~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Tuesday February 8, 2011A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and Big Iron OnLine Auctions!
-- Weather Playing Havoc on Events and Markets Across Oklahoma
-- Talking Pork with Roy Lee Lindsey of the OPC
-- Governor Fallin Calls for 5% Budget Cuts in Most State Agencies
-- Will the Consumer Hang With the Beef Business in the Face of Higher Retail Prices?
-- Meatless Mondays- NOT at Hooters as They Launch "Burger Mondays"
-- Weather Permitting- 6th Annual Conservation Tillage Workshop Set for Thursday
-- On the National Polcy Front- New York State Freshman Lawmaker Plans to Carry Family Farmer Message to House Ag Committee
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Weather Playing Havoc on Events and Markets Across Oklahoma
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~It was an unusual situation on Monday as we saw the major regional feeder cattle auctions that sell cattle on Monday all shut down. The Oklahoma National Stockyards, the Tulsa Stockyards and the Joplin Regional Stockyards all were closed on Monday due to rough conditions out in the country.
Tina Colby and her team at the Oklahoma National Stockyards in Market News wrote "Many country roads still have snow drifts that have been plowed but a very narrow passage making it difficult for large trucks and trailers to pass. Few cattle on the yards will probably sell at the Tuesday sale."
Scott Dewald told us Monday morning that they were making the decision
to scrap their plans for meetings this week in Oklahoma City. OCA issued
the following notice to their members "Please be advised that all Oklahoma
Cattlemen's Association, Oklahoma CattleWomen's Association, and OCA
Cattlemen's Leadership Academy activities planned for Tuesday, February 8,
and Wednesday, February 9, have been cancelled.
The snow event will start in northwest Oklahoma by early afternoon today- by 6 PM along I-44 and around 10 PM in southeastern Oklahoma. Except for the Panhandle, virtually all of the state will be in the zone that could receive 6 to 12 inches of snow- winds will be strong enough to push the white stuff around and cause lots of drifting again.
Our friend Chuck Tolle who farms in north central Oklahoma has put it well in a posting on Facebook this morning- "Ok, I guess last week was a practice run. It is once again game time. Extra hay, Extra care, Extra Clothes, and don't forget to check on the neighbors. It is going to get rough again."
Talking Pork with Roy Lee Lindsey of the OPC
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~In a wide ranging conversation, we caught up with Roy Lee Lindsey of the Oklahoma Pork Council- and discussed a variety of issues- everything from Korea to GIPSA to Grain Availability for the US Hog Producers.
We started with Korea- and talked about several of the issues related to this key consumer of pork. Roy Lee points out that Koreans consider pork their meat of choice- and the recent herd reductions in South Korea because of FMD has caused major heartburn in this key market for US pork- and a big opportunity for US Pork exports.
Besides Korea, we talked about the GIPSA rule and how it could impact
how viable the Oklahoma pork industry may be in future years- based on
what sort of rule that USDA might finally release.
Governor Fallin Calls for 5% Budget Cuts in Most State Agencies
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Governor's Budget Axe will fall on most state agencies at the five percent level- although Education and a couple of others will face a three percent proposed reduction. Governor Mary Fallin, in her State of the State address, talked up the positive prospects for the state of Oklahoma even in the midst of the tight budget conditions.
She proposed some consolidation within state agencies, but left the Oklahoma Conservation Commission a stand alone group, pointing out the largest slice of the money spent by the Commission comes from Federal funds. Governor Fallin does propose saving money by moving the Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission in under the umbrella of the Conservation Commission.
Click on the LINK below for the full 248 page Executive Budget released by the Governor's office on Monday. Pages 21 through 33 are the specific background numbers and info for the Oklahoma Department of Ag and the Oklahoma Conservation Commission.
Will the Consumer Hang With the Beef Business in the Face of Higher Retail Prices?
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~With record cattle prices predicted for both 2011 and again in 2012, the question becomes, how much will the US Consumer pay before pushing back on higher beef prices? We discuss that issue today on our Beef Buzz with Duane Lenz, Director of Analyst Services for the Cattlefax organization.
Lenz says that the question of how the consumer will respond to the record high cattle prices- and the higher beef prices that will follow. Lenz says that we will likely see less featuring of beef at the retail level- and that beef is at a significant premium over boneless chicken breasts- which means that the housewife may have a hard time picking up that package of steaks versus the package of chicken breasts as the price advantage will lie with the poultry.
The entire Cattlefax team was at the Cattle Industry Convention Trade Show this past week in Denver- which is where we caught up with Duane Lenz. You can hear a portion of our conversation with him on today's Beef Buzz, as aired on great radio stations across the region on the Radio Oklahoma Network. Beef Buzz shows are also up on our website- that's where you can jump to with our LINK below to catch today's report with Duane Lenz- and previous Beef Buzz reports are available to review there as well.
Meatless Mondays- NOT at Hooters as They Launch "Burger Mondays"
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Almost the whole world has now heard of "Meatless Mondays" thanks to Oprah and several other celebrities that are pushing a vegan or something close to it agenda. Well, that bird won't hunt at Hooters, as the chain is ramping up what they call "Burger Mondays." Its new "Burger Mondays" menu features five specialty burger options, including fries, that cost $5.99 or more.
The choices include:
Hooters operates about 450 locations in 44 states and 29 countries. We have a LINK below to the Hooters page that showcases the Burgers Monday campaign that officially started yesterday.
Weather Permitting- 6th Annual Conservation Tillage Workshop Set for Thursday
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The 6th Annual Conservation Tillage Workshop to be held February 10, 200 at the Chisholm Trail Pavilion, Enid, Oklahoma. The workshop will begin at 8:30am with registration, coffee and donuts. The purpose of the workshop is to give producers enough background information about conservation tillage to help make educated choices for managing the cropping operation.
Topics include Soil Response to Farming Practice Transition to No-Till, Tillage Concepts, Strip Tillage versus Conventional No-Till, Week Control Information and much more.
Contact Garfield County OSU Extension at 580-237-1228 or Garfield
County Conservation District at 580-237-7880.
On the National Polcy Front- New York State Freshman Lawmaker Plans to Carry Family Farmer Message to House Ag Committee
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Our friend Keith Good who blogs at Farm Policy.Org points us to an interesting article from upstate New York this morning that describes the efforts of New York Republican Congressman Chris Gibson as he has formed a task force of farm interests in his district to get input in advance of the 2012 Farm Bill debate.
"The panel was created to give the freshman lawmaker grass-roots input
on farming issues that he can take to Washington, D.C., when developing
federal policy and legislation."
It's interesting to note that the commodities listed in the article were dairy, orchards and vegetables. Click on the LINK below to read more and see the video that is a part of this news story on this lawmaker's efforts to help family farmers in his district.
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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 $10.10 per bushel, while the 2011 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $10.85 per bushel- delivered to local participating elevators that are working with PCOM.
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