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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Friday January 14, 2011A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- Canola U Set for Next Tuesday
-- Talking Hog Prices for 2011 and More with Steve Meyer of Paragon
-- Staying with the Ag Economists- We Check in With Kim Anderson on Wheat Market Strategy
-- Congressman Frank Lucas names Garrett King to Serve as his Oklahoma Ag Lisison
-- Compliance Review of NCBA by Cattlemen's Beef Board is Done
-- Meet Julie Maschhoff and Her Vision for Pork Checkoff Investments
-- FSA reminds producers of upcoming Jan. 31 deadline for 2010 Livestock Indemnity Program
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Canola U Set for Next Tuesday
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Canola U will give wheat producers the 101 on winter canola from DEKALB and High Plains Journal. The event is designed to "school" producers on using winter canola in a wheat rotation to increase yields and grain quality.
The upcoming day long event is set to take place at the Reed Conference Center in Midwest City, Okla., on Jan. 18, 2011. The session will focus on introducing winter canola into a wheat rotation, agronomy, seed selection and marketing, and equipment modification.
Thomas Peeper, Ph.D., universally regarded as "The Father of Winter Canola in the Southern Plains," will present reasons wheat producers can grow successful canola crops. Jeff Scott and Bob Schrock will discuss the benefits of using winter canola in a wheat rotation. Scott and Schrock have years of experience using canola in their rotations and will discuss how canola can impact farm profitability.
Click on the LINK below to get more information on this one day mini "boot camp" for anyone interested in winter canola production.
Talking Hog Prices for 2011 and More with Steve Meyer of Paragon
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~One of the presenters to the National Pork Board this week has been Steve Meyer with Paragon Economics. Meyer says that 2011 will be an interesting year for the hog industry- as he thinks we will look back and talk about the high prices we will be receiving for our hogs. He adds the only problem is that high input costs, including the major input when it comes to raising that piglet to market ready weight- grain, will mean that profits will likely be rather slim.
We have our conversation from Thursday morning with Steve Meyer on our website- as well as up on Itunes as one of our Ag Perspectives Podcasts. We talk with Meyer not just about the hog market, but also the battle that major crops will be engaged in this spring as planting decisions are made- and what may be ahead as we wait for the final GIPSA rule from USDA.
Click on the LINK below and jump to our webstory where you can hear our conversation with Steve Meyer.
Staying with the Ag Economists- We Check in With Kim Anderson on Wheat Market Strategy
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma State University Extension Grain Marketing Economist Dr. Kim Anderson believes that there were few surprises from the USDA reports from earlier this week. He does acknowledge that the supply demand numbers issued by USDA continue to confirm that we can expect relatively tight stocks of feed grains much of 2011- and that will keep the ag markets on edge.
Anderson says that the wheat seedings report also offered few revelations that were not already in the market- showing higher seedings of winter wheat in general and hard red winter wheat in particular than a year ago- but still slightly under the levels of the five year rolling average.
As is normally the case on Friday mornings- our comments with Kim come from Lyndall Stout and the SUNUP team- click on the LINK below to go and hear Kim's comments now- then you can watch Kim and Lyndall on Saturday morning on SUNUP- we also have the full lineup for this weekend's SUNUP show on our LINK below as well- go and check it out and be ready for your SUNUP on OETA tomorrow morning.
Congressman Frank Lucas names Garrett King to Serve as his Oklahoma Ag Lisison
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~U.S. Congressman Frank Lucas today announced the appointment of Garrett King to serve as his Oklahoma Agriculture Liaison. Mr. King currently serves as Lucas' Southwest Area Field Representative and will continue those responsibilities along with the new assignment.
In his new role as Oklahoma Agriculture Liaison, King will serve as a primary point of contact for constituents and agriculture groups to the Lucas' office. Additionally, he will represent Lucas at agriculture events and work with constituents on United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) issues.
"Given my new responsibilities as Chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture, it is important to have someone on the ground that can listen to the concerns of my constituents and make sure they are relayed to me in an efficient manner," Lucas said. "Given Garrett's understanding of the issues, I have every confidence that he is the best person to convey those ideas and concerns to me and the staff at the Committee."
Prior to accepting his new title in Congressman Lucas' office, King has
served as the Southwest Area Field Representative and caseworker on all
USDA issues. He graduated from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in
Weatherford with degrees in political science and history. While at
Southwestern, King was active in student organizations including President
of the Student Body.
Compliance Review of NCBA by Cattlemen's Beef Board is Done
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The largest beef checkoff contractor has agreed to repay the Cattlemen's Beef Board (CBB) $216,944 to clear up spending discrepancies and accounting errors that occurred during fiscal years 2008 and 2009, and the first five months of fiscal 2010.
In a statement, Forrest Roberts, NCBA's CEO, says the cattle industry "understands the importance of compliance with the financial firewall" that ensures checkoff funds don't support lobbying activities. Roberts adds that NCBA is now following new USDA-approved guidelines to minimize mistakes.
"It's time to get this review behind us and continue to focus on the
business of building a sustainable future for the U.S. beef industry," the
Meet Julie Maschhoff and Her Vision for Pork Checkoff Investments
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~One of the National Pork Board members that we talked with during their first board meeting of the year was Julie Maschhoff, who along with her husband, brother-in-law and sister-inlaw, is the owner of The Maschhoffs LLC, as well as its VP of Communications. The Maschhoffs LLC is a farrow to finish operation with 135,000 sows and markets 2.8 million hogs a year. While they are based in southern Illinois, they have sow units in several states- including Oklahoma.
Maschhoff believes that the pork industry's biggest challenge is the ability to operate as a socially-acceptable yet globally competitive industry. She stresses that we must continue to educate and inform society about the important role animal agriculture fulfills along with the humane manner in which pork producers continue to meet their responsibilities to help feed the world. She believes the industry must effectively communicate on many different levels with consumers, regulators, NGO's, influencers and foreign markets.
We talk with this lady who has significant Oklahoma involvement in the hog business and is one of the newer members of the National Pork Board. Click on the LINK below and check it out.
FSA reminds producers of upcoming Jan. 31 deadline for 2010 Livestock Indemnity Program
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma Farm Service Agency executive director, Francie Tolle, reminds Oklahoma livestock owners who had disaster related losses in 2010 to visit their local Farm Service Agency office before January 31 to file an application for payment through the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP).
The Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) provides assistance to eligible livestock owners and contract growers for eligible livestock deaths in excess of normal mortality due to adverse weather including losses due to floods, blizzards, disease, wildfires, extreme heat and extreme cold.
For 2010 losses, producers must file a notice of loss no later than 30 calendar days of when the loss of livestock is apparent. A notice of loss can be reported to the office by phone, fax, or e-mail. Eligible livestock deaths must have occurred in the calendar year for which benefits are being requested. An application for payment may be filed at any time in 2010, but must be filed no later than 30 calendar days after the end of the calendar year in which the loss of livestock occurred. For 2010 losses, the application for payment must be filed no later than Jan. 31, 2011.
Farm Service Agency has offices throughout Oklahoma; local offices are listed in the United States Government section of the phone book or can be found by visiting the website that we have linked below.
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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 $10.15 per bushel- as of the close of business yesterday, while the 2011 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $10.65 per bushel- delivered to local participating elevators that are working with PCOM.
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