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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Monday March 8, 2010A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack Talks Farm Program Cuts, Beef to Japan and More
-- Talking CRP with Secretary Vilsack
-- OSU's Jeff Edwards Reports First Hollow Stem Now Being Seen in the Oklahoma Wheat Belt
-- USDA Confirms Pork Agreement With Russia
-- Orange Peel Not Friendly to EColi and Salmonella
-- National Association of Conservation Districts Concerned About the Impact of Sage Grouse Listing
-- Hall-Coyote Hills Limousin Bull Sale Coming This Saturday
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack Talks Farm Program Cuts, Beef to Japan and More
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack talked with reporters after his speech to the General Session of the 2010 Commodity Classic in Anaheim on Friday. He addressed a variety of subjects in his almost thirty minutes with the media.
We have an audio overview that captured four of the answers that
Vilsack gave to reporters gathered in Anaheim. Among the topics that we
have audio on our website-
Vilsack talked about the DOJ/USDA workshops that begin later this week
in Ankeny, Iowa to look at Competition Issues within agriculture.
Click on the link below to join the News Conference and listen in to what the USDA Secretary is thinking on these key subjects that he was asked about in the Friday morning News Conference at the Commodity Classic.
Talking CRP with Secretary Vilsack
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We were able to get a question in towards the end of the News Conference with Secretary Tom Vilsack- and we asked about the next general signup for the Conservation Reserve Program, or CRP.
We asked Secretary Vilsack about the Obama Administration's intentions on the direction of this legacy Conservation program- and also asked about rental rates this go round- and if there will be adequate resources to attract the number of acres that USDA would like to bring in. Click on the Link at the bottom of this story to jump to our story on the website WWW.OklahomaFarmReport.Com and to be able to hear the Secretary's full response.
In addition, if you would like to hear the full address by Secretary Vilsack to the Commodity Classic where he emphasized exports as well as biotechnology, click here for the Agri-Pulse website and look on the left hand column of their front page where it says "SPECIAL UPDATE for Friday, March 5 - Audio of USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack's speech at Commodity Classic in Anaheim, CA." You can click on the arrow there and here one of the Secretary's first speeches to a "production agriculture" audience in the last several months.
OSU's Jeff Edwards Reports First Hollow Stem Now Being Seen in the Oklahoma Wheat Belt
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Here is the latest first hollow stem report, courtesy of OSU State Wheat Specialist Dr. Jeff Edwards. He writes "the varieties Fannin, Greer, Jagger, Overley, Shocker, Santa Fe, and TAM 401 are all past first hollow stem in plots sown September 21 at Stillwater.
"None of the varieties at our El Reno location are at first hollow stem. The wet conditions have really affected the growth of this site, however, and waterlogged wheat will have enough problems without extended grazing adding to the list of problems. So, this is one case where I would not graze until first hollow stem. If you have wheat in southwest OK that is not growing well due to wet feet, then it would probably be a good move to go ahead and look for a place to move the cattle whether you have reached first hollow stem or not.
"In the southern part of the state, OSU's Mark Gregory reported finding first hollow stem in early maturing varieties sown September 15 near Waurika. Temperatures across much of the state will hit 70 F today (Friday), so I expect the list of varieties at first hollow stem will expand significantly around the first of the week. We will keep you posted."
USDA Confirms Pork Agreement With Russia
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~USDA has confirmed an agreement between the United States and Russia that will re-open the Russian market to U.S. pork. By the end of last year, Russia had delisted virtually all U.S. pork facilities, prohibiting them from shipping pork to the country. National Pork Producer Association President Don Butler applauded the agreement.
As part of the agreement, the United States has developed an Export Verification program for pork going to Russia. The verification program will provide a new veterinary certificate to ensure that U.S. pork exports meet specific Russian microbiological and tetracycline-group antibiotic residue requirements. U.S. plants that want to export to Russia must apply for approval with USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service.
National Pork Producers Council President Don Butler said our pork meets U.S. and international standards, so we did not see the need for the EV program. But the Russians wanted the program, and we wanted to get back in the market. Butler added we now need to get China to re-open its market to U.S. pork.
Orange Peel Not Friendly to EColi and Salmonella
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Research Presented At The 2010 Beef Industry Safety Summit indicates that the essential oils in orange peel and pulp kill E. coli O157:H7 and Salmonella. This ongoing study is looking at these natural byproducts, created by making juice, as a potential feed ingredient for cattle.
More than 200 experts from every sector of the beef industry gathered in Dallas for the eighth annual summit this past week to share research and identify ways to improve beef safety.
Developing on-farm safety solutions was one area of focus at the
summit, which was hosted by the Beef Industry Food Safety Council
(BIFSCo). Since its founding in 1997, BIFSCo has led the implementation of
important post-harvest safety innovations. Bolstering safety at the
pre-harvest level is the next step in advancing U.S. beef safety.
"Research continues to find new ways beef producers can make the food
chain even safer and reduce the risk of foodborne illnesses. This is
important work, and it's why leaders from all segments of beef production
gather at this summit each year to discuss the latest research, share
their best practices and set goals for the future," said James O. Reagan,
Ph.D., chairman of BIFSCo and senior vice president of research, education
and innovation for the NCBA.
National Association of Conservation Districts Concerned About the Impact of Sage Grouse Listing
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The National Association of Conservation Districts has expressed concern following Interior Secretary Ken Salazar's announcement on behalf of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that listing of the greater sage grouse is “warranted but precluded,” and that the bird has been deemed a candidate species for listing.
“NACD recognizes the importance of conserving wildlife habitat for all species, and our member conservation districts across the nation work with landowners every day to implement practices that improve wildlife habitat,” said NACD President Steve Robinson, a producer from Marysville, Ohio. “That said, the annual review process that is required for all candidate species leaves the status uncertain and subject to constant litigation.”
“Landowners and managers need regulatory certainty to conduct economically viable operations,” Robinson said. “Under these circumstances, it will be difficult for landowners to implement conservation knowing their actions could be invalidated at any time.”
Hall-Coyote Hills Limousin Bull Sale Coming This Saturday
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Hall-Coyote Hills All-Black, All Polled Limousin Bull sale is scheduled for Saturday, March 13, 2010 at 1 p.m. at the ranch, Chattanooga, Oklahoma. The ranch is located one mile west, two miles south and one west of Chattanooga, OK on Highway 5.
Ken Holloway writes in the sale catalog for the upcoming sale "The Coyote Hills Ranch Annual Bull Sale offers some of the top Limousin and Lim-Flex bulls to be offered anywhere in the country. The bulls have been carefully selected and well developed here in the shortgrass country of southwest Oklahoma. All of the Coyote Hills Ranch and most of the Lance Hall cows run here on the ranch as well as several of the Brandon Rogers and Barton Limousin cows. Again, Bruce Lawrence of Anton, Texas, is a guest consignor and offers a stout set of bulls of similar bloodlines of our own program."
On offer will be 96 Black (all are polled) LIMOUSIN & LIM-FLEX BULLS. There will be a lot of information on each bull, including carcass and performance EPDs. For more information, you can click on the link below- or call Ken Holloway at 580-597-2419.
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Let's Check the Markets!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We saw Cash Cattle trade occur on Friday at steady levels with the last couple of weeks- most sales were completed at $92, according to the Texas Cattle Feeders. Here is the Daily Volume and Price Summary from the Texas Cattle Feeders Association.
Current cash price for Canola is $7.50 per bushel, while the 2010 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $7.65 per bushel- delivered to local participating elevators that are working with PCOM.
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