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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Wednesday November 19, 2008!A service of Johnston Enterprises, KIS Futures and American Farmers & Ranchers!
-- A Preview of the 2009 Oklahoma Legislative Session with Dale Dewitt
-- Kansas City Federal Reserve Reports Healthy Credit Conditions
-- Bob Drake and Andrea Hutchison Reappointed to Cattlemen's Beef Board
-- Mrs. Boone Pickens Looking for a Home for 30,000 Unwanted Horses
-- Word from the Hill- Congressman Lucas Set to Become Ranking Member of House Ag Committee
-- Could COOL Freeze US Beef Out of the Mexican Market?
-- Looking at our Agricultural Markets...
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A Preview of the 2009 Oklahoma Legislative Session with Dale Dewitt
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The 2009 Oklahoma Legislative session is still a couple of months away- but preparations are being made for the session that will see the Republicans in control of both the House and Senate for the first time ever in state history. We discussed how 2009 may play out at the State Capitol with State lawmaker Dale Dewitt of Braman, who will likely serve as the Chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, which has several key subcommittees that sit under Natural Resources- including Agriculture.
Dewitt says that he believes that spending may have to be adjusted back some compared to 2008, but he believes there will not have to be huge cutbacks in the coming year. He does see a lot of discussion about water- although most lawmakers will be content to allow the Comprehensive Water Planning process to continue for a while longer before offering legislation.
You can hear our conversation that we had with Representative Dewitt after the banquet this past Saturday night at the Oklahoma Farm Bureau convention in Oklahoma City- click on the link below to check it out.
Kansas City Federal Reserve Reports Healthy Credit Conditions
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Agricultural lenders from seven states surveyed by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City reported healthy farm credit conditions during the third quarter, but raised concerns about the outlook for 2009. Some borrowers faced tighter credit standards as almost 20 percent of the 255 respondents raised collateral requirements but less than 2 percent reported refusing a loan due a shortage of funds.
According to the survey, released earlier this week, farm loan demand was projected to rise in the fourth quarter and participating lenders anticipated additional tightening in credit standards. Looking ahead, farm incomes are expected to decline well below the record high reported at the beginning of the year and many respondents expressed concern that rising input costs would cut profit margins next year.
The Kansas City Fed covers Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma,
Wyoming, northern New Mexico and western Missouri.
Bob Drake and Andrea Hutchison Reappointed to Cattlemen's Beef Board
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer has announced 32 appointments to the Cattlemen's Beef Promotion and Research Board. All appointees will serve 3-year terms beginning January 31, 2009. The Secretary selects the appointees nominated by beef, veal, dairy and importers certified organizations. USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service monitors operation of the board.
Among those who were reappointed to the CBB for a three year term were Bob Drake and Andrea Hutchison from the state of Oklahoma.
The board oversees collection of one dollar per head on all cattle sold in the United States and one dollar per head equivalent on imported cattle, beef and beef products. In addition, the board contracts with established national, non-profit, industry-governed organizations to implement programs of promotion, research, consumer information, industry information, foreign marketing and producer communications.
Mrs. Boone Pickens Looking for a Home for 30,000 Unwanted Horses
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Just a few years ago T. Boone Pickens and his wife, Madeleine, led the fight to close the last horse slaughterhouse in the United States. At the time an outcry was heard over the fate of unwanted horses.
During a public hearing in Reno, Nevada Monday, Madeleine Pickens made known her intentions to adopt not just the two-thousand healthy wild horses maintained by the government, but most or all of the 30-thousand horses and burros kept in federal holding pens.
To accomplish this adoption Madeleine Pickens is now looking for land in the West that would be an appropriate home for the horses. She is working with the Bureau of Land Management to adopt the horses, while the agency persuades Congress to shift 20 million dollars in funding to feed and protect the horses now in captivity for another year.
Word from the Hill- Congressman Lucas Set to Become Ranking Member of House Ag Committee
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We got word from one of the Washington ag lobbyists that spent time yesterday tracking the Steering Committee for the House Republicans that it appears that Congressman Frank Lucas of Oklahoma's Third Congressional District could be named the ranking minority member of the House Ag Committee as early as today or perhaps on Thursday.
The current ranking member, Bob Goodlatte, will stay on Ag Committee and Judiciary Committee. He will not be getting a ranking member slot on the Judiciary committee, but might get either Lucas' or Hayes' ranking subcommittee memberships on House Ag. Goodlatte has served four years as Chairman of the Committee, then the last two as the ranking minority member.
The Steering Committee met for the first time yesterday- and affirmed that the six year term limit rule would be honored and that pushes Goodlatte out of the Ranking slot. Congressman Lucas has served in Congress since the Republican revolution of 1994 and as a result, has served on the House Ag Committee through three farm bills in 1996, 2002 and 2008.
Could COOL Freeze US Beef Out of the Mexican Market?
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~That's a concern of Colin Woodall of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association as he tells us that the Mexicans are "all around mad for being treated this way" as it relates to criticism that is surfacing over the mixed origin label being seen in supermarkets around the country.
Woodall says that those who have demanded this situation are playing with fire as we are in danger of alienating our number one customer for US beef internationally- Mexico. Woodall says that if we lose a part or all of that market for US beef, it will cause a lot of economic pain for US producers that won't be offset by any benefit that might be coming from COOL.
His comments are a part of the conversation that we had with him last week over how COOL is unfolding- and is the subject of our Wednesday Beef Buzz heard on great radio stations around our state on the Radio Oklahoma Network. Click on the link below and you can check out today's conversation as we Beef Buzz with Colin Woodall- all about COOL.
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