~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Wednesday December 8, 2010A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- Can the President Keep the Democrats in Line to Vote on His Tax deal with the Republicans?
-- Oklahoma Farm Bureau Names Farm Bill Advisory Committee
-- South Koreans Dealing with Foot-and-Mouth
-- Tulsa Farm Show Ready to Begin
-- Oklahoma State University Entry in the High Five for Ag Contest
-- Certified Angus Beef Kicks Off Campaign to Declare All Angus is Not Created Equal
-- Calendar Check In
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Can the President Keep the Democrats in Line to Vote on His Tax deal with the Republicans?
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~That is the question of the day in Washington- and it has impact on agriculture at several levels. Perhaps most important for farmers and ranchers is the lowering of the Estate Tax liability for two years versus what it could be if nothing is done until after January first. Right now, there is no Federal Death Tax, but January first it returns with a million dollar exemption and a 55% tax rate on everything that a person has taken a lifetime to build and has paid taxes on over and over during that lifetime.
The Obama-GOP deal uses the numbers from the Jon Kyl- Blanche Lincoln proposal- $5 million in exemptions per person and a maximum tax rate of 35% on everything above that level. We talk on our Wednesday Beef Buzz with Colin Woodall of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association about the surprise on this being included in the plan developed by President Obama and GOP Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.
Click on the LINK below and you can read more- and hear our conversation with Colin on this move in dealing with the Estate Tax for at least the next two years.
The Beef Buzz is a regular radio broadcast feature heard on great radio stations across the state on the Radio Oklahoma Ag Network- and you can also hear many of our Beef Buzz shows by going to the website, www.OklahomaFarmReport.Com and clicking on the Beef Buzz button on the left hand side of any page.
Oklahoma Farm Bureau Names Farm Bill Advisory Committee
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Five leading agriculture producers have been appointed to a newly-formed farm bill advisory committee by the Oklahoma Farm Bureau board of directors.
The five producers are Scott Neufeld, Fairview; Keith Kisling,
Burlington; Jimmy Wayne Kinder, Walters; Greg Leonard, Afton; and Matt
Click on the LINK below to read more about this move by the Oklahoma Farm Bureau- and review what the delegates did last month as it pertains to farm policy. Other state Farm Bureaus are also looking at the farm safety net in farm policy- and there is a lot of talk of moving away from Direct Payments as a primary farm safety net tool. One example of that happened at the Colorado Farm Bureau annual meeting- click here for the blog entry they have on their website about their new position on Direct Payments.
South Koreans Dealing with Foot-and-Mouth
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~A case of Foot-and-Mouth disease has been confirmed in North Gyeongsand Provice, Korea. This is the first case discovered outside of Andong where the disease was first reported early last week. Confirmation has put the provincial government and state quarantine agencies on the highest alert as it has become more likely the highly contagious virus will spread throughout the province and possibly beyond. This latest case was found on a cattle farm- earlier confirmed cases were in hogs.
Test results from cattle on farms in the region showing possible signs of the virus have yet to be reported. The most recent case confirmed was on a livestock farm in Yecheon, some 21 kilometers southwest of Andong. Over 200 cows within a 500 meter radius of the infected farm were destroyed and buried underground to stem the spread of the virus to other regions.
The South Korean Ag Ministry has reported that they plan to kill up to 100,000 farm animals in order to try to stop the spread of this highly infectious disease. It is not a danger to human health- but can devastate huge parts of a livestock industry if not quickly contained.
Tulsa Farm Show Ready to Begin
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The 17th Annual Tulsa Farm Show will officially open its doors Thursday morning at 9:00 AM, and the Quik Trip Center at the Tulsa Farm Show will be closer to being filled than ever before.
Several hundred exhibitors will be on hand to show off their latest products and services. For example, sponsor Johnston Seed will be at the show- and Gene McVey says they always talk to a lot of people about their bermudagrass seed- including their forage champion Wrangler.
Several of our readers and listeners will be bringing horses for the
Gentle Horse Training Seminars put on twice a day by Craig Cameron- there
will be live demos on processing cattle- showing ranchers first hand how
the many different cattle chutes operate. Friday morning, the Livestock
Handling Skills Contest will be held- with the top winners to be honored
by the Tulsa Farm Show and the American Farmers & Ranchers.
Oklahoma State University Entry in the High Five for Ag Contest
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Alpharma Animal Health encourages people to give farmers a high five through their ag student video contest that is now in its final days- voting continues through the 15th of December.
The video contest encourages students to team up and show their passion for agriculture by depicting a positive story about America's farmers and the food, fuel and fiber they produce. This year's contest challenges its participants to creatively demonstrate modern agriculture and how they "Give Farmers a High Five."
The top video will earn the winners $5,000, second place is $2,000 and the third place video producers receive $1,000. As we mentioned, two Oklahoma State University students are involved in the contest with their video about Agri-Tourism. Those Division of Ag students are Karolyn Bolay and Mitch Steichen. The title of their entry is "Adventures in Agritourism." Click on the LINK below- then click on the "Vote Now" link there and your will see details of all of the entries- the OSU students are down the right column.
Certified Angus Beef Kicks Off Campaign to Declare All Angus is Not Created Equal
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The world will soon be challenged to "Taste the Difference" between Angus brands in a new campaign developed by the Certified Angus Beef ® brand. The program to establish Angus clarity in the minds of consumers was created after research indicated they are confused about Angus differences.
The resulting campaign will be featured by the brand's retail, restaurant and foodservice partners around the globe in 2011 using billboards, print, radio advertising and point-of-sale materials. "Today's marketplace is vastly different than when this brand started more than 30 years ago," explained Tracey Erickson, vice president of marketing for the American Angus Association subsidiary. "Many fast food grab-and-go giants have embraced the rising popularity of 'Angus,' and their large marketing budgets have led many to believe that all Angus is equal.
"Our marketing research shows consumers want to know the difference in
Angus brands. They want assistance in choosing the best quality and
taste," she added. "So, we wanted a campaign that turned the light bulb on
and established that there is a difference in Angus beef."
Calendar Check In
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Oklahoma Wheat Commission has their final board meeting of 2010 set for this Friday- and it will be held on the campus of Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. Along with their usual business, they will hear from Alan Tracy of US Wheat Associates and Dana Peterson of the National Association of Wheat Growers who are both in the state for Saturday's Oklahoma Wheat Growers Annual Meeting.
That OWGA meeting is planned for Saturday at the Express Events Center in northwest Oklahoma City. Two key political figures will be a part of their annual meeting- Governor Elect Mary Fallin and US House Ag Committee Chairman to be Frank Lucas. Click here for the calendar entry of the OWGA meeting that happens Saturday in Oklahoma City- all who have a stake in the wheat industry are invited.
We mentioned the Tulsa Farm Show earlier in this email- one thing we did not mention is the Oklahoma Farm Bureau's all breed Herd Builders Sale. This is a private treaty offering and follows a very successful private treaty sale that the OFB sponsored at the 2010 Southern Plains Farm Show in Oklahoma City this past April. When you are at the Farm Show, take a few minutes and go down to the Lower Level and check out the cattle on display- and you may decide you see an animal or two that needs to be a part of your cattle herd.
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Let's Check the Markets!
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