~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Tuesday November 16, 2010A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and Big Iron OnLine Auctions!
-- Jim Reese Named by Governor Elect Fallin to be her Secretary of Agriculture
-- AFR Delegation Lame Ducking in DC
-- Rainfall a Blessing for Oklahoma Wheat and Canola
-- US Beef and Pork Exports Continue to Race Ahead of Year Ago Through September
-- Farmers and Ranchers Urged to Vote in FSA County Committee Elections
-- Express Ranches Claim Grand Champion Angus Bull Honors at North American in Louisville
-- Reminder on our Hawaiian Adventure
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Jim Reese Named by Governor Elect Fallin to be her Secretary of Agriculture
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma Governor-elect Mary Fallin today announced that former State Executive Director for the Oklahoma Farm Service Agency, Jim Reese, will serve as secretary of agriculture in Fallin's administration and cabinet. It is also expected that Reese will be the Governor's nominee to the state board of Agriculture. According to the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture website, "An at large position is appointed by the Governor to be the President of the State Board of Agriculture and serves at the pleasure of the Governor. The President also serves as the Commissioner of Agriculture." In other words, Reese takes on a position that has multiple titles and has been held during the Brad Henry Administration by Terry Peach of Mooreland.
"Jim has spent his life representing Oklahoma's agriculture interests and its rural communities," said Fallin. "No one has gathered more expertise or worked harder for Oklahoma's farmers and ranchers than he has. I'm proud to have him aboard my team and confident that he will be a strong and effective voice for our agricultural community."
Reese is an experienced legislator and businessman with extensive professional ties to the agricultural community. He served in the Oklahoma Legislature from 1987 to 2001 before serving as the State Executive Director for the Oklahoma Farm Service Agency. He served all eight years of the George W Bush Presidency as the top USDA official in Oklahoma at the FSA State Office in Stillwater. Reese has also served as a policy advisor to House Speaker Chris Benge since 2008. He has owned and operated Jim Reese Farms since May 1978.
We connected with Jim Reese via email- and he referred us to the
Transition Team for any additional comments at this time- but did promise
to talk with us when he could and indicated that he looks forward to the
opportunity to serve.
AFR Delegation Lame Ducking in DC
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~American Farmers & Ranchers' President Terry Detrick and others are traveling to Washington DC this week to meet with legislators about issues concerning Oklahoma producers that may be decided in the "Lame Duck" session of Congress that started yesterday. Traveling with Detrick are AFR Board Members, Ed Preble, Norman, and Melody Cummings, Elk City, along with AFR Secretary Bobby Green, Okemah, and Paul Jackson, Ringling, OK.
Detrick stated, "There are many issues that the current sitting Congress may decide prior to the change of leadership that will occur in January. Issues such as inheritance tax, and school nutrition reauthorization will lapse absent action by Congress in December. AFR wants to ensure that the Lame Duck Congress acts in the best interest of our citizens and according to the strong message sent to Washington during the recent election cycle."
Like several other ag groups, AFR is very concerned about the blow up in taxes on the so called Death Tax after January first, if no action is taken by the Lame Duck Congress. "For farmers and ranchers who have their entire family assets tied up in land used to raise food and fiber for the nation, the increased tax rate would devastate their ability to continue farming," according to Detrick. Detrick the AFR Leadership will work to further AFR's grassroots developed policy that states 'in the absence of total elimination, we recommend a federal estate tax exemption to be set at $4 million and indexed thereafter to inflation.'
Rainfall a Blessing for Oklahoma Wheat and Canola
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~According to the latest Oklahoma Crop Weather Update- Scattered thunderstorms and rain showers during the week provided relief to field crops and helped boost pasture conditions across the State. All nine districts received measurable rainfall with five of the districts receiving more than an inch of rainfall. Overall average precipitation for the State was 1.11 inches with the West Central district receiving the most rainfall with 1.98 inches. Average temperatures ranged from the mid-forties to upper-fifties; mid week brought wind gusts that reached as high as 36 miles per hour. Topsoil and subsoil moisture conditions improved this week thanks to the rain received. Topsoil moisture condition was rated mostly in the adequate to short range with four percent rated surplus. Subsoil moisture condition was rated mostly in the adequate to short range with none rated surplus. (Note that more rainfall is adding to the totals of the last four to five days Monday into early Tuesda y AM)
According to the Crop Weather report- "Much needed precipitation provided relief to the small grain crop across the State. Wheat emerged reached 92 percent complete by Sunday, six points ahead of normal. Eighty-seven percent of oat seedbeds were prepared by Sunday while 58 percent of oats were planted and 51 percent had emerged. Virtually all canola planting was complete by week's end and 90 percent of canola plants had emerged."
"Harvest continued to run ahead of normal for all row crops. Sorghum harvest reached 92 percent complete by Sunday, an increase of nine points from the previous week and 27 points ahead of normal. Ninety-seven percent of soybeans were mature by week's end and 87 percent of the crop had been harvested, 12 points ahead of the five-year average. Peanuts combined reached 95 percent complete by Sunday, nine points ahead of normal. The cotton harvest was 69 percent complete by Sunday, a ten point increase from the previous week and 17 points ahead of normal."
US Beef and Pork Exports Continue to Race Ahead of Year Ago Through September
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The global appetite for U.S. beef and pork continued to grow in September, with American red meat exports maintaining solid momentum through the first nine months of 2010, according to the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF).
Beef exports continued their torrid pace in September with a 30.2 percent jump in value over year-ago levels while volume climbed 16.6 percent. For the month, the U.S. exported 86,182 metric tons of beef valued at $339.3 million. For the year, beef exports are up 16 percent in volume and 27 percent in value to 766,791 metric tons valued at $2.9 billion.
The pork export story also is positive. For September, the value of
pork exports climbed 10 percent over 2009 totals to $382.6 million even
though the volume of exports slipped 3.6 percent to 148,416 metric tons.
Over the first nine months of the year, export volume is up 2 percent to
1,392,754 metric tons valued at $3.5 billion - a 9 percent hike in value
Farmers and Ranchers Urged to Vote in FSA County Committee Elections
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The National Association of Farmer Elected Committees (NAFEC) have joined with Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Jonathan Coppess in urging farmers and ranchers to vote in their FSA county committee elections. Ballots were mailed out on Nov. 5 to eligible voters. The deadline to return the ballots to local FSA offices is Dec. 6, 2010.
"All eligible farmers and ranchers can make a difference by voting in this year's county committee elections," said Coppess. "County committee members will provide input and make important decisions on the local administration of new disaster and conservation programs under the 2008 Farm Bill. I particularly encourage minority and women producers to get involved so that county committees fairly represent the producers of a county or multi-county jurisdiction."
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).
Express Ranches Claim Grand Champion Angus Bull Honors at North American in Louisville
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Express Ranches showed the Champion Junior Bull at the 2010 North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville on Monday. This year's NAILE show has been designated the 2011 National Angus Show. That Bull, EXAR Wanted 9732B, is jointly owned by Express and Willow Springs Ranch of Prarie Grove, Arkansas.
This Junior Bull Champ in the Open Angus Show turned out to be the best bull in the entire Angus show- as he claimed the Grand Champion banner as well at this year's NAILE.
An Express sired heifer also did well in the Junior Angus Show. EXAR
Envious Blackbird 0679, shown by Karisa Pfeiffer of Orlando,
Oklahoma- claimed Reserve Champion honors in the Junior Heifer Calf
Reminder on our Hawaiian Adventure
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Several folks have asked us about the trip we have been advertising on radio, TV and our website that we will be leading in January. There's still time to sign up- and we would encourage you to check out the details of the trip to our 50th state early in 2011. It will be a wonderful getaway with our hotels right on some of the most beautiful beaches in the world on three of the Hawaiian islands.
We will have plenty of free time as well as planned excursions. But, if you are in the business of farming, ranching or agritourism, this is a chance for you to go and see several things in Hawaii that will be of benefit to your operation. That means a portion of the trip may qualify for a tax break- we can visit with you about that to give you more information to discuss with your tax advisor.
Among our agricultural stops will be a visit to the year round test facility operated by Monsanto on Maui, time on the largest cattle operation on the big Island of Hawaii, as well as a chance to see several of their tremendous agri- tourism venues that entertain and thrill thousands of visitors annually. Don't delay- click on the link below to find out more about the itinerary and how you can be headed to Hawaii with us in January. If you prefer to call- the number is 1-800-826-2266. If you want to discuss the ag details of the trip- feel free to drop me an email- just send it to email@example.com and I will get back to you.
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Let's Check the Markets!
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