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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Monday December 7, 2009A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- 65th Annual State Speech Contest of AFR Announces State Champions
-- Congressman Lucas To Be a Morning Speaker for OWGA This Saturday
-- National Cotton Council Offers "Attaboys" to Trade Ambassador Ron Kirk
-- Talking Canola with Ron Ihrig of Monsanto
-- Basketball Lessons for Cattle Producers
-- Bullard Says "Help Cattle Producers Make a Profit and That will Solve Most Problems"
-- This Week- Check the Calendar!
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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65th Annual State Speech Contest of AFR Announces State Champions
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Over the 65 years that the Oklahoma Farmers Union and now the American Farmers and Ranchers have held their annual speech contest, thousands of young people in the state have competed- and many have won prizes at the state level to help with future education costs. This past Saturday the latest renewal of this annual contest came to a close with the state finals on the campus of Oklahoma State University- and thousands of dollars worth of Savings Bonds were awarded to the winners of the Saturday morning contest.
We have a full list of the winners from Saturday at the link below- but the final winner announced on Saturday afternoon is noteworthy in that Ashton Mese of Kingfisher won the Tournament of Champions, making her a five time State Champion in this AFR contest. The Kingfisher senior was a state winner last year- and became eligible to compete in the Tournament of Champions as a result.
In addition to the list of winners that we have linked below in all of the categories and age divisions- from Novice to the Senior division- we also have a conversation with Terry Detrick on that page. We talked with Terry about the contest, but also spent time talking about the 2009-2010 policy process that is now underway by the general farm organization. You can hear that conversation by going to the link below as you go to review the list of winners from Saturday.
Congressman Lucas To Be a Morning Speaker for OWGA This Saturday
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Oklahoma Wheat Growers Association annual convention will be held December 12, 2009 at the Express Event Center in Oklahoma City. Express Events center is located at 8512 N.W. Expressway- or State Highway 3 just east of the Canadian-Oklahoma County line.
As folks arrive and register, there will be coffee and cinnamon rolls courtesy of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission. Greetings from Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture Terry Peach will begin their morning session around 9 AM. Shortly after that, the group will hear from Congressman Frank Lucas, Ranking Member of the House Ag Committee and the Third District Congressman for Oklahoma. The Congressman will be speaking in that 10 AM hour.
We have more on the OWGA meeting- including an audio conversation that we had with Tim this past Friday. We review the speakers and some of the policy issues that will be top of mind this Saturday at the annual meeting of the Oklahoma Wheat Growers Association.
National Cotton Council Offers "Attaboys" to Trade Ambassador Ron Kirk
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~National Cotton Council Chairman Jay Hardwick and Vice Chairman Eddie Smith - on behalf of the U.S. cotton industry -- commended U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk and the entire U.S. delegation for defending U.S. agriculture's interests during the recent World Trade Organization meeting this past week in Geneva.
In their letter to Ambassador Kirk, the two cotton producer leaders told Kirk that he and his team demonstrated a keen understanding of the fundamental issue before the countries that were attempting to negotiate a Doha Round agreement. That premise is -- there is simply not enough additional market access into developing country markets in the existing negotiating texts, and without significant gains in agricultural market access, it is impossible for U.S. agriculture to find any benefit to a Doha Round.
In a speech Friday to the Texas Cotton Producers meeting in Lubbock, NCC Vice President Craig Brown said the letter noted Smith's visit with Kirk in April when Smith, a Floydada, Tex., producer, emphasized the significant changes that have occurred in the world cotton market since 2005. Those changes demonstrate clearly that the United States and West Africa have both suffered from production increases, market barriers, and new subsidies instituted by the three fastest growing cotton economies -- Brazil, India and China.
Talking Canola with Ron Ihrig of Monsanto
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We talked at the end of this past week with Rob Ihrig, Canola Product Manager for Monsanto. We discussed Monsanto's just concluded Winter Canola Yield Contest that was held with several FFA chapters competing in the Canola production areas of Oklahoma and Southern Kansas.
We also talked about Monsanto's investment in winter canola in the southern plains, which he describes as a learning experience for the Company, as well as for farmers that have elected to give winter canola a try as a rotational crop on their farm. Ihrig believes that a lot of progress has been made and that the significant jump in acres from the 2009 growing season to the crop that will be harvested in 2010 is a testament to potential that farmers see in this oilseed crop.
Our conversation with Rob is a Podcast on our website- and we have it linked for you below. Click on the link and go and take a listen to where we are in canola production to this point- and where this key figure in the Monsanto canola business plan sees us going.
Basketball Lessons for Cattle Producers
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Dr. Derrell Peel uses some roundball terminology in some comments that he shares with us this morning about the cow calf end of the cattle business- "Cow-calf producers, like most in the cattle industry, have been on the defensive for the past three years. First buffeted by unprecedented high feed and other input costs in 2007 and early 2008, profitability remained weak as cattle prices collapsed under the weight of the recession and poor beef demand this past year. Poor profitability stalled out the fledgling cow herd expansion that began in 2005 and by 2007 the cow herd was declining.
"That sets up the situation in late 2009. Beef production is decreasing and projected to continue decreasing for a couple more years. Several macroeconomic indicators suggest that the worst of the recession is behind us and that we should see recovery that leads to improved beef demand in the next few months. The timing is, of course, uncertain."
Peel does explain what he sees is the tie between the cow calf man's
situation and basketball. "What does all this have to do with basketball?
Basketball is full of transitions from defense to offensive and vice
versa. The key to transitioning into offense is anticipating it and how
you play out the final stages of the defensive phase. This is similar to
the situation for cow-calf producers. Cattle industry expansion begins
with cow herd expansion and cow-calf producers have an opportunity now to
think about positioning themselves to be ahead of the game when it comes
time to be on the offense."
Bullard Says "Help Cattle Producers Make a Profit and That will Solve Most Problems"
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Bill Bullard, CEO of R-Calf USA, says that the federal government would be able to do more for the environment if they focused more on improving the profitability of the agricultural sector of the economy- and especially the cattle business.
Bullard contends that misguided ideas like Cap and Trade have the ability to hurt "independent cattle producers" and that Uncle Sam should be figuring out ways to help these people prosper. Bullard says that if this segment of the economy has money in their pocket, they will invest in environmentally beneficial conservation programs that can reduce runoff of nutrients into streams, lower dust levels and even reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Bullard, on our Monday Beef Buzz, also says he is pleased that the
Obama Administration has recognized there is an "anti competition" problem
in the livestock sector- and is holding fact finding hearings to address
This Week- Check the Calendar!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Several things are happening this week- then things will be getting very quiet for the Christmas-New year Holiday period. We have several events linked on our calendar page- and invite you to go and check them all out by clicking on the calendar link below.
Brad Tipton of Canadian County has a really good looking wheat production meeting planned today in El Reno- hurry if you are headed that direction. On Tuesday, The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers have a "ranch" gathering in Duncan for members and non members alike- it starts at 5:30 on Tuesday evening- details on our calendar page and of course, the big event of the week is the annual Tulsa Farm Show this Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Quik Trip Center at the Tulsa State Fairgrounds. We hope to say howdy to many of you at this year's event.
Click on the Calendar link below- and we are going to start adding events for 2010 this week on our calendar- so be checking it for events in the days ahead. And of course, if you have an event we need to add, be sure to let me know and we will get it listed.
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Let's Check the Markets!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We've had requests to include Canola prices for your convenience here- and we will be doing so on a regular basis. Current cash price for Canola is $8.05 per bushel, while the 2010 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $8.40 per bushel- delivered to local participating elevators that are working with PCOM.
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