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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Thursday January 7, 2010A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- Taiwan Wants To Negotiate Beef Situation
-- NFU Has Goals for Health Care Reform
-- American Farm Bureau Ready to Roll Into Seattle for 2010 Convention
-- Monsanto R&D Advances Projects
-- OSU Video Places Third in Alpharma Contest
-- Congresswoman Slaughter Offers Odd Assessment of Why Russia is Banning US Meat
-- Bitter Cold Roars Into Oklahoma- Many Locations Lose Power with Ice and Wind as the Culprits
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Taiwan Wants To Negotiate Beef Situation
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~A day after reinstating a ban on certain U.S. beef parts, Taiwan said it wants to reopen talks with Washington on beef trade, according to a report by Reuters. Taiwan said it will ask Washington when new negotiations can begin, the report said, quoting Taiwan's Government Information Office.
Taiwan's parliament amended a food safety law on Tuesday, effectively abrogating a new protocol the two countries agreed to late last October. The change barred imports of U.S. beef offal, ground beef and certain cattle parts deemed a risk for bovine spongiform encephalopathy. It kept in tact, however, U.S. bone-in beef. It remains to be seen whether Washington will be eager to sit down with Taipei, given that the US negotiators are dubious about Taiwan's credibility as a trade partner.
In a joint statement released Tuesday, Deputy United States Trade Representative Demetrios Marantis and Undersecretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services Jim Miller said, "The decision by Taiwan authorities to place domestic politics over science raises serious concerns. This action will also undermine Taiwan's credibility as a responsible trading partner and will make it more challenging for us to conclude future agreements to expand and strengthen bilateral trade and economic ties." The officials added: "In light of the continuing importance of our bilateral economic relationship, we urge Taiwan to honor its commitments and to implement the beef protocol as negotiated."
Click on the link below to go back and see what our US meat industry had to say about the Taiwan turn around on relaxing their restrictions on US beef, going against the sound science that the global community has claimed they willing to follow. Gregg Doud of the NCBA said it well when he commented on Tuesday "To suggest that there are any safety concerns related to U.S. beef is outrageous."
CLick here for a full rundown of the reaction in the US over the Taiwanese move to restrict imports of US beef.
NFU Has Goals for Health Care Reform
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson has submitted a letter to Majority Leader Harry Reid and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi outlining four provisions for the health care bill which the organization believes require immediate attention. They are:
1. A publicly-run health insurance option to dramatically increase the
availability of healthcare to rural Americans and provide competition in
under populated areas.
3. The ability of self-employed individuals to deduct their health care
costs as a business expense before calculating their self-employment tax.
American Farm Bureau Ready to Roll Into Seattle for 2010 Convention
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~About 85 Oklahoma members of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau are trying to get ready to leave home during this very rough cold weather for the 2010 edition of the American Farm Bureau's annual convention. The Oklahoma delgation will once again be led by Oklahoma Farm Bureau President Mike Spradling.
Climate change legislation, livestock care issues and social media tools will be at the forefront of topics discussed during conferences at the American Farm Bureau Federation's 91st annual meeting, Jan. 10-13, in Seattle, Wash. AFBF President Bob Stallman will deliver his annual address at 9:30 a.m. (PST) on Sunday, Jan. 10, during the general session in Seattle. It has been 58 years since the AFBF annual meeting was last held in the Emerald City.
We talked OFB President Spradling about the upcoming meeting- and what he sees as the key policy issues for this year's meeting- including a couple of issues that have bubbled up from the grass roots in Oklahoma and that have made it to next Tuesday's delegates session of the AFBF. Click on the listen bar below for our preview story of the AFBF meeting- including the audio of our conversation with OFB President Mike Spradling.
Click here for the AFBF Preview story on our website- www.OklahomaFarmReport.Com
Monsanto R&D Advances Projects
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Monsanto Company reports a record 11 project advancements in its research and development pipeline during 2009. The advancements include: the first biotechnology product with a direct consumer dietary benefit and two of the largest commercial product launches in the company's history. Monsanto's chief technology officer, Robb Fraley, says - we have talked before about being on the verge of a technology explosion, and this is the beginning of it. Fraley says - this year you will see the first of those game-changing products delivering on the farm.
Products moving forward include SDA omega-3 soybeans; Genuity SmartStax refuge-in-a-bag; and Monsanto's first insect-protected Roundup Ready 2 Yield® soybeans designed for the Brazilian market. Genuity SmartStax corn and Genuity Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybeans have graduated from the pipeline and are expected to arrive at farmer's fields this year through broad commercial launches.
The most advanced projects, drought-tolerant corn and higher-yielding soybeans, are moving as expected toward market launch. The company is waiting for more weather stress data to generate the conclusive field research Monsanto requires to prove product performance.
Click here for the Monsanto Pipeline Update Website for the latest as we begin 2010.
OSU Video Places Third in Alpharma Contest
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Students from the University of Missouri captured the most votes in the 2nd annual Reach Teach Learn Student Video Contest that wrapped up last week. Teams from Sam Houston State University and Oklahoma State University placed second and third, respectively.
"We are extremely pleased with the outcome of the Student Video Contest and the participation we had," says Jeff Mellinger, Global Leader, Sales and Marketing for Alpharma Inc. Animal Health, the company that sponsors the Reach Teach Learn initiative. "Congratulations are due to the University of Missouri team-and all the others that participated in the contest. This is just a small but, we hope, significant step in improving consumer purchasing decisions."
Throughout the fall semester students from across the nation have
participated in the Student Video Contest. The contest, consisting of
three phases, encouraged college students to tell their story of
agriculture. First, students were asked to upload short video clips to the
contest Web site. These clips were then made available to everyone
participating in the second phase, which asked teams to compile a complete
video from these clips and their own footage. Finally, the winning video
was decided by a combination of a voting phase held on the contest Web
site and a panel of judges' decision.
Click here to jump to the website where the videos from this student competition can be seen.
Congresswoman Slaughter Offers Odd Assessment of Why Russia is Banning US Meat
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Rep. Louise M. Slaughter (D-NY) said Wednesday that Russia's decision to ban imports of American pork and poultry should be a "wake-up call" to U.S. farmers. Slaughter's comments came in the wake of recent announcements that Russia would block imports of U.S. poultry beginning this month because of concerns that poultry here is frequently dunked in chlorine to kill germs before it is sold to consumers. Russia also recently announced plans to block imports of U.S. pork because of a dispute over standards for antibiotic residue.
Slaughter said she would call upon Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to immediately revisit current laws with respect to livestock safety in order to ensure that American farmers are not further harmed by poorly considered rules. "These decisions by Russia should be a wake-up call that we can no longer continue to count on exporting livestock of dubious safety to other countries," Slaughter said. "The overuse of antibiotics has potentially serious trade implications as other countries decide that the risks are not worth it. And using chlorine to kill bacteria in our food supply is not a sane way to operate. We must move quickly to limit the non-therapeutic use of antibiotics in our farm animals so that our farm industry is not hurt even more."
The Congresswoman from New York claims that a recent study supports her theories as her Wednesday news release indicates "A December report from the Congressional Research Service confirms Slaughter's worries, "Growing concerns about antimicrobial resistance have caused some U.S. trading partners and competitors including the EU, New Zealand, and South Korea to implement restrictions and prohibitions on the use of certain antimicrobials for subtherapeutic or nontherapeutic purposes in animal production."
Bitter Cold Roars Into Oklahoma- Many Locations Lose Power with Ice and Wind as the Culprits
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~A lot of schools have elected to close today- and some have shut down already for Friday as the Arctic Express has rumbled across Oklahoma and will be pushing frigid conditions across a lot of the middle part of the United States. The danger that has been raised for schools is where kids have to stand outside for several minutes to wait for a bus- and/or have to walk a ways to get to their bus stop. Even a short amount of time outside exposed can be dangerous for those that don't dress right.
Farmers and ranchers are facing the same conditions that have taken wind chills to single digits and will likely push them to below zero in some locations this morning, as well as tomorrow morning and Saturday morning, before conditions moderate. Livestock will need to be checked- ice may need to be chopped and as Don Armes mentioned in one of his Tweets on Wednesday afternoon- you may need to add an extra heat lamp if you have young pigs or other livestock that may struggle with the bitter cold.
It's also a good idea to check on neighbors, especially older folks who may have problems with heating systems, electricity or frozen pipes because of the cold. Checking on them may prevent a tragedy- I hope you will be thinking of who might need your help.
Click here for our OklahomaFarmReport website weather page- from there you can check on the Mesonet, the National Weather Service as well as the News9 and News on 6 weather sites.
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Let's Check the Markets!
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