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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Wednesday November 18, 2009A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- Climate Change Battle Over for 2009- Senator Reid Pushes TimeLine Into 2010
-- Death Tax Decisions Have to Be Made Soon by Congress
-- Taste of Elegance Winning Chef Prepares "Pork 3 Ways"
-- Cotton Ginning Picking up Speed in Oklahoma
-- Gore Gets It Wrong on Ethanol- RFA Tells Him the "Encouraging Truth"
-- Cameron University 22nd Annual Beef Cattle Improvement Conference Set for Tomorrow
-- We Need Horses!!!
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Climate Change Battle Over for 2009- Senator Reid Pushes TimeLine Into 2010
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The US Senate will act in early 2010 on legislation to battle climate change, Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday. For those who wanted quick action, it ends hopes of a breakthrough by next month's global talks on global warming. For those like Senator Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma who have fought hard against the legislation, it signals a victory as the goal of slowing the process down to get more people looking at the proposal has been achieved.
It also pushes what is likely to be a bitter debate to a mid-term election year, potentially making it harder to corral some of the swing-vote Senators needed to ensure passage of the bill. The US House bill calls for cutting US greenhouse gas emissions by 17 percent from 2005 levels by 2020 and by 83 percent by 2050. The Senate's slightly more ambitious bill calls for a 20-percent cut by 2020.
Both bills would create a cap-and-trade regime, the government would set the total level of domestic emissions allowable and then allocate quotas to companies.
Two of Oklahoma's lawmakers have been among the loudest opponents to Congressional action that includes Cap and Trade language. Senator Inhofe has battled from his ranking minority position on the Environment and Public Works Committee, while the Ranking Minority Member of the House Ag Committee, Frank Lucas, has said multiple times that the bill would be a massive tax hike on those involved in food and fiber production in the US.
Death Tax Decisions Have to Be Made Soon by Congress
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Decision time on how Congress is going to deal with the so called Death Tax gets nearer every day, and NCBA lobbyist Colin Woodall believes there are a couple of possible "fixes" out on the horizon.
We talk Estate Taxes with Woodall on today's Beef Buzz- and he sees a couple of possible solutions. One is a bill introduced in the House that would gradually bring the top rate down to 35 percent, and push the exemption up to 5-million and index it for inflation. This House proposal legislation mirrors a plan supported by a bipartisan group of senators during the budget debate earlier this year. Woodall also mentions a second possible answer for those in agriculture, a full exemption as long as the land stays in place as a farm or ranch.
It does appear that some liberal lawmakers may try to block a Death tax resolution, as they think only the wealthiest Americans benefit. You can read more on this and hear our Wednesday Beef Buzz with Colin Woodall on this issue by clicking on the link below.
Taste of Elegance Winning Chef Prepares "Pork 3 Ways"
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Oklahoma Pork Council sponsored their annual Taste of Elegance last week- and ten chefs from the state offered their best original pork dish to be judged in the competition. After the judges did their work, those who came and participated that evening selected the "People's Choice" winner and enjoyed an evening that supported the charity Hearts for Hearing.
Chef Gayland Toriello representing the Museum Café took the evening's top honors placing first in the competition. For his efforts, Chef Toriello received $1,000 from the Oklahoma Pork Council and an opportunity to represent Oklahoma at the National Taste of Elegance next spring. "This is my first time to compete so I was very surprised that I won," said Toriello who has worked at Museum Café for one and a half years and has been lead chef for six months. Toriello's named his winning creation "Pork 3 Ways." The dish featured a pork belly salad with huckleberry sauce, a pork chop with apricot poppy-seed sauce and pork rillets. It was garnished with English pea gelee, parsnip and pickled beet relish and a thin sweet potato.
Chef Vince Howard of Bolero placed second with his "3 Pork Cassolet with White Beans" and received $500 from OPC. Marc Dunham of the Rancher's Club placed third with his "Pork and Beans" and received $250 from OPC. Chef David Sullivan of the Oak Tree Country Club received the People's Choice award and $250 for his "Ginger Braised Pork with Port Wine Reduction." Chef Jakub Heartlieb of Elements Steakhouse and Grill in Tulsa won the wine pairing award for pairing his "Braised Pork Shoulder Tart and Pork 'Crème Brulee' with Roots and Mushrooms" with Deloach Pinot Noir.
Cotton Ginning Picking up Speed in Oklahoma
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Cotton ginning is well along in southwestern Oklahoma and just beginning farther north. At the Farmers Cooperative Gin at Carnegie, Ok., Jeannie Hileman, Gin manager, reports 1,950 bales have been ginned and she is expecting a season run of approximately 15,000 bales.
"The grade and quality of the cotton we are getting was affected by the cold weather and the time required to wait until we could get into the field to harvest it," she said. On the other hand, she reports top yields for both irrigated and dryland cotton througout their client service area. "We are getting reports of three bale/acre irrigated cotton and dryland cotton yielding two bales to the acre," she said. "Around here in the Carnegie area, the last days of the growing season found the cotton hurt by too much rain. Farther west on I40, in the Elk City area, the opposite effect took place with not enough rain. Even so, our clients in the Elk City region are seeing yields of dryland cotton in the 800-900 pounds per acre figures." Hileman's facility has a full complement of cotton modules waiting on the yard to be ginned and more are being hauled in each day.
Farther north and east, Gene Overton, manager of the Bi-State Cooperarive gin at Minco, Ok., explains his season is just starting. "We are just getting started ginning," he said. "We have ginned two bales today, but we have enough modules on the yard to keep us busy." Overton believes the Minco gin will process approximately 3,000 bales in the 2009 season. He sees some quality and grade problems due to the recent cold, wet weather, but he is pleasantly surprised the quality is still good. The Minco gin is owned by the Bi-State Cooperative headquartered by Blackwell, Ok. The Blackwell gin processes cotton from both north central Oklahoma and southern Kansas.
Gore Gets It Wrong on Ethanol- RFA Tells Him the "Encouraging Truth"
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The truth about accelerating improvements in the way America produces both ethanol and the feedstocks from which it is made proved to be inconvenient for the narrative of former Vice President Al Gore in his description of grain-based ethanol in his new book. Writing in Our Choice, Vice President Gore expresses his "disappointment" over the progress of ethanol in the past 30 years. However, the Renewable Fuels Association claims the facts used to support his opinion either do not reflect the industry as it exists today or are simply inaccurate.
"Given your attention to science and the facts, I am disappointed by the treatment of ethanol and other biofuels in your new book, Our Choice," wrote Renewable Fuels Association President Bob Dinneen in a letter sent this week to Vice President Gore, "Many of your characterizations of today's American ethanol industry are out of date or simply wrong. With 10.5 billion gallons produced and sold this year, ethanol is a major factor in America's motor fuel supply and is helping eliminate the need for increasing environmentally damaging sources of crude oil."
Read more of Bob Dineen's letter to Vice President Gore on what Dineen says is a more positive story that can be told about biofuels today, as opposed to what Mr. Gore claims in this latest book. Click on the link below and check out the rest of our webstory- and we have a link to the full letter if you want to review that.
Cameron University 22nd Annual Beef Cattle Improvement Conference Set for Tomorrow
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Cameron University's Department of Agriculture will host the 22nd Annual Beef Cattle Improvement Conference, featuring keynote speakers and exhibits pertinent to the beef cattle industry, on Thursday, November 19. The event starts at 6 p.m. in the Shepler Center Ballroom on the CU campus. To register or for more information, call 580-581-2275.
Dr. Dan Stein, assistant professor, livestock production, Oklahoma State University, will present "Making Sense of the DNA-based/Molecular Technologies available to Beef Producers." He earned his doctorate degree from OSU in animal breeding and reproduction. Gene Parker, DVM, will present "Comparison of Current Antibiotics to Treat Diseases in Oklahoma Beef Cattle." Parker is a food-animal quality & health specialist for the OSU Cooperative Extension Service.
A trade show is also a part of the event. Click on the link below for some more details- or call the number listed above and make plans to attend.
We Need Horses!!!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We are trying to round up three or four horses for Craig Cameron to be able to work with at the upcoming Tulsa Farm Show December 10th thru the 12th in Tulsa at their fairgrounds. Cameron is well known for his "Gentle Horse Training" and he will be working with two to three year old horses this year in his demonstrations at this year's event.
If you want to nominate your horse, please email me at the address listed at the bottom of this email and tell me about your horse- age, breed etc. Be sure and give me a phone number in addition to your email as a way to contact you. You may also call and leave me a phone message at 405-841-3675.
You will be responsible for getting your horse to Tulsa for the Farm Show- the training sessions are invaluable to those that are chosen and can get their animals to Tulsa for this event. The link below is for Craig's website- you can see he is a world class trainer and handler of horses- so this is a great opportunity- so get your nomination requests to me ASAP.
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Let's Check the Markets!
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