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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Thursday April 8, 2010A 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!
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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
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 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
There are also a couple of scholarships available for upper classmen
(or class women). Here's the rundown on this offering:
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.
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.
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!
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