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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Wednesday April 27, 2011A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- House Ag Committee Chairman Frank Lucas Remains Firm in Desire to Write Farm Bill Late Next Spring and Summer
-- US Beef Sales to Japan Racing Ahead of Last Year by 93 Percent!
-- When Pigs Fly- They Go First Class!
-- Farmers Royalty to Sponsor Conservation Youth Contests Again in 2011
-- Soybean Checkoff Steps Up Help in Japan
-- Canola U Agenda Released- Day Long Seminar Set for May 3
-- Shell Oil Company President Endorses Ethanol
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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House Ag Committee Chairman Frank Lucas Remains Firm in Desire to Write Farm Bill Late Next Spring and Summer
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee has been back in his home district in recent days, tending to the folks on a community by community basis. Congressman Frank Lucas of Oklahoma's Third Congressional District held a total of 14 Field Hearings during four days of the Easter Congressional break.
His last stop was El Reno, the county seat of Canadian County. During the hour session, Congressman Lucas took the first fifteen minutes and talked about the federal debt and the upcoming debt to raise the debt ceiling, about Libya and about the process of his Committee preparing to write the next farm bill. About 50 citizens showed up, and they offered commentary and asked a few questions on subjects like Healthcare, Social Security and Medicare.
After his hour before the folks, we retreated for a conversation about a variety of agricultural issues, including what ramifications the upcoming debt ceiling vote may have on farm program spending- both this year as well as in the future. We also talked about whether Crop Insurance should be folded into the next farm bill or should continue to be a separate piece of legislation, how the education of the new members of Congress on his Committee is coming, the timing of the next farm bill- Congressman Lucas remains dead set on waiting until he knows the budget number of next spring before trying to craft a farm safety net that can work for farmers across the country and the oversight efforts to this point under his Chairmanship of both EPA and USDA.
Click on the LINK below to jump to our full conversation with Congressman Lucas in El Reno yesterday.
US Beef Sales to Japan Racing Ahead of Last Year by 93 Percent!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Despite the horrible disasters that sweep across the northeast coast of Japan earlier this year- beef buyers have booked and taken shipments on US Beef in quantities that have not been seen since before the first US case of BSE in December 2003. In fact, Phil Seng told reporters in a special beef checkoff webinar on the conditions currently seen in Japan that current beef purchases by the Japanese of US Beef are ahead of 2010 by an astounding 93%.
Seng does not expect that pace to continue, but still sees total US beef sales to Japan for the full calendar year as easily 25% greater than for all of 2010. And those totals reflect the island nation only taking beef from US cattle twenty months of age or younger.
In that special webinar, we asked the long time President and CEO of the US Meat Export Federation about the "why" of this large increase seen from January 1 up through mid April. Seng offered his take on the attitudes seen right now in the beef marketplace in Japan- and said at least one of the major keys to our success in 2011 has simply been "pent up demand." You can hear the rest of his answer to me on today's Beef Buzz- click om the LINK below and go and check out Seng's analysis of the Japanese market and why they have booked big quantities of US beef.
When Pigs Fly- They Go First Class!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~When pigs fly out of Chicago this June they will be headed to South Korea to help rebuild that country's herd which has been decimated by foot-and-mouth disease. Tony Clayton, president of Clayton Agri-Marketing, a Jefferson City, Missouri,-based animal shipping business is tasked with getting the animals across safely. Clayton says - the 235 hogs, especially selected for their genes, will travel in three especially equipped 747s. The animals will have enough room to lay down, walk and get water. (Definitely better than coach class for us humans!)
In late 2010, South Korea banned hog imports as it fought to contain foot and mouth disease. The disease caused the destruction of about 35 percent of that country's herd. When added to the loss of about 5 percent of its cattle herds, South Korea has food inflation. It will take the animals about 30 days to get through security and quarantine which is designed to make sure the animals are healthy.
Click on the link below for more on this story- including the potential numbers that may follow these early flights headed for Seoul.
Farmers Royalty to Sponsor Conservation Youth Contests Again in 2011
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~As part of their continuing commitment to the youth of Oklahoma and the Conservation of our state's natural resources, Farmers Royalty Company and the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts (OACD) today announced that they will partner together in presenting the Farmers Royalty Company Conservation Youth Awards. These awards will go to the winners of the OACD poster, essay and speech contests at the district and state level. Last year over 1,000 students from throughout Oklahoma participated in these contests.
Open to students from all areas of Oklahoma, the Farmers Royalty Company/OACD Youth Conservation Contests include categories for both high school and grade school students. These contestants research the conservation topic chosen each year and then write essays, develop speeches or create posters to expand on the conservation theme for that year.
Hal Clark, Chairman of the Board of Directors for Farmers Royalty Company and also a member of the Cimarron County Conservation District said, "It is a great pleasure for Farmers Royalty Company to partner with OACD to promote Education of Conservation of our natural resources with the youth of our state. I am also excited to honor the legacy of Vernon McNally with this partnership. Vernon was a great conservationist and also a promoter of education for our youth."
Soybean Checkoff Steps Up Help in Japan
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The United Soybean Board (USB), which represents the nearly 600,000 U.S. soybean farmers, will help Japanese small businesses that wish to donate food to those in need after multiple disasters in that country.
The soybean checkoff plans to help Japanese companies including soyfood processors, suppliers and distributors donate soy-based food to people affected by the recent earthquake and resulting tsunami and nuclear disasters.
"We have been fortunate enough to have served Japanese soy customers for more than 50 years," said Marc Curtis, USB chairman and a soybean farmer from Leland, Miss. "We hope this gesture will send a message to the Japanese people that all U.S. farmers - of soybeans and all crops, poultry and livestock - support them as they work to emerge from this difficult time."
Japanese small businesses that wish to participate in the program may apply for reimbursement for donations of soy-based food such as tofu, cereal, pasta, bread, canned soybeans, soynuts, soybean oil for cooking, soymilk, cheese and yogurt, among other soy-based foods.
Canola U Agenda Released- Day Long Seminar Set for May 3
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~If you are thinking about introducing winter canola as a rotational crop for winter wheat on your operation, you have just a few days left to register for the second Canola U event in Oklahoma City on May 3. The same holds true if you have already tried growing winter canola but need to sharpen your management skills.
Canola U will feature both field and classroom instruction in an informal, educational format. A variety of new topics not offered in the first Canola U event held in January will be covered, including a detailed assessment of available winter canola varieties adapted for growing conditions in the Southern Plains, fertilization and insect control, and no-till seeding methods for planting canola into wheat stubble.
The morning sessions will be held out at the PCOM Canola Plots on the
west side of Oklahoma City- offering anyone interested in winter canola a
chance to see varieties growing this season, and detailed discussion on
planting and harvesting equipment. After lunch, more sessions are planned
at the Clarion Convention Center that will zero in on marketing of canola-
as well as sessions on fertilization and insect control- and how to make
canola work successfully into wheat stubble.
Shell Oil Company President Endorses Ethanol
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The biofuels industry won strong endorsement Tuesday from Big Oil. Addressing the annual EIA Energy Conference hosted by the federal Energy Information Administration (EIA), Shell Oil Company President Marvin Odum called for "a rational, prudent energy policy, one that ensures both current and future demands are met." He explained that this policy should include more, not less, government support for biofuels, including ethanol and said "today's biofuels are likely the most practical commercial solution for reducing carbon emissions in the transport fuel sector over the next 20 years."
Odum said that to meet "staggering growth" in worldwide energy demand, "the slate of options really is relatively limited and we really do need to pursue them all." He blamed politicians for pursuing divisive arguments about "bringing new sources of energy into the mix." He said unfortunately "people pick winners and losers and there are some that are less than honest about the trade-offs. And that sets the stage for conflict and relegates compromise to the back row."
In a story on the Agri-Pulse website, Odum stressed the importance of developing natural gas and opening up both the Gulf of Mexico and Alaska to more production. But he also insisted that the growing international biofuels market could grow even faster "with the right policies in place."
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