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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Tuesday February 16, 2010A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- Mission Accomplished- Jim Inhofe receives the Golden Plow
-- Farm Bureau Sets Their Sights on Passage of Equine Dentistry Bill
-- Oklahoma Ag Leadership Program Class 14 Heads for Spain
-- NCBA Asks EPA to Think Again on Human-caused Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions
-- Distiller Grains Exports Jump 24% in 2009
-- OSU Easily the Best in Dixie
-- Coming March 3rd- Glover Cattle Company Annual Angus Bull Sale
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Mission Accomplished- Jim Inhofe receives the Golden Plow
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The American Farm Bureau Federation announced back in December that U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) would be honored with their Golden Plow award, the highest honor the organization bestows on members of Congress. That finally happened Monday evening at the Oklahoma Farm Bureau Leadership Conference in Oklahoma City. “I believe that American farmers are the backbone of our nation – a diverse domestic supply of food and fiber is the foundation of our security, our social values and our economy,” Sen. Inhofe said. “I am deeply honored to receive the American Farm Bureau Golden Plow award, and will continue to do all I can to fight for the American farmer in Washington.”
Sen. Inhofe, a lifelong Oklahoman from Tulsa, was elected to the United States Senate in 1994. He currently serves on the Armed Services Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee and as ranking member of the Environment and Public Works Committee. Oklahoma Farm Bureau's nomination of Sen. Inhofe for the award cited numerous examples of his work on critical Farm Bureau issues. He has led the fight in the Senate to stop cap-and-trade legislation, noting Farm Bureau's “Don't CAP Our Future” campaign against climate change legislation during a speech on the Senate floor.
We talked to Senator Inhofe before the presentation- and he expressed confidence that Climate Change legislation will not move in the US Senate, claiming that proponents of the measure have only 20 votes of the 60 needed to get the bill through the Senate. He also expects the EPA's efforts to declare Carbon Dioxide a dangerous substance to fall apart, as he says that he had asked the EPA's Lisa Jackson back earlier in 2009 if the EPA endangerment finding was based on the IPCC science- Ms. Jackson said yes. Senator Inhofe believes that since the findings of the IPCC have been found to be highly suspect that EPA's case to regulate greenhouse gases will be challenged in court and found to be lacking.
Click on the link below and you can read and hear more on Senator Inhofe and the AFBF presentation made to him by AFBF President Bob Stallman.
Farm Bureau Sets Their Sights on Passage of Equine Dentistry Bill
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Job one at the State Capitol for Oklahoma Farm Bureau in 2010 is to get the Equine Dentistry proposals passed and signed into law. Lori Peterson of the OFB talked with us Monday evening at the Oklahoma Farm Bureau Leadership Conference and believes that HB3202 and SB1999 will come through their respective chambers- and that this private property rights issue will be resolved.
According to the Oklahoma Farm Bureau, this measure is designed to protect a livestock owner's right to perform traditional animal husbandry practices, as well as to utilize equine dentists, chiropractors and farriers at the discretion of the property owner.
Beyond these bills, Peterson says that OFB is watching the budget discussions and that she is hopeful that programs important to rural Oklahoma will not be asked to accept bigger budget cuts than other parts of state government. She says the group fully understands that all of Oklahoma government is looking at cuts- and that the key is to find ways to minimize negative impacts in services from the state that would come from those cuts.
Oklahoma Ag Leadership Program Class 14 Heads for Spain
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~It's day one of the International travel experience of the 14th Class of the Oklahoma Ag Leadership Program, as the young men and ladies of the OALP travel across the Atlantic over the next day to first Spain, and then some time in Morocco.
In fact, the group will arrive in Spain, spend the night in Malaga in southern Spain, then cross over to Morocco to for the first part of their travel experience. This portion of the travel will include both a look at the culture of the country as well as time out in the country, doing things like visiting a cattle farm located in the Atlas Mountains, about an hour's drive from Meknès. Agrotours says that this farm is the first one to have introduced modern production of beef cattle for meat production on open rangeland.
When they cross back into Spain, they will see cattle and horse operations, citrus production, olive production, greenhouse vegetable production, meet with USDA FAS officials and a lot more. We will miss not traveling with the group here in 2010, but we are delighted that Clinton Griffiths will be tagging along with Class 14- and will be giving us a taste of what the trip is all about over the next two weeks. We will have updates here on our email, updates on our website and of course, reports on the radio network as well.
NCBA Asks EPA to Think Again on Human-caused Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) is petitioning the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reconsider its finding that human-caused greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are an endangerment to public health and welfare (“endangerment finding”). The petition, filed yesterday by NCBA and other members of the Coalition for Responsible Regulation, is based upon information uncovered during the recent “climategate” scandal, which seriously calls into question the scientific validity behind EPA's finding.
“It's become evident that EPA's endangerment finding may be based on flawed data,” said Tamara Thies, NCBA chief environmental counsel. “The fact that EPA did not choose to reconsider its finding after the extent of the climategate scandal was revealed publicly is perplexing to say the least; ignoring climategate will not make it go away.” Since “climategate” wasn't exposed until after the public comment period of the endangerment proposed rule had expired, NCBA and the Coalition are calling on EPA to convene a proceeding for reconsideration, and stay any further regulatory actions or rulemakings based upon the finding until the reconsideration is completed
Click on the link below for more on the arguments made by NCBA- which are similar to what Senator Inhofe spoke of in our conversation that we had with him last night.
Distiller Grains Exports Jump 24% in 2009
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The U.S. ethanol industry exported 5.64 million metric tons (mmt) of distillers grains worth nearly $1 billion in 2009, shattering the previous record set in 2008, according to data released last week by the Foreign Agriculture Service. Exports in 2009 were 24 percent above 2008 levels and more than five times higher than the amount of distillers grains exported just five years ago.
Distillers grains are the livestock feed coproduct of ethanol production from grain. In a typical dry mill ethanol biorefinery, one-third of every bushel of corn entering the facility is returned to the market in the form of high protein, nutrient rich livestock feed. Only the starch portion of the corn kernel is converted to fuel, while the remaining protein, fat and other nutrients remain intact in the coproduct. “Distillers grains are a vitally important coproduct of U.S ethanol production from grain,” said Renewable Fuels Association Vice President of Research and Analysis Geoff Cooper. “The increasing availability of distillers grains is providing livestock and poultry feeders around the world with a feed source that can partially displace the need for corn, soybean meal, and other ingredients in feed rations.”
The amount of distillers grains exported in 2009 is equivalent to the
feed value of 5.4 mmt (212 million bushels) of whole corn and 1.6 mmt of
soybean meal, according to displacement ratios developed by Argonne
National Laboratory. Assuming world average yield rates, 2009 distillers
grains exports eliminated the need for nearly 5 million acres of corn and
OSU Easily the Best in Dixie
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The OSU Livestock Judging Team won the Dixie National last weekend in Jackson, MS. Winning by an unprecedented 217 point margin, the Oklahoma State University had the entire Top Ten Individuals Overall.
The Top 10 Individuals Overall were as follows:
Coming March 3rd- Glover Cattle Company Annual Angus Bull Sale
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The 2010 Glover Cattle Annual Bull Sale is set for Wednesday, March 3, 2010 at 12:30 PM at the Ranch in Elgin, Oklahoma.
Ronnie and Tyler Glover will be offering sixty six 18 month to two year old Angus bulls- with EPDs that showcase moderate birth weights, excellent growth and superior carcass value. These bulls are the offspring of some of the Angus breed's most popular sires.
Also selling that day will be 80 spring calving two year old commercial pairs. Call Glover Cattle Company at 580-595-1494 for more information. You can also click on the link below for our Auction Listing at www.OklahomaFarmReport.Com, which includes the link for the sale catalog for Glover from National Cattle Services.
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Let's Check the Markets!
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