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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Wednesday July 15, 2009A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- Senator Jim Inhofe Continues Battle Over Climate Change Legislation
-- Farm Bureau's Chief Calls Cap and Trade Legislation "A Fool's Errand."
-- New Officers- and Budget Decisions Highlight the Monthly Oklahoma Wheat Commission Meeting This Morning
-- Monsanto Buys Their Way Into the Wheat Germplasm Arena
-- Meanwhile, Dr. Jeff Edwards Has Great Advice on Doing Better in Wheat Even Before We Have Biotech Traits to Help Us
-- NFU Proposes Changes in Dairy
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Senator Jim Inhofe Continues Battle Over Climate Change Legislation
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We reviewed the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing from earlier on Tuesday with the ranking Minority Member of the Committee, Senator Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma. Inhofe is not a believer that mankind is responsible in a meaningful way in any increases in Greenhouse Gases- and is a staunch opponent of Climate Change legislation as a result.
Senator Inhofe noted that this was the first time he had heard from Senator Boxer that she would be using the Waxman-Markey measure that passed the House as the basis for legislation that she plans on marking up in the Committee this September. Inhofe concedes that whatever Chairlady Boxer wants- she will likely get within the Committee, but he remains convinced that any measure that looks remotely like the House passed bill will not pass the U.S. Senate.
He took part of the Senate hearing on Tuesday, building on a statement made by the Administrator of the EPA a week earlier before the same Senate panel. Lisa Jackson admitted that even if the U.S. should adopt the Climate Change legislation touted by the Democrats- the U.S. going it alone with such efforts would not decrease global warming indicators at all.
Click on our link below for our full conversation from Tuesday afternoon with Senator Inhofe, as well as a link to a Youtube of the Senator interacting with Bob Stallman of the American Farm Bureau during the hearing.
Farm Bureau's Chief Calls Cap and Trade Legislation "A Fool's Errand."
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman today said that the House-passed climate legislation will have little to no impact on global temperatures. Testifying before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, Stallman said without the adoption of similar actions by other countries, the U.S. "will be embarking on a fool's errand."
AFBF is opposed to H.R. 2454, the House-passed climate change bill being examined by the Senate and that will serve as the basis for writing a Senate companion bill. "Unilateral cap-and-trade legislation will have little or no impact on the climate because greenhouse gas emissions require a global response," said Stallman. "A ton of GHG (greenhouse gases) emitted in China is the same as a ton of GHG emitted in Virginia. Regulating emissions in Virginia without regulating emissions in China will have little or no effect on the environment."
AFBF also contends that the bill will raise food prices for consumers
unless an offset program is put into place to defray production input
costs. An agricultural offsets program administered by the Agriculture
Department is an essential cost containment measure, but revenues from
offsets will only partially defray increased costs and not all agriculture
sectors will benefit from offset opportunities.
New Officers- and Budget Decisions Highlight the Monthly Oklahoma Wheat Commission Meeting This Morning
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The regular monthly board meeting of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission will likely be longer than usual, with lots of budget decisions to be made, as hundreds of thousands of dollars had to be shaved off the budget of just a year ago with the 2009 wheat crop less than half the size of the 2008 production.
The Oklahoma Wheat Commission depends on checkoff monies for their budget- so a short crop means a short budget. OWC Executive Director Mike Schulte and his board decided to wait on final budget decisions for the fiscal year that began on the first of July until they had a good handle on the real size of the 2009 wheat crop. The USDA July first projection of a 75 million bushel wheat crop means one of the smallest budgets ever for the checkoff organization.
In addition to the budget decisions, the new officers for the coming year will be formalized. It is expected that Don Schieber of Kay County will rotate into the Chairman's slot- a position that has been held over the last year by Jeff Krehbiel. We have the complete agenda of the Commission linked on our calendar page- and the direct Calendar link to the OWC meeting today is below.
Monsanto Buys Their Way Into the Wheat Germplasm Arena
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Monsanto Company announced today it is expanding its strong seeds and traits portfolio to include wheat. The company has acquired the assets of WestBred, LLC, a Montana-based company that specializes in wheat germplasm, the crop's seed genetic material. The investment will bolster the future growth of Monsanto's seeds and traits platform and allow farmers to benefit from the company's experience in drought-, disease- and pest-tolerance innovations.
"The U.S. wheat industry has come together to call for new technology investment, and we believe we have game-changing technologies - like our drought- tolerance and improved-yield traits - that can meaningfully address major challenges wheat growers face every season," said Carl Casale, executive vice president of global strategy and operations for Monsanto. "Through WestBred, we'll be able to deliver advances in breeding and biotechnology to deliver a step-change in yield while creating a springboard for new partnerships and collaboration opportunities that create additional value for farmers."
We have the rest of this story linked below- as well as reaction on our website from US Wheat Associates and the National Association of Wheat Growers, who are delighted with the news. Click here for the Wheat Industry reaction, and follow the link below for the full Monsanto story- and we point you to their website's wheat pages that are now set up and available to be seen.
Meanwhile, Dr. Jeff Edwards Has Great Advice on Doing Better in Wheat Even Before We Have Biotech Traits to Help Us
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The latest OSU Extension Newsletter from the Plant and Soil Sciences Department is available- and Dr. Edwards has some tips on how to do better in producing the 2009-2010 winter wheat crop. We have the pdf file of the entire newsletter on our website- and we have the link below to the list of what is in that latest newsletter at that link as well.
Jeff says that producers need to produce more yield with the same inputs. This can be done through better management. That is, most Oklahoma wheat farmers are NOT taking full advantage of their crop inputs. Easy things to do in 2009-10 to increase profitability and yield include:
1. Soil Test - without a soil test you are guessing at your fertility
needs and are probably losing money by either leaving yield on the table
or applying fertilizer you may not need.
NFU Proposes Changes in Dairy
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Concerning the Dairy Industry, National Farmers Union president Roger Johnson says, - while no single action by either Congress or the administration will immediately resolve today's crisis, a suite of options does exist to ensure producers will survive one of the most devastating economic periods. In testimony submitted to the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry , Johnson said, - Farmers Union's dairy farmer members are prepared to engage in immediate conversations with members of the committee to help resolve the current situation and ensure it is not repeated in the future.
NFU offered several short- and long-term options. The short-term options include the establishment of a safety net, maintain standards, deploy low-interest and emergency loans, and allow producers to label milk as free of artificial growth hormones. Long-term: passage of the Milk Import tariff Equity Act is sought, as well as the efficient transmission of price signals.
The monthly all-milk price has been steadily declining since the summer of 2007, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) projects the price will decline later this year to its lowest annual average since 1979. USDA Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services (FFAS) Under Secretary James Miller appeared on the second witness panel to discuss the Department's market forecast for the short- and long-term as well as policies in place to assist dairy producers.
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