~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Friday April 3, 2009A service of Johnston Enterprises, American Farmers & Ranchers and Midwest Farm Shows!
-- The Equivalent of the Classic Range War
-- Kim Anderson Tells All on Current Wheat Market Outlook
-- Farm Bureau and Ducks Unlimited Applaud Vilsack Move on Farm Program Eligibility
-- Window for Getting Involved as a Conservation District Director About to Open
-- More Korean Retailers Selling US Beef
-- High Honors for Karen Hickman of OSU's Department of Natural Resources
-- Tweets and More
-- Looking at our Agricultural Markets...
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The Equivalent of the Classic Range War
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Here in 2009, we don't have cattlemen and farmers fighting over fencing the open prairie. But, we do have a battle that has been going on for several years that is getting more and more attention that is in some ways similar to that old battle. Today, the open range is the wind blowing from one field to the next and to ones that are not even that close- often miles away. Instead of cattle wondering all over the country- we have volatile chemicals- primarily 2,4,D- that can roam far from home and cause a lot of grief for farmers.
The last few years, there has been talk at the State Capitol to try to address this issue- but the two sides- cattlemen and other land owners who use 2,4,D as a cheap and effective way to control various weeds fighting to keep the status quo versus farmers of the sensitive crops such as cotton, young grapevines and winter canola cry foul over damage to their crops and no way to prove who's to blame remain at odds with one another.
A meeting was held on Thursday in Altus by the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture as State Secretary Terry Peach and some of his folks met with impacted farmers of the drift in recent years. It's a statewide problem, but concentrated mostly in the southwestern part of the state as cotton has traditionally been the biggest victim of the rogue spray drift. It's becoming a bigger problem for a broader group of folks as valued added enterprises are springing up around the state- wanting to grow grapes for wine.
Our link below is of our main Headliner story of the day on this issue- we also have an overview that we have produced as a Podcast on the subject with comments from several folks there- including cotton farmers and a grape grower, Rusty Allard of Roosevelt. Click here for that podcast overview on a crops' perspective on the damage from 2,4,D.
Kim Anderson Tells All on Current Wheat Market Outlook
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~OSU Grain Marketing Economist Dr. Kim Anderson says that this week's gains may well be all about the poor condition of the Hard Red Winter Wheat crop in Western Oklahoma, the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandle and into Western Kansas. He adds that with the price rally that seems to be happening right now- if you still own some old crop wheat- you may want to sell some or all of what you have left in storage.
Besides the interview by Clinton Griffiths with Dr. Anderson- SUNUP
will be looking at several other topics Saturday morning- including
Click on the link below for Dr. Anderson's comments and more on SUNUP- seen Saturday mornings on OETA statewide.
Farm Bureau and Ducks Unlimited Applaud Vilsack Move on Farm Program Eligibility
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has rescinded a Bush Administration rule that prohibited farmers who lease federal land from receiving payments under the Direct and Counter-cyclical Program on federal land with base acres. The Secretary said - terminating base acres on federally-owned cropland would have hurt farmers across the United States and eroded the safety net for farmers and ranchers.
The American Farm Bureau Federation and Ducks Unlimited called this move - a big win for America's farmers and conservationists. AFBF President Bob Stallman said - the previous rule would have had a two-fold impact of hurting farmers while critically hindering wildlife protection. Dan Wrinn, director of public policy for Ducks Unliminted, said, as a result of this change - thousands of acres of waterfowl habitat will continue to be available to the birds when they reach their wintering grounds next fall.
This decision rescinds the part of the December 23, 2008, DCP final rule, issued under the Bush Administration, which terminated base acreage on federal lands in 34 states beginning with the crop year 2009.
Window for Getting Involved as a Conservation District Director About to Open
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Conservation districts are local subunits of state government, supervised by boards of directors made up of five individuals. Two of these positions are appointed by members of the Oklahoma Conservation Commission for two-year terms. Three of the positions are elected by registered voters within the conservation district boundaries for three-year terms.
To be eligible as a candidate for conservation district director, an individual must be a registered voter in the district and must have a Cooperator Agreement with the district. The agreement between individuals and the district must be approved by the board of directors during a regular board meeting and must be on file at least 30 days prior to filing for office.
The filing period for Conservation District Director Elected Position No. 2 is scheduled from May 1 - 14, 2009. If two or more individuals file for this position, the election will be held on Tuesday, June 2, 2009. Information on cooperator agreements and necessary forms for this election can be obtained from the local conservation district office or from the Oklahoma Conservation Commission at 405.521.2384. Uou can also go to the link we have provided below.
More Korean Retailers Selling US Beef
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Meatingplace.Com has a story this morning that Hyundai Department Store Co. will resume selling U.S. beef beginning Saturday, ending a five-year hiatus, according to Yonhap News. Hyundai joins Shinsegae Company. as the latest Korean retailers to stock U.S. beef following lingering safety fears stemming from the discovery of a BSE-infected cow in the United States in 2003.
The Meatingplace story adds that "South Korea's top three discount stores - E-mart, Homeplus and Lottemart - resumed U.S. beef sales in November last year as consumers shifted to the lower-priced product amid a deepening economic recession. Meanwhile, Lotte Department Store, the nation's largest department store chain, still has not decided whether it will follow suit, Yonhap reported. "
Our Beef Buzz of yesterday focused on South Korea and the latest US promotion to sell US beef short ribs, a real favorite of the Korean people. Click on the link below to be able to hear that report from our Beef Buzz pages found at www.OklahomaFarmReport.Com.
High Honors for Karen Hickman of OSU's Department of Natural Resources
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The list of accomplishments for Karen Hickman, associate professor in Oklahoma State University's department of natural resource ecology and management, continues to grow. "As I look back over the years of my career and focus on the teaching activities in which I have been involved, I am happy to say that I have come close to the professional goals I set forth," Hickman said. Hickman, who graduated from OSU with a bachelor's degree in biological science in 1985, was most recently selected as the Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher by the Range Science Education Council and Society for Range Management. The award was established to encourage and recognize individual excellence in teaching that has extended over the course of many years.
Since joining OSU in 2004, Hickman has had a profound effect on the OSU Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, which includes the college and two state agencies: the Oklahoma Agricultural Experiment Station system and Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service. "Dr. Hickman is an outstanding faculty member who is clearly dedicated to her profession and her students," said Keith Owens, NREM department head. "She involves students in her research, in professional meetings activities and in her daily life. She is truly an exemplary teacher and mentor."
Since the beginning of her teaching career Hickman has posted a saying from Henry Ward Beecher in every office she has worked, a reminder of the standards she wants to maintain in her teaching career. "Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard that anybody else expects of you," the saying reads. "Although some people may view this saying as trite, it actually motivates me to constantly strive to improve," Hickman said. "More importantly, I've had students comment that they were motivated by this message, as well."
Tweets and More
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Looking at our Agricultural Markets...
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Stockman's Livestock in Apache ran a total of 1,993 cattle on Thursday, with demand much improved after moisture came in with the storm of last Friday. Calves were $2 to $5 higher, while yearling steers were $1 to $4 up. Five to six hundred pound steers brought from $105 to $113, while seven to eight hundred pound steer yearlings came in from $88.50 to 4100. Click here for the full report from Apache and their April second sale.
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