~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Thursday June 30, 2011A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- After Being Placed on Probation by the CBB- CEO Tom Ramey Resigns
-- Latest Budget Deficit Deal Sweetener- Fix the AMT Permanently
-- Agricultural Groups Urge Congress and Administration to Keep Moving FTA's
-- Uncle Sam Tells Families to Clean, Separate, Cook and Chill
-- Individual Cattle Management is Beneficial and Important in Feedlots
-- 2011 Cotton Crop Prospects Will Depend on Southwest Oklahoma Rainfall
-- USMEF's Phil Seng to Headline 2011 Oklahoma Cattlemen Association Convention
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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After Being Placed on Probation by the CBB- CEO Tom Ramey Resigns
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~On the heels of the announcement earlier in June that the Cattlemen's Beef Board Executive Committee had placed him on probation for unethical behavior in dealings with the Federation of State Beef Councils, Chief Executive Officer Tom Ramey resigned from the CBB, effective immediately.
Wesley Grau, Chairman of the Cattlemen's Beef Board Executive Committee is credited with this statement that was released by the Executive Committee on Wednesday:
"After more than 17 years of committed service to the beef checkoff,
the Cattlemen's Beef Board (CBB) Executive Committee yesterday reluctantly
accepted Chief Executive Officer Tom Ramey's resignation. Tom served as
both the Cattlemen's Beef Board chief financial officer and, most
recently, as chief executive officer.br>
"We appreciate that Tom's decision to resign was a personal one for him and his family, and we thank him for his dedication to the nation's farmers and ranchers through his service to the beef checkoff."
Earlier in June- we reported about the accusations made by the National Cattlemen's Beef Association to the Beef Board- and their response. "The allegation made by NCBA to the Beef Board was similar to complaints aired by a Beef Board member in a closed door meeting back in February of this year in Denver during the Cattle Industry Convention. The allegation was that Ramey "repeatedly listened to NCBA organized conference calls with state beef council executives." The NCBA offered substantiation to the CBB Executive Committee and the Committee agreed this practice occured and it was improper. The response from the CBB attorney to NCBA adds that " Mr. Ramey has assured the CBB Executive Committee that he recognizes that his actions were improper and a breach of ethical standards and has promised to never do it again." Click here for that Beef Buzz from June 10 which included the attorney's repsonse to NCBA President Bill Donald as well as audio comments by Tom Jones, current Chairman of the CBB.
Latest Budget Deficit Deal Sweetener- Fix the AMT Permanently
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Bipartisan talks concerning the deficit continue and Senate Budget Chairman Kent Conrad - member of the original Gang of Six Senators - believes Republicans could be persuaded to vote for revenue raisers if Democrats promise to provide permanent relief from the Alternative Minimum Tax. Conrad says the AMT - which was originally created to tax wealthy individuals who had used loopholes to avoid paying taxes - needs to be reformed. The Congressional Budget Office projects the AMT would affect nearly half of all households by 2035 unless Congress acts. But a permanent fix will result in lost revenue. Conrad says offsetting AMT relief with revenue elsewhere could help generate the cash needed to reach an overall bipartisan four-trillion dollar deficit reduction goal.
Another idea is to use a chained Consumer Price Index - recalculating the CPI - which is tied to tax deductions, rate brackets and other government payments. Republicans argue that a broader tax reform bill that lowers overall tax rates would create more revenue than budget experts estimate.
Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist says a revenue-neutral AMT fix would comply with the anti-tax pledge most Republicans have signed - yet a chained CPI would be very bad because it would gradually raise tax revenue.
Agricultural Groups Urge Congress and Administration to Keep Moving FTA's
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The recent announcement from the White House of moving all three free trade deals to Congress in July has caused many agricultural organizations to speak up with their support of the trade agreements. Many agricultural groups have continued to urge Congress and the Administration to move the three trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama, and called for closure on this issue by the end of session in August.
The American Farm Bureau Federation, National Pork Producers Council, U.S. Wheat Associates and National Wheat Growers Association have all released statements expressing their thoughts on the three free trade agreements.
American Farm Bureau
Uncle Sam Tells Families to Clean, Separate, Cook and Chill
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Ad Council is joining the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service, in partnership with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to debut their first joint national multimedia public service campaign to help families prevent food poisoning in the home.
The Food Safe Families campaign was announced Tuesday morning by USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in time for the July 4th holiday and the start of summer when foodborne illnesses tend to increase-a time when many families celebrate with food. It's also a time when foodborne illnesses tend to increase with more outdoor meals, and other factors that increase the risk for disease-causing bacteria in food.
Food poisoning, also called foodborne illness, is a serious public
health threat in the U.S. CDC estimates that approximately 1 in 6
Americans (48 million people) suffer from foodborne illness each year,
resulting in roughly 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths. While
USDA, HHS and other federal government agencies are dedicated to
protecting consumers by setting and enforcing food safety standards, it is
also the federal government's responsibility to give consumers important
safety information for safe food handling in the home.
Individual Cattle Management is Beneficial and Important in Feedlots
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Proper management of cattle is an important factor in the cattle industry. Our friend Tom Fanning manages 30,000 head at Buffalo Feeders. Fanning uses individual management to help increase beef quality and profitability. Fanning says on his operation they are trying to optimize the end point of each group of animals through this individual managment.
Fanning also says it is important to provide proper individual management to the cattle to help the cattle reach their best genetic potential.
Click on the LINK below to watch the complete video over individual cattle management in feedlots, as well as, to hear the rest of Tom Fanning's practices for obtaining high quality cattle through individual management.
2011 Cotton Crop Prospects Will Depend on Southwest Oklahoma Rainfall
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Cotton industry observers are thinking that here in 2011, the only reliable, season-long source of soil moisture for cotton and other warm-season crops will be where farmers have access to irrigation wells. With no rain clouds in sight, it would be interesting to observe the progression of a cotton field watered with a center-pivot irrigation system.. Such a field is pictured on our website, which you can see by clicking the LINK below- located southwest of Snyder,Ok; a little west of Snyder and just south of HW62.
Cotton, the variety FiberMax 1740, was planted there May 10. The crop belongs to Joe and John Bates, Altus, Ok., who farm in Jackson and Kiowa Counties. The field is the responsibility of John's son, Billy Bob Bates.
"We planted the crop dry," Billy Bob said. "After the plants had come
up, we put about .8 of an inch of rain on it to get it started growing. We
will water it again this week (June 7, 2011)."
USMEF's Phil Seng to Headline 2011 Oklahoma Cattlemen Association Convention
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Scott Dewald, Executive Director Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association, gives us an update on the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association Annual Convention and Trade Show. The OCA Convention and Trade Show will be held July 28 to July 30 in Midwest City, Okla. Dewald says they are looking forward to getting an update from Phil Seng, President of U.S. Meat Export Federation, on the global beef marketplace.
Dewald says with the current situation in the beef market with international demand, this will be beneficial to cattle producers as they strive to provide beef for consumers around the world. Also, the annual trade show will be held in conjunction with the convention. Dewald says there are 110 vendors this year- ranging from pharmaceutical companies to feedlots to feed companies. Dewald says it will be a one stop place to get all of the information for the cattle industry.
Also speaking at the OCA Convention and Trade Show will be House
Agriculture Chairman Frank Lucas and Senator Jim Inhofe, as the give an
update on how they are working for cattle producers.
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Let's Check the Markets!
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