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Sent: Thursday, June 02, 2011 6:12 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 Thursday June 2, 2011
A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and Oklahoma Mineral Buyers. Com
-- Emergency Grazing on CRP Land Available in Western Oklahoma
-- Real Cowboys Tweet- Telling the Beef Story Through Social Media
-- OSU Research shows why switchgrass is good for biomass production
-- RFA says global biofuel production is needed for global food security
-- NCBA supports legislation Introduced by Jim Inhofe and Dan Boren that allows states to opt out of corn ethanol mandate
-- Angus Beef genetic influence increasing quality beef
-- Wheat and Canola Harvest Happening- Tell Us Your Story
-- Let's Check the Markets!

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Emergency Grazing on CRP Land Available in Western Oklahoma
OSU's Dr. Jody Campiche says the emergency grazing allowance on Conservation Reserve Program land that kicked into gear as of Tuesday of this week is highly unusual and underscores the severity of the drought western counties in our state currently face.

Dr. Campiche writes in her latest ag policy newsletter from the OSU Department of Ag Economics that "Emergency grazing of CRP land has been authorized in twenty‐two Oklahoma counties as of May 31, 2011. The Farm Service Agency (FSA) requested authority to graze during the primary nesting season and received support from wildlife entities due to the extreme drought conditions across much of the state."

Jody adds that "At this time, haying is not permitted and grazing is allowed through September 30, 2011 (or earlier, if conditions return to normal). Acreage is eligible for emergency grazing regardless of whether or not the acreage was hayed or grazed during the managed haying and grazing period in the previous two years. Managed haying and grazing is allowed in one out of every three years following the establishment of the CRP cover. The managed grazing period for 2011 in Oklahoma counties is July 2, 2011 - September 30, 2011."

Click on the LINK below to review the 22 counties that has received this extraordinary treatment here in 2011- and more on the details of the deal that ranchers will have to cut with Uncle Sam to be able to use that forage on CRP ground.

Click here for Jody Campiche's latest ag policy newsletter on the CRP Grazing Situation in Western Oklahoma

Real Cowboys Tweet- Telling the Beef Story Through Social Media
Mike Deering is the Director of Communications for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, and since he has taken on the job of directing the flow of the message coming out of the NCBA, social media has become a bigger part of their strategy. That includes a blog called Beltway Beef, and lots of work on Twitter as well.

Deering says that Twitter offers an option they take advantage of- an audio feed that can be linked up to Itunes which allows it to become a podcast that people can subscribe to- even if they are following the NCBA on Twitter. He says that saves the Association money and helps broaden their reach.

And Deering says that Social Media is becoming more important very quickly as more and more farmers and ranchers buy smart phones and have access to Twitter, Facebook and more. Of course, we have seen that trend in a positive way here at the Radio Oklahoma Network as many of you now read our daily email on your smartphone- thank you for letting us be a part of your day!

You can click on the LINK below to hear today's Beef Buzz with Mike Deering of the NCBA.

Click here for today's Beef Buzz as we talk social media and its usefulness to getting agriculture's story out.

OSU Research shows why switchgrass is good for biomass production
There are several reasons for which switchgrass has been chosen as a source of biofuel production in the United States. It can grow on wastelands and tolerate drought and extreme heat, to name a few.

Raman Sunkar, assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at Oklahoma State University, and his team of researchers are starting to answer several questions about the role of microRNAs in the biomass production and adaptation to stress conditions of switchgrass.

Funding for this research is provided by Oklahoma's National Science Foundation Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (NSF EPSCoR).

"Proteins are the building blocks of all living cells," Sunkar said. "The type of cell, its function and the timing of its death are determined by which proteins are produced in the cell, and at what quantities and time they are produced. However, the proteins are the end product of a complex process, which begins with the genetic code present in DNA."

Click here for more information on switchgrass biomass production

RFA says global biofuel production is needed for global food security
A new report from Oxfam rightfully raises concerns about the potential effects of unmitigated commodity speculation, escalating oil prices, underinvestment in agriculture technology, and climate change on future world food supplies. But the report misses the mark when it makes unsupported claims about the effect of biofuels on global food supplies. Global biofuel production is a means to enhancing global food security and tackling problems of climate change. According to an UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report released just last week, "investment in bioenergy could spark much-needed investment in agricultural and transport infrastructure in rural areas and, by creating jobs and boosting household incomes, could alleviate poverty and food security."

"American ethanol production has helped spur needed investment and research into dramatic advances in farming technology that have allowed U.S. farmers to double their production on the same amount of land from a generation ago," said Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen. "The same opportunities at varying scales are available to farm communities in developing nations. Together with improved farming technologies, local biofuel production can provide developing rural economies with the kind of economic prosperity needed to become more food secure."

Global hunger issues have long existed, fueled in no small measure by inept and too often corrupt food aid programs, rampant food waste, commodity speculation and volatile energy prices. A recent FAO report noted that 1/3 of all food produced for human consumption is wasted - either thrown out or left to waste in fields or in storage. The World Bank and the British government concluded that speculation, not biofuels, were main drivers in food prices increases in 2007-2008. Additionally, Oxfam notes in their new report, "Only 40 cents of every US taxpayer dollar spent on food aid actually goes to buying food," with the remainder spent on securing transportation - a highly energy-intensive endeavor. Oxfam further notes that, "The dependency of the food system on oil for transport and fertilizers is a key factor in both, as oil prices are expected to rise in the long term and to become increasingly volatile."

Click here to read more of RFA's response to Oxfam

NCBA supports legislation Introduced by Jim Inhofe and Dan Boren that allows states to opt out of corn ethanol mandate
The National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) threw its weight behind the Fuel Feedstock Reduction Act, which amends the Clean Air Act to allow states to opt out of the corn ethanol portion of the renewable fuel standard (RFS) and to broaden eligibility of the cellulosic biofuels carve out by redefining "cellulosic biofuels" as "next generation biofuels" to allow non-ethanol sources of renewable fuel. NCBA President Bill Donald said this legislation is a big step toward leveling the playing field for a bushel of corn.

"NCBA member-passed policy supports our nation's commitment to reduce our dependence on foreign oil and that includes ethanol. But we don't support propping up a 30-year-old industry that should be able to stand on its own two feet with mandates and subsidies," Donald said. "Allowing states to opt out of the RFS and expanding eligibility for the cellulosic ethanol carve out applies some much needed common sense to renewable energy policy. It's time to take the training wheels off of the corn-based ethanol industry and we urge all members of Congress to support this bill."

The Fuel Feedstock Reduction Act, S. 1085 and H.R. 2009, was introduced in the Senate by James Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) and in the House by Congressman Brian Bilbray (R-Calif.), Dan Boren (D-Okla.), Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Jim Moran (D-Va.). According to the legislation, if a state legislature votes to opt out of the corn-ethanol portion of the RFS and the state's governor signs the bill into law, the Environmental Protection Agency would reduce the national corn-based ethanol mandate by the national gasoline consumption percentage that is attributable to that state.

Click here for additional information on NCBA's thoughts on the Fuel Feedstock Reduction Act

Angus Beef genetic influence increasing quality beef
Dr. Larry Corah of Certified Angus Beef says that genetics are a big factor in providing quality beef to consumers. And the increase in Angus influence is one way the quality of beef has been improving. Studies have shown that a higher percentage of Angus leads to a higher percentage in the choice grade of beef.

As the Angus breed influence continues to grow on a national level, an upswing in higher grading cattle has occurred. Corah says another reason for the increase in the use of Angus breeding in genetics is the drive of flavor for consumers. Higher quality that is shown by a higher percentage of choice grade in cattle also results in a more flavorful end product for the consumer.

Click on the LINK below to watch a video on the influence genetics have on beef quality and the increase in choice beef due to Angus beef influence, as well as, additional information from Dr. Larry Corah of Certified Angus Beef.

Click here for the rest of the story and a video on Angus beef influence

Wheat and Canola Harvest Happening- Tell Us Your Story
We have had reports that harvest is now active all the way to the Kansas border, with combines being seen in the fields of Alfalfa and Woods Counties.

Early indications are that the 2011 wheat crop will be a good quality crop, with test weights mostly 60 pounds and higher, and protein samples eleven percent and up.

We would love to hear and see more of your harvest efforts of both your canola and your wheat crops here in 2011. Drop me info about your harvest results- (you can click on the email link at the very bottom of today's email)- and we would love to see some pictures of what is going on as well.

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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 $11.71 per bushel, while the 2011 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $11.71 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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