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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Friday October 22, 2010A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- Tyler Schnaithman Completes Oklahoma Trifecta in National FFA Speech Contests
-- Beyond the Speech Contests- Lots More to Be Announced Today
-- Corn is King (and Wheat is the Stepchild)- So Says OSU's Kim Anderson
-- American Meat Institute Releases Study Showing Huge Job Losses if GIPSA Rule is Adopted
-- Biofuels Supports Announced as USDA Hopes to Jumpstart Cellulosic Ethanol Production
-- Conservation Districts and Others Like Biofuel Pronouncments of Thursday
-- Cattle on Feed- TCFA- and In the Field on Saturday
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Tyler Schnaithman Completes Oklahoma Trifecta in National FFA Speech Contests
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~There are three national speech contests that garner contestants from virtually every state in the country every year- the Extemporaneous Speech Contest, National Prepared Public Speaking and the Creed Speaking Contest. As best as we can tell- Oklahoma has achieved a level of excellence that we have never seen before by our State FFA Association- the state with a Final Four contestant in all three contests.
Tyler Schanithman of Garber, Ok FFA made it three for three on Thursday, as he advanced thru the first two rounds of the Creed Speaking contest and will do it for a third time on the big National Finals Stage later this morning here in Indianapolis at the 83rd Annual National Convention.
Tyler joins Tara Newton, who spoke in the National Finals yesterday morning in Prepared Public Speaking while Ashton Mese was a Finals speaker in the National Extemporaneous Speech Contest- also yesterday morning. Both Newton and Mese are now Freshmen at OSU- and both are from the Kingfisher FFA Chapter.
The results of all three national speech contests will be announced
Friday night in the General Session of the Convention- and for the first
time- there will be an Oklahoman standing as one of four finalists for all
three of the award presentations.
Beyond the Speech Contests- Lots More to Be Announced Today
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Several great supporters of Oklahoma FFA will be honored in the morning session today- Phil Birkenbile, the current head of the Oklahoma Career Tech System, will be honored with a VIP Citation by the National FFA Organization. Birkenbile started his education career as an Ag Education teacher in Morrison, Oklahoma and has been at the helm of the Career Tech system since 2004. Besides this high honor for Dr. Birkenbile, several Oklahoma agricultural leaders will receive Honorary American Degrees (they used to be called American Farmer Degrees). Among that list- Terry Peach, our current Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture and Mike Spradling, President of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau.
Thursday afternoon, the judging of the National Profiency Awards took place, and we will know the results of those deliberations later today- starting mid afternoon on this Friday. Oklahoma has the most national finalists of any state in the country- and the question is, can we repeat and win more National Titles in the Proficiencies than any other state? The states that are most likely to challenge Oklahoma would be California and Wisconsin- we will be "tweeting" and posting on the website later in the afternoon from Conseco Fieldhouse the results as we have them.
Saturday- two pieces of news still await Oklahoma FFA fans. The first will come Saturday morning as we learn if Rusty Kenner of Cheyenne will be the Star in Agribusiness for 2010 or not. The, Saturday afternoon, we will learn the fate of Riley Pagett of Woodward FFA, who is still in the "waiting" mode to learn the decision that has already been made and simply not been released (perhaps the most guarded secret of them all in Indy), that being if he will serve as a National Officer of the organization in the coming twelve months or not.
Corn is King (and Wheat is the Stepchild)- So Says OSU's Kim Anderson
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma State University Extension Grain Market Economist Dr. Kim Anderson talked about the grain markets with the brand new Host for the weekly OSU Division of Ag TV production SUNUP- Lyndall Stout- and he told her about the impact of China's currency decisions on the global grain trade.
They also discussed the need for the corn market to rise to a level where enough acres will be secured in 2011 to produce an adequate sized crop in this country. That makes corn the market leader, dragging soybeans and wheat along for the ride.
Click on the LINK below and check out the full conversation that Lyndall and Kim had- that can be seen on SUNUP this weekend- but can be heard now on our website. You can also check out the FULL lineup of features that will make up this weekend's SUNUP by going to our story at the LINK below.
American Meat Institute Releases Study Showing Huge Job Losses if GIPSA Rule is Adopted
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~An economic impact study conducted by John Dunham and Associates concludes that the administration's proposed rule on livestock marketing could leave approximately 104,000 Americans without jobs and a resulting $14 billion reduction in the National Gross Domestic Product (GDP). USDA's Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) proposed the rule on June 21, 2010 and it is currently in the comment period, which will end on November 22.
The President of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, Steve Fogelsong, does not mince words about how he and the NCBA feels about the GIPSA Rule- and the way the Obama Administration seems focused on getting it finalized. "I am tired of hearing this Administration talk about job creation when their efforts seem to be more focused on job destruction," said Foglesong. "Enough is enough. Congress did not direct USDA to write a rule that would take away the rights of cattle producers to be innovative and creative by embarking on contract agreements for premium, consumer-demanded beef. The goal of cattle producers is to provide the very best and safest product possible, while sustaining our family owned operations for future generations. I wish the administration would help us accomplish these goals and not throw them down the drain along with 104,000 jobs." Click here for the full statement and news release from the NCBA.
Meanwhile, the rival group- R-Calf USA has issued a News Release disputing the findings of the study- saying its all about abusing those that want the rule to go forward. "according to R-CALF USA, the study is not an economic study at all, but rather a direct political threat by the monopolistic meatpackers to exact financial harm on producers and consumers as a retaliatory measure if GIPSA proceeds to prohibit them from exerting abusive market power to lower cattle prices to producers and increase beef prices to consumers." Click here for the full release issued by the organization- ripping AMI and those in the industry who make any claims that the Rule will result in negative impact to the livestock industry.
Biofuels Supports Announced as USDA Hopes to Jumpstart Cellulosic Ethanol Production
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced a series of measures that could help kick-start our faltering renewable fuels industry. In a presentation at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., Vilsack announced several measures, including the publication of a final rule to implement the Biomass Crop Assistance Program. Under the BCAP final rule, USDA will resume making payments to eligible producers. Authorized by the 2008 Farm Bill, BCAP is designed to ensure that a sufficiently large base of new, non-food, non-feed biomass crops is established in anticipation of future demand for renewable energy consumption.
BCAP uses a dual approach to support the production of renewable energy. First, BCAP provides assistance for the establishment and production of eligible renewable biomass crops within specified project areas. Producers who enter into BCAP contracts may receive payments of up to 75 percent of the cost of establishing eligible perennial crops. Further, they can receive payments for up to five years for annual or non-woody perennial crops and up to 15 years for woody perennial crops. FSA is accepting project area proposals.
In addition, BCAP also assists agricultural and forest landowners and operators by providing matching payments for the transportation of certain eligible materials that are sold to qualified biomass conversion facilities. The Secretary also announced jointly with the Federal Aviation Administration a five year agreement to develop aviation fuel from forest and crop residues and other "green" feedstocks.
Conservation Districts and Others Like Biofuel Pronouncments of Thursday
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The National Association of Conservation Districts is happy with the Department of Agriculture's final rule on the Biomass Crop Assistance Program. NACD President Steve Robinson calls biomass - essential - to meeting our nation's renewable energy and climate objectives. Robinson notes - conservation districts are uniquely positioned to provide the technical assistance and outreach to landowners on the effective implementation of BCAP.
Growth Energy says the new initiative announced by Secretary of
Agriculture Tom Vilsack, to encourage installation of blender pumps so
consumers can choose their fuel and increased use of higher blends in the
federal vehicle fleet - will benefit every American by creating more jobs,
cleaning the air, and strengthening our national security by reducing our
dependence on foreign oil.
The National 25x'25 Steering Committee also joined the chorus of support for Secretary Vilsack's Thursday announcement, during which Vilsack said - the acceleration of biofuel production is a national imperative that will reduce our dependence on foreign oil, create jobs and boost our economy, improve our environment and help maintain our global leadership in a clean energy economy. The Alliance said - the measures go a long way toward fulfilling the promise of the U.S. biofuels industry.
Cattle on Feed- TCFA- and In the Field on Saturday
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~USDA will issue today, Friday October 22, the results of its monthly survey of feedlot operations that had 1000 cattle or more on feed as of October 1.- otherwise known as the Cattle on Feed Report.
On average the analysts surveyed in advance of today's report indicated that they expect total feedlot supplies as of October 1 to be 2.7% higher than a year ago. The key in the report, as always, will be the number of cattle placed on feed last month. There is usually a wide range of opinions on this subject and this month is no different. Of the 13 analysts surveyed, four of them indicated that they expect placements to be lower than a year ago. On average, however, the analysts surveyed indicated that they expect placements to be up 2.1% compared to last year. The wide divergence in opinions about placements centers on the role that surging corn prices had on feedlot decisions . Those that hold a more bullish view of the market likely will argue that the $1 jump in corn futures between the beginning and end of September was enough to cause feedlots to keep placements in check. Come by our website Friday afternoon and we will have some details of the COF report with Ed Richards and Tom Leffler offering some commentary on the numbers.
The Texas Cattle Feeders will kick off their annual meeting in downtown Oklahoma City this coming Sunday- with general sessions planned for Monday and Tuesday of this coming week. We will be there- covering what the feedlot folks are thinking about. It will be happier thoughts than a year ago with the cash cattle market hitting $102.50 earlier this week. Click here for an agenda of the meeting planned by the TCFA.
Finally, a quick reminder to keep on monitoring our Twitter Account as well as our website and specifically the Blue Green Gazette for the latest as we wind down coverage of the 2010 National FFA Convention here in Indianapolis. We will be video skyping on Saturday morning at 6:40 AM for our weekly In the Field Report with Ron Hays on KWTV News9. Check out our report Saturday morning- direct from Indianapolis and the 83rd Annual Convention of the National FFA.
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Let's Check the Markets!
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