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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Monday July 6, 2009A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- Interim Studies Planned by State Lawmakers of Interest to Agriculture
-- A Big Happy Birthday to the Sorghum Board!
-- Slight Drop in Retail Food Prices for Final Quarter of 2008
-- Wayne Pacelle of the HSUS Claims He Means No Harm to Animal Agriculture
-- Out in the Texas Panhandle- State of the Art Feedlot Research Facility Now On Line
-- Coming on Tuesday- Senate Hearing on Climate Change
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Interim Studies Planned by State Lawmakers of Interest to Agriculture
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~There are several interim legislative studies that have been approved by both the Oklahoma House and Senate leadership. These studies will be conducted between now and the early part of fall, leading up to the 2010 Oklahoma Legislative Session. On the House side, four studies have been approved that have been assigned to the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee. They include:
Agriculture; relating to Oklahoma Veterinary Practice Act- requested by
Chairman Don Armes. This study will look at ways to blend animal husbandry
practices with veterinary practices to better serve the animal agriculture
industry in the state of Oklahoma.
Over in the Senate, two studies have been assigned to the Senate Agriculture and Rural Development Committee. A study on Concerns of burn bans and fireworks has been requested by Senator Don Barrington, while Senator Mike Schulz of Altus is the lead lawmaker on the Senate's plans to study the Oklahoma Veterinary Practice Act. The Senate Energy Committee will be having an interim study on "Oklahoma's comprehensive water plan - investing today for Oklahoma's future."
We have more details on these and other Interim studies that will be of interest to rural Oklahoma- click on the link below to jump to our story on the front page of our website, www.OklahomaFarmReport.Com
A Big Happy Birthday to the Sorghum Board!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~This past week, July 1, 2009 marked one year since the United Sorghum Checkoff Program started collections. The idea was to help producers improve their bottom lines by delivering cutting edge research, meaningful promotion and targeted information to the nation's sorghum producers. between sorghum handlers and international buyers.
Their Mission Statement reads as follows: The United Sorghum Checkoff Program commits to efficiently invest checkoff dollars to increase producer profitability and enhance the sorghum industry.
The USCP has already funded three rounds of research projects that
range from basic production handbooks to next-generation genomics. It has
also hosted multiple buyers' missions that have forged working
Slight Drop in Retail Food Prices for Final Quarter of 2008
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~It's now been three consecutive quarters that retail food prices have dropped slightly at the grocery store. That's a ccording to the American Farm Bureau Federation's latest Marketbasket Survey - which shows a two-percent - or $1.12 - decline in prices from the first quarter of 2009. The informal survey shows a total cost of $46.29 for 16 basic grocery items that can be used to prepare a meal. Over a year's time - the average price for the marketbasket of foods has declined by about six-percent.
Ten of the items decreased in price - five increased and a 20-ounce loaf of bread remained the same compared to the first quarter. Consumers saw the biggest price declines in Russet potatoes - down 29- cents for a five-pound bag; boneless chicken breasts - down 28-cents per pound; and eggs - 16-cents less for a dozen. Prices for both sliced deli ham and whole milk are down 14-cents. Compared to a year ago - egg prices are down 26-percent - milk decreased 22- percent and the decline for chicken is 19-percent. Ground chuck, sirloin tip roast, flour, bacon and toasted oat cereal round out the items that decreased in price.
As for those products increasing in price - bagged salad will cost 13-cents more for a one-pound bag; shredded cheese is up seven-cents for one pound; apples will cost six-cents extra per pound; a 32-ounce of vegetable oil is six-cents more; and a half-gallon of orange juice will require a couple more pennies. Eighty-two volunteer shoppers in 33 states took part in AFBF's Marketbasket survey for the second quarter of 2009. The survey was conducted in May.
Wayne Pacelle of the HSUS Claims He Means No Harm to Animal Agriculture
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Humane Society of the United States President Wayne Pacelle says no organization does more direct care services for animals. What does that mean and how does it translate to the percentage of the HSUS budget going to animal shelters? Speaking on the nationally syndicated talk show AgriTalk last week - Pacelle said it depends on how you define animal shelters.
Comments made by Pacelle last week on AgriTalk that being featuring today on the Beef Buzz. Pacelle contends that it's not practical to say HSUS is trying to eliminate animal agriculture. He says it's time to drop the paranoia and look at the situation in an honest way.
Of course, not everyone believes the story being told by Pacelle. One
who rejects most of what Pacelle is selling to the general public is David
Martosko of the Center for Consumer Freedom.
Out in the Texas Panhandle- State of the Art Feedlot Research Facility Now On Line
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~A combination of academic, industry and legislative efforts have created a premier research cattle feeding facility at the Texas AgriLife Research and U.S. Department of Agriculture complex near Bushland. The $450,000 facility was dedicated this past week.
With the influx of distiller's grains into the cattle feeding industry and the regulatory push to monitor greenhouse gases and other air quality contaminants, it was necessary to build some new facilities that included a commodity barn and equipment that can measure gas production in cattle, said Dr. John Sweeten, AgriLife Research resident director in Amarillo.
"This is a perfect example of what comes from collaborative efforts," said Ross Wilson, Texas Cattle Feeders Association president. "There are more than a few billion dollars worth of feedstuffs purchased in this region," Wilson said. "The important research being done on ethanol byproducts will hopefully expand the options cattle feeders have for feedstuffs."
Coming on Tuesday- Senate Hearing on Climate Change
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Committee that Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe serves as ranking member on- the Environment and Public Works Committee, will hold a Climate Change Legislation hearing on Tuesday morning- as the heat is being turned up on Senators to fall in line with the House and pass a Climate Change bill in short order.
One count that we have seen mentioned in the national media is that 45 Democrats in the Senate are supporting Climate Change legislation, no Republicans with some 15 Democratic lawmakers either a solid no or a likely no. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has his work cut out for him to find enough votes this summer to make the goal of turning this into law before Halloween a tall order.
The Obama Administration will sing its praise of something similar to the House version of the concept- as three Cabinet Secretaries will sit before Senator Barbara Boxer and her Committee tomorrow morning. The Honorable Steven Chu Secretary United States Department of Energy, The Honorable Lisa Jackson Administrator United States Environmental Protection Agency and The Honorable Tom Vilsack Secretary United States Department of Agriculture will all be beating the drum of urgency for this deal to be done.
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Let's Check the Markets!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We did sell cattle out of the feedlots in the southern plains before the three day holiday weekend set in. The bulk of the Kansas feedlot trade went for $83, while over 18,000 were reported sold by the TCFA out of their member feedyards in Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico for $83.50.
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