From: Ron Hays [] on behalf of Ron Hays []
Sent: Thursday, April 08, 2010 4:57 AM
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Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Thursday April 8, 2010
A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- Wheat Industry Pleased with Delay of Sanctions by Brazil
-- Secretary Vilsack Calls Meeting With His Japanese Counterpart a "Useful Exchange" of Views
-- Final Installment of Our Series on Akaushi Cattle with Bill Fielding
-- Oklahoma Soybean Board Announces Scholarships
-- Two Dozen Wheat Tour Stops Set for Later This Month and for May
-- 4-H Day at the State Capitol
-- Grazing Goats and Cattle Together- OSU Extension Vet Dave Sparks to Host Field Day
-- Let's Check the Markets!

Howdy Neighbors!

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Wheat Industry Pleased with Delay of Sanctions by Brazil
The National Association of Wheat Growers and US Wheat Associates have issued a joint statement, expressing relief that wheat will not be targeted for retaliation by the Brazilians in the Cotton Dispute Case that they have won against the United States.

"The U.S. wheat industry is very pleased that the U.S. and Brazilian governments have been able to identify a process for negotiating a settlement in the World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute between our two countries. Brazil recently won the right to impose countermeasures against U.S. trade and planned to increase U.S. wheat tariffs to 30 percent from 10 percent today as part of its response. Yesterday's agreement ensures that U.S. producers will remain competitive in one of the world's largest wheat markets.

"The demonstrated willingness of the Brazil and U.S. governments to begin in good faith to negotiate a settlement is very encouraging. In particular we commend the efforts of Under Secretary Jim Miller, Ambassador Miriam Sapiro and Ambassador Isi Siddiqui in achieving this outcome, and we look forward to working with them and Members of Congress as discussions on this issue continue."

However, the Deal with Brazil May Mean Meat Exports from the South American Nation.

Specifically, the United States agreed to publish a proposed rule by April 16, 2010, to recognize the state of Santa Catarina as free of foot-and-mouth disease, rinderpest, classical swine fever, African swine fever, and swine vesicular disease, based on World Organization for Animal Health guidelines.
Washington also agreed to complete a risk evaluation and determine whether fresh beef can be imported from Brazil while preventing foot-and-mouth disease in the United States.

Click here for the release from the USTR- scroll down to the backgrounder and the next to last paragraph that talks about the meat issues.

Secretary Vilsack Calls Meeting With His Japanese Counterpart a "Useful Exchange" of Views
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack issued the following statement following a meeting this morning with Hirotaka Akamatsu, Japan's Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

."Today, Minister Akamatsu and I had the opportunity to discuss many aspects of the U.S. - Japan bilateral trading relationship in agriculture. Among other topics, we addressed the issue of Japan's import conditions for U.S. beef and beef products. The discussion was a useful exchange of respective views. Given the importance of a candid exchange of views regarding import conditions for U.S. beef and beef products based on science and international standards, we both underscored the commitment of our respective governments to continue discussions. The Minister and I share the view that U.S. and Japanese officials will continue the dialogue through a series of senior and working level meetings in order to establish a mutually agreeable framework for the import conditions for U.S. beef and beef products. This issue remains a high priority for the United States and the U.S. objective remains a framework that is consistent with science and international standards. Minister Akamatsu and I concluded our meeting by confirming that the U.S. - Japan bilateral relationship in agriculture is a strong and positive one and vowed to continue in this direction."

According to the News Release provided by USDA- Vilsack is in Japan to promote stronger ties between the United States and Japan in the area of agriculture as part of the President's effort to expand U.S exports through the National Export Initiative. During the 4-day trip, Vilsack delivered the keynote address at the "Partners in Agriculture Global Food Security Symposium" and participated in a town hall with Japanese students. Vilsack will also attend the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the ''hog lift'' which led to a lasting friendship between the people of Yamanashi prefecture and the state of Iowa.

Final Installment of Our Series on Akaushi Cattle with Bill Fielding
We wrap up our four part look at Akaushi Cattle as described to us in detail by the CEO of Heartbrand Beef, Bill Fielding. Fielding is convinced that this breed of cattle from Japan offers a ton of benefits for the US cattle industry.

Fielding tells us that he thinks the beef industry needs to wake up and start working to figure out how to produce a healthier product. He chides the NCBA for not having a resolution on the books that says something like "We will change breeding to produce a healthier end product for the consumer." He claims that Akaushi cattle have the genetics to deliver on that type of direction.

We also talk in this concluding part four of our four part Beef Buzz look at this Japanese cattle breed about the economic benefits for cattle producers. Fielding points to a recent set of F1 steers that were fed in the southern plains and graded better and had a lower cost of gain than your typical set of steers we find today in our US cattle herd.
Click on the link below to get to Part Four of this series with Bill Fielding- and we also have a Podcast now up on the website with our entire conversation that we had with him at the TSCRA convention. The Beef Buzz shows probably included a little over half of what we discussed. Clic k here for that Ag Perspectives Podcast with Bill Fielding.

Click here to jump to our Beef Buzz Part Four of Four Reports on Akaushi Cattle with Bill Fielding.

Oklahoma Soybean Board Announces Scholarships
The Oklahoma Soybean Board announces its 2010 Scholarship Program. There are two classes of scholarships being offered by the soybean folks. First, there will be up to five scholarships offered to graduating High School Seniors that have a tie to the soybean industry and plan on studying agriculture within the state of Oklahoma.

Highlights of the rules for these scholarships include the following:
1. This scholarship is open to Oklahoma high school seniors who will be enrolling as fulltime students at an agriculture college or university in Oklahoma and majoring in an ag-related field.
2. Recipient must show organizational leadership, community involvement, and a relationship to agriculture.
3. Up to five scholarships of $1000 each may be awarded for the coming 2010-2011 academic year.
4. GPA of 2.5 or above is necessary to apply.

There are also a couple of scholarships available for upper classmen (or class women). Here's the rundown on this offering:
1. This scholarship is open to college students who will be juniors or seniors and enrolled as fulltime students at an agriculture college or university in Oklahoma and majoring in an ag-related field.
2. Recipient must show scholastic achievement, organizational involvement and leadership.
3. Current GPA in major field of 2.5 or above.
4. Up to two scholarships of $3000 each may be awarded.

Application deadline is May 15, 2010. We have saved the application form and info as a Google Document- if you have trouble with it in this format, email us and we will send you the word document. Click here for the Freshman (High School Senior) application info and Click here for the Upperclassman application info.

Two Dozen Wheat Tour Stops Set for Later This Month and for May
Several groups work together each year to come up with local places for wheat farmers to take a look at wheat varieties in the latter part of the growth cycle of the wheat plant. These wheat plots can be viewed anytime- but each spring, there is a "tour" where you can go, meet up with your neighbors, compare notes and hear from your county extension and in many cases, area or state extension folks about what is being seen at this and other locations.

Among the groups that coordinate and cooperate on these plots and the tours that happen in April and May are OSU Extension, the Oklahoma Wheat Growers Association, Oklahoma Wheat Commission and several agribusinesses.

At this point- we now have twenty four of these tour stops on our April and May calendar on WWW.OklahomaFarmReport.Com. Click on the link below to see that full list listed by date- scroll down to find the location closest to you. You can check with you local extension service folks to get directions for the plots you want to view.
We encourage you to take the time to look at these plots- and be open to the idea of upgrading your wheat genetics with some of the varieties that have been released by the OSU Wheat Breeding Team- or by some of the other Land Grants or private companies working with Hard Red Winter germplasm. It will be worh your investment.

Click here for our calendar page on WWW.OklahomaFarmReport.Com and then scroll down to the end of April and into May to find the listing near you.

4-H Day at the State Capitol
Approximately 80 young leaders attended 4-H day at the State Capitol on Wednesday and learned more about the legislative process and how they can participate more as citizens.

With our thanks to Jessica Stewart for getting this up on Facebook- we have the link below of a half dozen pictures that you can take a look at from the day's activities. Click on the link below to check them out,

Click here for the Facebook Pictures of 4-H Day at the Oklahoma State Capitol.

Grazing Goats and Cattle Together- OSU Extension Vet Dave Sparks to Host Field Day
Cattle have long reigned supreme on Oklahoma's livestock scene, but lately the state's goat numbers are skyrocketing. According to livestock producer and extension veterinarian Dr. David Sparks, there's plenty of room for both, even - or especially - on the same acreage. On Saturday, May 8, from 10-4, Sparks will host a free field day to explain the rationale and results of his cattle-goat "multispecies" grazing project on his farm near Porum.
Preregistration is required by May 4 to reserve a place.

Sparks will focus on sustainable goat management and the benefits of raising both goats and cattle using management intensive grazing. "Goats are not small cattle," he says. Their unique needs present many challenges to profitable production. Goat parasites thrive in Oklahoma's wet, humid climate, and dewormers are growing less effective. Sparks says this is the biggest current threat to goat health, and he sees cattle as a chemical-free fix.

At the field day, Sparks will also cover other topics, including non-chemical parasite management, kidding and newborns, composting waste and goat mortality, inexpensive working facilities, and performance testing. Sparks received a 2008 producer grant from the Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture, a nonprofit educational foundation in Poteau, to support the project.
To register, contact the Kerr Center by phone at 918- 647-9123

Click here for the Kerr Center Website- they have lots of other spring events to check out as well.

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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 $7.50 per bushel, while the 2010 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $7.75 per bushel- delivered to local participating elevators that are working with PCOM.

Here are some links we will leave in place on an ongoing basis- Click on the name of the report to go to that link:
Our Daily Market Wrapup from the Radio Oklahoma Network with Ed Richards and Tom Leffler- analyzing the Futures Markets from the previous Day-
Ron on RON Markets as heard on K101 mornings with cash and futures reviewed- includes where the Cash Cattle market stands, the latest Feeder Cattle Markets Etc.
Previous Day's Wheat Market Recap- Two Pager From The Kansas City Board of Trade looks at all three US Wheat Futures Exchanges with extra info on Hard Red Winter Wheat and the why of that day's market.
Daily Oklahoma Cash Grain Prices- As Reported by the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture. <
The National Daily Feeder & Stocker Cattle Summary- as prepared by USDA.
The National Daily Slaughter Cattle Summary- as prepared by USDA.
Finally, Here is the Daily Volume and Price Summary from the Texas Cattle Feeders Association.

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