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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Friday September 23, 2011A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- Keeping the Food Pipeline Flowing Today- and Filled Tomorrow
-- AFBF's Bob Stallman Explains Antibiotic Use During Food Dialogues Town Hall
-- Cattlemen's Beef Board Releases 2012 Plan of Work
-- Populist Groups Oppose Free Trade Deals Pending
-- Wheat Prices Continue a Steady Decline- and we have your SUNUP preview
-- Commissioners of the Land Office Prepare for Upcoming Land Auctions
-- Congrats to Jimmy Taylor- and a Final State Fair of Oklahoma Reminder
-- Grab a Juicy Steak at Interurban Restaurant!
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Keeping the Food Pipeline Flowing Today- and Filled Tomorrow
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The technology worked- and there was a lot of discussion about today's food production system and where it may be headed in the years to come during a four hour interactive nationwide Town Hall Meeting called the Food Dialogues. It had been billed going in by the US Farmers and Ranchers Alliance as "a town hall-style discussion to address Americans' questions about how their food is grown and raised and the long-term impact of the food they are eating - on their own health and the health of the planet."There were four actual venues, bolstered by social media and web streaming which all added up to a cost to coast and beyond event.
One key panelist was Tres Bailey, Director of Agriculture and Food in the Federal Goverment Relations department of WalMart Stores, Inc. Since 2005, Tres has represented Walmart on all legislative and regulatory issues related to the company's grovery division, with particular emphasis on food safety and nutrition initiatives. Bailey was instrumental in Walmart's launch of a major nutrition initiative in 2011 that focuses on making food healthier and making healthier food more affordable fo the millions of customers shopping in Walmart every week. Bailey talked about during the Washington portion of the Town Hall- saying that the research they have done on their customers lines up in many cases with the survey released this week by the Alliance.
There was a whole segment within the Washington portion of the Food Dialogues that zeroed in on both the good and the bad of the world's largest grocer- we have the audio of that part of the event for you- click on the LINK below to jump to our website for our story and that audio which was really interesting.
In our story on the website- we also have the links back to the research they discussed on Thursday- and you can also get directions to the video replays of the entire four hours, which only dedicated aggies and foodies hung in for- a USA Today version of this conversation is probably needed to really get many consumers in the mix.
AFBF's Bob Stallman Explains Antibiotic Use During Food Dialogues Town Hall
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~First and foremost, Bob Stallman is a cattle producer and rice farmer from southeastern Texas. From there, he climbed up the ladder and was the President of the Texas Farm Bureau before becoming the President of the American Farm Bureau over a decade ago in January 2000. Yesterday, during the Food Dialogues Town Hall Meetings held in four different venues and via social media globally, Stallman also was in his role as the Chairman of the US Farmers and Ranchers Alliance, the coalition of groups and companies who hosted the event.
Stallman participated as a panelist at the Washington, DC venue, and handled several questions relating back to animal agriculture, as he drew on his experiences as a cattle producer in Texas.
Among the questions he handled- subtherapeutic use of antibiotics in
livestock as well as the humane handling of animals on the farm and ranch.
His responses are featured on today's Beef Buzz.
Cattlemen's Beef Board Releases 2012 Plan of Work
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Cattlemen's Beef Board will invest about $39.8 million, from a total budget of about $42.1 million, into programs of beef promotion, research, consumer information, industry information, foreign marketing and producer communications in Fiscal Year 2012, if the recommendation of the Beef Promotion Operating Committee is approved by USDA, following review by the full Beef Board.
In action concluding its two-day meeting in Denver this week, the Operating Committee - including 10 members of the Beef Board and 10 members of the Federation of State Beef Councils - approved checkoff funding for a total of 39 "Authorization Requests," or proposals for checkoff funding in the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, 2011. The committee also will request full Board approval of a budget amendment to reflect the recategorization of the FY2012 budget in accordance with the programs approved.
"After some rough seas over the last couple of years, I was just so pleased with how well our Operating Committee meeting went," said Beef Board and Operating Committee Chairman Wesley Grau, a cattleman from New Mexico. "We had great discussion on our checkoff priorities and all of the plans presented. It was a demonstration of true cooperation and respect between the Beef Board, the Federation of State Beef Councils, checkoff contractors, and individual state beef councils.
"I think the producers and importers who invest in their beef checkoff will be proud of the Plan of Work the Operating Committee has moved forward," Grau continued. "We are leveraging every checkoff dollar to meet our goals the best we possibly can with the limited budget we have."
Populist Groups Oppose Free Trade Deals Pending
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The National Family Farm Coalition and 56 allied organizations representing family farmers, ranchers, fishermen and advocates signed a letter to Congress condemning the pending free trade agreements (FTAs) with South Korea, Colombia and Panama. As the letter states, more FTAs will only accelerate the economic disasters in agriculture: industrial farms dependent on massive amounts of petroleum-based inputs, low-paying exploitative jobs in processing and packing plants, and increased consolidation throughout the agricultural supply chain.
Wisconsin farmer Joel Greeno, a participant in the August 16 White House Rural Economic Forum in Peosta, Iowa, noted, "The way to get the country's economy back on track is to strengthen rural communities, which means ensuring farmers a fair price, not exporting foods to people they may not want or that would destroy their own markets." The Economic Policy Institute's research revealed that 700,000 U.S. jobs have been lost or displaced since 1994 as a result of the trade deficit with Mexico. Additionally, EPI estimates that free trade agreements with Colombia and South Korea alone will likely increase the U.S. trade deficit by $16.8 billion and eliminate or displace another 214,000 U.S. jobs. Such trade agreements are an economic disaster that will only deepen the current recession.
When Mexico devalued the peso by 50 percent after NAFTA's implementation, the projected benefits for thousands of Mexican producers were eliminated. NFFC president Ben Burkett added, "Many Korean, Colombian and Panamanian producers will lose their livelihoods and land, so we'll hurt our allies, as well."
Furthermore, the Tax Information Exchange Agreement between the U.S. and Panama may not be enough to curb Panama's position as one of the world's major tax havens. This FTA could deprive the U.S. government of much-needed revenue and saddle other sectors of the economy, such as agriculture, with a disproportionate share of the cost-cutting burden.
Wheat Prices Continue a Steady Decline- and we have your SUNUP preview
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The wheat market has taken a dip over the past several weeks. According to Oklahoma State University Grain Marketing Specialist, Dr. Kim Anderson, the market has established a downtrend with the recent drop of $1.50 in price and averaging a loss of $.50 per week.
Anderson says if you look at the stocks, the USDA released the supply and demand estimates last week for wheat and raised the U.S. wheat stocks from 601 million bushels to 761 bushels, which is well above average. Also, the USDA increased the world ending stocks from 6.9 billion bushels of wheat to 7.1 billion bushels, which is also above average.
A majority of this increased production supply is from countries that were in the former Soviet Union, such as Russia and Ukraine, says Anderson. Russia is determined to be a major exporter of wheat and has taken a majority of the U.S. exports to eastern Asia and northern Africa markets says Anderson.
Anderson predicts that the market could go down to $6.30 to $6.80 in
Oklahoma, but only if the market breaks the current trading price for
December contracts at $7.20.
Commissioners of the Land Office Prepare for Upcoming Land Auctions
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Commissioners of the Land Office, often called the School Land Commission, is gearing up for a handful of public auctions to lease their land for either agricultural or recreational purposes. Harry Birdwell, Secretary of the Commissioners of the Land Office, says these annual auctions are a great resource for the state of Oklahoma.
The Commissioners of the Land Office manages about 750,000 surface acres of land for the state and leases about one-fifth of this land through public auctions. The land is placed up for auction as a lease for five years. All of the proceeds or income from these auctions goes to benefit common and higher education in the state, which Birdwell says is the overall purpose of the CLO.
Birdwell also says that if you look over the last 10 years, the amount of money that the agency has generated through agricultural leases has remained fairly constant, however, the big increase has been in oil and gas leasing. Through exploring for petroleum, the agency last year generated almost $125 million to distribute to public schools and selective higher education says Birdwell.
The lease auctions for agricultural or recreational purposes will begin
in mid-October and continue through the first of November. All of the
dates for the lease auctions are listed in our Calendar section- or you
can find it following the link below.
Congrats to Jimmy Taylor- and a Final State Fair of Oklahoma Reminder
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Good news for some great Oklahoma cattle producers- Jimmy and Tracy Taylor from Elk City, were named CAB Producer of the year this week at the Certified Angus Beef Annual Conference in Sunriver Oregon. We'll have more details on this national award won by the Taylors first of the week- but for now, click here to enjoy a story we had earlier this summer that included a video explaining their Angus beef operation in western Oklahoma.
The State Fair of Oklahoma is heading into the final weekend of the 2011 event- looks like perfect weather for the fair- and it will be a busy weekend for the cattle barns as several breeds will be holding their shows- starting with the Angus folks today. Click here for our Calendar- then scroll down to September to see the lineup of shows going on at State Fair Park this weekend. AND- check out all the other events going on next week and into October as well.
Grab a Juicy Steak at Interurban Restaurant!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Interurban Restaurant knows a thing or two about cooking up a delicious steak. Serving only Certified Angus beef for their steak and burgers- you know it will satisfy your appetite! Interurban has been serving Oklahomans since 1976 and is still going strong today. With a variety of locations and menu items, there is something for everyone! "We are constantly trying to improve our menu and our flavor profile," says Robert Ross, owner of Interurban. "I think that is what qualifies Interurban Restaurants as a Legendary Restaurant of Oklahoma."
As this week's Legendary Restaurant of Oklahoma- you can get $50 worth of food for just $25- you can buy your voucher starting at 8:30 a.m. central time by clicking here. And to listen to a conversation that our Tim West had with Ross over legacy of the restaurant- click here.
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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 $12.57 per bushel- as of the close of business yesterday, while the 2012 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $12.63 per bushel- delivered to local participating elevators that are working with PCOM.
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