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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Monday June 13, 2011A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- Ag Appropriations Vote on the House Floor This Week- Groups Position for GIPSA Battle
-- Senator Coburn says Eliminating Ethanol Tax Earmark Would Help Restore Fiscal Sanity
-- Growth Energy and Renewable Fuels Association Speak Out Against Senator Coburn's Amendment to Eliminate Ethanol Subsidies
-- April Beef and Pork Exports Lower But Still Holding Strong
-- Equine Herpesvirus Outbreak Contained
-- Wheat Marketing Year Proved Exceptional in Review
-- Wheat Harvest Slowed With Rains Over Last Few Days
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Ag Appropriations Vote on the House Floor This Week- Groups Position for GIPSA Battle
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~This Wednesday, June 15, the U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to take up and consider legislation to fund USDA, FDA and related agencies for fiscal year 2012. Several cattle industry groups- including the National Cattlemen's beef Association, the Texas Cattle Feeders Association and the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association are working to ensure that many of the provisions that were approved by the House Appropriations Committee last week remain in the bill. Chief among them, the bill contains language that prevents GIPSA from spending funds to promulgate the proposed livestock and poultry marketing rule.
"This provision is an important application of our government's system
of checks and balances. The proposed GIPSA rule is another example of this
Administration's overreach and intrusion into the private market by
telling producers when and how they can market their cattle. It goes well
beyond the directive in the 2008 Farm Bill and even contradicts previous
court rulings," said TCFA Chairman Bo Kizziar. "If anyone can sue just
because he or she thinks something is unfair, price differentiation based
on added value will go away, and a return to a commodity market is
inevitable. The bottom line is that this rule has the potential to take
the beef industry back 30 years by stifling the innovative efforts of U.S.
cattle producers to add value and enhance the quality and safety of their
products for consumers in the United States and abroad."
There are groups out there actively working to scuttle the efforts against the GIPSA rule on the marketing of livestock. R-Calf USA issued an internal Member Alert last week, calling on those who are an "independent cattle producer to write a short letter in opposition to Section 721 of the Appropriations Bill that would kill the GIPSA Rule and fax or email it to your Representative." R-Calf is calling on their members to ask members of Congress to insert these letters into the "official record" so that supporters of moving the GIPSA rule forward in the Senate will be able to point to those comments as "widespread, producer support for allowing USDA to finalize the GIPSA Rule."
R-Calf seems to be telling their members they will lose on the House
floor on this funding issue- but believe they can win by building a case
for their supporters in the US Senate.
Senator Coburn says Eliminating Ethanol Tax Earmark Would Help Restore Fiscal Sanity
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK) released the following statement today regarding the Senate's plan to vote this coming Tuesday(tomorrow) on his amendment (#436) to repeal the ethanol tax earmark and tariff. Dr. Coburn's amendment is identical to legislation (S. 871) he has introduced with Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) to end the ethanol tax earmark and tariff. If enacted, Dr. Coburn's amendment would save $3 billion for the remainder of this year and $6 billion annually.
"The days of placing spending programs in the tax code and giving them holy status are over," Dr. Coburn said. "Economic conservatives and leading free-market groups like the Club for Growth understand that using the tax code to pick winners and losers kills economic growth and job creation. Today's way of doing business is a tax increase on anyone who can't hire a tax lobbyist or make large donations to special interest groups in Washington. Taxpayers are tired of this game and expect us to eliminate wasteful special interest spending in all of its forms."
Click on the LINK below for the rest of Senator Tom Coburn's comments on the elimination of the ethanol tax earmark, as well as a copy of a letter signed by multiple organizations in support of this amendment.
Growth Energy and Renewable Fuels Association Speak Out Against Senator Coburn's Amendment to Eliminate Ethanol Subsidies
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Growth Energy, the leading voice for U.S. ethanol supporters, released the following statement in response to a job-killing amendment introduced last week by Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., that would permit hostile countries to exert influence over our economy by blocking American motorists from choosing the only viable alternative to foreign oil: domestic ethanol. The Coburn amendment would immediately repeal the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit (VEETC) and end the tariff on imported ethanol.
Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis said:
April Beef and Pork Exports Lower But Still Holding Strong
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~U.S. pork and beef exports slowed slightly in April when compared to the all-time record highs of the previous month, but still performed well above last year's pace. April pork exports reached 181,109 metric tons valued at $487.8 million - up 16 percent in volume and 22 percent in value over last year. April beef exports totaled 103,213 metric tons valued at $429.7 million - increases of 25 percent and 38 percent, respectively, according to statistics released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF).
On a cumulative basis through April, 2011 pork exports were 18 percent ahead of last year's pace in volume (735,294 metric tons) and 24 percent higher in value ($1.87 billion). Beef exports were up 30 percent in volume (399,748 metric tons) and 48 percent in value ($1.63 billion).
Demand for U.S. pork sizzling in North Asian markets
Equine Herpesvirus Outbreak Contained
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma horse owners should take great relief that the EHV-1 outbreak has been contained. The entire horse industry should be commended for cooperative response in alleviating the disease threat. Due in part to the good communication between horse owners, facility and show managers, veterinarians and state health officials people were made aware of the situation and facilities were appropriately quarantined if necessary. One premise in Oklahoma is under quarantine from a confirmed EHV-1 positive horse that attended the Utah event. The horse is now normal and all remaining horses on the premise are healthy. No horses from this premise have attended an event in Oklahoma during the past few weeks and movement will be restricted until the situation is completely resolved.
Since the initial outbreak of EHV-1 at the National Cutting Horse
Association's Western Nationals Show in Ogden, UT from April 29- May 8,
2011, the disease has been contained to the greatest extent possible. The
numbers available indicate that the spread of the virus has been
contained. During the first week there were 86 suspect/confirmed new
cases, the second week showed 62 suspect/confirmed new cases, the third
week showed 10 suspect/confirmed new cases and the fourth week after the
occurrence showed 0 new cases.
Wheat Marketing Year Proved Exceptional in Review
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Just one year ago, MY 2009/10 ended sluggishly for U.S. wheat demand. Commercial sales stood at 22.7 million metric tons (MMT), the lowest total in 29 years. With what appeared to be abundant supplies of lower priced Black Sea wheat, most analysts and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) had similar expectations for 2010/11. USDA's initial 2010/11 estimates showed only a slight increase in U.S. wheat exports to 24.5 MMT.
News about dry conditions in Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan first appeared in June 2010 and grew more ominous through July. Then, just as importers were absorbing the potential impact of the deepening drought, Russia's government shocked the markets by halting wheat and feed grain exports. Ukraine and Kazakhstan quickly implemented grain export quotas.
Because the importers that were counting on Black Sea supplies are kept
informed through the 15 overseas offices for U.S. Wheat Associates (USW),
they knew they could rely on the U.S. wheat supply to meet their needs
immediately and throughout the marketing year. In just one month, USDA's
U.S. export projection jumped more than 40 percent to 32.7
Wheat Harvest Slowed With Rains Over Last Few Days
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Some of the areas that received significant rainfall since last Thursday are the counties that still had wheat standing in the field- waiting to be cut. From Beaver County east to Osage County- the top two tiers of counties in the northwest and north central Oklahoma is where most of the precipitation fell- rainfall that could help with spring planted crops for farmers that have headed that direction.
We got one report over the weekend of one wheat producer who got his wheat harvested before the rains came in that part of the state. Click here to see the picture shared by Larry Eisenhauer of Newkirk who writes "Our harvest was completed last week before the rain started. Great test weights, and great yields. We had Sante Fe wheat planted this year. Test weights were 61 to 63.5. Yields were mostly 48 to 49, with our best field hitting 50. Best cutting conditions we've had in a long time. We thank our great and gracious Lord for all he has given us!"
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