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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Monday January 11, 2010A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- Climate Change Advocates Called out By AFBF President Bob Stallman
-- Speaking of Climate Change- an Interesting video website with a variety of updates on the subject.
-- Tulsa County Farm Bureau honored in Seattle
-- Kansas Policy Staffer Dana Peterson Named CEO of the National Association of Wheat Growers
-- A Benefit for Mankind- GM Wheat that Addresses Gluten Intolerance
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Climate Change Advocates Called out By AFBF President Bob Stallman
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Just as members of the American Farm Bureau were heading to Seattle, a group of Scientists that believe the evidence is in and man is to blame for global warming wrote a letter to AFBF President Bob Stallman, asking to meet with him and saying the Farm Bureau position on the Climate Change legislation now pending in Congress is wrong, calling Farm Bureau inaccurate in their position on the issue.
At the group's convention in Seattle, President Stallman took on those groups who are promoting climate change without regard to its impact on production agriculture- and he talked about what he told Farm Bureau members during his annual speech to the membership on Sunday morning later in the day during a News Conference with the media gathered in Seattle for the annual meeting. His reaction to those who want Farm Bureau to support the House passed Climate Change bill- a strong one that called allegations a lot of "happy talk" about saving the world, without considering how pulling millions of acres of US Cropland out of production would hinder efforts to feed a growing global population.
Two scientists from Oklahoma schools were included in the list of those who claim the Farm Bureau is wrong in their position on global warming. Those professors are Dr. Michael Palmer, Regents Professor in Botany at OSU in Stillwater, and Dr. Rebecca Sherry, Research Assistant Professor in Botany and Microbiology at the University of Oklahoma in Norman.
Stallman says those who are taking swings at the Farm Bureau over their
Climate Change position need to understand the math of enough food for the
world to eat. He says of those who would like to see a huge rollback in US
cropland to suit their Climate Change agenda that they need to deal with
the hunger they will be advocating. "The world will continue to depend on
food from the United States. To throttle back our ability to produce food
- at a time when the United Nations projects billions of more mouths to
feed - is a moral failure."
Speaking of Climate Change- an Interesting video website with a variety of updates on the subject.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Accuweather is one group that has not bought into the validity of Climate change and has a series of video reports on various aspects of the debate- many of which you won't see in what you might call the mainstream media.
The reports include a great deal of information on Climategate as well as stories of scientists who have misgivings about the accuracy of the evidence that supporters of climate change legislation point to as fact.
The most recent video points out that a large number of Meteorologists are Skeptical on Global Warming- we have the link to the list of reports from their website that you can check out for yourself- they are most interesting and provide some balance to the debate that continues to rage in this country and around the world on this subject.
Tulsa County Farm Bureau honored in Seattle
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Tulsa County Farm Bureau was one of fifteen county Farm Bureaus were recognized by the American Farm Bureau Federation for innovative new program ideas in this year's County Activities of Excellence program. The winners shared their successful efforts in an exhibit at AFBF 91st annual meeting.
The awards spotlight innovative programs by county Farm Bureaus in five categories: Education & Agriculture Promotion; Leadership Development; Membership Services; Policy Implementation; and Public Relations & Information. "County Farm Bureaus from across the country compete for the best new program ideas and these winning entries are true trailblazers. They offer great ideas that other Farm Bureau leaders can take home with them," said AFBF President Bob Stallman.
The Tulsa County Farm Bureau Women's Committee adopted Kendall-Whititer elementary school in inner-city Tulsa. Support included start-up and sustaining funds for the building of a greenhouse, community garden and Ag in the Classroom curriculum. The Ag Education efforts were spotlighted nationally in Seattle on Sunday.
Kansas Policy Staffer Dana Peterson Named CEO of the National Association of Wheat Growers
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Dana Peterson, a longtime policy staffer at Kansas Wheat, will be the next chief executive officer of the National Association of Wheat Growers. Peterson accepted the position this past week after an extensive search process undertaken by a committee including NAWG's officer corps and three leaders from NAWG's affiliated state associations. The final staffing decision was recommended by the executive Board made up of NAWG's officers and producers representing NAWG's member-states.
As a policy and membership specialist at Kansas Wheat since 2001, Peterson has been intimately involved in key issues on the national and state levels for nearly a decade. Her experience includes participation in the last two farm bill debates; the push to increase research funding and give wheat producers access to biotechnology; and the industry's look at new uses and expanded markets for wheat and wheat byproducts, including cellulosic ethanol. During her time at Kansas Wheat, Peterson also spent significant time managing federal and state grants for producer risk management education and participating in the budgeting process for a recent $4 million award from the Kansas Bioscience Authority.
Click on the link below and you can read more about Dana and her excitement as she comes into this position, recently vacated by Darren Coppock, who accepted the position of CEO of the Ag Retailers Association back in the fall.
A Benefit for Mankind- GM Wheat that Addresses Gluten Intolerance
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Wheat continues to lag behind most other major agronomic crops in the area of having a GM option for producers in this country and around the world. The two major food grains globally are rice and wheat- and major consuming countries have been scared to death of the technology. In 2009, a very significant story surfaced that China was planning to move forward with research on a GMO rice. That could make it easier to move forward with a GMO wheat as well.
Perhaps even more importantly for the wheat industry is the idea of providing a trait that consumers will embrace- and it appears that scientists in the Pacific Northwest of the US are working that direction as they attempt to develop a wheat that could address Celiac disease- more commonly known as wheat gluten intolerance.
Dr. Diter von Wettstein, R.A. Nilan Distinguished Professor in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences and the School of Molecular Biosciences at Washington State University, received grants totaling nearly $2 million from the National Institutes of Health and Washington's Life Sciences Discovery Fund in 2008 and 2009. Wettstein was awarded the grants to advance his research to develop wheat varieties safe to eat by people with celiac disease.
We have an article on these developments- and what the scientists are trying to find in this effort. Dr. von Wettstein's research focuses on removing the gliadins and gliadin-type prolamins from the gluten protein in wheat. It is the gliadins that specifically cannot be digested by individuals with celiac disease. Click on the link below and we will jump you to this update on this research, which could open the floodgate of acceptance for GM wheat, if realized. Agronomic traits could be added in that would help the wheat producer, but the consumer reluctance for GM wheat can be vaporized if a trait like this becomes reality.
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Let's Check the Markets!
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