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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Monday February 1, 2010A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- NCBA Approves Concept of Restructure of the Organization- Goes on Record to Oppose HSUS and their Goal of Eliminating Animal Agriculture
-- Cattle Supply Decline to Continue in 2010, According to CattleFax
-- Invest a Dollar- Get Twenty Three Dollars Back
-- American Farm Bureau Calls on Congress to Okay Trade Deals
-- DuPont CEO says the Game Changer for Global Issues- Agriculture
-- Grain Sorghum Educational Meetings Set to Begin Today
-- Pork Board Members Announced by USDA
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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NCBA Approves Concept of Restructure of the Organization- Goes on Record to Oppose HSUS and their Goal of Eliminating Animal Agriculture
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The National Cattlemen's Beef Association approved the "concept" of restructuring the organization dramatically in an overwhelming vote on Saturday in San Antonio. The vote allows the process of restructuring to move forward, with almost all details of the effort still to be decided between now and the summer meeting in July that will be held in Denver. The vote to proceed with the reorganization of the NCBA was announced as 201 in favor and 13 opposed.
On Friday evening, the Task Force met and made final changes to their proposal, with the key change made would allow what is called the "House of Delegates" the right to have sole authority to amend the bylaws of the organization. This move changed the minds of many who were considering a "no" vote, as this seems to offset the item listed in the role of the House of Delegates that said that the House cannot override the Board of Directors.
We talked with Scott Dewald, Executive Director of the Oklahoma
Cattlemen's Association, about the vote- Oklahoma producers supported the
concept moving forward- and you can hear Scott's comments about the vote
and the details that now must be developed in the next six months.
Click on the link below to jump to this story from San Antonio where we offered extensive coverage this past week from the cattle industry meetings- those stories can be found on our website by looking at our agricultural news story page on OklahomaFarmReport.Com- I count about 14 stories there from the Cattle Industry Convention- and more stories as we sort through all the stuff we got there will be added in the days to come.
Cattle Supply Decline to Continue in 2010, According to CattleFax
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Its always one of the true highlights of the annual cattle industry meetings- the Outlook seminar for Cattlefax. This yuear's installment came Friday morning in San Antonio and Randy Blach, CEO for Cattlefax. told the standing room only crowd that cattle supplies in 2010 should decline another 1 to 1.5 percent in 2010. At the same time, beef demand will continue to be impacted by a weak economy and high unemployment.
Nevertheless, 2010 overall should be a better year for the beef industry, said Blach, with beef exports expected to rise and fed cattle slaughter totals expected to decrease. Demand remains the biggest challenge for the beef industry in 2010, said Blach. Though the supply situation is very bullish, demand must stabilize in order for prices to turn significantly higher. We have Blach's wrap up comments to share with you from the 2010 Cattlefax outlook seminar that was held in San Antonio- click on the link below to hear his wrap up from Friday morning.
Fed cattle slaughter totals are expected to be down 2 percent in 2010,
and cow slaughter totals should decline by nearly 9 percent. Average
carcass weights are forecast to increase slightly and beef production is
projected to be down 2.8 percent. Per capita net beef supplies are
expected to be down 4 percent due to an expected increase in beef exports
and smaller beef production.
Invest a Dollar- Get Twenty Three Dollars Back
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~U.S. wheat producers invested an average of about $10 million per year to promote their products overseas between 2000 and 2007, and for every one of those dollars they received $23 back in increased net revenue. That is the principal conclusion of a new economic analysis of wheat export promotion released today by U.S. Wheat Associates (USW), the wheat industry's export market development organization.
USW commissioned the study with funding from the USDA/Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) Market Access Program. Dr. Harry M. Kaiser, the Gellert Family Professor of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell and director of the Cornell Commodity Promotion Research Program (CCPRP), designed and conducted the research using established methods he and the CCPRP team developed.
The study showed that U.S. wheat export promotion had a large and
beneficial impact for producers and the economy that far exceeded its
cost, Dr. Kaiser said. "One of the econometric models we used showed that
the overall average revenue benefit to the entire wheat industry from the
combined producer and FAS expenditures was estimated to be about $115 for
each dollar spent." The study also predicted that increasing the promotion
investment has the potential for even greater returns to wheat producers,
the wheat supply chain, and the U.S. economy.
American Farm Bureau Calls on Congress to Okay Trade Deals
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman is urging members of the Senate Finance Committee and House Ways and Means Committee to take the lead in achieving President Barack Obama's goal outlined in the State of the Union address of doubling U.S. exports over the next five years. In a letter sent Friday to the chairmen and ranking members of both committees, Stallman urged the committee leaders to help the U.S. achieve the president's goal for increasing trade by expediting congressional passage of the pending Colombia, Panama and Korea free trade agreements.
Stallman said passage of these agreements is critical at this time because many other countries are negotiating bilateral and regional trade agreements that are reducing U.S. agriculture's competitiveness and market share around the world. "By 2010, there will be more than 600 bilateral and regional trade agreements worldwide with the U.S engaged in fewer than 25," Stallman wrote.
Click on the link below for more on this call by AFBF to start moving now on the Free Trade Agreements with Columbia, Panama and South Korea.
DuPont CEO says the Game Changer for Global Issues- Agriculture
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Agriculture is a game-changer that addresses multiple global issues - hunger, poverty, environmental degradation, poor nutrition and subsequent effects such as civil unrest, DuPont Chair and CEO Ellen Kullman told attendees of the 40th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting. "Delivering on the potential for agriculture to address critical, global issues may be the greatest opportunity of our generation," said Kullman. "It is possible, but it will take a radical new approach to collaboration."
Kullman is attending the World Economic Forum and participating in the panel discussion on "Rethinking How to Feed the World." According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, food production will need to nearly double by the middle of this century to feed the world population expected at that time. Panelists were asked to consider what it would take to achieve food security, environmental sustainability and economic growth through agriculture.
"Global food security challenges are becoming more complex and interconnected. Collaborations among organizations will need to follow suit - becoming more interconnected to leverage the strengths of organizations across the public and private sectors," said Kullman. You can click on the link below to read more of what Ms. Kullman was saying at the end of this past week about how a lot of people are going to have to cooperate in a lot of ways to have any chance of growing enough food to feed the growing world.
Grain Sorghum Educational Meetings Set to Begin Today
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~For the last several years, Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service has provided producers with a series of educational programs to improve grain sorghum production, management and marketing. This years educational series will be held in several counties in northwest Oklahoma during the first week of February. There are 9 different locations for the series and producers have the chance to listen to a variety of speakers on grain sorghum.
This program will be presented in 2 locations later today on this February first. At noon, the program will be presented in Gate at the Midwest Crop Service Building and in Fairview at 6:00 pm at the Major County Fairgrounds. I have not heard from the Extension folks that are running these meetings if they have decided to cancel these or any of the other meetings in this series this week. I would suggest that you check with your local Extension office before going to the locations set for today.
You can click on the link below for the listing of the other meetings in this series that are planned for the balance of the week. These events, as well as a bunch of others, are slated to happen over the next seven days- our calendar page is full of things that may be of interest to you in your farm or ranch operation. Check our calendar page out!
Pork Board Members Announced by USDA
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced on Friday the appointment of 154 pork producers and 6 importers to the 2010 National Pork Producers Delegate Body (Delegate Body). All appointees will serve a one-year term. The appointees were selected from nominees submitted by state pork producer association and importer groups.
Oklahoma has four seats on the National Pork Board, based on having the eighth largest hog inventory in the United States. The four members from Oklahoma for 2010 include Oklahoma: Lonnie C. Hoelscher, Joe C. Popplewell, Basil S. Werner and Karen D. Brewer.
Delegates meet annually to recommend the rate of assessment, determine the percentage of assessments that state associations will receive and nominate producers and importers to the 15-member National Pork Board. The Delegate Body will be seated during the March 4-7, 2010, National Pork Industry Forum in Kansas City, Missouri.
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