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Sent: Wednesday, June 23, 2010 9:42 AM
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Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Wednesday June 23, 2010
A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and Big Iron OnLine Auctions!
-- The Future of Biofuels- RFS2 Arrives Officially on July First
-- "Air Out" the Changes Proposed to the Clean Air Act- So Say a Trio of Ranking Members in the US House
-- Jeff Edwards, Brian Arnall and More Have Info to Share in Latest PASS Newsletter
-- OCA Summer Ranch Tour Spotlights South Central Oklahoma
-- E-15 Waiver Delay Still Garnering Attention
-- Cherokee Wheat Trial Reflects Drought Conditions
-- Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board creates website
-- Let's Check the Markets!

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The Future of Biofuels- RFS2 Arrives Officially on July First
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Tuesday trumpeted a federal report, to be issued today, that will guide the United States in building a national biofuels industry that will pump out an annual 36 billion gallons of alternative fuels by 2022 in an effort to wean the country off foreign oil and offshore drilling and revive rural America. Already the several hundred facilities that make ethanol out of corn are producing 13.5 billion gallons annually, nearing the 15-billion-gallon corn-based portion of the total goal mandated by the Renewable Fuels Standard and creating upwards of 500,000 direct or indirect jobs, the secretary said.

The forthcoming report, Vilsack said, will provide a "roadmap" to building the infrastructure and demand needed to produce the other 21 billion gallons that must be derived from other biomass sources, from oil seeds to municipal waste. "I'm absolutely confident that we have the capacity and ability to meet [36 billion gallons] by year 2022," Vilsack told reporters during a conference call, noting that the RFS final rule takes effect July 1. Vilsack acknowledged the challenges that have stymied the proliferation of biofuels, including insufficient numbers of biorefineries, blender pumps, distribution systems and flex-fuel vehicles. The 22-page report, he said, addresses those issues and guides USDA and other agencies in how best to use their resources to fund the initiative.

The U.S. ethanol industry indicates that they are eagerly awaiting the details of USDA's roadmap for biofuels - but the Renewable Fuels Association notes the real test will be acting on that roadmap in a timely fashion. The group sees at least five important steps the federal government can take to put America on the road to greater energy security. The first is EPA approval of the use of E15 blends for all vehicles and the immediate use of E12 blends as a stepping stone. Second - RFA says Department of Energy and USDA loan guarantee programs should be structured so cellulosic and other next generation technologies have access. The final steps include Congressional extension of key ethanol tax incentives, partnering with private industry to accelerate the development of higher level blend infrastructure like blender pumps and mandating that all new vehicles sold be flex-fuel vehicles capable of using any ethanol blend up to 85-percent.

Click here for the USDA News release with a link to where the report will be later this morning as released by USDA.

"Air Out" the Changes Proposed to the Clean Air Act- So Say a Trio of Ranking Members in the US House
Yesterday, Co-Chairs of the Rural America Solutions Group Frank Lucas (R-OK), Sam Graves (R-MO) and Doc Hastings (R-WA) sent a letter to Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman James Oberstar, Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson, Small Business Committee Chairwoman Nydia Velazquez and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Nick Rahall asking for hearings on H.R. 5088, America's Commitment to Clean Water Act.

This bill greatly expands the scope of the Clean Water Act by removing the word "navigable" from its current definition. As a result, every body of water - from farmers' irrigation canals, to streams, small ponds and backyard muddle-puddles - could suddenly be subjected to sweeping new federal regulations and permitting. This vast expansion of government authority would threaten jobs, increase costs for farmers and small businesses, and impact local water storage and delivery systems.

In the letter, the lawmakers say "Although the bill has been referred to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, this far-reaching legislation would have a great impact on Western irrigation projects, farming and ranching operations, mining and small businesses that are within the jurisdiction of the Committees of which you are Chairs and we Ranking Members. At a time when creating and protecting jobs should be our top priority, we need to gain a full understanding of the effects that this bill will have on the economies of rural communities and the nation as a whole."

Click on the LINK below to read the full letter from Mr. Lucas and his Republican colleagues.

Click here for the full letter on the need for airings on the Clean Air Changes Desired by Some in Congress.

Jeff Edwards, Brian Arnall and More Have Info to Share in Latest PASS Newsletter
The latest Oklahoma State University Plant and Soil Science Newsletter is out- here are some of the highlights:

Tissue Testing Drs. Arnall and Zhang discuss the relevance of tissue testing and what role it can play in your nutrient management.
What can be done about low protein? Dr. Edwards talks about low protein level in wheat this year and what can be done to improve protein levels in the future.

Burndown treatments ahead of planting summer crops Dr. Armstrong covers the basics of burndown prior to planting a summer crop behind wheat.
Goals for next year Dr. Edwards outlines 4 basic things to improve on next year's wheat crop.

Hay production losses How to avoid hay production losses? Dr. Redfearn covers the basics.
Double-crop grain sorghum The basics of double-crop grain sorghum production are covered by Rick Kochenower

Click on the LINK below to jump to our webpage where we have the PDF for your to download of the full newsletter.

Click here for our webstory that has the PDF file for you to download of the latest PASS Newsletter from OSU

OCA Summer Ranch Tour Spotlights South Central Oklahoma
The 20th Annual Summer Ranch Tour of the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association kicks off Sunday afternoon, June 27 in Oklahoma City at the OCA Headquarters. Chisholm Kinder has planned the tour for the OCA this year- and he has a total of 13 stops through south central Oklahoma planned for the three day event.

Stops include DJM Brangus, Clark Ranch, Sparks-Kimbrough Ranch, Nipp Cahrolais, Noble Foundation's Oswalt Ranch, Buck Cattle Company, Oklahoma Steel and Wire, 3J Farms, D& H Cattle Company, Chapman Ranch, Diepenbrock Ranch, $K Cattle Company and Perry Brangus.

Click on the LINK below to read more- and to hear our conversation with Chisholm about the 2010 Ranch Tour.

Click here for more information on the 2010 OCA Ranch Tour that kicks off this coming Sunday afternoon.

E-15 Waiver Delay Still Garnering Attention
Senators Chuck Grassley, John Thune, Mike Johanns and Kit Bond are pressing President Obama on his administration's delay to further delay a decision to allow for E15 blends of gasoline. In a letter Tuesday - the Senators asked for immediate consideration of an interim blend of E12 - as well as prompt action on the waiver petition submitted over a year ago by Growth Energy. National Farmers Union also weighed in on the delay until the fall. NFU Vice President of Government Relations Chandler Goule expressed NFU's disappointment and said farmers are getting impatient.

According to Goule, further delay continues to impede real energy solutions from U.S. farms and ranches. It also delays the creation of thousands of U.S. jobs and the reduction of the nation's dependence on fossil fuels. Considering the administration talks so adamantly about the benefits of domestic, renewable fuels - Senators Grassley, Thune, Johanns and Bond write that it's hard to understand how they can allow such delay and inaction.

Cherokee Wheat Trial Reflects Drought Conditions
Two things jump out at us when we review the Cherokee Wheat Variety Trial that has now been harvested and reported on the Wheat webpage of Oklahoma State University.

The first thing is that the yields are really low- compared to many other locations. Top yield in the trial in a grain only setting was just 33 bushels per acre- in an area that if you had normal weather- you could expect almost double that at the top end. Dry weather during some critical stretches of the growing season had a profound impact in this test location.

The other thing that jumps out is that Duster is number one- AGAIN. That means that from the bottom of the state to the top- Duster has proven itself to be a great yielding variety. The only location that has not seen Duster as the top yielding variety thus far was El Reno- AgriPro's Jackpot was the top yielder with Duster in second place.
Duster is one of the varieties that has been released in recent years by OSU's Wheat Breeder Dr. Brett Carver.

Click here for the Cherokee Wheat Variety Test Results.

Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board creates website
The voter-approved Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board has unveiled a new, interactive website, which we have linked at the bottom of this story.

It offers news updates, details on the Board's past public meetings, contact information and meeting dates. Visitors also have a chance to offer direct comment to the board, approved by Ohio voters last November. The Board was created with the support of Ohio agricultural organizations, as a way to head off ballot issues on confinement housing the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) had gotten approved in California, Arizona and other states.

Currently HSUS is back in Ohio, gathering signatures for a ballot initiative it favors, that would essentially force the Care Board to adopt the HSUS housing standards.

Click here to go and look around in the Ohio Animal Care Standards website.

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Let's Check the Markets!
We've had requests to include Canola prices for your convenience here- and we will be doing so on a regular basis. Current cash price for Canola is $7.50 per bushel, while the 2010 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $7.40 per bushel- delivered to local participating elevators that are working with PCOM.

Here are some links we will leave in place on an ongoing basis- Click on the name of the report to go to that link:
Our Daily Market Wrapup from the Radio Oklahoma Network with Ed Richards and Tom Leffler- analyzing the Futures Markets from the previous Day-
Ron on RON Markets as heard on K101 mornings with cash and futures reviewed- includes where the Cash Cattle market stands, the latest Feeder Cattle Markets Etc.
Previous Day's Wheat Market Recap- Two Pager From The Kansas City Board of Trade looks at all three US Wheat Futures Exchanges with extra info on Hard Red Winter Wheat and the why of that day's market.
Daily Oklahoma Cash Grain Prices- As Reported by the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture. <
The National Daily Feeder & Stocker Cattle Summary- as prepared by USDA.
The National Daily Slaughter Cattle Summary- as prepared by USDA.
Finally, Here is the Daily Volume and Price Summary from the Texas Cattle Feeders Association.

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