~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Wednesday May 16, 2007!A service of Midwest Farm Shows
-- Governor and Legislature cut a budget deal-ending talk of a special session in 2007!
-- The South Korean "Miracle"- no problems this go round
-- Half Dozen Wheat Field Tours still on the Calendar
-- Cattle on Feed Numbers will be out this Friday- we have a Jim Mintert preview.
-- Hogs eating tainted feed okay for food chain- so says USDA.
-- Both Senator Coburn and Senator Inhofe involved in WRDA debate
-- Congratulations to Matt Muller of Oklahoma Farm Bureau- a member of 2007 PAL
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Governor and Legislature cut a budget deal-ending talk of a special session in 2007!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Earlier this Legislative session, lawmakers had a budget deal done that was blown up by a veto from Governor Brad Henry. Yesterday, the lawmakers came back with another budget deal, but with Brad Henry helping lead the parade and it now appears that we have navigated away from a special session for the 2007 state legislative session.
The word "Bi-partisan" was used quite a bit by Governor Henry and the lawmakers in describing this measure- and indeed, it looks like a lot of interests got stuff they wanted. Those that wanted tax cuts can claim a win in this budget outline- those that wanted a lot of money for teachers and some money for education were covered- and there were several rural priorities that were mentioned in the news briefing. Those highlights included $10 million for a state Bioenergy Center, $2.5 million for rural fire equipment needs and $6.5 million that goes to the Oklahoma Conservation Commission to be the state's match against a 2 to 1 deal with the Feds for flood control structures here in the state- both repairs to old structures as well as building some new ones as well.
Ag lobbyists that we talked to on Tuesday afternoon wanted to go over some of the specifics of the package before saying much- but the expectation is that most of what was proposed for the Department of Agriculture earlier for various specific projects remains in the deal- and that earmarked monies to the OSU Division of Agriculture's Extension and Research efforts are a part of the deal as well. We will be able to provide more specifics as the week goes on and some of the dust from the Tuesday celebration settles.
The South Korean "Miracle"- no problems this go round
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Suddenly, boxes of US beef have no pea sized pieces of bone in them and we have now seen a total of 20 tons of US beef inspected since last month with no problems- being allowed into South Korean commerce. And, South Korean officials say another 20 tons are now being inspected.
According to Yonhap news reports, South Korea's agricultural quarantine service said it's detected no bone chips or illegal levels of dioxins in beef imported from the United States since late April.
After the problems of three shipments in a row that were found with problems- the shipments thus far this spring have had no issues as the South Koreans, using an automated import information system that follows internationally accepted guidelines, have seen all shipments passing X-ray machine checks for bone fragments and chemical compounds like dioxins and antibiotics, according to local importers. South Korea expects to receive more than 100 tons of U.S. beef by the end of May. Authorities expect to receive 5,000 tons of U.S. beef each month beginning in June.
Half Dozen Wheat Field Tours still on the Calendar
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Not counting the Dewey County Wheat tour that is going on today, there are still a half dozen wheat tours we have on the list for 2007. The biggest one will likely be the annual wheat field day at Lahoma at the OSU NorthCentral Research station. This tour will feature the latest on wheat variety research, canola and a lot more. Registration begins at 9 am with tours to pull out shortly after that- and as usual- they have a lunch planned for participants.
For our complete calendar of these events and more- go tour website and click on the calendar button on the left hand side of the page. Many of our events do have links you can follow for yet more information- and we do have the link below to take you directly to the Calendar page of our website.
Cattle on Feed Numbers will be out this Friday- we have a Jim Mintert preview.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Pre report guesses compiled by Dow Jones indicate that we could see two percent fewer cattle on feed May first of this year versus 2006, four percent fewer cattle placed into feedlots back in April compared to twelve months ago and about the same number of cattle marketed last month compared a year ago.
On today's Beef Buzz, we have comments with Dr. Jim Mintert of K-State with what he sees for the report that will be out after the close of business at the end of the week. You can hear the Beef Buzz on radio stations across the state on the Radio Oklahoma Network- as well as checking out this daily feature on our website. AND- we have today's show with Dr. Mintert on the upcoming Cattle on Feed numbers linked for your listening below.
Hogs eating tainted feed okay for food chain- so says USDA.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~After more tests, USDA says the swine that were fed feed tainted with melamine may go to processing. Dr. David Petersen, with the USDA´s Food Safety and Inspection Service, says tests and examinations have shown that hogs fed the melamine tainted feed did not have any health effects.
Along with a look at the budget deal from a rural perspective, those were the key stories we reported on today's Radio Oklahoma Network morning farm news report.
You can click below for a listen to that report.
Both Senator Coburn and Senator Inhofe involved in WRDA debate
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The U.S. Senate is working through amendments to the long-awaited water resources bill. The first amendment - put forth by Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn to delay federal funding for a beach nourishment project in California - the home state of the Environment and Public Works chairwoman - was overwhelmingly rejected. The vote was 12 to 77.
Oklahoma Republican James Inhofe - is ranking member of the Environment and Public Works Committee. He sided with liberal Chairwoman Barbara Boxer of California in opposing Coburn's amendment - and any others that threaten the bill crafted by the top Democrats and Republicans on the committee. Inhofe is pushing for a provision that will provide authorization to finish the cleanup at the Super Fund site at Tar Creek in northeast Oklahoma. He has been told by Democratic leadership that their intention is to have that in the final bill.
A host of other amendments have been filed - ranging from rebuilding the Gulf of Mexico coast - to requiring the Army Corps of Engineers to consider the impacts of global warming when planning water projects. It's unclear how many of those will actually be voted on in the Senate.
Congratulations to Matt Muller of Oklahoma Farm Bureau- a member of 2007 PAL
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The American Farm Bureau Federation has selected a group of 10 young agricultural leaders to participate in the fourth class of the Partners in Agricultural Leadership (PAL) honors program. According to Farm Bureau President Bob Stallman - the PAL program provides young farmers and ranchers with the opportunity to hone their leadership skills after they have served as AFBF Young Farmer & Ranchers Committee (YF&R) members/officers or participated in competitive YF&R events. Stallman says - in many respects, the program serves as a bridge between YF&R and other agricultural leadership roles.
Besides Matt Muller, who farms in southwest Oklahoma near Altus, participants for 2007 include Glenn Brunkow, Kansas; John Buck, Ohio; Carrie Dalton, South Carolina; Justin Ellis, Wyoming; Suzanne Holcomb, New York; Russell Meade, Iowa; Matt Rush, New Mexico; Megan Seibel, Virginia; and C. Wesley Ulmer, South Carolina.
Farm Bureau's PAL program is carried out with support from the Monsanto Company, the Farm Credit Foundation and AFBF. Upon completion, graduates serve as "advocates for agriculture," promoting awareness on issues important to those in the farm- to-consumer food chain.
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