~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Friday August 7, 2009A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- If I offered you $42.42, would you take it?????
-- Conservation Stewardship Signup Begins Monday at NRCS Offices
-- A Look Back at the 2008 Southern Plains Beef Symposium
-- Dairymax Out Beating the Dairy Drum This Tax Free Weekend
-- Kim Anderson Talking Grain Markets- and Previewing USDA Crop Production Numbers Coming Wednesday
-- Abundant Calendar Items for remainder of August
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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If I offered you $42.42, would you take it?????
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We asked several questions of Dr. Michael Dicks and the ag policy folks at Oklahoma State University regarding the value of ACRE to wheat farmers, as well as on a more macro basis- the value if we get substantial signup in Oklahoma to the rural economy of the state. Dr. Dicks and Jody Campiche responded to us- and answered the first of our questions- about the value of acre to a farm that has wheat base acres.
The answers provided are astounding! If a farmer with a 1000 wheat base acres signs up for ACRE- you will be in the program for the rest of the life of the farm bill- 2009 through 2012. In 2009 ALONE- Uncle Sam will write a check on those 1,000 wheat base acres for $52,418- a combination of the Direct Payment and the ACRE payment. Only $10,000 of that money is the Direct Payment- the rest is ACRE money. You NET $42,423 MORE for those 1,000 wheat base acres by simply getting in and signing your name on the ACRE contract.
We got details on this from both Dr. Michael Dicks and his colleague
Jody Campiche. Their responses are linked below and found back on our
website. I urge you to read these details and act upon them. This is a
HISTORIC opportunity to pick up found money that you have already
qualified for- not one single additional hour out on the tractor or in the
combine or in the truck is required. IF YOU ARE A WHEAT FARMER AND HAVE
NOT SIGNED UP- GO TO YOUR LOCAL FSA OFFICE- RUN, DO NOT WALK!
This weekend- We are planning on having Francie Tolle, the new head of the state FSA office as our guest on our Saturday morning TV segment seen on News9, KWTV. We will talk with here about ACRE signup and how to get everything in order to make this happen between now and next Friday, close of business at your local FSA office.
Conservation Stewardship Signup Begins Monday at NRCS Offices
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan announced Thursday that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin continuous sign-up for the new Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) on August 10 with the first signup period cutoff scheduled for September 30. CSP is a voluntary program that encourages agricultural and forestry producers to maintain existing conservation activities and adopt additional ones on their operations.
"This program will help the Nation's agricultural and forestry producers reach greater levels of conservation performance, which will help protect our land and water," Merrigan said. "The conservation benefits derived from maintaining and enhancing natural resources will improve the quality of soil and water, assist in addressing global climate change, and encourage environmentally responsible energy production."
This program has been called the Conservation Security Program previously- and has also been called the "green payments" program- a program that has been used to reward what you have done to this point on your land when if comes to conservation. We have more details on our website about the CSP signup that begins this coming Monday, August 14.
A Look Back at the 2008 Southern Plains Beef Symposium
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~In honor of the 19th annual Southern Plains Beef Symposium that happens this weekend in Ardmore (all day Saturday), we are jumping back to 2008 and last year's event. You can jump to this story and listen to this Beef Buzz of a year ago by clicking on the link below.
It will take creativity and cattle producers who are willing to be innovators to make it through the challenges facing the cattle industry in this day and age. That was the message last August from Ranch Manager Yates Adcock of the Middle Creek Ranch in Dustin, Oklahoma- one of those who were speaking at the 2008 Southern Plains Beef Symposium in Ardmore.
Jumping back to 2009- we do remind you that you can register on site for this year's Southern Plains Beef Symposium- we hope to see you there- we will once again be moderating the morning session of what is one of the best one day cattle conferences found anywhere in the country.
Dairymax Out Beating the Dairy Drum This Tax Free Weekend
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~McDonald's and Dairy MAX have teamed up to offer shoppers a free nutrient rich snack on the first day of the tax-free weekend. Shoppers who visit the McDonald's location of 14001 North Pennsylvania in Oklahoma City will receive coupons for a new McCafe Specialty Coffees for adults and for free low-fat ice cream cones for kids between 10 a.m. and noon on Friday, August 7 while supplies last.
During a live radio remote with an Oklahoma City radio station, listeners will learn how dairy farmers have teamed up with McDonald's to help make it easy to choose nutrient rich foods away from home. "American's only consume about half of the dairy servings they need," said Susan Allen, program coordinator for Dairy MAX. "The new McCafe specialty coffees can help because they are up to 80% milk. It's a delicious way to get an extra dairy serving in your diet."
Oklahoma's newly crowned dairy princess Kristen Meyer from Okarche will
be on hand to talk to consumers about the nutritional value of 3 servings
of dairy per day and dairy farming practices today. McDonald's
representatives tell us that, while it varies from store to store, they
use 6 to 12 additional gallons of milk per day with the launch of the
McCafe Specialty Coffees, a boost to dairy farming families across the
nation, like Kristen's.
Kim Anderson Talking Grain Markets- and Previewing USDA Crop Production Numbers Coming Wednesday
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We have the weekly segment that features Dr. Kim Anderson of OSU on SUNUP- this week talking about this coming week's Crop Production report that will be out on Wednesday. Kim also spends some time with host Clinton Griffiths talking about the current wheat market.
We also have the lineup on this week's SUNUP- partially a rerun due to the fundraising activities of OETA this weekend. The segments with Dr. Anderson, as well as Glenn Selk are fresh and very timely.
Click on the link below and take a listen to Dr. Anderson, as well as get that lineup to see Clinton Griffiths and company on SUNUP.
Abundant Calendar Items for remainder of August
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We have dozens of events going on between now and the end of the month of August- and we invite you to check out what is going on across the state by clicking on our link below.
We also remind you that if you have an event that we need to add to our calendar- for August or for later in the year- we want to hear from you! Drop us an email and we will get those items added in.
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Let's Check the Markets!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Stockman's Livestock in Apache sold a total of 1,577 cattle on Thursday- yearlings steady to $2 lower, while calves were steady to $2 higher. Seven to eight weights had a good test in the Medium and Large Frame 1 category- and sold from $99 to $102.75. Click here for the complete price rundown from Apache- as assembled by the Market News folks from USDA.
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