From: Ron Hays [] on behalf of Ron Hays []
Sent: Tuesday, January 11, 2011 7:12 AM
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Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Tuesday January 11, 2011
A 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!

Howdy Neighbors!

Here's your morning farm news headlines from the Director of Farm Programming for the Radio Oklahoma Network, Ron Hays. We are proud to welcome Big Iron Unreserved Online Auctions as our newest sponsor of the daily Email. Their next auction is Wednesday, January 12- featuring Low Hour, Farmer Owned Equipment. Click here for their website to learn more about their Online Farm Equipment Auctions.

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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 Afghanistan.
"We're hopeful Congress will act on the Korea Free Trade Agreement, which will provide momentum for other agreements," he said.

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.

Click here for coverage from the American Farm Bureau Convention of US Secretary Tom Vilsack speaking to the Closing General Session.

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.

Click here for today's Beef Buzz with USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack.

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."

CLick here to continue reading Derrell's comments on current wheat pasture conditions.

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.

Appplication Forms are available online- click here to jump to those forms.

New Online Farming Game for Grade Schoolers Launched This Week
The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture launched its new and enhanced version of "," 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."
The foundation has expanded the original five games in "" to 12 and added in-the-classroom fieldtrip videos, e-comics, interactive quizzes and many other fun features. Some of the games include: "Ag Across America," "Keys to Stewardship," "Harvest This!" and "Farmers' Market Challenge."

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.

Click on the LINK below to jump over to the game's website and enjoy a positive way to tell today's farm story.

Click here for the educational game "My American Farm"

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.

Click here for additional details on the current battle against FMD in South Korea.

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.

Click here for this week's Big Iron sale- with first items closing at 10AM on Wednesday.

Our thanks to Midwest Farms Shows, PCOM, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy, Johnston Enterprises, American Farmers & Ranchers, KIS Futures and Big Iron Online Auctions for their support of our daily Farm News Update. For your convenience, we have our sponsors' websites linked here- just click on their name to jump to their website- check their sites out and let these folks know you appreciate the support of this daily email, as their sponsorship helps us keep this arriving in your inbox on a regular basis- FREE!

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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 $9.95 per bushel, while the 2011 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $10.45 per bushel- delivered to local participating elevators that are working with PCOM.

Here are some links we will leave in place on an ongoing basis- Click on the name of the report to go to that link:
Our Daily Market Wrapup from the Radio Oklahoma Network with Ed Richards and Tom Leffler- analyzing the Futures Markets from the previous Day-
Ron on RON Markets as heard on K101 mornings with cash and futures reviewed- includes where the Cash Cattle market stands, the latest Feeder Cattle Markets Etc.
Previous Day's Wheat Market Recap- Two Pager From The Kansas City Board of Trade looks at all three US Wheat Futures Exchanges with extra info on Hard Red Winter Wheat and the why of that day's market.
Daily Oklahoma Cash Grain Prices- As Reported by the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture. <
The National Daily Feeder & Stocker Cattle Summary- as prepared by USDA.
The National Daily Slaughter Cattle Summary- as prepared by USDA.
Finally, Here is the Daily Volume and Price Summary from the Texas Cattle Feeders Association.

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