~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Tuesday February 5, 2008!A service of National Livestock Credit, KIS Futures & Midwest Farm Shows
-- US Wheat Elects Schieber as Secretary/Treasurer
-- Three Trillion Dollar Bush Budget has $94 Billion for Agriculture in the coming year
-- Wintertime Condition of the 2008 HRW Crop Fair to Good in Oklahoma...
-- Pork Producer Delegates Appointed by Ag Secretary Ed Schafer....
-- Top Conservation District Director to be Saluted by Noble Foundation and OACD This Spring...
-- A Correction on a Date for this week and a New Date for Your Calendar...
-- Headed to Reno for the 2008 Cattle Industry Convention!
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US Wheat Elects Schieber as Secretary/Treasurer
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma wheat producer Don Schieber of Kay County will jump onto the revolving chairs of the national officer team of US Wheat Associates this year, as he was elected to the position of Secretary/Treasurer on Monday during the winter board meeting of US Wheat Associates.
U.S. Wheat is the market promotion arm into the global marketplace for
US wheat producers. They have offices in 15 foreign locations and two here
in the U.S.- Portland, Oregon and in Arlington, Virginia, just outside
Don Schieber joins the officer team that will include Ron Suppes of Kansas as Past Chairman, Michael Edgar of Arizona serving as Chairman, and Janice Mattson of Montana as Vice Chairman. Don farms near Kildare in Kay County, and also operates a seed cleaning business in Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas and New Mexico. He currently serves on the Oklahoma Wheat Commission, is a part of the Advisory Council of the Oklahoma Ag Leadership Program and participated in Class I of the OALP.
Three Trillion Dollar Bush Budget has $94 Billion for Agriculture in the coming year
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~There are no printed copies of the Federal budget in 2008- it's now all online as President Bush has unveiled his ideas of a budget for the coming fiscal year. For agriculture, the Bush Administration is proposing to spend right at 95 billion dollars, with over half of the in the food stamp, WIC and other food assistance programs.
Among the proposals that are inside the USDA budget proposal for 2009- there is a 25% shift in monies in the Food for Peace program that would buy food products overseas from local farmers instead of buying US grown products. In addition, the Bush budget calls for "user fees" to pay for meat inspection, and proposes to slice $260 million from the EQIP program and $160 million from the green payment program, the Conservation Security Program.
Beyond those savings and shifts, the Administration says they have
identified 33 areas or programs that need to be eliminated. One of the
programs they feature in that category in their Ag Budget highlights that
we have linked below is the Resource Conservation and Development Program,
which duplicates other Department of Agriculture economic development
programs that encourage State and local governments to plan and implement
projects, including those for resource protection, community zoning and
infrastructure, and economic development.
Wintertime Condition of the 2008 HRW Crop Fair to Good in Oklahoma...
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~At this time of year, we get a monthly update of crop and pasture conditions in Oklahoma- and gives us some perspective on what our potential is for this 2008 Hard Red Winter Wheat Crop.
The Oklahoma Wheat Crop is rated 68% fair to good as of the beginning of this month- the report offers this analysis: "The condition of all small grain crops was mostly in the fair to good range. Nine percent of small grains were reported having light to moderate freeze damage. Dry conditions as well as high winds were impacting the wheat crop in many parts of the State. However, most irrigated acres were looking good. Top-dressing has been applied to wheat in a few areas which has increased the need for rainfall. Also, greenbugs have begun to invade wheat fields in isolated areas. Twenty-five percent of the winter wheat was being grazed, 10 points behind normal."
Our neighbors in Kansas have about the same wheat crop ratings as we have in Oklahoma- 69% fair to good. However, the Texas wheat crop continues to struggle with a rating of 61% poor to very poor as of the start of February.
Pork Producer Delegates Appointed by Ag Secretary Ed Schafer....
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer announced today the appointment of 155 pork producers and 8 importers to the 2008 National Pork Producers Delegate Body. All appointees will serve a one-year term. The delegates were selected from nominees submitted by state pork producer association and importer groups. Four of the delegates will represent the Oklahoma pork industry on the national board.
The four producers that have been appointed by Secretary Schafer
include Karen Brewer, Lonnie Hoelscher, Charles Luthi and Joe
Delegates meet annually to recommend the rate of assessment, determine the percentage of assessments that state associations will receive and nominate producers and importers to the 15-member National Pork Board. The Delegate Body will be seated during the March 6-8, 2008, National Pork Industry Forum in St. Louis, Missouri. Representation on the Delegate Body is based on annual net assessments collected on sales of domestic hogs within individual states, with a minimum of two producers from each state.
Top Conservation District Director to be Saluted by Noble Foundation and OACD This Spring...
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~As part of their continuing commitment to the agriculture producers of Oklahoma and to our state's natural resources, The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation and the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts (OACD) today announced that they will again partner together in presenting the "Outstanding Conservation District Director Award." This award will go to the district director judged to have done the most toward conserving our natural resources and helping the bottom line of landowners in our state.
The Outstanding Conservation District Director Award is given annually to a Conservation District Director, chosen from the 440 directors from throughout Oklahoma for doing the most to help landowners conserve our soil, water, air and wildlife habitats through education, assistance and support. This award is presented each spring at the Governors Conservation Awards Ceremony at the Blue Room of the State Capitol during Conservation Day.
"Our founder, Lloyd Noble, created the Noble Foundation because of his concern for the land and those who manage it" said Wadell Altom, Senior Vice President and director of the Noble Foundation Agricultural Division. "It is very appropriate for us to help recognize those who are assisting land mangers at the local level and to promote partnerships with all who work to conserve our natural resources."
"This is a great partnership, the Noble Foundation and OACD," Clay Pope, Executive Director of OACD said. "By sponsoring this award, the Noble Foundation is helping us recognize the contributions of those district directors who volunteer their time to help conserve our natural resources. The Noble Foundation is truly committed to helping Farmers and Ranchers with the conservation and protection of our soil, water, air, and wildlife habitats."
A Correction on a Date for this week and a New Date for Your Calendar...
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We have the right day but gave you the wrong date. The Women in Ag conference is set for this Thursday- but it's the 7th, not the 8th as we mentioned in our email mention last week. We were told by Susan Henning that they have had good signup on the event, about 120 registered. If you want last minute details on this event that happens this week in Tonkawa, call Susan at 580-362-2438.
The new event that we just got info on is the 2008 National meeting of Singles in Agriculture that will be held in Stillwater March 13 through 16. This group has members in several states and might be a most interesting way to meet other singles that are actively involved in production agriculture and agribusiness.
For details on this event- contact one of the two ladies from Oklahoma that are involved in hosting this long weekend. Call Pat Ponder at 918-967-2631 or Elaine Hillard at 918-835-6131. If you want more information on this group- I have linked their website below for you to check out.
Headed to Reno for the 2008 Cattle Industry Convention!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We will be reporting the balance of this week from the Cattle Industry meeting that begins to come together today at the Reno Convention Center. It should be an interesting meeting with lots of issues that we will try to stay on top of over the next four days or so.
I would guess we will hear discussions about the high price of feed grains and how ethanol policy plays into feed grain outlook, animal ID, Country of Origin Labeling, Beef Exports and the frustrations of dealing with Korea and Japan; the Beef Checkoff, Food Safety and the new beef advertising campaign- that's a pretty good list for starters.
We will have coverage in this daily email, as well as coverage on our website- go to WWW.OklahomaFarmReport.Com and click on the Bovine Blog- that's our official spot where we will update regularly from the event. In fact, we have that page linked below as we will likely have a couple of updates on there later on Tuesday once we arrive on the scene and scope out the lay of the land!
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