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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Monday February 21, 2011A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- A New Day- and A New Board of Directors for American Farmers & Ranchers
-- Continuing Resolution Passes House- Farm Bill Spending Left Along- Ethanol Targeted as Was the EPA on Ag Regulations
-- Looking Better on Most of our 2011 Oklahoma HRW Wheat
-- From the 2011 American Farmers & Ranchers Convention- State Representative Lesley Osborn Defends Animal Agriculture
-- Oklahoma Farm Bureau Ready to Kick Off 2011 Leadership Conference in OKC
-- Cattle on Feed Numbers Show Placements and On Feed Numbers Well Ahead of One Year Ago
-- Big Iron Auction Set for This Wednesday
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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A New Day- and A New Board of Directors for American Farmers & Ranchers
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The President of the American Farmers & Ranchers, Terry Detrick, will be working with a brand new board of Directors, starting first thing Monday as the farm organization holds its first Board of Director's meeting after their 106th annual meeting that was held this past Friday and Saturday.
State Secretary Bobby Green of Okemah was reelected as the State Secretary of the organization, running unopposed. However, two board members chose not to run for reelection in 2011, Dick Stults of Luther and Ed Preble, Jr. of Norman- and three others were defeated in their bids for reelection- Scott Blubaugh, John Ogden and Billy Perrin. Current Board Members Jim Campbell of Idabel and Melody Cummins of Elk City were not up for re-election in 2011.
The five new board members include Eric Bilderback in the Northwest District Seat from El Reno, Joe Ed Kinder in the Southwest District Seat from Frederick, Jerry Nick in the Northeast District Seat from Okmulgee, Bobby Holley in the Southeast District Seat from Antlers and Justin Cowan who won the At-Large Seat that was up for grabs in 2011.
We have a brief bio of each of the five new board members, who swept the incumbents running out of the way, as well as well known Oklahoma farm figures like former State Secretary of Agriculture Terry Peach. Click on the LINK below to read more- including those bios of these new board members.
Continuing Resolution Passes House- Farm Bill Spending Left Along- Ethanol Targeted as Was the EPA on Ag Regulations
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The House voted 235-189 early Saturday morning to pass its Continuing Resolution to slash federal spending by over $61 billion for the remaining seven months of fiscal 2011. While several amendments designed to force stricter payment limits on agriculture were defeated- at least two amendments to the Continuing Resolution will hobble expansion of ethanol in this country if the Senate agrees to them.
On the regulatory front, several measures were okayed by the House to
slow the EPA ont heir regulatory binge. National Cattlemen's Beef
Association Vice President of Government Affairs Colin Woodall issued the
following statement regarding the passage of three amendments to H.R. 1,
legislation to fund the federal government through the end of this fiscal
year, that if passed by the Senate will block the Environmental Protection
Agency's (EPA) funding to regulate dust and implement its Total Maximum
Daily Load (TMDL) rule for the Chesapeake Bay and its nutrient criteria
rule for Florida.
On the issue of Ethanol- two measures were offered and approved by the
House- one by Jeff Flake of Arizona and the other by John Sullivan of
Oklahoma- that would bar funding for the EPA to implement its decision to
allow up to 15% ethanol blends (E15) for use in cars, pickups, and SUVs
built in model year 2001 and newer as well as prohibiting USDA and EPA
funds from partnering with private companies to install blender pumps that
dispense mid-to-high ethanol blends.
Looking Better on Most of our 2011 Oklahoma HRW Wheat
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~OSU Wheat Specialist Dr. Jeff Edwards offered his take on the condition of the 2011 Oklahoma winter wheat crop across a pretty good hunk of the wheat belt- his conclusion is that we probably did not suffer substantial winterkill because of the record cold temperatures so many people experienced earlier this month.
Jeff writes on Friday- "As promised earlier this week, I spent much of today looking for freeze-injury in wheat. I made a loop from Stillwater to Okeene north to Ringwood and back and failed to find freeze injury that went beyond cosmetic damage. I realize this is not an exhaustive search, but based on what I observed I am sticking with my statements earlier this week and concluding that injury from last week's frigid temperatures is by and large cosmetic in nature. It is not hard to find late-emerging fields or heavily-grazed fields that are in rough shape and the freeze probably made this situation worse. The prolonged drought we have experienced, however, is still the main source of limited growth and yield potential in these fields. If we do not receive moisture in southwestern and far western OK in the near future, the wheat crop in these areas could certainly be in jeopardy."
Edwards adds this note on First Hollow Steam- "We have found plants that are at the first hollow stem stage of growth in September-sown plots of Fannin and Overley at Stillwater. I will report a full listing of first hollow stem measurements from Stillwater and El Reno early this week. I anticipate that if the current weather patterns hold, most varieties will be at or well-past first hollow stem by March 1."
From the 2011 American Farmers & Ranchers Convention- State Representative Lesley Osborn Defends Animal Agriculture
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~State Representative Lesley Osborn of Tuttle strongly defended animal agriculture on several fronts as she discussed legislative priorities for 2011 at the American Farmers & Ranchers Convention that was held in Norman over this past weekend.
Representative Osborn told AFR that she is supportive of a couple of Senate bills that will offer a positive impact to livestock producers in the state. One is Senate Bill 530. This legislation is being advanced by the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association and the Oklahoma Farm Bureau in an effort to ensure livestock producers maintain a security interest in livestock they sell until such time as the proceeds from the sale clear the bank. This is in response to the recent Eastern Livestock Bankruptcy which left some producers holding hot checks. The weekly OCA newsletter reports they anticipate easy passage of this measure as it has been shared with the banking community, the livestock marketing communities and others. Representative Osborn says that his measure won't help those already stung by Eastern Livestock this past fall when they got checks for cattle they sold to Eastern- and found those checks were worthless as Eastern's Bank, Fifth Third Bank, had decided to freeze their account during the height of the fall stocker cattle run of last fall.
Osborn also spoke of the need to set the bar as high as possible for groups like HSUS to come into Oklahoma and use the Initiative Petition process to force a popular vote on how we handle livestock in this state. The Humane Society of the US has used that tool to force votes in other states and dictate the livestock practices they deem correct- not based on sound animal husbandry practices and research. Osborn is working with Senator Mike Schulz of Altus on this measure, which would require signatures from all five Oklahoma Congressional Districts on a weighted basis in order to land a proposal on a general election ballot.
Oklahoma Farm Bureau Ready to Kick Off 2011 Leadership Conference in OKC
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin will address agriculture leaders attending Oklahoma Farm Bureau's annual leadership conference Feb. 21-22 at the Marriott Hotel on Northwest Expressway in Oklahoma City.
Governor Fallin is scheduled as the keynote speaker for the Monday evening session of the leadership conference.
"We are excited to have Governor Fallin talk to our leaders concerning her legislative initiatives this year," said Mike Spradling, OFB president. We have an audio conversation with Spradling about the 2011 Leadership Conference- click on the LINK below to listen to that visit Ron Hays had with President Spradling.
The afternoon session will include OFB's Public Policy staff explaining
Farm Bureau's priority issues, followed by a panel discussion on the next
Cattle on Feed Numbers Show Placements and On Feed Numbers Well Ahead of One Year Ago
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The latest Cattle on Feed Numbers were out on Friday afternoon, February 18, 2011.
According to the report from the USDA, United States Cattle on Feed Up 6 Percent Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 11.6 million head on February 1, 2011. The inventory was 6 percent above February 1, 2010.
Placements in feedlots during January totaled 1.90 million, 4 percent
above 2010. Net placements were 1.84 million head. During January,
placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds were
465,000, 600-699 pounds were 475,000, 700-799 pounds were 547,000, and 800
pounds and greater were 410,000.
These numbers were called mostly in line with trade expectations- with
Tom Leffler of Leffler Commodities saying they looked a little bearish to
him. You can hear his conversation with Ed Richards of the Radio Oklahoma
Network by clicking on the LINK below.
Big Iron Auction Set for This Wednesday
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Check out the Big Iron sale coming this Wednesday morning- at least that's when the bidding starts to come to a close a few items at a time. You can go to the website- study the auction offerings and make a bid right now if you would like to do so.
We have an audio update of what the Big Iron folks are telling us they are selling this week- click here to listen and check what will be offered this week.
You can also click on the LINK below and see the full auction lineup for this Wednesday found exclusively on Big Iron.Com.
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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 $9.75 per bushel- as of the close of business yesterday, while the 2011 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $10.50 per bushel- delivered to local participating elevators that are working with PCOM.
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