~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Wednesday August 25, 2010A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- Sherrod Turns Down Vilsack's Job Offer
-- Rural Leaders Agree- Co Chair of Redistricting Committee is Vital Role for Dale DeWitt in 2011
-- National Farmers Union Beating the Drum for Folks to Show Up Friday in Ft. Collins
-- Republican Rookie James Lankford Likely the Newest Member of the Oklahoma Congressional Delegation
-- Varied Predictions All Indicate Record Corn Harvest
-- Action Alert Being Called by the American Soybean Association over Atrazine Review by EPA
-- Pollard Farms Have 13th Annual Production Sale Coming This Sunday
-- Big Iron Auction for Today Starts Closing Items at 10 AM
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Sherrod Turns Down Vilsack's Job Offer
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Shirley Sherrod, the former director of USDA's Rural Development Program in Georgia, has accepted a personal apology from Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack for her wrongful firing. During a lengthy face to face meeting on Tuesday the Secretary formally offered Sherrod the position of deputy director of the office of Advocacy and Outreach, a position created in the 2008 Farm Bill. But, Sherrod turned down Vilsack's offer. The position is designed to improve the department's civil rights efforts and image nationwide.
Sherrod told CNN's Tony Harris that she was - uncertain about that role. Adding - there are still many questions around that position. Sherrod was forced to resign from her position in Georgia in July after misleading and incomplete video footage of a speech she gave was posted on the internet and picked up in media reports. Sherrod says she enjoyed her work with USDA and - would want to see it continue.
She told Harris: - I'm encouraged there are people who want to seriously talk about the racism that exists in this country. I'd like to see how we can deal with it and move forward. If I can help promote that discussion, it's something I would really like to do. I'd like to see us once and for all deal with it.
Rural Leaders Agree- Co Chair of Redistricting Committee is Vital Role for Dale DeWitt in 2011
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~House Speaker-Designate Kris Steele named a bipartisan Redistricting Steering Committee earlier this month that will help the House prepare for the redrawing of state and federal legislative lines following the 2010 census. Three key rural lawmakers are included on the Steering Committee, including State Representative Dale DeWitt who will serve as one of the co-chairs.
The eight members-who represent each area of the state-named to the
In talking to leadership of several of our farm and commodity groups- all agree that DeWitt, Jeff Hickman and Lisa Billy will have a big job to make sure that rural areas of the state are treated fairly in the redistricting process that will crank up once the 2010 Census numbers are released next March.
Click here for more on the naming of this Committee by House Leader Kris Steele
National Farmers Union Beating the Drum for Folks to Show Up Friday in Ft. Collins
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~As the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Department of Justice (DOJ) workshop on livestock approaches, National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson urges NFU members and all livestock producers to attend. The workshop is scheduled for This Friday, August 27, in Fort Collins, Colo.
The workshop's timing is ideal, as the comment period on the proposed rule published by the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) in the Federal Register of June 22, 2010 (75 Fed. Reg. 35338) has been extended.
"U.S. farmers and ranchers should attend this workshop to have their voices heard directly by USDA and DOJ staff," said Johnson. "We must be sure that the packer-producer organizations are not the only people at the table when discussing this important issue." The general farm organization, in a Tuesday News release calls the proposed rule " a Farmer and Rancher Bill of Rights", adding it "addresses concerns that have been discussed for many years and were developed at the direction of the 2008 Farm Bill, which requires USDA to carry out specific rulemaking to improve fairness in the marketing of livestock and poultry."
"The Farmer and Rancher Bill of Rights will ensure livestock producers the right to access competitive markets," said Johnson. "These proposed changes are vital to U.S. farmers and ranchers, and I urge USDA to adopt and implement them promptly."
Republican Rookie James Lankford Likely the Newest Member of the Oklahoma Congressional Delegation
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~James Lankford continues his quest to follow a call that he has felt for over a year to step up and replace Republican Congresswoman Mary Fallin as the 5th District Congressman for the state of Oklahoma. The Fifth District includes Oklahoma, Pottawatomie and Seminole Counties. While Lankford faces a Democratic challenger this November- plus a couple of Independents- this seat is one of the safest Republican seats in America- and it appears the former head of Falls Creek- the youth camp near Davis run by Southern Baptists in Oklahoma- will replace Fallin in Washington as she seeks to become the Governor of the state.
Lankford told supporters last night during his campaign's watch party
that "Congress needs a message from the people" and he is ready, able and
willing to deliver that message.
The likely GOP Freshman to be emphasized during his campaign to this
point the themes of taxes being too high, government being too intrusive
in the lives of our citizens and the need for Washington to see pushback
against the policies advocated during the first two years of the Obama
If you want to read more about his stand on the issues, click here for the James Lankford for Congress website.
Varied Predictions All Indicate Record Corn Harvest
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~While projections for the 2010 corn crop may not be in complete agreement, everyone is certain that it will be a very good harvest. With estimates of between 13.29 billion and 13.365 billion bushels, U.S. corn growers are on course to set yet another production record this year, easily surpassing the 13.1 billion bushel harvest record set in 2009.
"As harvest approaches, we are excited about and energized by the record predictions in these reports," said National Corn Growers Association President Darrin Ihnen, a grower from Hurley, S.D. "Corn is fundamental as a staple crop in this country and this bountiful harvest helps create and maintain jobs while directly helping many consumers by keeping food, fuel and fiber prices down."
The U.S. Department of Agriculture supply and demand report issued
earlier this month projected that the total corn harvest would total
13.365 billion bushels. This week, Pro Farmer projects that, based upon
samples taken in seven Midwestern states, harvest will total only 13.29
Click here for the latest on the rapidly maturing corn crop for 2010.
Action Alert Being Called by the American Soybean Association over Atrazine Review by EPA
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~According to an email from the American Soybean Association on Tuesday- "The Triazine Network has written a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson, expressing its concern on the agency's re-review of atrazine. As an individual citizen interested in a science-based outcome to the atrazine issue at the EPA, your support of this letter is vital. In doing so, you can help assure that the EPA follows agency protocol and uses science-based evidence when reviewing atrazine, not the false accusations of activists."
"ASA is asking you to join others across the nation to tell EPA that you support the Triazine Network's letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, and to request that EPA Administrator Jackson responds to the concerns and questions raised in the letter."
In the letter that the Soybean folks are talking about- the wide usage
and safety record of atrazine is recognized- "Atrazine and its companion
triazine herbicides have a 50-year history as safe and effective
weed-control products used on more than 30 commodities in over 40 states
and 60 countries. Atrazine is a staple product for producers, who use it
as a critical tool for weed control in growing the vast majority of corn,
sorghum and sugarcane in the United States. Use of atrazine fights weed
resistance, reduces soil erosion and increases crop yield.
If you want to read the letter that ASA and others want to be sent to EPA- after you personalize it- click here.
Pollard Farms Have 13th Annual Production Sale Coming This Sunday
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Pollard Farms 13th Annual Angus Production Sale is scheduled for THIS Sunday, August 29, 2010 in the air-conditioned sale facility at the ranch one mile east of Waukomis, Oklahoma. There will be 90 lots. Included will be 137 head of elite Angus genetics. The Pollard Family will be offering Donors, cow/calf pairs, bred cows, heifers, embryo calves, and pregnancies.
Eddie Sims with National Cattle is helping with the Pollard Sale- and
he writes in the sale catalog "All the stops have been pulled out to bring
you the very best. I assure you that Barry and Jesse have selected from
the cream of their herd to assure the quality of their 2010 offering. A
great selection of donors, ET calves, cow/calf pairs, bred heifers and
heifer pregnancies will be available for your selection. These cattle and
the genetics behind them will be positive additions to any
Click on the link below to see the Pollard website and click on the link right in that middle of their home page to jump to the sale catalog with lots of details about this offering. If you prefer calling to get a last minute question answered- that number at the ranch headquarters is 580-758-1464.
Click here for more from the Pollard Farms and details on the sale offering for this weekend.
Big Iron Auction for Today Starts Closing Items at 10 AM
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Over 480 items will be sold in this week's Big Iron Farm Equipment auction- with the first items to start closing at 10 AM central time on this Wednesday morning. Several items have been listed in today's sale from Oklahoma- and there are both grain drills as well as harvest equipment included in the auction this go round.
Click here to jump to the Big Iron site and a chance to review the hundreds of pieces of equipment that folks will be selling before the day is out.
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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 $7.65 per bushel- as of the close of business yesterday, while the 2011 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $8.10 per bushel- delivered to local participating elevators that are working with PCOM.
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