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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Thursday December 9, 2010A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- It's Official- Congressman Frank Lucas will be Chairman of the House Ag Committee in the 112th Congress
-- NCBA Quick to Salute Lucas as Officially New House Ag Committee Chairman
-- Senator Eddie Fields Named Chair of Oklahoma Senate Ag Committee
-- Tulsa Farm Show Ready to Kick Off 2010 Run at Tulsa State Fairgrounds
-- Cattle Producers Oppose Food Safety Rider- But It Passes on Party Line Vote
-- USDA May Be Drafting Coexistence Policy
-- 29th Annual Oklahoma Select Bull Sale & Super Bull Competition Set for Saturday
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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It's Official- Congressman Frank Lucas will be Chairman of the House Ag Committee in the 112th Congress
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Rep. Frank Lucas of Oklahoma issued the following statement after his colleagues in the House Republican Conference elected him to serve as Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee in the 112th Congress.
"It is an honor to continue in this leadership role of the Agriculture Committee where I have served since I was first elected to Congress. As a lifelong farmer from a diverse, agricultural state, I have lived the real world challenges farmers and ranchers face across the country. I will continue to be a strong voice for production agriculture and rural America.
"Oversight is a primary responsibility of Congress and we must fulfill that duty to the American people. We will hold oversight hearings of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which has demonstrated a fondness for overreaching regulations that defy Congressional intent and threaten production agriculture and rural economies.
"And, I will work to make sure we write a market-oriented, fiscally responsible farm bill that will provide America's farmers and ranchers with the necessary tools and certainty they need to produce the safest, most affordable, most abundant food, fiber, feed and fuel supply in the history of the world," said Rep. Frank D. Lucas.
NCBA Quick to Salute Lucas as Officially New House Ag Committee Chairman
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Vice President of Government Affairs for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, Colin Woodall, is excited about the word on Wednesday that Congressman Frank Lucas has been officially named as the Chairman of the House Ag Committee for the 112th Congress. Here is part of a statement released by NCBA attributed to Woodall regarding the Oklahoma Congressman:
"We are optimistic about the 112th Congress for a whole host of
reasons. Specifically, our confidence in Rep. Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) to
represent the interests of rural America and those who provide safe and
affordable beef for a growing global population gives us reason to expect
commonsense reform to many misguided decisions this administration has put
Even as the Republican Screening Committee put their stamp of approval on Congressman Lucas, the Oklahoma lawmaker was making an appearance on the NCBA TV Production, Cattlemen to Cattlemen. We have a part of that conversation to share with you on today's Beef Buzz- Lucas and his comments about the GIPSA Rule that USDA continues to work on. Click on the LINK below to hear his comments from that TV production of Tuesday evening.
Senator Eddie Fields Named Chair of Oklahoma Senate Ag Committee
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Senate President Pro Tempore Designate Brian Bingman, R-Sapulpa, announced additional Committee Chairman and Vice Chairman for standing committees and Chair and Vice Chairs of all Appropriations Subcommittees today.
"I am very proud to be able to call on such outstanding leaders today," stated Bingman. "They bring exceptional talent and experience to the table and will no doubt help move Oklahoma forward to a better future."
Of interest to the Oklahoma Ag Community, the Chairman of the Senate Agriculture and Rural Development Committee, Ron Justice of Chickasha, becomes the Vice Chair of that Committee but the Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee for Natural Resources. Taking the Chairmanship of the Senate Ag Committee for the coming year is Senator Eddie Fields of Wynona. Senator David Myers of Ponca City assumes the Chairmanship of the full Appropriations Committee. Former OSU President Jim Halligan takes the Chairmanship of the Appropriations Subcommittee for Education and Woodward Senator Bryce Marlatt will be Chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee for General Government and Transportation- meaning he will have a lot of input about rural road and bridge issues. Of course, the announcement earlier that Senator Mike Schulz of Altus will serve as the Senate Majority Leader means that the Majority Leader slot in both the Senate and the House in Oklahoma City are people that know and understand agriculture about as well as anyone in the state legislature. The House Majority Leader, of course, is Dale Dewitt of Braman.
Click on the LINK below for the full list of Senate Committee Chairmanships- as announced on Wednesday by Senator Bingman.
Tulsa Farm Show Ready to Kick Off 2010 Run at Tulsa State Fairgrounds
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The 2010 Tulsa Farm Show kicks off Thursday morning at 9:00 AM at the Quik Trip Center at the Tulsa State Fairgrounds. The upper section of the Center is jam packed with products and services that will be of interest to folks in agriculture- the upper level covers about 330,000 square feet. The lower area is another 120,000 square feet and a sizable part of it also has activities going on the next three days that relate to the Farm Show- including private treaty cattle sales that are sponsored by the Oklahoma Farm Bureau as well as the Oklahoma Simmental Association.
We invite you to stop by and say howdy at the Radio Oklahoma booth- I will be around most of the day Friday in our booth- and Ed Richards will be holding court on Saturday. We invite you to pick up an extra copy of the RON VALUE BOOK that includes several valuable coupons- and sign up to register for the Texas Road House Giftcards we will be giving away at the conclusion of this year's show.
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Cattle Producers Oppose Food Safety Rider- But It Passes on Party Line Vote
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The House has added the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act as a rider to its continuing resolution to fund the federal government through September, 2011. In a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Minority Leader John Boehner, the National Cattlemen's Beef Association voiced its opposition to the move - saying the food safety bill should be considered only as a standalone bill.
NCBA Executive Director of Legislative Affairs Kristina Butts says - food safety knows no size. We are disappointed House leadership included it in the CR without allowing an up or down vote on a bill as - robust and sweeping - as the food safety bill. She says - we believe these issues deserve the due diligence of Congress.
Despite their opposition- Congress moved quickly in this direction, as the House included the procedurally delayed Food Safety Enhancement Act Wednesday as part of the $1.1 trillion Continuing Resolution (CR) aimed at funding the federal government through Sept. 30. Passed 212-206 on a largely party-line vote, the CR bill if passed by the Senate would freeze 2011 discretionary appropriations at the current level, cutting the administration request by $45.9 billion.
USDA May Be Drafting Coexistence Policy
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Agri-Pulse reports the Agriculture Department is drafting a comprehensive coexistence policy that it hopes will diffuse tensions between conventional, biotech and organic farmers. The proposal being developed by an internal USDA working group will address all phases of the crop and livestock supply chain - production, merchandising, processing and transportation - and include specific guidelines for all types of production.
According to Agri-Pulse, Many of the concepts under discussion appear to come from the National Organic Action Plan adopted by organic advocates earlier this year. The goal of the NOAP is to - establish organic as the foundation for food and agricultural production systems across the United States.
Max Holtzman, Secretary Vilsack's advisor on biotechnology policy, told representatives of the American Farm Bureau Federation, corn, cotton, rice, soybean and sugarbeet growers - that a compensation fund was one of many options under consideration. Beyond that, they say, he was not very forthcoming.
29th Annual Oklahoma Select Bull Sale & Super Bull Competition Set for Saturday
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The 29th Annual Oklahoma Select Bull Sale and Super Bull Competition is scheduled for Saturday, December 11, 2010 at the Durant Livestock Auction, Durant, Oklahoma. The sale begins at noon selling; 100 Hand-Selected Limousin & Lim-Flex Bulls, Black, Red, Mostly Polled and several Homozygous Bulls.
For more information, call 580-597-3006 or go online by clicking on the LINK below.
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Let's Check the Markets!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~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 $9.55 per bushel, while the 2010 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $10.20 per bushel- delivered to local participating elevators that are working with PCOM.
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