~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Friday November 14, 2008!A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Farm Credit Associations of Oklahoma and Midwest Farm Shows!
-- Kansas Congressman Jerry Moran Hopes to Duplicate Road to the Senate Taken by Pat Roberts
-- Chilton and Jett Expected to Lead Obama Ag Transition Work
-- The Endorsement of Senator Obama by HSUS- NCBA Lobbyist Colin Woodall Believes This is a Cause for Concern
-- Wheat Variety Plots Are Now Planted, Emerged and Ready to Observe
-- Wheat Prices Have Found a Trading Range- For Now.
-- Oklahoma Farm Bureau Convention Underway
-- Tyson Has Poultry Problems
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Kansas Congressman Jerry Moran Hopes to Duplicate Road to the Senate Taken by Pat Roberts
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~House Ag Committee member Jerry Moran of the Big First District of Kansas- which encompasses about 2/3 of Kansas- from the Colorado border eastward- confirmed to us that he fully intends to run for the Senate seat that will come open in 2010 by virtue of the word from Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas that he will not seek re-election.
Moran is currently the number four Republican on the House Ag Committee- and is behind Oklahoma Congressman Frank Lucas in Seniority on the Committee. Moran has served the western Kansas district since winning the seat as Pat Roberts moved from the District to the Senate in 1996- after chairing the House Ag Committee through the passage of Freedom to Farm.
We talked with Moran about politics- his interest in being ranking member of the House Ag Committee if Congressman Bob Goodlatte is not granted a waiver by a new steering committee appointed by Republican leadership that will be elected next week for the new Congressional session that begins in January. And we also talked with Moran about implementation of the 2008 Farm Law by the Bush Administration and his thoughts on why Governor Sebellius is not a likely candidate for Secretary of Agriculture slot. Click on the link below for more on this story and to listen to our conversation with Congressman Moran.
Chilton and Jett Expected to Lead Obama Ag Transition Work
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Two of the key Washington Ag Media sources agree that the Senator Obama camp has selected their USDA transition team leaders- the co-chairs are expected to be current CFTC member Bart Chilton( who worked for Tom Buis at National Farmers Union before going to the CFTC) and former USDA staffer Carole Jett, who worked within the NRCS and is known as a lady who really knows the conversation programs and their ins and outs after serving for 33 years within the agency.
According to both Agri-Pulse's Stewart Doan and Washington Journal's Jerry Hagstrom- Chilton and Jett are the likely pair to lead the work of getting the Obama Administration ready to take over USDA January 20 as the Senator takes office.,
The unknown at this point, according to Agri-Pulse, is whether Chilton
will be able to keep his day job or not at the CFTC as he works with the
Obama camp- "it is not clear whether or not the Transition team's legal
staff will allow Chilton to continue to stay at CFTC while fulfilling this
The Endorsement of Senator Obama by HSUS- NCBA Lobbyist Colin Woodall Believes This is a Cause for Concern
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Our Friday Beef Buzz comes from the National Association of Farm Broadcasting's annual meeting as we talked on Thursday with Colin Woodall from the Washington office of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association. The theme of our Friday show is "change" and the concerns of NCBA about some of those involved in the change.
Woodall says it is a worry that the Humane Society of the US publicly endorsed Senator Obama as he won the Presidential sweepstakes a little over a week ago. HSUS has their agenda the demise of animal agriculture as we know, according to Woodall- and if the Senator- soon to be President, places sympathetic appointees of the HSUS philosophy at various federal agencies- that could spell trouble over the next few years. Woodall also talks with us about the national implications of Prop Two being passed in California- another worry for animal agriculture here in the US.
The Beef Buzz is a regular feature heard on great radio stations all across the state of Oklahoma on the Radio Oklahoma Network- and can also be accessed by heading to our website- WWW.OklahomaFarmReport.Com- and clicking on the button on the left hand side of the page entitled Beef Buzz.
Wheat Variety Plots Are Now Planted, Emerged and Ready to Observe
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Here's the word from OSU Wheat Specialist Dr. Jeff Edwards who has been working for much of the fall in getting wheat plots in place for the 2008-2009 growing season. There are about 23 locations across most of the state- and Dr. Edwards offers the following invite:
"All of the 2008-2009 wheat variety trials are now in the ground and most have emerged. The attached pdf contains the plots plans for all locations, so go by your closest location and see how the varieties are stacking up."
We have this story and the link to the spreadsheet that shows the actual varieties that are planted in all locations- click below for that information and check out how the plots look in your area.
Wheat Prices Have Found a Trading Range- For Now.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~OSU Grain Marketing Economist Dr. Kim Anderson says we currently are in a trading pattern for hard red winter wheat prices- both for cash trade as well as Kansas City futures. KC futures, basis December, have settled into a range from $5.50 to $6.00 a bushel while local elevators are ranging from $4.70 to $5.00 a bushel. Dr. Anderson calls this a sideways pattern- and he adds that he expects it to stay in this rut for the next several weeks.
Anderson does believe that we have the bottom in- but that it is possible that we could see a break out to the upside here in the nearterm.
Dr. Anderson's comments come to us courtesy of Clinton Griffiths and the team at SUNUP, and will be featured on their Saturday morning show seen across the state on OETA. We have the audio part of the conversation that you can hear by clicking on the link below. We also have some of the details of this weekend's SUNUP program in that webstory- check that out as well.
Oklahoma Farm Bureau Convention Underway
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We are making the move from Kansas City to Oklahoma City today as we head from our National Association of Farm Broadcasting meeting to the 67th annual meeting of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau.
OFB meets once again in downtown Oklahoma City at the Cox Convention Center- and will have their opening general session at 2 PM today. That session will be keynoted by Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer- who is the first USDA Chief we have had in the state for perhaps two decades. The last time I can remember a Secretary visiting Oklahoma was Secretary Clayton Yeutter who spoke to the National Farmers Union when they held their national meeting in Oklahoma City in the late 1980s.
Back to the OFB- the highlight this evening will be the announcement of
the Farm Bureau Farm Family of the year. We link below a story we did
earlier this week about the 14 families that are in the running for that
honor. The organization also will be working on resolutions over the next
couple of days to set their policy for the coming year.
Tyson Has Poultry Problems
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Meatingplace.Com reports that Tyson is facing major financial challenges- primarily within their poultry segment of the business. "Moody's Investors Service said Thursday it downgraded the corporate family and probability of default ratings of Tyson Foods to Ba3 from Ba1, based on concern the company will be challenged to significantly boost in the near term the profitability of its chicken segment. "
Moody's said the rating outlook is negative, noting concern that Tyson will be challenged to boost chicken margins significantly in the near term, despite lower grain prices, due to anemic market prices.
"With market prices for breast meat and leg quarters still low, Tyson anticipates a significant operating loss in chicken during the current quarter, and potentially an operating loss on a consolidated basis. Profitability in chicken is strained at a time when Tyson's acquisition strategy could preclude material debt reduction," the ratings agency said in a news release.
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