~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Tuesday February 10, 2009A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- Secretary Vilsack Addresses Wheat Growers in Washington
-- NAWG Awards Top Congressional Award to Max Baccus of Montana
-- Beef Demand Drivers Examined by Livestock Economist Jim Mintert.
-- Poultry Litter Offers the Right Stuff- OSU Offers the Right Training to Utilize It
-- Five Bills To Be Considered by House Ag Committee on Wednesday Afternoon
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Secretary Vilsack Addresses Wheat Growers in Washington
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says a serious administration focus on trade issues is likely to be delayed until economic recovery measures are in place. And, the Secretary told members of the National Association of Wheat Growers and U.S. Wheat Associates that political realities will force significant changes both in the way he will run USDA and in the ways farmers will get paid.
Vilsack called on farmers to accept the political reality that U.S. farm program direct payments are under fire both at home and abroad - and therefore farmers should develop other sources of income. Vilsack told the groups; - he intends to promote a far more diversified income base for the farm sector. He noted that windmills and biofuels should definitely be part of the income mix - and that organic agriculture will also play an increasing role.
The Secretary stressed that USDA is involved in every major issue today, from economic recovery and energy security, to food safety and foreclosures. He said he will work hard to ensure that USDA -has a seat at the table - in setting policies in all of these areas - and to ensure that both Washington policy makers and the general public are made aware of the farm sector's important role in all of these areas.
Vilsack's four personal goals include: a safe, sufficient, sustainable and nutritious supply of food for all; be a national leader in the discussion of energy and climate change; insure modern rural 21st century communities; and modernize the workforce and the workplace at USDA.
NAWG Awards Top Congressional Award to Max Baccus of Montana
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) was presented Monday with the wheat industry's top public service award, the Wheat Leader of the Year Award. Baucus, who serves on the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry and as the Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, was given the award by a contingent of Montana wheat growers.
"Sen. Baucus defended wheat priorities in the 2008 Farm Bill, played a critical role in identifying funding for that legislation and was the author of the SURE disaster program. He's also a strong advocate for free and fair trade," said NAWG President David Cleavinger, a wheat producer in Wildorado, Texas. "We are very pleased to be able to give this award to him in recognition of all of these activities."
None of the Oklahoma delegation were honored by the National Association of Wheat Growers this year. Click on the link below for a look at all of the award winners- both lawmakers as well as members of their staff that were singled out by the group.
Beef Demand Drivers Examined by Livestock Economist Jim Mintert.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~For the next few days- our Beef Buzz program on the Radio Oklahoma Network will feature a conversation that we had in Phoenix with Dr. Jim Mintert of Kansas State University. Mintert presented details of his work during that meeting- a study of beef demand that was funded by the Beef Checkoff.
Mintert presented new information from a recently completed study that looked at what has caused beef demand changes in the last 10 years. Some of the topline results from the study include: In the near term, the impact of the weak U.S. economy could dominate all other forces affecting beef demand. When working to build beef demand, emphasize beef product quality efforts and don't give consumers a reason not to buy our product. As consumer demand for convenience products has increased, beef demand has suffered against poultry and port demand due to difference in the pace of new product introductions.
We have the first part of our conversation with Dr. Mintert linked below. Jump to that story on our website- whcih includes both the audio from today's Beef Buzz with Jim Mintert, as well as a link to the study summary that is available in cyberspace.
Poultry Litter Offers the Right Stuff- OSU Offers the Right Training to Utilize It
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Proper application of fertilizer to farmland provides essential nutrients required for crop and forage production throughout Oklahoma. However, improper application can lead to water quality concerns. "Education on proper application of fertilizer to farmland can improve crop or forage yield, reduce environmental impact and reduce producer costs by properly managing nutrient inputs," said Josh Payne, area animal waste management specialist for the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service.
"We offer initial nine-hour training courses covering poultry waste management for all new poultry producers and poultry waste applicators," said Payne. "Both poultry producers and poultry waste applicators are required by law to receive this education." Producers and applicators must then earn three hours of continuing education each year, helping to ensure they are up-to-date on the most current information.
We have more on these workshops on our website- the nine hour sessions start in March and there are currently four planned from March into early June- locations include Antlers, Jay and Stigler. Click on the link below to find out more about these poultry waste meetings coming for folks in eastern Oklahoma.
Five Bills To Be Considered by House Ag Committee on Wednesday Afternoon
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Oklahoma House Ag and Rural Development Committee will be considering five bills this week during their scheduled meeting at 4:30 PM on Wednesday. Those bills include (Sponsor's name follows the description of the bill):
HB1484 - Acquisition of rural water district asset procedures; repealer - DeWitt*
HB1884 - Dam Breach Safety Zone Act - Richardson*
HB1977 - Poultry waste management; educational training requirement - Bailey*
HB2071 - Buying livestock prior to consignment - McNiel*
HB2151 - Livestock; preempt local law - Armes*
The House Ag Committee will meet in Room 412C at the State Capitol in Oklahoma City tomorrow afternoon.
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Let's Check the Markets!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The estimate for the Monday run at the Oklahoma National Stockyards was 10,500 head- with yearling weights steady to a dollar up- lighter stockers and calves were one to three dollars higher. Of the the Monday run- our market reporter writes " Demand very good for grazing cattle, rain fall early Monday was light across the region but was enough to revive the wheat a bit and encourage producers waiting for anything to turn out on. Feeder demand was good and gained strength as the day progressed." Click here for the full Monday close from the Oklahoma City cattle market.
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