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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Friday December 12, 2008!A service of Johnston Enterprises, American Farmers & Ranchers and Midwest Farm Shows!
-- Has the Presumed Leader for Secretary of Agriculture Moved On?
-- So Who's Gonna Be the Secretary of Agriculture Now?
-- Mr. Market Says "Don't Produce Too Much Wheat"
-- American Soybean Association leaders are flying to Washington Pushing for Probe of United Soybean Board's Use of Soybean Checkoff
-- Cattle Handling Skills Contest Today at Tulsa Farm Show
-- Hoping that an Infectious Foreign Animal Disease Never Shows Up- Officials Train for that Day Anyway.
-- Private Treaty Bull Sale Continues at Tulsa Farm Show
-- Looking at our Agricultural Markets...
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Has the Presumed Leader for Secretary of Agriculture Moved On?
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~U.S. Rep. John Salazar has accepted an appointment to the powerful U.S. House Appropriations Committee, signaling that he is not President-elect Barack Obama's choice for secretary of agriculture. Salazar told reporters on Thursday of the Appropriations seat "I look forward to serving in this capacity for years to come."
The Denver post reports that "two people close to the process, who asked not to be identified because they were not authorized to speak, said Salazar's acceptance of one of the coveted spots on appropriations was a clear indication he was unlikely to end up as head of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. "
A spokesman for Congressman Salazar has said he has not pulled his name out of consideration for the job- and that if the President called that the Colorado lawmaker would most certainly consider it. However, the allure of sitting on the Committee that makes the money decisions in the House is very tempting to Salazar- and would mean he could probably keep his seat representing his district and Colorado for life.
So Who's Gonna Be the Secretary of Agriculture Now?
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~If John Salazar is satisfied with the move from the House Ag Committee to the Appropriations Committee in the 111th Congress- then who does that leave as Secretary of Agriculture? Two other current lawmakers have been mentioned- Congressman Sanford Bishop of Georgia and Jim McGovern of Massachusetts. Bishop served several years on the House Ag Committee, now is a part of the House Appropriations Committee and its subcommittee on agriculture and is liked by southern interests. McGovern is an unknown. The other names that we have mentioned previously are all still "out there" but no one has credible evidence to point one way or the other.
It appears any announcement by Mr. Obama won't happen before next week- if then- and clearly he and his advisors believe that the Agriculture job is in the bottom tier of cabinet appointments.
Yesterday- it was confirmed that former Senator Tom Daschle will be the HHS Secretary- and will be a key player in whatever the new administration can put together for a national healthcare strategy. While that will be Daschle's primary job, it does mean that there will be at least one cabinet officer beside the Ag Secretary that has a real understanding of farm programs from his time as a Senator and Democratic Leader from the state of South Dakota.
Mr. Market Says "Don't Produce Too Much Wheat"
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~OSU Grain Marketing economist Dr. Kim Anderson believes that while we have had some rally in the wheat market through Thursday- that the overall fundamentals do not look encouraging for wheat prices right now and seem to be saying we don't need as many acres of wheat this coming year as in 2008.
Dr. Anderson points to the USDA Supply Demand Report from Thursday as one piece of evidence that is stacked up against a wheat market advance anytime soon. The world is looking at a huge global crop in the face- and coupled with a generally stronger dollar, has hurt US wheat export prospects in the coming months. Dr. Anderson also points at the general economic turmoil that has savaged the commodity market in general- from oil to ag products since just before Labor Day.
Dr. Anderson's comments come as a part of his regular appearance on SUNUP, as produced by the OSU Division of Agriculture for OETA for Saturday morning. We have Dr. Anderson's comments from this week's wheat marketing segment- as well as a rundown of what will be on SUNUP tomorrow morning- click on the link below to learn more.
American Soybean Association leaders are flying to Washington Pushing for Probe of United Soybean Board's Use of Soybean Checkoff
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~American Soybean Association leaders are flying to Washington today (Friday) to lobby for a federal probe and audit of the United Soybean Board. Current ASA President John Hoffman and President Elect Johnny Dodson plan to meet with Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer this afternoon as they request that their charges of wrongdoing against the United Soybean Board be investigated sooner rather than later.
The American Soybean Association has petitioned the U.S. Department of Agriculture to investigate the United Soybean Board's use of soybean checkoff dollars. ASA has leveled serious allegations have about how USB programs - as well as the U.S. Soybean Export Council - are being conducted.
Click on our link below for an audio update of the ASA trip to Washington today and what they will be asking of Ag Secretary Ed Schafer.
Cattle Handling Skills Contest Today at Tulsa Farm Show
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~A total of nine FFA Chapters will field teams this morning for the Livestock handling Skills Contest going on at the Tulsa Farm Show. These thirty FFA members- three per team- qualified by testing that was held last July at the Big 3 Field days in Stillwater on campus at OSU.
The teams will compete by processing two calves as if adding them to an existing herd. They will be judged on the quality of their work by a team of industry professionals. The students are competing for some $5,000 in scholarship money- and the top team will win a calf table donated by Priefert.
The chapters that will have teams competing today include Crescent with
two teams, Dickson, Perkins-Tryon, Pawnee, Oktaha, Morrison, Idabel,
Crowder and Tipton.
Hoping that an Infectious Foreign Animal Disease Never Shows Up- Officials Train for that Day Anyway.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~This coming week- More than 60 state and federal agriculture, homeland security and emergency management officials from at least ten states will be in Oklahoma City next week for a six day Incident Command System training course. The course will be conducted by the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and the Multistate Partnership for Security in Agriculture.
The course will be held at the Oklahoma Army National Guard Regional Training Institute in Oklahoma City and is not open to the public. State Secretary of Agriculture, Terry Peach, said this round of training will bring his agency's total to 17 ICS teams trained by his agency. "Our ICS and rapid response teams have become renowned not only for their abilities to deal with emergencies but also for their expertise in training others," he said. "We're proud of their commitment to excellence both in dealing with crisis conditions and also passing on their knowledge and skills.
State Veterinarian, Dr. Becky Brewer, said the training includes team development and behavior, decision making methods, numerous exercises, and ends with a full day simulation of a major foreign animal disease outbreak involving multiple jurisdictions and both state and federal responders.
Private Treaty Bull Sale Continues at Tulsa Farm Show
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Oklahoma Simmental Simbrah Association is pleased to once again hold an All Breed Private Treaty Bull Sale In Conjunction With The Tulsa Farm Show that is now underway, continuing today and tomorrow at the Quik Trip Center in Tulsa.
This sale is featuring more than 40 service aged bulls that will include Simmental, Simm./Angus and Angus bulls. All bulls will have current breeding soundness exams and health certificates. since this is a Private Treaty sale- you pick out the bull you want, make your deal, Load and Go it is First Come, First Served!
We have the link to the Association's website linked below- or you can
call Jeff White at 580-829-1337 for more information.
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Looking at our Agricultural Markets...
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We continue to wait on cash sales of feedlot cattle as we hit Friday- and feedlot operators are hoping for steady money with last week- knowing that steady levels still puts them in the red by as much as $200 per head. Steady money with last week would mean cash cattle prices in the $86 to $87 price range- packers have thus far bid $84 and asking prices remain $90 to $92.
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