~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Tuesday January 11, 2011A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and Big Iron OnLine Auctions!
-- US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack Helps Wrap up Closing General Session of the AFBF in Atlanta
-- Vilsack Did Speak About USDA's Work on GIPSA Rule
-- Dry Conditions Limits Winter Wheat Grazing
-- Plasticulture Grant Funds Available, Applications Due January 24
-- New Online Farming Game for Grade Schoolers Launched This Week
-- Latest Update on South Korea and Foot and Mouth Disease
-- Big Iron Sale for This Week Begins Closing Out Tomorrow Morning
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack Helps Wrap up Closing General Session of the AFBF in Atlanta
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Whatever the desired end result-biofuels diversification, improved crop insurance or a farm bill that meets rural America's needs without breaking the bank-innovation is where it starts, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told farmers and ranchers at the American Farm Bureau Federation's 92nd annual meeting.
The Secretary was able to beat the snow storm into Atlanta by flying in Sunday night- but decided he did not have enough time during the day Monday to meet with the Agricultural trade media while in the city hit hard by a snow emergency. He spoke for about 30 minutes to Farm Bureau convention goers before heading out in an effort to get back to Washington.
Vilsack said administration officials are working to ensure more trade
opportunities by resolving ongoing trade disputes, tapping into emerging
markets and building relationships in fragile, fledgling markets, like
Click on the LINK below to read more of the Secretary's comments- as well as a chance to hear some of the highlights from that speech.
Vilsack Did Speak About USDA's Work on GIPSA Rule
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~On the GIPSA rule governing livestock and poultry marketing practices, Secretary Tom Vilsack assured Farm Bureau convention-goers that USDA won't move forward on the proposal until it has a full and complete understanding of the economic consequences.
Bob Stallman, President of the American Farm Bureau, says that Farm Bureau's comments on the GIPSA rule included both praise and criticism of the rule. They are among a multitude of groups that called on USDA to do a comprehensive economic analysis of the proposed rule.
Click on the LINK below to hear our Tuesday Beef Buzz that features the comments of Vilsack on the GIPSA Rule- both his promise to do a complete economic review as well as a defense of why he thinks the rule is justified.
Dry Conditions Limits Winter Wheat Grazing
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Market Economist Dr. Derrell Peel says that despite the fact that a few areas have received snow in Oklahoma this week, it is extremely dry in most of the winter wheat grazing areas of the Southern Plains. Dry conditions last fall made it difficult to establish wheat pasture in many areas and limited growth for winter grazing. With high feeder prices and limited feeder supplies, there is a lot of interest in how many wheat pasture cattle are out this winter and what will be the timing of those cattle into the market?bject
Dr. Peel offers his thoughts on this subject in his weekly look at the cattle marketplace from the Cow Calf Corner that he produces in cooperation with Glenn Selk from the Animal Science Department at Oklahoma State University.
"Wheat pasture conditions vary considerably in different regions and it is difficult to make an overall assessment. Most wheat pasture was planted late and developed late delaying placement of wheat pasture cattle. High wheat prices may have limited grazing interest somewhat but attractive wheat grazing prospects remain much of the fall. However, emerging dry conditions truncated grazing prospects prior to Christmas so the overall window for placing wheat pasture cattle was fairly narrow."
Plasticulture Grant Funds Available, Applications Due January 24
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~A program directed toward small, limited resource producers wanting to expand specialty crop production is offering grants and up to one acre of plasticulture installation. Applications for the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry grants must be postmarked by January 24.
The program emphasizes marketing and requires a three year commitment as funds are provided in increments of a maximum of $500 each year. Micah Anderson, ODAFF Plasticulture Coordinator, said applicants will be evaluated based on experience, marketing plans and application date.
Grant funds may be used for soil and water testing, animal depredation control, wildlife fencing, fertilizer, scales, and plants. The plasticulture grant program currently has $7,500 available.
New Online Farming Game for Grade Schoolers Launched This Week
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture launched its new and enhanced version of "MyAmericanFarm.org," a free online interactive gaming platform, that focuses on third- through fifth-grade students. The new version offers more agriculture-related games and activities for kids coupled with additional educator resources.
"My American Farm" was developed to engage millions of youth, teachers and parents through unique educational experiences, educator resources and fun family activities in an online environment.
"One of the main things we tried to do was not only provide these
games, but also provide resources and ways to search the site so educators
can find information easily by subject matter and agricultural themes and
topics," said Curtis Miller, director of education for the foundation. "We
also have fun family activities for when kids come home from school and
they have that time on the computer."
Some of the fun family activities include step-by-step instructions on
how to build a rain gauge and car trip bingo, which encourages kids to
look for agricultural structures and animals during those long car rides.
Latest Update on South Korea and Foot and Mouth Disease
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~South Korea has ordered the culling of 1.34 million livestock since late November to stem its severest foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) outbreak in history, the government said Monday.
The Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries said quarantine officials ordered the culling of 107,500 heads of cattle, just under 1.23 million pigs and over 3,700 goats and deer on 3,300 farms in the past 40 days.
Besides the culling and burial of animals, the government started vaccinating animals on Dec. 25, with 2.15 million livestock in six provinces and two major cities getting shots. All cattle and breeding sows in the central Gyeonggi, Chungcheong and Gangwon provinces as well as those in the city of Incheon, west of Seoul, are being vaccinated.
South Korea continues to find cases of FMD. The farm ministry, meanwhile, said it found four more outbreaks earlier in the day, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 112, along with several other cases that are not officially tallied because the animals were culled as a precautionary measure before test results were checked.
Big Iron Sale for This Week Begins Closing Out Tomorrow Morning
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The first sale for Big Iron for 2011 is winding down with the first item to close at 10 AM central time on Wednesday morning.
A total of 387 items are consigned in this sale- with the listing including tractors, combines, farm equipment and a lot more. Click here to listen to our radio commercial for this week's sale.
We have the full listing for the January 12 Big Iron sale linked below- go and check it out.
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Let's Check the Markets!
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