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Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Friday October 21, 2011
A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- Lubbock Dust Storm of This Week a Reminder of the Need for Conservation Investment in 2012 Farm Bill
-- Senator Jim Inhofe Discusses Overregulation on Farmers by GIPSA
-- For the Second Year in a Row- Oklahoma FFA Advances Three Speakers into the National Finals
-- New Legislation Introduced to Stop Agendas Derailing Superfund Law
-- Prices and Protein Premiums Important for Wheat- So Says OSU Wheat Market Guru Kim Anderson
-- Letter Goes to USDA Secretary Vilsack on Beef Checkoff Changes
-- National FFA Foundation's Exec Says Fundraising Continues to Go Well for FFA
-- Visit Stockyard City and Grab a Juicy Steak from Cattlemen's
-- Let's Check the Markets!

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Lubbock Dust Storm of This Week a Reminder of the Need for Conservation Investment in 2012 Farm Bill
A dust storm reminiscent of those which plagued the southern plains of the United States during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s that struck Lubbock, Texas, this week should serve as a reminder of the importance of state and federal conservation programs according to Joe Parker, president of the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts (OACD).

"The massive dust storm that hit Lubbock, Texas, on October 17 ironically happened on the same day that the leaders of the U.S. House and Senate Agriculture Committees announced their willingness to reduce federal Farm Bill Programs, including Conservation programs, by over $23 billion as part of the effort to balance the federal budget," Parker said. "While it's true we all need to do our part to help put our fiscal house in order, this storm should show why these cuts can't all come from conservation and why it's important that we keep a focus on natural resource protection on working farm and ranch land unless we want to see a new Dust Bowl."

On October 17, a massive dust storm started in the far southwest Texas panhandle along the edge of a cold front that moved south toward Lubbock at approximately 55 mph. The storm reached Lubbock at 5:30 p.m. and took roughly 30 minutes to blow through the city. At the height of the storm, visibility ranged from a quarter-mile to near-zero for 40 minutes at Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport. Reports from the National Weather Service said winds gusts as high as 60 to 65 miles per hour were recorded. (picture here is of Massive dust storm as it rolls into Lubbock, Texas, on October 17, 2011. (Viewer-submitted photo from KCBD-TV Lubbock website.)

According to OACD's Executive Director Clay Pope, this storm should send a message to policy makers and agriculture producers alike-we have to stay focused on working lands conservation.

"Whether its policy makers ensuring that conservation programs are available and funded or farmers and ranchers practicing good stewardship on their land, we all have to remember the importance of natural resource conservation," Pope said.

Click here to listen to our conversation with Clay Pope on conservation

Senator Jim Inhofe Discusses Overregulation on Farmers by GIPSA
Senator Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma took the floor late afternoon on October 19 to discuss the controversial Grain Inspection, Packers, and Stockyards Administration rule within the USDA. Senator Inhofe clearly addresses the overregulation placed on farmers and ranchers by the GIPSA rule and claims it is "regulating the industry in a way that would prohibit any real innovation."

Inhofe also discusses the ban that would be placed on packer-to-packer livestock sales, which he says will have a detrimental effect on Oklahoma farmers and ranchers.

A part of Senator Inhofe's speech and thoughts on GIPSA is listed below.

"In the 2008 Farm Bill, the USDA was instructed to revisit and update the marketing regulations authorized through the Packers and Stockyards Act of 1921. The P&S Act is governed by the Grain Inspection, Packers, and Stockyards Administration within the USDA, and the agency is supposed to regulate and deal with the marketing practices within the livestock industry.

This provision of the Farm Bill was heavily debated and amended when it was considered, and ultimately the USDA was instructed to provide regulations for a few explicit objectives: among them were broader contract cancellation rights for livestock growers; the disclosure of foreseeable future necessary capital investments required of contract growers within their growing contracts; and criteria for GIPSA to determine whether producers are treated with unreasonable preference or advantage."

Click here to watch Senator Inhofe address the GIPSA rule and for the rest of his thoughts

For the Second Year in a Row- Oklahoma FFA Advances Three Speakers into the National Finals
And Blair makes it three! For the second time in as many years, Oklahoma FFA has advanced all three National Speech contestants into the National Final Four of their respective contest. On Wednesday, Kaylen Baker of Yukon advanced to the Final Four of the National Prepared Public Speech Contest- competing on Thursday morning in those finals. Kyle Hilbert of Depew also advanced into the Final Four of the National Extemporaneous Speech Contest- also competing on Thursday morning in Finals Hall.

On Thursday- Blair Kloeppel of Kingfisher advanced in both the Premlinary round, as well as the semi final round to reach the National Final Four of the Creed Contest- to be held midday on Friday at the Indianapolis Convention Center, site of the 2011 National FFA Convention.

The Creed Contest requires the student to recite the FFA Creed which has four paragraphs- all starting with the statement "I Believe." Then, each contestant is asked three preset questions that relate back to the Creed and have up to five minutes to answer those questions.

Read more in our early Friday morning recap from the National FFA Convention- click on the LINK below- there we have more info on what is going on today- a link to our FLICKR pictures from the convention and more.

Click here for more on the success of Oklahoma FFA Speakers at the 2011 National FFA Convention

New Legislation Introduced to Stop Agendas Derailing Superfund Law
Senators Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) this week introduced the "Superfund Common-Sense Act of 2011" (S. 1729), which would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the courts from imposing what the policymakers called another "needless and burdensome" regulation on U.S. agriculture.

National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) Deputy Environmental Counsel Ashley Lyon said the legislation would restore the original intent of Congress under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), more commonly called the Superfund Law, and the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA).

She said the Superfund Law was originally passed by Congress in 1980 to prevent toxic waste from polluting U.S. waters and was never intended to elevate extreme agendas by imposing liability on U.S. farmers and ranchers in the same fashion as toxic waste polluters. The legislation would exempt cattle manure from regulations under these laws.

"Congress never intended manure to fall under the jurisdiction of CERCLA. However, some activists groups and attorneys in Texas and Oklahoma have worked to increase the law's reach by attempting to convince courts that livestock producers should be subject to CERCLA liability," said Lyon. "Subjecting farmers and ranchers to CERCLA liability could place the financial burden of nutrient reduction for an entire watershed on a single producer. This kind of liability could easily reach into the many millions of dollars and bankrupt family farmers and ranchers."

Click here for more from NCBA and on the Superfund Law

Prices and Protein Premiums Important for Wheat- So Says OSU Wheat Market Guru Kim Anderson
Dr. Kim Anderson, Oklahoma State University Grain Marketing Specialist, and Lyndall Stout sat down to discuss the changes in wheat prices, how protein premiums can help prices and the impact of the foreign wheat on supply levels and prices here in Oklahoma and in the U.S.

While cash prices in general are "wallowing around" says Anderson, if you look at the Kansas City Board of Trade December contract, it has been trading at a low of $6.88 to a high of $7.22. And if you look at the closes on that December contract, it is from $7.01 to $7.14. Anderson says there has been a $.13 spread in price over the last week, while the Oklahoma basis has been fairly stable.

And with Australia beginning harvest of hard white wheat, they are expecting a record crop but anticipating below average in proteins says Anderson. However, if you look at the European Union harvest, they were expecting relatively low yields and poor quality and ended up having average yields and better quality. Anderson adds that for this reason, producers need to keep an eye on Australia as they begin harvest.

Click on the LINK below to hear Lyndall Stout and Dr. Anderson's conversation on wheat prices, proteins, and more.

At that link- we also have the rundown on this weekend's SUNUP program- to be seen on OETA Saturday morning.

Click here for more from Dr. Anderson and for your SUNUP preview

Letter Goes to USDA Secretary Vilsack on Beef Checkoff Changes
A coalition of organizations have sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack urging him to take steps to make funding for the Cattlemen's Beef Board (CBB) more transparent and to ensure that more voices are heard when distributing checkoff dollars. The letter came as a result of a September 27 meeting of ten agricultural organizations in Minneapolis.

"It is the recommendation of this group that seats be made available on all Joint Checkoff Committees for one representative from each national nonprofit industry-governed organization that would qualify as a checkoff contractor and desires to have a representative on the committee," the coalition wrote. "These committee members would be allowed to engage in all deliberations of the committees; but would not have a vote on motions brought before the committee."

We have the full letter that was signed off on by ten groups- including the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, the American Farm Bureau and the Livestock Marketing Association. Click on the LINK below for more on this story and a chance to read the full letter.

Click here for more on a closed door meeting held last month on the Beef Checkoff and recommendations that emerged.

National FFA Foundation's Exec Says Fundraising Continues to Go Well for FFA
Case IH is pleased to continue its long-standing support of the National FFA Foundation by donating a new, one-of-a-kind Case skid steer nicknamed, "Red Power," to be auctioned off later next year to benefit the National FFA Foundation. In the meantime, Case IH announced at the National FFA Convention in the National Careeer Show their intention of taking "Red Power" around to major ag shows and events with details being shown with it to support and publicize the mission statement of the National FFA organization.

During the Media event- we talked with Rob Cooper, Executive Director of the National FFA Foundation about this donation and how the Foundation continues to see success in raising money for FFA in the face of an uncertain economy.

Besides talking with Cooper about this gift fromt Cse IH, we also talked about the current status of the FFA Foundation- and whether giving is holding up in the face of an uncertain economy. Click here to jump to our story and a chance to hear our chat with Rob Cooper.

Visit Stockyard City and Grab a Juicy Steak from Cattlemen's
Cattlemen's Steakhouse in Oklahoma City, Okla., is our latest Legendary Restaurant of Oklahoma this week- being spotlighted this morning, Friday, Oct. 21. Cattlemen's is the oldest, continuously operated restaurant in the state of Oklahoma and was originally opened in 1910. Since then, Cattlemen's has changed owners a few times but is still helping customers to a delicious steak, which they will even serve you for breakfast. Dick Stubbs, owner and president of Cattlemen's Steakhouse, says they strive to serve up a perfect steak every time one is ordered. Using only USDA choice and prime quality beef, Cattlemen's uses the best beef around. All of their steaks are hand-cut in the restaurant, aged for a period of time, and then broiled over a real charcoal flame before being brought to the table. Click here to purchase your $50 certificate to Cattlemen's for only $25!

Our very own Karolyn Bolay sat down with Dick Stubbs and talked about Cattlemen's history and what they do to ensure a perfect steak for customers. Click here to listen to their conversation.

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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 $11.68 per bushel- as of the close of business yesterday, while the 2012 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $11.75 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- A 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. Click and you can see cash cattle trade from Thursday- $120 to $121.

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