~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Monday April 13, 2009A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and Johnston Enterprises!
-- EPA Drops the Ball- Ag Groups Pick It Up in Fight Over Possible Requirement of Permits to Use Pesticides Every Time You Apply Them
-- In the Field with Ron and Mike Schulte of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission
-- Narrow Choice Select Price Spread Reflects Slow Restaurant Trade
-- National Wheat Growers Submit House Ag Climate Change Questionnaire
-- A Million Dollar Gift to 4-H from the Walmart Foundation
-- The Equine Dentistry Controversy Aired Out by Trent Loos
-- Heading to Woodward today- Will Be Speaking at the Midday Chamber of Commerce Lunch
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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EPA Drops the Ball- Ag Groups Pick It Up in Fight Over Possible Requirement of Permits to Use Pesticides Every Time You Apply Them
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The American Farm Bureau Federation has asked the full Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals to review a three-judge ruling that would require permits for pesticide uses even if they are applied in compliance with pesticide labeling laws. AFBF expressed disappointment that the Environmental Protection Agency is not seeking a rehearing of the matter.
It's not just the AFBF, but several other groups who have joined with them, including the National Cotton Council and the National Association of Wheat Growers. Several state groups have also signed on to the Court Petition- including the Oklahoma Cotton Council. Click here to read the full brief as filed by the ag groups.
In the case, National Cotton Council v. EPA, the panel reversed an EPA rule that would have clarified that Clean Water Act permits are not required for pesticides application near waters, so long as the application complies with pesticide labeling laws. That decision could lead to additional needless regulations on the use of crop protection tools, according to AFBF. Because of the potential impacts, AFBF expressed disappointment that the EPA has stated it will not seek a rehearing on the matter, requesting instead a delay of two years before the new permits for legal, label-approved applications would be required.
We have more on this story- including audio on the reaction of the National Cotton Council on taking up the fight that the EPA has refused to join. Click on our link below and read more and listen to this report as well.
In the Field with Ron and Mike Schulte of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We talked with the Executive Director of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission, Mike Schulte at the end of this past week- and Mike reports that while it is very likely that we have had damage to wheat in several areas of the Oklahoma Hard Red Winter Wheat Belt- that damage is just now beginning to show.
He adds that the regular monthly board meeting of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission is planned for this coming Wednesday- and one guest that will be there is OSU State Wheat Specialist Dr. Jeff Edwards. Dr. Edwards hopes to offer an update on freeze damage at the meeting and he has offered to take a look at samples of wheat plants for any wheat producers that wish to being them in for him to take a look at.
He also expects that Dr. Edwards and several of our district and even
county extension folks will be looking at a lot of wheat fields as this
week unfolds to give us a much better perspective of how severe the injury
is to the 2009 crop.
Narrow Choice Select Price Spread Reflects Slow Restaurant Trade
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~On our Monday Beef Buzz- we talk about a beef market sign of the weakness of the general economy. The average Choice-Select spread for carcass beef dipped below zero for the week ended April 4. The spread for the week averaged negative 13 cents. That's the first time a weekly average has gone negative since 1989, according to the CME Group's Daily Livestock Report, even though the spread has dipped below zero on a few isolated days over the past year.
Other than being a somber statistic, this isn't like a futures market breaking through a point of resistance - the spread will likely restore itself to positive territory in a matter of days(and it is back in positive territory this past week), according to Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist Derrell Peel. However, it is an important market sign. Dr. Peel is our guest today on our Monday Beef Buzz- and from comments that he made over the weekend on the OSU Ag Division's SUNUP, he talks about the things that can be read into this narrowing of the Choice- Select spread.
Click on our link for more on this story and to hear our Monday Beef Buzz with Dr. Peel. We also remind you that we have previous Beef Buzz shows on our website for you to browse through and listen to on your schedule- stretching back to the fall of 2006. Just go to WWW.OklahomaFarmReport.Com and click on the Beef Buzz button on the left hand side of any page- and check our current or previous shows out.
National Wheat Growers Submit House Ag Climate Change Questionnaire
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The National Association of Wheat Growers has submitted its responses this past week to a House Agriculture Committee questionnaire on climate change, emphasizing Association policy supporting a cap-and-trade program that allows unlimited agriculture sequestration.
The NAWG responses said, in part:
The House Ag Committee has asked for the input of several hundred stakeholders in the ag arena- as well as having the questionnaire up on their website for anyone to offer comments as well. We have the full responses of this questionnaire from the Wheat Growers group linked below- take a look for their insights into this whole issue of Climate Change and production agriculture.
A Million Dollar Gift to 4-H from the Walmart Foundation
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~National 4-H Council has been awarded a $1 million grant by the Wal-Mart Foundation to launch Youth Voice: Youth Choice, an exciting national program that encourages young people to develop and maintain healthy, active lifestyles. The program will tackle wellness issues such as nutrition, physical fitness, and safety. This is the first grant to be provided by the Wal-Mart Foundation for the 4-H Healthy Living portfolio.
To fund the Youth Voice: Youth Choice program, 4-H programs in 15 selected states will be awarded $50,000 grants to develop, strengthen, and implement healthy living programs at the community level. 4-H members will work in tandem with land-grant university experts and 4-H volunteers to mobilize other young people and get them excited about living healthy lives. Youth are then empowered to create action plans to share with their county commissioners, school boards, health caucuses, and state legislative offices.
We have more on this story which is great news for 4-H supporters around the country- click on the link below for more details.
The Equine Dentistry Controversy Aired Out by Trent Loos
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Our broadcast friend and colleague, Trent Loos, has a regular show that he produces on the horse industry- and in recent weeks, he has been paying a lot of attention on it to the battle between equine dentists and veterinarians here in Oklahoma. We have reported on this story several times and the issue came to a head this past week at the state capitol as both sides clamored for attention as the State House passed a measure that at first glance seems to indicate that the state Vet Medical Board has the upper hand. That's probably not the case as a compromise has been promised that will offer something to both sides of the issue by House Ag Committee Chairman Don Armes, who says they have had good discussions about animal husbandry practices that won't require the direct oversight of a Veterinarian at every point of the process. Click here to jump back to that story from this past week.
Trent Loos had as a guest the President of the Academy of Rural Veterinarians, Shelly Lenz of North Carolina. She says a Vet is needed for the well being of the horse- Trent is not buying what she is selling and I have linked the audio of this story below. Click on the link and check it out.
Heading to Woodward today- Will Be Speaking at the Midday Chamber of Commerce Lunch
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~I am looking forward to seeing some of you in Woodward later today as we travel into Red Carpet Country to speak to their monthly Woodward Chamber of Commerce Luncheon- our old friend CJ Montgomery is now with their Chamber of Commerce and we look forward to talking about some of the state and national issues that have impact on agriculture here in 2009.
Speaking of Woodward- we are mighty proud of our long standing relationship with one of the great radio stations in our state- K101 at 101.1 on the FM dial. K101 has one of the best farm programming lineups of any station in our state- and we offer several custom longer versions of our programming exclusively for K101 Listeners.
We have our special webpage that lists the K101 farm program lineup linked below- be sure and check it out and take a look at their coverage map that reaches a lot of northwestern Oklahoma. And, if you go to our website, WWW.OklahomaFarmReport. Com, you can click on our RON Affiliates on the left hand side of any of our webpages- and there you can see our growing lineup of radio stations all across the state.
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Let's Check the Markets!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~It was a good sized run at the Woodward Livestock Auction on Good Friday, with a total of 6,586 cattle selling. Jerry Nine and his team ended up with a higher market, with yearlings $2 to $6 higher, and calves $3 to $6 up. The five to six hundred pound steers sold for $11.50 to $124, six weight steers brought $104 to $112.50 and seven hundred pound yearlings cleared from $96 to $104. Click here for the full report from Woodward- it should be up on the USDA link we have here for you by around eight AM on Monday morning.
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