~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Tuesday January 9, 2007!A service of Midwest Farm Shows
-- Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns makes his case for Radical Change in Farm Policy
-- COOL is Coming- AND maybe some Disaster Aid, too!
-- Check out the rest of our Blog for more from Salt Lake City.
-- Junior Livestock Show in Denver set to begin
-- Speech Camps for FFA members coming up- deadline to signup is just around the corner.
-- We salute KGWA Radio in Enid!
-- Beef Buzzing with Phil Seng- Day two
Here's your morning farm news headlines from the Director of Farm Programming for the Radio Oklahoma Network, Ron Hays. Our email this morning is a service of Midwest Farm Shows, featuring the Southern Plains Farm Show in Oklahoma City April 19-21, 2007, as well as the Tulsa Farm Show held each December. Check out details of both of these exciting shows at the official website of Midwest Farm Shows by clicking here.
Our E-mail the next few days is also being sponsored by Laura's Lean Beef- Laura's Lean Beef Co., a natural beef provider based in Lexington, KY, will hold a gathering 10:00 am Jan 24 at the Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center in Shawnee, Ok to introduce local producers to the benefits of raising the lean, heavily muscled cattle that will perform well on Laura's bonus grids. For more information on this meeting- you can can e-mail Beth Whiteford at bwhiteford@LLBcorp.com. Or click here to be taken to their web site for more producer information on Laura's Lean Beef!
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Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns makes his case for Radical Change in Farm Policy
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~It was likely jumping across an ocean in a matter of minutes yesterday afternoon in Salt Lake City here at the 88th annual convention of the American Farm Bureau. A standing room only crowd heard from House Ag Committee Chairman Collin Peterson- he says that he thinks the 2007 Farm Bill will look a lot like the 2002 farm bill- although there will be room for some change in perhaps adding a permanent Disaster Aid title to the bill, as well as perhaps shifting away some support dollars from countercycle payments to more direct payments with certain commodities.
Minutes after Peterson concluded his remarks and a rather lengthy Q&A session with the Farm Bureau members present- Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns addressed the after General Session and spoke of the need for change- radical change- in the 2007 farm bill debate. He indicated that USDA will have their farm bill proposal out "soon" and that it will reflect the need for more equity among both program and non program crops, that it will redirect monies to rural development, research, promotion and conservation and that we must react to the possibility of WTO challenges that might be ahead.
We have posted on our Blog on our website an overview of Secretary Johanns' comments- and here is a link below to that audio specifically.
COOL is Coming- AND maybe some Disaster Aid, too!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Congressman Collin Peterson of Minnesota is the new Chairman of the House Ag Committee- and he told us just before his presentation to AFBF here in Salt Lake City that the Democratic majority in Congress will not allow any further blocking of mandatory COOL for Red Meat at retail- and while he's not sure of the time frame- he would expect it to be in place in the next year or so.
You may remember that the House Ag Approps Subcommittee chaired by Republican Henry Bonilla had effectively bottled up implementation of COOL for the last couple of years by not allowing any money to flow to USDA for that implementation. Peterson says with the Democratic takeover of the House- that will change and COOL will be allowed to move forward.
He also tells us that Disaster Aid will hopefully be considered by the House quickly after the First 100 Hours Initiative being promoted by new House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. He did tells us one of the aspects of the First 100 Hour Effort will be important to ag in that the Democrats hope to end several tax breaks for oil companies- and want to put those monies in a fund that could help pay for things like more research on getting Cellulosic Ethanol over the top and economically viable as quickly as possible. We have a link below to hear some of the Chairman's thoughts in an informal news conference as several reporters surrounded him just before his appearance at the Farm Bureau session.
Check out the rest of our Blog for more from Salt Lake City.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The delegates move today into the setting of policy for the general farm organization- this gives the leaders and staff their marching orders when it comes to policy positions in the coming year. Lots of subjects will be covered.
We will have some thoughts on that- and on several other subjects that you can check out by going to our continuing Blog from Salt Lake City. Click on the link below to be taken to that page we have added for this meeting of the American Farm Bureau on OklahomaFarmReport.Com.
Junior Livestock Show in Denver set to begin
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We expect to have quite a few top animals that Oklahoma Youth will be showing in 2007 during the Junior Livestock Show at the National Western Livestock Show in Denver. The Junior show gets underway with the Goats January 11th and will conclude Thursday, January 18th with the Grand Champion Selection for the Market Steer and Market Lamb- followed by the Premium Sale of animals at 6:30 the next evening. The 2006 Champions came mostly from Texas and Oklahoma in all the species categories.
In 2006, the Grand Champion Barrow was shown by Cody McNally of Guthrie and was sold for $29,000. The Grand Champion Lamb was shown by Kasten Urban of Roosevelt- selling for $28,000 while the Reserve Grand Champion Lamb was shown by Kaylee Turner of Elgin- fetching $21,000. Both of those lambs and ten others ended up being disqualified- accusing the youth involved of cheating by using injections that artificially enhanced their appearance.
Speech Camps for FFA members coming up- deadline to signup is just around the corner.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Past State FFA President Rhett Laubach offers two FFA Speech training camps in early 2007. The first is for younger FFA members- they call it a "rookie" camp and it will be held January 27th in Edmond. Their camp for "advanced" FFA speakers is planned for February 2nd, also in Edmond. Contact Ashley Laubach for more information on either of these training opportunities at 405-216-5050.
We salute KGWA Radio in Enid!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~For those of you in northcentral Oklahoma- a great place to check out our daily Farm and Ranch news and markets on the radio is KGWA Radio at 960 on the AM dial in Enid. I know that some of you will be coming into Enid the end of this week for a day or so for an ag trade show- and I would suggest you set your dial on 960 to hear the very best in agricultural information from Ron Hays and Ed Richards.
KGWA offers agri information nine times a day from RON- and we have linked below a full listing of those reports. In addition, we have several reports each day on the BEST country music station in Enid, KOFM at 103.1. Check them out as well!!!
Beef Buzzing with Phil Seng- Day two
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We continue our series with Phil Seng, President of the US Meat Export Federation on our daily Beef Buzz. We caught up with Phil in Salt Lake City at the AFBF meeting- and today we talk with him about this issue of Asian governments wanting to talk bones in our beef. He says we need to get away from talking bones and discuss SRMs- and the fact that we are removing all SRMs from beef that we are processing.
Listen to Phil's comments on this and our hopes on getting China reopened to US beef as well by clicking on the link below.
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