. beef, poultry and
turkey - which would cost the U.S. economy $600
million annually - as the ban is unfounded, not
based on sound science and violates World Trade
Organization rules. The trade violation stems from
Russia's zero-tolerance policy regarding
ractopamine, a feed additive for livestock
approved by both the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration and the Codex Alimentarius
Commission, an international organization that
sets science-based food safety standards.
Stabenow and Cochran wrote in a letter
that "Russia has now banned U.S. beef, pork and
turkey imports as it imposes its new
zero-tolerance standard. With this trade worth
$600 million annually, Russia's standard is an
egregious trade barrier with no scientific merit."
"With your swift action and use of all
enforcement tools available, it is our sincere
hope that the issues surrounding Russia's import
ban can be quickly and decisively resolved thereby
ensuring a stable and predictable trading
environment for U.S. livestock producers and
Click here for the full letter and a full list of signatories.
Peanut Commission Seeks National Peanut Board
Oklahoma Peanut Commission seeks eligible peanut
producers who are interested in serving on the
National Peanut Board. The OPC will hold a
nominations election to select two nominees each
for member and alternate to the NPB during the
Oklahoma Peanut Expo on March 15 at 12:45pm at the
Quartz Mountain Resort near Lone Wolf, OK. All
eligible peanut producers are encouraged to
participate. Eligible producers are those who are
engaged in the production and sale of peanuts and
who own or share the ownership and risk of loss of
Gayle White of
Frederick is the current Oklahoma NPB member and
Les Crall of Weatherford serves as the alternate.
The term of the current Oklahoma board member and
alternate expires Dec. 31, 2013.
requires two nominees from each state for each
position of member and alternate. The National
Peanut Board will submit Oklahoma's slate of
nominees to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, who
makes the appointments.
To read more, click here.
Court Entertains Arguments in Monsanto Seed
U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments Feb. 19 in
Bowman v. Monsanto, a case that hinges on the
extent of control that the developer of
genetically modified seed can exert through
multiple generations of seed.
Bowman, a 75-year-old Indiana grain
farmer observed as the U.S. Supreme Court weighed
arguments over his right to plant and use seeds
that he purchased legally. Bowman legally
purchased seeds at a grain elevator, which bought
them from farmers who had, with Monsanto's
authorization, used the genetically modified
Monsanto seeds to grow their soybean crops.
challenged the enforceability of Monsanto's patent
rights after taking the unconventional step of
buying soybeans containing the patented technology
from a local grain elevator and, from 1999 to
2007, repeatedly planting, cultivating, and
harvesting them to create his own supply of
soybeans containing the technology.
claims that Bowman infringed its patents on
herbicide-resistant plants and seeds by using the
grain elevator seeds to grow his soybean crops.
Bowman asserts that Monsanto's sales of the
original seeds to authorized purchasers exhausted
Monsanto's patent rights and therefore Monsanto
cannot enforce its patents against
second-generation and later seeds that resulted
from planting the original seeds.
to a New York Times story on the arguments- "
lawyer for Monsanto, Seth P. Waxman, a former
United States solicitor general, was allowed to
talk uninterrupted for long stretches, which is
usually a sign of impending victory."
number of independent organizations and
individuals filed amicus curiae ("friend of the
court") briefs urging the Supreme Court to uphold
the lower courts' rulings in favor of Monsanto.
This broad group included
leading universities and research institutions;
national farm groups representing virtually all of
the nation's corn, soybean, sugar and wheat
growers; biotechnology companies; professors of
economics and intellectual property; and
representatives of the computer software industry.
The briefs from the farm organizations highlighted
the importance of patent protection in supporting
agricultural innovation, which continues to bring
about higher-yielding crops that are better
equipped to withstand increased environmental
lengthy aricle that appeared in the New York
Times- click here to jump to
their website to read it in full. A ruling
from the nine justices will likely come in May or
June of this year.
Brings New Congressional Members Up to Speed on
the new Congressional session underway, lobbyist
Kristina Butts with the National
Cattlemen's Beef Association says "Job 1" for her
organization is to bring the 98 new members, 14 in
the Senate and 84 in the House, up to speed on the
issues important to cattle producers.
think what it's going to go back to is trying to
get those new members comfortable with the farm
bill and how that not only impacts those of us in
agriculture, but everybody the farm bill does
impact-whether it's on the consumer side, whether
it's on the production side, whether it's on the
trade front, food safety, you name it-all those
capacities are touched by the farm
"So, the NCBA, we're really kind of
beefing up our efforts on Capitol Hill to make
sure that we're introducing ourselves to the new
members on the ag committee. We have quite a few
on the Democratic side. A lot of them are there
because of their interest in nutrition. So, we're
trying to make sure they can relate to those of us
in the beef world and understand our priorities on
the farm bill."
Click here for more from Kristina Butts.
Announces Funding to Improve Rural Electric
Service for Customers in 12 States
electric cooperatives and utilities in 12 states,
including Oklahoma, will receive loan guarantees
to improve generation and transmission facilities
and implement smart grid technologies. The
announcement was made by USDA Rural Utilities
Acting Administrator John
Padalino during the annual meeting of the
National Rural Electric Cooperative Association in
The announcement includes
support for more than $8 million in smart grid
technologies, which help utilities make efficiency
improvements to the electric grid and help
consumers lower their electric bills by reducing
energy use in homes and businesses.
Oklahoma, the Cotton Electric Cooperative won a
$24.8 million loan guarantee to build 229 miles of
distribution line and make other system
improvements. The loan includes $1.3 million in
smart grid projects.
There is more of this
story on our website. Click here to go there.
The Harvest Condemns Attacks on Oklahoma
Representative Skye McNiel
House vote on HB1999 may happen either today or on
Thursday- and in advance of that- the Humane
Society of the US has been ruthless in their
constant attacks on the author of the measure,
Skye McNeil. Click here for our earlier
story with Skye on the measure and her belief that
this is truly a HSUS versus all of Oklahoma
Agriculture issue- based on how the organization
has tried to bully her.
Protect The Harvest, a pro-agriculture and
sportsmen advocacy group, has weighed in and
condemned the extreme tactics employed by the
Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and
other animal rights activists to intimidate
McNiel is simply trying to further the discussion
on humane horse treatment," said Protect The
Harvest Board member Erik
Helland. "The attacks on Rep. McNiel are
reactionary and unproductive and we believe that
animal-rights extremists led by HSUS are trying to
intimidate rural legislators like Rep. McNiel
because they stand up for agriculture."
Click here to read more of
the statement released by the New Mexico based
advocacy group- standing up for McNeil and other
lawmkers who are likely to pass HB1999 on the
floor of the House this week.
additional note to this story- after Governor
Mary Fallin declared this week as
Oklahoma Farm Bureau week- a group of reporters-
including yours truly- talked briefly with her
about drought issues and rural Oklahoma- and I
also asked her about HB1999 and whether she
supports it or not. She said no decision had
been made for or against this measure- so
supporters of this proposal have some work to do
to make sure the Governor will sign the bill if it
reaches her desk.
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