~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Monday November 27, 2006A service of Midwest Farm Shows
-- South Koreans ban Creekstone Premium Beef from further shipments over a 1/2 inch piece of bone!
-- Congrats to Jot Hartley of the Spur Ranch- New President of the American Angus Association!
-- OALP holding their Nov-Dec Session this week in Oklahoma City
-- Oklahoma Farmers Union Speech Finals this coming Saturday.
-- Amarillo this week- Tulsa Next week!!!
-- Congressman Frank Lucas to address Oklahoma Wheat Growers December 9th.
-- K-State names new Head of Animal Science Department- We await the OSU decision for that same position.
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South Koreans ban Creekstone Premium Beef from further shipments over a 1/2 inch piece of bone!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The question becomes- who is going to be willing to take the chance on sending any beef from the United States to South Korea with the unrealistic standards they have set for U.S. beef plants that are even thinking of doing business with what used to be our third largest beef customer?
Word came on Friday that South Korea had found a 10 mm piece of bone detached from a piece of beef in one of the boxes shipped by Creekstone over three weeks ago to South Korea. Creekstone was serving as the "guinea pig" for the U.S. beef processing industry in seeing how the Koreans would deal with American beef. The answer came after three weeks of x-raying and closely examining every box in the nine ton shipment. I am sure that the South Korean inspectors were very pleased to finally have found this half inch piece of bone that has nothing to do with "specified risk materials" that the international animal health standards show as having highest likelihood of containing the prions that can cause Mad Cow Disease.
The South Korean's National Veterinary Research and Quarantine Service has "expressed concerns about the safety of U.S. beef" and indicates they will be urging Washington to thoroughly abide by sanitary conditions. It's unlikely that other beef processors will subject themselves to such extreme scrutiny by an ally that has run amok. I wonder what would happen if every Hyundai imported from South Korea had every single part removed and inspected and then x-rayed just to be sure there were no defects. It appears that the only salvation on this issue may be a ruling by the OIE this coming May about our status regarding BSE that could place pressure on countries around the world to accept our bone-in or boneless beef based on agreed upon sound science.
Congrats to Jot Hartley of the Spur Ranch- New President of the American Angus Association!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Jot Hartley, Vinita, Okla., was elected president of the American Angus Association at the group’s 123rd annual convention of delegates, November 13 in Louisville, Ky. He follows Ben Eggers, Mexico, Mo. The meeting was at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in conjunction with the North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE) Super Point Roll of Victory (ROV) Angus Show.
Jot and his wife Renee, own and operate Spur Ranch at Vinita, Okla., along with their sons. The operation started by Jot’s grandfather has been in the family since the 1930s, and his dad introduced Angus to the herd in the 1950s. Spur Ranch, a diversified cattle operation consisting of both purebred and commercial Angus cows and stocker cattle, hosts a production sale each fall. Jot is a former director and past president of the Oklahoma Angus Association and a member of the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association. He is also a former director and president of Oklahoma Beef Incorporated.
As Association president, Jot will serve as chairman of the executive committee and work closely with all directors to lead the board during the next year. The American Angus Association is the world’s largest beef breed organization and provides programs and services for thousands of commercial producers and more than 34,000 regular and junior members nationwide.
OALP holding their Nov-Dec Session this week in Oklahoma City
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Class number 13 of the Oklahoma Ag Leadership Program will be gathering in Oklahoma City this week Wednesday through Friday for their next session. The theme of this seminar is "Leadership and Communications" as the group will hear from a variety of ag industry leaders as they look into their crystal balls and see what may be ahead for Oklahoma agriculture in the days to come.
Class 13 will also have a chance to interact with the media and get a perspective on how agriculture is viewed in the "big picture" of the Oklahoma economy and business structure. This will be their third Seminar as a Class- and the last for 2006. In early 2007- they will head for Ardmore and time with the Noble Foundation as well as with others involved in agriculture in that part of the state- and then later next spring- will head to Washington to see first hand how the change of power in Congress is going as the Democrats take charge of the committees and agenda on Capitol Hill.
If you would like to see the agenda planned for Class 13- I have provided a link below. I would remind all alums of the Ag Leadership Program that as December approaches- it's time to pull out that checkbook and contribute to help match the generous Noble Foundation Challenge of giving a dollar for every dollar given by an Alumnus of OALP up to a maximum of $15,000 this year for the program's operation. Those monies have to be in Stillwater before the end of the year.
Oklahoma Farmers Union Speech Finals this coming Saturday.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Oklahoma Farmers Union will be a busy host in December- beginning on December 2nd when they welcome Oklahoma youth from across the state to the state finals of their speech contest. The area competitions have been going for several weeks- and have now wrapped up with the best of each of those area events now moving on to Stillwater and the campus of Oklahoma State this Saturday.
Next week, OFU will host the National Farmers Union Board of Director's meeting in Oklahoma City, as OFU President Ray Wulf welcomes his fellow state Farmers Union Presidents from across the country to our state for their three day December meeting. It should be a pretty up beat meeting- as I believe it is their first get together since the November elections and the Democratic victory in both the House and the Senate.
NFU President Tom Buis told us in Kansas City at our Farm Broadcasters meeting a couple of weeks ago that he's looking forward to being in OKC this coming week.
Amarillo this week- Tulsa Next week!!!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~With the Amarillo Farm Show kicking off tomorrow for their three day run in the Texas Panhandle- you know that the Tulsa Farm Show can't be far behind. This week, Amarillo's Farm Show runs Tuesday through Thursday. The major commodity groups in Texas come together on Wednesday for a big symposium that will feature some top names- including former Chairman of the House Ag Committee Larry Combest from the South Plains of Texas.
The Tulsa Farm Show is December 7th through the 9th- and we will looking forward to a great show! The Radio Oklahoma Network will have a booth- and we look forward to visiting with lots of folks from across the state at this 13rd annual renewal of what is now the leading farm show in the state of Oklahoma.
We'll have some more this week on the OSU Seminars that have been lined up for the Tulsa Farm Show later in the week- and we invite you to check out their web site for more information on the show by clicking below.
Congressman Frank Lucas to address Oklahoma Wheat Growers December 9th.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Saturday, December 9th is the date for the 2006 Oklahoma Wheat Growers annual meeting- to be held at the Express Convention Center in far northwest Oklahoma City on Northwest Highway (State Highway 3).
They have a good program lineup for the 2006 meeting- and they have now confirmed that third District Congressman Frank Lucas will appear and address the wheat growers in attendance. Lucas has been a member of the House Ag Committee his entire career in Washington. He has been a Sub Committee Chairman for the last several years- but in 2007 will have to learn to operate as a minority member of the Committee as the Democrats take control of the House.
The OWGA will also hear from Dr. Jeff Edwards, State Wheat Specialist from OSU, Mark Hodges of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission and Jeff Krehbiel(their State President) as he leads an explanation and discussion of the National Wheat Growers Farm Bill proposal for 2007.
K-State names new Head of Animal Science Department- We await the OSU decision for that same position.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Kansas State University has named Ken Odde head of its Department of Animal Sciences and Industry, effective Feb. 26, 2007. Odde is director of North Dakota State University's Beef Systems Center of Excellence, a post he assumed in 2005. Prior to that, he was head of NDSU's department of animal and range sciences. Odde replaces Janice Swanson, who headed the department for two years on an interim basis.
Odde's departure from NDSU means that D.C. Coston, who served for several years at OSU's Division of Agriculture before heading north to Fargo, will be in the market for a replacement to Odde.
Meanwhile, we await final word from Stillwater regarding the Department Head Slots in both Animal Science as well as Ag Economics. A final decision for both of those positions is nearing.
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