~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Friday February 4, 2011A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- Homeland Family of Stores Wins National Beef Backer Award
-- Beef Board Battle
-- Karl Rove Throws Challenge to Cattle Producers in Denver
-- Temperatures Moderating This Morning in Oklahoma
-- LIP and ELAP Programs Could Help Livestock Producers Hit by Bad Winter Weather
-- Corn Growers Get on the Fast Track With Partnership with NASCAR
-- Tammi, Richard, Brett and a Thank You
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Homeland Family of Stores Wins National Beef Backer Award
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Homeland Stores were honored by the Cattle Industry in Denver at the 2011 Cattle Industry Convention. Park Ribble, Perishables Director for the parent company HAC, talked with us about the efforts of Homeland, United Supermarkets and Country Mart stores in Oklahoma and Kansas to sell beef.
HAC was awarded the Innovator of the Year Award in the Retail Beef Backer Awards. HAC won the judges over with its aggressive campaign to launch the Red River Ranch Angus Beef brand and explore new opportunities in beef merchandising.
Ribble says that they have worked hard in rolling out Red River Ranch Angus Beef in their 75 stores- and cooperated with Cargill in developing a tender flavorable product that appeals to their consumers. They are their beef for 14 days before being put in the meat case for consumers. He tells us that "Beef is the most important commodity in the store." Homeland started the process of branding their beef about two years ago.
This National Beef Innovator of the Year Award is one of four national Beef Backer Awards handed out to retailers here in 2011. Click on the LINK below for more on the efforts of the Homeland family os stores to sell beef in their 75 stores- and a chance to hear our conversation with Park Ribble of HAC.
Beef Board Battle
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~There will likely be a very close vote on Saturday morning for who will be leading the Cattlemen's Beef Promotion and Research Board in the coming year. In the Beef Board Forum held Thursday afternoon here in Denver, the Nominating Committee of the group offered it's slate of officers. After that group of nominees were read- Oklahoma Beef Board member Bob Drake asked that he be allowed to announce an alternate slate of officers that he intended to officially place in nomination on Saturday. The Chairman of the Board, Dan Dierschke of Texas ruled that out of order. An appeal of the Chair's ruling was defeated 46 to 39.
The Nominating Committee has proposed that Tom Jones of Arkansas be moved up to become the Chairman of the CBB in 2011- Jones has served as the Vice Chairman this past year. Wesley Grau of New Mexico has been tabbed to be the Vice Chairman and Weldon Wynn of Arkansas is nominated to be Secretary Treasurer.
The Alternate Slate of officers that Bob Drake tried to announce on
Thursday and was not allowed to present to the Forum includes Roger West
of Florida as a nominee for the Chairmanship (in opposition to Tom Jones),
Dan Kniffen of Pennsylvania as Vice Chairman and Kim Brackett of Idaho as
Karl Rove Throws Challenge to Cattle Producers in Denver
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Karl Rove, former senior advisor and deputy White House Chief of Staff for President George W. Bush, and incoming National Cattlemen's Beef Association President Bill Donald told NCBA members that our country and the beef industry are at a crossroads. However, both challenged cattlemen and women to step up to the challenge and determine the path forward.
In his keynote address during the 2011 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show, Rove said America can compete anywhere in the world as long as we are on a level playing field. Additionally, he noted that consumers worldwide want to buy "American quality" products. It is in our country's strategic and economic interest to finish pending trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama.
Unfortunately, Rove says - that's where the easy stuff stops. We are currently dealing with a government that thinks it knows better and knows more than the rest of us and that's wrong for America. Incoming NCBA President and Montana rancher Bill Donald said NCBA members must work to educate the growing number of urban and suburban elected officials who do not understand the beef industry.
Temperatures Moderating This Morning in Oklahoma
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We are fifteen to twenty degreees warmer this morning across a lot of Oklahoma after we saw temperatures as low as 18 degrees below zero on early Thursday morning- both at Kenton in Cimmarron County in the very norhwest corner of the state- as well as at Nowata in northeastern Oklahoma. Kenton actually was a degree colder than that for a short time late Wednesday night. Gary McManus of the Oklahoma Climatological Survey says the bitterly cold temps were the result of light winds, snowpack and radiational cooling.
Those temps are the coldest ever recorded on the Mesonet system- but are not as cold as those seen way back in 1905 and again in 1930 and recorded by the National Weather Service- those years we saw a 27 degree below zero reading recorded in Vinita in 1905 and Watts in 1930.
One other note from our "frozen" Assistant State Climatologist Gary
McManus- "Temperatures will continue to be suppressed while this snowpack
remains, so expect to stay on the cool side for quite some
LIP and ELAP Programs Could Help Livestock Producers Hit by Bad Winter Weather
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Jonathan Coppess has issued a reminder to livestock producers throughout the Plains states and the Midwest that FSA programs may be available to assist them. Many are dealing with harsh winter weather, which is causing serious harm to livestock and forage due to heavy snow, ice and extremely cold temperatures.
"This is turning out to be a tough winter for many ranchers and farmers in the nation's heartland, and learning about our FSA programs is an important step for producers to take," said Coppess. "We need producers to document the number and kind of livestock that have died as a direct result of these winter storms and timely notify their local FSA office of these losses. There may be situations where producers are transporting feed to their livestock. Producers should document these additional costs."
Click on the LINK below for more details and resources that USDA can offer to help as we get pounded with winter weather.
Corn Growers Get on the Fast Track With Partnership with NASCAR
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The National Corn Growers Association has joined a partnership between Growth Energy and NASCAR to promote the use of corn-based American ethanol. NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France says - we are happy our sport can play a part in creating jobs and fostering energy independence by using a renewable fuel grown and produced in America. Sunoco E-15 is now the official fuel of NASCAR.
NCGA Chairman Darrin Ihnen, a family farmer from Hurley, South Dakota, says - we're greatly excited about this opportunity to help educate NASCAR fans at the race tracks and around the country about the great work of our corn growers in feeding and fueling the world. NCGA will work closely with Growth Energy throughout the 2011 NASCAR season to create educational and promotional activities in support of the corn growers who play a vital role in the American ethanol industry.
Fans can expect to see visible reminders of the new greener fuel. Including, - corn farmers who will be on hand at many races to answer questions about their contribution to producing this renewable ethanol. Ihnen says - the goal is to bring ethanol's positive messages from job creation to cleaner air to consumers. According to Ihnen, - when people hear a message like 'American Ethanol: Trusted By NASCAR,' that carries a lot of weight and adds to ethanol's credibility and reputation.
Tammi, Richard, Brett and a Thank You
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~A few Oklahoma names from the Cattle Industry Convention here in Denver- our congrats to Tammi Didlot who is now officially the President Elect of the American National Cattle Women- Tammi spent her first full day yesterday in this role in Committee meetings and employee reviews- it is a glamerous life.
Richard Gabhart, current Secretary-Treasurer for the Oklahoma Beef Council- is now expected to be approved to be on the Operating Committee for the Beef Checkoff- the Operating Committee is the 20 person board that really decides which projects will be funded which will not when it comes to beef checkoff dollars.
The current Chairman of the Oklahoma Beef Council, Brett Morris of Ninnekah(he's a dairy producer) was sworn in yesterday afternoon to serve on the Cattlemen's Beef Board- his first official day is tomorrow and the Board that we mentioned may well be very intense (see earlier story in this email)
Finally, a big THANK YOU to Heather Buckmaster of the Oklahoma Beef Council and Scott Dewald of the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association who nominated yours truly for a national ag journalist award handed out by the National Cattlemen's Beef Association last night. NCBA honored me as their Agricultural Journalist of the Year- and my name is the first that has gone onto what will be a traveling trophy being held year to year by journalists around the US. The actual name of the award is 2011 Excellence in Agricultural Journalism- the award sponsored for the NCBA by our friends Chuck and Cindy Zimmerman of ZimmComm.
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Let's Check the Markets!
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