~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Thursday April 9, 2009A service of Johnston Enterprises, KIS Futures and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- House Bill 2151 and Senate Bill 452 Both Advance This Week
-- Farm Program Sign Up - The Devil's in the Details
-- Pork Producers Demanding Obama Administration Study Impact of Ethanol Expansion in US
-- OSU Honors Jimmy Wayne Kinder and Ed Regier as Master Agronomists
-- April's Calendar is Crowded.
-- No Mad Cow is No Surprise to NCBA 's Elizabeth Parker
-- Oklahoma Shorthorn Association to Have Sooner Shorthorn Sale April 25
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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House Bill 2151 and Senate Bill 452 Both Advance This Week
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~It appears that both Senate Bill 452 and House Bill 2151 could end up becoming law in Oklahoma this year- just different laws. The two measures started life as companion bills for what some groups have called the livestock preemption bill. This is the measure that establish the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture as the only government entity in the state to determine what rules and regs should be followed by livestock agriculture when it comes to animal well being. A local community cannot make their own stricter rules if a member of PETA or the HSUS suddenly becomes the mayor of the town and they decide they believe it ought to done. Cities retain the right to have zoning rules regarding animals inside their city limits. House Bill 2151 contains this language and has passed the state Senate this week- and should be headed to the Governor's desk for a signature very soon.
Senate Bill 452 started with that language, passed the Senate and then the House Ag Committee with that same language- but now has been stripped of that language and is now carrying a proposal that could turn into a listing of what animal husbandry practices should be allowed to be practiced by anyone with expertise- not just veterinarians. In recent months, the state Vet Medical Board has cracked down on several individuals and companies that have been doing what they consider to be practices that Vets can do- the Vet Medical Board's contention is that ONLY Vets should be allowed to do those things. The lightning rod issue is something called teeth floating or equine dentistry which includes the removal of enamel points from teeth and the leveling of dental arcades in cattle and horses. Other practices, like embryo transfer, are being disputed as well.
On Wednesday, authors of this revised language, led by House Ag
Committee Chairman Don Armes, moved an amended SB452 to the floor and
ended up with a 99 to 0 vote on a watered down measure. Armes was pleased,
saying that this bill will allow those who want these practices to be
expanded beyond just the Vets in local communities to come up with
something that everyone can live with. Armes told lawmakers that he and a
couple of his colleagues had set down with the Veterinarian leadership in
the state on Tuesday- had agreed to discuss and come up with a deal. Armes
tells us that it will mostly be a House negotiation, with the three Vets
that are members of the Oklahoma House, Brian Renegar, Lee Denney and Phil
Richardson, will huddle with Armes, Dale Dewitt and Eddie Fields to come
up with language that both sides can endorse. It's expected that Senator
Mike Schulz and Senator Ron Justice will be consulted as well to bring
this bill along to consensus.
Farm Program Sign Up - The Devil's in the Details
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~American Farmers & Ranchers (AFR) recently submitted comments on the 2008 Farm Bill proposed Interim Rule set forth by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Farm Program Payment Limitations and Payment Eligibility. Terry Detrick, President of AFR, commented that "AFR worked diligently representing farmers and ranchers during the 2008 Farm Bill debate, knowing full well that once the bill was passed the rules would be a whole new process and something that AFR planned to follow closely. While getting the Farm Bill passed was an accomplishment the devil is always in the details and when you are talking about legislation that means the rule making process."
Detrick went on to say, "AFR whole heartedly supports the efforts of
Congress to make certain that farm program benefits are actually going to
those that are responsible for producing the food, fiber and energy for
this country and beyond. We also recognize that the 2008 Farm Bill is
extremely complex, however, the interim rule takes the complexity to a
whole new level that we believe exceeds Congressional intent and makes
farm program sign up difficult and cumbersome for producers."
Detrick adds "The bottom line is that AFR asks that the USDA take this opportunity to simplify the rule and remove the restrictions that were never intended or even suggested in the statute. The timing of this is critical and farmers cannot be and should not be faced with changing their entire operation only to find out that the rule has changed again." AFR will continue to monitor the rulemaking process on behalf of agriculture producers.
Terry Detrick's comments line up with what Francie Tolle of AFR told us during their annual meeting in Oklahoma City several weeks back. We have the link to the story we did at that time, which includes a link to farm program signup procedures as released by USDA as well as the audio with Francie on this subject.
Click here for our earlier story on Farm Program Signup with Francie Tolle of AFR
Pork Producers Demanding Obama Administration Study Impact of Ethanol Expansion in US
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The National Pork Producers Council is insisting that the Obama administration study the economic impact of an expansion of corn-ethanol production and usage. In a letter to the Secretaries of Agriculture and Energy, the EPA Administrator and Carol Browner, who is assistant to the President for energy and climate change, NPPC asked that the administration bring stakeholders together to consider all possible impacts of corn-ethanol expansion.
NPPC wants the group to consider the extent to which increasing blend limits will further increase market speculation, affect grain and commodity markets and actually help the ethanol industry. Also, NPPC says, the administration should lead an effort to examine the effects of such an expansion on corn availability, the price elasticity of corn, the users of corn and rural work forces and industries associated with corn.
"In this new era of openness and transparency and calls for scientific integrity in Washington, I can't imagine anyone or any organization being opposed to a study on the effects of producing and using more corn ethanol," said NPPC President Don Butler. "We hope the Obama administration and Congress provide answers to the questions surrounding ethanol expansion before rushing to change ethanol policy - that's the America way."
OSU Honors Jimmy Wayne Kinder and Ed Regier as Master Agronomists
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Jimmy Wayne Kinder from Walters and Ed Regier of Enid were named as Master Agronomists and honored earlier this week at the 2009 Agonomy Banquet at Oklahoma State University. The "Master Agronomist" award was initiated in 1947 as a means of recognizing individual farmers and ranchers in Oklahoma. The recipients have actively participated in agronomic education efforts and have contributed valuable public service because of their unique efforts in the fields of soil conservation, range management, or crop production. In many cases, these individuals have provided land, equipment, time, and effort in helping OSU carry out research and demonstrations on their farms. They have hosted field tours, and in some cases served as speakers on educational programs. These individuals are very active and involved in agriculture, and are highly respected leaders in agriculture, community, and church. Many serve on local, state, and regional committees, boards, and councils.
Jimmy Wayne Kinder is known, not only in his local community, but across Oklahoma for his use of no-till in a wheat/stocker system. Jimmy Wayne has been a presenter at several no-till meetings. He follows OSU recommendations and has been an early adopter of the Greenseeker technology, owning his own sensor. He routinely keeps OSU personnel abreast of current conditions in his area and is quick to entertain OSU folks to discuss no-till. He is always looking for a better way to increase his bottom line. His occupation is listed as Farmer/Rancher but in the recent past it would have been listed as Rancher/Farmer. For several years, no-till forage wheat has been his livelihood, but with wheat grain prices as they were in 2008, he shifted into more of a no-till grain system. He was an OKanola cooperator in 2006-7 and has used grain sorghum and sunflowers in his rotation in the past and has several acres of canola this year.
Ed Regier owns and operates a diversified crop production farm in Garfield County, just north of Enid. His current crop production system includes 3000 acres of wheat, soybeans, corn, grain sorghum, and sunflowers and has also grown winter canola. Ed was one of the first in Garfield County to implement No-Till production practices on his farm. Ed was also one of the first producers in the area to implement the use of a stripper header for his wheat harvesting system to assist with moisture savings for double crop production systems after harvested wheat. Ed has worked with an array of Research and Extension Specialists for the past 13 years. His first on farm research project was with Dr. Tom Peeper. At that time, Dr. Peeper was working with crop rotations to reduce weed pressures in fields and also implement no-till production systems in northwest Oklahoma. While working within this project, Ed also participated in soybean variety plots that included some planting date type trials. Regier also began working with Rick Kochenower to experiment with early planting grain sorghum and with double crop grain sorghum production following wheat harvest. These trials included hybrid performance evaluations and also seeding rate and plant population studies for grain sorghum. Ed was one of the first producers to participate in the OKANOLA Project. This project was the first to look at growing winter canola in Oklahoma.
April's Calendar is Crowded.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~I got an email reminder from Matt Ball of Senator Coburn's staff yesterday of the Senator's Town Hall Meetings planned for next week- fortunately, I can report to Matt that we are on the ball and have those town Hall Meetings in our Calendar listings- Click here for the first of them next week on Monday in Cushing and Sapulpa. Scroll through our full listing of events next week to see what location may be closest to you to catch up with Dr. Coburn- that link is below for our Calendar section of WWW.OklahomaFarmReport.Com.
Also this week and next- we have town hall meetings listed for Tom Cole and Frank Lucas- we checked with Dan Boren's office and they indicated he was getting around the district during this two week break- but had no town hall meetings planned.
Another of the multiple listings that include several stops next week
are the Farm Bill Informational meetings that are underway this month and
next. April 15, there will be a session planned for Goodwell-
and April 17- the farm bill informational road show will pull into
Click here for our full Calendar Listing- as found on WWW.OklahomaFarmReport.com
No Mad Cow is No Surprise to NCBA 's Elizabeth Parker
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~It's no surprise to Dr. Elizabeth Parker of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association that we have not had any confirmed cases of BSE for several years now- even as APHIS continues to test for BSE at a higher level than world animal health guidelines suggest. We talk about this with Elizabeth on our Thursday Beef Buzz.
It's that lack of BSE being discovered that should help the Food and Drug Administration to rethink their decision to plow ahead and implement the Enhanced Feed ban by the end of June. Dr. Parker says that it will cause enormous unintended consequences as the disposal of carcasses will become much more difficult when this rule is fully implemented.
We have both our Wednesday Beef Buzz where we talk about the FDA movement toward implementing the Enhanced Feed Ban- as well as our Thursday Beef Buzz with Dr. Parker talking about how the US and many other countries are convinced that BSE is on the decline. Click on the link below to get to both of those Beef Buzz shows- as heard on the Radio Oklahoma Network all across the state.
Click here for the BSE/Enhanced Feed Ban story as found in our Beef Buzz segment at WWW.OklahomaFarmReport.Com
Oklahoma Shorthorn Association to Have Sooner Shorthorn Sale April 25
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Oklahoma Sooner Shorthorn Sale, presented by the 2009 Oklahoma Shorthorn Association will be happening Saturday April 25 at 12:30 PM on the Stephens County Fairgrounds in Duncan, Ok.
The Oklahoma Shorthorn Association will offer a tremendous set of Shorthorn bulls, Bred Heifers, Bred Cows as well as Semen from some of the leading Shorthorn bulls in the breed.
For details, call Sammy Richardson, Chairman of the Oklahoma Shorthorn Association at 580-658-2709 or his cell: 580-467-8267. And, we have the link to the catalog with more details of the event on our website in our calendar and auction listings. Click on the link below for more information.
Click here for more on the 2009 Oklahoma Shorthorn Association Sooner Shorthorn Sale on April 25 in Duncan.
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Let's Check the Markets!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~It was a pretty good sized run on Wednesday for OKC West in El Reno- with an auction total of 5,615. According to the market reporter- "Feeder steers and heifers 3.00-5.00 higher. Steer calves 1.00-3.00 higher. Heifer calves 4.00-10.00 higher. Demand extremely good for all classes. Quality of feeder cattle attractive with several nice loads off wheat available. Feeder cattle in slightly thin to fleshy conditions." Five to six hundred pound steers brought $111 to $118 while seven to eight hundred pound steers cleared from $94.50 to $99.50. Click here for the full report from OKC West from Wednesday April 8.
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