~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Friday May 14, 2010A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- Deputy Secretary Katheleen Merrigan Dialogues with Oklahoma Farm Leaders- and Receives Praise for Her Performance in Closed Barn Door Meeting
-- The Main Reason Merrigan was in Oklahoma- a meeting with Tribal Leaders in Shawnee
-- Canola Harvest Arriving- Expectations Are High
-- Livestock Interests Continue to Question Concept of Having Enough Corn for Feed and Fuel
-- US Beef, Pork Exports Show Strength in First Quarter
-- District Five Commissioner Seat Election Set by Oklahoma Wheat Commission
-- J&J Cattle Company Plans Cattle Dispersal Sale May 21 and 22.
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Deputy Secretary Katheleen Merrigan Dialogues with Oklahoma Farm Leaders- and Receives Praise for Her Performance in Closed Barn Door Meeting
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~It was not on the News Media Advisory that USDA released in the days leading up to the visit of Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan to the state of Oklahoma. However, it did occur and we have three perspectives that came out of that meeting with Agricultural groups and organizations- and full time farmers that are members of those groups.
Merrigan began her day on Thursday in Oklahoma at the Pioneer Telephone Coop headquarters in Kingfisher. Click here to learn more about the Rural Development programs she trumpeted at her stop in town. It was then on out of Kingfisher to the farm of Jack Stuteville- where the closed "barn door" meeting with farm leaders was held.
Merrigan heard about the struggle to be profitable as a mid sized farmer at this time. She also heard from one farmer that was unhappy that he had been rejected to serve the industry as a member of a self help promotion board because he was not a minority of one sort or another. And she was questioned about the program "Know Your Farmer- Know Your Food." (By the way- our thanks to Kathy James of USDA's Rural Development Stillwater office- she shared some pictures of that meeting with us- and we have one of them on our front page of our website.)
Click on the link below and you can hear three perspectives out of this meeting- including comments we got exclusively with Deputy Secretary Merrigan, Oklahoma Secretary of Ag Terry Peach and Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association Executive Director Scott Dewald. (By the way- Dewald is our guest for Saturday morning on News9 in Oklahoma City for our In the Field segment- we invite you to tune in during their morning news around 6:40 AM to see Scott and I talk about this encounter with the Secretary.)
The Main Reason Merrigan was in Oklahoma- a meeting with Tribal Leaders in Shawnee
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Kathleen Merrigan had two events in Oklahoma on Thursday that USDA used as platforms to issue news releases touting Rural Development and Childhood Nutrition and the need to battle Obesity as has been called for by First Lady Michelle Obama.
However, these events were not the reason that the Deputy of USDA was in Oklahoma. Instead, the two events that the Secretary participated in that were not touted on her schedule and did not have news releases coming as she made stops for them included a closed door meeting with Ag Leaders in the State in a barn on a Kingfisher wheat farm- the story we have for you above. Later in the day, she participated in an almost two hour meeting with the Tribal Conservation Advisory Council. Several tribal leaders were in attendance, including Chickasaw Chief Billy Annatubby. This meeting between the number two person at USDA and Tribal Leaders was called "historic" by both Native Americans that attended as well as by Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan.
Click here for more on this meeting- and to hear Deputy Secretary Merrigan's comments about this conversation that was held with Tribal leaders and others.
Canola Harvest Arriving- Expectations Are High
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Gene Neuens who works with POP as well as with PCOM, emails us with a note to get our seatbelt on- it's time to harvest what promises to be a dandy of a 2010 winter canola crop.
Gene writes "Canola harvest will start next week depending on weather. They will be Swathing and pushing the Canola down and preparing to pick it up for harvest."
He adds "Like wheat harvest it will start in the Walters, Temple and
Frederick areas. This week, I have looked at several fields in southern
Oklahoma and Chillicothe, TX areas- and the canola looks very
Livestock Interests Continue to Question Concept of Having Enough Corn for Feed and Fuel
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The American Meat Institute's Dave Ray is not buying what Ethanol proponents are saying when they contend that with last year's large corn crop, plus early projections of another thirteen billion bushel corn crop headed our way in 2010, that we have plenty of corn for both fuel and feed.
Ray says that with the tax credits that have been in place for 30 years, ethanol has a safety net of having enough corn even if we have a shortfall, but that livestock producers will be left holding the bag filled with high prices for feed the next time we come up with a shorter crop. Ray says the AMI and other groups in the livestock industry are calling on Congress to not renew a couple of key tax credits for ethanol- and Dave Ray claims that this would level the playing field between various users of corn.
Click on the link below for today's Beef Buzz where Dave Ray lays out his claims- and we have the audio you can listen to as well as a link to the letter sent by the AMI, the NPPC and the NCBA to the House Ways and Means Committee in recent days calling for NO renewal of the ethanol tax credits.
US Beef, Pork Exports Show Strength in First Quarter
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~U.S. beef and pork muscle cut exports performed well in March, concluding the first quarter of 2010 with increasing momentum. A sluggish global market for variety meat held down the overall totals, but muscle cut export value for both products are running ahead of their 2009 pace.
Beef muscle cuts are off to a particularly strong start in 2010, increasing 22 percent in volume to 156,947 metric tons (346 million pounds) for the quarter. The increase in value was even higher, up 24 percent to $678 million. The combined beef/beef variety meat totals are also impressive, rising 11 percent in volume (to 225,122 metric tons or 496.3 million pounds) and 14 percent in value (to $788.5 million). Total beef exports accounted for 10.6 percent of overall production in March compared to 9.4 percent in March 2009. Export value per steer and heifer slaughtered equated to $127.40, compared to $110.67 last year.
Pork muscle cut exports pulled ahead of their 2009 pace by 1 percent in
volume (356,297 metric tons or 785.5 million pounds) and 2 percent in
value ($941.9 million). Combined pork/pork variety meat totals are
slightly behind last year in both volume (468,793 metric tons or 1 billion
pounds) and value ($1.11 billion).
District Five Commissioner Seat Election Set by Oklahoma Wheat Commission
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Oklahoma Wheat Commission will hold an election to fill the District V seat. The election will be held this coming Wednesday, May 19, 2010, commencing at 2 p.m. at the residence of current commissioner Mr. Don Schieber, 3300 W. Ferguson Ave, Ponca City, Okla.
District V encompasses the line of these counties: Grady, Jefferson, Kay, Logan, Noble, Oklahoma, Stephens and everything east of this line.
All wheat producers within District V boundaries who are actively engaged in wheat production, have marketed wheat, paid a check-off fee and left that fee with the Commission for the current year are eligible to vote. It will be the responsibility of the producer to prove their eligibility to vote by providing a dated grain elevator receipt including the producer's name and amount of wheat sold, and a driver's license or some other form of identification.
J&J Cattle Company Plans Cattle Dispersal Sale May 21 and 22.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~J&J Cattle Company is having a Dispersal Sale Friday evening May 21 and Saturday May 22 at the Ranch near Orlando, Oklahoma- selling 128 live lots- plus a special embryo and Semen Auction at 7:30 PM Friday night, May 21st.
The Dispersal Sale at 12 Noon Saturday will include Registered Angus Spring pairs, fall pairs, fall-born heifer calves and spring yearlings.
The reason for the Dispersal is the suddent death of Ken Jackson in April- he was the partner in J&J Cattle with Mark and Brenda Johnson and to settle his estate, this annual production sale now becomes a dispersal to sell all jointly owned animals.
You can call for more information 580-455-2256- or click on the link below for our Auction Listing of the Dispersal Sale.
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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 $7.30 per bushel, while the 2010 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $7.30 per bushel- delivered to local participating elevators that are working with PCOM.
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