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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Monday November 1, 2010A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- Half of the Democrats on the House Ag Committee Are on Endangered Species List
-- Oklahoma Agriculture Agrees on One Issue- State Question 744 Would Be a Disaster
-- A review of the State Questions on the General Election Ballot in Oklahoma on Tuesday
-- USDA Not Capable of Doing Economic Analysis of GIPSA Rule
-- Final Oklahoma School Land Lease Auction of the Season is This Morning
-- Former TCFA CEO and President, Richard McDonald Has Gone to Be With God.
-- Cole Sand Creek Ranch SimmAngus Production Sale Coming This Saturday
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Half of the Democrats on the House Ag Committee Are on Endangered Species List
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~According to Larry Sabato of the University of Virginia Center for Politics- he sees potential gains for the GOP of about 55 House Seats (net) which will mean a Republican majority and a likely Frank Lucas Chairmanship of the House Ag Committee. Of the Democratic leadership on the Committee, only Tim Holden of Pennsylvania is in a really competitive race and Sabato has his seat "leaning Democrat."
However, 14 of the 28 total Democrats that currently make up the House Ag Committee are sitting in House Seats that have been called "Leaning Republican." That includes some well known names like Earl Pomeroy of North Dakota and Stephanie Herseth Sandlin of South Dakota. The total list of most endangered Democrats that are a part of the House Ag Committee includes:
Betsy Markey, Colo
Of course on the Senate Ag Committee, the Democrat that is at greatest
risk is current Chairlady, Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas. Sabato calls John
Boozman versus Blanche Lincoln a "Safe R" which gives Lincoln little
chance to keep her office in Washington. Sabato, as of the end of this
past week- predicted a net gain of 8 seats for the Republicans.
Click here for the Larry Sabato Crystal Ball on the National Political scene.
Oklahoma Agriculture Agrees on One Issue- State Question 744 Would Be a Disaster
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~It appears that the agricultural industry continues to be united in their opposition to State Question 744.
Scott Dewald of the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association tells us that his group has had concerns for months as the campaign for State Question 744 has unfolded. We have a conversation that we had with Scott this past week as election day nears about the OCA position on State Question 744.
Jump to our link below for our conversation with Scott on the OCA view of State Question 744. We also have links to earlier stories that we have done on State Question 744 as we have featured the thoughts of the American Farmers and Ranchers, the Oklahoma Farm Bureau and even Burns Hargis, President of Oklahoma State University.
Click here to hear Scott Dewald and the OCA view on 744- plus links back to earlier 744 stories
A review of the State Questions on the General Election Ballot in Oklahoma on Tuesday
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Thanks to our friends at the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association, we have a list of the State Questions that you will be asked to vote Yes or No on when you cast your ballot tomorrow in the November General Election. The top of the list is the one that is easily the most familiar to voters in the state- State Question 744. According to the Cattlemen- "A yes vote would mandate the state spend up to $1 billion more per year on common education to meet a regional average. This would be done by raising taxes 32% statewide, or cutting all other state agencies and services by at least 20% each." OCA and every other agricultural organization that I am aware of in the state of Oklahoma stand opposed to State Question 744.
Beyond State Question 744- here's the rundown from the OCA:
SQ 752 A yes vote modifies the Judicial Nominating Commission, which
recommends candidates to the Governor to appoint. Currently, it is made up
of 12(6 non-lawyers appointed by the Governor & 6 lawyers appointed by
the OBA). This measure adds 2 non-lawyer members appointed by the Speaker
of the House and the President Pro-Tempore of the Senate.
USDA Not Capable of Doing Economic Analysis of GIPSA Rule
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~It's a novel argument being advanced by the US Cattlemen's Association when it comes to getting USDA to do an economic analysis of the GIPSA Rule on the marketing of livestock. The rule is currently in a public comment period through the 22nd of November.
Read the rest of their arguments that basically offers some support to Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack and his contentions that no study is needed, despite the calls of a large number of members of the US House, saying that this proposal will cause huge disruptions in the US Economy.
Clcik here for the USCA view of the GIPSA Rule and the need for any economic analysis.
Final Oklahoma School Land Lease Auction of the Season is This Morning
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The final in a series of School Land Lease Auctions is this morning at 10 AM at the Payne County Fairgrounds, just east of Stillwater on Highway 51. Leases in Pawnee, Payne, Logan, Noble, Cleveland and Lincoln Counties will be offered.
The School Land Commission oversees land owned by the state- managing it to benefit both common education and higher education in the state. With $24 million from the lease bonuses and increases in income from land leases and investments, the total distribution in fiscal year 2010 to Oklahoma's education system was more than $114 million. That is the largest distribution in the history of the Land Office.
Click on the LINK below to review the tracts of land that will be up for auction this morning- starting at 10AM.
Click here for the detailed listing of the tracts to be offered in six counties at the Stillwater auction today.
Former TCFA CEO and President, Richard McDonald Has Gone to Be With God.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Richard McDonald, long-time Texas Cattle Feeders Association Executive, passed away midday Friday in Amarillo at the age of 66.
Richard spent 32 years with TCFA, initially joining the Association as executive director in 1974 before being appointed as CEO in 1988. He retired from TCFA in 2006 after a distinguished career of service to the cattle industry.
Memorial services are scheduled at 2 p.m. this afternoon, Monday, Nov.1 in the First Presbyterian Church at 1100 South Harrison in Amarillo. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors in Amarillo.
The Executive Director of the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association, Scott Dewald, wrote in the weekly OCA electronic newsletter about his dealings with McDonald over the 15 years that he has served as the top hired hand of OCA in Oklahoma City. "He always took time for my calls, always took time to listen to me, and always took time to lend advice and counsel. Richard was an excellent mentor, source of information, and great friend. I appreciate all he did for our association and the beef industry."
This past Monday at the annual convention of the Texas Cattle Feeders
that was held in Oklahoma City, Ross Wilson, current Executive Director of
the TCFA, along with Forest Roberts, CEO of the National Cattlemen's Beef
Association, announced a special tribute to Richard McDonald that is in
the process of being set up- called the Richard McDonald Leadership
Click here for our Monday Beef Buzz that features details about the Richard McDonald Leadership Institute
Cole Sand Creek Ranch SimmAngus Production Sale Coming This Saturday
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We welcome Wes Cole and his family to our family of seedstock producers who use the Radio Oklahoma Network, our website and this email to tell everyone about their production sales. This will be the First Production Sale for the Sand Creek Ranch near Okemah- and it appears that Wes has done an excellent job of putting together a tremendous offering for his first production sale.
This Saturday, November 6th at 11am, COLE Sand Creek Ranch, Okemah, OK is conducting its First annual SimmAngus seed stock Production Cattle Sale. They are offering 33 18 month old ½ Simmental ½ Angus Bulls, and 26 Bred Heifers. These cattle represent the top breed API and TI production genetics for the commercial beef producer.
We have their sales catalog that is online linked below- and you can also call for a sales catalog at 817-301-7149. By the way, the sale will be on LiveAuctions.TV if you can't make it out to Okemah to bid on an animal that catches your eye in the catalog. Details on that are in the catalog as well.
Click here for more on the Cole Sand Creek Ranch Production Sale coming Saturday November 6.
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Let's Check the Markets!
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