~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Friday May 15, 2009A service of Johnston Enterprises, American Farmers & Ranchers and Midwest Farm Shows!
-- Farm Bureau Celebrating Three Measures Already Through the Legislature and Signed into Law by Governor Brad Henry
-- No Help for Wheat Prices From Corn Stocks Situation- So Says Dr. Kim Anderson of OSU
-- Collin Peterson and Frank Lucas Join Hands to Take on EPA's Rulemaking on Biofuels
-- Atlanta TV Station Strips Away HSUS Monetary Juggling Act
-- Canada, Australia and US Wheat Groups Pledge Synchronized Commercialization of Biotech Wheat
-- USDA's Vilsack Continues to Look for Common Ground that can accomodate all livestock interests regarding NAIS
-- Some bits and pieces
-- Looking at our Agricultural Markets...
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Farm Bureau Celebrating Three Measures Already Through the Legislature and Signed into Law by Governor Brad Henry
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Oklahoma Farm Bureau is pleased that several key measures they have supported have gone through the legislative process- passed both the state House and Senate and have now been signed into law by Governor Brad Henry.
The three measures that Lori Peterson of the OFB Public Policy staff told us about on Thursday included HB 2151, HB 1482 and HB 1473. 2151 is the bill called the Livestock Preemption Bill that has been the number one priority for the general farm organization this session of the Legislature. 1482 enhances the current "Right to Farm" law in the state of Oklahoma, while 1473 offers protection for landowners when they get annexed by a nearby city.
We also talked with Lori about what is still ahead of the lawmakers in
the final days of the 2009 session, as well as an update on the latest
version of SB 452. SB 452, a measure that at one point was a very
ambitious attempt to declare certain animal husbandry practices as not the
exclusive domain of licensed veterinarians. It has backed off of that
attempt- and now simply reverses the offense of performing animal
husbandry acts that are not supposed to be done by anyone except a Vet
from a felony back to a misdemeanor. The measure also calls for work
between now and the next Legislative session on what animal husbandry
practices should not be the exclusive domain of a practicing Veterinarian.
This version of SB 452 passed the Senate on Thursday morning- and will be
voted upon in the House later today.
No Help for Wheat Prices From Corn Stocks Situation- So Says Dr. Kim Anderson of OSU
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Despite major wheat crop shortfalls in both Texas and Oklahoma this growing season, the stocks of wheat are larger than ever on a global basis- and USDA earlier this week called the wheat price outlook substantially lower this year versus last. Dr. Kim Anderson, OSU Grain Marketing Economist, says he agrees with much of what USDA was saying in the report issued earlier this week- and during this week's SUNUP on OETA that will be seen Saturday morning, Dr. Anderson discusses the current wheat marketing situation, as well as corn and soybean outlooks.
Dr. Anderson believes that wheat prices will get no help from the 2009 corn crop or the corn stocks scenario painted by USDA. He does say it appears we will have adequate amounts of corn for all uses, domestic and international, in the coming year. Of course, that's assuming that we are able to plant most of our corn acres soon- and in some eastern cornbelt states- that is proving to be a real challenge.
On our website, we have Kim's comments that will be seen and heard on Saturday on SUNUP as broadcast around the state on OETA. We also have the full lineup of topics planned for the program for tomorrow morning- click on the link below to check out more about this week's SUNUP as well as hear from Kim Anderson on our current wheat marketing situation.
Collin Peterson and Frank Lucas Join Hands to Take on EPA's Rulemaking on Biofuels
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Thursday afternoon, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (MN) and Ranking Member Frank Lucas (OK) along with a bipartisan group of 42 Members of Congress introduced a bill to correct flawed provisions in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) that are limiting the potential for clean, homegrown renewable biofuels to meet our nation's energy needs.
"The unreasonable restrictions placed on the biofuels industry in the 2007 Energy Bill were never debated by Congress, and I've spent the past two years trying to undo the damage that we're seeing now that EPA has published the proposed regulations that will make it impossible to meet the RFS," Peterson said. ""In order to ensure that a clean, homegrown biofuels industry will succeed in the United States, we need to have Federal energy policies are flexible, practical, and innovative."
"Mr. Peterson's bill is a legislative response to poorly crafted EPA regulation. The most important provision in the bill is the expansion of the acreage eligible to produce biomass feedstock. This will ease pressure on the current corn production system and it will open the way for more rapid development of next generation ethanol," said Ranking Member Frank Lucas.
Atlanta TV Station Strips Away HSUS Monetary Juggling Act
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~It's a good piece of journalism done by WSB-TV in Atlanta about how millions are given to the Humane Society of the US, but very little of that money goes to help animals in local shelters.
Reporter Amanda Rosseter points out that there is very little connection between this national organization that has a $120 million dollar annual budget and financially strapped local animal shelters. She says that apparently only about six million dollars goes to helping animals in local shelters- a minor part of their total annual contributions from donors who critics say are deceived.
The report on the HSUS is up on YouTube- and we have it linked below. Take a look- it gives you a small glimpse at the thousand pound gorilla in the room when it comes to Animal Activists.
Canada, Australia and US Wheat Groups Pledge Synchronized Commercialization of Biotech Wheat
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Organizations representing the wheat industry in the United States, Canada and Australia announced Thursday they will work toward the goal of synchronized commercialization of biotech traits in the wheat crop. Noting that "none of us hold a veto over the actions of others," they agreed it was in the best interest of all three producer communities to introduce biotechnology in a coordinated fashion to minimize market disruption.
The announcement came in a statement of joint principles on the issue of biotechnology in wheat, which has been a sensitive subject in some parts of the world, including major export markets in Europe and Asia. There is currently no commercial production of genetically modified wheat anywhere in the world.
Noting that biotechnology is not the only answer to a host of agronomic
questions facing wheat production, the groups agreed it could be a
"significant component" to tackling major issues facing the industry. U.S.
organizations signing onto the statement include the National Association
of Wheat Growers, U.S. Wheat Associates and the North American Millers'
USDA's Vilsack Continues to Look for Common Ground that can accomodate all livestock interests regarding NAIS
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~At the beginning of this week, U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack traveled to northern Colorado for a rural community forum. The Secretary wanted to hear from local residents and share information about USDA's efforts to revitalize and rebuild rural America. But animal ID was on the day's agenda as well. Secretary Vilsack participated in a forum on the National Animal Identification System in Fort Collins. The on Thursday, he held a full fledged Listening Session on Animal ID in Pennsylvania on Thursday.
In this edition of the Beef Buzz, Vilsack says that lawmakers are demanding accountability for the monies invested into animal ID- with several of them saying that a Mandatory program should be shoved down the throat of the livestock industry. The Secretary says he wants to listen to producers, get as much input as he can about the lingering concerns about a mandatory system- find ways to fix those concerns and develop a solution that will give the US rapid traceback in case of a national animal disease outbreak, yet provide protections for the livestock industry when it comes to things like confidentiality.
Click on the link below for this edition of the Beef Buzz- and remember that we have Beef Buzz shows from all the way back to the fall of 2006 in our archives- check them out as you go to our website and click on any page on the button called Beef Buzz found on the left hand side of the page.
Some bits and pieces
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Today is the Lahoma Research Station Field Day in northcentral Oklahoma- I normally will see a lot of you folks there- unfortunately, I have a prior engagement today as our family is gathering for the wedding tomorrow of daughter Sara to Brian White. I had thought about running up to the field day- but my lovely wife Jan threatened me if I even thought about it- so to Roger and the folks at this year's event- hope it goes well- and we'll see you in future years.
One thing I noticed this week as we were out in the country traveling to see our Enid radio stations KOFM and KGWA- check their webpages on our site out to see when you can hear our RON ag reports- was the price of diesel. It has come down a fair amount- and in fact, I saw a lot of places where the price of "on road" diesel was a few pennies LESS than unleaded. How long was it since that was the case?
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Looking at our Agricultural Markets...
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Here is the Daily Volume and Price Summary from the Texas Cattle Feeders Association. It shows excellent volume yesterday in the TCFA feedlot area, with prices a dollar up from last week on cash cattle prices at $85 per hundred for the majority of the sales- about 1,300 got another half dollar on that price up to $85.50.
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