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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Thursday October 28, 2010A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- Litigation May Offer Best Hope to Short Circuit GIPSA Proposed Rule
-- Also on the GIPSA Front- a Look at the Head of the GIPSA Agency
-- National Association of Conservation Districts and American Farm Bureau Among Groups Crying Out Against Big Changes in Clean Water Act
-- Whoever You Support for Governor- They Oppose State Question 744.
-- OFB Leaders Express Support for Direct Payments as Part of the Farm Bill Safety Net
-- Latest Plant and Soil Science Newsletter Covers Wheat Seeding, Diseases and Weed Control
-- Lori Burns Gets Her FFA Speech Contestants Ready- and They Win.
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Litigation May Offer Best Hope to Short Circuit GIPSA Proposed Rule
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Today's Beef Buzz continues our conversation with Colin Woodall of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association- who disagrees with R-Calf and OEM about the help they claim will come from the GIPSA Marketing Rule on Livestock that they want to see finalized and effectively become the law of the land through regulation.
R-Calf and others who support the GIPSA Proposal claim that small producers will be protected against the packers with this rule- but Woodall contends that those smaller producers will lose out, because many of the premiums that are paid for value added cattle may dry up and go away. Some of the major value added programs in the country have broken down the stats of the size of their participants- and large numbers of smaller producers take advantage of these programs and walk away with more than the market for their animals.
Woodall adds that he believes that GIPSA Administrator, Dudley Butler, has no intention of paying attention to any comments submitted and that USDA will publish a final rule within a few days after the end of the public comment period on November 22, 2010. He says those that oppose the rule will likely have little choice but to seek relief through court action.
Click on the LINK below to jump to our webstory and listen to Woodall's take on the proposed rule on the marketing of livestock from GIPSA. The Beef Buzz is heard daily across the region on great radio stations that are a part of the Radio Oklahoma Ag Network.
Also on the GIPSA Front- a Look at the Head of the GIPSA Agency
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~There's an interesting story available on the website Big Government about the head of the USDA agency that is at the heart of this livestock marketing rule- the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration. Dudley Butler is called a "notorious trial lawyer who made a name for himself suing poultry companies alleging unfair market practices."
The article on Butler is called the "Fox Guarding the Hen House; Trial
Lawyer who repeatedly sued food companies now regulating them."
The story adds that "Butler saw language in the 2008 Farm Bill that mandated GIPSA rulemaking on "undue preferences" as the train to which he could hitch a giant regulatory caboose. Instead of restricting himself to what Congress mandated, the proposal he shepherded to the Federal Register in June 2010 included language to reduce the legal obstacles he had encountered in court. Under such a scenario, the private practice to which he might return could be far more victorious in court, and far more lucrative."
National Association of Conservation Districts and American Farm Bureau Among Groups Crying Out Against Big Changes in Clean Water Act
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) and more than 40 agriculture and manufacturing groups sent a letter to members of the U.S. Senate this week urging them to oppose Senator Cardin's (D-MD) Chesapeake Clean Water and Ecosystem Restoration Act (S. 1816). According to the groups, the Act represents "some of the most fundamental amendments to the Clean Water Act since its modern inception in 1972." It's expected that Senator Cardin may attempt to attach this legislation to a must-pass bill or another measure during the upcoming lame-duck Congressional session.
"This is not a bill with implications just for the Chesapeake Bay watershed," the letter states. "Its measures would have far reaching consequences for the entire U.S. and, as such, merits the full and serious consideration that the Senate would normally give to measures of such importance. We ask that you oppose any bill that comes to the Senate floor if it includes the text of S. 1816."
"A one-size-fits-all approach is not the appropriate way to address
watershed issues at regional and local levels," said NACD President Steve
Robinson. "EPA should give locally-led efforts a chance to succeed by
ensuring landowners and local communities have the tools and assistance
necessary to achieve our common clean water goals."
Whoever You Support for Governor- They Oppose State Question 744.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~With Election Day now less than a week away, gubernatorial candidates Lt. Gov. Jari Askins and Congresswoman Mary Fallin told about 600 business and community leaders this week that State Question 744 would have devastating effects on Oklahoma should it pass. Askins and Fallin both appeared at a gubernatorial forum, which was sponsored by The State Chamber. The two candidates fielded questions about the state's education system, business incentives, lawsuit reform and their plan to grow Oklahoma's economy and balance the state budget next year.
Education was a focus for both candidates during the forum. Fallin said
if elected, she will work to reduce the remediation rates in Oklahoma to
make sure students are adequately prepared for the workforce or college.
She also hopes to get more education dollars into the classroom.
State Chamber President Fred Morgan said the forum was important to get both candidates in front of the state's business community and ask them questions about how they hope to grow Oklahoma's economy in the future. "Regardless of who wins, our next governor will face a challenging budget next year and it is important that she is familiar with the business leaders in our state who are working every day to create jobs and wealth in Oklahoma," said Morgan.
OFB Leaders Express Support for Direct Payments as Part of the Farm Bill Safety Net
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~A resolution declaring the next farm bill should continue direct payments to farmers is among more than 90 proposals passed by the Oklahoma Farm Bureau state resolutions committee Oct. 26-27. The proposal will be voted on during the annual OFB convention Nov. 19-21 in Oklahoma City.
"Our top priority is the continuation of direct payments," said OFB
President Mike Spradling. "The payments provide producers flexibility to
grow various crops while providing income support."
Click on the LINK below for more on what the Farm Bureau Resolutions Committee did during their sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.
Latest Plant and Soil Science Newsletter Covers Wheat Seeding, Diseases and Weed Control
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The latest Plant and Soil Science Newsletter released last night from OSU's Division of Agriculture is now available on our website- www.OklahomaFarmReport.Com. It appears to be a wheat themed issue, with several articles all about wheat management for late fall into the winter.
For example, the newsletter features some tips from Dr. Joe Armstrong about fall weed control options for winter wheat, which could pay dividends in the spring. There is also a reminder about proper seed rates for those wheat fields you plan on seeding after the first of November.
Click on the LINK below and check out this latest newsletter.
Lori Burns Gets Her FFA Speech Contestants Ready- and They Win.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~One of the great success stories of the just concluded National FFA Convention was the role that one husband and wife team of Ag Educators played in helping Oklahoma have more success than any other state. That team is Ryan and Lori Burns who teach at Kingfisher High School.
Ryan Burns is the coach of one of the elite Livestock Judging Teams at the High School level in the US. The team, composed of 2010 High School Graduates, ran away from the rest of the field in the National FFA Championships held in Indianapolis this past week. This completes a long streak of national titles won by this particular team, including 2-time American Royal championships and the champion team at the National Western Livestock Expo in Denver.
On the speech side of competition, you will find very few ag educators
that are any better at coaching young people and getting them ready for
the rigors of a National FFA Speech Contest than Lori Burns. In the last
two years, she has had finalists in two of the three national speech
contests- Prepared Public Speaking, Extemporaneous Public Speaking and the
Creed Speaking Contest. In 2009, with Final Four Speakers in the Creed
Contest and the Prepared Public Speaking Contest- Mckenzie Walta won the
National Prepared Public Speaking Contest. A couple of years earlier,
McKenzie had finished second nationally in the Creed Speaking Contest.
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Let's Check the Markets!
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