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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Thursday October 1, 2009A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- COOL First Anniversary Has Arrived
-- Stocks Reports Out on Wednesday Morning- As Well As Final Small Grain Numbers for 2009
-- Boxer- Kerry Climate Change Bill Unveiled- Agricultural Fixes from Collin Peterson in House Bill Not Included
-- Wheat breeder Brett Carver named OSU Sarkeys Distinguished Professor
-- Oklahoma Pork Producers to Sponsor Taste of Elegance in November
-- College Aggies Online Launched by ANCW and the Animal Agriculture Alliance
-- Cross Country Dispersal Sale Coming This Saturday at OBI in Stillwater
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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COOL First Anniversary Has Arrived
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~COOL has cost the livestock industry- and the meat industry through the pipeline to the consumer- and Ross Wilson of the Texas Cattle Feeders Association says that it appears that little benefit has come back to the livestock industry to this point.
Wilson's group represents feedlots in Texas, Oklahoma nad New Mexico- and he says his member feedlots have incurred some cost in implementing the law- but that packers, processors and retailers have had even more cost in getting this program rolling. He says that it is his understanding from retailers that after an initial flurry of questions about the labels on the packages or on the meat case- consumers have little interest in the program. Wilson contends their real concerns are all about price, quality and safety.
Oklahoma State University Livestock Economist Derrell Peel says there has been an unintended consequence that could end up causing major economic damage to the US beef industry because of COOL- and that is the fact that both Mexico and Canada are extremely angry with us over COOL- and in this post BSE world, they have been the biggest customers of US beef in the international market. Both have indicated their intention to file cases in the WTO against the US over COOL- and Dr. Peel says Canada and Mexico are documenting the loss to their producers- he says that loss is at least $2 per hundredweight.
Both Wilson and Dr. Peel share their thoughts with us on today's special Beef Buzz- as we commemorate the first anniversary of Country of Origin Labeling.
Stocks Reports Out on Wednesday Morning- As Well As Final Small Grain Numbers for 2009
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The September 30 Stocks Report from USDA showed no major surprses- although the wheat stocks numbers were somewhat bigger than expected. Tom Leffler with Leffler Commodities told our Ed Richards that one number that grabbed him was that we have 32% more wheat in on farm storage than at this time one year ago.
USDA also issued the small grain summary for the 2009 crop. It reports that "Production totaled 2.22 billion bushels in 2009, up 2 percent from the August forecast but down 11 percent from 2008. Grain area is 50.1 million acres, down 10 percent from last year. The U.S. yield is 44.4 bushels per acre, down 0.5 bushel from last year. The levels of production and changes from last year by type are: winter wheat, 1.52 billion bushels, down 18 percent; other spring wheat, 588 million bushels, up 7 percent; Durum wheat, 110 million bushels, up 31 percent."
For Oklahoma- we have final confirmation of the size of the 2009 crop-
77 million bushels based on a yield of 22 bushels per acre. This was less
than half the crop of a year earlier when we raised 166 million bushels in
the state. What is also unsaid in these numbers are the quality problems
on many of the bushels that we were able to harvest in 2009- a year that a
great many Oklahoma wheat producers and those in the industry want to
Boxer- Kerry Climate Change Bill Unveiled- Agricultural Fixes from Collin Peterson in House Bill Not Included
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Sens. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and John Kerry, D- Mass., today unveiled draft climate change and energy legislation. Within the first couple of hours from the release of the measure- two groups that will give the Democratic Senator from California the benefit of the doubt raised concerns about the bill.
Roger Johnson of the National Farmers Union is concerned that none of the language offered by House Ag Committee Chairman Collin Peterson has been included in the Boxer bill. "Since this debate began nearly two years ago, NFU has been clear in expressing our support for a national, mandatory carbon emission cap and trade system if a number of core principles are met: the U.S. Department of Agriculture is granted control and administration of the agriculture offset program; early actors are recognized; no artificial cap is placed on domestic offsets; carbon sequestration rates are based upon science; and producers are permitted to stack environmental benefit credits. The draft Boxer-Kerry language fails to address these provisions."
Tom Buis of Growth Energy is focused only on the treatment of ethanol
in the measure- and he says "It is our hope that whatever passes the
Senate would contain the common sense solution inserted in the House
version of the bill by Chairman Collin Peterson, to fix what is an unfair
and inequitable international land-use change penalty being proposed
against domestic ethanol and other biofuels."
Wheat breeder Brett Carver named OSU Sarkeys Distinguished Professor
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma State University's Brett Carver has been named the 2009 recipient of the Sarkeys Distinguished Professor Award by the OSU Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. The Sarkeys award is based on outstanding contributions to agriculture through teaching, research or extension efforts. The award was established by the Sarkeys Foundation in 1980 to honor Elmo Baumann, an agronomist who worked with the foundation after his retirement from OSU. Carver is an OSU Regents professor, holds the university's Wheat Genetics Chair in Agriculture and serves as the wheat breeder for the state of Oklahoma. He has generated approximately $7 million in grants to support basic and applied research on wheat development and production.
"Dr. Carver has established a truly remarkable record of productivity in developing new, high-performance wheat cultivars for Oklahoma and the Central Plains states," said Dave Porter, head of OSU's department of plant and soil sciences. Porter credited Carver's "dynamic leadership" of the nine-member, multi-disciplinary OSU Wheat Improvement Team for playing a large role in the development and release of 13 hard red winter or hard white cultivars within the last 10 years. One of the recent cultivars - Endurance - now leads the state in certified seed sales and production of foundation seed.
We have more on the selection of Dr. Carver for this honor from OSU's Division of Agriculture- click on the link below to see the rest of the story.
Oklahoma Pork Producers to Sponsor Taste of Elegance in November
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~In these challenging economic times, Oklahomans could all use an evening of fun, great food and supporting a very worthy cause. November 12, 2009, will present just such an opportunity as Oklahoma's top chefs bring their best, original pork creations to the 2009 Taste of Elegance competition and public tasting at the Express Event Center in Oklahoma City.
Up to 12 Oklahoma chefs will compete in a professional, blind judging of their dishes during the afternoon of Nov. 12. A professional panel of judges will evaluate each dish on its taste, appearance and originality. Chefs can also participate in a wine pairing competition and be awarded for selecting a wine that best compliments their pork entree. Starting at 6:30 p.m. that evening, the public can enjoy a hearty sample of each of those pork dishes. After enjoying each dish, attendees become the judge and vote for their favorite pork creation to receive the People's Choice Award.
Mark your calendar for a great ag industry interaction with trend setting Chefs and the general public- the date is November 12- and we have additional details at the link below.
College Aggies Online Launched by ANCW and the Animal Agriculture Alliance
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The American National CattleWomen organization is joining with the Animal Agriculture Alliance to announce the launch of College Aggies Online, a new program aimed at helping today's college students become confident advocates for the agriculture industry. "We are very fortunate to be working with Animal Agriculture Alliance on this project", said Bonnie Bargstedt, ANCW Committee Co-Chair. "They have the most accurate information and available expertise on today's commercial animal agriculture practices."
"Other youth programs in place at ANCW tell us today's college students that are ag oriented will be tremendous spokepersons for our animal industries. And not just beef - for all animal agriculture because we need to disseminate accurate information about modern farming and ranching practices," added Barbara Jackson, ANCW Committee Co-Chair. College Aggies Online, a joint venture of the Animal Agriculture Alliance and American National CattleWomen, Inc., will connect college students from across the country who are interested in promoting agriculture by sharing their story. Participants will receive training and instructions from industry professionals and will enjoy access to a private forum to post information about current and emerging issues facing farmers and ranchers.
We have more on this story- click on the link below to learn more about the plans for College Aggies Online.
Cross Country Dispersal Sale Coming This Saturday at OBI in Stillwater
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The complete dispersion of Cross Country Cattle LLC,will be happening this Saturday, October 3, 2009, beginning at 12 Noon at the OBI Sale Facility in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
This is the herd owned by Bill McIntosh out of Crescent. They will be selling over 400 head, including Spring & Fall Cow/Calf Pairs, Bred Cows, Bred Heifers, Open Heifers and Bulls. There will be 221 Registered Angus Lots plus Commercial Angus and Angus x Limousin cross.
The cattle have been moved from the ranch to the OBI location just west of Stillwater and can be seen from today through saletime on Saturday. We have more details on our Auction section of our website- click on the link below- it will take you to the link for the complete catalog. You can also call Eddie Sims at National Cattle Services for more information at 580- 595-1626.
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Let's Check the Markets!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We've had requests to include Canola prices for your convenience here- and we will be doing so on a regular basis. Current cash price for Canola is $6.95 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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