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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Monday October 18, 2010A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- Rolling Monday Morning- The Vote No on 744 Caravan Across Oklahoma
-- If You Don't Catch the Caravan- Check Out the World Champion Livestock Auctioneer in Oklahoma City
-- Agriculture Needs to Have a Voice in the Conversation- Michele Payn-Knoper Knows How to Get It Done!
-- US Beef and Pork Exports Continue to Shine in 2010 Versus 2009
-- Looking Ahead to the 2010 National FFA Convention- Meet an Oklahoma FFAer Going for Her Second National Championship!
-- Besides Rashele and Kassandra- Oklahoma FFA to Have Lots of Members in the Chase for National Honors This Week in Indianapolis
-- OBI All Breed Bull Sale Coming This Thursday in Stillwater
-- School Land Lease Reminder
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Rolling Monday Morning- The Vote No on 744 Caravan Across Oklahoma
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~A caravan of Oklahoma Farm Bureau leaders will make brief stops in six locations across the state Monday, Oct. 18, to support a NO vote on State Question 744. "We want voters to know the devastating impact of 744," Mike Spradling, OFB president said. "Farmers and ranchers support education, but 744 could cost up to $1.7 billion. How are we going to pay for that? The answer is severe budget cuts and higher taxes that will cost all Oklahomans with no guarantee of improving education."
Farm Bureau has decided to do separate tours on the East and West sides
of the state. The eastern leg consists of stops at:
The west caravan is as follows:
Farm Bureau officials indicate that they have invited leaders of both the Oklahoma House and Senate to participate in the tour- and expect the Chairs of both the House and Senate Ag Committees to be involved. Several educators will also be on the caravan to express their concern with State Question 744.
If You Don't Catch the Caravan- Check Out the World Champion Livestock Auctioneer in Oklahoma City
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~In June, The Oklahoma National Stockyards in Oklahoma City hosted 33 very talented auctioneers for the 47th World Livestock Auctioneer Championship, and when the judges' votes were all counted, Kyle Shobe of Montana was named the world champion. Now Kyle will demonstrate his championship talent at this week's regular two-day sale in Oklahoma City, which starts at 8 a.m. both days. It's free and open to the public.
Stockyards President Rob Fisher expects 12-14,000 cattle to go through
the sale ring over the two days. Kyle will be rotating his time in the
auction block with one of the Stockyards' veteran auctioneers, James
More than a very talented auctioneer: he has a degree in agriculture
business, and a minor in music from the University of Wyoming. He's got
his own country band, "Kyle Shobe and the Walk 'em Boys," and he's been a
professional rodeo announcer for seven years.
Agriculture Needs to Have a Voice in the Conversation- Michele Payn-Knoper Knows How to Get It Done!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~One of the headliners at the 2010 Oklahoma Statewide Women in Ag Conference this past week was Michele Payn-Knoper, who considers herself an agri-advocate. She challenged the participants in the Conference to be passionate about the industry they are a part of- agriculture, and to embrace the idea of telling the story of how we produce today's food and fiber to the vast majority of Americans who have no connection with farming or ranching.
On her website, CauseMatters.Com, Michele explains the need to engage those not involved in agriculture. "Why should agriculture care about social media tools such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube? It's really quite simple. Mass influence. Facebook reached 150 million users nearly three times faster than a cell phone. Social media is a culture changer, not a fad. If you're not at the table, you can't be a part of constructing the face of agriculture - nor can you counter the misinformation campaigns around food, fuel, feed or fiber."
Speaking of the Oklahoma Women in Ag Conference- we have posted a few
pictures from that event on our Flickr page- taken during Michele's
Thursday morning presentation. Click
here to jump to that set of pictures and enjoy.
US Beef and Pork Exports Continue to Shine in 2010 Versus 2009
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The U.S. Meat Export Federation reports that August was a solid month for both U.S. beef and pork exports as both easily outpaced the results of August 2009 and increased their gains over the cumulative totals from the first eight months of 2009. Beef exports for the month increased 24 percent in volume and 43 percent in value to 373.7-million dollars. And August pork exports were up 9 percent in volume and 16 percent in value over last year, valued at 369-million dollars.
All major beef export markets showed strong growth through the first eight months of the year except for Vietnam and Mexico. Mexico is down 21 percent in volume and 18 percent in value. On a per-head basis, beef exports equated to $159.60 per steer and heifer slaughtered in August - up from about 120-dollars in August 2009. And pork export value, on a per head basis, was $40.87 in August, up from $34.50 last year.
While U.S. pork exports achieved excellent growth in Mexico and Canada,
smaller markets in the Western Hemisphere also performed extremely well.
Exports to Central and South America climbed 34 percent in volume and 36
percent in value.
Looking Ahead to the 2010 National FFA Convention- Meet an Oklahoma FFAer Going for Her Second National Championship!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~One young lady is hoping for a repeat of the results she was able to achieve in 2009 in Indianapolis at last year's National FFA Convention. in 2009, Rashele Blakely of Oolagah was the National Proficiency Award Winner in the Diversified Livestock- Entrepreneurship Contest.
In 2010, she returns this week to Indianapolis, looking to win another National Title- this time in the Beef Production- Entrepreneurship Category.
Only one other Oklahoma FFA representative has a similar opportunity- as Kassandra Pfeiffer won in the Beef Production- Placement category in 2009- she is headed back to Indianapolis in the Diversified Livestock- Placement Competition as a National Finalist as well.
We begin this week where we will be offering non stop coverage of the 2010 National FFA Convention by sharing our conversation with Rashele Blakely of Oolagah FFA. We will have reports on the radio, our morning Skype Video reports in Oklahoma City and Tulsa, our website, Twitter, Facebook and this Email. Our coverage is a service of the Oklahoma FFA Alumni Association and the Oklahoma FFA Association.
Besides Rashele and Kassandra- Oklahoma FFA to Have Lots of Members in the Chase for National Honors This Week in Indianapolis
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~In a couple of key areas, the Oklahoma FFA Association has bested every other state in the country. For example, in the area of the national proficiencies competition, Oklahoma has qualified 22 national finalists, compared to Wisconsin with 18 National Finalists and California and Illinois with each 16.
Another test of the high quality depth of the Oklahoma FFA experience
is in the number of three star chapters that will be honored at the
National convention in Indianapolis. The National Chapter Award program
recognizes FFA chapters that successfully complete an annual Program of
Activities which includes a series of activities designed to encourage its
members to grow as individuals, to work as part of a team, and to serve
Click on the LINK below as we have the lists of the National Proficiency Award finalists, the Oklahoma FFA Chapters that will be honored in Indy later this week and a couple of other links that will help you get ready for the National FFA convention. Counting all the judging teams, American FFA Degree recipients and others that will be competing at the 2010 national convention- there will be hundreds of Oklahomans on the streets of downtown Indianapolis- and we will offer coverage from there throughout the week.
OBI All Breed Bull Sale Coming This Thursday in Stillwater
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The OBI All-Breed Performance Tested Bull Sale is coming up this week- this Thursday, October 21, 2010 at OBI Test Facility just west of Stillwater on State Highway 51. Operating since 1973, Oklahoma BEEF Inc. is now the second largest test station in the United States.
The sale begins at noon, selling:
To qualify for the sale, bulls must complete testing with an index ranking in the top 70% of their contemporary group and pass a breeding soundness exam. The link below will jump you straight to the OBI Bull Test Sale Catalog for this Thursday. Some great genetics are available at this year's sale- go and check it out.
School Land Lease Reminder
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~A School Land Commission AUCTION Reminder- twenty tracts of land will be sold in Beaver County this afternoon, both individual and multiple tract "ranch" units will be offered Tuesday morning at 9 AM in Cimarron County and more of the same in Texas County tomorrow afternoon at 2 PM. Click here for county by county details of the land being offered for lease by the state.
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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 $8.70 per bushel- as of the close of business yesterday, while the 2011 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $9.45 per bushel- delivered to local participating elevators that are working with PCOM.
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