~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Thursday November 5, 2009A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- Senator Barbara Boxer May Leave GOP Outside and Report Her Vision of Climate Change Today
-- Meanwhile Some Aggy Senators Have Their Version Released
-- Monsanto and Bayer Crop Science Up Their R&D Presence on the Caprock
-- Farm Groups Come Together to Cry NO on More Government Regulation from H.R. 2868
-- From the American Royal in Kansas City- a Couple of Shout Outs
-- Fall Board Meeting Tomorrow for Oklahoma Cattlemen Planned- and Fall Cattle Drive Female Replacement Sale Follows
-- Udderly Amazing- Cowfilms on Twitter!
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Senator Barbara Boxer May Leave GOP Outside and Report Her Vision of Climate Change Today
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Facing a third consecutive day of Republican boycotts, Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Democrats are preparing to report out global warming legislation this morning under an expedited fashion without considering any amendments.
Chairwoman Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) has already presided over two days
of EPW committee action on the climate bill, though there's been no formal
debate on any amendments or move to actually report the bill because she's
been unable to have a quorum of two Republicans.
Only one Republican has attended at the start of each markup this week to register a formal complaint that U.S. EPA has failed to provide an analysis of the House-passed climate bill and its Senate counterpart. EPW ranking member James Inhofe (R-Okla.) will attend this morning to register an objection if Boxer goes ahead with a final vote on the climate bill, according to Inhofe spokesman Matt Dempsey.
Ms. Boxer will reconvene the Committee at 8 AM Central time this morning and will announce her intentions at that time.
Meanwhile Some Aggy Senators Have Their Version Released
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Several Senators that associate themselves with rural issues, including Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, have unveiled a hunk of Climate Change legislation that might eventually be folded into Climate Change legislation that does not have agriculture covered. The "Clean Energy Partnerships Act of 2009" was introduced Wednesday by Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Max Baucus (D-MT), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Mark Begich (D-AK), and Tom Harkin (D-IA). Their bill is designed "To reduce greenhouse gas emissions from uncapped domestic sources," those sources being crops, livestock and forests.
The folks at Agri-Pulse write about this legislation on their website saying "Harkin explained Wednesday that the bill "includes four strong, carefully crafted provisions that give farmers and ranchers the opportunity to benefit from offsets and early actions under a program run by the USDA. It also includes low-carbon energy provisions that will be essential for continuing reductions of greenhouse gas emissions from our energy systems in the years ahead, as well as research into additional ways to sequester carbon in agriculture and on agricultural adaptation to maintain productivity as weather patterns change."
Jon Harsch does a good job of sorting out the players on Climate Change from an agricultural perspective- and we have his report from yesterday linked below- it's hard to tell the players without a scorecard- and Harsch provides at least a partial listing of who some of the current players are in the confusing Senate Climate Change debate.
Monsanto and Bayer Crop Science Up Their R&D Presence on the Caprock
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Last week, Bayer CropScience officially opened its new Cotton Research and Development Laboratory in Lubbock, Texas. The new 12,000 square-foot laboratory is the latest in a series of new research and development facilities being opened by Bayer CropScience in North America and the only one focused solely on delivering innovations in the world's most important fiber crop: cotton. The total investment of the new facility amounts to $2.7 million (US). The new laboratory facility will house approximately 25 people at full capacity, from plant breeders to molecular scientists and laboratory technicians.
Click here for our web story on the Bayer grand opening.
This week, Monsanto stepped up its presence in the Lubbock area. The biotech giant broke ground Wednesday on its 10.5 million dollar research "megasite" in Lubbock, Texas. The megasite will provide a central point for the company's breeding and testing programs in the High Plains region. The Monsanto Texas Cotton Research Center is being developed on a 12.2-acre site within the Lubbock Economic Development Alliance Business Park.
According to Dr. Trevor Hohls, Monsanto global cotton breeding lead, -
this megasite will let our programs in Hale Center and Haskell work
alongside discovery breeding, biotech and testing programs. A new testing
center in South Texas will connect to these as well as provide additional
environments to use in the breeding and testing of Monsanto's products.
Farm Groups Come Together to Cry NO on More Government Regulation from H.R. 2868
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~A coalition of agriculture groups sent a letter to Members of Congress yesterday urging them to vote against H.R. 2868, the Chemical and Drinking Water Security Act of 2009. The coalition, which includes the American Farm Bureau Federation, the National Association of Wheat Growers, USA Rice Federation, and the National Cotton Council, argued that the bill would have a direct impact on farmers and ranchers who use certain agricultural inputs, such as fertilizers and other pesticides, for agriculture production. They further argue that current regulations known as Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) have not been fully implemented, and that they have collectively worked with the Department of Homeland Security and others to establish those standards and ensure compliance.
One of the lawmakers receiving the bill was Oklahoma Congressman Frank Lucas, who calls the latest proposal unneeded until current laws are fully implemented. Lucas says "rushing to add more regulatory burdens and costs on our nation's food producers without providing any additional security against acts of terrorism, which is the supposed purpose of the bill, is irresponsible and detrimental to the entire agriculture industry,"
We have the full letter and the list of farm groups that have signed off on this latest protest against the flood of regulations that have been proposed by Democratic lawmakers.
From the American Royal in Kansas City- a Couple of Shout Outs
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~OSU Livestock Judging Team Judge Mark Johnson dropped us an email earlier this week- and wanted to give you an update on the latest competition for the team that has represented OSU this fall at several events.
Mark writes "The OSU Livestock Judging Team was 3rd Overall this past weekend at the American Royal. OSU had a strong team performance with each team member scoring 935 (93.5%) or more points. The team's performance was highlighted by having two team members place in the Top Ten Overall. Zack Butler was the 6th high Individual and Kylee Willard was the 5th High Individual Overall. OSU also had two of the Top Ten in Oral Reasons where Kylee Willard was 9th and Kate Miller was 4th. Texas A&M won the contest and Texas Tech was the 2nd high team." The OSU team completes the fall judging campaign at the National Championship contest in Louisville on November 16th.
We also got word that the Grand Champion Angus Bull at the American Royal has Oklahoma ties. Dameron First Class claimed grand champion and junior champion bull honors. Express Angus Ranches, Yukon, Okla., and Dameron Angus Farm, Lexington, Ill., own the April 2008 son of EXG RS First Rate S903 R3.
Fall Board Meeting Tomorrow for Oklahoma Cattlemen Planned- and Fall Cattle Drive Female Replacement Sale Follows
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The 2009 Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association Fall Cattle Drive is happening this Friday at OKC West in El Reno. The day includes the fall Board meeting of the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association, a lunch served up by the Oklahoma CattleWomen and the Replacement Female Sale that starts at 1 PM.
A great set of consignors are already on board for the sale this Friday afternoon. For details- you can click on the link below to jump to our Auction listing- or you can call Chisholm Kinder at 405-235-4391for more information.
Udderly Amazing- Cowfilms on Twitter!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~It's been pretty tense with the massive legislation being pushed in both the House and Senate in recent days- add to that attacks on production agriculture by USDA, HSUS and EPA- it's time for some relief. We have found it in one of the trending topics yesterday on Twitter- Cowfilms! Creative people from all over are using Bovine lingo and inserting it in critical places within movie titles.
A few of my favorites include Cowminers Daughter, Toro Toro Toro, Milkmaid in Manhatten, Gentlemen Prefer Cows, Citizen Cow, The Loin King, Bovine & Bullhead do America, Beefshank Redemption, Bossie does Dallas, Batman ForHeifer, Steakless in Seattle and The Good The Bad and The Beefy.
Of course if you like James Bond- there are several that popped up- Dr.
Moo, The Man With the Golden Udder, MOOraker, A View to a Cow and License
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Let's Check the Markets!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~OKC West in El Reno sold a total of 7.622 cattle on Wednesday- and Tina and John of Market News called the trends higher- "Feeder steers steady to 2.00 higher. Feeder heifers steady on a very light test. Demand moderate to good for feeder cattle. Steer calves 3.00-4.00 higher. Heifer calves 3.00-4.00 higher with instances 5.00-6.00 higher." Click here for the full report from the OKC West market- including prices- as reported by USDA's Market News Service.
Current cash price for Canola is $7.55 per bushel, while the 2010 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $7.80 per bushel- delivered to local participating elevators that are working with PCOM.
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