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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Friday November 13, 2009A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- Beef Producers Shout FOOD FIGHT!!!
-- Talking Healthcare, Climate Change and more with AFBF President Bob Stallman
-- China Wants Fair and Reasonable Outcome at Copenhagen Climate Change Meeting Next Month
-- Oklahoma Wheat Commission Meets Monday- To Discuss Possible Changes in Law That Establishes Wheat Commission
-- Is it Good? OR- Is it Bad? OR is it Kim and Clinton?
-- NIFA Brings $4.2 Million to the Table to Fund Biofuels Research at Oklahoma Bioenergy Center
-- Herefords in Native America Sale Set for This Coming Monday, November 16, in Sulphur.
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Beef Producers Shout FOOD FIGHT!!!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~With apologies to John Belushi, the Beef Industry has got big plans to hit the Social Networks this coming week. The Beef Checkoff is gearing up for a FOOD FIGHT. The beef checkoff-funded issues and reputation management team is working to organize a one-week 'food fight' to activate beef producers and dairy farmers to speak up and help Americans realize what they have to be thankful for as they prepare for the Thanksgiving holidays.
In a message to producers on the Beef Board's website, cattle producers are being asked to sound off as an advocate of the Beef industry. "Your checkoff shares the scientific results of research about beef products and safety, but that's not enough against the onslaught of Internet and other electronic platforms that allow anti-meat brigades to spread information far and wide in the blink of an eye.
At the National Association of Farm Broadcasters convention in Kansas City, we talked with Lucinda Williams, Chairman of the Cattlemen's Beef Board about the Food Fight concept and the facts that need to be delivered to consumers about beef. Lucinda is Beef Buzzing with us today about the Food Fight concept and how they hope to fling facts on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter in the coming week.
You can hear our conversation with Lucinda by clicking on the link below. And remember- if someone yells Food Fight- you might want to duck!
Talking Healthcare, Climate Change and more with AFBF President Bob Stallman
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~What is known as the "Public Option" is a deal breaker for the American Farm Bureau Federation, at least when it comes to the House passed Health Care Bill. So says the President of the general farm organization, Bob Stallman, who is a beef and rice producer from the southeastern corner of the state of Texas.
Stallman told us at the National Association of Farm Broadcasters in Kansas City that Farm Bureau had been to one meeting early on in the healthcare debate where they raised several issues that needed to be addressed to help improve health care in rural areas, but says that apparently those concerns are not addressed in the more than 2,000 page bill that barely passed the House this past weekend.
We talked more than healthcare- and you can hear our full conversation with Bob Stallman by clicking on the link below and jumping to our Ag Perspectives Podcast webstory on our website, www.OklahomaFarmReport.Com.
China Wants Fair and Reasonable Outcome at Copenhagen Climate Change Meeting Next Month
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~China is willing to work with other participants at the U.N.-sponsored climate change summit to be held in Copenhagen next month to reach a "fair and reasonable" outcome.
Speaking at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Ministerial Meeting, Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said China hopes to see balanced and positive results on climate change mitigation, adaptation, financing and technology support, four aspects of coordinated efforts outlined by the 2007 U.N. Climate Change Conference held in Bali, Indonesia.
China has repeatedly said developed countries should take the lead in
cutting gas emissions and honor their commitments to support developing
countries with funds and technology transfers.
Oklahoma Wheat Commission Meets Monday- To Discuss Possible Changes in Law That Establishes Wheat Commission
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~They normally meet on a Wednesday- but this coming week, it will be a rare Monday session planned by the Oklahoma Wheat Commission. The regular monthly business will be conducted by the wheat promotion board- but they will also spend time discussing some changes to the Wheat Promotion Act and Order, including "Discussion of possible changes to the Oklahoma Wheat Resources Act, including but not limited to central purchasing rules, use of state auditor, and check-off refund procedure."
Once the Wheat Commission talks about these possible changes, which will require the law that authorizes the checkoff to be amended, members of the Commission may be a part of the Monday afternoon weekly Ag meeting held at the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture- hoping to get some positive feedback from those ag groups that are in attendance.
Click on the link below for the full agenda of the OWC for this month- the meeting slated to start at 9:30 on Monday morning.
Is it Good? OR- Is it Bad? OR is it Kim and Clinton?
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~It is a lively and somewhat confusing dialogue between Clinton Griffiths and OSU Grain Marketing Economist Dr. Kim Anderson as they try to decide on whether current market conditions and trends within the wheat sector are good or bad. They talk about the supply demand numbers of earlier this week, as well as exports, the dollar and finally crop conditions here in the southern plains.
You can listen to their conversation and decide for yourself if things are good or bad. We have the audio in advance of the weekly TV show SUNUP that will be seen Saturday morning on OETA. Clinton Griffiths is the host of the show- and he kinda sorts out the good and the bad with Dr. Anderson- what we do know for certain is that Clinton and his SUNUP crew have a good show planned for this weekend.
Besides the audio with Kim Anderson on our webstory that you can jump to below- we also have the details of the rest of the show to be seen on OETA. Click on the link below and check it out.
NIFA Brings $4.2 Million to the Table to Fund Biofuels Research at Oklahoma Bioenergy Center
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma State University and its partner institutions in industry are receiving $4.2 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to continue groundbreaking work in the development of biofuels. The OSU Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources' Ray Huhnke said the funding received through USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture represents great news for the public and diverse stakeholders within Oklahoma's bioenergy industry.
"These funds will enhance key work being done by our cooperating scientists and engineers to develop advances in practices and technologies necessary to ensure efficient and sustainable production of cellulosic ethanol feedstocks," he said. Huhnke believes the visibility of the Oklahoma Bioenergy Center and the established partnerships between OSU, the University of Oklahoma and the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation played a key role in securing the federal funding.
Click on the link below for more on this story and how the next generation of biofuels are developing.
Herefords in Native America Sale Set for This Coming Monday, November 16, in Sulphur.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Oklahoma Hereford Association is proud to present "Herefords in Native America" this coming Monday, November 16 at the Jacobs Ranch in Sulphur, Oklahoma. They will be selling over 150 Head 66 Registered Hereford Bulls- Fertility Tested & Ready for Service. There will also be 25 Registered Hereford Female Lots: Open Heifers, Bred Heifers & Cows and Cow/Calf Pairs. Also included in sale lineup will be 55 Commercial Heifers, Bred & Open.
Eddie Sims with National Cattle Services writes about the consignments to this special event coming up on Monday: "this sale combines an excellent set of high quality serviceable age bulls and a select group of registered females as well as a top notch set of commercial Hereford, red baldy and black baldy bred and open heifers."
Cattle consigned to this sale come from seven states- and represent the cream of the crop when it comes to the Hereford breed. The annual meeting of the Oklahoma Hereford Association will be held on Sunday evening before the day of the sale- and sale time on Monday the 16th is at high noon. Contact Bill Jacobs for more information- he is the Sale Chairman- call him at 580-622-4426 or 580-622-4425.
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Let's Check the Markets!
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