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Sent: Wednesday, March 09, 2011 5:32 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 Wednesday March 9, 2011
A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- Senators Tell Obama- Push Japan to Widen Access for US Beef
-- General CRP Sign-up to Begin
-- Farm Mom of 2010- Carol Cowan- A Great Ambassador of the Farm Way of Life
-- Korean Free Trade Deal Finally Going to Congress
-- Soybean Checkoff Funded Study Touts Benefits to Soybean Producers of US Animal Agriculture
-- Tri-State Agritourism Conference
-- Sonrise Ranches Production Sale Coming This Saturday- Oologah, Oklahoma
-- Let's Check the Markets!

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Senators Tell Obama- Push Japan to Widen Access for US Beef
Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) has urged the Administration to press Japan to fully open its market to U.S. beef in light of Japan's interest in joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). A letter authored by Johanns and signed by 26 of his colleagues, including five Democrats, calls for President Obama to encourage Japanese leaders to immediately relax restrictions on U.S. beef if Japan seeks inclusion in TPP negotiations. Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe is among those who have signed this letter to the President.

"Japan is an important trading partner to the U.S. and I would strongly support a robust trade agreement that includes both countries, but it has no leg to stand on without fixing the beef issue first," said Johanns. "Our beef industry has been unfairly targeted and restricted for far too long. Japan's restrictions are not based in science and irrationally punish one of our most competitive industries. Our farmers and ranchers have always produced the highest quality beef and our internationally renowned food safety system has protected consumers for decades. It's time for Japan to recognize these efforts and remove their unjustifiable barriers."

The United States is currently in negotiations with eight other countries to join the TPP, a multilateral trade agreement in the Asia-Pacific region. Recently, Japan expressed interest in joining TPP negotiations.
The Senators are telling the President that the table stakes for Japan to get into the TPP game should be full access for US Beef into their market.

Click on the LINK below for more on this story- and a chance to jump over to the full letter to read it. Other Senators from our region that have signed off on the letter include both Jerry Moran and Pat Roberts of Kansas, as well as both John Cornyn and Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas.

Click here for more on this letter that has gone out to President Obama on US Beef into Japan.

General CRP Sign-up to Begin
General sign-up for the Conservation Reserve Program begins next Monday, March 14, and continues through April 15. During the sign-up period, farmers and ranchers may offer eligible land at their county Farm Service Agency office. Additionally, current CRP participants with contracts expiring this fall may make new contract offers. Contracts awarded under this sign-up are scheduled to become effective October 1, 2011.

CRP is a voluntary program that assists farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers to use their environmentally-sensitive land for conservation benefits. Acreage enrolled in the CRP is planted to resource-conserving vegetative covers, making the program a major contributor to wildlife population increases in many parts of the country and well as improving water quality.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says - sound conservation practices encouraged through CRP enrollment preserve the soil, clean our water and restore habitat for wildlife. In addition to general sign-up, CRP's continuous sign-up program will be ongoing.

Click here for more details about the signup and a link on over to the CRP within the FSA portion of the USDA website.

Farm Mom of 2010- Carol Cowan- A Great Ambassador of the Farm Way of Life
Carol Cowan of Watonga is wrapping up her year as the 2010 Farm Mom of the Year in a contest sponosored by Monsanto. Carol was in Tampa at the Commodity Classic, along with her husband Rodney, taking in all the sessions and the trade show- and helping beat the drum for year two of the Farm Mom of the Year contest.

Carol tells us that she has had a tremendous year- helping remind everyone that a key element of a farm family is that farm mom. Carol is a great example of the typical farm mom.

She's really excited about seeing this program continue and for other farm moms to be nominated for 2011. We talked with her in Tampa about that- and you can hear our conversation by clicking on the LINK below- you can also see a YouTube that Monsanto posted earlier in the year on Carol and her life on the farm as the Mom. We also have the link on over to the site where you can nominate someone to be the Farm Mom of 2011.

Click here for more on Carol Cowan- your 2010 Farm Mom of the Year.

Korean Free Trade Deal Finally Going to Congress
The Obama administration notified Congress Monday that it is ready to work on legislative language to implement the U.S.-Korea (KORUS) free trade agreement (FTA).
In a letter to Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk said his office has finished its preparatory work on the FTA, clearing the way for technical discussions on the implementing bill and draft Statement of Administrative Action.

Meanwhile, US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack held a news briefing yesterday on the benefits of the FTA with Korea for agriculture. Vilsack told reporters "This agreement immediately eliminates duties on the majority of U.S. farm products exported to Korea and eliminates duties over time on many others, including U.S. beef. KORUS is a win not just for America's farmers and ranchers, but for millions of Americans who depend on the farm economy for jobs and wages. Congress must move swiftly to ratify the U.S.-Korea Trade Agreement, because if we do not act quickly and decisively, America's competitors will secure their own trade deals with Korea, and our competitors' products will achieve an advantage at the expense of American productivity."

The United States provided almost 30 percent of Korea's total agricultural imports in 2010. In fiscal year 2010 (Oct. 1, 2009 - Sept. 30, 2010), U.S. agricultural exports to Korea totaled nearly $5 billion, making Korea the fifth largest export market for U.S. farm products.

Click here for the USDA release on the comments by Secretary Vilsack as the Obama Administration is finally sending the revised Agreement with Korea to Capitol Hill

Soybean Checkoff Funded Study Touts Benefits to Soybean Producers of US Animal Agriculture
U.S. poultry and livestock farmers provide more than just meat, milk, eggs and other food. They also produce jobs, generate property tax revenues and contribute to household incomes.
A new report by Promar International shows that poultry and livestock industries produced 1.8 million jobs, and contributed $252 billion in U.S. gross domestic production on an annual basis. Livestock and poultry also contributed $41 billion to U.S. household incomes, increasing income by $3 billion over the past 10 years, according to the study

The United Soybean Board (USB) funded the independent report because U.S. poultry and livestock consume about 98 percent of the domestically used soybean meal, making them the number one customer for U.S. soybean farmers.

"It is important for our communities and community leaders to know the value of animal agriculture," says Jim Schriver, a soybean farmer from Montpelier, Ind., and chair of USB's Domestic Marketing program. "This sector of our economy not only produces the food we eat, but represents profit and job centers that support the communities in which we live."

The 32-page report breaks down a range of data by state, including measurements for poultry and livestock production and value, economic impact, characteristics of farm operations and operators, input purchases, agricultural and economic censuses, taxation and computation of meal use by poultry and livestock.

Click here for more on the Soybean Salute to their Number One Customer- US Animal Agriculture

Tri-State Agritourism Conference
Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma residents who operate agritourism businesses and are interested in developing and promoting their rural small business, will want to attend the "Tri-State Agritourism Conference" on Tuesday, March 22 and Wednesday, March 23, 2011, in Pittsburg, Kansas. The conference will also be of interest to potential agritourism businesses, destination marketing organizations, and chambers of commerce. The two-day event will begin at 9:00 a.m. on March 22 at the Overman Student Center on the Pittsburg State University campus in Pittsburg, Kansas, and conclude Wednesday afternoon.

A variety of presenters will share information on diversification and new markets, direct marketing (on farm/off farm), on-line marketing (including social media), risk management, partnering with the local community, and ways to engage visitors to generate more income. An overview of agritourism programs in Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma will also be presented. Participants will also have the opportunity to attend a networking reception featuring food and beverages from tri-state area producers, a trade show and a tour of several area agritourism businesses.

The $40 early registration fee deadline is extended to March 10. After that date, the registration fee is $55 per person. Registration fee includes meals, refreshments, networking reception and tour transportation. Advance registration is required. To register, contact the Kansas Small Business Development Center at Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, KS at 620-235-4920.

Click here for the brochure on the Tri State Agritourism Conference.

Sonrise Ranches Production Sale Coming This Saturday- Oologah, Oklahoma
Sonrise Ranches will be holding their spring Performance Tested Bull Sale this coming Saturday, March 12, 2011, staring at 1 p.m. The Sale will be held at the ranch, near Oologah, OK.

Ranch Owner Chip Carroll writes about the selection of bulls and females that they will be selling this Saturday on their website- "Each of these 60+ bulls is sure to make a positive impact on your cow-calf program. They've all passed a BSE exam. And aside from eight we've used to cover some of our cows, they are all virgin bulls. The eight will be Trich-tested free before the sale. These bulls are ready to go to work for you.

"We're also selling 50+ Sonrise bull bred commercial cows. You won't want to miss these. With the national cow herd as low as it's been since the 1950's and with exports opening up, the commercial cattle market is sure to stay strong over the next several years. Come buy these cows, and let them start working for you too!"

Click on the LINK below for their website, where you will find a link for a downloadable catalog, as well as video of the bulls that will sell on Saturday.

Click here for more details about the Sonrise Ranches

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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- as of the close of business yesterday, while the 2011 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $10.80 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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