~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Wednesday November 11, 2009A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- Oklahoma House Ag Committee Considers Equine Dentistry
-- Record Sized Soybean Crop Gets Bigger- Corn and Cotton Forecasted Smaller Than a Month Ago
-- Crop Reports May Not Tell Total Story
-- Major Pork Purchase Being Unveiled Today by USDA
-- Class 14 of the Oklahoma Ag Leadership Program Heading to Green Country
-- Locavores Are Bigger Polluters Than Your Average American Consumer!
-- Herefords in Native America Sale Set for Monday November 16 in Sulphur.
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Oklahoma House Ag Committee Considers Equine Dentistry
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The House Ag and Rural Development Committee of the Oklahoma Legislature heard from its Chairman, Don Armes of Faxon, on Tuesday about the need to deal with current regulations designed to penalize anyone who is not a Veterinarian being involved in performing equine dentistry.
A similar interim study was held in the Public Health Committee a week ago by State Representative Brian Renegar, DVM and the take away from that hearing was that Vets should be allowed to control this husbandry practice- either by doing the work themselves or by overseeing a private Non DVM practitioner.
The Interim Study that came before the House Ag Committee was more the point of view from the private practitioners who feel their ability to work for a living is being taken away- as well as multiple horse owners outraged that they are not being allowed to have a choice in who takes care of their horses' teeth. One of those that offered his opinion to the Committee was Professional Rodeo star and Teeth Floater Bobby Griswold. Griswold was targeted by the Oklahoma Vet Medical Board and was charged with a felony under the law that was put in place two years ago. That law that prohibits equine dentistry from being done by anyone except a Vet has been rolled back to being just a misdemeanor as of this past spring.
You can read more and hear our conversation with Don Armes, Chairman of the Oklahoma House Ag and Rural Development Committee, Armes wants to negotiate this tough issue with the Oklahoma Vet Medical between now and the start of the 2010 Legislative session. Click on the link below to jump to our featured story on this struggle between the Vet Medical Board and the private Equine Dentists (and many horse owners)
Record Sized Soybean Crop Gets Bigger- Corn and Cotton Forecasted Smaller Than a Month Ago
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~USDA issued a pair of reports on Tuesday morning- the latest Crop Production Numbers for many of our spring planted crops. They also issued the monthly Supply-Demand Data for all major commodities as well.
U.S. Corn production is forecast at 12.9 billion bushels, down 1 percent from last month but 7 percent higher than 2008. Based on conditions as of November 1, yields are expected to average 162.9 bushels per acre, down 1.3 bushels from October but 9.0 bushels above last year.
Soybean production is forecast at a record high 3.32 billion bushels,
up 2 percent from the October forecast and up 12 percent from last year.
Based on November 1 conditions, yields are expected to average 43.3
bushels per acre, up 0.9 bushel from last month and up 3.6 bushels from
2008. If realized, this will be the highest U.S. yield on
Click here for more on these reports- especially the Supply Demand Numbers issued at the same time as the Crop Production Report.
Crop Reports May Not Tell Total Story
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~USDA released its November crop report today, and economists with the American Farm Bureau Federation said estimates were generally in line with what analysts expected. The report showed a 1 percent drop in corn production from the October forecast and a 2 percent jump in soybean production, compared to October. The biggest change was in cotton production, which dropped 4 percent from the October forecast.
AFBF senior economist Terry Francl, cautions that - because of the late harvest, I would expect to see another drop in corn production in the January report. Therefore, he believes USDA's January crop report will be watched a lot closer than normal because of the late harvest. Francl points out - the real concern over much of the country for corn is not yields, but quality and drying costs due to the wet weather. Particularly in Illinois, he says, there are reports that yields are good, but drying costs are up which will put a real crimp on farm income.
As for cotton, Megan Provost, AFBF southern crops economist, said the drop in cotton production can be solely attributed to lower yields, particularly in the Delta region of Mississippi, Arkansas and Missouri which have been hammered with wet weather over much of the October harvest. Texas cotton producers also expect lower yields due to the impact of cool wet weather on a late planted crop. According to Provost, - this is the lowest cotton yield in five years, but it is still a decent when compared to historical records.
Major Pork Purchase Being Unveiled Today by USDA
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The release came a little earlier than the actual announcement- but it's good news for the nation's hog producers. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack will be in Kansas City later this morning- and will be announcing to the National Association of Farm Broadcasting that $50 million in pork products will be bought in the days to come for the School Lunch Program and other federal food assistance programs.
Overall, the total tab for the purchases to be announced is $82.6
million worth of pork, cherry, plum and apple products for federal food
nutrition assistance programs.
Click on the link below for more details on these purchases being made know later this morning.
Click here for more details on the Pork and More to be Purchased by USDA
Class 14 of the Oklahoma Ag Leadership Program Heading to Green Country
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Director of the Oklahoma Ag Leadership Program, Dr. Joe Williams, has written an email to us about the November seminar for the current class of the adult leadership development program. Joe gives us a thumbnail description of the sessions that the group will be involved with today through Friday:
"Class XIV departs for Seminar XI Wednesday morning. Wednesday will be spent in Bartlesville with most of the day devoted to leadership speakers and personal strengths assessment at ConocoPhillips. The day concludes with a visit and cookout at the Hughes Ranch. The class visits several agricultural businesses in the Miami area on Thursday. Friday includes stops at a poultry farm in Vinita and concludes with a tour of the Port of Catossa."
The current class has one more in state seminar, then will be heading to Spain and Morocco in early 2010 for their International Travel Experience. If you are interested in learning more about the current state of the OALP- you can travel over to their website by clicking on the link below.
Click here to jump to the Oklahoma Ag Leadership Program Website.
Locavores Are Bigger Polluters Than Your Average American Consumer!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The current scam coming from the Environmentalists is that going natural and buying locally food is a better choice for the environment. The holistic arguments sound great until you actually try to prove them- and based on research released at the 71st Cornell Nutrition Conference, today's production practices in the dairy and beef industries are several times better for the environment than grass fed beef or some of the old ways we used to raise cows to product milk. An article from Meatingplace alerted us to this study- and we have it linked for you below.
Pasture- or grass-fed meat is perceived to be more eco-friendly than conventionally produced beef, said Jude Capper, an assistant professor of dairy sciences at Washington State University and one of the paper's authors. However, the time needed to grow an animal to slaughter weight is nearly double that of animals fed corn, she noted, which means that energy use and greenhouse gas emissions per pound of beef are increased three-fold in grass-fed beef cattle. In total, finishing the current U.S. population of 9.8 million fed-cattle on pasture would require an extra 60 million acres of land.
Another emerging trend among American consumers is the desire to
purchase food grown locally. "Often 'locally grown' food is thought to
have a lower environmental impact than food transported over long
distances due to carbon emissions from fuel," Capper said. "This
simplistic approach fails to consider the productivity of the
transportation system, which has tremendous impact on the energy expended
per unit of food."
Click here to review the study by Jude Capper and her colleagues on "The Good Old Days" versus Reality
Herefords in Native America Sale Set for Monday November 16 in Sulphur.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Oklahoma Hereford Association is proud to present "Herefords in Native America" this coming Monday, November 16 at the Jacobs Ranch in Sulphur, Oklahoma. They will be selling over 150 Head 66 Registered Hereford Bulls- Fertility Tested & Ready for Service. There will also be 25 Registered Hereford Female Lots: Open Heifers, Bred Heifers & Cows and Cow/Calf Pairs. Also included in sale lineup will be 55 Commercial Heifers, Bred & Open.
Eddie Sims with National Cattle Services writes about the consignments to this special event coming up on Monday: "this sale combines an excellent set of high quality serviceable age bulls and a select group of registered females as well as a top notch set of commercial Hereford, red baldy and black baldy bred and open heifers."
Cattle consigned to this sale come from seven states- and represent the cream of the crop when it comes to the Hereford breed. The annual meeting of the Oklahoma Hereford Association will be held on Sunday evening before the day of the sale- and sale time on Monday the 16th is at high noon. Contact Bill Jacobs for more information- he is the Sale Chairman- call him at 580-622-4426 or 580-622-4425.
Click here for more details of the Herefords in Native America Sale Coming November 16
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