~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Thursday August 2, 2007!A service of Farm Credit of East Central Oklahoma & Midwest Farm Shows
-- South Korea Blocks US Beef After we Screw Up AGAIN- a Ban on US Beef to be Considered.
-- Lowell Hobbs to remain on key Water Board Representing Agriculture for another three years.
-- OSU goes across department lines to produce a one stop document for Wheat Producers dealing with low test weight and/or sprouted wheat.
-- Oklahoma Peanut Commissioners Reappointed
-- More on the New Oklahoma Cattleman's Association Leadership Team
-- Markets from the Radio Oklahoma Network are Available 24/7 on our website!
-- Southern Plains Beef Symposium Is Set for Next Weekend in Ardmore.
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South Korea Blocks US Beef After we Screw Up AGAIN- a Ban on US Beef to be Considered.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We just can not stand prosperity as the stars seemed to be lined up to get South Korea fully reopened to US Beef- but the sellers of US beef into South Korea have been caught with their pants down again- this time with a box of beef shipped to South Korea with some spinal cord in it. This could be considered a "specified risk material" from a BSE perspective- and and caused a strong reaction from South Korea.
South Korea announced on Thursday it was stopping quarantine inspections of the U.S. product, meaning beef sitting in warehouses would be prevented from reaching store shelves. It will now decide whether to ban American beef all together. "South Korea will decide whether to ban U.S. beef imports after seeing if Washington takes sufficient measures. We will ban it if the measures are not enough," Kim Chang-sub, an agriculture ministry official, told reporters. South Korea will stop all U.S. beef imports and return shipments which are waiting for inspection if the country decides to ban the product. U.S. beef can be shipped to the country but cannot be brought to market until Seoul lifts the suspension of the inspections.
The offending party in this case is Cargill, whose 18 ton shipment has been rejected and will be returned to the US. While Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns has claimed that "overall" our inspections of beef to South Korea have gone well- only about six boxes out of 600,000 that have had problems- the South Koreans don't seem to be amused. They are openly questioning whether US Packers can follow safety standards, whatever they may be, of their government if South Korea should more fully open their market to US beef. This was our lead story on today's Morning Farm and Ranch News from the Radio Oklahoma Network- this is a report heard across the state on great radio stations- and we have it linked to where you can hear it on the Internet if you miss it on radio- it is linked daily on our website on the "Listen to RON" page. We also have it linked directly below for your convenience- this link will take you to our Listen to Ron page- from there click on the link that tells you to click to listen to this morning's farm and ranch news- it is an MP3 file.
Lowell Hobbs to remain on key Water Board Representing Agriculture for another three years.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Lowell Hobbs will continue to serve on the Oklahoma Water Quality Management Advisory Council for another term, being nominated for that additional term by House Speaker Lance Cargill- that word coming from the Speaker this past month. He serves as an agricultural representative on that council.
Hobbs has served several years on this board that is connected to the Oklahoma Department of Environemental Quality- and has served as the Board Chairman back in 2003. He has also been active in both the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association and the Oklahoma Farmers Union.
OSU goes across department lines to produce a one stop document for Wheat Producers dealing with low test weight and/or sprouted wheat.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~OSU Researchers and Extension Specialists have teamed up to offer a extension "fact sheet" that will offer timely and current information on dealing with the large amount of lower quality wheat we have harvested in many areas of the region this growing season.
The Fact Sheet states "An abundance of rainfall during the 2007 harvest season has left producers with questions of what to do with low test weight and sprout-damaged grain. Fortunately, there are answers for questions about feed quality, short-term storage, and germination of grain held over for 2008 seed."
Among the subjects tackled by this Extension piece- the feeding of sprout damaged wheat, can sprout damaged wheat be used for seed for the 2007-08 crop, storage of moist or sprout damaged wheat and dealing with insects of this less desirable wheat. The authors of the report include Carol Jones, Stored Product Specialist; Emond Bonjour, an entomology and plant pathology scientist that works with stored grain products; David Lalman, Beef Cattle Specialist and Jeff Edwards, State Small Grains Specialist. We have the complete Fact Sheet linked below- check it out.
Oklahoma Peanut Commissioners Reappointed
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Governor Brad Henry has reappointed John Clay of Carnegie and Duane Stevens of Anadarko each to three year terms on the Oklahoma Peanut Commission. The Caddo County producers currently serve as Chairman and Vice-Chairman , respectively. They represent producers in District 2 (Blaine, Caddo, Canadian, Comanche, Cotton, Grady, Jefferson, Major and Stephens Counties)
John Clay operates a Family Farm Corp with his son Steven, consisting of irrigated peanuts, cotton, corn, and small grains for both grain and forage. John is completing his second tern on USDA's Peanut Standards Board and was appointed by USDA in 2004 as Oklahoma's delegate on the National Peanut Board.
Former Anadarko school teacher turrned peanut producer, Duane Stevens operates a multi-county diversified farm headquartered in Caddo County. Stevens also provides services to area farmers as a bermuda grass sprigging contractor and a dozer- heavy equipment contractor. Both of these producers were first appointed to the Oklahoma Peanut Commission in 2001.
More on the New Oklahoma Cattleman's Association Leadership Team
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We mentioned the names of some of the new leaders of the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association earlier this week- but wanted to give you the chance to know a little more about the new OCA President and President Elect- both of which will be likely serving two years in these roles. Ray Heldermon is the newest President of the cattle group that has been around for more than half a century. He grew up in Hinton, but moved with his parents to the Claremore area, graduated from high school at Chelsea and entered Oklahoma State University where he pursued a degree in Animal Science. He was a member of the 1971 OSU Livestock Judging Team. Following graduation, Ray worked for Dr. Bob Totusek on the OSU Range with the research herd. In 1973 Heldermon moved to Joplin, Missouri where he managed a Polled Hereford ranch and later managed the Charles Reider Limousin Ranch. In 1976, Ray along with his wife Donna and son Coy moved back home to Claremore and established the foundation Angus cowherd which would serve as the genetic source for the purebred Black Limousin cow herd that Heldermon would build during the next three decades.
Heldermon has served as President of Oklahoma Beef Inc. which is Oklahoma's Premiere Performance Test Station, as President of the Oklahoma Limousin Breeder's Association, and has served two terms as Director for the North American Limousin Foundation. He was involved in the reorganization of the Rogers County Cattlemen's Association and became involved with the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association by serving as Co-Chairman and Chairman of the OCA Purebred Committee. He served as Northeast District Director 1994-1997 and as Northeast District Vice President 1999 through 2002. Ray Heldermon has been an active member of OCA since 1979.
The President Elect of the OCA here in 2007 was also named their Cattleman of the Year. And it's no cattleMan- but rather a very successful lady when it comes to the business of operating a large ranch. We are talking about Terry Stuart Forst of Waurika. Forst operates one of the most historic ranches in the United States- the Stuart Ranch. The Stuart Ranch is Oklahoma's oldest continuous family ranching operation with a beginning in Blue County, Indian Territory during 1868 when Robert Clay Freeny established the headquarters operation. The original headquarters is near Caddo in Bryan County today. The Stuart Ranch includes over 42,000 acres of native and improved pasture land in Atoka, Bryan and Jefferson counties. Wheat and rye grass cool season pasture in Jefferson County is utilized for a fall stocker operation. The beef cow herd is of Hereford and Angus genetics and features a black baldy product that can top the market as a feeder steer or become a top replacement heifer. The heifers are grown and calved at the Waurika ranch and mature cows are managed at the Caddo location. The ranch received the 1996 Beef Improvement Federation Commercial Producer Award.
Forst is the first lady to serve as President Elect of the Oklahoma Cattleman's Association, and assuming she is elevated in a couple of years- she will be the first female President of the organization. Congratulations to both Terry and Ray on their new responsibilities within the OCA.
Markets from the Radio Oklahoma Network are Available 24/7 on our website!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~On our market page at WWW.OklahomaFarmReport.Com, we have multiple links that can be helpful to you to quickly see how various markets are doing-based on their latest market report. We have links to USDA's Map that allows you to click on the state of interest- and pull up any feeder cattle auction report around the country.
We also feature links to Oklahoma Cash Grain Prices, Wholesale Boxed Beef Prices, the sites of OSU Livestock and Grain Marketing Economists- as well as a couple of daily audio updates. That means if you miss one of our radio reports from the Radio Oklahoma Network, you still have a way to catch up on our take on the markets at midday and at the close.
The first of those daily updates is usually up and available a little before 12:30 pm. It is our daily Midday Market Roundup, featuring a look at the fat cattle market in the southern plains, wholesale beef market, feeder auctions and agricultural and energy futures. Later each afternoon, usually a little after 2 pm central- we have our daily market analysis featuring our own Ed Richards visiting with Tom Leffler. We have the "markets" page linked below- take a look at the information that we have conveniently linked for you.
Southern Plains Beef Symposium Is Set for Next Weekend in Ardmore.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~It will be the 17th annual Southern Plains Beef Symposium- to be held once again this year at the beautiful Ardmore Convention Center. The theme of the 2007 event is "High Energy Costs and Other Challenges Facing the Beef Industry."
As always, there will be a top notch trade show, a prime rib lunch included in the price of admission, and a great program lined up to help you in the business of cattle production. Jeanne Schneider is one of those on the program this year- she is a Research Meteorologist, USDA-ARS Grazinglands Research Laboratory in El Reno and has done some fascinating research on drought and what may be ahead for the Southern Plains as weather cycles into what may be hotter and drier conditions in the next few years.
And as they have had most of the years at this event- there will be a producer panel after lunch. They will highlight their operations and relay how they are coping with the challenges of the higher input costs related to the higher costs of energy. Of course, they will be available to address your questions. We have the brochure for the Symposium linked on our web site- and we have that link for you below.
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