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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Thursday October 2, 2008!A service of Johnston Enterprises, National Livestock Credit and American Farmers & Ranchers!
-- NFU's Tom Buis Calls For NO Tolerance on Cattle That are Born, Raised and Processed in the USA
-- Steve Dittmer Calls Ideas of Stricter Enforcement of COOL a potential disaster.
-- From the Southwest Stocker Conference- The Beef Market View with Derrell Peel
-- Clearly NO Love Lost Between Drew and Rick- Chicken Poop is Flying All Over.
-- Wanna Give a Buck to the FFA? You Can and It's NOT Your Buck!
-- Tulsa State Fair Junior Livestock Show and More.
-- Express Ranch Invites You to Their Fall Bull Sale and Commercial Female Sale
-- Looking at our Agricultural Markets...
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NFU's Tom Buis Calls For NO Tolerance on Cattle That are Born, Raised and Processed in the USA
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The President of the National Farmers Union, Tom Buis, says he has lost his patience and will demand that Congress remove any flexibility that is now in the COOL law for meat packers to be able to be able to label USA born and raised livestock as a mixed origin. He told reporters on Wednesday that he was in the closed door negotiations over a year ago when compromise language was developed- and that he believes the packers talking about wide spread use of the mixed origin label is a clear violation of the agreement that was assembled by the groups at the request of House Ag Committee Chairman Colin Peterson.
Buis sees no premium for beef that is labeled as USA born and raised, but adds that consumers want that information and that they deserve it. He fully expects that the major three beef packers will all opt for the mixed origin label- and that will account for as much as 85% of the beef found in the retail meat counters. He does commend the pork industry for heading the opposite direction, as he believes all of the major pork packers will follow the lead of Smithfield and their intentions to label all of their pork as a USA product.
We have comments from Tom Buis and others in our lead story as we begin
this Thursday morning as found on our website, WWW.OklahomaFarmReport.Com.
Click on the link below to jump there.
Steve Dittmer Calls Ideas of Stricter Enforcement of COOL a potential disaster.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~It's ironic that on the first day of COOL implemented that I received in my email inbox one of the regular "rants" from Steve Dittmer who helps run the Agribusiness Freedom Foundation- this just after we had posted on our website the story you found just above about NFU and the Consumers Federation of America crying foul over how packers may well use the mixed origin label for much of the beef muscle cuts that will be found in the supermarkets in the days to come.
Dittmer writes "Friday, Sept. 26, USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service
(AMS) spooked everything by issuing a sentence in a guidance document that
instantly changed what livestock feeders and packers had been assuming for
"Both the law and the interim rule clearly specified that U.S.-origin cattle could be included in the Multiple Origin category. " Dittmer says at the very last moment, USDA blinked over the outcry and claims that while that is how the law is written, those who negotiated the deal, did not mean it that way.
He adds "Congressmen, radical farm groups and activists have railed
that USDA's regulations didn't follow the law and that packers are
planning to flout the "intent of the law." So after six years, the intent
isn't in the language? The problem is, do-gooders often have no
understanding of how the systems they are "fixing" actually work, no
concept of cost and no perception of the penalties in reputation, fines
and operational disruptions if a business runs afoul of federal food
From the Southwest Stocker Conference- The Beef Market View with Derrell Peel
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist Dr. Derrell Peel was the opening speaker at the 2008 Southwest Stocker Conference in Lawton this week. Dr. Peel talked with cattle producers about the financial markets and the impact on agriculture and the cattle industry- he worries about the availability of credit and its cost in the days ahead; he also talked with producers about where the cattle market is here at this point in 2008.
After his presentation, we sat down with him to run the gamut of beef market topics- and we have that interview linked below for you to listen to you. Click on the link to our website and get caught up on some valuable marketing information, even though you may have missed his presentation at the Conference in Lawton.
Our coverage from the Southwest Stocker Conference is a service of our Cattle events sponsor, Hudson Livestock Supplements.
Clearly NO Love Lost Between Drew and Rick- Chicken Poop is Flying All Over.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The local Tahlequah paper had some marvelous comments from several of the figures involved in the poultry litter issue in the Illinois River watershed that got publicity this week as Federal judge Gregory Frizzell told the Oklahoma Attorney general "no" on an injunction to stop the spreading of chicken litter in the million acre watershed for fertilizer.
The writer quoted the Attorney General who said the underlying lawsuit
will continue because of the dangers of poultry litter. They also quoted
the President of STIR- the Save the Illinois River group who also worries
about the contamination of the River.
Finally, they they turned to Rick Stubblefield, who is one of the
Commissioners of the Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission, who took aim and
fired at the AG. "Ultimately, the court believed the professionals who
work for water quality agencies for the state of Oklahoma," said
Stubblefield. "In promoting his multimillion-dollar, hired gunslinger
witnesses, Edmondson was forced to attack the expert work of practically
everyone who works for the state of Oklahoma - and the court obviously
does not believe everyone who works for the state of Oklahoma is a
Wanna Give a Buck to the FFA? You Can and It's NOT Your Buck!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We are talking about a campaign developed by Campbell Soups that is offering a dollar every time a person goes to a special website that they opened up as of this past Monday. It's called HelpGrowYourSoup.Com and we have the link to it below. When I clicked on their barn on the website Wednesday night, I was number 4,353 of people who had come and clicked to donate a dollar to the National FFA organization.
On the Campbell's site that you can link to- they are saying "As part of our corporate mission to nourish people's lives everywhere, every day, Campbell Soup Company is committed to supporting the farmers that have provided the wholesome ingredients for Campbell's condensed soups for more than 110 years. Through a partnership with the National FFA Organization, which is dedicated to developing our next generation of leaders through agricultural education, Campbell has committed a quarter of a million dollars to help support the future of American farming."
MY CHALLENGE TO YOU THIS MORNING IS SIMPLE. Take about thirty seconds to go to the link below- click through and get to the small red barn and click it. I know we have some of the best FFA supporters in the entire world in Oklahoma- and I am convinced that we could and should get a thousand hits on this Thursday. Please go to the link below, click on through- and know you have played a part in getting FFA another buck to get the Blue and Gold shining bright!
Tulsa State Fair Junior Livestock Show and More.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~If you go to our calendar page of our website, WWW.OklahomaFarmReport.Com, you will see a bunch of events up and coming here in the month of October. For the balance of this week, the major events center around the Tulsa State Fair and their Junior Livestock show events- including the Premium Sale of the top animals on Friday morning at 11:00 AM. This is the second largest junior livestock premium auction in the state after the Oklahoma Youth expo.
The state of Oklahoma is sponsoring a big American Angus Association Conference and Tour this coming week- it should be a most interesting meeting of some of the sharpest people in the seedstock business gathering for that event.
Later in the month, on tap are a group of Cow-Calf Survival meetings
planned by OSU extension in the northeastern part of the state, as well as
the National FFA Convention, which we will be covering as we travel to
Express Ranch Invites You to Their Fall Bull Sale and Commercial Female Sale
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Coming up Monday, October 6 at twelve noon- Express Ranches invites you to Yukon, Oklahoma to improve the genetics of your herd here in 2008. In the sale catalog, Bob Funk and Jarold Callahan remind cattle producers that "Our objective is to produce balanced trait, problem-free cattle that have moderate birth weights with excellent growth, moderate milk and superior carcass with regard to both marbling and ribeye."
Featured at this sale on October sixth will be 200 plus Angus bulls
including 40 select Fall Yearling bulls
We have the Express Ranches website linked below- on the right hand side of the page you will see the link that will take you to the sale catalog right on your computer- review the offering and then make plans to be at the Express Ranches Fall Bull Sale and Commercial Female Sale Monday October 6- twelve noon is the start time of the auction.
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Looking at our Agricultural Markets...
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The move lower on our feeder cattle markets continue with the latest evidence provided in the Wednesday trade at OKC West in El Reno. They sold 4,413 cattle, with yearlings and calves called $4 to $6 lower than a week ago. The market reporter on the scene wrote that some buying interests were sitting on their hands and out of the market- with the "recent bad financial news" helping push prices lower. Five weight steers brought from $95 to $113, while seven to eight hundred pound steers crossing the scales and bringing from $103.25 to $107.50. For the complete OKC West El Reno report, click here.
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