~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Tuesday February 23, 2010A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- Congressman Frank Lucas on Conservation and Farm Program Spending Cuts- and More
-- Conservation Leaders Honor Lawmakers and Conservationists at Annual OACD Meeting
-- OALP has found "The Rain in Spain" -But Dr. Joe Keeps Them Moving!
-- U.S. Wind Energy Potential Barely Tapped
-- First hollow stem decisions looming for Oklahoma wheat producers
-- Supreme Court Refuses to Take Up Case on Pesticide Permitting Requirements
-- Glover Cattle Company Annual Angus Bull Sale- Set for Tomorrow at the Ranch
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Congressman Frank Lucas on Conservation and Farm Program Spending Cuts- and More
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma Congressman Frank Lucas addressed the 2010 meeting of the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts on Monday morning, before heading to the airport and a flight back to our nation's Capitol. Before that appearance, we had the chance to sit down and visit with Congressman Lucas about several issues, including reaction to the Obama new Healthcare Plan, Cuts in Conservation spending in the Obama budget and the need to educate through Farm Bill hearings the need for Conservation and Farm Program spending to be left alone.
We also talked about the battle between Congress and the EPA over regulation of Greenhouse Gas Emissions. Congressman Lucas believes that there is a good chance that the Congress will go on record calling on EPA to do move forward with their intention to regulate GHGs.
We have at our link below the full story as well as the audio of the conversation that we had with Congressman Frank Lucas. We also have a link that jumps to another page on our website where we have posted the entire speech and questions after from the Congressman as he addressed the full house at the morning session of the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts.
Click here for more with Congressman Frank Lucas- including lots of audio.
Conservation Leaders Honor Lawmakers and Conservationists at Annual OACD Meeting
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts honored lawmakers and conservationists during their banquet Monday evening at the Reed Center in Midwest City. Among those that the OACD honored were Fredia Rice of the Cotton County Conservation District and Dan Lowrance of the Stephens County Conservation District. Lowrance and Rice were inducted into the Oklahoma Conservation Hall of Fame.
OACD President Trey Lam handed out three President Awards in 2010- two to lawmakers, State Representative Ken Miller and State Senator Mike Johnson- both the Chairman of Appropriations in their respective bodies. The third Presidents Award given by OACD this year went to Jeanette Nance, who has served the past four years as the liaison to the Conservation Commission for Governor Brad Henry.
The Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts Employee of the Year
Award went to Coleta Bratten of Dewey County. OACD also gave special
legislative awards to Senator Mike Schulz, State Representative Skye
McNeil and State Senator Joe Sweeden. They also honored State
Conservationist Ron Hilliard of the NRCS, based in Stillwater.
Click on the link below for more on the winners- and to hear our conversation after the banquet with Dan Lowrance, one of the Hall of Fame inductees for 2010.
Click here for more on the Conservation Awards from Monday night at the OACD Annual meeting
OALP has found "The Rain in Spain" -But Dr. Joe Keeps Them Moving!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We have the latest thoughts of Clinton Griffiths of OSU Ag Communications, who is traveling with Class 14 of the Oklahoma Ag Leadership Program. We have on our website his full commentary from the last couple of days- plus here's the link to our Flickr page of photos- Clinton has added several more for your to see as the group travels in Seville and Granada.
Clinton writes "On Sunday, February 21 the class checked out of its
hotel in Algeciras and set out across the rainy Spanish terrain. Spain is
the second most populated country in Europe with around 45 million people
and the number is still growing. Over the last 8 years 6 million new
people have moved into the country coming mostly from North Africa.
He also writes about several ag specific stops made by the group- click on the link below to check out more of the story as provided by Clinton.
Click here for the latest on the travel in southern Europe of Class 14 of the OALP.
U.S. Wind Energy Potential Barely Tapped
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~An analysis from the National Renewable Energy laboratory shows that onshore U.S. wind resources could generate more than nine times current total U.S. electricity consumption. That's nearly 37-million gigawatt-hours. Current U.S. wind installed capacity is 35 GW and there is currently 158 GW installed world-wide.
The latest U.S. estimate of potential capacity is three times that determined in a survey done previously by the Pacific Northwest Laboratory. The American Wind Energy Association says the larger estimates are due to improved wind turbine technology, with today's taller turbines tapping better winds at higher elevations, and to more refined wind measurements.
Besides Oklahoma, other states that have significant wind energy upside include Texas, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, the Dakotas, Iowa, Wyoming, Iowa and New Mexico.
First hollow stem decisions looming for Oklahoma wheat producers
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's cold winter weather has had wheat plants growing in slow motion, resulting in many being behind “normal” for this time of year in terms of reaching first hollow stem stage. “The earliest varieties, such as TAM 401 and Fannin, have already reached first hollow stem in September-sown plots in Stillwater,” said Jeff Edwards, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension small grains specialist.
First hollow stem is a critical stage for dual-purpose agricultural producers. Oklahoma farmers planted an estimated 5 million acres of wheat in fall 2009 as part of the state's $1 billion-a-year wheat industry. Anywhere from 40 percent to 60 percent of these acres are annually grazed by cattle during the winter. “Producers wishing to graze wheat and subsequently harvest grain must decide when to remove cattle from wheat pasture,” Edwards said. “Grazing too long will reduce wheat yields, but removing cattle too early will reduce profit potential of the stocker cattle enterprise.”
“The lengthening days we are now experiencing are telling wheat plants
to get it in gear,” Edwards said. “Essentially, Mother Nature has dropped
the green flag; once temperatures warm up a little, the race to first
hollow stem stage will be underway.”
Click here for more on this decision- including a look at how to figure the value of extended grazing versus grain production.
Supreme Court Refuses to Take Up Case on Pesticide Permitting Requirements
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The U.S. Supreme Court is refusing to review a lower court ruling imposing Clean Water Act permitting requirements on the application of pesticides on, over or near water. The High Court announced its decision Monday.
Bob Stallman, president of the 6-million member American Farm Bureau Federation, which along with CropLife America asked the Supreme Court to review a January 2009 ruling by the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in the National Cotton Council versus EPA case, calls the Court's refusal to overturn the ruling bad news for crop producers. Stallman said in a statement "All farmers know they must use chemicals properly. They also know the label on each chemical they use is the law of the land. Going through redundant bureaucratic red tape for a duplicate permit to apply a safe product is preposterous. That kind of regulatory overkill will not improve food safety or the environment."
Senator Jim Inhofe also expressed his dismay over the rejection by the High Court to consider this case. "The Supreme Court's denial is unfair to agriculture and consumers," Inhofe said. "The court's denial means agriculture will face yet another layer of bureaucracy and regulation, which will stifle job creation in rural America. Also, EPA will now have to process 5.6 million new pesticide applications per year, which will hinder farm operations and add significant costs to both producers and consumers of agriculture. I hope the Obama Administration will work with Congress as soon as possible on bipartisan legislation to address this issue."
Click here for more reaction to this decision by SCOTUS to take a pass on hearing this pesticide handling case.
Glover Cattle Company Annual Angus Bull Sale- Set for Tomorrow at the Ranch
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The 2010 Glover Cattle Annual Bull Sale is set for tomorrow, March 3, 2010 at 12:30 PM at the Ranch in Elgin, Oklahoma.
Ronnie and Tyler Glover will be offering sixty six 18 month to two year old Angus bulls- with EPDs that showcase moderate birth weights, excellent growth and superior carcass value. These bulls are the offspring of some of the Angus breed's most popular sires.
Also selling that day will be 80 spring calving two year old commercial pairs. Call Glover Cattle Company at 580-595-1494 for more information. You can also click on the link below for our Auction Listing at www.OklahomaFarmReport.Com, which includes the link for the sale catalog for Glover from National Cattle Services.
Click here for more on this Purebred Angus Bull Sale at Glover Angus happening tomorrow.
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