~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Wednesday February 18, 2009A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, KIS Futures and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- Ray Wulf Steps Down as CEO and President of AFR
-- Kouplen Chalks Up First House Passed Measure
-- Congresswoman Mary Fallin Working on Truck Weight Legislation in the New Congress
-- Vilsack Jawboning Meat Packers- Demanding No Mixed Labels for COOL
-- The Storms of Last Week Remind Us- Be Prepared!
-- Oklahoma House Ag Committee Meets Today at 4:30 PM
-- Pollard Farms "Performance Genetics" Angus Bull & Commercial Female Sale is set for March 7th
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Ray Wulf Steps Down as CEO and President of AFR
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Ray L. Wulf has resigned his position as President and Chief Executive Officer of American Farmers and Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company and the Oklahoma State Union of the Farmers Educational and Cooperative Union of America, Inc., (Oklahoma Farmers Union) a position he has held since 2000. Wulf has served the companies since 1994.
The Board of Directors of the companies appointed its Vice President, Terry Detrick, Ames, Okla., as interim President and Chief Executive Officer. The board also appointed its Secretary and Treasurer, Royce Meek, Broken Bow, Okla., as General Manager of the mutual insurance company and its subsidiaries.
Detrick will fulfill the remaining portion of Wulf's term of office. In addition to being a second generation insurance agent with over 30 years' experience and a third generation family farmer, he has served the companies as Vice President since 1998. Detrick is also a past president of the National Association of Wheat Growers, a member of the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association and served as one of 35 members on the advisory board to develop a national program for animal identification. Meek has been an insurance agency manager for 25 years, has served as Secretary and Treasurer of the companies since 2000 and as General Manager of AFR Life Insurance Company.
Click on the link below for more on this sudden change at the top of one of two general farm groups that call Oklahoma home- as well as the insurance company that has expanded dramatically into 24 states under Wulf's time as CEO and President.
Kouplen Chalks Up First House Passed Measure
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~A bill by state Rep. Steve Kouplen was approved by the House Monday, marking the first success of the freshman legislator's first session. The bill was approved by a 98 to nothing vote- and now will be considered by the Senate.
House Bill 1919 would make new veterinarians eligible for the Oklahoma Agricultural Linked Deposit Program if they devote 30 percent of their practice to large animals. The program was originally established to help out young ranchers and farmers.
Kouplen, D-Beggs, said that veterinarians in Oklahoma are more and more
often specializing in the care of small animals and pets rather than large
farm animals and that he is concerned that it will adversely affect
Oklahoma's agricultural sector.
"This legislation will directly benefit farmers and ranchers in our
state and I am pleased that my fellow legislators passed it," Kouplen
Congresswoman Mary Fallin Working on Truck Weight Legislation in the New Congress
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~In 2007, Mary Fallin and Dan Boren joined forces on truck weight legislation that has been pushed by several ag groups here in the state- and was adopted a year ago by the American Farm Bureau as a priority issue. Fallin told members of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau that were in town Monday night for their Legislative Conference that she intends to reintroduce a similar measure here in 2009- adding that will be done fairly soon.
She expressed hope to the Farm Bureau members that the proposal could gain some traction in 2009- and might even be included by the Transportation Committee in the Highway Reauthorization Bill that will likely be worked on this year.
We talked with Congresswoman Fallin about this issue Monday evening- and have her comments in a webstory on our website- www.OklahomaFarmReport.Com. Click on the link below for that story.
Vilsack Jawboning Meat Packers- Demanding No Mixed Labels for COOL
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Our colleagues at Agri-Pulse have learned that Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will announce later this morning that the mandatory country-of-origin labeling (COOL) final rule will go into effect as scheduled on March 16, 2009.
However, Vilsack does not like the rule as published and wants changes
in three major areas. And he has apparently decided to pursue a strategy
of threatening the meat packers, processors and retailers to do it "his
way" which he says is Congressional intent- or face a new rule making
On this particular conference call- it's interesting to note that
R-Calf was in along with Farm Bureau and the National Farmers Union- the
NCBA was apparently deliberately left out as was the National Pork
The Storms of Last Week Remind Us- Be Prepared!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Being prepared if you are a cattle producer means record keeping and animal ID- so says OSU Beef Cattle Specialist Dr. Glen Selk. In his latest Cow-Calf Corner- he offers some important advice that we wanted to remind you of.
"Cleaning up after a severe storm is difficult enough. Losing valuable cattle brings additional financial hardship to the situation. Cattle loss can occur in several scenarios. Livestock may be killed, lost, or stolen during a stormy situation. An accurate accounting of livestock and property is essential to a cattle operation's storm preparedness. Keep a CURRENT inventory of all animals and the pastures where they are located. Individual animal ID tags on all animals have several other purposes, but can become extremely valuable if cattle become scattered or even stolen. If the cattle inventory records are computer based, consider having a "back-up" copy stored at a neighbor's or a relative's house. Even handwritten records stored in more than one location may become valuable, if the unthinkable (loss of home or outbuildings) occurs. These records will be very important when insurance claims need to be made, or if proof of ownership is required to reclaim livestock that has been misplaced by the storm."
Selk points us to a resource from Texas A&M that David W. Smith (Extension Safety Program Specialist) has written on farmstead preparedness and care after a storm. We have it linked for you below.
Oklahoma House Ag Committee Meets Today at 4:30 PM
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~It is their regular meeting time- and a total of seven bills are currently on the agenda for the committee that is chaired by Don Armes of Faxon.
Measures that are to be considered include HB1872 that has to do with swine waste management plans, HB1450- the Livestock Auction market Act that specifies certain information needs to included in the records of an auction market and HB1378, entitled the Limitation of Liability for farming and ranching land Act. These and four other measures will be heard for possible passage on to the floor of the House.
Pollard Farms "Performance Genetics" Angus Bull & Commercial Female Sale is set for March 7th
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The tenth annual Pollard Farms Bull and Commercial Female Sale will be held at the ranch near Waukomis, Oklahoma on March 7th at 12:30 pm.
This year's offering includes 100 service age bulls by some of the industry's leading herd sires. These bulls will range in age from yearlings to 4-year-old bulls. Additionally, 100 black hided, 2yr old commercial pairs will sell. These females will have calves at their side by two of Pollard Farm's leading herd sires, TC Freedom and SAV 4597.
For details contact the Pollard Farms crew at (580) 758-1464 or follow the link below to the Pollard Farms Website, where the catalog for the March 7 sale is now available.
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