SENATOR LINCOLN COSPONSORS RESOLUTION TO
OVERTURN PROPOSED EPA REGULATION OF CO2

 

Friday, January 22, 2010                           By Shawn Wade

      The climate change debate took a turn for the better this week thanks to the leadership of Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-Arkansas) and filing of a bipartisan resolution that could stop efforts by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate greenhouse gases.

      Lincoln, who chairs the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, joined 35 Republicans and 2 other Senate Democrats as a cosponsor of the resolution of disapproval filed by Senator Lisa Murkowski's (R-Alaska) under the Congressional Review Act.

      In a statement announcing her decision Lincoln said, "I am very concerned about the burden that EPA regulation of carbon emissions could put on our economy and have questions about the actual benefit EPA regulations would have on the environment. Heavy-handed EPA regulation, as well as the current cap-and-trade bills in Congress, will cost us jobs and put us at an even greater competitive disadvantage to China, India and others."

      The Murkowski resolution seeks to nullify the EPA 'endangerment finding' regarding greenhouse gases and the subsequent decision to regulate carbon emissions under the Clean Air Act based upon a determination that identifies several compounds, including carbon dioxide, as harmful greenhouse gases that threaten public health.

Lincoln: Standing Up For Agriculture

      From an agricultural perspective, the decision to support the Murkowski resolution is simply the latest evidence of the important leadership role Senator Lincoln has taken on agriculture and international trade issues.

      Since taking over leadership of the Senate Agriculture Committee, Lincoln has taken strong, pro-farmer stances on critical issues like climate change and was key in halting recent efforts to implement onerous farm program and payment eligibility standards that go beyond the scope of changes approved by Congress in the 2008 Farm Bill.

      "In my opinion the efforts of Senator Blanche Lincoln have been a lifeline to rational thought and bipartisanship that all of production agriculture should recognize and support," said Plains Cotton Growers Executive Vice President Steve Verett. "Her example of working closely with all sectors of agriculture and like-minded supporters of U.S. agriculture across the aisle in Congress is something that we should all recognize and appreciate."

      For agriculture, Lincoln's willingness to take such a prominent position is one of the more exciting aspects of the Murkowski resolution's introduction this week.

      The Joint Resolution, if approved by both houses of Congress, would amount to a legislative branch veto of the EPA's planned regulation of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.

      The Murkowski resolution is guaranteed a vote in the Senate and requires only a simple majority of votes (51) to pass.

      Unfortunately, even though an identical measure is to be introduced in the House of Representatives January 22, the effort faces an uphill battle to gain approval in both houses of Congress.

      Even without passage, though, the measure sends a clear message to the Obama Administration and other climate bill backers in Congress that the tide of public opinion is flowing against them on the issue.

      That is certainly the case in the ranks of American agriculture where more than 150 agriculture groups, including Plains Cotton Growers, the National Cotton Council of America and the Southwest Council of Agribusiness, have signed onto a joint letter supporting the Murkowski resolution and questioning the basis for the EPA decision.

 

2009 HIGH PLAINS COTTON QUALITY SUMMARY

 

      The following is a summary of the cotton classed at the Lubbock and Lamesa USDA Cotton Division Cotton Classing Offices for the 2009 production season.

 

Current Week:

 

Office

Bales

Color

Leaf

Staple

Lamesa

9,571

21+ - 64.8%

31 - 29.3%

2.48

35.70

Lubbock

33,148

21+ - 43.2%

31 - 46.4%

3.26

35.99

 

Mike

Strength

Uniformity

Bark

Lamesa

3.67

29.29

80.24

39.1%

Lubbock

3.37

28.82

79.76

65.8%

 

 

Season Totals To Date:

 

Office

Bales

Color

Leaf

Staple

Lamesa

964,412

21+ - 72.5%

31 - 24.5%

2.70

35.66

Lubbock

2,433,339

21+ - 50.3%

31 - 41.5%

3.21

35.92

 

Mike

Strength

Uniformity

Bark

Lamesa

3.98

29.61

80.30

20.9%

Lubbock

3.63

29.58

80.10

35.7%

Source: USDA AMS

 

TEXAS AGRILIFE EXTENSION TO OFFER NUMEROUS
CONTINUING EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES IN 2010

 

      Texas AgriLife Extension Service conferences provide growers multiple opportunities to gather useful production information. Heading into the 2010 growing season producers attending the conferences can also earn valuable continuing education unit (CEU) course credits, necessary to maintain private and commercial applicator licenses.

      The CEU credits are for private pesticide applicator license-holders, who are required to receive 15 hours of continuing education units prior to license recertification, which occurs every five years.

      A list of the Texas AgriLife Extension production conferences and meetings, along with other industry production conferences and meetings, will be published over the course of the next several weeks to assist growers in identifying educational opportunities in their area.

 

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2010 PRODUCTION CONFERENCE & MEETING DATES

Date

Event

Information

Jan. 26

Alternative Crops Workshop, Seminole.

Contact AgriLife Extension office in Gaines County, 432-758-4006.

Jan. 27

Crop Risk Management Workshop, Olton.

Contact AgriLife Extension office in Lamb County, 806-385-4222.

Jan. 28

Profitability Workshop, Morton Activity Building.

Contact AgriLife Extension office in Cochran County at 806-266-5215.

Jan. 29

Risk Management Workshop, Muleshoe.

Contact AgriLife Extension office in Bailey County, 806-272-4584.

Feb. 2

Sandyland Ag Conference, Seminole.

Contact AgriLife Extension office in Gaines County, 432-758-4006.

Feb. 3

Commercial Turf & Ornamental Workshop, Lubbock.

Contact AgriLife Extension office in Lubbock County, 806-775-1680.

Feb. 9

Llano Estacado Corn Conference, Castro County Exposition Building, Dimmitt.

Contact AgriLife Extension office in Castro County, 806-647-4115.

Feb. 9

SW Farm & Ranch Classic Farm Show, Lubbock Civic Center.

Contact AgriLife Extension office in Lubbock County, 806-775-1680.

Feb. 10

South Plains Ag Conference, Brownfield.

Contact AgriLife Extension office in Terry County, 806-637-4060.

Feb. 10

Cottonseed Variety Meeting, Farwell.

Contact AgriLife Extension office in Parmer County at 806-481-3619.

Feb. 10

Hale/Swisher Crops Conference, Ollie Liner Center, Plainview.

Contact AgriLife Extension office in Hale County, 806-291-5267.

Feb. 11

Cotton Production Meeting, Lamesa.

Contact AgriLife Extension office in Dawson County, 806-872-3444.

Feb. 22

Cotton Production Meeting, Tahoka.

Contact AgriLife Extension office in Lynn County, 806-561-4562.

Feb. 23

Cotton Variety Selection, Cotton Outlook and Fertilizer Management, Brownfield.

Contact AgriLife Extension office in Terry County, 806-637-4060.