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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Thursday February 3, 2011A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- NCBA Will Continue to Aggressively Defend the US Beef Cattle Industry
-- The Deceit Eastern Livestock Used in Bilking Cattlemen of Millions of Dollars Is Amazing- and Under the Magnifying Glass This Week in Denver
-- Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe Working with House Republicans to Shut Down Obama Adminstration Efforts to Move Forward with Cap and Trade
-- Oklahoma State Auctioneers Association Set to Meet This Weekend in Oklahoma City
-- Tree Seedlings Available from Oklahoma Forestry Services
-- More from Denver- As More Oklahomans Start to Show Up for the 2011 Gathering
-- Messner Ranch Getting Ready for the Oldest Purebred Production Sale in Oklahoma- THIS Saturday
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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NCBA Will Continue to Aggressively Defend the US Beef Cattle Industry
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) President Steve Foglesong addressed nearly 5,000 cattlemen and women on Wednesday afternoon, as he officially kicked off the organization's 2011 convention in Denver. Foglesong advised the attendees to reflect on 2010 successes but focus on possibilities for 2011.
"Your NCBA didn't waver to the critics or this administration's regulatory rollercoaster ride. We buckled down and took them on, which resulted in several wins for U.S. cattlemen. You ladies and gentlemen sat high in the saddle and worked with your NCBA to aggressively defend this industry," said Foglesong. "The success stories go on and on. As you set forth policy positions this week, I am confident the success stories will continue in 2011. We will go do battle again and again with forces that are aligned against us and our commonsense approach will win again"
Foglesong said the Obama administration's "regulatory rollercoaster ride" is unprecedented and has the potential to devastate rural America. However, he is hopeful President Obama will carry through with a thorough regulatory review to rein in the Environmental Protection Agency, the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration and other government agencies from regulating farmers and ranchers out of business. Foglesong said NCBA's pressure on the administration to eliminate burdensome, costly and scientifically unfounded regulations assisted in the President's decision to conduct the review.
You can hear Fogelsong's speech made to the cattle producers that had made it to Denver by mid afternoon on Wednesday by clicking on the LINK below. If you want to hear just a hunk on Fogelsong's thoughts about the battle over the GIPSA Rule on the Marketing of Livestock- we featured it in our Thursday morning farm news heard on the Radio Oklahoma Network- click here for that. In those comments, Fogelsong referred to the Administrator of GIPSA, Dudley Butler as "Dudley Do Right." And Fogelsong promised legal action if the final rule published by USDA is too onerous for the cattle organization.
The Deceit Eastern Livestock Used in Bilking Cattlemen of Millions of Dollars Is Amazing- and Under the Magnifying Glass This Week in Denver
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Chief Economist of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association says that one of the major Committee Meetings at the 2011 Cattle Industry Convention will focus on the Eastern Livestock Bankruptcy- and Gregg Doud says that they will spend most of the time on this issue asking a key question- "What do we need to do to prevent this from happening in the future?" The Live Cattle Marketing Committee meeting is scheduled for Friday here in Denver.
Eastern Livestock filed bankruptcy in early December of 2010- with up to $130 million dollars in hot checks being held by cattle producers across the country. After they had turned over control of their livestock to Eastern, they took these checks to the bank and they bounced. Eastern, a market agency that bought and sells feeder cattle as a dealer and on an order-buying basis, began issuing unfunded checks to producers for livestock purchased by the company in different markets on or around Nov. 3, according to the United States Department of Agriculture.
Doud called the complexity of the Eastern Scheme "amazing" and indicated that NCBA had assembled some top minds for the meeting Friday to look at how to fix this huge problem uncovered when Eastern Livestock's bank figured out the check kiting scheme and stopped the Merry Go Round. You can hear Doud's comments from an interview that we did with him here in Denver about this session on today's Beef Buzz, as heard on great radio stations across the region on the Radio Oklahoma Network. Click on the LINK below for the Beef Buzz.
Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe Working with House Republicans to Shut Down Obama Adminstration Efforts to Move Forward with Cap and Trade
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-Ky), Chairman of the Energy and Power Subcommittee, and Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, issued a joint statement on Wednesday afternoon on the release of their discussion draft, "The Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011."
The authors of the proposal contend that "The Energy Tax Prevention Act
of 2011" would:
Click on the LINK below for more details on the Inhofe plan to pull EPA back from its beginning efforts to Cap and Trade Greenhouse Gases without a Congressional mandate.
Oklahoma State Auctioneers Association Set to Meet This Weekend in Oklahoma City
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Friday through Sunday of this week- the Oklahoma State Auctioneers Association will be welcoming auctioneers in from across the state, as they gather for the Annual OSAA Convention, in Oklahoma City, OK, at the Heritage Place, 2829 S. MacArthur, Oklahoma City.
Seminars and general sessions are planned for both Friday and Saturday. . Noted speakers from throughout the US include, Angie Meier, Professional Ringwoman; Larry Theurer, CAI, GPPA, Past NAA President; Christie King, CAI, BAS, AARE, 2011 NAA President; and John Korrey, 2002 World Champion Livestock Auctioneer.
The Oklahoma State Championship Bid Calling and Ringman Competitions will kick off at 6:30 pm on Friday and is open to the public . This competition allows men and women alike to compete for this prestigious title and the opportunity to represent Oklahoma, not only at a state level, but also at the National Auctioneer Champion Contest held July 12-16, 2011, in Orlando Florida. In addition to the Bid Calling Competition, the Rookie Contest is included for the novice beginner.
Tree Seedlings Available from Oklahoma Forestry Services
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Winter is the perfect time to plant trees and Oklahoma Forestry Services (OFS) is currently filling orders of tree seedlings from landowners across the state. The best time to plant these bare-root seedlings is during the months of February and March.
These seedlings are available for a variety of conservation purposes like reforestation, wildlife habitat, windbreaks, erosion control, living snow fences, firewood, fenceposts, and Christmas trees. OFS foresters are available to help landowners to determine what species will thrive in their particular soil type or what species can meet their conservation needs.
For more details on the tree seedlings program- click on the LINK below.
More from Denver- As More Oklahomans Start to Show Up for the 2011 Gathering
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Last night, the airlines started flying from Oklahoma City and Tulsa into Denver once again- and several Oklahoma cattle industry leaders were able to get into town as the meat of the Cattle Industry Convention gets cranked up today and tomorrow.
Besides the two top stories you have already seen at the top of today's email- we posted several other stories on our website for you to check out from Denver, including a story featuring a conversation we had with Beef Board member Terry Detrick from Oklahoma, click here for that story- as well as a long form interview that yours truly along with Don Wick of the Red River Radio Network and Stewart Doan of Agri-Pulse did jointly with Gregg Doud of the NCBA. Click here to jump to that Podcast of our appoximately 18 minutes with Doud on a variety of subjects.
We invite you to check our website from time to time for additional stories from Denver- and be sure and "follow" us on Twitter as we are tweeting from the Cattle Industry Convention on an ongoing basis. Our most recent "Tweets" can be found on the lower right hand column of our website- our handle if you sign up for Twitter that you are looking for so you can follow us is Ron_on_RON. Click on the LINK below to jump to our Twitter site on the internet.
Messner Ranch Getting Ready for the Oldest Purebred Production Sale in Oklahoma- THIS Saturday
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Messner Ranch 50th Annual Production Sale is set for this coming Saturday, February 5, 2011. The sale will be held at the Ranch near Slapout and is located 6 miles South and 11 miles west of Laverne, Oklahoma.
The Sale Catalog talks about the Messner history in the cattle business. "Milton started in 1948 with a few registered Hereford cattle. In 1950, he began selling cattle by private treaty and by consignment in various county sales. The first production sale took place in Buffalo, Oklahoma in 1961 with long time Hereford breeder, Bob Taft. The sale stayed in Buffalo until 1973 when it was moved to the ranch where the sale is still held today. In 1996, Van sold the first set of Angus cattle. Both herds carry some of the top genetics in their breeds today."
This year's sale includes 120 Service Age Hereford and Angus Bulls, 30
Bred Hereford Heifers and 25 Angus Bred Heifers
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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 $10.30 per bushel- as of the close of trade Wednesday, while the 2011 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $11.05 per bushel- delivered to local participating elevators that are working with PCOM.
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