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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Wednesday August 6, 2008!A service of American Farmers & Ranchers, Johnston Enterprises and National Livestock Credit!
-- How Dry It Is!
-- Incentives to Pull Chicken Litter Out of Critical Watersheds Being Paid By Oklahoma Once Again.
-- WTO Officials Give Their Version of Why the Talks Fell Apart in Geneva
-- The "Agri" Word From Obama and John.
-- Oklahoma Wheat Producers Invited to Climb to the Summit!
-- Future Farms Today- Grazing Conference Tomorrow- The Calendar Remains Packed!
-- Looking at our Agricultural Markets...
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How Dry It Is!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Drought conditions in Cimarron County in the westernmost part of the Oklahoma Panhandle continue to be as bad as climate watchers rank them- the rating of extraordinary drought has been hung on this part of the state of Oklahoma since this spring. On Tuesday, Oklahoma Farm Bureau President Mike Spradling and a group of Farm Bureau members and staff saw for themselves how dry it really is- and how that translates into a personal disaster for many farm and ranch operations in what can be a very productive county- when it rains.
Spradling saw what other travelers have seen as they driven into Boise City and then made stops at various farm and ranch operations in and around the community- simply that there's no moisture left in the soil profile- it's all gone.
We talked with Spradling after had wrapped up talking with some of his Farm Bureau members that are living in the middle of this drought- and while the cell service was less than stellar- we managed to capture a few comments with the Tulsa County Pecan and Cattle producer last night. We have those comments linked below.
Incentives to Pull Chicken Litter Out of Critical Watersheds Being Paid By Oklahoma Once Again.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Oklahoma Conservation Commission is once again providing an incentive program to help defray the cost for hauling poultry waste (litter) out of the Illinois River and Spavinaw Creek watersheds. The U.S Environmental Protection Agency has provided to the Conservation Commission a grant of $370,000 for the program.
The Incentives are now available and will be paid out until the pot of money runs dry. The state run program will provide transportation incentive for all litter delivered after that date so long as the request for payment is pre-approved. The previous program, modeled after a program by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service to move animal waste, ended in May.
We have more on how to check on your elgibility to be a part of this program on our website- so click for the rest of the information we have for you at the link below.
WTO Officials Give Their Version of Why the Talks Fell Apart in Geneva
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~WTO trade officials have released an "unofficial" guide explaining why the Doha Round of trade talks broke down late last month. The guide indicates the dispute is with a new mechanism for agricultural safeguards. A part of that mechanism would allow developing countries to raise tariffs temporarily to deal with import surges and price falls. The blockage in the July 2008 talks was only about import surges, and a particular instance of that.
The blockage in discussions focused on the situation where the mechanism raises tariffs above commitments countries made in the 1986-94 Uruguay Round - the "pre-Doha Round bound rates". In the case of new members, that means commitments made in their membership agreements. The blockage is often described as one between the United States versus India and China. This is only partly true. All three were among the small group of seven delegations trying to reach an initial settlement - Australia, Brazil, China, the EU, India, Japan, and the U.S. - before taking the issue to larger groups and eventually the full membership. The blockage was within that group of seven.
Officials are saying the bottom line is that there are two different and unresolved views. The first being, the process should be freer and easier to use, with smaller triggers and bigger tariff increases. The second view is that use should be more restricted, and related to cutting tariffs from pre-Doha Round levels.
The "Agri" Word From Obama and John.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Both of the presumptive nominees for their respective parties' nomination to contend for the office of President of the United States- Senator John McCain and Senator Barrack Obama spoke via teleconference this past month to the President's Council of the American Farm Bureau Federation.
We never have had a chance to include the link to several elements that the AFBF folks have assembled from those encounters of a Presidential kind. I have the link for you below- complete with the audio of the comments made by both candidates as well as an executive summary of what was said by the contenders that day.
You might want to bookmark this link and refer back to it later in the campaign to refresh your memory on what both men had to say to AFBF that day.
Oklahoma Wheat Producers Invited to Climb to the Summit!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Oklahoma Wheat Commission is sponsoring the 2008 Wheat Quality Summit on the Oklahoma State University campus at the Robert M Kerr Food and Ag Products Center Wednesday August 13.
With planting season just around the corner, producers are making decisions about which varieties to plant. High yields and test weights are important factors to the producer when choosing a variety, but good end-use quality also should be a consideration.
We have more on the Summit- including registration details and a recorded conversation we had with Mike Schulte of the Wheat Commission- just jump to our link listed below.
Future Farms Today- Grazing Conference Tomorrow- The Calendar Remains Packed!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We plan on checking out the Future Farms Conference in downtown Oklahoma City later this morning as they hear from Dr. Derrell Peel of Oklahoma State University as their morning kickoff speaker. That meeting is going on at the Bricktown Convention Center in Oklahoma City.
Tomorrow, the action moves to the 7th Annual Grazinglands Dollars and Cents Conference at the Clarion Convention Facility at I-40 and Meridian- also in Oklahoma City. We'll be visiting with some of their speakers and sharing that information with you later in the week.
We also remind you of the Southern Plains Beef Symposium in Ardmore on Saturday- we will be emceeing their excellent morning session as we work once again with the Noble Foundation at this annual event.
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