~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Monday August 31, 2009A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- Lucas Says the Baseball Bat is Bad Approach to Climate Change- We Need Carrots.
-- Warning: Face Climate Change Now Not Later
-- Adcock's Lazy 71 & Whitmire Ranches Claim 2009 OCA Range Roundup Championship
-- DeHaven Has Little Love for PAMTA
-- New Web Site has Information on Ethanol
-- USDA to Study Oklahoma Wheat Production Practices
-- Checking Twitter- Reminder from OkieAgMan on Canola Insurance Deadline
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Lucas Says the Baseball Bat is Bad Approach to Climate Change- We Need Carrots.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Congressman Frank Lucas held a news conference on Friday where he discussed the negative impact cap-and-trade will have on farmers, ranchers, and American businesses. The press conference was hosted by the Koch Fertilizer Plant in Enid, Oklahoma, in conjunction with The Fertilizer Institute. It came after the Congressman and several agricultural leaders were given a tour of the plant that produces, anhydrous ammonia, Urea and UAN.
"Cap-and-Trade is just one more example of how out of touch Speaker Pelosi and President Obama are with the American people," stated Lucas. "More than 120 agriculture and food groups wrote Members of Congress asking them to vote against this bill, and the Democrat Majority in the House of Representatives completely ignored them. Well, it's time their voices are heard. "
The Top Republican on the House Ag Committee would prefer to have incentives for less energy be used in agriculture. He calls the Climate Change Legislation okayed by the House a "12 ton baseball bat" and believes that we need "tons of carrots instead."
Click on the link below to read more on this story- and hear our conversation with Congressman Lucas after the general News Conference.
Warning: Face Climate Change Now Not Later
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~As Congressman Lucas was saying the Democratic Plan on Climate Change is the wrong thing for rural America- a report was being released in Iowa that offered a friendlier view of the Waxman-Markey proposal. An Iowa State University assessment of climate change legislation concludes that while cap-and-trade legislation - introduces uncertainty,- failing to act now could lead to even more uncertainty, more downside risk and - a much greater technological challenge. AgMRC co-director Don Hofstrand concludes with a pay-me-now or pay-me-more-later warning: - not developing greenhouse gas reduction technologies today will lead to the need for developing technologies to help us adapt to climate change in the future. Hofstrand believes - this will be a much greater technological challenge.
Hofstrand adds up the potential negative impacts that the House-passed Clean Energy and Security Act could have on U.S. farmers and ranchers due to higher energy prices. He finds - the overall impact on net farm income is expected to be relatively small . . . down about 1 percent in the next decade, decreasing by about 7 percent by mid-century. Hofstrand says - even the 7 percent drop may be an overestimate since farmers have a long track record of improving productivity.
On the plus side, Hofstrand sees farmers and ranchers earning substantial income from selling carbon offsets. He says no-till farming already gives farmers a way to store large amounts of carbon in the soil. As new technologies are developed, he sees far greater income opportunities from increasing soil carbon sequestration with charcoal, capturing ethanol plant emissions, developing new feedstocks for nitrogen fertilizer, and transforming livestock manure emissions from a greenhouse gas problem to a major energy source.
Adcock's Lazy 71 & Whitmire Ranches Claim 2009 OCA Range Roundup Championship
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The 2009 Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association Range Roundup have crowned their Champion Ranch Team- Adcock's Lazy 71 & Whitmire Ranches, based out of Ramona and Nowata. The Adcock/Whitmire team took first place in three categories, Wild Cow Milking, Team Sorting and Wild Horse Race enroute to the overall Championship.
The Second Place Team was the entry from Kottke and Lynn Ranches, Lenapah, while the Third Place Team for 2009 is the Pitchfork and Barrett Ranches of Ryan, Oklahoma.
Click on the link below for the full listing of the class winners and more from the 2009 OCA Range Roundup, held this past weekend at the State Fair Park in Oklahoma City.
DeHaven Has Little Love for PAMTA
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Dr. Ron DeHaven, is the CEO of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). DeHaven, a former administrator of USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, says the Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act would take an important tool out of the veterinarian's toolbox when it comes to producing healthy animals and safe food.
Dr. DeHaven says the problem with Congresswoman's Louise Slaughter's bill is that it is based on little or no sound science. DeHaven would prefer to get a credible review of the issue in place- then consider regulations from that base of knowledge.
We feature comments from Dr. DeHaven on our Monday Beef Buzz, courtesy of colleague Stewart Doan with Agri-Pulse, who has a complete conversation with Dr. DeHaven on the Agri-Pulse website. We have our Monday Beef Buzz with Dr. DeHaven linked below- and there on our site is a link to the Open Mic interview that Stewart conducted with the current top hired hand of the American Vet Medical Association.
New Web Site has Information on Ethanol
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Growth Energy has announced the launch of a new online resource to help consumers learn more about the - tremendous benefits - of ethanol for America's environment, economy and national security. The site includes answers to many frequently asked questions about the ethanol industry, as well as retail information.
Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis calls - DrivingEthanol.org - a one-stop shop to learn more about the remarkable benefits of high-tech, homegrown ethanol. Buis says, - ethanol is affordable and available now to grow our economy, green our environment and enhance our national security. Buis invites consumers and retailers to visit DrivingEthanol.org to learn more about the promise of ethanol.
The web site also contains helpful retail information such as E85 and blender pump locations, uses of ethanol and a listing of the Flex-Fuel Vehicle models on the market today. The site also provides valuable resources for prospective ethanol retailers including information on tax incentives, pump installation and conversion, as well as ethanol purchase.
USDA to Study Oklahoma Wheat Production Practices
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~A representative number of Oklahoma Wheat growers will soon be contacted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) to participate in the 2009 Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS). This year's survey is similar in scope to 2006 with its focus on wheat, including durum, spring, winter, with an introduction of organic wheat varieties for the first time.
"Virtually every federal farm program and policy is based on ARMS data," said Wilbert Hundl, Jr., Director of the NASS Oklahoma Field Office. "The survey's information reveals important links between what farmers produce, how they produce it, and the financial state of their operation." Changes in fertilizer use and pesticide applications, coupled with the adverse effects of rising fuel and diesel prices have impacted the dynamics of current wheat production practices. Thus, it is vitally important that Oklahoma wheat growers participate in this survey so the most recent and accurate data on the State's winter wheat is available.
Beginning in September, NASS representatives will conduct personal interviews with nearly 5,000 wheat growers Nationwide. Producers will be asked to provide information on their fertilizer, nutrient and pesticide applications, as well as their pest management and irrigation practices. Since this type of data has not been collected in several years, the responses ensure that the Environmental Protection Agency (US-EPA) and other regulators have real-world data available when decisions are being made about the future and availability of these products. In early 2010, NASS will follow up with some of the participants to obtain additional economic data.
Checking Twitter- Reminder from OkieAgMan on Canola Insurance Deadline
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~OkieAgMan reminds all on Twitter that "Monday is your last day to sign written agreement application for winter canola insurance, multi-peril Federal Crop, in the southern plains." Monday is today- August 31- check with your local crop insurance agent and get this done if you think there is even a SLIGHT chance you will plant canola in the next forty days.
One Tweet that we ran across as we examined some of the comments from the weekend came from the IndianaWineBabe- who writes "We can't feed the entire world on a garden. I love local foods, but know there has to be bigger family farms 2 feed millions of people." It sounds like she even gets paid to Tweet- "Farmwife, mom of 5 and 3yo girls, and promoter of Indiana wine! I really get paid to promote Indiana's wine industry! It's a great life!"
And from various Twitter folks- we get word that Mike Adams and the folks at Agri-Talk will get a chance to take on Bryan Walsh of Time Magazine on Monday morning at 10:06 AM central time. Walsh is the author of the slanted anti modern agriculture lead front page article in the current Time Magazine (dated August 31) You can listen to Agri Talk by clicking here for their website.
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Let's Check the Markets!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Woodward Livestock Auction had a total Friday run of 4,355, with yearling steers selling steady to $2 higher, while steer and heifer calves were called steady. The five to six hundred pound steers sold from $106.75 to $ 113, while seven to eight hundred pound steer yearlings cleared from $98.75 to $101.35. Click here for a complete rundown of the Woodward Friday market- the August 28th report should be online form USDA's Market News folks by around 8 AM central time.
We've had requests to include Canola prices for your convenience here- and we will be doing so on a regular basis. Current cash price for Canola is $8.05 per bushel, while the 2010 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $8.10 per bushel- delivered to local participating elevators that are working with PCOM.
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