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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Friday May 1, 2009A service of Johnston Enterprises, American Farmers & Ranchers and Midwest Farm Shows!
-- Guidance Given to Local FSA offices: DAT-307
-- High Costs and Low Prices Worry Farmers- So Says Oklahoma Farm Bureau Survey
-- Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack's Road Tour on Animal ID Set for May and June
-- The Latest Swine Flu Name- influenza A
-- It's May Day- and Wheat Tour Stops Have Sprouted Up Like Weeds!
-- Jumping Japan to Beef From Animals Under 30 Months Equals a Billion Dollars for the US Beef Business
-- On the Auction Trail- Express Today, Coyote Hills Tomorrow and Clay Corral Next Saturday
-- Looking at our Agricultural Markets...
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Guidance Given to Local FSA offices: DAT-307
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~That's the notice number of the information provided by USDA in Washington that has gone out to FSA offices that they have received either late Wednesday or on Thursday. It goes into the details of a farmer that had planted wheat- had obtained crop insurance for that wheat- the crop failed and the deadlines for NAP coverage on a second crop has passed. USDA indicates that they will, in almost all cases, grant a release on those wheat acres, allow the farmer to pay a $250 fee and have that second crop comes under the umbrella of the SURE program if it becomes relevant at the end of the crop year.
OSU Grain Marketing Specialist Dr. Kim Anderson walks through this with Clinton Griffiths for the SUNUP show this Saturday morning- and we have the audio of that conversation on our website and have it linked for you below.
Also on this webpage you can jump to with Clinton and Kim- we have the details of this week's SUNUP program. It looks like a great show this week- to be seen on OETA at 7:30 AM. Check it out.
High Costs and Low Prices Worry Farmers- So Says Oklahoma Farm Bureau Survey
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~If the results from an informal survey of participants at the recent Oklahoma City Farm Show (April 23-25) and the Oklahoma FFA convention (April 28-29) are correct, the biggest challenge for agriculture today is a positive attitude. Many of the participants, young and old, said the current economy just does not allow them to get too excited right now. Visitors to Oklahoma Farm Bureau's booth were asked to fill out the brief survey which asked two questions: What kind of year will this be for the agriculture economy? What is the biggest challenge for agriculture today?
At the Farm Show, the biggest challenge for agriculture today drew a wide variety of responses. Farm show participants listed low market prices (29 percent); high input costs (22 percent); government regulations (22 percent); uncertain weather conditions (7.5 percent) and lack of public understanding of agriculture (4 percent).
It was slightly different perspective for the young people at the state FFA convention. Almost 16 percent of the FFA students surveyed said low prices and a slumping economy pose the biggest challenge today. "A lot of people believe it's (farming) too much hard work for not enough pay," said a Tipton FFA student. Other challenges listed by the FFA students included: getting young people involved in agriculture (9 percent), being able to sustain an income while farming (6 percent) and loss of farmland (4 percent). "I believe the farm economy is faced with a great opportunity to feed the ever-growing population," said a Tuttle FFA student. "Commodities will go up in price and farmers and ranchers will greatly benefit."
Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack's Road Tour on Animal ID Set for May and June
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced on Thursday that the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) will hold a series of listening sessions on the National Animal Identification System (NAIS). The meetings will take place next month in Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Washington state.
APHIS seeks to gather not only producer comments and concerns, but also potential or feasible solutions to create a program producers can feel comfortable supporting. The listening sessions will include information about the current program, as well as an opportunity to give public testimony or ask program-related questions. Discussion sessions related to NAIS' cost, impact on small farmers, privacy and confidentiality, liability premises registration, animal identification and animal tracing will allow producers to provide their input on ways to make the program into something they can support.
The meeting that will be closest to Oklahoma is set for Wednesday May 20 in Austin, Texas. USDA is still working on details for this location as well as the other sites- those details will be available over the next few days. Click on the link below for more on this story and a link for preregistration.
The Latest Swine Flu Name- influenza A
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~That's what the World Health Organization has come up with- even as the pork industry struggles under the weight of the incorrect implication that the name Swine Flu has had on the industry. One of the hardest hit companies to this point is Smithfield Foods. CEO Larry Pope has responded to a lot of the misconceptions with a letter sent to their employees and released to the general public as well.
In that letter Pope writes, "Earlier this week, when news of the virus first became public, we reported that we had found no evidence of the presence of the influenza virus in any of our pig herds or our employees at any of our worldwide operations, including those in the United States. Yesterday, we also announced that because so much attention was being given to the joint operation we run with a Mexican company in Veracruz (and it was believed by some that the initial outbreak of H1N1 flu originated with a little boy in La Gloria, a town not far from a farm that our joint venture partner operates in Mexico), we ran additional tests of pigs at that facility. The results of these independent laboratory tests should be available in a few days and we will, of course, announce the results. As you probably also have learned, Mexican health authorities, working with U.S. and health officials from other countries, have also inspected our farms in Veracruz and found no evidence of H1N1 flu at all."
We have the full letter from Larry Pope- it is linked below- and here is a link for a summary of the developments to this point of Friday morning for this H1N1 Influenza A.
It's May Day- and Wheat Tour Stops Have Sprouted Up Like Weeds!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~It appears that about fifteen wheat tour locations are scheduled across the western half of Oklahoma over the next thirty days- and we have got most of them listed on our website's Calendar page.
The first of these wheat tour locations for the month of May is next Tuesday in Kingfisher County, 8 AM in the morning at the Kingfisher County Fairgrounds.
I would suggest going to our Calendar page- and scroll down the events
and pick out locations that may be close to you- click on that listing for
more information and then contact your local extension agent the day
before the event to see if there have been any last minute changes for
Jumping Japan to Beef From Animals Under 30 Months Equals a Billion Dollars for the US Beef Business
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The cattle industry continues to urge the Obama Administration to take up the fight left behind by the Bush Administration to get movement from Japan and relax their requirements of taking only beef from animals under 20 months of age. The Bush Administration seemed to misjudge the Japanese as they insisted on full compliance with the OIE animal health standards of the United States as a controlled risk country. If they followed that model, they would open up to almost all of the beef we now produce. The Japanese have refused that complete and full reopening.
However, Gregg Doud of the NCBA tells us that he thinks we may be getting closer to jumping that age level from 20 months to 30 months- he calls it a billion dollar move for the US cattle industry- and he adds that the Obama Administration seems open to traveling that direction.
Click on the link below for our end of the week Beef Buzz, as heard on many of our excellent radio stations all across the state of Oklahoma.
On the Auction Trail- Express Today, Coyote Hills Tomorrow and Clay Corral Next Saturday
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Express Ranches in Yukon will be holding their Annual Grass Time Sale TODAY, May 1st at 12:00 pm at the ranch. Click here for our Auction listing for this Express Ranch offering.
On Saturday, Kervin Hall Coyote Hills Female Sale begins at 1 PM at the Coyote Hills Ranch just outside Chattanooga, Ok. Click here for our Kervin Hall auction listing for this outstanding set of females that can plug right into your herd.
Finally, we wanted to tell you about a Mature Cow Dispersion planned for Satuday May 9 for the Clay Corral Ranch- the sale to be held at the Cherokee Sale barn. This is a National Cattle sale- and we have details on our website, including a link to the sale catalog. Click here for that full listing for the Clay Corral Ranch sale coming a week from this Satuday.
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Looking at our Agricultural Markets...
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~A fairly light run of 1,705 cattle were sold on Thursday at the Apache Livestock market- steers were called steady to a dollar up, while heifer yearlings and calves were steady to two dollars lower. Click here for a rundown of the prices for Stockman's Livestock in Apache from yesterday.
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