~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Thursday January 14, 2010A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- Electronic ID of Cattle- Still Looking for Traction
-- Let's Try It Again- Nominations Needed for Commissioners to Serve on Oklahoma Oilseed Commission
-- California Board Approves Low Carbon Fuels Standard
-- R-CALF Submits Information for Investigation
-- Four Days- Nine Meetings Talking Grain Sorghum
-- A Half Mllion Genetic Samples and Counting- the National Animal Germplasm Program
-- 2010 State 4-H Horse Leaders, Parents and Educators Conference
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Electronic ID of Cattle- Still Looking for Traction
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Five years ago, electronic animal ID was very much in the news. The federal government had put it on a fast track in the wake of the discovery of BSE 14 months earlier. The Joplin Regional Stockyards was at the cutting edge of the effort to figure out ways to ID cattle at the speed of commerce and had already installed the equipment that could read electronic ID tags as cattle were unloaded at the sale barn - and then loaded out after the sale - and they were holding special sales for those cattle.
As we begin 2010, Joplin Regional Livestock Auction Co-owner Jackie Moore says the Joplin market is still holding those special sales for electronically ID'd cattle, but the premiums are disappointing to many producers.
We look at this then and now story on today's Beef Buzz- and we include some of the latest scuttlebutt about the NAIS. Colleague Stewart Doan and Agri-Pulse reports that major farm and cattle groups - including Farm Bureau, NFU, NCBA and R-CALF - along with the Livestock Marketing Association recently sent a letter to USDA Secretary Vilsack highlighting the importance of a workable ID program for the beef cattle industry. Their letter, which has not been made public, is said to contain a common set of principles for how such a program might be structured.
Let's Try It Again- Nominations Needed for Commissioners to Serve on Oklahoma Oilseed Commission
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The nomination process continues for a new five-member commission to represent and promote Oklahoma oilseed production. The Oklahoma Oilseed Commission was authorized by the state legislature and the election is being developed through the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry. The initial election is scheduled to begin February 8 and end February 22. Nomination forms must be received by January 22.
Much like other producer-funded industry commissions, the Oklahoma
Oilseed Commission will collect an assessment from producers to fund
research, market development, education, and enhance oilseed production.
Nomination forms are available from the ODAFF, OSU County Extension
offices, and many grain elevators and coops.
District 3 will elect one person for a four-year term from one of the
following counties: Woods, Alfalfa, Major, Blaine, Kingfisher, Canadian,
Grant, Kay, Garfield, Noble, Logan, Payne, Oklahoma, or
California Board Approves Low Carbon Fuels Standard
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The state of California's Air Resources Board has approved the Low Carbon Fuels Standard for implementation. Bob Dinneen, president of the Renewable Fuels Association says, - serious and substantial concerns remain about the methodology and motives of ARB staff in drafting this standard. According to Dinneen, - ARB failed to fulfill its statutory obligations under California law.
Bob Dinneen explained further, - in more than one instance, ARB staff failed to fully and appropriately address the valid concerns and comments provided by stakeholders, including the RFA. These failures are in direct violation of California statute and should have prompted OAL to reject the standard.
Also, Dinneen says - pursuing this strategy runs counter to the stated goals of Governor Schwarzenegger and the State Assembly to reduce carbon emissions from motor vehicles. As crafted, the LCFS would virtually eliminate domestic ethanol, the only viable low-carbon alternative to gasoline, from the California marketplace in favor of imported ethanol and futuristic fuel technologies such as hydrogen and the electric car.
R-CALF Submits Information for Investigation
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~R-CALF USA has submitted its overview of the current state of the U.S. cattle industry to the U.S. Departments of Justice and Agriculture. Justice and Agriculture are jointly investigating the current state of competition in U.S. livestock markets and other agricultural markets. This overview: 1) identifies the industry's unique susceptibilities to abusive market power; 2) demonstrates with empirical evidence that there is systemic market failure in the U.S. cattle market; and, 3) provides specific examples of ongoing, abusive practices perpetrated by U.S. beef packers within the U.S. cattle industry.
R-CALF USA asserts that its submission provides Justice and USDA with ample justification - to take immediate and decisive action to enforce the Packers and Stockyards Act and halt the beef packers' anticompetitive use of captive supply cattle to manipulate and control the U.S. cattle market.
According to R-CALF USA, the level of concentration that is disrupting the cattle industry's competitiveness is not limited to the high concentration in the beef packing industry, where the four largest beef packers now control over 85 percent of the fed cattle market. R-CALF's report points to 4 additional areas the Department should study closely. According to R-CALF, - this multi-faceted industry concentration has left the U.S. cattle industry in a precarious position, which R-CALF USA calls - a serious crisis.
Four Days- Nine Meetings Talking Grain Sorghum
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~For the last several years, Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service has provided producers with a series of educational programs to improve grain sorghum production, management and marketing. This year's educational series will be held in several counties in northwest Oklahoma during the first week of February. There are 9 different locations for the series and producers have the chance to listen to a variety of speakers on grain sorghum.
Maybe the most important topic for 2010 is the addition of 2 new herbicide options for weed control in grain sorghum. Both have different modes of action to control weeds and are using new families of herbicides to protect the 2010 grain sorghum crop. Dr. Joe Armstrong, OCES Weed Control Specialist, will be coving this topic.
This past crop season was the first year for the Grain Sorghum
Producers Check-off Program. We have invited Dr. Jeff Dahlberg, Research
Director for the National Sorghum Producers Association, to review the
program and directions for the check-off program and how it relates to
A Half Mllion Genetic Samples and Counting- the National Animal Germplasm Program
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~When the National Animal Germplasm Program opened its doors a decade ago, it started out with genetic material from 40 lines of chicken. Today, the center operated by the Agricultural Research Service in Fort Collins, Colorado,, has grown into one of the largest repositories of its kind in the world, housing more than half a million genetic samples from 12-thousand animals. This collection assures genetic diversity of agriculturally significant animals such as dairy and beef cattle, chicken, sheep and swine, in addition to bison, elk and fish.
Harvey Blackburn, animal geneticist, is the program's coordinator. Providing vital genetic material for scientific research has become a primary function for Blackburn and other program specialists, who distribute animal samples to university researchers, private laboratories and others who work to improve the genetic makeup of animals.
The collection has been useful in many ways. For example, ARS
researchers have used frozen bull semen to genotype prominent bulls that
have sired dairy cattle. This information, combined with milk production
data gathered from those cows, has been used to improve dairy cattle
2010 State 4-H Horse Leaders, Parents and Educators Conference
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma equine enthusiasts with an interest in helping youth learn and grow through horse programs should register now to attend the 2010 State 4-H Horse Leaders, Parents and Educators Conference. Conducted by Oklahoma State University's Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the conference will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 23 at the OSU Animal Science Building in Stillwater. Cost is $10, to be paid at arrival.
You do need to preregister and that deadline is tomorrow, January 15.
"The goal of the Oklahoma Horse Project is to assist our youth in becoming 'better hands' on and off their horses," said Dave Freeman, OSU Cooperative Extension equine specialist. "Involvement in 4-H helps them to develop and improve key life skills that stay with them their entire lives, helping to lead to success in further education and employment."
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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 $7.55 per bushel, while the 2010 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $7.80 per bushel- delivered to local participating elevators that are working with PCOM.
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