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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Wednesday August 5, 2009A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- Fiscal Year 2010 Ag Appropriations Bill Passes Senate
-- CongressmanLucas Calls on His House Ag Committee Chairman to Look Again at Climate Change Legislation
-- Farming Acid Soils- that and more from the Plant and Soil Science Newsletter from OSU, Stillwater
-- Plasticulture Grants Available, Deadline August 12!
-- No Till on the Plains Bus Tour Has August 14 Deadline
-- Bits and Pieces- and a couple of Tweets
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Fiscal Year 2010 Ag Appropriations Bill Passes Senate
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Senate has approved a 124.5-billion dollar ag spending bill. The measure was approved 80 to 17 Tuesday. The House passed its version in July.
As Senators debated ag spending on Monday they broke with the President who wanted to eliminate the agriculture department's High Energy cost Grant Program. This program provides money for electricity generation projects in places such as Indian reservations, rural cooperatives and, especially, Alaska. The Senate voted 55 to 41 to keep the program alive and help people in rural areas receive reasonably priced electricity. The 18-million dollar program made it onto Obama's roster of 75 recommended cuts or eliminations of so-called discretionary programs funded by Congress each year, totaling 11.5-billion dollars.
The Senate also agreed to scale back funding for a National Animal
Identification System. Senators slashed funding from 14.6-million to
7.3-million and directed that money be devoted only to proposed rule
making, rather than to implementation. The House had eliminated all
funding for the program for the next fiscal year.
One late addition to the bill was $350 million for an increase in dairy price supports- the measure would lift milk price supports by about $1.50 per hundredweight. Bernie Sanders of Vermont offered the add-on, saying that family based dairy agriculture is on the verge of collapse. He added that it was not a regional issue, but a national one.
CongressmanLucas Calls on His House Ag Committee Chairman to Look Again at Climate Change Legislation
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~In the U.S. House - 18 Ag Committee Republicans sent a letter to Committee Chairman Collin Peterson requesting additional hearings on H.R. 2454 - the American Clean Energy and Security Act. The legislation received a favorable House vote on June 26th - but the 18 Republicans want it reviewed. In their letter they state the Speaker's accelerated schedule did not give the Committee sufficient time to properly consider the complex proposal.
he letter continues that there are a number of different analyses on cap and trade that show reductions in farm income reaching all the way up to 94-percent by 2035. And it is being reported that EPA is projecting this legislation would take 56-million crop acres out of production due to afforestation. The Representatives believe as new information about H.R. 2454 continues to become available this legislation continues to warrant our consideration as it will have far reaching effects on the agriculture community for generations to come.
The letter's signatories include Ranking Member Frank Lucas, as well as Representatives Bob Goodlatte, Jerry Moran, Timothy Johnson, Sam Graves, Mike Rogers, Steve King, Randy Neugebauer, Michael Conaway, Jeff Fortenberry, Jean Schmidt, Adrian Smith, Robert Latta, Phil Roe, Blaine Luetkemeyer, Glenn Thompson, Bill Cassidy and Cynthia Lummis.
Click here for our story on the website about this letter from Lucas and the other Republicans on the Committee- it includes the text of the letter to Peterson
Farming Acid Soils- that and more from the Plant and Soil Science Newsletter from OSU, Stillwater
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The latest OSU Division of Agriculture Plant and Soil Sciences Newsletter is out and offers some excellent information for farmers and ranchers alike this month. Included in the articles in this latest newsletter:
Farming Acid Soils
Click here for our website link to the OSU Plant and Soil Science Department
Plasticulture Grants Available, Deadline August 12!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~A program directed toward small, limited resource producers wanting to expand specialty crop production is offering grants and up to one acre of plasticulture installation. Applications for the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry grants must be postmarked by August 12.
The program emphasizes marketing and requires a three year commitment as funds are provided in increments of a maximum of $600 the first year and $400 the second and third years. Micah Anderson, ODAFF Plasticulture Coordinator, said applicants will be evaluated based on experience, marketing plans and application date.
Grant funds may be used for soil and water testing, animal depredation
control, wildlife fencing, fertilizer, scales, and plants. The
plasticulture grant program currently has $28,000 available.
Click here for more on the Plasticulture Grant Program- Money being handed out by the Oklahoma Dept of Ag
No Till on the Plains Bus Tour Has August 14 Deadline
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~No-till on the Plains is accepting registrations up through August 14 for its annual Points North No-till Bus Tour which will be held August 25 - 28, 2009. The bus tour is a unique opportunity for attendees to travel along with Dr. Ray Ward, owner of Ward Laboratories of Kearney, NE, who shares his vast knowledge of continuous no-tillage, soils, and geology throughout the trip.
Brian Lindley, Executive Director of No-till on the Plains, Inc., shares, "With this kind of format, participants can ask questions of the experts and producers and get immediate, practical answers. The interaction on the bus is just tremendous. Attendees of past tours have told us that these trips have changed their thinking, their farming practices, and their lives."
While you will have to drive a few hours to even mee the bus, it may be a trip worth making. Click on the link below for more information and to see what others are saying about this unique chance to be in a rolling seminar with Dr. Ward- and see great examples of conservation tillage along the way.
Click here for more on the 2009 Points North No Till Bus Tour
Bits and Pieces- and a couple of Tweets
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We got a very rapid response from one reader on our Beef Buzz from Tuesday that quoted Bob Drake on the likelihood of having a significant animal disease outbreak at some point in this country. Brent writes "As for the article "One of these days- we will wake up to reports of an animal disease outbreak," please tell Chicken Little that the sky is NOT falling. Most all of the animal diseases he's talking about are caused by industrial feeding practices that are made up of poor nutrition. Reference Newman Turner's books from the '40s or '50s. If proper nutrition is fed, there would be no need for the satanic NAIS (Rev 13)." I'll let you be the judge on that one.
One Tweet that caught my eye on Tuesday came from the Feedstuffs magazine folks- they wrote " Advice to livestock/poultry producers from Dr. Temple Grandin: Clean up, show off!" And they had a link to a story they had done with the animal handling legend. Click here to check it out.
And we saw a Tweet or two that mentioned the fact that Oklahoma lawmaker Dan Boren, the only Democrat in the Oklahoma delegation for this Congressional session, has decided not to hold town hall meetings in his district this fall. He joins other Democrats in other states that have decided that too much negative feedback from citizens has been surfacing over what the Democratic leadership has been pushing when it comes to health care. By the way, we know that both Tom Cole and Frank Lucas are having multiple Town Hall meetings in their districts- we have details within our August calendar listings- click here to jump to our Calendar pages at www.OklahomaFarmReport.Com.
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