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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Friday January 29, 2010A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- Phil Seng Sees a Lot of Positive Energy in Several Key Markets for US Beef
-- Does NCBA's Structure Change Matter Outside of the Organization Itself???
-- Talking Cow Calf Rerlationships and Russia with Chandler Keys of JBS Swift
-- Don Schieber Elected Chairman of US Wheat- Takes the Gavel in July
-- Wheat Leaders Applaud Obama's Emphasis on Trade in State of the Union
-- Wheat Market Struggling- Could More Downside Be Ahead?
-- Winter canola production meetings on tap for next week.
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Phil Seng Sees a Lot of Positive Energy in Several Key Markets for US Beef
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~He has forgotten more about the export of US meat than most people will ever know- we're talking about Phil Seng, the President and CEO of the US Meat Export Federation. We sat down and visited with Seng here in San Antonio at the 2010 Cattle Industry Convention.
We talked about current market conditions for US beef in variety of countries, starting with our leading destination for US beef, Mexico. Seng is just back from Mexico and believes that 2010 will be a banner year for our neighbor to the south. He adds that there is some heartburn wherever you go in Mexico regarding the implementation of COOL here in the United States, which is one of the few bumps in the road in our top market.
We also talked conditions in Russia, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan and China with the long time leader of the body that promotes US red meat overseas, the USMEF.
Click on the link below for our complete conversation with Phil Seng of the US Meat Export Federation as we continue to cover the 2010 Cattle Industry Convention in San Antonio.
Does NCBA's Structure Change Matter Outside of the Organization Itself???
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Does the debate over the future structure of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association matter to anyone except members of the NCBA? The answer seems to be very much "yes." And, concern about the policy division of the NCBA getting to be too "cozy" with the Federation part of the group raised red flags galore during the Cattlemen's Beef Board Update session on Thursday afternoon here in San Antonio.
During the discussion, we offered several "Tweets" from the room- including "Iowa member of CBB says it might be legal at end of the day- BUT does it pass the smell test?" and "AFBF's Mary Kay Thatcher asking questions about perception of mixing Fed & policy issues.She wants to know how chkoff money might be involved." The perception versus any legal assurances that Jan Lyons of the NCBA Governance Task Force was able to offer did not seem to line up in this meeting.
Our coverage of this issue is summarized in the Friday edition of the Beef Buzz, which you can listen to by clicking on the link below. Within that same story- we have the links to our full conversations with both Jan Lyons and Bob Drake on this subject.
Talking Cow Calf Rerlationships and Russia with Chandler Keys of JBS Swift
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~At the Thursday general session, Wesley Batista, President of JBS Swift in Greeley, Colorado, told Cattle Industry attendees that his organization is planning a Cow Calf Council to help the packer interact with producers who are helping supply his company with cattle. Later in the day, we caught up with Chandler Keys with JBS- and he says the initial Cow Calf Council has been selected, ten producers from around the country, and they will be meeting in the near future.
We also talked Russia with Keys, as JBS has been in the middle of the conversations with the Russians over their current ban of most pork from this country into theirs, and their reluctance to take chicken meat from the United States as well.
Click on the Listen Bar to jump to our story with Chandler Keys and take a listen to his insights from one of the major protein players in the world today.
Don Schieber Elected Chairman of US Wheat- Takes the Gavel in July
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) board of directors unanimously elected wheat grower Darrell Davis, Ipswich, SD, as Secretary-Treasurer at its winter board meeting in Washington, DC., Sunday, Jan. 24, 2010. The board elected Davis in a slate including Vice Chairman Don Schieber of Ponca City, OK, who will become Chairman, Secretary-Treasurer Randy Suess, of Colfax, WA, who will become Vice Chairman, and Chair Janice Mattson of Chester, MT, who will move to Past Chairman. The new USW officers officially begin their one-year terms at the organization's annual meeting, July 12, 2010, in Bozeman, MT.
Schieber operates Schieber Farms, which includes a seed wheat cleaning business. He is a charter member of Oklahoma Genetics, Inc., which markets new hard red winter wheat varieties developed and released by Oklahoma State University. Schieber is also a high school football official in Oklahoma, a "hobby" he started 41 years ago, the same year he married his wife Cecelia.
Davis is a member of South Dakota Wheat Inc., South Dakota Soybean Association, South Dakota Corn Growers Association, and the South Dakota Cattleman's Association. Davis is a past president of North Central Farms Elevator (NCFE) where gross grain sales volume increased from $25 million to more than $300 million under his leadership. He continues as an NCFE board member. He is an alumnus of the South Dakota Agriculture and Rural Leadership, a program dedicated to advancing leadership in the state's agricultural and rural communities.
Wheat Leaders Applaud Obama's Emphasis on Trade in State of the Union
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The following is a joint statement from U.S. Wheat Associates Chair Janice Mattson, a wheat grower from Chester, Mont., and National Association of Wheat Growers President Karl Scronce, a wheat grower from Klamath Falls, Ore.: "As leaders of an industry dependent on exports for half its sales, we were thrilled to hear that President Obama plans to give trade a more prominent role in his administration's economic recovery agenda. In his State of the Union address, Mr. Obama said that if America sits on the sidelines while other nations sign trade deals, we would lose the chance to create jobs on our shores. We couldn't agree more and we believe that an ideal way to kick-start this trade initiative is to finalize the pending U.S.-Colombia free trade agreement.
"Wheat growers from across the country were in Washington, D.C., this week encouraging members of Congress to support this agreement, which is the industry's top trade priority and key to maintaining more than $90 million in wheat exports to Colombia every year. The Colombia agreement and other pending trade agreements with South Korea and Panama will quickly bring more money home to farmers and small, rural businesses. It will also enhance America's already strong agricultural exports, estimated at nearly $97 billion in fiscal 2009.
"We encourage the Administration to send these agreements to the Hill, and Congress to approve them as soon as possible. We also encourage the Senate to find solutions to the disagreements holding up key trade nominees, without which our country cannot negotiate new agreements in good faith."
Wheat Market Struggling- Could More Downside Be Ahead?
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~OSU Grain Marketing Economist Dr. Kim Anderson sees lower wheat futures prices in our immediate future. He says that both the March and July Kansas City wheat contracts are right at or slightly below support levels- and that there seems to be little incentive for the market to struggle higher anytime soon.
Anderson talked about the current grain market for this weekend's SUNUP, the regular OSU Ag Communications program seen on OETA Saturday mornings. Besides Dr. Anderson's segment, Clinton Griffiths, who hosts the program each week, tells us that he has a great lineup again for this week- and we have details in a story that we have linked below- click on that link and you can hear the full conversation Clinton had with Kim- as well as the lineup for this week on SUNUP.
Winter canola production meetings on tap for next week.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Winter canola crop schools will be presented Feb. 4, at Pond Creek and Dacoma, Ok., and Feb. 5 at Kingfisher, Ok., according to Gene Neuens, Producers Cooperative Oil Mill field representative and exec. dir., Plains Oilseed Products cooperative. At 9 a.m., Feb. 4, a winter canola producers session will be held at the Pond Creek Fairgrounds. That afternoon, Feb. 4, 2 p.m., a similar session will be held for winter canola producers at the Dacoma School Gymnasium. Friday, Feb. 5, at 9 a.m., another winter canola producers meeting will be held at the Kingfisher Exhibit Building at the Fairgrounds, Neuens said.
At each meeting, spring management decisions for growing the new crop that features several advantages for rotating with winter wheat in the Southern Plains will be discussed, Neuens said. Oklahoma State University Extension specialists will discuss herbicide applications, insect identification and control, fertility/topdressing and harvest considerations for the 2010 winter canola crop. After these presentations are made, an open question and answer session will be held with meeting attendees encouraged to participate. A special part of the meetings will be an update on winter canola blackleg disease problems by Dr. Luis E. del Rio, North Dakota State University. Gene Neuens tells us that Dr. del Rio is a recognized experrt on the blackleg disease.
Representatives of Winfield/Monsanto will be present to give updates on their work, too. Neuens reports current interest in herbicide resistance of Italian ryegrass in Oklahoma wheat fields is evidence of the need to include winter canola in a crop rotation with winter wheat to reduce the presence of this pest and other weeds inherent in continuous winter wheat cropping in Oklahoma and other Southern Plains states. Using winter canola to clean up behind winter wheat has been shown to be an effective way to control Italian ryegrass, Neuens said.
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