~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Friday September 11, 2009A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- Oklahoma Farm Bureau Names Monica Wilke as Executive Director
-- Sunstein Confirmed to Top White House Regulatory Position
-- Hey ABC- (and other media outlets)- It's H1N1, not Swine Flu
-- Before the September Crop Report- Catch the Comments from Kim Anderson
-- Obama Health Care Plans Would Hurt Farm and Ranch Families
-- Ratliff Ranch Gets Ready for Their Fall Production Sale September 19
-- May We Never Forget
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Oklahoma Farm Bureau Names Monica Wilke as Executive Director
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~On Wednesday, the Board of Directors of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau named Monica Wilke, OFB and affiliated companies' general counsel, as the Executive Director for Oklahoma Farm Bureau and Affiliated Companies. The Grandfield native has been serving as acting executive director since Matt Wilson's retirement announcement in mid July. Wilke assumes her duties as the Executive Director of the farm organization
"The Board of Directors realized the challenges we faced with the announcement of Matt Wilson's retirement, but at the same time recognized the opportunities that a search for a new executive director presented the organization," said Mike Spradling, OFB president. "Monica Wilke brings a new, fresh perspective, unique thoughts and ideas to move our organization forward. The Board has the utmost respect and confidence in her ability to achieve the goals of Oklahoma Farm Bureau and its affiliated companies."
Wilke holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Oklahoma State University
and a juris doctorate from the University Of Oklahoma College Of Law.
Sunstein Confirmed to Top White House Regulatory Position
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Senate voted 57-40 this afternoon to confirm Cass Sunstein as the new Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA). As OIRA Administrator, Mr. Sunstein will review and approve or reject all regulations promulgated by the Obama administration, thus giving him great power to influence these regulations. Most of animal agriculture has expressed misgivings about Sunstein's role in the Obama Administration.
The National Cattlemen's Beef Association issued the following statement expressing concern about Sunstein, who has been an outspoken critic of animal agriculture:
"While we have no doubt that Mr. Sunstein is otherwise qualified for this job, NCBA remains concerned about Mr. Sunstein's long history of academic work in animal rights and anti-livestock advocacy, including a book in which he asserted that animals should have the right to bring suits against humans, with humans as their legal representatives. We are encouraged by Mr. Sunstein's recent letter to Senator Chambliss (R-Ga.) in which he clarified that he does not favor and would not support such a right, and that his primary concern would be to ensure that regulations are consistent with the Constitution, the law as enacted by Congress, and the principles reflected in governing Executive Orders. We hope that he will indeed follow through on this pledge, and that as he looks at regulations impacting livestock production, he will reach out to the animal agriculture community and make decisions based on sound science, not personal feelings."
Hey ABC- (and other media outlets)- It's H1N1, not Swine Flu
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack called a news conference Thursday to talk directly to reporters who continue to misuse the term - swine flu - to characterize the H1N1 virus. The Secretary emphasized that the term - swine flue - is not only inaccurate, but is kicking an industry that is already down. The Secretary said misuse of the term - is causing in my view undue and undeserved harm to America's agricultural industry.
The Secretary pointed out that pork producers are suffering through a very, very depressed market, and every time the flu is mislabeled and misrepresented it makes it that much more difficult for us to climb out of this difficult economic time.
Secretary Vilsack also told reporters USDA has developed a seed virus and given it to five veterinary manufacturers to speed creation of a vaccine for swine in case H1N1 is passed from humans to the hog population. This has not yet occurred in the United States. He added that even if that does occur, swine typically recover from such viruses and the virus cannot be passed through pork meat. He added, - if any swine contract H1N1, they will be kept out of the slaughter population until recovered.
Before the September Crop Report- Catch the Comments from Kim Anderson
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~OSU Grain Marketing Economist Dr. Kim Anderson states the obvious when he says it has been another bad week in the wheat market- we have continued to post losses much of this week- you could almost hear a sigh of relief from the Kansas City wheat pits as we posted a one cent gain on Thursday.
The corn and soybean markets have also been trending down in recent weeks- as the market absorbs the reality that we have record or very close to record size harvests of both of these crops starring us in the face. By the way, we have the September Crop Report and Supply Demand Figures coming from USDA and we will have those numbers to pass along to you on our website- go to our Front Page after about 8:30 Am and we will have some perspectives on both of the reports that come from USDA at 7:30 AM central time.
Click on the link below and you can listen to Kim Anderson and his take on the huge supplies we are staggering under in our grain markets at this time. And we have the full rundown of the Saturday morning show seen on OETA from the OSU Division of Agriculture- SUNUP. Check it out!
Obama Health Care Plans Would Hurt Farm and Ranch Families
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) released the following statement today after President Barack Obama rallied Congress for support of his government-run health care proposal.
"President Obama's plan for a federal takeover of America's health care industry will be especially harming to ranching families, many of whom depend on TSCRA's insurance services for their health care," said TSCRA President and rancher Dave Scott.
"Our fear is that Obama's plan will drive private insurance premiums so high that it will become nearly impossible for our members to afford TSCRA insurance, eventually putting us, and other private insurance companies, completely out of business.
Click on the link below and you can read more of the objections raised by the ranching organization that has members mostly in Texas- but a number of members in Oklahoma as well.
Ratliff Ranch Gets Ready for Their Fall Production Sale September 19
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Fall Event at Ratliff Ranches near Vinita is coming on Saturday September 19, with a 1000 head of top notch genetics to be offered. The sale begins at 11:00 AM, and will include their bull sale, then registered females and finally the commercial females.
Christy Collins says of the Ratliff 2009 offering "Ratcliff Ranches is a program that has the ability to offer good cattle and good genetics in volume. The large number of cattle on hand, make this sale environment, "advantage buyer!" It offers you a great deal of opportunity. This offering will sell to the commercial operation seeking quality in volume and to the seed stock enthusiast looking to build an elite herd or market these cattle individually."
Click on the link below for more information on the upcoming sale at the Ratliff Ranch- or you can call 918-256-5561 for more information.
May We Never Forget
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Courtesy of Wikipedia- here are some things to remember from that day in 2001 that I doubt any of us will soon, if ever, forget. "The September 11 attacks (often referred to as September 11th or 9/11) were a series of coordinated suicide attacks by Al-Qaeda upon the United States on September 11, 2001. On that morning, 19 Al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four commercial passenger jet airliners. The hijackers intentionally crashed two of the airliners into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, killing everyone on board and many others working in the buildings. Both buildings collapsed within two hours, destroying nearby buildings and damaging others. The hijackers crashed a third airliner into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C. The fourth plane crashed into a field near Shanksville in rural Pennsylvania, after some of its passengers and flight crew attempted to retake control of the plane, which the hijackers had redirected toward Washington, D.C. There were no survivors from any of the flights."
"In total 2,993 people, including the hijackers, died in the attacks. The overwhelming majority of casualties were civilians, including nationals of over 90 countries. In addition, the death of at least one person from lung disease was ruled by a medical examiner to be a result of exposure to dust from the World Trade Center's collapse.[
In browsing through the many You Tubes available of that fateful day- when lives were lost and our lifestyle was impacted- I have linked one that you might find insightful as we remember those who needlessly died so that the 19 hijackers discovered that there were no virgins waiting for them- only a Holy and Righteous God who saw their sin and punished them for it- eternally.
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Let's Check the Markets!
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