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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Monday March 1, 2010A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- Class 14 of the OALP Headed for Home
-- Alan Tracy Tells Australian Wheat Producers- Your Counterparts in the US Want You to Do Well!
-- Oklahoma Grain and Stocker Producer Leaders Back From Washington, DC
-- The Chairman of the Oklahoma Conservation Commission, Matt Gard, Seriously Injured In Motorcycle Accident
-- Oklahoma Beef Council to Welcome Cordell Native Jeff Jaronek as Newest Member of Their Staff
-- Dr. Norm Stewart of Intervet/Schering Plough Animal Health Talks Pinkeye Control
-- Glover Cattle Company Annual Angus Bull Sale- Set for this Wednesday at the Ranch
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Class 14 of the OALP Headed for Home
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~As we write this on Monday morning, Class 14 of the Oklahoma Ag Leadership Program is homeward bound, with an expected arrival this evening at Will Rogers Airport in Oklahoma City.
Saturday was their last day where they had agricultural related tours planned. Clinton Griffiths of SUNUP has traveled with the group and offered these comments from their two stops made Saturday. "We went to the John Deere training facility and a 5000 acre cattle ranch in the mountains outside of Madrid. They raise Limi/Saler cross cattle and have a feedlot operation. Due to poor demand, the facility is fattening only a fraction of its potential and the cattle herd is moving to more of a production based operation rather than a feeding operation."
We have the latest pictures sent from these two stops that are now a part of the OALP Class 14 collection at our Flickr site. Click on the link below to jump to our story on our website, with that direct link on to Flickr to see those photos of John Deere green and more.
The story we are jumping you to also has the link to the OALP website, where you can get the application for Class 15 for the program. Applications are due by early May.
Alan Tracy Tells Australian Wheat Producers- Your Counterparts in the US Want You to Do Well!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) President Alan Tracy was a guest speaker at the Grain Industry Association "Crop Updates 2010" meeting and a meeting of the Pastoralists and Graziers Association in Perth, Western Australia, Feb. 26, 2010. Tracy's remarks at both meetings centered on what he called "the important story" that wheat producers in the U.S., Australia, and elsewhere get more return for their crop when the basis of competition is specific value for specific uses rather than simply on price.
"There are sound business reasons for American wheat producers to want to see Australian wheat producers do well," Tracy said. "If the market isn't working to bring you the full value of your wheat, it gets sold too cheaply and serves to bring our prices down as well. When the market works effectively to get our products to their best possible uses, both our countries' producers will see better returns."
We have more on this story of Alan Tracy spending time Down Under with the Australian wheat industry- you can click on the link below to read more. We also expect to have the chance to sit down and do an extensive interview with Tracy about this trip and other wheat industry issues during this week's Commodity Classic that we will be covering for you on an exclusive basis- no other farm broadcast reporter from Oklahoma will be in Anaheim watching the proceedings for you- just Ron on RON.
Oklahoma Grain and Stocker Producer Leaders Back From Washington, DC
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma Grain and Stocker Producers President Dean Keiffer, Vice President David Von Tungeln and Candace Krebs, communications coordinator, recently traveled to Washington D.C. for meetings with each of Oklahoma's legislative delegation and other officials in the nation's capital. Among their priority issues were implementation of the current farm bill - the subject of repeated delays - and the first glimpse of what might lie ahead for negotiations surrounding the next farm bill.
"Since this is an election year, we don't expect to see a lot done on farm policy, although House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson is talking about starting hearings on the next farm bill in the coming months. We plan to have some additional input at that time," Keiffer said. Other important concerns were effective crop insurance coverage, continued funding and support for Oklahoma State University's Wheat Pasture Research Unit at Marshall, concern regarding EPA's greenhouse gas endangerment finding and attempts to impose increasingly costly and intrusive environmental regulations, the need for effective wildlife management, expansion of trade through approval of pending trade agreements and a recognition of the importance of science-based food safety and livestock industry standards.
Click on the link below for more on this story- and we have a PDF file there that you can download with their full report compiled by Candace Krebs with several pictures from their time in DC.
The Chairman of the Oklahoma Conservation Commission, Matt Gard, Seriously Injured In Motorcycle Accident
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Early Sunday morning, Matt Gard was injured seriously in a motorcycle accident, with multiple broken bones, but fortunately no head injury. Injuries suffered include a badly broken leg, broken neck and most worrisome, a broken back. Early reports from the hospital in Enid was no feeling in his legs, but later in the day Sunday, some feeling seems to be returning.
We also understand from Shari Holloway that Matt is "is conscious, talking and joking." He does remain in ICU at this time.
Gard, who farms in Major County, is the Area 1 Director for the Oklahoma Conservation Commission, and serves currently as the Chairman of the Commission.
Oklahoma Beef Council to Welcome Cordell Native Jeff Jaronek as Newest Member of Their Staff
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma Beef Council Executive Director Heather Buckmaster is excited to have filled the slot that Adam McClung vacated when he left at the end of this past year to become the top hired hand of the Arkansas Cattlemen. She tells us in an email that "Jeff Jaronek will be joining the Oklahoma Beef Council as its new Director of Industry Relations on March 8. Jeff is from Cordell, Oklahoma where he grew up on a wheat-stocker operation.
"He is a graduate of Oklahoma State University with a double major in Agriculture Economics and Animal Science. While at OSU he worked for the wheat-stocker unit under the direction of Dr. Gerald Horn.
"Jeff was an active member of Cowboys for Christ and Alpha Zeta. He also served as a student director for Farm Credit. Jeff has spent almost two years working for Deseret Ranches in Florida where he has served as a foreman for a 2700 cow-calf unit. The Oklahoma Beef Council is excited to have a young man with Jeff's experience on board. "
Dr. Norm Stewart of Intervet/Schering Plough Animal Health Talks Pinkeye Control
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~As pinkeye season approaches, it's time for beef producers to take preventive steps to control this contagious, costly disease. Pinkeye losses can exceed $100 per incidence in beef cattle. Norm Stewart, D.V.M., M.S., Manager of Technical Services for Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health, offers best management practices for preventing pinkeye. "Taking a stand against pinkeye requires a three-pronged approach that includes vaccination, fly control and environmental management," Stewart says, "Like a three-legged stool, leaving out any of these key elements can bring down your entire control program."
The three legs that Dr. Stewart refers to include protect the eyes,
manage the flies and manage the environment. Stewart says the first leg of
control is protecting the eyes by vaccination of your animals.
Finally, Dr. Stewart says the third key to helping keep pinkeye a non player in your cattle herd is managing the environment your cattle live in. Management practices such as pasture mowing, dust control and man-made or natural shades are important to minimize eye irritants, such as pollen, seed heads, dust and ultraviolet light.
Glover Cattle Company Annual Angus Bull Sale- Set for this Wednesday at the Ranch
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The 2010 Glover Cattle Annual Bull Sale is set for this coming Wednesday, March 3, 2010 at 12:30 PM at the Ranch in Elgin, Oklahoma.
Ronnie and Tyler Glover will be offering sixty six 18 month to two year old Angus bulls- with EPDs that showcase moderate birth weights, excellent growth and superior carcass value. These bulls are the offspring of some of the Angus breed's most popular sires.
Also selling this Wednesday will be 80 spring calving two year old commercial pairs. Call Glover Cattle Company at 580-595-1494 for more information. You can also click on the link below for our Auction Listing at www.OklahomaFarmReport.Com, which includes the link for the sale catalog for Glover from National Cattle Services.
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Let's Check the Markets!
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