~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Monday June 15, 2009A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy
-- Congressman Frank Lucas Hopeful Agriculture Will Be Heard and Paid Attention to by House Leaders Regarding Climate Change
-- Cattle Tuberculosis Confirmed in West Texas Dairy Herd Under Quarantine Since April
-- Worried About a Bad Deal for Farmers and Ranchers Over Climate Change
-- Morning Harvest Does Not Up the Chances of Elevated Nitrate Levels in Sorghum Sudan Grasses
-- Slapout Shoutout
-- Meat and Poultry Industry Big Contributor to U.S. Economy
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Congressman Frank Lucas Hopeful Agriculture Will Be Heard and Paid Attention to by House Leaders Regarding Climate Change
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Congressman Frank Lucas remains very concerned after the marathon hearing that was held on Thursday by the full House Ag Committee as the Committee reviewed HR 2454, the Waxman-Markey Climate Change bill. Lucas told us in a Friday interview (after sleeping on what he heard) that he is concerned at several levels. He is concerned that this is a permanent piece of legislation, and will have devastating consequences for rural America as it now is written. He is also concerned about the US Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, and her demands to force this bill to a quick vote without adequate debate and mark up by other committees besides the Energy and Commerce Committee.
The Republican lawmaker was pleased that so many lawmakers expressed their views very strongly, including Democratic leaders like Leonard Boswell of Iowa, who is the Chairman of the General Commodities Subcommittee of the House Ag Committee. Congressman Boswell, as he interacted with fellow Iowan Tom Vilsack, the current US Secretary of Agriculture.
Click on the link below to jump to our website to hear this conversation that we had with Congressman Lucas- and how this may play out over the next couple of weeks.
Click here to hear Congressman Frank Lucas and his thoughts after the hearing of last week on Climate Change in the House Ag Committee
Cattle Tuberculosis Confirmed in West Texas Dairy Herd Under Quarantine Since April
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Cattle tuberculosis (TB) has been confirmed in a west Texas dairy that has been quarantined since April when some cattle in the herd responded to a TB test being conducted prior to a sale. (The sale was cancelled.) The cattle TB diagnosis was confirmed at the National Veterinary Services Laboratory (NVSL) in Ames, Iowa, where M. bovis, or cattle TB bacteria, was grown or "cultured" from tissues that had been collected during the necropsy of the test-positive cattle.
"The infected herd remains quarantined while the final disposition of the herd is determined- either slaughtering the herd, or repeatedly testing and removing infected animals until the herd is free of cattle TB," said Dr. Bob Hillman, Texas' state veterinarian and head of the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC), the state's livestock and poultry health regulatory agency. "Dairy, calf-raising and dairy animal replacement operations with epidemiological links to the infected herd are being tested to determine both the origin and potential spread of the disease."
It would be a good idea to check with your local Vet if you have cattle that may be headed your way from Texas in the immediate future. You can read more about this Texas confirmation that was provided to us on Sunday by Carla from the Texas Animal Health Commission- click on the link below.
Worried About a Bad Deal for Farmers and Ranchers Over Climate Change
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We also sat down and talked with Terry Detrick, President of the American Farmers & Ranchers about the hearing last week in Washington on Climate Change. Detrick is most concerned about rural Democrats caving in to pressure Speaker Pelosi and others and accepting a partial deal on agricultural offsets that might leave EPA in a substantial role of oversight within the agricultural sector.
Detrick says that having EPA looking at how things are done on the farm and ranch will likely be bad news. He also has concerns that producers who have made major investments into equipment for practices like no-till will be left out of getting proper credit for carbon sequestration. He contends that since agricultural production practices are continually moving carbon back into the soil- it is only fair that all producers who are involved in those best management practices get a piece of the action.
By clicking on the link below, you can hear our full conversation with Detrick on Climate Change, as well as a look at where we are right now on Animal ID. Detrick says we may well have missed the window of opportunity for getting a workable system.
Click here for more on our conversation with Terry Detrick of AFR.
Morning Harvest Does Not Up the Chances of Elevated Nitrate Levels in Sorghum Sudan Grasses
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The advice for several years from OSU was to not harvest sorghum sudan forages early in the day- that you might be in danger of getting higher concentrations of nitrates in the hay that would result. But our guest on our Monday Beef Buzz says that is not proved in field tests run by the University.
Dr. Glen Selk of OSU says that when actually cutting at various times of the day at several locations in western Oklahoma- the result was that there seems to be little to no difference between cutting the sorghum sudan summer grass for hay at 8 AM as opposed to 4 PM.
Dr. Selk gives us the lowdown on this new research on our Monday Beef Buzz- the Beef Buzz is a regular radio feature heard on great radio stations that make up the Radio Oklahoma Network. We not only have today's Beef Buzz on line- but an extensive library of previous shows that go all the way back to the fall of 2006. Go to our website and click on the Beef Buzz button on the left hand side of any page.
Click here for today's Beef Buzz featuring comments from Dr. Glen Selk of OSU
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We may have had a few fields in various locations harvested over the weekend- we will be checking in with Mike Schulte of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission and others on this Monday morning- but the rains have hit much of western Oklahoma at one point or another this weekend- in fact it is raining hard at the Hays House as I write this early Monday morning.
Our update- or a non update as the case may be- will be on our front page of WWW.OklahomaFarmReport.Com by mid morning. Go to the link below and check it out. And check back by from time to time to see what may have come in from the country.
Click here for our Harvest Updates from WWW.OklahomaFarmReport.Com
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~When you get a report from Slapout- you gotta report it. Mary Chris Barth from the Panhandle dropped us a note and she has gotten a chuckle from a tree survey sent statewide apparently- including to folks in the tree challenged Panhandle.
Mary Chris writes "Yesterday I got a one page letter concerning the
upcoming Forest/woodlands survey that is being undertaken by ODA Forestry
services. The hoot is the letter references CRP land in Cimarron county.
This is a property we mowed and have struggled ever since to keep from
blowing. I did report that the Siberian Elm tree holding up the old
homestead house was in good health. Considering it is still alive!
Thanks Mary Chris- and we are looking forward to getting the last word from you on what is going on in your part of the world. Drop me a note and we share it with our email family.
By the way- speaking of our email family. We continue to have problems in getting emails delivered that have a pldi.net address. Pioneer has decided, after allowing our email to get to folks from 2006 forward- to start shutting us down. We are working with Pioneer, with Constant Contact and if you are having problems- I can put a temporary work around in place until sanity returns to the folks in Kingfisher on this matter. IF you are having trouble getting the email in a timely manner, drop me an email note- and at the same time, please contact Pioneer and let them know this is not acceptable. The company we use is not a spam generator- they have strict rules on that and you will get nothing unless you request it. Thanks for your help and yes, your patience on this as well.
Meat and Poultry Industry Big Contributor to U.S. Economy
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The American Meat Institute released a new Economic Impact Study Friday that shows the nation's meat and poultry industry contributes roughly 832-billion dollars - nearly six-percent of total Gross Domestic Product - to the U.S. economy along with nearly 6.2-million jobs and 200-billion dollars in wages and benefits. President and CEO of AMI J. Patrick Boyle says companies and individuals in America that produce, process, distribute and sell meat and poultry products continue to be a vital part of the U.S. economy.
According to the study - conducted by John Dunham and Associates in New York City - the industry also generates sizeable tax revenues - more than 81-billion dollars in revenues to federal, state and local governments and more than 2-billion dollars in state sales taxes.
The complete study - which includes state-by-state and Congressional district breakdowns - is available online - we have the link below. Boyle says he hopes the interactive format to drill down to the state and congressional district level will be useful to media who cover the industry - and lawmakers wanting to understand the impact of public policy initiatives in their states.
Click here for the new website put up by the American Meat Institute on the impact Meat has on the Economy
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Let's Check the Markets!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~This past Friday's Woodward Livestock Auction featured a run of 5,276 head of cattle., with trends higher. Yearling steers were $2 to $3.50 higher than a week earlier, while calves sold for $2 to $4 better money. Five to Six hundred pound steers sold for $109 to $118, while seven to eight hundred pound steer yearlings cleared from $97 to $103. For the complete Woodward livestock auction report from this past Friday, click here- the report should be up and available a little after 8 AM on Monday morning.
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