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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Friday July 17, 2009A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- The Cattle Business- and All of Agriculture- Under Heavy Pressure in Washington
-- Growth Energy Making Final Push to Convince EPA About E-15
-- OSU's Kim Anderson Thinks the Wheat Market May Be Putting in a Bottom
-- What About Mandatory Animal ID- It May Still be the Direction USDA Goes
-- From Twitter- Some Oklahoma Crop Updates
-- Matt Wilson Steps Down As Executive Director of Oklahoma Farm Bureau
-- Next Thursday, Friday and Saturday- OCA Meets in Midwest City
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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The Cattle Business- and All of Agriculture- Under Heavy Pressure in Washington
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Cattle Industry, along with all of agriculture, faces huge challenges in many different arenas here in the summer of 2009. We sat down here in Denver at the Cattle Industry Summer Conference with Colin Woodall, lead lobbyist for the Cattle Industry in Washington, DC. about the strong push in many of those different directions by the Obama Administration and the Democratic majority in Congress as they attempt to secure as many of their huge money legacy type projects as possible before folks start worrying too much about the 2010 elections.
Among the subjects we covered with Colin was the Obama Health Care Plan, ways to pay for it through income from the Death Tax and the Climate Change Cap & Trade plan. We also talked about ethanol and the cattle industry call for no more subsidies for the alcohol based product. Finally, we discussed the nominee for Regulatory Czar in the White House, Cass Sunstein. The cattle industry does not like this choice from the Obama Administration, as Sunstein is very public and vocal about his views as a supporter of Animal Rights.
We have that full conversation with Colin Woodall up on our front page of our website- and we invite you to take a listen to that quick Q&A session we had with him. Click on the link below and take a listen.
Growth Energy Making Final Push to Convince EPA About E-15
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The public comment period on moving to E-15 ends Monday and the CEO of Growth Energy, Tom Buis, is hoping for a quick and positive decision by EPA. Buis says that increasing the ethanol blend rate will be a win win for consumers and for farmers. Buis and Growth Energy contends that by increasing the blend of ethanol in our gasoline just five percent, we will help boost our ailing economy by creating American jobs, increasing our energy independence, enhancing our car performance, and greening our environment.
In Denver at the Summer Cattle Industry Conference, the idea of jumping the blend rate from ten to fifteen percent is not a popular idea. Colin Woodall of the NCBA's Washington office says that raising the blend rate by fifty percent will mean more corn useage that equates to the entire amount of feed grain used by the cattle industry on an annual basis. Our conversation with Colin that you can hear by following the link from our top story this morning includes comments about Ethanol from Woodall.
Click on the link below for a special report from Stewar Doan of Agri-Pulse on the final push by Growth Energy to convince the EPA about E-15.
OSU's Kim Anderson Thinks the Wheat Market May Be Putting in a Bottom
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~OSU Grain Marketing Economist Dr. Kim Anderson says that he thinks that the recent price action in our wheat market is good news, as he sees the market now building a bottom by "wallering around" at recent levels. From here, Dr. Anderson tells SUNUP host Clinton Griffiths that he sees the wheat market going sideways in the near term, with some slight up a real possibility.
Dr. Anderson's abbreviated look at the wheat market is a part of this weekend's SUNUP program that is seen Saturday mornings on OETA and produced by OSU Ag Communications.
We have those audio comments from Dr. Anderson on our website- as well as the complete lineup of this weekend's SUNUP. Click on the link below to take a listen.
What About Mandatory Animal ID- It May Still be the Direction USDA Goes
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Animal ID was one of many subjects that were discussed by the Washington office team of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association on Thursday at the Summer Cattle Industry Conference in Denver. Colin Woodall of the DC office was asked by one cattle producer about where the Obama Administration stands on Animal ID, after the series of listening sessions that were held this summer.
Woodall says that they have gotten indications through back door channels from USDA that much of the inflammatory rhetoric that was heard during many of the Listening Sessions has been discounted by Secretary Vilsack- and he believes that the strong opinions of both House Ag Committee Chairman Collin Peterson and House Ag Appropriations Subcommittee Chair Rosa DeLauro will be most persuasive when it comes to what USDA ends up doing on this issue. If that is the case, Woodall says a mandatory program for Animal ID may still be proposed by the agency. We have the comments from the session on our end of the week Beef Buzz.
Click on the link below for that report from here in the Mile High City.
From Twitter- Some Oklahoma Crop Updates
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Michael Marlow- as known as OkieAgMan on Twitter, offered up several updates yesterday on the Social Media service. As you may remember, we have talked about twitter in the past- and always invite you to check Twitter out and "follow" our updates on the service. We have the link to do that below.
At the same time, there are a lot of other great people to follow and get information from on a regular basis on this service. Marlow is one of those folks- he doesn't post real often, but when he does- this summer he has been offering some very timely crop updates.
Michael offered three Tweets on crop conditions this week. For corn, he writes "Corn harvest about 10 days away on short season corn at Temple, Oklahoma. Most of the Oklahoma dryland corn has 30 days to harvest." He also talked about Sunflowers "Early planted Sunflowers in Oklahoma blooming now. Watch for head moth infestations. Treat if you have them." And finally, Michael gave us a Tweet on Soybeans "Time to look in your soybeans for weed control. It is cooling off in Oklahoma so it will be a good time for Roundup applciations Saturday."
Matt Wilson Steps Down As Executive Director of Oklahoma Farm Bureau
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~In a sudden announcement made late Wednesday afternoon, Oklahoma Farm Bureau and affiliated companies Executive Director Matt Wilson announced his retirement July 15, after 32 years of service to the Farm Bureau family.
"On behalf of Oklahoma Farm Bureau and affiliated companies, the board of directors wishes to thank Mr. Wilson for his more than 30 years of dedicated work," said Mike Spradling, president of OFB and affiliated companies. "His efforts have been instrumental in establishing OFB as a national leader in Farm Bureau and the agriculture industry."
The board appointed Monica Wilke, OFB and affiliated companies' general
counsel, as acting executive director.
Next Thursday, Friday and Saturday- OCA Meets in Midwest City
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The 57th annual Convention and Trade Show of the OKlahoma Cattlemen's Association is less than a week away- and it looks like it will be a dandy. In talking with Scott Dewald, Executive Director for the organization, the group is expecting good attendance, a virtually sold out trade show and a great program designed to educate, inspire and entertain those who make the trip to the Reed Center in Midwest City.
We have details on our website in the Calendar section- click on the link below to jump right to the OCA Convention listing- or for more last minute information on the convention, feel free to give them a call at 405-235-4391.
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Let's Check the Markets!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Stockman's Livestock in Apache ran just over 2,200 head of cattle yesterday, with yearlings steady to a little higher- click here to see the full rundown of prices from the Thursday Apache market.
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