~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Friday September 17, 2010A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and Big Iron OnLine Auctions!
-- The "What If" Game- We Talk With Oklahoma Congressman Frank Lucas
-- Senator Coburn Blamed by Harry Reid as the Culprit Keeping a Food Safety Bill From Moving Before the Elections
-- GIPSA Proposed Rule in NCBA Spotlight at their Legislative Conference
-- Stick a Fork In It- the 2010 Hard Red Winter Wheat Harvest Called Complete
-- Extension of Biodiesel Tax Credit Fails- And It Was Not Even Close
-- Keith Kisling, Joe Schulte and Doug Tippens Named 2010 Distinguished Alums of OSU Division of Agriculture
-- Checking the Tube- and the Mailbag
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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The "What If" Game- We Talk With Oklahoma Congressman Frank Lucas
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Top Republican on the House Ag Committee, Congressman Frank Lucas of Roger Mills County, Oklahoma, talked with us from Washington on Thursday afternoon. We covered a lot of territory with the Congressman- including:
A discussion about the USDA proposed disaster aid plan that seems to be a political lifeline being thrown to the Chairlady of the Senate Ag Committee, Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas. Lucas points out that this carefully targeted plan will send most of the $650 million dollars to the hands of Arkansas farmers before election day.
The problem of getting Estate taxes resolved before January first and
the expected jump in rates to the levels of a decade ago. We also talked
about the problem of the so called Bush Tax Cuts and how Congress needs to
deal with them now- or they will expire and it will put the fragile US
Economy into a hammerlock.
In addition to the conversation that we had with the Congressman Thursday afternoon- he talked to several other reporters on Thursday as well- and Keith Good on his Farm Policy Blog highlights a couple of those encounters that Lucas was engaged in. Click here to jump to his blog post of Friday to see details of the Reuters interview as well as a link to Mike Adams talking with Congressman Lucas on Agri-Talk.
Click on the LINK below to jump to our PODCAST that we have posted with Congressman Lucas- who continues to draw more and more attention from the media and the agriculture outside of Oklahoma in general as the November elections grow closer and more and more talk centers around the GOP chances of taking the House from the Democrats.
Click here for our conversation with Congressman Frank Lucas of all things agriculture.
Senator Coburn Blamed by Harry Reid as the Culprit Keeping a Food Safety Bill From Moving Before the Elections
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn has successfully blocked food safety legislation from being considered by the House before the November 2 election. Coburn has a long list of concerns about the bill. Majority Leader Harry Reid has announced his agreement to Coburn's desires. On the Senate floor Thursday, Reid said - we're not going to be able to get this done before we go home for the elections. Reid added - it's just a shame that we can't get this done.
Coburn objects to the bill because it would impose costs not offset by cuts elsewhere. In a list of detailed concerns released on his website, Coburn said the measure would cost $1.6 billion over the next 5 years. His list also includes specific "burdensome" regulations, including traceability, mandatory recall authority for the FDA and performance standards. Click here to jump to the Coburn website for those issues he raises.
Coburn says he is not the only Senator with concerns about the legislation and that Democratic leaders could move it with new budgetary offsets. He said it's entirely in their laps. Earlier in the week, John Hart, a spokesman for Coburn, said the Senator's concerns should come as no surprise to Reid or bill supporters.
GIPSA Proposed Rule in NCBA Spotlight at their Legislative Conference
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Cattle producers from across the country gathered in Washington, D.C. this week for the 2010 NCBA Legislative Conference. They heard from a variety of speakers- including Kansas Senator Pat Roberts as well as the Administrator of GIPSA, Dudley Butler.
One of those in attendance was Scott Dewald of the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association. Dewald talked with us about the events of this week at the NCBA Conference- and he says clearly the topic most cussed and discussed was the proposed GIPSA Marketing Rule for Livestock. After the cattlemen heard from Butler, there was worry that the Obama Administration has already made their mind up and will possibly ignore any and all comments made about the proposal that does not agree with how the rule is written.
We talked about several other issues besides GIPSA with Scott- and you can CLICK on the link below and go and hear his comments that he offered to us Thursday afternoon.
Click here for more on the GIPSA Rule as well as checking other issues from the NCBA Legislative Conference.
Stick a Fork In It- the 2010 Hard Red Winter Wheat Harvest Called Complete
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~From the bottom to the top of the Hard Red Winter Wheat Belt- Mark Hodges with Plains Grains is calling the 2010 harvest all done- totally complete.
Mark writes in the September 17th report "With almost all samples evaluated (excluding 6 Montana samples) there have been several themes which have emerged. Test weights have been very good averaging 61.0 lbs/bu., with over 70% of the samples grading HRW #1. Kernel diameter was also very good with this crop, averaging 2.6 (mm). Likewise, a common theme with the 2010 crop was a shortage of protein in many regions; the overall protein is 11.7%. Consequently, the resulting dough and bake test data related to protein are below long term averages including water absorption and loaf volumes."
When all samples are finished running- there will be a final summary report from Plains Grains. Meanwhile, you can go to their website and see grain quality numbers on a grainshed by grainshed rundown. Click on the LINK below and take a look. As we get ready to send this email- the Seeptember 17 report is not yet posted but will be later in the day on Friday.
Click here for the 2010 HRW Harvest as you jump to the Plains Grains Website.
Extension of Biodiesel Tax Credit Fails- And It Was Not Even Close
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Senate has voted 41-58 against a motion to suspend the rules and accept an amendment offered by Senator Charles Grassley to enact a retroactive extension of the biodiesel tax credit. The motion to suspend the rules required 67 votes to pass. The American Soybean Association expressed extreme disappointment and frustration at the failure.
ASA says procedural issues and larger partisan political issues unrelated to the biodiesel tax credit have prevented favorable Senate action on the tax credit. ASA believes that extension of the biodiesel tax credit is supported by a majority of Senators who recognize its importance in generating jobs, renewable fuel, a cleaner environment, and positive benefits for farmers and their communities.
ASA president Rob Joslin, a soybean producer from Sidney, Ohio, points
out - biodiesel has provided a significant market opportunity for U.S.
soybean farmers, as well as jobs and economic development for rural
communities. At a time when jobs and renewable energy production are cited
as top priorities, it is unacceptable that Congress would fail to extend
the biodiesel tax credit.
Keith Kisling, Joe Schulte and Doug Tippens Named 2010 Distinguished Alums of OSU Division of Agriculture
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahomans Keith Kisling, Joe Schulte and Doug Tippens have been announced as the 2010 Distinguished Alumnus in Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources recipients by Oklahoma State University. "The successes of each stand as a testament to the positive influence our graduates can and do have in their chosen career fields and in their communities," said Robert E. Whitson, vice president, dean and director of OSU's Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.
Kisling earned his Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural education from OSU in 1969. A native and still resident of Burlington, he is the owner and operator of Kisling Farms. He currently serves on and is past chairman of the Board of Directors for U.S. Wheat Associates. Kisling also serves as chairman of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission, representing District 1, which includes Alfalfa, Garfield, Grant and Major counties.
Schulte is president and chief operating officer of Southwood Landscape & Nursery Company Inc. of Tulsa, a full-service garden center and landscape design operation with 50 to 90 fulltime, part-time and seasonal employees. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in horticulture and landscape design and Master of Science degree in ornamental horticulture from OSU in 1973 and 1975, respectively.
Tippens earned his Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural economics from OSU in 1976. He currently serves as president and chief operating officer of Canadian State Bank, and is a past regional president of Gold Bank. Tippens is one of Oklahoma's Council for Agricultural Research, Extension and Teaching delegates. CARET's mission is to enhance national support and understanding of the land-grant university system. Besides graduating from OSU with an Ag Econ degree- he is a grad of Class One of the Oklahoma Ag Leadership Program.
Click here to read more about all three candidates- to be honored Homecoming Weekend in Stillwater.
Checking the Tube- and the Mailbag
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Coming up this weekend- SUNUP has a good program lined up- including the latest with Dr. Kim Anderson- also known as "flyboy." OSU Grain Marketing Economist Dr. Kim Anderson tells us that farmers are planting wheat where their fields are dry enough to let them. He believes that there is still time to plant and get wheat pasture this fall- and he says it appears a lot of folks are looking to make that happen.
Interest in Winter Canola has grown a lot since last fall- and more acres will be planted to winter canola this year as a result. Anderson says that current Crop Insurance rules will not allow farmers to get insurance if they should plant canola in consecutive years- so a rotation between canola and winter wheat will be imperative. Click here to listen to all of Kim's comments- and to get the full rundown of what else is on SUNUP besides the good Doctor Anderson.
On Saturday morning on our weekly segment In the Field as seen on KWTV News9- we welcome Mike Kubicek of the Oklahoma Peanut Commission into the studio- we'll talk about a big Peanut Field Day coming this next week- and the official release of a NEW Peanut variety- Red River Runner. Click here for our calendar listing about the Peanut Field Days of next week in Sayre and Ft. Cobb.
Finally, we got an email from Will Rogers- well, not the original Will
Rogers- but the gentlemen who portrays him very well- Randall Reeder. Will
writes of our story on the Disaster Aid package that zeros in on Arkansas
in an effort to help Senator Blanche Lincoln snatch victory from the jaws
of defeat- "If Sen. Lincoln hands out about $500,000,000 in Arkansas, and
she needs roughly 500,000 votes to win re-election, that comes to $1000
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Let's Check the Markets!
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