~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Friday January 7, 2011A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- House Ag Committee Presses USDA to Base Biotech Product Decisions on Sound Science
-- Cleanup of Differing Ideas of What Animal Husbandry Is Now in Negotiation
-- Wheat Price Rise Has Been "Mind Boggling" Since This Past June
-- Oklahoma Beef Cookoff Set for This Saturday in OKC
-- Oklahoma Angus Breeders Dominate Carlot and Pen Bull Show at National Western Stock Show in Denver
-- FFA and USDA Sign Strategic Alliance Deal
-- Democrats Chosen to Be a Part of House Ag Commitee
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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House Ag Committee Presses USDA to Base Biotech Product Decisions on Sound Science
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Members of the House Agriculture Committee delivered a clear message to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack Thursday: deregulate herbicide-tolerant biotech alfalfa, without onerous restrictions, and do it quickly. Vilsack's first encounter with the Republican-majority committee found no supporters in either party for an option that would impose stringent conditions on biotech alfalfa planting in order to protect organic and non-biotech fields.
Recently, USDA's final environmental impact statement (EIS) concluded that GE alfalfa does not pose a plant pest risk. Typically, if a product is found to not be a plant pest, USDA deregulates it thereby making it available for commercialization. However, USDA has proposed an option in relation to GE alfalfa that would partially deregulate the product and impose geographic restrictions and isolation distances. This option would be a departure from existing policy.
Oklahoma Congressman and Chairman of the Ag Committee Frank Lucas says
"I appreciate Secretary Vilsack and Mr. Conner taking the time to
participate in our forum today. Agricultural biotechnology is important to
the future of American agriculture; and it was important for USDA to hear
from the Committee on this issue in advance of its decision on genetically
engineered (GE) alfalfa. It is my hope that USDA will use sound science to
guide its decision-making process. As we seek to find solutions to the
challenges of identity preservation, it is important that we not pursue
strategies that inhibit grower choice or pit producer against producer."
Lucas added that the Plant Protection Act is "a pure science statute" and
that consideration of "coexistence" between biotech and organic crops is
"a political objective and is outside the scope of legal
Click on the LINK below for our coverage during the Forum where we have the Q&A that Congressman Lucas and Secretary Vilsack engaged in on this subject.
Cleanup of Differing Ideas of What Animal Husbandry Is Now in Negotiation
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~There has been a lot of heartburn over this past summer and fall between animal agricultural interests and the State Vet Medical Board of Examiners. The board, smarting from the passage of HB 3202 in the 2010 State legislative session, had responded to that law by saying there needed to be a definition of what "Animal Husbandry" is and drafted emergency rules- got those approved by Governor Henry and declared that companies that do reproductive services are in violation of the law if they do not have a Veterinarian doing those procedures. This prompted loud screams of protest from several lawmakers- and a lawsuit from the Oklahoma Farm Bureau Legal Foundation.
In recent weeks however- the attitudes of both sides has mellowed. A week ago, the Oklahoma State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners has voted to withdraw emergency rules requested and signed into law by then-Governor Brad Henry to help define the term "animal husbandry," in order to clarify who can provide medical services on livestock. The Farm Bureau Legal Foundation backed off and withdrew their lawsuit.
Now the two sides, having both given some ground, are negotiating.
Cathy Kirkpatrick, Executive Director of the Vet Board, tells us that the
negotiations center around these reproductive services- and Tyler Norvell
of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau agrees. Both sides tell us that they are
working toward getting a certification of responsible parties that are not
Vets but are trained in these specific practices to be allowed to work
legally here in the state of Oklahoma.
Wheat Price Rise Has Been "Mind Boggling" Since This Past June
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Wheat producers have seen a "mind boggling" price move from harvest in June 2010 to here in early January, as OSU Extension Grain Marketing Economist Kim Anderson tells us that we have moved cash wheat prices in Oklahoma from just below $3 a bushel at harvest to now almost $8 a bushel here in mid January. The factors that he cites as he talks with Lyndall Stout of SUNUP is demand being higher than expected, production less than expected and US wheat stocks being lower than the one billion bushel stockpile we were told to expect back last summer.
Anderson says he thinks wheat prices will stay close to where they are now until early March- and at that point the markets will react to the crop conditions as the US Hard Red Winter Wheat Crop comes out of dormancy. If we get rain and the crop responds- prices could easily fall from the current close to $8 level to around $6. But, if dryness persists and export demand stays strong- $10 wheat is not out of line for later here in the spring of 2011.
Click on the LINK below to read more of Kim's thoughts on the wheat
market this week- and hear his conversation with Lyndall Stout of SUNUP a
day early. Anderson talks about pricing a portion of your wheat crop at
this time- and you can evaluate what he says- and act on it if you choose
to do so while the markets are open and trading on this Friday.
Oklahoma Beef Cookoff Set for This Saturday in OKC
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's premier beef cooking extravaganza is getting underway today during the Oklahoma City Home and Garden Show January 21-23 2010, at the Oklahoma State Fair Park in the Carriage Hall.
Later today, the aroma of delicious beef recipes will tantalize your taste buds as various beef experts prepare their favorite beef dishes. They will provide tips such as cooking with beef on a budget and how to have a healthy lifestyle with beef.
On Saturday, January 22, eight finalists from across the state will
compete in the bi-annual Oklahoma Beef Cook-Off. The recipes focus on
America's passion for beef and special times spent with family over beef
dishes. The categories are: A World of Beef - Beef Entrée; Small Plates,
Big Tastes - Beef Appetizers; Kid Pleasers - Beef dish prepared by a
child/parent or legal guardian team. The winner of each category will win
a cash prize, and the overall winner will win a grand prize of
The Beef Cooking Extravaganza will conclude on Sunday, January 23, with
the first Oklahoma Beef Chef Competition. Six Oklahoma chefs will have an
hour to prepare a center-of-the-plate entree with a side, sauce or garnish
if so desired, using an inside round cut of beef and incorporating a
mystery basket of Made in Oklahoma products. A panel of five judges will
select three of the six entrees to advance to the second heat. The chefs
will create an entree with a side, sauce or garnish using a Chef's
Requested 200-Calorie Steak plus the items in the mystery basket. First
place will receive $1,000, second place $750 and third place $500. Each
chef will receive $100 for his or her participation.
Oklahoma Angus Breeders Dominate Carlot and Pen Bull Show at National Western Stock Show in Denver
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Angus producers competed for top honors during the 2011 National Western Stock Show (NWSS) Angus Carload & Pen Show, earlier this month in Denver, Colorado.
Express Angus Ranches, Yukon, Okla., claimed grand champion carload, with 10 January and February 2010 bulls sired by EXAR 263C, Sitz Upward 307R, Stevenson Moneymaker R185, EXAR Titlelist T011, BR Midland and Rito 6EM3 of 4L1 Emblazon. The group weighed an average of 1,383 pounds and posted an average scrotal circumference of 39.3 centimeters.
Express Angus Ranches of Yukon also won in the Pen of Three
Competition, as they showcased the grand champion pen of three with
January and March 2010 sons of EXAR Lutton 1831 and Rito 6EM3 of 4L1
Emblazon. The trio posted an average weight of 1,295 pounds and an average
scrotal circumference of 37 centimeters. The bulls first won early calf
champion pen of three.
FFA and USDA Sign Strategic Alliance Deal
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The National FFA Organization and National FFA Foundation have entered into a new, strategic alliance with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and National Council for Agricultural Education designed to develop agriculture students' skills, leadership qualities, personal growth and career success.
"This agreement is aimed at preparing and motivating the youth of America to undertake the challenges and reap the rewards associated with life in rural areas," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. "Working with our partners, we want to provide educational support and promote career opportunities in agriculture. This partnership will help meet the Obama administration's goal of raising a generation of Americans who are well educated, ready to lead their communities and strengthen the American economy."
Under the agreement, FFA will work with USDA to identify needs and interests of agriculture teachers, students, communities, farmers, agribusiness and related groups. FFA will also collaborate with other USDA programs, such as 4-H and Agriculture in the Classroom, to extend efforts to educate and inform students about agriculture and promote awareness of career opportunities within the agriculture industry. The National FFA Foundation will pursue grants, cooperative agreements and contracts from both the public and private sectors to secure funding for collaborative projects.
The agreement was signed on Thursday by Secretary Vilsack after a meeting in Washington with representatives from FFA, the National FFA Foundation, USDA and council.
Democrats Chosen to Be a Part of House Ag Commitee
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~U.S. House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin C. Peterson, D-Minn., announced this week the Democratic members who will serve on the Agriculture Committee during the 112th Congress.
"The Agriculture Committee oversees a wide range of issues, including farm programs, nutrition programs, crop insurance, renewable energy, conservation, commodity markets and rural development. These members bring a great deal of expertise and a commitment to addressing the challenges of those who live, work and raise their families in rural America. I look forward to working with them, along with the new majority, in this Congress," Peterson said.
The Democratic Caucus today named 20 Democrats, including 13 returning members and seven new members, to the House Agriculture Committee.
We have the full list- click on the LINK below to see it. You may remember that Oklahoma Congressman Frank Lucas told us earlier that he intends to take a good bit of time this year to educate his Committee and other new members of the Congress about production agriculture- and based on where several of these new members are from (Maine- Vermont- Connecticut and the Northern Mariana Islands)- he's got a lot of educating to do!!!
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Let's Check the Markets!
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