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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Thursday December 10, 2009A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- As the Western Swing Boys Say- Take Me Back to Tulsa!
-- Kyoto Accord May be Part of Copenhagen Agreement
-- Source Verification Is Becoming the "Entry Fee" for Beef Export Success
-- Biofuels Reducing World Wide GHG Emissions
-- US Meat Export Federation Rolls Out Focused Campaign to Reach Korean Women with US Beef Story
-- Winter Canola the Focus of December 17 Meeting in Frederick
-- McAlester Stockyards Special Cow and Bull Sale Set for This Saturday.
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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As the Western Swing Boys Say- Take Me Back to Tulsa!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The 2009 Tulsa Farm Show is kicking off on this Thursday morning, with over 330,000 square feet of exhibit and demonstation space being used in the Quik Trip Center at the Tulsa Fairgrounds. While it's cold as the show begins, roads are dry and a good crowd is expected over the next three days as rural folks from four states come to see the latest in farm and ranch equipment and learn about the goods and services available for their operations.
John Sampson is the longtime Director of Marketing for Midwest Farm Shows, the Parent of the Tulsa Farm Show as well as the Southern Plains Farm Show that runs each April in Oklahoma City. Sampson remembers that that they used maybe 60,000 square feet of space for the first show in this same building 16 years ago during the first Tulsa Farm Show- and after a couple of years of getting established- the show has grown steadily ever since. The Show has more of a "ranch" feel to it than other Farm Shows that Midwest operates in places like Peoria, Illinois. That's why they have Cattle Handling Demonstations planned twice daily, a Cattle Handling Skills Competition that has been developed for FFA teams to compete in- as well as the twice daily Craig Cameron Gentle Horse training seminars.
Click on the link below and you can jump to our conversation that we had with John about the show this year as well as his perspective on agricultural economic conditions in the corn belt where they also have several farm shows that they manage. In fact, they just wrapped up a show in Peoria- and he tells about the conditions that they observed there.
Kyoto Accord May be Part of Copenhagen Agreement
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Reuters reported Wednesday afternoon that an enhanced version of the U.N.'s Kyoto Protocol is set to be part of the fight against global warming until 2020. That's according to a draft text by Denmark. Parties to the Kyoto Protocol have decided that further commitments for developed countries should take the form of quantified greenhouse gas emission limitation and reduction objectives. The Kyoto Protocol obliges all industrialized nations, except the United States, to cut greenhouse gas emissions until 2012.
Still, the 190 nations participating in the Copenhagen climate change conference, want to work out a wider deal involving all countries in combating global warming. The problem to agreement is that poor nations prefer two tracks - Kyoto with deep emissions cuts for the rich and a new, less binding accord for the poor.
Denmark says it is consulting many countries with a variety of texts
but not making formal "proposals" yet before a summit of 110 world leaders
on December 17-18 at the end of the talks.
Source Verification Is Becoming the "Entry Fee" for Beef Export Success
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~It's the price of playing in the international arena of selling beef into the export market- source verification and traceability. We hear from Leann Saunders, President of IMI Global, Inc on this Beef Buzz about the need to jump through the extra hoops to provide this extra layer of assurance to consumers in countries like Japan.
Four representatives from Japanese consumer and trade publications got
a firsthand look at U.S. beef and pork production last week on a tour
hosted by the U.S. Meat Export Federation. The week began with a tour of a
wide variety of retail outlets in the Denver area, including large
supermarkets as well as specialty meat shops. The group also visited a
number of ranches and feedlots, as well as Colorado State University in
Fort Collins, Colo., and the JBS beef processing plant in Greeley,
Click on the link below for her comments that are a part of this Beef Buzz program, as heard on many of our great radio stations on the Radio Oklahoma Network.
Biofuels Reducing World Wide GHG Emissions
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~S&T Consultants Inc., an internationally recognized energy and environmental consulting firm, has released a report that demonstrates world biofuels production in 2009 has reduced global GHG emissions by 123.5 million tonnes. That represents an average reduction of 57 percent compared to the emissions that would have occurred from the production and use of equal quantities of petroleum fuels.
Bliss Baker of the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance says - this proves again that biofuels production and use is already playing a vital, yet too often overlooked, role in reducing harmful GHG emissions around the globe. Baker declared - biofuels are and must continue to be on the front line of the Climate Change fight.
The report estimates that in 2009, world ethanol production of 73.7 billion litres reduced GHG emissions by 87.6 million tonnes. And with global biodiesel production forecast to be 16.4 billion litres, GHG emissions will be reduced by 35.9 million tonnes.
US Meat Export Federation Rolls Out Focused Campaign to Reach Korean Women with US Beef Story
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) this week unveiled a multimedia advertising campaign with a "women-to-women" theme designed to raise the visibility of U.S. beef among South Korean consumers and counteract persistent negative images that have lingered since U.S. product reentered the market in mid-2008. Developed after extensive consumer surveys and testing of the messages with focus groups, the campaign consists of television commercials, print ads and bus ads on the theme of "Trust." The "Trust" theme will be integrated into other USMEF activities, including retail and foodservice promotions.
"The ads are designed to respond to what Korean consumers have been telling us," said Jihae Yang, USMEF-Korea director. "In our research, consumers have told us they want to see images of safety and wholesomeness, and they are most receptive to hearing such messages from people like themselves: women who feed U.S. beef to their families. Trust in U.S. beef needs to be rebuilt." The ads are built around three women: a rancher, a scientist and a food safety inspector. The women are depicted in their work setting as well as with their children - sending the clear message that these women are both professionals as well as mothers who work to guarantee the safety of the beef they feed to their own families. The ads are being targeted to women with school-age children who, research shows, are the primary food purchasing decision-makers in the Korean family.
These ads are being rolled out even as the latest sales numbers offer encouragement that the Korean market is on the grow once again for US beef sales. We have more details of the campaign and those sales stats- click on the link below for more info.
Winter Canola the Focus of December 17 Meeting in Frederick
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The latest information on the southwestern Oklahoma 2009-10 winter canola crop as well as reports on winter wheat and alfalfa insect and cotton weed control and cotton varieties by Oklahoma State University scientists are part of the program planned for the Dec. 17, 2009 OSU Tillman County Agriculture Symposium. Held at the Tillman County Vocational-Technical Center east of Frederick, Ok., the symposium begins at 8:45 a.m. with registration. Donuts and coffee will be offered to persons attending the symposium that is presented quarterly each year by the OSU Tillman County Extension Center.
Along with numerous other timely agricultural information, a update on
winter wheat and alfalfa insects will be given by Terry Pitts, OSU
Extension integrated pest management specialist at 10:15 a.m.
Dr. JC Banks, OSU Extension state cotton specialist, will examine cotton varietial performance tested in Oklahoma. A catered lunch will be served at noon. Persons planning on attending the symposium are asked to rsvp by Dec. 14, 2009, by calling 1-580-335-2515.
McAlester Stockyards Special Cow and Bull Sale Set for This Saturday.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The McAlester Stockyards is planning a Special Cow & Bull Sale this Saturday, December 12th, starting at 12 noon.
Consigned are 1000 Bred Heifers, 500 Bred Cows/Pairs & 65 Bulls. We have a full listing of the consignments for you to review at our link below.
If you want to call for more information about this sale- call Julie at 918-423-2834.
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Let's Check the Markets!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The OKC West Market in El Reno saw a significant downturn in yearling and calf prices on Wednesday, with a total run of 6,314 head of cattle being sold. The bitter cold and sharply lower futures prices kept calf buyers very cautious during the sale. Five to six hundred pound steer calves sold from $106 to $113, while seven to eight hundred pound steer yearlings cleared from $88 to $95. Click here to get the full report from OKC West in El Reno for their December 9th sale.
Current cash price for Canola is $7.85 per bushel, while the 2010 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $8.10 per bushel- delivered to local participating elevators that are working with PCOM.
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