~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Wednesday October 13, 2010A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and Big Iron OnLine Auctions!
-- AFR on the Bandwagon Calling for a NO Vote on State Question 744
-- Farm Bureau's Legal Foundation Files Lawsuit Against State Veternarian Board
-- GIPSA Rule Webinar Set for This Week- and a Session Added by National Ag Law Center in Poteau
-- Fair Weather Conditions Marred by Limited Rainfall Across Oklahoma
-- Big Iron Auction Begins Closing This Morning
-- Farmers and Ranchers Alliance Taking Shape
-- OSU Livestock Judging Team Places Well in Tulsa
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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AFR on the Bandwagon Calling for a NO Vote on State Question 744
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~One of the groups lined up in opposition of State Question 744 is the American Farmers and Ranchers. We talked in recent days with President Terry Detrick about this issue- and you can jump to the LINK below to read our full story on the AFR's concerns about this State Question- and HEAR our visit with the President of this general farm organization.
AFR's membership is on record regarding this State Question- as they passed a special order of business at their annual convention earlier this year. It reads "AFR has a long tradition of supporting public education and the youth of our state, and we remain steadfast in that position. The leadership and membership of this great organization look forward to the day Oklahoma school systems are funded at or above the regional average. However, the initiative issue referred to as the HOPE initiative (SQ 744) would cause enormous and irreparable damage to every facet of state government by forcing devastating cuts to all other state budgets. AFR has no alternative but to actively oppose this initiative."
AFR is a part of the One Oklahoma Coalition- groups actively opposing State Question 744- and apparently, they are getting their message out very well. According to the website SoonerPoll.Com, support for the measure is crumbling. "The latest SoonerPoll reveals most Oklahomans now oppose a ballot initiative which had wide support when it was last polled in July. State Question 744, which would require the Oklahoma State Legislature to fund public education to at least the per-pupil average of neighboring states, was supported by 65 percent of Oklahomans in July, a number which has fallen to just 27.6 percent while 58 percent opposed when polling concluded Friday." Click here for details of that latest polling by this group.
Click HERE to listen to our conversation with Terry Detrick of AFR about their concerns with State Question 744.
Farm Bureau's Legal Foundation Files Lawsuit Against State Veternarian Board
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Oklahoma Farm Bureau Legal Foundation has filed a lawsuit seeking an injunction to stop the Oklahoma Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners from enforcing emergency rules contradicting legislation passed this year. During the 2010 legislative session, lawmakers passed House Bill 3202 clarifying certain acts of traditional animal husbandry, including pregnancy checking and equine teeth floating, were not exclusive to the practice of veterinary medicine. In August the board passed emergency rules prohibiting non-veterinarians from performing some types of animal husbandry.
"We believe they are circumventing the legal process and going against the desire of the state legislature," Mike Spradling, president of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau, said. "This goes against the intent of HB 3202 and is an attempt to usurp the power of the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry, the agency responsible for implementing policy on the care and handling of livestock." Legislators can disapprove the emergency rules but must wait until the next session convenes in February 2011. The injunction stops the emergency rules and allows producers to continue to care for their livestock without the threat of criminal prosecution.
"We're asking the court to declare the emergency rules invalid because they are inconsistent with the Oklahoma Veterinary Practice Act," Spradling said. The Farm Bureau leader is concerned traditional animal husbandry practices, which have been practiced for years by non-veterinarians, are now prohibited unless performed by a veterinarian. "Livestock owners face increased expenses for the proper care of animals and risk criminal liability unless these emergency rules are invalidated," Spradling said.
Cathy Kirkpatrick, Executive Director of the Vet Board, contends the
rules are not contrary to the measure approved by legislators. "When they
put acts not prohibited and they included animal husbandry, there's no
definition of animal husbandry," she said. "We felt that if the
legislators wanted to exempt reproductive services they would have
included it in acts not prohibited like they did teeth floating. We
defined what animal husbandry is not. A rule just clarifies a
GIPSA Rule Webinar Set for This Week- and a Session Added by National Ag Law Center in Poteau
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~GIPSA, the federal agency responsible for issuing regulations that govern contracting, buying and selling of livestock and poultry has written new rules that- if finalized- would drastically change the way that producers, packers, dealers and contractors raise, buy, and sell livestock and poultry. We have full details about the rule- USDA's commentary on the Rule, Industry's Pro and Con thoughts on the RULE and how you can make your voice heard on this proposal. Click here for our complete PRIMER on the GIPSA Rule.
The National Agricultural Law Center at the University of Arkansas is hosting a series of workshops, including a webinar, for poultry and livestock producers. At these workshops, staff attorneys will provide an overview of GIPSA's proposed rule changes for poultry and livestock, review the UDSA rule-making process, explain how to submit comments on the proposed rules, and include a question and answer session. The webinar will be hosted via eXtension for participants around the country.
The Webinar is set for tomorrow- October 14- starting at 11AM- click on
the LINK below for our calendar item and details on getting set up to
receive and participate in the Webinar.
Click here for more on the Webinar planned on the GIPSA Rule on October 14
Fair Weather Conditions Marred by Limited Rainfall Across Oklahoma
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~According to the latest Oklahoma Crop Weather Update- the majority of the State experienced mild temperatures and clear skies last week with the week's average rainfall only reaching 0.20 inches for Oklahoma. Temperatures averaged in the mid-to-low sixties but mid-week brought summer-like weather with temperatures reaching the eighties throughout the State. The weekend arrived with plenty of sun and warm temperatures and only a fifty percent chance of rain. Drought conditions have slightly decreased across the State but precipitation is still needed. Despite the relatively dry conditions last week, subsoil and topsoil moisture conditions were rated mostly in the adequate to short range.
Oklahoma producers are continuing small grain planting but fields are in much need of moisture. Wheat seedbed preparation was 96 percent complete by Sunday, and 66 percent of wheat was planted, a 16 point increase from the previous week, while 37 percent of wheat had emerged. The 66% planted figure is in line with the five year average of 67%. Kansas wheat farmers now have 71% of their crop planted for the 2011 harvest- while Texas farmers are at 66% complete- ahead of 63% which is the five year average. You can click here to see the national numbers for wheat plantings, corn, cotton and soybean harvest and more in the latest Crop Progress document.
Back to Oklahoma conditions- "Row crop harvest continued across much of the State last week. Corn harvested was 94 percent complete by week's end, 12 points ahead of the five-year average. Eighty percent of sorghum had matured by Sunday, 24 points ahead of normal. Thirty-eight percent of sorghum was harvested by week's end, ten points ahead of normal. Soybeans at maturity reached 61 percent complete by week's end and 27 percent of the crop had been harvested. Eighty-eight percent of peanut plants had matured by week's end, a seven point increase from the previous week and ten points ahead of normal. Fifty percent of the peanut crop had been dug by Sunday and 25 percent were combined. Cotton harvest was 16 percent complete by Sunday, eight points ahead of the five-year average and 11 points ahead of the previous year."
Click here for the full Oklahoma Crop Weather Update as issued by NASS within USDA.
Big Iron Auction Begins Closing This Morning
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The latest on line auction for Big Iron is Set for closing- one item at a time- at 10 AM. Almost 500 items have been listed for this week's event- lots of farm equipment and a lot more can be bid on with the Big Iron folks.
Lots of interesting things are listed in this week's sale- noticed that the first tractor that I remember having on our farm, a John Deere B, is available from a consignor in Nebraska. Obviously, they also have a lot of more modern equipment as well.
Click on the LINK below to jump to the October 13th listing to check out the items available this week on Big Iron.
Click here for the October 13th Listing for Big Iron- First Items Start Closing at 10 AM
Farmers and Ranchers Alliance Taking Shape
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~More than 60 representatives from more than 20 national food and agricultural organizations have agreed to incorporate a U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance to focus on working together to enhance U.S. consumer trust in modern food production that ensures the abundance of affordable, safe food. National Corn Growers Association CEO Rick Tolman serves as chair of the USFRA Steering Committee.
After Tuesday's organizational meeting, Tolman said this represents - a start toward a unified voice for U.S. agriculture. He added, - while the results of today's organizational meeting represent the culmination of six months of planning, it is only the beginning of a process designed to create a coordinated effort by and on behalf of U.S. farmers and ranchers. USFRA plans to incorporate this week.
Several participants have already stepped forward to officially join the Alliance. Others need to return to their boards to determine whether they will join. Organizations have been asked to respond about affiliation no later than November 1. After that date, a board of directors will be established and will elect an executive committee.
OSU Livestock Judging Team Places Well in Tulsa
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~OSU fielded the 2nd and 3rd high teams and five of the Top Ten Individuals Overall at the Tulsa State Fair Intercollegiate contest last weekend. OSU was the High Team in both the Sheep and Oral Reason divisions of the competition. Garrett Knebel was the High Individual Overall and was also the High Individual in Swine, 2nd High Individual in Sheep and 2nd in Oral Reasons.
Darin Annuschat was the 2nd High Individual Overall, as well as High Individual in Cattle. Jeremy Leister was the 4th High Individual Overall as well as the 5th High Individual in Sheep. Kaylee Kerbs was the 9th High Individual Overall as well as the High Individual in Oral Reasons and the 2nd High Individual in Cattle. Clint Mefford was 4th High Individual in Oral Reasons.
Team Coach Mark Johnson tells us that ehe team's next national competition is at the American Royal at the end of this month.
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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 $8.70 per bushel- as of the close of trade on Thursday, while the 2011 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $9.50 per bushel- delivered to local participating elevators that are working with PCOM.
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