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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Monday June 28, 2010A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- NCBA Shelves Their Governance Plan Until Status of Federation of State Beef Councils is Certain
-- Forrest Roberts of NCBA Talks in Detail About The Decision to Suspend Efforts to Restructure Because of Beef Checkoff Issues
-- Harvest Down to the Final Few Fields in 2010.
-- Agritourism Workshop Set for Tuesday in Green Country
-- Water Requirements for the Cow Herd
-- US Meat Export Federation and the NCBA Weigh in on Canada Getting Chinese Word They Will Reopen Their Borders to Canadian Beef
-- Final Word from the OALE Travels in Chile
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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NCBA Shelves Their Governance Plan Until Status of Federation of State Beef Councils is Certain
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The National Cattlemen's Beef Association will not consider their Governance plan during their July Summer Cattle Industry Conference in Denver. NCBA officials announced in simultaneous calls with the Trade Media and with State Affiliates that the plan to restructure NCBA is being suspended and "will not be on the docket in Denver."
Scott George, Chairman of the Federation Division of the NCBA told the
trade media on the call Friday afternoon that "Yesterday evening, our NCBA
officers and the producer leaders who have worked hard to improve NCBA's
governance structure have decided to suspend discussions about governance
changes so that the Federation of State Beef Councils can clarify its
roles and its wishes."
Click on the LINK below to read more about this decision- and we have the text of the full News Release offered by NCBA later on Friday afternoon about this decision as well. And, we have an audio overview that offers some of the key answers provided by NCBA during their call.
Forrest Roberts of NCBA Talks in Detail About The Decision to Suspend Efforts to Restructure Because of Beef Checkoff Issues
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~While the word "timeout" was never used in the teleconference held with the news media- it was a word used a lot by Forrest Roberts, CEO of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, as we talked with him Friday evening a few hours after the decision to halt restructuring efforts was announced to the State Beef Councils, State Cattlemen's Associations and the Agricultural trade media.
Very much up in the air right now is the future of the Federation of State Beef Councils- one of the two key checkoff bodies that are a part of the act and order that put in the place the Beef Checkoff back in the 1980s. This group that has as its members the State Beef Councils has two key functions. First and foremost, it is responsible to elect to the Beef Checkoff Operating Committee ten of the members of that group of twenty. The other ten come from the Cattlemen's Beef Board- and these twenty beef leaders really decide how the national beef checkoff funds are spent- that is the fifty cents of each dollar that goes straight to the CBB. A portion of the other half of the dollar is voluntarily put into a common pot of money at the Federation by State Councils- and these monies may be added to the first fifty cents in the national effort.
In our conversation with Roberts- he defends the NCBA efforts to
reorganize as something that would be good for the organization but also
good for the beef industry as a whole. He cites the efficiencies that NCBA
has brought to the beef checkoff as a combination of the major contractor
for the checkoff as well as the location where the Federation is housed.
Harvest Down to the Final Few Fields in 2010.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Plains Grains has released their latest report, which pegs Oklahoma harvest at 80% done as of Friday morning. As of Sunday afternoon- that number may be closer to 85 or 90%. There have been rainshowers in some areas that have shut down the harvest that remains. However, even with showers in some locations- we are likely up to close to 90% of the Oklahoma harvest being complete on this Monday morning.
The Oklahoma Wheat Commission's report on Friday afternoon indicates that there are three regions that still had wheat to cut. One of those regions is Northwestern Oklahoma- "Estimates indicate this region is 85 percent done, give or take a few areas. This week has been a great one for harvesting wheat. High temperatures, low humidity and a nice breeze helped push harvest further along. Besides a few 55 to 65 bushels per acre yield reports, they have stayed constant in the 25 to 35 bushels per acre range. Test weights are averaging 58 pounds this week."
We also have information from the northeast and the Panhandle from the OWC report- and more details from Plains Grains as well- click on the LINK below to take a look at both of these reports.
Agritourism Workshop Set for Tuesday in Green Country
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The last in a series of five Oklahoma Agritourism Rolling Workshops is set for June 29. Registration is now open and seating is limited. The tour will include five agritourism venues including a blackberry/Christmas tree farm, a hunting lodge business, a pecan orchard and retail shop and a winery. The workshops have covered different parts of the state and this one will feature northeastern Oklahoma.
Buses will depart from the Comfort Inn in Claremore at 8 a.m. June 29.
I'm not sure that there are any seats left on the tour that heads out tomorrow morning- but check with Jeff Weeks at the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry at (405) 488-7532.
Water Requirements for the Cow Herd
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~From his regular electronic column, the Cow Calf Corner, OSU Beef Cattle Specialist Dr. Glenn Selk offers some insights about the amount of fresh water that a cow needs during summer weather that we in the middle of as we approach the Fourth of July holiday weekend.
"During hot summer months, the water needed for a cow herd often determines several other management decisions. To best assess the adequacy of water quantities in surface water or from wells or "rural water" supplies, it first is necessary to have an idea of the amount needed for cattle of different sizes and stages of production that you may have during the summer on the ranch.
"A University of Georgia publication lists the estimated water requirements for cattle in different production stages if the daily high temperature is 90 degrees F. They suggest that amount of water required can be estimated by the production stage and the weight of the cattle. For instance, a growing animal or a lactating cow needs 2 gallons of water per 100 pounds of body weight. A non-lactating cow or bull needs just 1 gallon of water per 100 pounds of body weight. If you are estimating water needs for your cattle, be honest about the weight of the cows in the herd. Many cows today weigh 1200 pounds or more (some a lot more). Therefore expect that most spring calving cows will need at least 24 gallons per day for themselves and another 5 to 10 gallons of water for their calf. Also recognize that some summer days in Oklahoma get even hotter than the 90 degrees used in the Georgia paper. On days with extreme heat, expect the water usage to go up even further."
US Meat Export Federation and the NCBA Weigh in on Canada Getting Chinese Word They Will Reopen Their Borders to Canadian Beef
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Comments came on Friday from both the NCBA as well as from the US Meat Export Federation after word came that China will begin to accept beef from Canada. The USMEF estimates that this is a market that has the potential to be a $200 million market for US beef producers- if we can ever gain access.
The USMEF, in a news release issued on Friday afternoon (click here to see the full release), says that Canada's government has pushed the right buttons with the Chinese to get to this place. "Canada has been very flexible in working with governments along the Pacific Rim to adapt agreements to regain access for Canadian beef," said USMEF officials, who believe the Canada/China agreement may be similar to the agreement which has produced the complete restoration of access for Canadian beef to the Hong Kong market. "This deal with China is the latest and most commercially significant breakthrough by the Canadian government on behalf of its beef industry, and appears to be a solution fashioned in recognition of the needs and expectations of China."
On the NCBA side of things- their President, Steve Fogelsong, fumed
about the inability of the Obama Administration to get any traction on
this issue- ""China is thwarting us almost across the board on animal
agriculture trade issues, while the level of U.S. engagement has been poor
at best. Over the past three years, and two administrations, we've seen
little progress in opening the Chinese market to U.S. beef. While the
Administration has said this is a priority, they have failed to take
action, despite the fact that China represents one of the largest
potential growth markets for our industry, worth in excess of $200
Final Word from the OALE Travels in Chile
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Oklahoma Ag Leadership Encounter Arrived home from Chile on Sunday evening- but we have a final report from Melissa Eisenhauer from the Oklahoma Youth Expo, who went as one of the sponsors for this group of college youth who have now completed their year as members of this latest OALE class.
Melissa says that this past Friday was a busy one- with stops at two key ag research facilities- "visiting two leading research stations dedicated to the northern regions in Chile; INTIHUASI - REGIONAL INVESTIGATION CENTER and VICUNA EXPERIMENTAL CENTER."
"INTIHUASI concentrates on water quality, genetic research, conservation techniques, and researching new and different possibilities for production. One such project is that of cactus fruit. They are specializing in sickness control and entomology within the main cash crop of table grapes and potatoes as well. The land within the area has a very high salt content, thus they are currently working on the development of plants and techniques which are resistant and tolerant to the conditions of the soil. Working with small producers and keeping them informed through monthly meetings is a top priority of INTIHUASI. They work to diffuse and transfer the latest in technology to the producers within this region which generates more than fifty percent of the income for inhabitants."
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