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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Friday November 6, 2009A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- Boxer Reports Out Climate Change Bill- Without Republicans Present- in Thursday Session
-- FSA Administrator Urges Producers to Vote in County Committee Elections
-- Preconditioned Calves Will One Day Soon Be "The Market"
-- Drying Costs for High Moisture Corn This Year A Major Worry for Corn Farmers in the Midwest
-- Deadline for Cotton Referendum is Tuesday November 10
-- OSU Eminent Faculty Award to William Raun
-- Express Customer Appreciation Sale Coming Next Tuesday
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Boxer Reports Out Climate Change Bill- Without Republicans Present- in Thursday Session
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~With Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe leading his other six Republican members in continuing their three-day boycott of markup of the Kerry-Boxer climate change bill, on Thursday Senate Environment & Public Works Committee Chair Barbara Boxer (D-CA) used a procedural loophole to win a Democratsonly 11-1 vote for the bill. Of the committee's 12 Democrats, the only no-vote came from Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) who favored the House-passed proposal for a 17% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 2005 levels by 2020, rather than the draft Senate bill's tougher 20% cut. The Baucus "NO" could spell trouble for Boxer, as he serves as Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and could influence other Democrats as this battle moves forward.
As for Senator Inhofe- he quickly issued a statement expressing disappointment in the move by the Chairlady from California:"I am deeply disappointed by Chairman Boxer's decision to violate the rules and longstanding precedent of the committee," Senator Inhofe said. "The Republicans offered a clear path forward to a bipartisan markup, but it was summarily rejected by Chairman Boxer. Instead, she decided to ignore the entreaties of all 6 ranking members from Senate committees with some share of jurisdiction over climate change legislation, as well as leading moderates in the Senate. Her action signals the death knell for the Kerry Boxer bill."
We have the rest of the Inhofe statement- as well as a YouTube link of Inhofe talking about the Boxer decision to move without Republicans on this measure- all linked below. Also, we have added into this story on our website audio from the Chairlady of the Senate Ag Committee, who wants to see cooperation with Republicans on this issue- and feels the Boxer approach was the wrong move.
Click here for more on the Inhofe pushback after Senator Boxer leaves the Republicans out of the process on Climate Change.
FSA Administrator Urges Producers to Vote in County Committee Elections
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Farm Service Agency Administrator Jonathan Coppess said today that the 2009 FSA county committee elections begin TODAY, Nov. 6, with USDA mailing ballots to eligible voters. The deadline to return the ballots to local FSA offices is Dec. 7, 2009. "It is imperative that all eligible farmers and ranchers get involved and vote in this year's county committee elections," said Coppess. "County committee members will provide input and make important decisions on among other things, the local administration of new disaster and conservation programs under the 2008 Farm Bill.
County committee members are an important component of the operations of FSA and provide a link between the agricultural community and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Farmers and ranchers who serve on county committees help deliver FSA farm programs at the local level, applying their knowledge and judgment to make decisions on: commodity price support loans and payments; conservation programs; incentive indemnity and disaster payments for some commodities; emergency programs and payment eligibility. FSA committees operate within official regulations designed to carry out federal laws.
Click on the link below for more on this election process as found on our website- and you can click here for the background information on the County Election process from the FSA website based in Washington.
Click here for more on the FSA County Committee Elections Now Underway Across the US
Preconditioned Calves Will One Day Soon Be "The Market"
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Preconditioned Calves will be "the market" within the next few years- and those that are weaned on the way to town or don't have proof of vaccinations and weaning will be discounted. That day is coming, according to Doug McKinney, Value Added Specialist at Oklahoma State University.
We have been talking with McKinney most of the week- and today we focus in on where the Value Added concept may be headed over the next five to ten years. McKinney believes that two of the key elements of Value Added- Age and Source Verification and then Preconditioning once those calves are being weaned will continue to be the major building blocks and foundation that will open up all kinds of programs for producers to get involved with in the Value Added Universe.
Our Beef Buzz today with Doug has links back to the three earlier programs of this week on the subject- and will give you a way to hear our full conversation with McKinney about the work involved and payback that could come with Value Added. Click on the link below to jump to our Friday Beef Buzz.
Click here for today's Beef Buzz with Doug McKiney on Value Added and What's Ahead.
Drying Costs for High Moisture Corn This Year A Major Worry for Corn Farmers in the Midwest
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~OSU Grain Marketing Economist Dr. Kim Anderson says that harvest in the midwest is just beginning to crank up- and that there is concern about the high moisture percentages being seen in corn country. The cost to farmers for drying may run from 70 to 80 cents per bushel- taking away a good bit of the potential profitability for many of those producers.
Anderson's Comments come as a part of this weekend's SUNUP program- to be seen on OETA on Saturday morning. Dr. Anderson says there is little fresh news in the wheat market and he would still advocate that wheat farmers should strongly consider selling what wheat they still own from the 2009 wheat harvest by around the first of December. He says there are ample wheat stocks and that segment of the market will be hard pressed to move higher. Click on the link below to hear Kim's comments.
At that same link- you can get a rundown of what SUNUP will have as a program lineup- take a look at the lineup and make plans to catch SUNUP this weekend.
Click here for Kim Anderson's concerns about the midwestern Corn Crop
Deadline for Cotton Referendum is Tuesday November 10
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Tuesday, Nov. 10 is the last day cotton producers can vote in the current Cotton Research and Promotion Act referendum. The referendum is a vote on whether Kansas, Florida and Virginia can be designated as separate "cotton producing states" and become eligible for positions on the Cotton Board. Currently these states are combined with neighboring states.
The 2008 farm bill stated that Kansas, Virginia and Florida be separate states in the definition of "cotton-producing state" as defined in the Cotton Research and Promotion Act. The Agricultural Marketing Service is proposing to amend the Cotton Research and Promotion Order to implement that section of the 2008 farm bill.
Producers will have an opportunity to vote by mail or through their respective Farm Service Agency County offices. Click on the link below for more information on the proposal from USDA's website.
Click here for more on the Cotton Referendum that ends Tuesday November 10.
OSU Eminent Faculty Award to William Raun
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma State University recognized the outstanding achievements of William Raun, Regents Professor in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences and Nutrients for Life Professor. The Eminent Faculty award was initiated and sponsored by a distinguished alumnus, the late Willard Sparks, along with funding provided by Ann and Jim Vining of Memphis, Tenn.
Marlene Strathe, OSU Provost praised the award winner as she told us "Dr. Raun is highly regarded throughout the nation, as well as internationally, as one of the top researchers working on sensor-based technology and nitrogen use efficiency. His research is focused on making a difference in the lives of people and the environment in which they live. In 2007 alone, farmers in Oklahoma saved $6 million in fertilizer costs by not applying unnecessary nitrogen fertilizer, and other Oklahoma citizens were positively affected because excess nitrogen did not enter our water or air supplies."
Raun also was praised for his scholarly productivity, which includes 141 refereed publications, six patents, more than 300 other scholarly works, $8.15 million in funding, and for being named a Fellow by two professional organizations.
Click here for more on this honor presented to Dr. Raun earlier this week on campus at OSU
Express Customer Appreciation Sale Coming Next Tuesday
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Express Ranches Customer Appreciation Sale will be held at Stockman-Oklahoma Livestock in Apache, Oklahoma this coming Tuesday, November 10, starting at 12:30 PM in the afternoon.
Some of the consignments that will be a part of this replacement female
For more details, click on our auction listing at the link below- or call Express at 1-800-664-3977- or in the Oklahoma City calling area- 405-350-0044.
Click here for more on the Express Ranches Customer Appreciation Sale Coming Tuesday November 10
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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 $7.35 per bushel, while the 2010 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $7.60 per bushel- delivered to local participating elevators that are working with PCOM.
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