~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Thursday January 28, 2010A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- Anticipation- The Storm Slowly Cometh
-- Antibiotics and Dust- The Top Two Key Issues for Cattlemen in Washington
-- Beef Ambassadors at the Cattle Industry Convention
-- Change Agenda for Animals
-- U.S. Unprepared for Bio Attack
-- Oklahoma Congressmen React to Obama State of the Union
-- 32nd Annual Western Oklahoma All Breed Bull Sale Set for Next Saturday
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Anticipation- The Storm Slowly Cometh
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~As we write this email this Thursday morning, the edge of the precipitation line has moved across the Red River into southwestern Oklahoma and is spreading up into the state rapidly. While it will be windy, the ice/sleet/snow event is a little less certain as far as where each line will plot and how much will end up falling. Ice accumulation on trees and power lines seems to be one of the biggest worries dead ahead.
Lots of schools have closed across Oklahoma in anticipation of the winter blast of weather- in some cases for today and often for both today and tomorrow. It does appear that most of the precipitation associated with this storm will be out of the state by Friday afternoon- so it will move fairly quickly.
We reported by mid morning yesterday that the Okahoma Pork Congress has been postponed, with Roy Lee Lindsey saying that members were indicating to him t hey needed to stay closer to their operations and take care of their animals. He expects to be able to pick a "make good" date in the next week to ten days.
Click on the link below for our weather link at our website- the tools there include the Oklahoma Mesonet, the National Weather Service Interactive website as well as links to both KWTV News9 and KOTV News on 6. These folks will do a good job of helping you navigate the stormy conditions.
Antibiotics and Dust- The Top Two Key Issues for Cattlemen in Washington
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Two of the key issues that will challenge the ability of cattle producers to be able to stay on the land and in business were highlighted in a conversation that we had yesterday morning as the NCBA's Cattlemen's College kicked off at the 2010 Cattle Industry Convention and Trade Show in San Antonio.
Colin Woodall is the Vice President for Legislative Affairs in
Washington for the NCBA- and we asked him which issues would he put right
at the top of the list, if he had to only work on one or two of them,
based on the available resources he had allocated.
Click on the link below for the rest of this story- as well as the chance to hear our conversation that we had with Colin Woodall of the NCBA's Washington office.
Beef Ambassadors at the Cattle Industry Convention
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Our friends at AgWired have posted several stories from the Cattle Industry Convention here in San Antonio- they are paid to be here by the Beef Board to blog and do other social media postings. One of the stories posted yesterday was a profile of the Beef Ambassadors, including Oklahoma's guy (the Only Guy) on the team- Jackson Alexander of Anadarko.
I have linked below the short posting they did with the Ambassadors and that includes an interview with all of the amabassadors- including Jackson. Click on the link below and take a listen.
Change Agenda for Animals
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The HSUS continues to push in dozens of directions for their agenda of a meatless America in what they are calling their Change Agenda for Animals. This is an amazing 100 point plan to radically change America in a lot of ways- from appointing a Animal Protection Czar in the White House to establishing an Assistant US Attorney within the Department of Justice that would advocate the HSUS message from a legal point of view.
They also want much stricter rules on CAFOs, a permanent federal ban on horse slaughter, establish animal welfare payments and make them a "green box" item in WTO lingo and the list goes on and on.
We have the full list for you to see yourself. There's a lot on there about wildlife and marine life- but several dozen items that would have real impact on animal agriculture if fully played out. Click on the link below and study up.
U.S. Unprepared for Bio Attack
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~A congressionally appointed commission reports that the United States remains unprepared to respond to the threat of large-scale bioterrorism. The report measured the government's performance in 17 key areas. It gave the White House and Congress "F" grades for not building a rapid-response capability for dealing with disease outbreaks from bioterrorism. But the commission did give "A" grades for government programs that secure dangerous viruses and bacteria.
The panel cited the government's faltering response to the H1N1 flu epidemic as evidence of a lack of preparedness for a large-scale crisis, adding that the blame for the failures is shared by various administrations and branches of government. Former Senator Bob Graham co-chaired the panel with former Senator James Talent. They say - each of the last three administrations has been slow to recognize and respond to the biothreat.
Oklahoma Congressmen React to Obama State of the Union
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Several of Oklahoma's Lawmakers offered their comments after the President's State of the Union address on Wednesday evening. President Barack Obama moved to recapture the political initiative in his State of the Union message Wednesday night by offering an unusually frank acknowledgement that many voters are having doubts about his leadership and his ability to bring an end to partisan gridlock in Washington. He emphasized the need to fix the economy and build back up job numbers in the US.
Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn offered as a commentary after the address "President Obama is right to be concerned about the size of our debt and the scope of our economic challenges. Unless Congress changes course quickly, future generations will inherit crushing debt, high unemployment and limited opportunities. We simply can't go on as we have and expect a robust recovery to take root. We've spent too many years borrowing money we don't have to spend on things we don't need." He added that the President can start the process of fiscal responsibility and must take leadership in this area.
The top Republican on the House Ag Committee, Congressman Frank Lucas, also offered some comments- "I was pleased to see President Obama chose to focus much of his first State of the Union address on our country's ailing economy. Although Oklahoma has fared better than the rest of the nation, much of our country is suffering through our current economic troubles and it is time that we concentrate on improving our economy, creating jobs, and reducing Americans' tax burden rather than a trillion- dollar government takeover of our health care system or a $600 billion energy tax. "
32nd Annual Western Oklahoma All Breed Bull Sale Set for Next Saturday
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Beginning at 12 noon, Saturday, February 6, 2010, it's the 32nd Annual Western Oklahoma All Breed Bull Sale at the Roger Mills County Ag Pavilion in Cheyenne, Oklahoma (west side of town).
There will be 50 head of high quality bulls from well- known western Oklahoma cattlemen. Breeds represented will be Angus, Crossbred, Red Angus and Hereford.
Catalogs are available by calling either Lynda Lucas at 580-497-7366 or Earl Bottom at 580-821-0633.
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Let's Check the Markets!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~OKC West in El Reno ended up with a run of 6555 cattle on Wednesday, with yearlings called steady to a dollar higher and calf trade $1 to $2 up from a week ago. Five to six hundred pound steer calves sold from $1.00 to $1.16 a pound, while the seven to eight hundred pound steer yearlings cleared from $93 to $99 per hundred weight. Click here for the full report of the OKC West Livestock Auction for January 27- it should be up and available by around 8 AM central time.
Current cash price for Canola is $7.00 per bushel, while the 2010 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $7.25 per bushel- delivered to local participating elevators that are working with PCOM.
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