~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Monday April 20, 2009A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and Johnston Enterprises!
-- EPA Releases Proposed Finding that Greenhouse Gases Endanger Public Health- Agriculture Fears the Consequences
-- Memo to El Rushbo- What were you thinking???
-- Emergency Use of Pastora for Sandbur Okayed for Oklahoma Landowners
-- From the Oklahoma Culinary Research Alliance- New Recipe Ideas for Using Fresh Ham Muscle Cuts
-- Neutral Cattle on Feed Report Comes with Cash Cattle Trade Jumping Two Dollars in End of the Week Trade
-- What Will You Give Me for Em??? Purebred Cattle Auctions Line Up the Next two weeks
-- HSUS Ready to make their move in Ohio
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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EPA Releases Proposed Finding that Greenhouse Gases Endanger Public Health- Agriculture Fears the Consequences
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~After a thorough scientific review ordered in 2007 by the U.S. Supreme Court, the Environmental Protection Agency has issued a proposed finding that greenhouse gases contribute to air pollution that may endanger public health or welfare. The gases in question are: carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons and sulfur hexafluoride.
Two immediate reactions came from Oklahoma Congressman Frank Lucas, who is the ranking minority member of the House Ag Committee, and from the President of the American Farm Bureau, Bob Stallman. Lucas says that this regulatory move could wreck agriculture "Time and again, the Obama administration makes it clear it is intent on putting greater burdens on our farmers and ranchers. This EPA decision is just another example of how much this administration is out of touch with the realities of our current fragile U.S. economy. Piling on huge regulatory costs for our producers will only wreck agriculture and further damage an already weak economy. I fear that this sets up the opportunity for a push to do sweeping cap and trade legislation as an alternative to the EPA regulatory action. Cap and trade is not a viable alternative and will only be destructive for American farmers and the general economy. The answer to a bad problem is not a bad solution. We must seek a workable solution to this problem."
Bob Stallman of the AFBF is also very concerned about this proposal from EPA, calling it a slippery slope for agriculture: "The American Farm Bureau Federation is deeply concerned about the impact of the Environmental Protection Agency's finding on greenhouse gas emissions, released today. The agency's announcement could lead to harmful consequences with the government overextending its arm into every facet of the economy, including the agriculture industry. If EPA were to regulate greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act, U.S. agriculture would be hard hit."
We have more on this story- all of Bob Stallman's statement on this move by EPA as well as an audio overview on what could have a major impact on US agriculture.
Memo to El Rushbo- What were you thinking???
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The most listened to talk show host in the history of radio is Rush Limbaugh. Fans of El Rushbo that are livestock producers or others in beef or pork pipeline are feeling like they have been sucker punched after Limbaugh has recorded a couple of Public Service Announcements for the Humane Society of America. We got several emails on this Friday morning and a lot of ag groups have already jumped out and issued a call to action to their members to tell Rush the real story of the HSUS and their campaign to eliminate animal agriculture as we know it. One such group is the Texas Cattle Feeders Association and here's what they wrote about it in their Friday newsletter:
Many Rush fans have been stunned to learn that the conservative talk show host has become an advocate for the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). Rush has even narrated two commercials on behalf of HSUS. Rush is probably like many supporters of HSUS - well-intentioned in wanting animals to be treated with compassion but uninformed about the organization's real mission. To help Rush learn the truth about HSUS, TCFA encourages you to send a message to him - and give him the rest of the story.
They have a sample letter which we have in our webstory linked below- and we have a link to Rush Limbaugh's email address as well as the blog from Wayne Pacelle of the HSUS that is almost giddy that Rush Limbaugh is "on their side." Click on the link below to get to these other links.
Emergency Use of Pastora for Sandbur Okayed for Oklahoma Landowners
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Herbicide Pastora has been okayed for the control of Sandbur in Oklahoma under a crisis exemption, effective today. That means that it can be used for at least the next fifteen days- or until May 2, 2009. As the Department of Agriculture in Oklahoma reports on their blog- we may see this time frame extended.
During the 2008 season, Oklahoma submitted an application for the use of Pendamethalin (Prowl H2O) to control sandbur species in Bermuda grass pastures and hay fields in Oklahoma. Before the use season, Oklahoma declared a Crisis to use the product Prowl H20 in order to save thousands of acres of pasture to the noxious grassy weed species of sandbur. The product performed well and was instrumental in saving hay crops on at least 15,000 (fifteen thousand acres). This is the first time in several years that sandbur control was obtained since the product imazapic (Plateau) was withheld from growers and was unavailable for use.
During 2009, growers in south Oklahoma have not been able to use the product because approval came too late in the season. Prowl H20 must be applied before sandburs begin to grow in the spring since it is a pre-emergent herbicide. Once the weed has emerged, it cannot be killed in a grass crop by any product except Pastora. With Sandburs now actively growing across most all of the state- this Crisis Exemption for Pastora offers the only certain chemical control option producers will have for this season.
From the Oklahoma Culinary Research Alliance- New Recipe Ideas for Using Fresh Ham Muscle Cuts
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The culmination of a semester long project at the OSU- IT Culinary Arts Program in Okmulgee happened Friday as the six students that were a part of the project showed off their skills and ideas as they worked on two muscles from the fresh ham. The two cuts were the Pork Eye and the Grisilis. The objective was to come up with menu ideas that would appeal to a casual dining restaurant.
The Okmulgee branch of Oklahoma State University has an excellent culinary arts program- and they have teamed for the second year in a row with the Robert M Kerr Food and Ag Products Center in Stillwater on the campus of OSU in Stillwater in pursuit of ideas to better utilize these two fresh ham muscle cuts.
We were there- and have coverage of this event that includes several interviews for you to hear from all involved- as well as pictures that we have up on Flickr.
Neutral Cattle on Feed Report Comes with Cash Cattle Trade Jumping Two Dollars in End of the Week Trade
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~It was an "as expected" Cattle on Feed Report released Friday afternoon by the USDA. Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 11.2 million head on April 1, 2009. The inventory was 5 percent below April 1, 2008. The inventory included 6.98 million steers and steer calves, down 5 percent from the previous year. This group accounted for 63 percent of the total inventory. Heifers and heifer calves accounted for 4.12 million head, down 4 percent from 2008.
Placements in feedlots during March totaled 1.80 million, 4 percent above 2008. Net placements were 1.75 million head. During March, placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds were 300,000, 600-699 pounds were 340,000, 700-799 pounds were 592,000 and 800 pounds and greater were 570,000. Marketings of fed cattle during March totaled 1.83 million, 1 percent below 2008.
We have more details on the report- as well as Tom Leffler's take on the report from Friday- click on the link below for all of that.
What Will You Give Me for Em??? Purebred Cattle Auctions Line Up the Next two weeks
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We got auctions to share with you- a couple this week and two more for next week. You can take a look at all four of them if you take our cyberspace link to our WWW.OklahomaFarmReport.com website.
One of those auctions happening this Thursday, Friday and Saturday is the successful private treaty bull sale operated by the Oklahoma Simmental Association that has worked well during the Tulsa Farm Show and here in 2009 will be happening this spring at the Southern Plains Farm Show in Oklahoma City. There will around 20 bulls on sale- just bring your trailer- pick out the bull you like best, load and go. Click on the link below for our Auction page which has full details on these three days of bulls being on sale during the Southern Plains Farm Show. You can also call Jeff White at 580-839-1337.
Another sale that is on our calendar for this week is the Oklahoma Shorthorn Association Annual Sale being held in Duncan- it happens Saturday at the Stephens County Fairgrounds beginning at 12:30 PM. Call Sammie Richardson, Chairman of the Oklahoma Shorthorn Association at 580-658-2709 or his cell: 580-467-8267 for more information- or click on the Auction link and then on the Oklahoma Shorthorn Association link.
HSUS Ready to make their move in Ohio
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~It is clear that the next state targeted by the Humane Society of the United States is Ohio. The HSUS wants change in housing requirement for farm animals in the state. Jack Advent, executive director of the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association, says - HSUS plans to pursue an initiative, potentially ballot-driven, similar to California's Proposition 2, which passed by nearly a 27 percent margin in November. Proposition 2 requires that farms provide enough room for animals to stand up, turn around and extend their limbs. The California law will go into effect in January 2015.
Advent believes that HSUS has already done some polling of voters - to determine how such a proposition will fare in the Buckeye state. But a possible new twist this time is that HSUS has pledged to help food-animal producers by providing information on alternative production methods.
Advent points out that - there are some pretty serious economic hurdles, as you see with California. What we need to do is educate our members and research other housing options. Ohio is the ninth largest pork-producing state in the country and the second largest state for laying hens. Advent hopes for another meeting with Humane Society of America representatives.
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Let's Check the Markets!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Woodward Livestock had 4,328 head of cattle selling on Friday, with yearlings steady to a dollar higher and calves steady to a dollar up on the steers and $2 higher on the heifers. Five to six hundred pound steer calves sold for $114 to $124 while seven to eight hundred pound yearlings brought $98 to $105.25. Click here to jump to the USDA market news webpage for the Woodward market- they should have it updated to the April 17 auction by around 8 AM Monday morning.
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