~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Tuesday December 8, 2009A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- EPA Declares Carbon Dioxide a Danger to Public Health
-- Farm Bureau's Bob Stallman Calls it Political Science- Not Climate Science
-- Meanwhile- there's irony from Copenhagen and the Climate Summit Underway
-- Oklahoma Row Crop Harvest Winding Down
-- SmartStax Technology Receives Key Approval
-- Tulsa Farm Show Ready to Kick Off
-- Set Your Clocks Back
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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EPA Declares Carbon Dioxide a Danger to Public Health
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~EPA's Lisa Jackson held a News Conference on Monday, just as the Copenhagen Climate Conference was preparing to kick off, giving her boss an early Christmas gift to provide him credibility as he addressed the global community this week on the US plans to lead in cutting back on greenhouse gas emissions in the years ahead.
EPA says in their News Release "After a thorough examination of the scientific evidence and careful consideration of public comments, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday that greenhouse gases (GHGs) threaten the public health and welfare of the American people. EPA also finds that GHG emissions from on-road vehicles contribute to that threat. GHGs are the primary driver of climate change, which can lead to hotter, longer heat waves that threaten the health of the sick, poor or elderly; increases in ground-level ozone pollution linked to asthma and other respiratory illnesses; as well as other threats to the health and welfare of Americans."
Ms. Jackson seemed to be more concerned about history than any economic impact her announcement might have- "These long-overdue findings cement 2009's place in history as the year when the United States Government began addressing the challenge of greenhouse-gas pollution and seizing the opportunity of clean-energy reform," said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. "Business leaders, security experts, government officials, concerned citizens and the United States Supreme Court have called for enduring, pragmatic solutions to reduce the greenhouse gas pollution that is causing climate change."
Jackson told reporters that the science is sound and dismissed anyone
who questioned that science based on the Climategate developments of
Click here for the News Release and more from EPA on their efforts to regulate Greenhouse Gases outside of Congressional Oversight.
Farm Bureau's Bob Stallman Calls it Political Science- Not Climate Science
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The President of the American Farm Bureau offered the following statement after the EPA announcement on Monday afternoon- "The decision by the Environmental Protection Agency today to announce an endangerment finding on carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases could carry severe consequences for America's farmers and ranchers.
"We firmly believe any regulations dealing with global warming that could negatively affect our ability to produce food and fiber for our nation and the world should come through the legislative process. While more and more questions are being raised about the scientific validity of global warming models it is not the time to begin making sweeping policy decisions based on the projections offered by those climate models.
"We realize the EPA's stated intention is to focus this finding narrowly on specific industries, using particular thresholds, but we believe there is no protection in the provisions that prevent them from being applied broadly across all sectors, including farm and ranch families who produce livestock. Due to the timing of the announcement, with the Copenhagen talks about to kickoff, we also believe this move could have more to do with political science than climate science."
Click here for a backgrounder that American Farm Bureau has on the issue of Climate Change from their viewpoint as a general farm organization
Meanwhile- there's irony from Copenhagen and the Climate Summit Underway
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Those who are unhappy with the latest Climate Change developments noted in many locations on the Internet yesterday that it was ironic that the latest round on grabbing control of the global economy was happening on December 7th- Pearl Harbor Day. Some were calling it the Day that will live in Hypocrisy.
One of the early stories coming out of Copenhagen was the report of the large number of Limos needed for the conference- each emitting lots of greenhouse gases to get officials around the Danish city.
Click on the link below for a rather humorous picture of the attack on
Copenhagen by the green community. It also mentions that Oklahoma Senator
Jim Inhofe is headed for Copenhagen as well- "A Republican US senator, Jim
Inhofe, is jetting in at the head of an anti-climate-change "Truth Squad."
Click here for the Limo Bombing of Copenhagen for the 2009 Climate Change Convention
Oklahoma Row Crop Harvest Winding Down
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~It's an extended season for Crop Weather Updates- primarily because of the slowness of harvesting the US corn crop here in 2009. NASS says in this week's Crop Weather Update that there will be at least one more update issued next week. As for this week- "Chilly, cold weather dominated the past week as average high temperatures peaked in the mid-forties during the day and dropped to lows in the twenties overnight. Although soil moisture conditions declined slightly from the previous week, both topsoil and subsoil were rated mostly in the adequate range. Producers were able to make progress on field activities as there were 5.1 days suitable for field work."
For our row crops- "Producers continued with row crop harvest activities, making notable progress on the sorghum and soybean harvest. By week's end, 93 percent of the State's sorghum was harvested, an eight point jump from the week prior. Soybean harvest increased six points to reach 93 percent complete. Peanut harvest was virtually completed by week's end. Cotton harvest increased nine points from the previous week to reach 59 percent complete."
Oklahoma's winter wheat crop continues to look good with a rating of 81% in either good or excellent condition. The Kansas wheat crop is not rated that highly at this point in the season at 69% good to excellent, while Texas is 45% good to excellent and another 41% rating in fair condition.
Click here for the latest Oklahoma Crop Weather Update including info on pasture and hay conditions.
SmartStax Technology Receives Key Approval
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Monsanto Company and Dow AgroSciences say they have received import regulatory approvals from Korea and Taiwan for corn grain produced with their SmartStax technology. These two additional approvals follow U.S., Canadian, and Japanese regulatory approvals announced by the companies in July 2009. Grain produced from SmartStax corn can now be imported to Japan, Taiwan, Korea, Australia, and New Zealand among other countries for planting in 2010.
Brad Shurdut, Global Biotech Regulatory and Government Affairs Leader for Dow AgroSciences, says - Korea and Taiwan are significant importers of U.S. corn and these approvals pave the way for U.S. and Canadian growers to benefit from the most advanced, all-in-one corn trait platform.
SmartStax increases whole farm yield potential while farmers significantly lower their pesticide usage and the refuge for above and below-ground pests.
Click here for more details of this approval from the Pacific Rim for Smartstax Technology
Tulsa Farm Show Ready to Kick Off
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~This Thursday, the 16th annual Tulsa Farm Show will be opening the doors at the Quik Trip Center in Tulsa for a three day run that will feature "everything new in agriculture." With admission and parking free- the show hours for the 2009 event are 9 AM to 5 PM on Thursday and Friday, and 9 to 4 on Saturday.
We invite you to drop by and say hello to us at this year's Tulsa Farm Show- I will be at our booth and running around the show on Thursday- stop and say howdy- and our broadcast partner Ed Richards will be at the show on Saturday.
Click on the link below for a schedule of the many things that will be going on at this year's Tulsa Farm Show.
Set Your Clocks Back
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Tim Bartram of the Oklahoma Wheat Growers dropped us a note on Monday that he had a typo on the start time for the 2009 Oklahoma Wheat Growers Association annual meeting. Registration will start at 9:30 AM and the program itself will begin at 10 AM.
Be sure to get to their meeting as they get started, as Oklahoma Congressman Frank Lucas will be speaking in that 10 AM hour- fairly early in their program.
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Let's Check the Markets!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We've had requests to include Canola prices for your convenience here- and we will be doing so on a regular basis. Current cash price for Canola is $8.20 per bushel, while the 2010 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $8.55 per bushel- delivered to local participating elevators that are working with PCOM.
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