~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Wednesday December 9, 2009A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- Keep It Simple- a Key Food Trend for 2010
-- Ag Groups Seek Supreme Court Review of "Alfalfa" Case
-- Feed Those Bred Heifers at Dusk- They'll Calve During the Day.
-- A New Biological Seed Treatment Coming from Bayer
-- Oklahoma State University Entry a Part of the Reach Teach Learn Student Video Contest From Alpharma
-- Why Not Buy an Oklahoma grown Christmas Tree This Year?
-- Craig Cameron Returns to the Tulsa Farm Show for More Gentle Horse Training
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Keep It Simple- a Key Food Trend for 2010
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~There is a new reality when it comes to grocery shopping in the U.S. - consumers want simple foods they can prepare at home and that don't compromise on quality. This shift comes at a time when many people hope that the pains of the recession are fading away and that they will have more money to spend on food in 2010. Americans now expect their favorite brands to deliver simple and straightforward foods that taste great to the entire family.
Phil Lempert is a guy they call the Supermarket Guru- he works on a
regular basis with Conagra Foods and he be blogged yesterday about seven
trends that he sees for food in 2010. Trend number one is "Less is More."
Lempert writes "Food brands will continue to use "real foods" on
ingredient labels while also shortening the label's length - less is more
in the eye of the shopper. ConAgra Foods, for example, announced plans to
reduce the use of salt by 20 percent across its entire portfolio of food
products by 2015."
He also writes about the face that the local butcher is making a comeback. "Now more than ever, people want to know where their food is coming from, especially in the meat case where the labels can often list multiple countries of origin. Expect a renewed interest in local butchers, long viewed as a figment of the past, who almost always sell American-raised meat."
We have the link of the complete blog with a total of seven food trends that Lempert sees in 2010- click on the link below to head
Ag Groups Seek Supreme Court Review of "Alfalfa" Case
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Lower courts failed to adequately consider the mountains of evidence that prove biotech alfalfa is safe, and thus those courts abandoned a well-established legal principle when they banned the planting of the crop. That is just one of the points supporting a request for the United States Supreme Court to review a case related to biotech alfalfa, according to a brief filed by several groups.
The American Farm Bureau Federation, the National Corn Growers Association, the Biotechnology Industry Organization and the American Seed Trade Association have submitted a joint friend-of-the-court brief to the Supreme Court in support of a petition seeking review of the "alfalfa" case, "Monsanto v. Geertson Seed."
According to the brief, if left to stand, the lower court ruling "could
begin a wave of anti-biotechnology injunctions." Such a wave would
generate uncertainty in the agricultural biotechnology industry,
throughout American agriculture and in the global food market, according
to the brief.
Feed Those Bred Heifers at Dusk- They'll Calve During the Day.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~It is generally accepted that adequate supervision at calving has a significant impact on reducing calf mortality. Adequate supervision has been of increasing importance with the use of larger beef breeds and cattle with larger birth weights. On most ranching operations, supervision of the first calf heifers will be best accomplished in daylight hours and the poorest observation takes place in the middle of the night.
The easiest and most practical method of inhibiting nighttime calving at present is by feeding cows at night; the physiological mechanism is unknown, but some hormonal effect may be involved. Rumen motility studies indicate the frequency of rumen contractions falls a few hours before parturition. Intraruminal pressure begins to fall in the last 2 weeks of gestation, with a more rapid decline during calving. It has been suggested that night feeding causes intraruminal pressures to rise at night and decline in the daytime.
Dr. Glen Selk of the OSU Animal Science Department offers this tip for the winter and early spring calving season- and we have more of the article that Selk has written on this subject on our website- click on the link below to read it all.
A New Biological Seed Treatment Coming from Bayer
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Bayer CropScience announced today that it will launch a revolutionary new biocontrol seed treatment in corn, soybeans and cotton for the 2011 season. Select growers and seed companies will be able to test VOTiVO biological seed treatment on their farms in 2010 for a firsthand look at its unique protective properties, says product manager Paul Hewitt. Hewitt and Bayer officials contend that this new product is unlike anything else on the market at this time. The full story on VoTiVO is found on our website in the Agri Innovations section as linked below.
Other new product information on our Agri Innovations site that was added on Tuesday of this week include DuPont's decision to delay Optimum GAT biotech seed technology from hitting the market until 2011 or later. We have details from DuPont, as well as an audio report on this subject with Stewart Doan.
We also have a story based on a report from Agri Marketing Magazine
about AGCO and their plans for the AGCO brand tractor beyond 2010.
Oklahoma State University Entry a Part of the Reach Teach Learn Student Video Contest From Alpharma
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~After countless hours spent taping, editing and producing videos, students from seven universities have submitted videos to the Reach Teach Learn Student Video Contest. Now it's your turn to visit the contest Web site by clicking on the link below, to view the videos and cast a ballot for your favorite. Voting began on Monday, November 30 and goes through December 28, 2009. You will notice that one of the entries is from Oklahoma State University, as put together by students Mattie Nutley, Grant Leatherwood and Mitch Steichen.
As of midday Tuesday, December 8, 2009- the OSU entry was in second place in the number of votes received to date. The University of Missouri entry has the most votes to date, ahead of the OSU video by 140 votes. You can go to the link found below and register, view the videos and vote for your favorite- of course, the best one is the one from OSU. By the way, it does require you to register to vote- but it will be worth your time to do this as some of the ideas are pretty darn good.
"We are very happy with the number of videos that we've received from students across the country. The quality of the videos and the messages that are portrayed continue to improve," says Jeff Mellinger, Global Leader, Sales and Marketing for Alpharma Animal Health. "It goes to show the great passion that students-both ag and non-ag-have for agriculture and the positive messages agriculture has to contribute. This sets a strong future for agriculture and the next generation entering the industry."
Why Not Buy an Oklahoma grown Christmas Tree This Year?
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma Forestry Services encourages Oklahomans to support another of the state's agricultural industries by buying Oklahoma-grown trees for the holidays. Nationally, over 30 million real trees are harvested to spruce up our homes and help us celebrate Christmas each year.
"There are many reasons why buying natural makes sense. This activity is a great family outing," said State Forester, John Burwell. "Imagine the joy on a child's face when they actually help the family cut and bring home just the right tree." This activity can help restore a connection with rural Oklahoma, a feeling many of us have lost in our urban society, he adds. It helps the economy. It creates a reason for landowners to plant more trees. Trees clean the air, produce oxygen, create wildlife habitat, control erosion and improve the view.
We have more from the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture as they beat the drum for folks to consider an Oklahoma Christmas tree this year- just click on the link below.
Craig Cameron Returns to the Tulsa Farm Show for More Gentle Horse Training
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Craig Cameron returns for yet another series of gentle horse training sessions at the 16th annual Tulsa Farm Show- and we are pleased to announce the three horse owners who nominated their horses through hearing a call for nominations on the Radio Oklahoma Network, on our website OklahomaFarmReport.com or via this newsletter. Each horse that has been selected by Midwest Farm Shows from those you nominated will be worked with by Cameron for two different sessions.
The three winners of this opportunity to have their two to three year old horse be worked with by Craig Cameron include Anna Sloan of Guthrie- the Objective of developing a Pleasure Horse; Brian Knowles of Keota- the Objective of developing an All purpose horse and Rusty Pester of Nowata- the Objective to develop a Competition Horse.
The Craig Cameron Horse Training Sessions will happen 10AM and 3 PM on Thursday and Friday, and 10 AM and 2 PM on Saturday. Click on the link below for the complete schedule of this year's Tulsa Farm Show that gets rolling on Thursday.
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Let's Check the Markets!
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