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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Friday February 11, 2011A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- Documentation a Key to Using Livestock Indemnity Program for Winter Storm Death Losses
-- Food Security and the Bidding War for Acres Continue to Underpin Ag Commodity Prices- Kim Anderson on SUNUP
-- The Official Icebox of Oklahoma- Nowata!
-- Governor Mary Fallin to Keynote Oklahoma Farm Bureau Leadership Conference
-- Ambitious Beef Industry Long Range Plan Gains Acceptance in Denver
-- McAlester Holding Special Cow Sale- and Plasticulture Workshop in Central Oklahoma Set for Saturday
-- Sirloin Club Banquet- and Conservation Tillage Event Re-Scheduled for NEXT Week
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Documentation a Key to Using Livestock Indemnity Program for Winter Storm Death Losses
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Francie Tolle, executive director of the Oklahoma Farm Service Agency (FSA), today issued a reminder to livestock producers throughout the state that FSA programs may be available to assist them. Many are dealing with harsh winter weather, which is causing serious harm to livestock and forage due to heavy snow, ice and extremely cold temperatures.
"This is turning out to be a tough winter for many farmers and ranchers in Oklahoma and learning about our FSA programs is an important step for producers to take," said Tolle. "We need producers to document the number and kind of livestock that have died as a direct result of these winter storms and timely notify their local FSA office of these losses. There may be situations where producers are transporting feed to their livestock. Producers should document these additional costs."
The Livestock Indemnity Program can be very useful to producers that may be dealing with some death loss due to the winter storms. Clay Burtrum, who is on the Payne County FSA Committee, writes us in an email that "This program will pay for losses of cattle due to storm or other major weather events. The program is very strict on how to produce VERIFIABLE RECORDS, etc. The best thing for producers to do is to take pictures, notes, and have a neighbor verify or a vet. The most important thing to do would be to contact the local FSA office for more information."
Click on the LINK below for more on the USDA programs that may be of help to our livestock producers trying to cope after a pair of winter snow storms have rumbled across the state and region. We have several links in our story that will be of help to you as well.
Food Security and the Bidding War for Acres Continue to Underpin Ag Commodity Prices- Kim Anderson on SUNUP
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~OSU Grain Marketing Economist Dr. Kim Anderson talks this week with Lyndall Stout on SUNUP about Wednesday's USDA Supply-Demand report that shows the corn stocks numbers are getting smaller, aided by an increase in the usage of ethanol for corn, and wheat and soybean stocks left unchanged in this month's report. Anderson says that we continue to have the idea of the market "bidding" for acres working in all of the major commodity markets, with corn and especially cotton spiking higher this week.
Anderson adds we also have the new twist of "food security" working as well. At one time, this idea meant the ability to produce as much of your food domestically as possible- today, it seems to mean that you have secured adequate supplies of food to feed your country's population. This "food security" fear has been underlying the ag futures market and has pushed us higher- and has been one of the factors in the riots being seen in countries like Egypt as well as Tunisia and Algeria and others in that part of the world.
You can hear Lyndall and Kim in a preview of this week's SUNUP by going to our story on our website- www.OklahomaFarmReport.Com- just click on the LINK below. You can also take a look at the full lineup of what will be on SUNUP this weekend on OETA. They have got an excellent show assembled- so check the list and make plans to tune in.
The Official Icebox of Oklahoma- Nowata!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Well, it's not official yet- but once all the weather experts in our government bless the Mesonet reading- Nowata is likely to become the coldest spot in Oklahoma for a recorded temperature reading.
About 7:40 AM on Thursday morning, February 10, 2011- Nowata's Mesonet station sent in a reading of 31 degrees below zero. That easily eclipses the old mark of 27 degrees below zero recorded two previous times before Thursday.
As we write our email this morning- it's a balmy six degrees in Nowata- and the coldest spot on the Mesonet network is a minus three at Pryor. We have a snapshot of the high and low for Thursday linked below- and you can click here for the Oklahoma Mesonet website to see those temps as they rise today across the state. By the middle of next week- fifties and sixties (above zero) are expected to arrive.
Governor Mary Fallin to Keynote Oklahoma Farm Bureau Leadership Conference
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin will address agriculture leaders attending Oklahoma Farm Bureau's annual leadership conference Feb. 21-22 at the Marriott Hotel on Northwest Expressway in Oklahoma City.
Governor Fallin is scheduled as the keynote speaker for the Monday evening session of the leadership conference.
"We are excited to have Governor Fallin talk to our leaders concerning
her legislative initiatives this year," said Mike Spradling, OFB
The afternoon session will also include OFB's Public Policy staff explaining Farm Bureau's priority issues, followed by a panel discussion on the next farm bill. The farm bill panel will be narrated by Scott Neufeld, Fairview producer and chairman of the OFB Farm Bill Committee. Other panel members include Francie Tolle, Farm Service Agency (FSA) state director; Dr. Mike Dicks, OSU agricultural economics professor; and Garret King, state director for Congressman Frank Lucas.
Ambitious Beef Industry Long Range Plan Gains Acceptance in Denver
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~A New "Beef Industry Long-Range Plan" was presented at the Cattle Industry Convention in Denver this past week- and Task Force members at the meeting noted that the plan represents four months of work by a diverse 23-member task force of cattle producers and feeders and ancillary industry, restaurant and supermarket representatives.
Task Force members reported that the plan, which is normally revised
every five years, covers just the next three years, explaining that the
plan needs to be free to adjust quickly to market volatility, world
economic uncertainty and other possible unforeseen events.
Both the Cattlemen's Beef Board members and the Board of Directors of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association voted unanimously in favor of the three year plan this past Saturday in Denver. Miller says he is hopeful other groups will also endorse the efforts of the task Force. We talked with Charles Miller- with our full interview with him on this subject that we did in Denver in a special website/podcast version of the Beef Buzz. Click on the LINK below to read more and hear our conversation with Miller on this fresh vision for the beef business in the United States.
McAlester Holding Special Cow Sale- and Plasticulture Workshop in Central Oklahoma Set for Saturday
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The McAlester Stockyards will be holding a Special Cow & Bull Sale tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 12th at Noon. For more information call 918-423-2834- or you can click here for the listing we had as of earlier this week of the expected consignments. It would be a good idea to check with the folks in the office at McAlester if you see a particular listing that you might want to bid on- calling would let you know if that consignment has made to the yards for the sale- after all of the winter weather we have been dealing with.
A workshop explaining gardening techniques using plasticulture will be
held this coming Saturday at the Moore Norman Technology Center's South
Penn Campus in Oklahoma City. Cost is $15 per person and lunch is
Sirloin Club Banquet- and Conservation Tillage Event Re-Scheduled for NEXT Week
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Word comes from Roy Lee Lindsey of the Oklahoma Pork Council that the Sirloin Club Banquet and Auction has been rescheduled for this coming Tuesday evening, February 15, 2011 at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. The reception time is set for 5:30 and the Banquet will follow at 6:30 PM.
Another quickly rescheduled event is the Conservation Tillage meeting planned for Enid- it was supposed to happen yesterday but the snow storm knocked them out of that date- but they have moved the whole program to next Thursday, February 17- at the Garfield County Fairgrounds in Enid- click here for further details on our website.
Lot of other events are coming next week as well- including the
American Farmers & Ranchers Annual Convention and Trade Show set for
next Friday and Saturday in Norman (in a brand new location- click
here to learn more).
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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 $10.20 per bushel- as of the close of business yesterday, while the 2011 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $10.95 per bushel- delivered to local participating elevators that are working with PCOM.
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