~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Tuesday January 20, 2009A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- Let the Lawmaking Begin!
-- Pork Producers Furious Over EPA Move
-- Prohibition on Horse Shipping for Slaughter Bill Returning for Another Try in 2009
-- Five Things Consumers Want When They Buy Beef
-- Oklahoma Wheat Commission Holding First Meeting in Their New Location
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Let the Lawmaking Begin!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The 2009 Oklahoma Legislative Session is beginning to take shape with the filing of bills done in both the House and Senate at the Capital in Oklahoma City. State House members filed a total of 1269 bills, while their Senate counterparts filed 1240 bills for the 2009 Legislative session to consider. Many of these measures are "shell bills" that are in place, ready to be filled with legislation as the session unfolds. Other measures are already intact proposals, covering everything from property rights to one House measure requiring OETA to broadcast all State Football Championship games on a statewide basis.
The American Farmers and Ranchers have done an initial sifting of the measures and we have links to their House and Senate measures they have initial interest in linked in our webstory that you can jump to by clicking on our link below.
In that same story- we have audio with Lori Peterson of Oklahoma Farm Bureau on her take of the money issues that will be a part of the 2009 session- as well as some of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau priorities.
Pork Producers Furious Over EPA Move
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Rules issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency require large livestock farms to file reports on air emissions by first making phone calls to their state and local emergency response authorities, then by filing written notification of emission estimates. The National Pork Producers Council has filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging the EPA's decision and timing.
The guidelines for filing written estimates was not issued by EPA until 4:30 p.m. on January 16th - just 30 minutes before the end of the last business day before the filing deadline. As a result, NPPC says, farmers had just 30 minutes to understand and comply with the rules. NPPC also is alleging that EPA violated the due process rights of farmers by failing to develop an adequate system to accept the reports, making compliance with the law impossible.
NPPC said, EPA told state officials not to accept reports and provided on its Web site false and out-of-data information on filing reports. Farmers that fail to comply will face penalties of 25-thousand dollars per day. The rule goes into effect today (Tuesday), the first day of the Obama administration. NPPC is asking the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to enjoin EPA from enforcing the rule until the agency develops a system that will allow producers to comply.
Prohibition on Horse Shipping for Slaughter Bill Returning for Another Try in 2009
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Our Griffin Colleague at the News on 6 in Tulsa, Jennifer Loren, offers a nice piece of work on the return in the new year of a bill that was moving last fall in the US House until the House Ag Committee claimed oversight- was awarded that by House leadership and that ended its advance in 2008. The measure is entitled "The Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act," which would make it illegal to transport horses for slaughter in other countries where slaughter is legal.
The News on 6 piece as found on their website(we have linked their
story below) talks of the Mid America Stockyards in Bristow, where
hundreds of horses are auctioned off every month.
Meanwhile, there are a lot of folks who support the measure. "If you're a horse owner, you should care enough about the horse to find a way to euthanize that horse," said Steve Eberle with Oklahoma Animal Protection Association. If it passes, Eberle does not believe the bill will create a glut of unwanted horses. He believes it will force horse owners to be more responsible.
Five Things Consumers Want When They Buy Beef
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We continue our visit with John Lundeen, Executive Vice President for Market Research at the National Cattlemen's Beef Association on our Tuesday Beef Buzz. In this part of our interview with Lundeen, who was one of the presenters at the International Livestock Congress in Denver last week, we talk with him about what considerations the consumer has in her (or his) mind as they shop for dinner to serve their family.
Lundeen believes there are five factors- price, quality, safety of the product, convenience and positive health benefits that can result from eating this product. We explore these five areas with John Lundeen as he talks about the "choosy consumer" on our Beef Buzz.
Click on the link below to get to our Tuesday Beef Buzz- the Beef Buzz a regular feature that is heard on great radio stations around Oklahoma on the Radio Oklahoma Network- and is also a regularly updated part of our website at www.OklahomaFarmReport.Com
Oklahoma Wheat Commission Holding First Meeting in Their New Location
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The January Board Meeting of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission offers several changes from previous meetings. The Wednesday morning gathering will be at their new office location at 3800 Classen in Suite C40 in Oklahoma City, a couple of miles away from their previous office home on 63rd street.
The other major change has to do with who will not be there as Executive Director. This will be the first meeting in several years that Mark Hodges will not be there in that role as the top hired hand of the group.
We have the full agenda of the meeting linked within our calendar as found at WWW.OklahomaFarmReport.Com and that link to the full calendar is below- scroll down and click on the January 21st Oklahoma Wheat Commission listing for that agenda.
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Let's Check the Markets!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~It was a good sized run of approximately 12,000 head of cattle that were sold at the Oklahoma National Stockyards yesterday. The market report writes "Feeder cattle and calves mostly steady to 2.00 lower. The best demand was for 600-700 lb steers and these held mostly steady. After a lower start, calf prices worked higher into the afternoon as demand and calf quality improved. Several thin long weaned stockers available. Demand remains good despite drought conditions. Feeder demand remains fairly good but not as good as a couple weeks ago. Heavy runs continue due to large numbers of heavy calves and yearlings being sold that normally would have come to town last fall when prices were lower." Click here for the rundown of prices at Oklahoma City for their Monday sale.
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