~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Thursday March 29, 2007!A service of Midwest Farm Shows
-- Heavy Storms Rolling through Oklahoma
-- President Bush talking Trade and Taxes with the NCBA
-- Edmondson Lawsuit Against Poultry Companies won't go to trial until 2009.
-- Pesticide Disposal Sites set for next week will be in Eastern Oklahoma.
-- Wheat growers continue to push for bigger Direct Payment in 2007.
-- Running a little late today-
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Heavy Storms Rolling through Oklahoma
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We have already seen several locations in west central and even central Oklahoma with more than an inch of rainfall thus far on this Thursday- and as of 7:30 am as I wrap up this morning's email report and get it out to you- the rain is falling here at News9 and the Radio Oklahoma Network. The Panhandle saw some severe weather last night, and it looks like rain will continue into Saturday across a good bit of the state.
That will include eastern counties who have been slighted on some of the most recent rains that have rolled across Oklahoma. The rain is definitely setting up both our wheat as well as pastures and grasslands for a much better spring than we endured in 2006.
President Bush talking Trade and Taxes with the NCBA
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The cattlemen attending the spring Legislative Conference of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association had a visitor from Texas stop by yesterday morning to say "howdy." That visitor has made appearances at their meetings before- and on Wednesday, President George W Bush stopped by to proclaim that fully reopening beeef export markets is an integral part of US Foreign Policy.
He says the goal is to fully reopen markets to US beef- and he named South Korea and Japan as two countries that will continue to feel heat fromt he Bush Administration on a push for full acceptance of US beef.
The President also stopped by to tout the need for Trade Promotion Authority to be extended- and to thank the NCBA for their strong support for a permanent repeal of the Death Tax. We have assembled an audio wrap of some of the key thoughts of the President from his Cattle Encounter of yesterday- and it is linked below.
Edmondson Lawsuit Against Poultry Companies won't go to trial until 2009.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~It now appears that the court date that is currently set for the lawsuit against the Northwest Arkansas Poultry Companies by Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson is January 2009. That means a lot more time for the "discovery" phase of the litigation to linger and aggravate those associated with the poultry industry in eastern Oklahoma.
While the suit focuses on the Illinois River watershed, the attorneys working for the AG's office have also questioned at least one farmer not in that watershed- and demanded hundreds of documents from him. As for the folks living in that watershed- those same attorneys are asking for everything but the kitchen sink- and actually they may send somebody in to get water samples from that before 2009 rolls around.
One of the farmers that have faced this intense scrutiny is Bev Saunders of Colcord. She tells us that she spent days lining up the hundreds of documents that were demanded- and that did not include the fine tooth comb examination of her records housed at the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture. We talked with Bev about the current status of the litigation from her perspective at Ag Day in Oklahoma City- and we have linked that conversation for you to listen to below.
Pesticide Disposal Sites set for next week will be in Eastern Oklahoma.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The next Pesticide Disposal dates are set for April 3 and April 5 in eastern ares of Oklahoma. April 3 will find the free collection point set up in Durant, while the April 5th location is Miami.
We have details of the collection on our Calendar of our web site, www.OklahomaFarmReport.Com or you can go to the link below for more information as well. This opportunity for farmers and others who have left over dabs of chemicals in their barns or other storage locations the chance to safely dispose of them for free.
These collections are being coordinated by the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture and OSU Extension, and being underwritten in part by the Oklahoma Agribusiness Retailers Association.
Wheat growers continue to push for bigger Direct Payment in 2007.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~A House Ag Subcommittee held farm policy hearings on Wednesday- and all of the commodity groups were on Capitol Hill restating their cases for changing or adjusting farm policy as we write the 2007 farm bill. Even as a major push is coming from outside traditional program crop groups for major reform- the program crop folks continue to talk about keeping their pot of money at least the same as in 2002.
The National Association of Wheat Growers were one of the groups talking to Congress- continuing their push for a higher target price for wheat and a larger Direct Payment as they want to tweak those numbers and keep the current structure intact. Their President, John Thaemert called the 2002 Farm Law a failure when it came to providing a safety net for wheat farmers.
Speaking before the House Committee on Agriculture’s Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management, Thaemert told Members that the 2002 Farm Bill has not worked well for wheat growers, who have received no benefits from the loan deficiency payment and minute benefits from the counter-cyclical payment over the term of the 2002 Bill. Thaemert also gave details of NAWG’s 2007 Farm Bill proposal for wheat – an increase in the wheat direct payment to $1.19 and an increase in the wheat target price to $5.29. The NAWG Board of Directors adopted this proposal after extensive examination of historical input costs and what affordable levels of crop insurance typically can cover.
Running a little late today-
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Sorry that this Email is getting out a little later than normal- but we had to change our schedule around this morning to make a guest appearance on the Morning Show on the News on 6 in Tulsa, KOTV.
We are heading in just a little while to Norman, where the Oklahoma Dietetic Association is meeting and one of the most respected meat scientists in the world will be speaking, Dr. Gary Smith of Colorado State- sponsored by the Oklahoma Beef Council. Dr. Smith will be talking about food safety with the group close to midday today.
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