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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Monday January 12, 2009A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and Johnston Enterprises!
-- Farm Bureau- Ready To Roll Up Their Sleeves and Work With Our New President
-- Lori Peterson of Oklahoma Farm Bureau Expects Delegates to Get Policy Lined Up to Deal with New Administration
-- Oklahoma Wheat Grower Jimmie Musick of Sentinel to Participate in WOLF
-- Kisling One of Hundreds of Bush Appointees Resigning as of Next Tuesday
-- World Ag Expo to Showcase Ten Most Innovative Products for Agriculture in 2009
-- Looking at the Calendar- Lots to Do This Week
-- Crop Numbers Galore This Morning
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Farm Bureau- Ready To Roll Up Their Sleeves and Work With Our New President
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Inside his annual address to members of the American Farm Bureau, AFBF President Bob Stallman offered a direct message to the President Elect of the United States, Barack Obama.
Stallman told the delegates directly and soon to be President Obama indirectly that "We, the farmers and ranchers of Farm Bureau are ready to roll up our sleeves and move forward. We feed the nation and no matter which national priority, the economy, energy, immigration, trade, environment that you choose to pursue, we are ready to hit the ground running."
Besides his communication with President Elect Obama, Stallman also spoke of the need for freedom in this country for farmers to pursure their dreams. He says that means having the freedom to succeed as well as the freedom to walk close to the edge of the clift and take on greater risk.
He also spent time in talking about the recent farm bill debate-
congratulaing Farm Bureau members for being a part of the process but
added that now we have to make sure that implementation goes as it should.
Lori Peterson of Oklahoma Farm Bureau Expects Delegates to Get Policy Lined Up to Deal with New Administration
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The delegates here at the American Farm Bureau convention in San Antonio begin their work on Tuesday morning, as they work on developing the policy book for the grass roots organization in the coming year. Lori Peterson is Vice President for Public Policy for Oklahoma Farm Bureau- and she has been working through what will come up from the Resolutions Committee for the delegates to consider staring tomorrow morning.
Peterson tells us that she thinks a good number of issues that will come up will be getting policy in place in anticipation of what the AFBF thinks could develop at the national level as the Obama Administration gets up and running this spring and summer. There will likely be discussion on things like the Death Tax, the Environment, Immigration and more.
We have a conversation that we had with Lori on Sunday afternoon late from here in San Antonio on this subject- and we run through several of the key issues that she sees being discussed by the delegate body starting Tuesday. Click on the link below and take a listen.
Oklahoma Wheat Grower Jimmie Musick of Sentinel to Participate in WOLF
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The National Association of Wheat Growers is pleased to announce the class for the 2009 Wheat Organization Leaders of the Future, or WOLF, program. WOLF is designed as an advanced leadership program for state wheat grower leaders who will soon become part of the NAWG Board of Directors. The program focuses on the responsibilities of Board members, governance, media relations and lobbying. The 2009 program will take place immediately preceeding the NAWG and U.S. Wheat Associates winter meetings, to be held in Washington, D.C., in February.
"It's always exciting to see a new crop of wheat leaders rising up to the national level," said Daren Coppock, NAWG's chief executive officer, on the announcement. "This is a wonderful program we are happy to partner with Bayer CropScience to offer our state directors every year."
There are a total of 11 wheat producers from across the country that will be a part of the 2009 WOLF program, including Jimmie Musick who farms in the Sentinel area in Washita County.
Kisling One of Hundreds of Bush Appointees Resigning as of Next Tuesday
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~On Friday, Brent Kisling announced his resignation as USDA Rural Development state director. Kisling's resignation will be effective on January 20, 2009 at 12:00 p.m. Appointed in 2001 as a part of the George W. Bush Administration, Kisling has served Oklahoma overseeing Rural Development's mission to provide technical and financial resources to rural areas. During his tenure, USDA Rural Development administered over 50 different federal programs while investing over $2.5 billion in projects throughout rural Oklahoma.
"I have been honored to serve President George W. Bush for the past 8 years as well as the rural residents of Oklahoma," said Mr. Kisling about his resignation. "I believe that there are more opportunities for success in rural Oklahoma than we have seen in the history of our state. I am proud of everything our community leaders have accomplished in the last several years."
USDA Rural Development's mission is to increase economic opportunity and improve the quality of life for rural residents. Nationwide, Rural Development has invested more than $90 billion since 2001 for equity and technical assistance to finance and foster growth in homeownership, business development, and critical community and technology infrastructure. More than 1.7 million jobs have been created or saved through these investments.
World Ag Expo to Showcase Ten Most Innovative Products for Agriculture in 2009
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The 2009 Top-10 New Products will be unveiled during Media Day at the World Ag Expo on February 9th, during World Ag Expo's Media Day. The Top-10 new products, selected by a panel of agribusiness professionals, stood out from those nominated by exhibiting companies.
"World Ag Expo is the place for the newest and most innovative agriculture technology," said 2009 Chairman Paul Simon. "We are proud to have the opportunity to award these fine new products and applaud the companies for their forward thinking and innovation."
One of the products in the top ten comes from one of our sponsors who we salute for their innovation. Bayer Animal Health offers Quick Bayt, a new spray-on house fly bait product, which can be used with granular scatter fly baits, takes control of house flies in livestock facilities to a new, higher level.
We have the link below to the full list of all the products, complete with links for more information from the companies making these products. It's almost like making the trip to Tulare, California without having to pay the airfare.
Looking at the Calendar- Lots to Do This Week
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~As we continue today here in San Antonio covering the American Farm Bureau Federation 2009 Convention, there are a bunch of things that will be happening of importance to Oklahoma farmers and ranchers the balance of this month. We continue to add things to the calendar listings found on our website, WWW.OklahomaFarmReport.Com and we would encourage you to go to the link below to check through what is ahead.
Later this aftermoon, we will be heading for the Mile High City of Denver and the 2009 National Western Stock Show- always a tremendous livestock event and we look forward to covering the International Livestock Congress that is scheduled for tomorrow.
Later this week, we will be heading to the Panhandle, weather
permitting, for the Guymon Ag Days celebration Friday evening and Saturday
morning at the Texas County Fairgrounds.
Crop Numbers Galore This Morning
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Farmers across the Midwest are expected to follow, more closely than normal, this Monday morning's commodity supply and demand report. That report will include the latest balance sheets for supplies, prices, exports and other uses for several crops - including corn and soybeans.
It will also include winter wheat seeding numbers for the 2009 US winter wheat crop. USDA Outlook Board Chairman Gerald Bange says changing petroleum prices and a weakening economy have had their affects. A big question remains about the impact on ethanol and biodiesel. Bange believes that question should be answered in this morning's January report.
The reports will be out from USDA at 7:30 AM central time- we will have info on these reports by 9 AM or so on our website front page- go there to get those updates.
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