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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Friday August 22, 2008!A service of American Farmers & Ranchers, Johnston Enterprises and National Livestock Credit!
-- Promoting HR 3098- and Positioning It for a Push in 2009.
-- Former Oklahoma Beef Council Exec Michael Kelsey Ventilating in Omaha.
-- High Priced Protein Supplement May Pay for Younger Cattle Now on Pasture.
-- Biotech and Sorghum- BOTH Words in the Same Headline!
-- National Corn Growers CEO- Keep The Ethanol Truth Squad Alive.
-- The Blue Room Weather Report.
-- Pollard Farms Have Great Genetics on Offer Wednesday September Third in Waukomis.
-- Looking at our Agricultural Markets...
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Promoting HR 3098- and Positioning It for a Push in 2009.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~It was all about keeping HR 3098 visible- and moving forward. That apparently was the reason for the Congressional Forum that Congresswoman Mary Fallin and Congressman Dan Boren co-hosted on Thursday in the Blue Room at the Oklahoma State Capitol in Oklahoma City.
This session was less formal than an actual field hearing of the Transportation Committee that Fallin is a member of- but both lawmakers took the opportunity to beat the drum for the measure which would mandate that a commercial vehicle would be no smaller than 26,001 pounds under Federal rules. They heard from Gary Ridley of the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, from a pair of Highway Patrolmen, from Oklahoma Farm Bureau President Mike Spradling, State Secretary of Agriculture Terry Peach and State lawmaker Don Armes, who is currently the Chairman of the House Ag Subcommittee in the Legislature, as well as a member of the House Transportation Committee.
The lawmakers also had a quick lesson in why 26,001 pounds is a good
start, but still falls short of the size of trucks and the weights that
many farmers are dealing with as they work on positioning their crops for
the most attractive market- that tutoring came from Bob Howard, a farmer
from northwest Oklahoma.
Former Oklahoma Beef Council Exec Michael Kelsey Ventilating in Omaha.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We had told you earlier this week about the Monday, August 18, 2008 hearing by the Senate Agriculture Committee in Omaha, Nebraska on "Food, Feed and Fuel Production: Today and Tomorrow." Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), chairman of the committee, was in attendance, as well as Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE). The majority of the hearing was dedicated to testimony in support of ethanol production, with slim representation from the poultry and livestock industries.
Oklahoma native and former Executive Director of the Oklahoma Beef Council, Michael Kelsey attended the hearing but was not asked to testify. Kelsey now serves as the Executive Vice President of the Nebraska Cattlemen's Association.
"Nebraska's largest industry, Beef, has not been invited to speak, but we feel it is critical for the public to understand our position on this debate," Kelsey said prior to the hearing. "Certainly the rising cost of energy and increased demand are playing a role in higher food prices," he explained. "However, feed alone makes up 70 percent of a cattleman's operating costs. When corn feed prices increase as they have, so does the cost of running our businesses. This means that our products must sell for more, which means higher beef prices for consumers."
High Priced Protein Supplement May Pay for Younger Cattle Now on Pasture.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Olympics continue from Beijing- and everyone is excited about the drive by the American athletes who are going for the Gold. Well, it's another Friday with Dr. Glen Selk of Oklahoma State University, who is prescribing as the cure for inadequate protein in our cattle's diets- a small amount of a high protein supplement- much like the Oklahoma Gold program of many years ago. In other words, you can go for the Gold like our Olympians- and win in your cattle operation with this supplementation strategy.
Selk says that the problem that we normally face at this time of year is that our pastures simply cannot supply enough crude protein by themselves for younger cattle, replacement heifers, calves that have just been weaned, stockers and light yearlings- these types of critters need more protein to gain efficiently than what is available in our native grasses and even introduced grasses like bermuda.
Selk's comments are all in the Friday edition of the Beef Buzz, heard daily on great radio stations across the state on the Radio Oklahoma Network. Not only do we have this program with Glen, but we remind you that last Friday, he talked about a related subject, the Cost of Added Gain which was also featured on the Beef Buzz. Use the link below to go to our Beef Buzz page- check out the latest Beef Buzz on this idea of Supplementing Cattle with protein as well as taking a look at all the other Beef Buzz shows you can listen to as well!
Click here for the latest Beef Buzz with Glen Selk found on our Beef Buzz page at WWW.OklahomaFarmReport.Com
Biotech and Sorghum- BOTH Words in the Same Headline!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We have a conversation for you with Neal Gutterson, President and CEO of Mendel Biotechnology of Hayward, California. Neal has been involved in plant biotechnology since 1983, when he joined the fledgling biotechnology company AGS, to develop genetically improved microbial biocontrol agents. He was one of the speakers at this week's International Conference on Sorghum in Biofuels- and he brought to the table the discussion of biotech and sorghum- a subject that has been "off limits" in previous years over fears that international markets might be lost.
He believes that biotech can help maximize the biomass in forage sorghum- and perhaps the sugars in sweet sorghum- and we talk about this whole concept of bringing the sorghum part of agriculture into this world of biotech. Gutterson does acknowledge that it will be conventional varieties that will get the sorghum industry involved as a biomass for cellulosic ethanol in the near future- with the GM traits to follow a few years down the road.
The Gutterson conversation is in our Ag Perspectives Podcast found on the front page at the bottom on our website of www.OklahomaFarmReport.Com. We have a full list of our various interviews that are now available to click and listen to- or download as a podcast- on the Listen to Ron page on the website. There's a lot of interesting stuff on that page- so check it out- just go the main website link- look on the left hand side of the page to the Listen to Ron link choice- click on that and you will see a full list of two of our programming efforts that are in podcast form- our daily farm and ranch news- as well as our Ag Perspectives that offers special audio packages and interviews with some of the most interesting people we run across in the world of agriculture.
Click here for the conversation with Neal Gutterson of Mendel Biotechnology.
National Corn Growers CEO- Keep The Ethanol Truth Squad Alive.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Chief Executive Officer of the National Corn Growers Association believes there remains a need for - The Ethanol Truth Squad. Rick Tolman says - we know that not everyone agrees on the issues and dissenters may never understand or accept the facts. Yet, we plug along trying to help people see the truth about corn supply, ethanol's impact, and more.
It all started with grocery stores across the nation posting signs telling their customers that ethanol was driving up corn prices and that corn prices were driving up their costs. In response, Tolman makes two points. 1. Even at its higher cost, the amount of corn that goes into a box of corn flakes or a tub of movie-theater popcorn costs less than the paper box and tub that contain it. And 2: Food travels, on average, 1,500 miles before reaching a consumer's plate. And that journey costs money.
The EPA's rejection of a Texas request to halve the Renewable Fuels Standard didn't silence the outspoken. Tolman says they continue to - "spread inaccurate and incomplete information" on the issue. Tolman says higher energy costs are something we all can tackle together for the good of everyone. Then maybe food prices will come down, too.
The Blue Room Weather Report.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~It is inevitable. When folks in farming and ranching gather, they like to talk about the weather. And, the comments we got from some of those at the Congressional Forum we covered for you yesterday at the State Capitol were very revealing about how we are doing when it comes to August moisture.
Some like State Representative Don Armes is just downright muddy. He says he left his tractor in the field before the last round of rains- and it will have to set there for a few days- it is too muddy to move it. Armes is from the Lawton area. Further west- State Senator Mike Schultz was smiling from the rain as well- he farms in the Altus area and said he thinks they ended up with around three inches of rain and cooler temperatures for a few days in his area.
You jump further north into the Guthrie area and you hear from guys
like Tim Bartram- Executive Director of the Oklahoma Wheat Growers
Association- he says he got around an inch of rain at the most. And in
checking with Francie Tolle from north central Oklahoma- not many miles
from the Kansas border, they have received little of the August rainfall.
Click here for the latest Rainfall totals from the Mesonet Site around the state.
Pollard Farms Have Great Genetics on Offer Wednesday September Third in Waukomis.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Just a quick reminder that the Pollard Farms Annual Production Sale is set this year on a Wednesday. This midweek sale will feature 77 lots- and they have their complete sale catalog on line for you to review.
You can call to get a catalog- or to ask questions about the sale and the offering by calling 580-758-1464- or click on the link we have provided below.
The sale is set for Wednesday, September 3, 2008, beginning at 11:00 AM at the ranch in Waukomis, just outside Enid. This sale is the anchor leg of four Angus Production sales set for that week- Angus officials are calling it "Oklahoma Angus Week."
Click here for the Pollard Farms website, with the sale catalog link.
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Looking at our Agricultural Markets...
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~It has been an unusual week for the feedlot business, as we have actually sold some cattle three days this week- with Thursday seeing some 12,000 in Texas and Oklahoma go for $99- a little stronger than Wednesday- but cheaper than the $100 of last Friday. Overall, volume this week is being considered pretty good when you add all three days together.
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