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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Monday February 15, 2010A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- Terry Detrick Wins Full Term as President of the American Farmers & Ranchers
-- A Whole Lot of Tweeting Going On
-- One of the Early Speakers on Saturday from the AFR Meeting- NFU's Roger Johnson
-- OSU's Derrell Peel on Winter Weather and the Cattle Markets
-- Cutting Edge Science Only Answer to Feeding Nine Billion in the Next Generation
-- Data for vital 'hockey stick graph' is "Missing?"
-- This Week- OFB Leadership, Carbon Sequestration Info and More
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Terry Detrick Wins Full Term as President of the American Farmers & Ranchers
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Delegates to the 105th American Farmers & Ranchers Convention today elected their leadership team for 2010. Leading the team will be Terry Detrick of Ames, who was appointed the President and CEO of AFR and the Oklahoma Farmers Union last February, just days after their 2009 convention was concluded. In his annual report to the membership on Friday, he detailed the rocky course of the year that the mutual company had taken- but concluded by showing that there was stability starting to take hold in recent months and a solid business plan was now in place for 2010 and beyond. In vote of confidence for that direction that has been charted, the membership gave Detrick his first full complete term as President of both the "union" as well as the "mutual" company. He defeated Keith Miller as he received 56% of the total vote.
Others elected at the 2010 meeting included Vice President John Porter, Stillwater; District 3 Board Member Scott Blubaugh, Tonkawa; and, At Large Board Member Melody Cummings, Elk City. These elections were a central part of the two days of business and education sessions at the Oklahoma City Convention.
Detrick was successful in losing the CEO title, as delegates voted Bylaw changes that provided for a professional to be hired as the Chief Executive Officer of the insurance company going forward. Other bylaw changes that were made were designed to strengthen the corporate governance of the insurance side of the equation.
Click on the link below to hear some brief comments from Detrick after the results of the election were known- as well as a link to a video of the election results that we took with a new tool we plan on using in the days to come- Ustream.
A Whole Lot of Tweeting Going On
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~As we covered the AFR meeting on Friday and Saturday- we kept our followers on the service known as Twitter updated with the developments as they unfolded real time. We tweeted several times on Friday afternoon as President Detrick reported on the state of their organization and votes were held on the bylaws. We kicked into high gear with a total 17 tweets from the meeting on Saturday- giving a quick idea of what many of the speakers were telling the attendees of the educational sessions.
For example, we tweeted as Terry Peach led off the morning lineup of speakers "Ok Sec of Ag Terry Peach tells AFR that ag groups can fuss behind closed doors- but when the door opens- an united front must be seen." Later in the morning, we spotlighted Senator Ron Justice as he spoke "Sen Ron Justice tells AFR/OFU that state question 744 will be bad 4 Okla because money will be stripped from other essential services."
Saturday night- we tweeted about the organization honoring the life of
service given by former OFU President George W Stone, who did not seek
another term on the Board of Directors at this meeting. "AFR/Okla Farmers
Union honors George W Stone for his 60 years as a leader in the
organization. Stone was longtime Pres of Ok Farmers Union. Stone was also
Pres of Nat Farmers Union in the 80s- told the banquet crowd he was proud
of the organization." One of the last Tweets from the AFR meeting was a
quote from Lt. Governor Jari Askins- ""Life is like a windmill- the work
doesn't get done unless it's a little bit windy" the wrapup words to AFR
from Lt Gov Jari Askins."
One of the Early Speakers on Saturday from the AFR Meeting- NFU's Roger Johnson
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The President of the National Farmers Union, Roger Johnson, made a brief appearance at the 2010 American Farmers & Ranchers Convention on Saturday morning in Oklahoma City. Johnson arrived shortly before midnight Friday night, made remarks at the start of the Saturday educational session of the AFR meeting, then headed back to the airport to begin travel that would put him in Rome at the IFAP meeting that began today European time.
Prior to his presentation to the largest state affiliate of the
populist national farm organization, we talked with Johnson about a
variety of subjects. He contends that health care remains a major problem
in rural America- and something must be done to address the challenges
that people in rural areas face with a limited number of doctors, long
drives to reach health care and the economic viability of rural hospitals
Click on the link below for our Ag Perspectives Podcast that features our full conversation with Roger Johnson.
OSU's Derrell Peel on Winter Weather and the Cattle Markets
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Weather has played a role in our ability to move cattle- and that will be impacting market prices here in the short term. We saw that on Friday as tight market ready supplies forced cash cattle prices two dollars higher in the southern plains. The Texas Cattle Feeders Association reported Friday afternoon that feedlots sold over 25,000 from $89 to $89.50- most of those sales at the $89.50 level.
Oklahoma State University Livestock Market Economist Dr. Derrell Peel says that some of the pounds that we have lost because of harsh winter weather conditions in the southern plains is simply gone- we won't recapture it and that will reduce the tonnage produced here in 2010- further tightening the market supply for cattle ready to head to the packing plants.
We have more with Dr. Peel on our Monday Beef Buzz- as heard on great radio stations across the state that are a part of the Radio Oklahoma Network. Click on the link below to hear the first segment of our conversation that we had with Dr. Peel on Saturday afternoon, just before he offered a market update to members of the American Farmers & Ranchers in Oklahoma City.
Cutting Edge Science Only Answer to Feeding Nine Billion in the Next Generation
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~This past Friday, a most interesting global dialogue came in response to a final call for action from the late Nobel Laureate, Dr. Norman Borlaug, to feed the world and improve the lives of farmers, all while preserving natural resources. The panel that assembled in Washington had a fairly small in house crowd- but thousands watched and participated through YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.
“Now Serving: 9 Billion: A Global Dialogue on Meeting Food Needs for the Next Generation” highlighted the opportunities and challenges facing farmers and nations in the coming century, especially as global population continues to rise, resources become more scarce, and climate and pest pressures continue to mount. Participants from over 30 countries on four continents shared their thoughts and perspectives with the panel of experts as part of this global dialogue
Nina Fedoroff, science and technology advisor to Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton lamented the reluctance to embrace modern plant science.
Surprisingly, Fedoroff, said she believes that the organic garden at the
White House feeds into the public's fear of biotechnology "I think that
people need to understand that organic farming is really inefficient
farming, which is why you pay twice the price for organic
Data for vital 'hockey stick graph' is "Missing?"
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~According to a British online newspaper, there seems to be a problem with the data that is called the "hockey stick graph." This is the data that is at the heart of the claims of rising global temperatures that may have been caused by mankind. The Mail Online reports "The academic at the centre of the ‘Climategate' affair, whose raw data is crucial to the theory of climate change, has admitted that he has trouble ‘keeping track' of the information."
They also quote Jones from an interview that he conducted with the BBC and add that "the raw data, collected from hundreds of weather stations around the world and analysed by his unit, has been used for years to bolster efforts by the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to press governments to cut carbon dioxide emissions."
We have the link to this article below- sounds like Professor Jones and his colleagues that profess the need for drastic action to force changes in human behavior may have a even more rapid meltdown of their credibility than the glaciers they have been discussing.
This Week- OFB Leadership, Carbon Sequestration Info and More
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Oklahoma Farm Bureau kicks off their 2010 Ag Leadership Conference after lunch today, as they will be hearing from Fred Morgan, new CEO of the Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce. They will also have a session on State Question 744 this afternoon before they get ready for a big Legislative dinner where US Senator Jim Inhofe will be presented the Golden Plow Award by AFBF President Bob Stallman. Click here for more details of their conference going on today and tomorrow.
Later in the week, several other events are also happening, including a Carbon Sequestration Program Info Conference at the Garfield County Extension Office in Enid. There are lots of questions about Carbon Sequestration that producers have- and this session on Wednesday is designed to answer many of those questions.
Click on the link below for our calendar page- we have several more events still to come in February across the state- and a lot of things now on our calendar for the month of March- and we invite you to go and check details of all of these activities out. AND- if you have events that we need to include on our calendar- please email them to me and we will get them included for you on what is the most comprehensive calendar of farm and ranch and rural events going on in the state of Oklahoma.
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Let's Check the Markets!
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