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Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Thursday June 30, 2011
A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- After Being Placed on Probation by the CBB- CEO Tom Ramey Resigns
-- Latest Budget Deficit Deal Sweetener- Fix the AMT Permanently
-- Agricultural Groups Urge Congress and Administration to Keep Moving FTA's
-- Uncle Sam Tells Families to Clean, Separate, Cook and Chill
-- Individual Cattle Management is Beneficial and Important in Feedlots
-- 2011 Cotton Crop Prospects Will Depend on Southwest Oklahoma Rainfall
-- USMEF's Phil Seng to Headline 2011 Oklahoma Cattlemen Association Convention
-- Let's Check the Markets!

Howdy Neighbors!

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After Being Placed on Probation by the CBB- CEO Tom Ramey Resigns
On the heels of the announcement earlier in June that the Cattlemen's Beef Board Executive Committee had placed him on probation for unethical behavior in dealings with the Federation of State Beef Councils, Chief Executive Officer Tom Ramey resigned from the CBB, effective immediately.

Wesley Grau, Chairman of the Cattlemen's Beef Board Executive Committee is credited with this statement that was released by the Executive Committee on Wednesday:

"After more than 17 years of committed service to the beef checkoff, the Cattlemen's Beef Board (CBB) Executive Committee yesterday reluctantly accepted Chief Executive Officer Tom Ramey's resignation. Tom served as both the Cattlemen's Beef Board chief financial officer and, most recently, as chief executive>
"The Executive Committee has asked Polly Ruhland to act as interim CEO for the present time. After more than 20 years in the beef industry, Polly was most recently CBB's vice president of planning and evaluation, and before that served in several senior staff positions at the National Cattlemen's Beef Association. Through this experience, she understands both the beef checkoff oversight and contractor roles, and is highly qualified to help us move the checkoff forward in its goal to build demand for beef.

"We appreciate that Tom's decision to resign was a personal one for him and his family, and we thank him for his dedication to the nation's farmers and ranchers through his service to the beef checkoff."

Earlier in June- we reported about the accusations made by the National Cattlemen's Beef Association to the Beef Board- and their response. "The allegation made by NCBA to the Beef Board was similar to complaints aired by a Beef Board member in a closed door meeting back in February of this year in Denver during the Cattle Industry Convention. The allegation was that Ramey "repeatedly listened to NCBA organized conference calls with state beef council executives." The NCBA offered substantiation to the CBB Executive Committee and the Committee agreed this practice occured and it was improper. The response from the CBB attorney to NCBA adds that " Mr. Ramey has assured the CBB Executive Committee that he recognizes that his actions were improper and a breach of ethical standards and has promised to never do it again." Click here for that Beef Buzz from June 10 which included the attorney's repsonse to NCBA President Bill Donald as well as audio comments by Tom Jones, current Chairman of the CBB.

Here is the statement as released by the Cattlemen's Beef Board to Stakeholders and others on Wednesday.

Latest Budget Deficit Deal Sweetener- Fix the AMT Permanently
Bipartisan talks concerning the deficit continue and Senate Budget Chairman Kent Conrad - member of the original Gang of Six Senators - believes Republicans could be persuaded to vote for revenue raisers if Democrats promise to provide permanent relief from the Alternative Minimum Tax. Conrad says the AMT - which was originally created to tax wealthy individuals who had used loopholes to avoid paying taxes - needs to be reformed. The Congressional Budget Office projects the AMT would affect nearly half of all households by 2035 unless Congress acts. But a permanent fix will result in lost revenue. Conrad says offsetting AMT relief with revenue elsewhere could help generate the cash needed to reach an overall bipartisan four-trillion dollar deficit reduction goal.

Another idea is to use a chained Consumer Price Index - recalculating the CPI - which is tied to tax deductions, rate brackets and other government payments. Republicans argue that a broader tax reform bill that lowers overall tax rates would create more revenue than budget experts estimate.

Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist says a revenue-neutral AMT fix would comply with the anti-tax pledge most Republicans have signed - yet a chained CPI would be very bad because it would gradually raise tax revenue.

Click here for a video from Politco of Kent Conrad and his latest ideas on a Budget Deal- we know it's Senator Conrad because there is a chart in the background.

Agricultural Groups Urge Congress and Administration to Keep Moving FTA's
The recent announcement from the White House of moving all three free trade deals to Congress in July has caused many agricultural organizations to speak up with their support of the trade agreements. Many agricultural groups have continued to urge Congress and the Administration to move the three trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama, and called for closure on this issue by the end of session in August.

The American Farm Bureau Federation, National Pork Producers Council, U.S. Wheat Associates and National Wheat Growers Association have all released statements expressing their thoughts on the three free trade agreements.

American Farm Bureau
Bob Stallman, President of American Farm Bureau Federation, released the following statement in response to the recent Free Trade Agreement movement in Congress.

"The American Farm Bureau welcomes the news from the Senate Finance Committee that it is moving forward with a mock markup of the Korea, Colombia and Panama trade agreements. Combined, the three FTAs represent nearly $2.5 billion in new agriculture exports and could generate support for up to 22,500 U.S. jobs. Further, passing these trade agreements would immediately eliminate most trade tariffs that have continued to plague U.S. farmers and ranchers."

Click here to read the rest of Bob Stallman's statement.

National Pork Producers Council
National Pork Producers Council President Doug Wolf offered the following statement.

"It is imperative that the agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea be approved before Congress takes its month-long break," said Doug Wolf, NPPC president and a pork producer from Lancaster, Wis. "U.S. pork producers need new and expanded market access to remain competitive in the global marketplace. And the way to get that is through free trade agreements."

Click here to read the full press release from NPPC.

National Association of Wheat Growers and U.S. Wheat Associates
Wayne Hurst, president of the National Association of Wheat Growers and a wheat farmer from near Burley, Idaho, and Don Schieber, chairman of U.S. Wheat Associates and a wheat farmer from near Ponca City, Okla., released the following statement.

"U.S. wheat farmers were pleased to hear news Tuesday of a possible agreement that would move forward the passage of three pending free trade agreements, and of Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus' intention to hold mock mark-ups of the measures on Thursday. All three of these pacts are important to wheat farmers who depend on exports to sell about half of the wheat we grow every year."

Click here to read the rest of the comments from NAWG and U.S. Wheat Associates.

Uncle Sam Tells Families to Clean, Separate, Cook and Chill
The Ad Council is joining the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service, in partnership with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to debut their first joint national multimedia public service campaign to help families prevent food poisoning in the home.

The Food Safe Families campaign was announced Tuesday morning by USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in time for the July 4th holiday and the start of summer when foodborne illnesses tend to increase-a time when many families celebrate with food. It's also a time when foodborne illnesses tend to increase with more outdoor meals, and other factors that increase the risk for disease-causing bacteria in food.

Food poisoning, also called foodborne illness, is a serious public health threat in the U.S. CDC estimates that approximately 1 in 6 Americans (48 million people) suffer from foodborne illness each year, resulting in roughly 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths. While USDA, HHS and other federal government agencies are dedicated to protecting consumers by setting and enforcing food safety standards, it is also the federal government's responsibility to give consumers important safety information for safe food handling in the home.

Through humorous over-the-top depictions of the four key safe food handling behaviors, the television public service advertisements (PSAs) urge parents to keep their families safer from food poisoning and deliver clear steps to reduce their risk. Audiences are encouraged to achieve the following safe food handling behaviors:

Clean: Clean kitchen surfaces, utensils, and hands with soap and water while preparing food.
Separate: Separate raw meats from other foods by using different cutting boards.
Cook: Cook foods to the right temperature by using a food thermometer.
Chill: Chill raw and prepared foods promptly.

Click here to learn more about food poisoning and how to prevent it

Individual Cattle Management is Beneficial and Important in Feedlots
Proper management of cattle is an important factor in the cattle industry. Our friend Tom Fanning manages 30,000 head at Buffalo Feeders. Fanning uses individual management to help increase beef quality and profitability. Fanning says on his operation they are trying to optimize the end point of each group of animals through this individual managment.

Fanning also says it is important to provide proper individual management to the cattle to help the cattle reach their best genetic potential.

Click on the LINK below to watch the complete video over individual cattle management in feedlots, as well as, to hear the rest of Tom Fanning's practices for obtaining high quality cattle through individual management.

Click here to watch the video from Certified Angus Beef, LLC on cattle management

2011 Cotton Crop Prospects Will Depend on Southwest Oklahoma Rainfall
Cotton industry observers are thinking that here in 2011, the only reliable, season-long source of soil moisture for cotton and other warm-season crops will be where farmers have access to irrigation wells. With no rain clouds in sight, it would be interesting to observe the progression of a cotton field watered with a center-pivot irrigation system.. Such a field is pictured on our website, which you can see by clicking the LINK below- located southwest of Snyder,Ok; a little west of Snyder and just south of HW62.

Cotton, the variety FiberMax 1740, was planted there May 10. The crop belongs to Joe and John Bates, Altus, Ok., who farm in Jackson and Kiowa Counties. The field is the responsibility of John's son, Billy Bob Bates.

"We planted the crop dry," Billy Bob said. "After the plants had come up, we put about .8 of an inch of rain on it to get it started growing. We will water it again this week (June 7, 2011)."

"Availability of water will be the deciding factor on the success of this year's cotton crop," said Dr. Randy Boman, director of the Oklahoma State University cotton production program.

Also the director of the OSU Southwest Research and Extension Center south of Altus on HW283, Boman explained farmers in the Lugert-Altus Irrigation District have been limited to six acre inches of water this season for their crops. "Most farmers will probably use that six inches to their best advantage for their crops," he said. "After that, unless enough rain falls north of Lake Altus to recharge the lake, the crops in the irrigation district will have to depend on what rain may fall." Lake Altus is only at 47 percent capacity now.

Click here for more on this cotton season from a special report supplied by NTOK

USMEF's Phil Seng to Headline 2011 Oklahoma Cattlemen Association Convention
Scott Dewald, Executive Director Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association, gives us an update on the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association Annual Convention and Trade Show. The OCA Convention and Trade Show will be held July 28 to July 30 in Midwest City, Okla. Dewald says they are looking forward to getting an update from Phil Seng, President of U.S. Meat Export Federation, on the global beef marketplace.

Dewald says with the current situation in the beef market with international demand, this will be beneficial to cattle producers as they strive to provide beef for consumers around the world. Also, the annual trade show will be held in conjunction with the convention. Dewald says there are 110 vendors this year- ranging from pharmaceutical companies to feedlots to feed companies. Dewald says it will be a one stop place to get all of the information for the cattle industry.

Also speaking at the OCA Convention and Trade Show will be House Agriculture Chairman Frank Lucas and Senator Jim Inhofe, as the give an update on how they are working for cattle producers.

Click on the LINK below to hear our complete interview with Scott Dewald on the upcoming OCA Convention and Trade Show.

Click here for more information, including a schedule of events, on the OCA Convention and Trade Show

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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 $12.18 per bushel, while the 2011 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $12.18 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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