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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Thursday, August 18, 2011A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- Obama to Farmers: Some Rumors of Regulations 'Are Unfounded'
-- Renewable Fuels Association Says Grain Based Ethanol is Important Base to Build From in Renewable Fuel Efforts
-- Texas Agricultural Drought Losses Reach Record $5.2 billion
-- Rural Fire Departments Statewide Receive $3.7 Million from Oklahoma Department of Agriculture
-- Hot Weather in Late Pregnancy Affects Gestation Length
-- Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Funding for Over 900 Projects to Boost Renewable Energy Production, including Oklahoma
-- Historic Oklahoma Angus Run Starts Next Thursday in Stillwater
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Obama to Farmers: Some Rumors of Regulations 'Are Unfounded'
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~From the online Wall Street Journal- we get this perspective on the Obama bus tour- day three in Illinois. In his adopted home state, the President got hit twice with worries about regulations saddling the agricultural industry with extra cost and restricting some farming practices.
"Twice on Wednesday, President Barack Obama was confronted by farmers worried about too much government regulation. His answer: Don't believe everything you hear.
"At his first town hall, in Atkinson, Ill., one man introduced himself
as a corn and soybean farmer and said that nature offers plenty of
challenges. "Please don't challenge us with more rules and regulations
from Washington, D.C.," he said. "We would prefer to start our day in a
tractor cab or combine cab rather than filling out forms and permits to do
what we'd like to do."
In both cases, Mr. Obama responded that farmers might be hearing
In Alpha, he said some of the rumors about regulations "frankly are
Renewable Fuels Association Says Grain Based Ethanol is Important Base to Build From in Renewable Fuel Efforts
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Renewable Fuels Association today responded to comments made by President Obama at an event in Atkinson, Illinois, about America's existing ethanol industry and the need to develop additional renewable fuel technologies:
"Solving the energy challenges this country faces includes embracing a wide variety of renewable technologies, including proven technologies like existing ethanol production. In order to responsibly remodel and expand America's renewable fuel house, we must first make sure the foundation is secure. That includes expanding the market for ethanol blends and aggressively implementing the Renewable Fuel Standard while simultaneously investing in new renewable fuel technology.
"Without question, there would not be a market for the emerging renewable fuels President Obama discussed were it not for the success of the existing ethanol industry. At ten percent of the nation's gasoline market, current domestic ethanol supplies are reducing our demand for imported oil, mitigating the environmental destruction caused by an overreliance on fossil fuels, and most importantly, creating hundreds of thousands of jobs that cannot be outsourced.
"We agree with President Obama that we need to make room for new ethanol and renewable fuel technologies by walking away from our addiction and continued subsidizing of oil. We look forward to continuing the very constructive relationship this industry has had with the Obama Administration to grow this industry and foster the kind of innovation needed to meet our country's energy needs."
Texas Agricultural Drought Losses Reach Record $5.2 billion
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The historic Texas drought has led to a record $5.2 billion in agricultural losses, making it the most costly drought on record, according to Texas AgriLife Extension Service economists.
"The drought of 2011 will have a lasting impact on Texas agriculture," said Dr. Travis Miller, AgriLife Extension agronomist and a member of the Governor's Drought Preparedness Council.
"This drought is ongoing," said Dr. David Anderson, AgriLife Extension
livestock economist. "Further losses will continue if rainfall does not
come soon to establish this year's winter wheat crop and wheat
The $5.2 billion in losses exceeds the previous record of $4.1 billion
during the 2006 drought. The losses also represent 27.7 percent of the
average value of agricultural production over the last four years,
Rural Fire Departments Statewide Receive $3.7 Million from Oklahoma Department of Agriculture
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry's Forestry Services Division today distributed over $3.7 million in operational grant funds to 877 rural fire departments across the state. Funded by the Oklahoma legislature and authorized by Governor Fallin, these grants assist departments located in communities with a population of less than 10,000 people and can be used for a range of needs.
"Our state's leaders recognize the importance of rural fire departments," said Secretary of Agriculture Jim Reese "These grants are timely as fire departments have depleted many resources during the current fire season."
Funds can be used for the operations and maintenance of the fire department including the purchase, construction, repair and operation of fire stations and fire equipment, firefighter training and the purchase of fuel.
"These operational grants provide valuable assistance to local fire departments in providing wildland and rural community fire protection," said Reese. "We are committed to helping local fire departments with limited budgets effectively perform their duties."
Hot Weather in Late Pregnancy Affects Gestation Length
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma State University physiologists studied early fall (August) and late fall (October) calving cows. Data from two successive years were combined for 50 Angus X Hereford crossbred cows. According to Dr. Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist, the "early" and "late" fall calving cows had been artificially inseminated in early November or early January, respectively.
Semen from the same sire was used for all cows. All cows were exposed to a single cleanup bull for 35 days at 4 days after the AI season. The weather prior to calving was significantly different for late pregnancy in the two groups. The average maximum temperature the week before calving was 93 degrees F. for the "early" fall group.
The average maximum temperature the week before parturition in the "late" calving group was 66 degrees F. There was a 100% survival rate for calves in both groups and both groups of cows had very high re-breeding rates (93% and 96%, respectively). The average gestation length for the "early" cows was 6 days shorter (279 days) as compared to the "late" cows (285 days) in year 1. The average gestation length for the "early" cows was 4 days shorter (278 days) as compared to the "late" cows (282 days) in year 2.
Producers with early fall-calving cows should expect calves to start coming several days ahead of the "textbook gestation table" dates. They should begin their routine heifer and cow checks at least a week to 10 days ahead of the expected first calving date.
Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Funding for Over 900 Projects to Boost Renewable Energy Production, including Oklahoma
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced grants for more than 900 agricultural producers and rural small businesses across the country to implement renewable energy and energy efficiency measures in their operations. Secretary Vilsack made the announcement as part of President Obama's rural economic bus tour in the Midwest where today he highlighted efforts underway to reduce our country's dependence on foreign oil, which will increase the economic competitiveness of rural America and promote job creation.
"These investments enable our farmers, ranchers and rural small business owners to develop renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements that will save them thousands of dollars in energy costs each year," Vilsack said. "This funding is an important part of the Obama Administration's plan to conserve natural resources, create jobs and lead our country on the path to becoming more energy independent."
Many producers were selected across Oklahoma to receive grants for incorporating energy efficiency measures. Rural businesses and producers in Willow, Duke, Frederick, Chattanooga, Fairland, Afton, Heavener, Keyes, Thomas, Eufala, Woodward, Shawnee and Wister were selected for the grants. The project sources range from solar energy to biomass to wind energy. The total amount of money granted to Oklahoma producers and businesses was over a quarter of a million dollars.
The grants are being provided through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), a 2008 Farm Bill initiative. REAP offers funds for farmers, ranchers and rural small businesses to purchase and install renewable energy systems and make energy-efficiency improvements. These federal funds leverage other funding sources for small businesses. In all, USDA announced more than $11.6 million in energy grants today.
Historic Oklahoma Angus Run Starts Next Thursday in Stillwater
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We have been telling you about four of the five Angus sales that make up this annual run of Angus sales that happen each August. The first of those sales is just a week away. The Griswold Cattle Company's Family Traditions Annual Production Sale is scheduled for next Thursday, August 25 at 5 p.m. at Griswold Cattle Company in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The Griswold family have some outstanding Angus and Sim-Angus genetics that will be offered- click here for details as found on our Auction page at www.OklahomaFarmReport.Com
Express Ranches has a pair sales connected to the Angus run next Friday and Saturday, including their annual "Big Event" sale on Saturday. On Friday, August 26 Express Ranches have joined with Superior to offer about 2,000 head of Express influenced commercial bred heifers and top end calves from some of our best commercial customers and friends. And then on Saturday, August 27 Express will be offering about 300 lots (500 head) of the best registered females and bull calves that we have produced. As usual, this offering will consist of donors, show prospects, bred heifers, and young cow-calf pairs. Click here for our auction page listing for these two sales for Express Ranches- which leads you over to their web page and also to their sale catalog for Saturday.
Finally, the home stretch of the Angus run takes you and I to Waukomis,
Oklahoma- home of Pollard Farms. The 14th annual Pollard Farms Female Sale
will offer some outstanding genetics- 122 Head Sell as 92 Angus Lots and
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