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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Tuesday September 1, 2009A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- Boxer Backs Up on Climate Change Bill Introduction
-- Time Magazine Writer Claims It's Okay That His Story Was Biased
-- Japanese Elections Are Yet Another Roadbump in Expanding Beef Trade with Japan
-- Oklahoma Farm Bureau Area Meetings Brought Out Large Crowds- With Folks Generally Positive
-- It's September First- Is Fall that Far Away?
-- WTO Sets U.S. Sanctions
-- Next Monday- The Big Event Arrives in Yukon at Express Ranches
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Boxer Backs Up on Climate Change Bill Introduction
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~For the second time in two months, the chairman of a key Senate panel with jurisdiction over climate legislation plans to postpone the introduction of her bill. Sen. Barbara Boxer of California, chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, had said earlier this summer that she planned to introduce her bill before Congress left for its August recess; she later extended her timetable to Sept. 8, the day lawmakers return to Washington.
Now, the senator has decided decided to push back the introduction again. In a joint statement Monday with Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts, her partner in drafting the bill, Ms. Boxer said the legislation "is moving along well" but that the new goal is to introduce the measure "later in September." The statement attributed the delay to Sen. Edward Kennedy's death last week, Kerry's August hip surgery, and the "intensive" focus on health-care legislation by the Senate Finance Committee, which has jurisdiction over the revenue raised by the measure and whatever trade-related provisions it involves.
This latest delay also reflects the lack of consensus that Senator Boxer is finding even within her own party for Climate Change- especially among the moderate members of her party. Several lawmakers that have strong rural ties, Senator Kent Conrad and Max Baucus, have talked about possibly splitting the bill into an energy bill and a climate bill- taking on the energy bill first and leaving the climate part of the measure to be considered later.
Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe, the top Republican on Boxer's Committee, cheered an earlier delay by the California lawmaker- and will likely be pleased by this further slowing down of the process. Senator Inhofe has claimed to us several times that the votes are simply not there to get even a majority vote in favor of Climate Change legislation as passed the House of Representatives.
Time Magazine Writer Claims It's Okay That His Story Was Biased
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Time Magazine cover story "The Real Cost of Cheap Food" has raised the ire of the ag industry. A number of ag groups have taken issue with the article and the lack of balanced information - but according to the article's author Bryan Walsh - the story was one-sided by design. That's what he told Mike Adams, the Host of the nationally syndicated Talk Show, Agri Talk. Adams writes in an "opinion" piece on their website after the interview yesterday "Writer Bryan Walsh told our AgriTalk audience that Time now allows its writers to give their opinions and choose their story angle rather than feel obliged to give even the appearance of balance in their reporting. Walsh acknowledged opposing views to those he expressed in his article, " Getting Real About the High Price of Cheap Food", but said he chose not to include them. That's quite an admission for what has been considered a respected news media outlet for many years. Obviously the line between opinion and news has gone beyond blurred to obliterated!"
As Adams mentions- Walsh claims the magazine is going away from objective reporting- and instead wants to be part of the "conversation." That does not sit well with many in agriculture.
For example, J Patrick Boyle of the American Meat Institute has been on a rampage since the article first surfaced on the Time internet site. Boyle noted that Time magazine neglected to mention the number of successes demonstrated by the efficient agricultural system in the United States, preferring instead to spin a one-sided yarn that romanticizes about a return to peasant agricultural production practices. Boyle also noted that it should be no surprise to the Editorial Board at Time that this story was one-sided and biased, as the reporter they commissioned to write this piece has written other scathing articles about U.S. agriculture and its exaggerated impact on climate change. In addition, it is known that industry, academia experts and feedlot operators were interviewed by Walsh for the piece, only having their comments ignored.
We have more on this story on our website- including an audio overview of the Walsh interview-a nd a link to the full interview on the Agritalk site. Click on our link below to jump to our piece on Time's journey towards becoming a Supermarket Tabloid.
Click here for more on Brian Walsh's views on agriculture and how he got to translate those opinions into a front page article at Time
Japanese Elections Are Yet Another Roadbump in Expanding Beef Trade with Japan
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The historic and sweeping political victory scored in Japan over the weekend by the Democratic Party of Japan could spell trouble for the near-term expansion of U.S. beef exports to that country. National Cattlemen's Beef Association Chief Economist Gregg Doud says the U.S. negotiated terms of the present beef trade deal with the Liberal Democratic Party that had been in control for more than 50 years. The new party sweeping into power may be less friendly to the idea of liberalizing beef trade with the US, even with the evidence clearly showing that US beef is a safe and low risk product.
Gregg Doud is our guest this morning on our Beef Buzz- and we talk about this fresh burst of uncertainty in our beef trading relations with the country that was our largest customer for US beef before the Cow that Stole Christmas appeared on December 23, 2003. With the announcement of a case of BSE in this country- the Canadian dairy cow found up in Washington state, the Japanese and most other countries shut down all beef trade with the US. While most other countries have reopened trade to at least the level of taking beef from animals 30 months of age or younger, the Japanese mixed politics, trade and science (light on the science) and came up with a higher standard of accepting beef from animals 20 months of age or younger. That makes it very difficult to source large amounts of product to send to Japan on a year round basis and has limited our ability to regain a large share of that market we once enjoyed.
Click on the link below for more on this story- and to hear Gregg Doud's take on where our dealings with the Japanese go from here.
Click here for our Tuesday Beef Buzz on Japanese Elections and their Impact on US Beef Trade
Oklahoma Farm Bureau Area Meetings Brought Out Large Crowds- With Folks Generally Positive
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~One of the descriptions of the crowds that turned out for the 2009 Oklahoma Farm Bureau area meetings in August was "impressive." "The numbers (of those attending) were tremendous and most were optimistic about the future," said Mike Spradling, president of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau. The OFB leader said he noticed a slight increase in rural leaders participating in the meetings which were held in 12 different locations throughout the state. Locations included Guymon, Woodward, Enid, Altus, Ada, Duncan, Ardmore, Vinita, McAlester, Kellyville, El Reno and Muskogee.
Farm Bureau members voiced their opinion on a wide variety of issues including the sale of water to out-of-state interests, rising production costs, environmental regulations, the need for stronger no-trespassing laws and animal care regulations. During the area meeting in McAlester, Kenneth Blan, Pushmataha County Farm Bureau leader and retired Soil Conservation Service official addressed the Clean Water Act. "It will be a changed situation if the Clean Water bill passes," Blan said. The bill is up for renewal and the new version removes the word "navigable" from in front of water, and thus would impact all ponds, puddles and streams, adding a tremendous burden on producers.
Protecting property rights was a hot topic at the meeting in Ada. Pontotoc County rancher Joe West said he wants oil companies to be more responsible when dealing with landowners. West said he spent several years trying to get an oil company to clean up after they abandoned a non-producing well on his property. "It's getting to be a serious issue for farmers and ranchers," West said.
Spradling and the other OFB leaders agreed the attitudes among the farmers and ranchers remains strong heading into the fall season. Perhaps it could be best summarized by a quote from rancher Larry Harvey in Okmulgee County. "If we just all work together, look at the positive things, not the negative, we can grow enough food to feed everybody," Harvey said.
It's September First- Is Fall that Far Away?
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The latest Oklahoma Crop Weather update paints a pleasant picture for the state as we end the month of August. "This past week offered a variety of weather conditions for the State of Oklahoma. Mid-week storms brought showers across the central and southern parts of the State and cooler temperatures Statewide. Hail and damaging winds were reported in the North Central District. The Panhandle was extremely hot and dry during the week but received some moisture late Sunday. The weekend was warm, dry, and very pleasant for most of the State. Soil moisture conditions are much improved from earlier in the summer, as over half was rated in the surplus to adequate range for both topsoil and subsoil. The excellent soil conditions coupled with the mild weather allowed producers ample opportunity to cultivate ground and prepare for fall planting."
"Oklahoma farmers made great strides in small grain seedbed preparation this past week and are gearing up for fall plantings. By week's end, seedbed preparation for winter wheat had jumped 15 points to reach 50 percent complete, three points behind the five-year average. Seedbed preparations were 50 percent complete for the State's rye acres, up 18 points from the previous week and one point ahead of normal. Oat seedbed preparation increased six points from the prior week to reach 34 percent complete, eight points behind the five-year average."
"Rainfall during the past few weeks along with cooler temperatures has had a positive impact on row crop condition and progress. Conditions rated mostly in the good to fair range, with soybean, peanut, and cotton conditions notably improving from the previous week. Sixty-eight percent of the State's corn crop had reached the dent stage by Sunday, while 39 percent of the crop had reached maturity, ten points behind the five-year average. Corn harvest is underway in parts of the State, as 12 percent of the crop had been harvested by week's end. Sorghum headed increased 18 points to reach 75 percent complete, while 38 percent of the sorghum was coloring by week's end, both well behind normal. A small portion of the sorghum crop had reached maturity by Sunday. Soybeans blooming increased six points from the prior week to reach 96 percent, seven points ahead of the five-year average. Eighty percent of soybeans were setting pods, up 21 points from last week and eight points ahead of normal. Eighty-six percent of the State's peanut crop was setting pods by week's end, 12 points behind normal. Cotton setting bolls was nearing completion at 96 percent, up 12 points from last week and one point ahead of the five-year average. A small portion of the cotton crop had bolls opening."
Click here to read the rest of this week's Oklahoma Crop Weather Update from USDA- as of Monday afternoon August 31
WTO Sets U.S. Sanctions
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The World Trade Organization has set sanctions at 295 million dollars annually on American goods as a result of the United States' failure to eliminate illegal subsidies to U.S. cotton growers. Brazil has sought to target American goods and drug patents for 2.5 billion dollars worth of economic retaliation. The world body said U.S. payments would have to increase significantly for Brazil to be allowed to punish American drug patents.
Carol Guthrie, spokeswoman for U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk, said - while we remain disappointed with the outcome of this dispute, we are pleased that the arbitrators awarded Brazil far below the amount of countermeasures it asked for. The National Cotton Council agrees. NCC Chairman Jon Hardwich added - the Panel provided no award with respect to the Step 2 cotton program and Brazil is not authorized to cross-retaliate at this time.
This award, however, is based almost exclusively on 2005, the peak of U.S. cotton production, and doesn't consider any U.S. policy changes made in the 2008 farm bill. The U.S. cotton program and export credit guarantee programs have changed considerably since 2005, with U.S. cotton production down 45 percent and the export credit guarantee program operating at no net cost. Hardwich believes - today's programs cannot possibly be determined to be causing injury in the world market. You can click below for more comments from the NCC- and you can click here for a statement issued by Senator Saxby Chambliss, top Republican of the Senate Ag Committee, who expressed mixed feelings about the ruling.
Click here for more on comments made by the National Cotton Council after this ruling was released by the WTO
Next Monday- The Big Event Arrives in Yukon at Express Ranches
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Express Ranches Annual Production Sale is called The Big Event will be Labor Day Monday September 7, 2009, starting at 10:30 am at the ranch in Yukon, Oklahoma.
More than 600 Head will be offered by the folks at Express- the list
The heifers in this sale qualify for the Express Scholarship Program
that has awarded more than 2.4 million in scholarship to youth across the
United States and Canada.
Click here for more on the Big Event from Express Ranches on September 7
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Let's Check the Markets!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Oklahoma National Stockyards ran a total of 9,600 cattle on Monday, with prices $1 to $3 lower on yearlings, and calves off $1 to $2 on a light test. Five to six hundred pound steers calves brought $104.25 to $109.25, while seven to eight hundred pound yearlings cleared from $97.75 to $103.25. Click here for the complete Oklahoma City cattle market report for the last day of August.
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