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Update from Ron Hays of RON
Monday, February 20,
Farm Leader John Picken Talks Regulation,
Subsidies and More with OALP Class XV in
in Scotland face a heavy regulatory burden,
according to John Picken, Vice
President of the National Farmers Union of
Scotland. Picken says the regulations are flowing
mostly from Brussels, home of the European Union.
Over 2,000 regulations flooded in from Brussels in
just the last year alone, according to the farm
Picken talked with Class
XV of the Oklahoma Ag Leadership Program on day
two of their time in Scotland. Picken told OALP
that his organization represents about 75% of the
farmers in his country.
presentation to the Class- we had the opportunity
to talk with him about a variety of subjects-
including the burden of regulation, subsidies, the
carbon footprint of Scottish agriculture as well
as farmers having to battle sister organizations
of the HSUS on this side of the
Click here to jump over to our
conversation with John Picken from
this past Friday.
all of our coverage as it unfolds from Scotland
and now Ireland- click here for our special section on
our website dedicated to the OALP
International Travel Experience.
for our picture gallery that we continue to add
to- click here for our set of pictures of
the OALP travels to Scotland and
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America! Our congratulations to the AFR for a
great convention that concluded over this past
weekend in Norman!
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Broadband Plans Blocked Due to GPS Intereference
Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
spokeswoman said this week that the agency would
not allow LightSquared to proceed with plans to
build a broadband network using technology that
could interfere with existing GPS systems.
In a statement, the FCC said the federal
agencies charged with coordinating spectrum use
have "concluded that there is no practical way to
mitigate potential interference at this time.
Consequently, the Commission will not lift the
prohibition on LightSquared."
has applied for a spectrum use waiver from the FCC
to allow it to deploy technology to dramatically
expand broadband access, including in rural areas.
Extensive testing showed, however, that
the technology would also cause significant, and
evidently unmitigatable, interference with GPS
systems, which are essential parts of the modern
agricultural, construction and aviation
industries. GPS systems are also used by millions
of Americans in their cars, on their mobile phones
and for other reasons.
To read more about the denial of
LightSquared's plans and to access a link to the
full FCC report, click here.
as a Tool for Post-Drought Pasture Recovery
fertility needs should be given special
consideration in drought-damaged pastures says
Daren D. Redfearn, of OSU's
Department of Plant and Soil Sciences. Since many
of these pastures were grazed repeatedly, it is
likely that root growth will be restricted to the
top few inches of soil. It is important that these
pastures have a strong root system to speed the
recovery of drought-damaged pastures.
drought-damaged stands should be managed as a new
stand, plant P needs should be the primary
consideration. Standard P fertility
recommendations are adequate for stands with
slight to moderate damage, but stands with severe
damage require additional P, even when soil test
results indicate adequate available P
Since bermudagrass pastures respond
quickly to supplemental fertility, the addition of
50 lbs nitrogen (N) per acre will increase the
recovery once the stolons have reached 6 to 10
inches in length. Nitrogen should only be applied
if soil moisture is present. Once bermudagrass
pastures begin to show signs of recovery,
additional N can be applied to increase production
if soil moisture is present. During drought or
immediately following a drought, it is important
that only enough N be applied for a 30-day
production period based on the presence of
adequate soil moisture. For example, this would be
no more than 75 lbs N per acre per month.
You can read more about the
fertilizer needs of drought-damaged pastures by
Finally Clears Last Regulatory Hurdle
major groups promoting the benefits and increased
use of ethanol fuel blends have come out with
statements regarding the EPA's recent decision to
approve E15 health effects testing. Both the
American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) and Growth
Energy applauded the EPA for moving this
ethanol-gasoline blend closer to being available
approval of health effects testing was a necessary
step before the new fuel can be registered and
readied for distribution.
Executive Vice President Brian Jennings said if
more E15 were already on the market, consumers
might be saving 12 to 15 cents per gallon at the
pump. With the EPA's approval, he said it's just a
matter of time before E15 makes its way to the
local gas station.
Energy's CEO, Tom Buis, applauded the EPA's move
to finally allow E15 to be brought to market.
Growth Energy had a filed a petition with the EPA
over three years ago seeking a waiver to get E15
on the market.
can read more of Jennings' and Buis' comments or
see a video statement from Buis by clicking here and here.
Head Phil Seng Expects Good Things to Come from
leaders of the world's largest agricultural
products importer and the largest agricultural
products exporter meet in constructive dialogue,
only good outcomes are to be expected.
That's the assessment of U.S. Meat Export
Federation (USMEF) President and CEO
Philip Seng after his
participation in this week's U.S./China High-Level
Agricultural Symposium in Des Moines, Iowa. It was
part of a five-day U.S. tour by Chinese Vice
President President Xi Jinping, who is positioned
to be the next leader of China.
often, meetings of this nature are conducted to
resolve disputes," said Seng. "The tone of this
meeting was forward-looking and underscores a
spirit of cooperation. The atmosphere was
favorable to the desired outcome of partnership
Seng sees a lot
of potential for especially US beef, once we get
this huge market opened to our product. You can read more of his comments, as
well as jump over to their resource page on China,
by clicking here.
Case IH Farmall 100A Series Tractors Continue
new Case IH Farmall® 100A Series tractors join the
Farmall A, B and C utility tractors the Case IH
utility tractor lineup. Available in four models,
these tractors offer from 90 to 115 PTO
The Case IH Farmall 100A Series
tractors come standard with a three-point hitch
that has a lift capacity of up to 7,200 lbs. A
fixed-displacement pump hydraulic system offers a
total hydraulic flow of 31 gpm.
compact tractors pack a powerful punch with
4.5-liter engines running the Farmall 110A and
120A and a 6.7-liter engine powering the Farmall
125A and 140A.
Mechanical fuel injection
triggers both of the turbocharged engines, which
have two valves per cylinder and a dual-element
An 8x8 power shuttle
transmission comes standard on the Case IH
Farmall100A Series, making them ideal for loader
work. An optional 8x8 synchronized mechanical
reverse transmission, or a 16x8 power shuttle
transmission with high-low clutch, also are
You can learn more about the new Case
IH tractors by clicking here.
and Pieces- AFR Holds Elections, We Learn
About Tramlines and Sailing the Irish
107th annual meeting of the American
Farmers & Ranchers (including those
previous conventions of the Oklahoma Farmers
Union) wrapped up over the weekend- big crowd is
our understanding with 1125 delegates registered
for the event, which a couple of hundred more
folks than that easily. AFR had elections
for Vice President and a couple of Board Members.
John Porter was reelected as Vice President of the
organization, while Joe Ed Kinder of Chattanooga
retained his southwest district seat- and Harry
Jordan of Ada won an at large seat.
of the interesting things we saw while in Scotland
rolling across the countryside were numerous
winter wheat fields with tracks clearly seen on a
regular basis across the fields. Class XV member
Bryan Vincent who works with Crop
Production services and lives in Tonkawa was very
interested as he saw what he called "tramlines."
They are placed in the fields to give a path for
ag chemcial and fertilizer application without
tearing up the crop and concentrating any soil
compaction to just those pathways. Click here for a quick conversation
we had with Bryan about what we saw in those
fields and the positives of using this concept
in Oklahoma in no till fields as well as
conventional till winter wheat and winter canola.
the 19th was a day of transition for the OALP
members, as we traveled a couple of hours by bus
south of Glasgow, Scotland to a ferry landing that
took us across the Irish Sea (Atlantic) and
landing us in Belfast. Most of us were expecting a
fairly small vessel- but were pleasantly surprised
with what was almost a small ocen cruseliner- the
ferry had passengers like us- lots of cars and
even semis loaded up for the about two hour trip
from Scotland to Northern Ireland. We captured a
few pictures from Day Four in Scotland/Day One in
Ireland- and have included a few highlights in the
FLICKR set of pics- click here to jump
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