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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Friday December 28, 2007!A service of Cusack Meats, American Farmers and Ranchers & Midwest Farm Shows
-- Our Final Email of 2007!
-- What can we do better????
-- Two Counties( at least) holding Disaster Payments Until 2008- unless you ask.
-- Successes of 2007- Challenges of 2008 for the Oklahoma Beef Council
-- Oklahoma Wheat Commission headed to the Commodity Classic in Nashville!
-- Bearish Numbers for Hogs and Pigs
-- Another Price Jump for Canola Contracted for Next Summer.
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Our Final Email of 2007!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~As the old year winds down, we remind you that we will be taking a four day holiday this weekend- with no email planned for next Monday and Tuesday, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. We will resume our weekday schedule next Wednesday, January 2, 2008.
We will have regular our regular schedule of radio reports on the Radio Oklahoma Network on Monday December 31- and tomorrow morning on News9, we will look at perhaps the top story of 2007 for agriculture- the year long process- still not done- of getting a new farm law in place. That's the focus of of our In the Field piece for Saturday in the 6am- 8am News Block of KWTV, News9. Our segment will air at 6:40 am- and some weeks is repeated at 7:40 am as well.
The futures markets will be operating on the same half day schedule that they worked under on Monday of this week this coming Monday on December 31. Our livestock auctions continue to be on holiday as well, with most of the weekly auctions off both this week as well as next.
As we end 2007, we say thank you for making this email, our daily radio reports on the Radio Oklahoma Network, our 24/7 OklahomaFarmReport.Com and our weekly Saturday TV update all so very successful. In just about every measure you can imagine, we have grown- the number of radio affiliates carrying our programming, advertising revenue (a favorite of my bosses), the number of subscribers to our daily email, page views on our Internet site and the establishment of the first regular TV farm news seen in Oklahoma's largest TV market in decades, In the Field with Ron Hays. On behalf of everyone here at Griffin Communications, thanks for making the right choice- the agricultural information delivery from Ron on RON!
What can we do better????
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~As we hit the end of 2007, our question/request to you is simple: How can we better serve you in 2008? What do you like about what we do- and what do you want us to do better? What do we need to be covering that we have neglected over this past year? What radio stations should we target in 2008 to give you an outlet you can hear Ron and Ed on RON?
We also need from you information about the events going on in the organizations that you are a part of. I always appreciate an email reminder (with details if possible) of events that are going on. Never assume that I know about your event or what is going on with your part of farming and ranching. I do my best to stay on top of what is happening in the world of agriculture- but there is a lot of ground to plow everyday- and you can really help if you will be my eyes and ears on things happening in the business of farming and ranching here in the state.
Let me hear from you. The easiest way to contact me is by email- email@example.com. You are also welcome to give me a call at 405-841-3675. I look forward to your help, encouragement and admonishments as we end the old and begin the new year.
Two Counties( at least) holding Disaster Payments Until 2008- unless you ask.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We have gotten several emails from farmers who have received their disaster payments from Uncle Sam in the waning days of 2007. It appears that most counties have elected to go ahead and send either the actual check or do direct deposit if they have that set up with the producer.
However, I have gotten reports on at least two counties that made the decision not to push the pay button until next week and when the calendar reads 2008. The latest county that we have heard that this is happening is Cimarron County- and while they will issue a check in 2007 if the producer asks for it- they are holding back the disaster aid payments until 2008 for everyone else. The reason- tax obligations.
If you have not yet received a check from Uncle Sam and you applied for disaster aid- you might check with your local county FSA office to see what their policy is. If it benefits you to get that money in this calendar year- you still have a little time to make that happen if you are in a county that is delaying those checks.
Successes of 2007- Challenges of 2008 for the Oklahoma Beef Council
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We talked in recent days with Heather Buckmaster of the Oklahoma Beef Council about the success stories of 2007 for the beef promotion efforts paid for by cattle producers here in the state. One of the big successes was the Hispanic promotion conducted in cooperation with the California Beef Council in southern California. Thousands of pounds of incremental beef was sold through these promotional efforts. Buckmaster says further efforts in this developing partnership are in store for 2008.
She also cites a lot of success in working with Chefs and future Dieticians as two ways that beef checkoff dollars are used to influence those that influence hundreds and thousands of consumers.
You can hear our brief conversation with Heather about both these success stories- as well as the challenge of putting each dollar in the right place for 2008- we have our conversation linked below for you to take a listen to.
Oklahoma Wheat Commission headed to the Commodity Classic in Nashville!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Oklahoma Wheat Commission approved plans earlier this month to be a high profile part of the Wheat Industry Booth in the trade show of the Commodity Classic that comes up February 28 through March 1, 2008 at the Opryland Convention Center in Nashville. The 2008 Wheat Industry Booth will be highlighted by bread and cinnamon rolls baked fresh in the Oklahoma Wheat Commission's portable oven.
The 2008 Commodity Classic trade show will be the largest in Classic history with 213 companies exhibiting in 840 booths, organizers announced this week. The trade show, which has more than doubled in size since its inception in 1996, is sold out with a waiting list in place for additional exhibitors.
Commodity Classic, the annual convention and trade show of the American
Soybean Association (ASA), the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA)
and NAWG will be held Feb. 28 to March 1 in Nashville, Tenn. In addition
to the trade show - a show highlight - the gathering also offers valuable
educational sessions, association meetings, important networking
opportunities and plenty of entertainment.
Bearish Numbers for Hogs and Pigs
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The continued expansion of swine herds and lots of heavier pigs about ready for market will pressure pork futures today and could dampen profit potential for hog producers in the early days of 2008- two of the conclusions from Thursday's Hogs and Pigs Quarterly Report. USDA says there are four percent more hogs and pigs in the country this December 1 versus 2006- the total swine count is just over 65 million hogs.
Iowa continues to be the largest hog population center in the country- with 18.2 million head as of December first- up five percent from last year. The second and third biggest hog states do not equal Iowa- North Carolina with 9.9 million head and Minnesota with 7.2 million head. You gotta wonder- will any of the Presidential contenders be able to get a few of those piggies out to the caucuses next week- add a few pig votes here and there and they can really mount up in a hurry!
Oklahoma remains the eighth largest hog population state, at 2.33 million head. Our breeding herd in Oklahoma did grow by three percent in this latest report, now standing at 360,000 sows.
Another Price Jump for Canola Contracted for Next Summer.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Gene Neuens and the folks at Plains Oilseed Products Coop (POP) tell us there is yet another half cent bump in the offering price to contract winter canola for next summer.
The price of 2008 Winter Canola has increased to:
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