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Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Tuesday October 4, 2011
A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and One Resource Environmental
-- President Obama Finally Pulls the Trigger- and Transmits the FTAs to Congress
-- Ag Groups Line Up to Call on Congress to Pass the FTAs- With One Exception
-- Oklahoma Crop Weather Update - La Niņa and Warmer, Drier Fall Ahead
-- Meanwhile- Rainfall Prospects for Western Oklahoma Looking Strong for This Weekend
-- County Bridges in Rural Oklahoma are Part of Gov. Fallin's Bridge Repair Plan
-- Cattle Raisers Urge Congress to Streamline Endangered Species Act
-- Finally- One FTA Naysayer- Roger Johnson of the National Farmers Union
-- A Legendary Deal for One and All
-- Let's Check the Markets!

Howdy Neighbors!

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President Obama Finally Pulls the Trigger- and Transmits the FTAs to Congress
As President Barack Obama moved into the White House, he had little interest in promoting expanded international trade that would be of benefit to US interests. The Obama Administration has initiated no trade pacts of their own in the first three years of his Presidency- and it was only about a year ago that the President pulled the three FTAs negotiated by the Bush team (with Columbia, Panama and South Korea) off the shelf and started tinkering with them around the edges before saying multiple times in recent months that he was ready to submit them to Capitol Hill. The sticking point in recent days has been his demand of getting more money for a program known as Trade Adjustment Assistance- used mostly for union workers who have lost their jobs because of previous trade deals. The GOP leadership in the House have apparently agreed to a scaled down TAA, which has prompted the President to finally move forward with the three agreements.

President Obama released the following statement regarding the Free Trade Agreements calling on Congress to pass the agreements quickly.

"The series of trade agreements I am submitting to Congress today will make it easier for American companies to sell their products in South Korea, Colombia, and Panama and provide a major boost to our exports. These agreements will support tens of thousands of jobs across the country for workers making products stamped with three proud words: Made in America.

"We've worked hard to strengthen these agreements to get the best possible deal for American workers and businesses, and I call on Congress to pass them without delay, along with the bipartisan agreement on Trade Adjustment Assistance that will help workers whose jobs have been affected by global competition."

Click here for links to Fact Sheets over the three free trade agreements

Ag Groups Line Up to Call on Congress to Pass the FTAs- With One Exception
American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman released the following statement in reaction to President Obama's announcement to move forward with the Free Trade Agreements with Korea, Panama and Colombia. The AFBF win the prize as they were the first ag group to get their news release out about the decision of the White House to transmit the deals to Congress.

"The American Farm Bureau Federation is pleased that President Obama has sent implementing legislation to Congress today to ratify three bilateral free-trade agreements between the United States and Korea, Colombia and Panama. America's farmers and ranchers have much at stake and the fact these three agreements are moving forward is very good news for our economy."

Click here to read the rest of American Farm Bureau Federation's reaction to the annoucement from President Obama on the free trade agreements.

The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) and U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) were also pleased that the Obama Administration submitted implementing legislation for the pending free trade agreements.

The U.S. wheat industry strongly supports these bilateral agreements as critical steps toward competing on a level playing field in the global wheat market, and now urges Congress to pass them as quickly as possible. The Colombia agreement, in particular, is vital to the wheat industry's efforts to maintain market share in what has traditionally been the largest market for U.S. wheat in South America.

Click here for the full Wheat Industry Statement on the FTAS.

Click on the name of the organization for the other comments we received through late afternoon yesterday on the Free Trade Agreements and their benefit to US Agriculture:

National Cattlemen's Beef Association issued a statement saying they are cautiously optimistic but urged Congress to move forward without further delays.

The National Pork Producers Council expressed excitement about these FTAs moving forward, saying after these deals have languished for almost five years- it's time to see them passed.

The American Soybean Association are also on board the train calling for swift passage- saying it will offer opportunities to sell more soy products as well as domestically produced meat from animals that eat soy.

AND- we got a release and a statement from USDA and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack late in the afternoon- signaling his desire to see Congress to stop fiddling around pass these FTAs- click and read.

Oklahoma Crop Weather Update - La Niņa and Warmer, Drier Fall Ahead
The latest Crop Weather Update is out and focusing on the dry weather still ahead for Oklahoma, saying- "The climatic phenomena known as La Niņa has re-emerged in the equatorial Pacific waters which often brings warmer and drier weather to the southern one-third of the United States. For Oklahoma, this could mean warmer and drier weather for late-fall through spring. No precipitation was reported by Mesonet in any of the nine reporting districts for the week of September 26th through October 2nd. Small grain and canola producers planted with anticipation of rain. Livestock producers continued to face shortages of water and hay supplies across the state and were culling herds. The past week's lack of precipitation led to topsoil moisture conditions with 76 percent of the state rated very short and 87 percent of subsoil rated very short."

When it comes to our fall-planted crops- "Seedbed preparation and planting continued to progress despite dry conditions. Seedbed preparation for wheat ground was 82 percent complete by week's end, 9 points behind normal. Planting reached 30 percent, 19 points behind normal. Canola seedbed preparation reached 91 percent complete by the end of the week, up 14 points from the previous week, while planting reached 48 percent, 11 points behind last year.

All major row crop conditions continued to be rated poor to very poor, although peanut conditions ranged from fair to good. Seventy-six percent of corn had been harvested by week's end, 4 points above normal. Sorghum coloring was 73 percent complete, 14 points behind normal. Forty-seven percent of sorghum was mature, and 29 percent was harvested by Sunday, 4 points behind last year but 7 points above the five-year average. Soybean setting pods reached 87 percent complete, and 21 percent were mature by week's end, both behind the five-year average. Peanuts setting pods reached 94 percent complete, and 47 percent were mature by Sunday, 21 points behind normal. Fifty-five percent of cotton plants had bolls opening by week's end, 24 points behind normal."

Hay production and cutting continued to struggle across the state showing very little progress last week. Third cuttings of alfalfa were 53 percent complete, 47 points behind normal. A second cutting of other hay reached 51 percent complete by Sunday, 25 points behind the five-year average.

Click here for the complete Oklahoma Crop Weather Update for October 3, 2011

Meanwhile- Rainfall Prospects for Western Oklahoma Looking Strong for This Weekend
Rainfall relief is a possibility at the end of this week. The latest 5-day precipitation forecast from the Hydrometeorological Prediction Center (HPC) throws a big old bull's eye of approximately 4 inches in western Oklahoma through Saturday morning- according to Gary McManus, Associate State Climatologist of the Oklahoma Climatological Survey.

McManus adds that "The latest outlooks for October from the NWS' Climate Prediction Center were released on Friday. At least for parts of Oklahoma, a wet signal is showing up through the month. The forecasters at the CPC see an increased chance for above normal precipitation in the eastern one-third of the state or so."

Click here for the weather map that shows those rainfall proposects that McManus is touting for our western counties for this weekend.

County Bridges in Rural Oklahoma are Part of Gov. Fallin's Bridge Repair Plan
Governor Mary Fallin announced a new initiative to target and fix all 706 of the Oklahoma state highway system's currently identified structurally deficient bridges by 2019. Oklahoma has frequently and notoriously topped national "bad bridge" lists. Fallin's new "Bridge Improvement and Turnpike Modernization Plan" would, upon completion, bring the number of currently known structurally deficient highway bridges to less than one percent and make Oklahoma a national leader in that area.

Her plan also calls for projects that would significantly reduce congestion on the Creek and Kilpatrick turnpikes. These improvements would be made without increasing taxes or tolls. Fallin said the historic number of upcoming infrastructure improvements will benefit safety, commerce and travel in Oklahoma for decades to come.

"Having a safe, reliable and modern transportation infrastructure is important for Oklahoma's economy and important for the safety of our citizens," Fallin said. "Our new 'Bridge Improvement and Turnpike Modernization Plan' will ensure that Oklahoma's poor rankings on national transportation issues become a thing of the past. By the end of this decade, Oklahoma will be one of the top five states in the nation for well-maintained highway bridges.

Click here for more from Gov. Fallin on her Bridge Repair Plan.

Terry Detrick, President of American Farmers & Ranchers, expressed support for the Governor and her plans to tackle the bridge issues here in the state:

"We are pleased that Gov. Fallin has taken this step to improve our state's roadways and bridges," Detrick said. "Adequate roads and bridges are keys for us in rural America to get our products to market safely and efficiently which contributes to the overall economy of our state. Without functional and safe roads and bridges our rural citizens cannot contribute to the economies of local towns, regional centers and even urban cities. However, perhaps most important of all is to ensure the safety of our children."

Click here to read the rest of AFR President Terry Detrick's comments

Cattle Raisers Urge Congress to Streamline Endangered Species Act
The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) passed policy Friday urging the U.S. Congress to require the Department of Interior (DOI) and the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to streamline the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to better balance comprehensive science, economic development, input from affected stakeholders, and private property rights when determining whether to list, introduce, and/or relocate a threatened or endangered plant or animal species.

The TSCRA policy action was taken at their fall board meeting held this past week in Lubbock, Texas. TSCRA is an organization of mostly Texas ranchers, but with membership in Oklahoma as well because of their Special Rangers that cover both Texas as well as Oklahoma that help in cattle theft cases across both states.

Click here for more on the TSCRA call for the Federal Government to rethink their Endangered Species Strategy.

Finally- One FTA Naysayer- Roger Johnson of the National Farmers Union
As we mentioned in the stories earlier in the email about the free trade deals- there was one agricultural group that came out in full fledged opposition to the Free Trade Agreements that were sent to Capitol Hill by President Obama for Congressional votes. That group was the National Farmers Union- and here's part of the statement as released on Monday evening by their President- Roger Johnson:

"These three agreements are similar to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA). Both of those agreements have worsened the U.S. trade deficit, because the U.S. does not compete on a level playing field with other nations. America adheres to higher labor and environmental standards than other nations, so U.S. companies incur costs that companies in other nations do not."

Johnson singled out the Columbian FTA as one especially onerous to him- ""Colombia has one of the worst labor records in the world, routinely committing violence against those who attempt to organize workers. In 2010, 51 union members were killed in Colombia. We should not reward the Colombian labor record by entering into a trade agreement with them."

Click here for the full statement as released by the NFU Monday evening describing their opposition to the FTAs with Columbia, Panama and South Korea.

A Legendary Deal for One and All
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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 $11.52 per bushel, while the 2012 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $11.54 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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