~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Wednesday August 1, 2007!A service of Farm Credit of East Central Oklahoma & Midwest Farm Shows
-- AFR Heading Back to DC- and Francie Tolle is Part of the Team
-- Calf and Yearling Prices being supported by Strong Slaughter Cattle Market and Falling Corn Prices.
-- TSCRA Rangers spotlighted by the Christian Science Monitor
-- Congrats to Danny Robbins- new Chairman of the Oklahoma Cotton Council
-- This Friday- A Conference on Biofuels and Alternative Energy Use on the Farm
-- Harkin likes what the House did to free up monies for nutrition...
-- Monsanto unveils the next generation of Roundup Ready Soybeans.
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AFR Heading Back to DC- and Francie Tolle is Part of the Team
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Fifteen members of the AFR/OFU are headed to Washington the second half of this week to visit face to face with at least five members of the Oklahoma Congressional Delegation just ahead of the month long August Recess. President Ray Wulf tells us that they want to discuss the progress of the Farm Bill with the Members, also the Commercial Truck Weight issue and some insurance matters as well.
Face to face meetings with Congressmen Lucas, Boren and Sullivan are planned, along with time to be spent with both of the Oklahoma Senators, Jim Inhofe and Tom Coburn. Included in the delegation will be one of the newer staffers for AFR, Francie Tolle. Tolle has jumped from her fund raising position for agricultural programs at the OSU Foundation and the Division of Agriculture over to the farm organization- and Wulf tells us that she will be helping them with farm policy analysis and spending a good bit of time early on with farm policy issues relating back to the farm bill.
We chatted with Ray briefly before he flew east yesterday- the rest of the AFR group is heading to Washington today. Hopefully, they will find some level of attention span as many members are anxious to wrap things up and head out for the month long break from our nation's Capitol.
Calf and Yearling Prices being supported by Strong Slaughter Cattle Market and Falling Corn Prices.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Livestock Market Economist Jim Mintert is making the Oklahoma rounds this summer- this past weekend he was in Midwest City for the annual Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association Convention. On the 11th of August, he will be a featured speaker in Ardmore for the annual Noble Foundation Beef Symposium.
He joins us today on the Beef Buzz and we talk about calf and yearling prices. They have enjoyed some recent price strength- but Dr. Mintert does not see a lot more upside from the levels we have recently achieved. At the same time, he does not see a lot of downside, based on tight supplies of both yearlings and calves.
You can take a listen to the Beef Buzz daily on radio stations across the state- and we have many of our shows over the past year archived for you to go back and listen to as well. They are available on our web site, WWW.OklahomaFarmReport.Com on the Beef Buzz page. Click below and we will take you straight to today's report with Jim Mintert.
TSCRA Rangers spotlighted by the Christian Science Monitor
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We were talking about the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers with Terry Peach earlier this week- and the fact that they have scaled back the number of investigators they now have in Oklahoma to chase down cattle and ranch property theft.
Even as the OCA was talking about this during their annual meeting this past week, there was a very positive article on a pair of TSCRA investigators that work in Oklahoma and the role these men and their peers play in helping keep cattle and horses where they belong in Oklahoma and Texas.
We have a link provided below if you would like to take a look at this story- and with it a tip of the hat to Joe Rector and John Cummings.
Congrats to Danny Robbins- new Chairman of the Oklahoma Cotton Council
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Danny Robbins of Altus., has been elected to serve as chairman of the Oklahoma Cotton Council at the Council's annual meeting held a few days ago. Mark Nichols, also from Altus, has served as chairman for the past two years. Nichols will remain a member of the Council. Lyle Miller of Clinton is the vice chairman. Steven Clay of Carnegie will serve as the treasurer and Jay Cowart from Altus as secretary.
Other Council members, along with Nichols, are Phil Bohl from Chattanooga, Roger Fischer of Frederick, Mike Berry of Altus, David Lingle of Frederick, Rodney Sawatsky from Clinton, and Phil Whitworth who calls Frederick home.
This Friday- A Conference on Biofuels and Alternative Energy Use on the Farm
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Rising fuel costs are troubling many farmers these days, but Alabama's Wayne Keith just keeps on truckin'. That's because his pickup runs on wood. Rather than miles per gallon, he measures fuel economy in miles per cord - about 3,000, he says. Keith will talk about his wood-burning pickup at a conference titled "Biofuels - Could They Benefit Your Farming Operation?" to be held at Langston University's Oklahoma City campus on this Friday, August 3, from 8:30-4.
Thad Doye, another on-farm energy pioneer, will also share his own experiences with biofuels. Doye grows sunflowers, presses the seed for oil, and then refines the oil into biodiesel, all right on his own farm in southwestern Oklahoma. The sunflower biodiesel runs Doye's farm equipment, while the leftover seed meal makes livestock feed, and the sunflowers' roots help loosen the soil, reducing the need for plowing. "I'm big on trying to be self-sufficient," Doye said.
The Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Langston University are sponsoring the conference, in partnership with the USDA Risk Management Agency, an equal opportunity provider. The Langston University campus is at 4205 N. Lincoln Blvd. We have a link on this event on our calendar page of WWW.OklahomaFarmReport.Com and we have that page linked below. We are beyond the official registration deadline, but you can call the number for the Kerr Center to see if you can still get signed up for this Friday event.
Harkin likes what the House did to free up monies for nutrition...
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~When Democratic leadership in the House added a last-minute tax measure to pay for nutrition programs, Republican support for the bill all but vanished overnight. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, says that provision will also appear in the Senate version of the bill. According to Democrats, the measure closes a loophole allowing businesses to dodge U.S. taxes by setting up offshore headquarters and routing funds internationally. According to Republicans, it's an unnecessary tax increase.
We're look at doing basically the same thing over here," Harkin said in a press call Tuesday. "That can give us some needed resources." Harkin says he hopes to have his structural farm bill outline as early as next week.
The latest time frame we are hearing from the Senate is the Senate Ag Committee working on their markup the second full week of September, after the August Recess, with floor consideration the third full week of September at the earliest.
Monsanto unveils the next generation of Roundup Ready Soybeans.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Monsanto's Roundup RReady2Yield technology trait has been cleared for planting in both the United States and Canada. Completion of U.S. regulatory processes is seen as being a necessary step toward obtaining approvals in some export markets around the globe. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration already has approved Roundup RReady2Yield soybeans for human and animal consumption. Monsanto anticipates bringing the trait to the U.S. market in 2009.
Monsanto claims that based on 3 years of testing, its next generation Roundup RReady2Yield technology offers a 7 to 11% yield advantage over current Roundup Ready technology. On a field averaging 50 bushels per acre, that could mean a 3.5-5.5 bushel per acre boost. The company has not yet priced the product, and it does not intend to commercialize RR2Yield before gaining approval from certain export destinations.
Monsanto says this announcement yesterday is all about improving yields for farmers here in the US and around the world. Another priority for Monsanto is to offer a variety trait that will improve the oil content of soybeans by at least one percentage point- to help increase the viability of the bio-diesel process. That development is well along in the pipeline, according to Monsanto officials.
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