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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Monday February 9, 2009A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and Johnston Enterprises!
-- Coverage from the Oklahoma Pork Congress
-- NAWG and US Wheat Meet in Washington
-- World Ag Expo Getting Ready to Kick Off in Tulare
-- Oklahoma No Til Conference Underway Today and Tomorrow in OKC
-- Phil Seng Beef Buzzing on COOL and Japan
-- Farewell to one of my fans.
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Coverage from the Oklahoma Pork Congress
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We have several stories that we have on our website from the 50th Oklahoma Pork Congress that happened this past Friday at the Express Events Center in northwest Oklahoma City. We have brought all of those stories under a single link that is below that allows you to jump to that link from this email- and go read those stories and listen to several audio interviews as you have time and interest.
We do say congratulations to Congressman Dan Boren for receiving the Distinguished Service Award from the Oklahoma Pork Council. Congressman Boren has been a strong supporter of pork producers in his district and the state of Oklahoma, saying "I ran for public office because I want to increase jobs and opportunities in rural areas. My district in Oklahoma struggles economically and I realize that pork producers are creating opportunities in my district and across the state. That is why I so strongly support pork production."
The group also honored Vernon Stevens as the newest member of the Oklahoma Pork Hall of Fame. Stevens served hog producers and others in agriculture through the Cooperative Extension service as a livestock specialist from 1953 through 1985.
Click below for more on these awards- plus three key national speakers that came to Oklahoma to speak to those that gathered at the Congress.
NAWG and US Wheat Meet in Washington
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~It's the annual winter meeting of U.S. Wheat Associates and the National Association of Wheat Growers underway in Washington through Tuesday.
On the Checkoff side- our Oklahoma wheat producers are represented by several from the Oklahoma Wheat Commission, including the current Secretary of US Wheat, Don Schieber of Kay County.
On the policy side- the Oklahoma Wheat Growers Association has several members in our nation's capitol for the meetings.. OWGA President Jimmie Musick of Sentinel and OWGA Vice President J.T. Winters of Moreland are setting on NAWG Committees and in the Board Meetings. They, along OWGA Board members Jeff Krehbiel of Hydro, Kent McAninch of Tonkawa, Curtis Vap of Newkrik, Hope Pjesky of Goltry and OWGA Executive Director Tim Bartram will be meeting with the Oklahoma Congressional Delegation on Farm bill implementation, Rail and Truck transportation, Wheat research funding, and Trade issues.
World Ag Expo Getting Ready to Kick Off in Tulare
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~It's reputed to be one of the best farm equipment and services events in the country- and the 2009 edition of the World Ag Expo is getting under way officially on Tuesday. It is staged in the San Joaquin Valley- in the middle of an amazing agricultural area within the state of California.
The World Ag Expo began in 1968, and was held at the Tulare County Fairgrounds in Tulare, California. When the 3-day run of the first show was complete, this new show proved to be successful, especially after exhibitors were lining up to sign contracts for the second show in 1969 before the first one had even ended. The first show attracted 157 exhibitors with 28,000 attendees. By the second year, the show doubled in both attendees and exhibitors, and continued the rapid growth throughout the future years.
Here in 2009- they call themselves the world's largest annual agricultural exposition, with 2.6 million square feet of exhibit space, over 1,600 exhibitors and an estimated 100,000 attendees. We have a link to their website below- click to check it out.
Oklahoma No Til Conference Underway Today and Tomorrow in OKC
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~A quick final reminder of the second annual No Till Conference in Oklahoma- happening in downtown Oklahoma City at the Sheraton today and tomorrow.
"The Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service is teaming with the Natural Resources Conservation Service and Oklahoma Conservation Commission to bring a dynamic no-till program to a projected 250 to 350 farmers and ranchers from Oklahoma and surrounding states," said Chad Godsey, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension cropping systems specialist. Godsey said the conference is geared toward both beginning producers and experienced producers who are considering switching to no-till cropping systems.
Click on the link below for more information- Chad tells us walk ins are welcomed.
Phil Seng Beef Buzzing on COOL and Japan
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We had a couple of Beef Buzzes I wanted to direct your attention to this morning from the end of last week. The featured guest was Phil Seng, President and CEO of the USMEAF, the market promotion arm of the US red meat industry around the world.
We have two Beef Buzz shows linked by jumping to the website from our link below. From last Thursday- we talked with Phil Seng about need to move Japan from a twenty month standard to a thirty month standard- which could quickly add a fifty dollar bill to every slaughter animal under thirty months of age that we process- it could add up to a billion dollar improvement in beef export sales on an annualized basis.
The Friday Beef Buzz is about COOL- and how we need to be careful in not destroying two of our biggest beef export markets as COOL rules and regs are finalized. Those markets he worries about are Canada and Mexico. Click on the link below- it will take you to this Beef Buzz- and there is a link to the Buzz on Japan within the story on COOL.
Farewell to one of my fans.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~This email is a little shorter than normal as I am getting ready for a long day to be with my wife and her mother as we bury my father in law, Bob Williams.
Bob was very proud of his two daughters and his grandchildren and even me. He was always so excited to tell me that he heard me on the radio that day- or saw me on TV that morning. He wasn't a farmer, so he didn't understand all of the details of the news we talk about on a day to day basis- but he still was a big fan. And that always feels good.
Bob died at peace with this world and with his Lord on Friday about 1:30 PM. I hurried from the Oklahoma Pork Congress to say my last goodbye but did not quite make it. However, his wife and two daughters were there- and I have helped them in the process of getting ready for today and the services that we hope are a Celebration of his life for the past 81 years. Thank you in advance for your prayers for my family on this day- and forgive my limited attention to this daily communication today and tomorrow.
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Let's Check the Markets!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We sold slaughter cattle late Friday at mostly $83, according to the Texas Cattle Feeders Association. That's a dollar up from the previous week. Click on their link below for details from their Daily Volume and Price Summary that we link daily at the bottom of our market links.
Woodward sold over 8,000 cattle on Friday- higher money and pretty good demand. Five weight steers brought from $105 to $112 while seven weight yearlings came in from $93.85 to $97.50. The full report should be up at the USDA website after 8 AM- click here to go and get the details of their Friday sale at the Woodward Livestock Market.
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