~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Wednesday March 31, 2010A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- US Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack Heads to Japan- Looking for Progress with Japanese on Beef Trade
-- Oklahoma Senate May Be Ready to Consider HB3202
-- Veterinarians Call For Language Correction of HB 3202 Before Final Passage
-- Seven Hundred Well Fed Lawmakers and Staff Agree- Farm Bureau's Farm City Festival Lunch was a Great Success
-- Oklahoma Oilseed Commission Gets Organized
-- Worms and Weeds and More Highlight Latest OSU Plant and Soil Science Newsletter
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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US Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack Heads to Japan- Looking for Progress with Japanese on Beef Trade
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told reporters in a media briefing Tuesday that he will not demand that Japan fully reopen its market to U.S. beef products as the Obama administration will take an approach of incremental widening of US beef access being acceptable, in contrast to the previous administration's hard line of "all or nothing."
Vilsack said expansion of U.S. beef access to Japan is an important part of the Obama Administration plan to double US exports in general over the next five years. Beef will be a major topic of discussion that he will have with Japanese officials next week as he makes several stops within that country.
The George W Bush administration at one point rejected Japan's proposal to allow imports of U.S. beef from cattle 30 months of age or younger, instead demanding full market access. Japan's limit currently stands at 20 months or younger. It has been that way for over five years in the aftermath of the Japanese reacting to the discovery of a Canadian cow with BSE in this country back in December 2003.
We have more on this trip planned for April 5-9 by Secretary Vilsack. Click on the Listen Bar to hear his comments from that media briefing from yesterday- our Beef Buzz for this Wednesday.
Click here for more on the Vilsack trip to Japan next week- and it's implications for more access for US beef in that country.
Oklahoma Senate May Be Ready to Consider HB3202
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~State Senator Mike Schulz of southwestern Oklahoma is the lead author in the Oklahoma State Senate for SB1999 and now HB3202, measures that would establish the right of horse owners to use equine dentists or teeth floaters to work on the teeth of their horses. These teeth floaters would become legal under the Oklahoma statute and would be licensed by the State Vet Medical Board. The measure would also include other animal husbandry practices.
The House has passed HB3202, and this same measure has cleared the Senate Ag Committee by a 10 to nothing vote. Senator Schulz acknowledges that opponents to the bill are raising their voices over possibility that dangerous drugs might get out into the hands of the public under this measure, so he plans on offering an amendment on the floor of the Senate that would add a prohibition of the use of any "controlled dangerous substances" by equine dentists. If that amendment is attached to the measure and it passes the Senate, it will have to return to the Oklahoma House for that amendment to be accepted by House members as well.
The Senate seems to be ready to vote- some say that the full page ad in the Oklahoma City newspaper on Monday has sped up consideration of the measure. We have two stories on the "pro" side of HB3202 on our website from yesterday- click here for the interview that we did with House Author Don Armes who reacted to the full page ad- and you can click on the link BELOW to read more of what the Senate is planning and hear our conversation that we had with Senator Mike Schulz.
Click here for more on Senate plans for HB3202 and hear from Oklahoma State Senator Mike Schulz
Veterinarians Call For Language Correction of HB 3202 Before Final Passage
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Veterinarians continue to have a beef with the language that is contained in HB 3202, likely to be voted on in the Oklahoma State Senate this week. State Representative Brian Renegar is a practicing Vet and continues to oppose HB 3202. His major objection is the inclusion of the phrase "animal husbandry" as a practice that is exempt from being prohibited under the Veterinary Practice Act. Dr. Renegar says that if this bill passes with this phrase included- it will mean that anyone can do about anything to an animal, call it animal husbandry and be exempt from regulation and oversight by the Oklahoma Vet Medical Board. He adds that it will be much easier for "dangerous drugs" to be available to just about anyone in the state- especially drugs that could be used in illegal abortions as well as a drug that could be used as a date rape tool.
Dr. Charles Freeman, former official with the Oklahoma State Department of Agriculture and a practicing Vet in the Hobart and Altus area, agrees with Dr. Brian Renegar. He has written lawmakers and says in that letter "We as veterinarians know what is going to happen with the Practice Act stripped of its very substance. You and everyone else living here or moving here has the same rights and privileges to practice veterinary medicine that I do yet I am the only one with regulation or oversight and a license to lose. My license is not worth the paper it is written on if the bill is made into law. Can you do the diagnostics and cruciate repair surgery that I have scheduled for today? Can you or anyone else comply with federal script laws and DEA requirements for controlled substances?"
Click on the link below to read more of what Dr. Charles Freeman wrote to State Senators this week regarding HB3202. AND, I mentioned in my story on Tuesday that we had received information on this issue from a PR firm that was connected with the Oklahoma Vet Medical Association. OVMA officials point out they do not have a PR firm. The PR firm I mentioned is only representing individual Vets, not any organized group.
Seven Hundred Well Fed Lawmakers and Staff Agree- Farm Bureau's Farm City Festival Lunch was a Great Success
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma Farm Bureau Women fed around 700 staffers and lawmakers at the State Capitol on Tuesday as a part of their Farm City Festival celebration, and Oklahoma Farm Bureau Lobbyist Lori Peterson was all smiles as she greeted lawmakers and Farm Bureau members alike on the first floor of the Capitol midday.
Peterson says that this traditional grass roots lunch is a big hit with everyone at the Capitol- and it definitely makes her job a lot easier as she and Tyler Norvell promote the Farm Bureau agenda to lawmakers. We talked with Peterson about the 2010 legislative session and got an update on Farm Bureau's legislative priorities, including the Equine Dentistry/Animal Husbandry bill, HB 3202. We also discussed Farm Bureau's decision to join a coalition of other groups to oppose State Question 744 that will be on the Oklahoma ballot this fall.
We have that conversation on our website- click on the link below to take a listen and we also have a link there to the Oklahoma Farm Bureau's Facebook Photo Album of the event.
Click here for more on the 2010 Farm Buerau Women's Farm City Festival at the State Capitol
Oklahoma Oilseed Commission Gets Organized
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The first meeting of the Oklahoma Oilseed Commission meet at the Oklahoma Department of Ag building on Tuesday afternoon, with the main item of business getting leadership elected.
The commissioners are:
The Next meeting will be April 22, 2010 at 12:30. The board will
discuss setting of the assessment along with many other subjects.
Worms and Weeds and More Highlight Latest OSU Plant and Soil Science Newsletter
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The latest issue of the Oklahoma State University Plant and Soil Sciences Extension Newsletter is now available- we have it on our website- just go to the link below and click on the link.
Some of the topics that covered in this issue include:
Click here for the latest OSU Plant and Soil Science newsletter
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Let's Check the Markets!
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