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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Friday June 26, 2009A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- HR 2454 Expected to be Debated and Voted on Today on House Floor
-- Lucas Pulls Soundbites from President Obama on Climate Change- and Offers His View of Reality
-- Farm Groups See Importance of Peterson Deal on Climate Change- But Differ on Bottom Line Regarding HR 2454
-- In the Short Term- Dr. Kim Anderson Sees Short Term Weakness in the Wheat Market
-- OSU Ag Students Involved with the OYE's Ag Youth Encounter in Final Stages of European Tour
-- One Day Soon- Value Added Will Be the Standard Base Price- Commodity Cattle will be Discounted
-- Purvine Farms Set for Their Dispersion Sale on Saturday in Woodward
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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HR 2454 Expected to be Debated and Voted on Today on House Floor
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~With a deal done with Collin Peterson, Chairman of the House Ag Committee, Demcratic Leaders are twisting the arms of the 40 or 50 Democratic members that were lined up behind Peterson to oppose the bill. It's expected most of them will come home, although that is not a certainty. For example,. Stephanie Herseth of South Dakota told farm broadcasters in her home state on Thursday that she was still accessing the impact of the bill and what it could do to the economy of South Dakota.
Meanwhile the Chairman of the House Ag Committee, Collin Peterson, has released the text of the deal he has developed with Henry Waxman and we have an overview of the deal as well as the actual language on our website as you prepare to check out C-Span later today for this energy and global warming show down.
Click on the link below to check out those details that follows up our audio overview from Congressman Peterson we had for you yesterday.
Lucas Pulls Soundbites from President Obama on Climate Change- and Offers His View of Reality
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~On Thursday, Ranking Member Frank Lucas responded to a speech President Barack Obama gave to promote the Waxman-Markey bill (H.R. 2454).
"I don't know where the President is getting his information, but the record speaks for itself. The Waxman-Markey bill remains the single, largest, economic threat to farmers and rural Americans in decades. And, the speed in which this bill is moving through Congress is a disgrace to the American people," said Ranking Member Frank Lucas.
Lucas challenges the President on the accuracy of how well thought out this bill really is, how valuable it is to rural communities and how broad the support of this bill really is. Click on the link below to see what the President is saying about Climate Change- and how Congressman Lucas responds.
Farm Groups See Importance of Peterson Deal on Climate Change- But Differ on Bottom Line Regarding HR 2454
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Several groups have released a response to the move by House Ag Committee Chairman Collin Peterson to develop an agricultural section to HR 2454, the Climate Change Bill. The National Farmers Union and the National Association of Wheat Growers say if the Ag provisions are added to the bill by the House- they support the amended version of the bill as far as final passage goes. The National Corn Growers support the Peterson amendements, but are neutral on the full bill until they can study it further. The American Farm Bureau and the National Sorghum Producers urge a "yes" vote on the Peterson amendments but still a "no" vote on the full bill, amended or not.
And the American Farmers and Ranchers, as well as the National Pork Producers are grateful on the work to improve the bill, but say they still do not support passage of HR 2454, amended or not.
We have details of what each of these groups are saying about the bill as we turn the corner head for home on House Floor Action on HR 2454- click on the link below for the full rundown.
In the Short Term- Dr. Kim Anderson Sees Short Term Weakness in the Wheat Market
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~As the 2009 Oklahoma Wheat Harvest winds down, OSU Grain Marketing Economist Dr. Kim Anderson says that the crop is about the size predicted by the USDA based on June first data, with quality actually a little better than had been expected early in the month. He says that for producers that have wheat to sell, realize there is a better chance that wheat prices have more down in them rather than any up.
Dr. Anderson offered his comments for this weekend's SUNUP TV show as produced by OSU Ag Communications. We have his comments linked already on this Friday morning for you on our website- follow the link below- as well as a lineup of the program assembled by Clinton Griffiths and his team that bring you SUNUP each Saturday morning on OETA.
OSU Ag Students Involved with the OYE's Ag Youth Encounter in Final Stages of European Tour
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Our thanks to Cassie Bacon, an OSU Ag Communications major who is a part of the Oklahoma Ag Leadership Encounter group, who has provided us with a few insights of their travel this week in Germany and Switzerland. Cassie writes "The Oklahoma Agricultural Leadership Encounter is rounding out this year with their international experience traveling throughout Germany. The trip started June 21 in Frankfurt, Germany. The Oklahoma State University agricultural students traveled south from there and will end their trip June 28 in Zurich, Switzerland."
"The group has had the unique opportunity to tour some of the nation's top agricultural industries. With five percent of the country consuming organic products, Germany is seeing greater demand for these products each year. Thus far, OALE has toured organic farms consisting of dairy cattle, swine and various crops. The public as a whole seems to accept this practice more willingly than conventional farming. Other farms visited with more traditional farming practices included a fruit production farm with a focus on apples and a vineyard for wine making.
"With agricultural machinery playing a key role in German farming, students toured the largest European John Deere factory located in Mannheim, Germany. The new John Deere Forum opened last year to the pubic, showcasing the company's innovative equipment.
"This year marks the sixth class of OALE and consists of 13 students. Seven other adults served as trip sponsors representing the Oklahoma Youth Expo, OSU and Oklahoma agricultural industries."
One Day Soon- Value Added Will Be the Standard Base Price- Commodity Cattle will be Discounted
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The fourth segment of our four day visit with Doug McKinney, the Value Added Beef Cattle Specialist at Oklahoma State University, who says there is a day coming when you will be expected to precondition your calves or you may face a series of discounts.
McKinney adds that the simplest programs to get involved with center around source and age verification, along with preconditioning the calves coming through the program.
In addition, he says that literally any cattle producer can increase their cash flow by always making sure they perform the three most basic value enhancing management practices. Those three practices are to deworm, deworm and castrate those bull calves. McKinney says there is no doubt that doing those three practices can make any producer anywhere money.
Purvine Farms Set for Their Dispersion Sale on Saturday in Woodward
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~A total of 360 head of cattle will be offered by Chet and Stephanie Purvine on this Saturday(tomorrow), June 27, 12 noon at the Woodward Livestock Auction. There will be an excellent selection of spring pairs, fall bred cows and fall bred heifers.
At the Purvine Farms website, they have a link that will take you to a full listing of the fall calving females and a second link that will show you the Spring Pairs. This link also now has the full catalog and even videos of the cattle for you to review. We have the link to their website below.
If you have questions about the offering, give Chet a call at 580-623-3693.
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