~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Friday September 4, 2009A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- AFR County Leaders Briefed on a Wide Range of State and National Issues
-- Feed With Excessive Aflatoxin Levels Dangerous to Livestock
-- Kim Anderson Says No Love Being Felt in Corn or Wheat Markets Right Now
-- Phil Seng of the USMEF Worries About US Beef Prospects in Japan
-- National Pork Producers Council Cheers USDA $30 Million Pork Buy for Current Fiscal Year
-- Panhandle Native Stepping Down from USDA
-- Monday is Labor Day- No Markets, No Email But There is the BIG Event!
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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AFR County Leaders Briefed on a Wide Range of State and National Issues
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~In advance of their fall county meetings, leaders with the American Farmers & Ranchers were briefed and discussed a multitude of state and some national issues. "AFR county leaders were updated on legislative, education and cooperative program activities, briefed on current legislative issues and followed by lively discussion of policy issues and resolution development," said Terry Detrick, AFR President.
Premise ID, rules for spraying 2,4, D, Climate Change impacts, Liability on Agri-Tourism and a lot more were among the topics that were a part of the discussion in these area meetings held during August.
Once local and counties meet this fall to consider these and other issues then a state policy committee reviews the resolutions for consideration by delegates to the AFR Convention in February. Passage by the convention delegates then sets the stage for lobbying activities on the issues approved.
"We were extremely pleased with our meetings and the participation of
all our county leadership represented," said Detrick. "There are many
tough issues ahead of us as we go into the next legislative session and
more immediate issues as Congress returns on September 8 to discuss
climate change, clean water, health care and now antibiotics use in
Feed With Excessive Aflatoxin Levels Dangerous to Livestock
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Excessive levels of aflatoxin can harm and even kill livestock and pets. Growers are being warned not to use affected grain as feed for cattle or any other livestock. "The emergency rule signed by the Governor this week follows strict FDA guidelines specifying the maximum levels that may be fed to beef cattle and then only in feedlots," said State Secretary of Agriculture, Terry Peach. "Unblended corn may contain up to 300 parts per billion and blended corn up to 200 parts per billion of aflatoxin."
It has been reported that some producers are feeding cattle corn with
higher levels of the mold caused toxin. Oklahoma State University animal
nutritionists say this can cause health and fertility problems or even
death if the levels are high enough.
He also pointed out a Pennsylvania State University study that showed
how specific levels of the aflatoxin could affect certain species. The
report states that young animals can be affected when the mother is on a
diet containing 20-40 ppb of its total dry ration and aflatoxin levels of
600 ppb or more can be fatal to young calves.
Kim Anderson Says No Love Being Felt in Corn or Wheat Markets Right Now
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Corn and wheat prices are feeling a lot of pressure right now- and there does not seem to be any relief around the corner. That's what Dr. Kim Anderson told Austin Moore, who was subbing for the ailing Clinton Griffiths as the weekly program SUNUP was being assembled on Thursday. Dr. Anderson talked with Austin about the concerns raised by Aflatoxin in corn fields here in the state- and he says that corn prices are not likely to jump higher anytime soon from the high two dollar range- unless we get an unexpected early frost in the middle of the corn belt.
On the wheat side of the equation- Anderson says that the tipping point for this coming week will be $5.00, basis the Kansas City December contract. If we settle below that price point early next week- after the Labor Day- holiday- there could be another 25 to 30 cents down in the cash wheat market to endure.
Click on the link below- and you will jump to our webstory with audio from Austin and Kim Anderson to give you a taste of the SUNUP program for this weekend. We also have a rundown of the rest of the show in that story as well- go check it out and be watching Saturday morning on OETA.
Phil Seng of the USMEF Worries About US Beef Prospects in Japan
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) scored an overwhelming victory in Japan's elections Sunday, capturing an even larger majority than expected in the lower house of the Diet (Japan's parliament). The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) not only lost its long-standing majority, but also saw several of its most influential leaders defeated in their bids for reelection.
Of particular concern for the U.S. meat industry is the fact that the DPJ, in its role as the primary opposition party in recent years, has taken a relatively harder line against expanded access for beef imports from the United States. We look at this issue again on our end of the week Beef Buzz, as we hear from perhaps the most knowledgeable American meat industry official when it comes to dealing with Japan, the CEO and President of the US Meat Export Federation.
Click on the link below- and you can read more about what Phil Seng sees going forward in dealing with this new group of Japanese leaders- and you can hear his comments on these developments as he and the USMEF officers are in China, with a stop this week in South Korea and then early next week in Japan.
National Pork Producers Council Cheers USDA $30 Million Pork Buy for Current Fiscal Year
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The National Pork Producers Council commended U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack for his Thursday decision to lend assistance to the U.S. pork industry to help it weather a nearly 2-year-old economic crisis that has put some producers out of business.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture agreed to purchase up to $30 million of pork products, which will be used for various federal food programs. Secretary Vilsack, who heard from hundreds of hurting pork producers, today announced the pork purchase. USDA also is working to reopen pork export markets that closed in the wake of the H1N1 flu outbreak. This purchase was announced for Fiscal Year 2009- which means it will be happening before the end of September.
"The action by USDA to buy additional pork will benefit America's pork
producers, the U.S. economy and the people who benefit from government
food programs," said NPPC President Don Butler. "NPPC is extremely
grateful to Secretary Vilsack for recognizing the plight of our producers
and for taking action to help them."
Panhandle Native Stepping Down from USDA
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~I realize that many of you are not familiar with the name Larry Quinn- but I wanted to share with you his news this morning. Larry, who grew up in the Oklahoma Panhandle and started his broadcast and public service career at KGYN Radio in Guymon under TM Raburn, has decided enough is enough and will be retiring from the USDA as of September 30, 2009.
Larry has made the life of hundreds of farm broadcasters a lot easier down through the years as he has served in a variety of roles within the office of Communications at USDA. He has been at USDA and has watched each Secretary of Agriculture perform his duties from Dr. Earl Butz in the 1970s to Tom Vilsack today. He has twice served as the Director of the Office of Communications during the transition of power from one political party to another. As he leaves USDA, he currently serves as Assistant Director.
Over the years, Larry has helped the electronic trade media covering
the business of agriculture with access to all of USDA- and he has been a
class act for all of the years that we have known him- stretching back
over a majority of his USDA career. He has been invaluable. Some of you
that don't know Larry personally have gotten to know his brother Garvin,
who has returned to Oklahoma State University as the head of their Ag
Communications office. Garvin has helped coordinate the rebirth of SUNUP-
and is helping the Ag Com efforts at OSU enter this brave new world of
Monday is Labor Day- No Markets, No Email But There is the BIG Event!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~It's as late as Labor Day can be as we celebrate the unofficial end of the summer season this coming Monday, September 7, 2009. The equity and futures markets will be off over this three day weekend in the US, government shuts down which means no trips to the FSA or to the mailbox on Monday- our major livestock auction barns will not have their regular Monday auctions (Oklahoma City, Joplin and Tulsa come to mind) and the livestock industry hopes a lot of people pull out the grills and cook up lots of steaks, chops, burgers and yes, even a few skinless boneless chicken breasts as the weekend progresses. We hope you enjoy this Labor Day weekend- including whatever Big Game (or Games) you will be following this first weekend of the football season.
We will not have an email this coming Monday, but will return with our daily dose of farm and ranch news Tuesday AM. Today was a busy email with lots of things to include- and already we have several things I expect will be a part of that Tuesday email- details of a Climate Change legislation study from Texas A&M that has the Republicans smiling, excellent fall planting ideas from Johnston Enterprises, as well as comments from Roy Lee Lindsey of the Oklahoma Pork Council on the USDA Pork Purchases here at the tail end of FY 2009 (He will be our guest on our In the Field Segment Saturday morning on KWTV News9).
Of course, the BIG event we mentioned happens Monday at the Express Ranch Sale Barn in Yukon as Express Ranches hold their annual Angus Production Sale, called the Big event. Some of the very best Angus genetics in the country will be offered on Monday by Express- and all of their heifers in the sale qualify for the Express Scholarship Program- a program where Bob Funk has handed out some $2.4 million in scholarships to youth from across the US and Canada. Click on the link below to jump the Express Ranches website- or you can call 405-350-0044 for last minute information.
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Let's Check the Markets!
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