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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Friday January 30, 2009A service of Johnston Enterprises, American Farmers & Ranchers and Midwest Farm Shows!
-- From the Cattle Industry Convention- Randy Blach from Cattlefax
-- Meet Forrest Roberts of the NCBA
-- More Coverage from the NCBA Already on the Web- and More to Come Today
-- Oklahoma Senate Republicans Offer a Rural Vision for the State
-- Business Meeting of US House Ag Committee Reveals Priorities for 2009
-- Coming Up- SUNUP, and our Calendar for the days ahead
-- Roger Mills County Cattlemen Getting Ready for Their Annual All Breed Bull Sale
-- Looking at our Agricultural Markets...
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From the Cattle Industry Convention- Randy Blach from Cattlefax
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We posted multiple stories on Thursday from the 2009 Cattle Industry Convention here in Phoenix. One of those was with Randy Blach, top hired hand of the Cattlefax group. Cattlefax is the market analysis arm of the cattle industry- and they hold an annual Market Outlook Seminar at the annual winter meeting and have for as many years as I have been attending- which I think is about 32 years and counting.
After the Seminar, we caught up with Blach and did a joint debriefing with Bob Burgdorfer with Reuters of Randy on some of the key points raised during the Seminar- some of the topics we talked with Blach about included the tremendous amount of red ink flowing like a river through our feedlots, the danger of COOL damaging our trade with Canada and Mexico, the potential of Japan as a customer if we could jump them to beef from animals 30 months of age or less- and a special word aimed at cow-calf producers as they figure out how to survive in 2009.
We have that conversation on our website- the link is below- go and take a listen to what Randy Blach is thinking about our beef industry and the challenges and opportuntiies that are ahead.
Meet Forrest Roberts of the NCBA
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~On his fifth day on the job, Forrest Roberts, admits it's a lot like drinking from a fire hose. A lot is coming at the new Chief Executive Officer of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association at the group's annual meeting being held in Phoenix this week.
Among his duties- to meet the trade media that covers the beef cattle industry. Roberts held a news conference this morning, followed by individual one- on-one conversations with radio broadcasters like yours truly.
Roberts says that he believes that there are three priorities- building
beef demand domestically, building demand overseas and building a better
business climate for cattle producers in this country.
More Coverage from the NCBA Already on the Web- and More to Come Today
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We have several more stories on our website from the Cattle Industry Convention and Trade Show- including several of the actual audio segments from the Cattlefax Market Outlook Seminar. Follow the link below to our Cattle Industry Insights page to see the headlines of the stories that are posted- and click on those headlines to get more on each story- usually with some audio that you can listen to.
We plan on getting several more stories on line during the day on Friday- so check back from time to time later today and into the weekend for continuing coverage of the 2009 Cattle Industry Convention and Trade Show.
Oklahoma Senate Republicans Offer a Rural Vision for the State
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Members of the Oklahoma State Senate's Republican Rural Caucus released today their policy agenda for the 2009 legislative session, entitled their "Vision for Improving the Quality of Life in Rural Oklahoma."
The Senate Republican Rural Caucus' agenda calls for protecting agricultural tax exemptions, improving access to healthcare professionals and facilities in rural Oklahoma, opposing forced school consolidation, and providing more funding for county roads and bridges.
We have this story up as our Top Agricultural Story of the day on our
website- complete with some of the audio from that teleconference held by
Senator Justice and others on Thursday. That link is below.
Business Meeting of US House Ag Committee Reveals Priorities for 2009
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson opened business for the committee's new year on this week by welcoming new members, as well as his new ranking member Frank Lucas of Oklahoma - and by calling on all members to get straight to work on a busy schedule. Peterson told committee members that at the top of the committee agenda is work starting next week regarding hearings on legislation to reform the financial derivatives market. Peterson said his goal is to report the bill out of committee before the House begins a week-long recess on February 13th. He said the fast pace is necessary in order to help plug some holes that have played a role in the general market collapse of recent months.
The ag committee will also will work on modernizing the structure of USDA. Peterson said he's already met with USDA officials about updating USDA's antiquated computer systems to move USDA into the 21st century and improve services to the nation's farmers.
More on these priorities- including an audio overview of the session with comments from Chairman Peterson and his ranking member, Mr. Lucas of Oklahoma- can be found by clicking on the link below.
Coming Up- SUNUP, and our Calendar for the days ahead
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We remind you that Saturday morning you can check out our weekly In the Field report as seen on KWTV News9 Saturday mornings during their morning news block- our segment is normally seen around 6:40 AM- this week, we are talking about the Cattle Industry Convention as well as the week ahead.
Later on Saturday morning- the SUNUP show arrives via OETA- and you can click here to get a preview of the audio from the conversation between Clinton Griffiths and OSU grain marketing specialist Dr. Kim Anderson- talking about the factors impacting the grain markets in recent days.
Finally, we do want to remind you there are several big events coming in February- and have them listed in our Calendar segment of our website- WWW.OklahomaFarmReport.Com. Some of the items that will be coming up- the Oklahoma Soybean Expo next Thursday, the 50th Oklahoma Pork Congress next Friday and then later in the month, the AFR annual convention.
Roger Mills County Cattlemen Getting Ready for Their Annual All Breed Bull Sale
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~This 31st annual All Breed Bull Sale will be held at the Roger Mills County Ag Pavilion, which is located on the west side of Cheyenne, Oklahoma. It is being hosted by the Roger Mills County Cattlemen's Association and will be happening next Saturday, February 7, 2009.
The sale will include 68 high quality Angus, Maine- Angus, Hereford-Maine, Simmental-Angus, Maine- Anjou, Limousin, Horned Hereford and Composite bulls from well- known Western Oklahoma producers.
Sale time on February 7 is twelve noon. For information- Call Lynda Lucas at 580-497-7366 or Earl Bottom at 580-821-0633.
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