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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Thursday June 10, 2010A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- US Wheat Associates Promoting Lower Protein New Crop HRW Wheat
-- Wheat Harvest Update from the Oklahoma Wheat Commission- As of Wednesday Afternoon
-- Oklahoma Filing Period Ends- All Congressional Races Have Multiple Candidates
-- National Pork Board is Busy Implementing Strategic Plan
-- Beef Industry Animal Care Standards Continue to Evolve
-- Oklahoma Congressman Lucas to be a Conferee on Financial Reform Bill
-- National Association of Conservation Districts Join the Chorus Asking the Senate to Support Murkowski Resolution Against EPA
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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US Wheat Associates Promoting Lower Protein New Crop HRW Wheat
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~U.S. Wheat Associates (USW), the industry's export market development organization, is aware of the situation with the burdensome supply of low-protein hard red winter wheat as the harvest progresses in the southern plains. Producers fund USW with checkoff dollars and matching federal export development funds. From 15 offices around the world and two offices in the U.S., USW specifically represents the interests of producers in overseas markets. Its representatives are aggressively getting the word out to customers about the unique value opportunity with HRW and all other U.S. wheat classes since late summer of 2009.
USW's message to buyers is that considering price in relation to quality, performance, and service, there is no doubt that value is peaking when we look at the situation with hard red winter (HRW) - the largest and most versatile class of bread wheat produced in the U.S. In addition, the new crop has other potential benefits including excellent test weights that promise strong milling characteristics.
Click on the LINK below for more on this plan by US Wheat Associates to find a home for the lower protein wheat that is now in storage- as well as the 2010 new crop wheat we are now harvesting.
Click here for more on US Wheat Associates on the search for an export home (or homes) for the 2009 and 2010 HRW crop.
Wheat Harvest Update from the Oklahoma Wheat Commission- As of Wednesday Afternoon
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Some better protein numbers have been reported to the Oklahoma Wheat Commission from the Clinton- Hinton area- where some field checks have protein coming in from12 to 14 percent.- we have a location by location report now on our website- to be found at the LINK below. A few of the highlights include:
"The producers in and around Hollis still have 20 percent of their crop to haul in because they are experiencing better fields and yields than initially expected. Our sources have only had one load below 60 pounds for test weights, with their average being 63 pounds. Yields are coming in from 25 bushels per acre on grazed wheat to 60 bushels per acre. Moisture is low, along with the humidity, and producers are in the fields attempting to get the last of harvest done."
In and around Clinton to Weatherford to Hydro and Hinton- "Producers
have been harvesting for one week, custom crews are in the region now and
they are about 25 percent done. One report turned in proteins in the 12 to
14 percent range. Reports indicate yields to be in the 40 to 50 bushel
window and test weights all over 61 pounds, averaging 62 pounds along
I-40. Thus far, most crop hauled in has been Jagger and Jagger varieties."
Click here for the Wednesday afternoon summary of wheat harvest progress from the Oklahoma Wheat Commission.
Oklahoma Filing Period Ends- All Congressional Races Have Multiple Candidates
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~For example, Senator Tom Coburn is up for reelection- and while it's highly unlikely that anyone can come close to beating the good Doctor- there are a whole gang of folks who at least want to be on the ballot with him. That includes two other Republicans, two Democrats and two Independents.
The only Democrat in the Oklahoma Congressional delegation, Second
District Congressman Dan Boren has drawn a Democratic challenger as well
as a half dozen Republican hopefuls. First District Congressman John
Sullivan faces a crowded Republican primary field of five other
candidates- and if he survives will then face Independent hopeful Andelia
O'Dell. Third District Congressman Frank Lucas has no primary opponent-
but will have a November general election race against Democrat Frankie
Robbins. Fourth District Congressman Tom Cole has a Republican challenger
next month- but no Democrat filed so the Republican winner is
Most of you are familiar with the choices for Governor- with
Congresswoman and former Lt. Governor Mary Fallin the favorite to win the
GOP Nomination- and will face the Democrat winner of the Jari Askins- Drew
In the state legislature, three key agriculture and natural resource leaders return in 2011 without opposition. Senator Mike Schulz of Altus has no opponent in District 38, while on the House side, both Dale DeWitt and Don Armes are on their way back to OKC for another term in 2011-2012. There are a bunch of other rural House members that have no opponent either- and we have a full list of them on our webstory LINKED below- and a link to the complete listing from the Oklahoma Election Board. Click and check out the details.
Click here for our full story on the Publioc Filing Period that is now complete for the 2010 election cycle in Oklahoma.
National Pork Board is Busy Implementing Strategic Plan
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Just months after adopting a new five-year strategic plan, the National Pork Board is busy implementing the plan's vision, National Pork Board President Tim Bierman told reporters Wednesday at World Pork Expo in Des Moines.
"Through the Pork Checkoff, we've set our sights on "Leading a World-Class Food Industry," and I'm already beginning to see some evidence of making that happen," said Bierman, a pork producer from Larrabee, Iowa. "If you look at the three areas of focus in that plan - helping farmers produce hogs in a socially responsible manner; refreshing the image of pork to increase consumer demand; and pursuing strategies to remain competitive globally - you can see some of the specific steps to implement the plan and its vision."
Details about these three areas of focus are in our story on the website- click on the LINK below for the full story. By the way, the World Pork Expo is underway through Saturday at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines.
Click here for details about the Strategic Plan of the US Pork Industry.
Beef Industry Animal Care Standards Continue to Evolve
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The National BQA Guidelines and the National Manual for all cattle producers (beef and dairy) outline areas of cattle management and record keeping. These guidelines were developed more than 10 years ago, but have been updated periodically to reflect new information (i.e., recent quality audit results), new technologies (i.e., electronic identification systems) and new regulations (i.e., ruminant-derived feed ban).
At the recent International Symposium on Animal Well Being in Manhattan, Kansas, these guidelines were discussed by Oklahoma Veterinarian Dr. Bob Smith- and we talked with him at the Symposium about how these guidelines have developed over the years to help set the tone of how cattle are handled on the farm or ranch, as they are transported, marketed and then fed out in a feedlot.
Our Beef Buzz today features a part of our conversation with Dr. Smith about how these animal care standards have developed over the past decade. Click on the LINK below for a chance to hear our Q&A with Dr. Bob Smith.
Click here for our Beef Buzz with Dr. Bob Smith of Stillwater about today's Animal Care Standards.
Oklahoma Congressman Lucas to be a Conferee on Financial Reform Bill
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Ranking Member of the House Ag Committee, Oklahoma Third District Congressman Frank Lucas, issued the following statement on being named to the Conference Committee that will reconcile the financial reform bill. The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 4173 last December. The U.S. Senate passed its own version on May 20.
"This legislation will impact every corner of our economy. It is critical that we strike the proper balance between making necessary reforms to our regulatory framework while not inhibiting job creation and economic growth. Backroom deals and partisan politics should have no place in this debate and I hope that Chairman Frank remains true to his pledge that conference will be an open and transparent process.
"Of particular concern to me is the Senate-passed derivatives title, which will require manufacturers and other non-financial businesses to unnecessarily tie up billions of dollars of capital that could otherwise be used to create jobs and grow the economy. The House overwhelmingly rejected, on a bipartisan basis, the Senate approach to regulating these important risk management tools. I hope the House conferees will join me in vigorously fighting to preserve the ability for end users to manage legitimate business risk."
Click here for some background on the Financial Reform Bills as they head for a Conference Committee.
National Association of Conservation Districts Join the Chorus Asking the Senate to Support Murkowski Resolution Against EPA
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The National Association of Conservation Districts has expressed support for S.J. Resolution 26-a joint resolution disapproving the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's efforts to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act. The Senate is expected to vote on the resolution today. In a letter to resolution sponsor and Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Lisa Murkowski, NACD President Steve Robinson said - NACD believes that the EPA should not move forward with its proposed greenhouse gas regulations.
In his letter, Robinson, a producer from Marysville, Ohio, stated - a top-down, regulatory approach with limited public involvement is not the appropriate means for addressing such a complex issue with wide-ranging economic effects. He stressed that Congress should engage in an open and honest discussion regarding our nation's energy policy.
Robinson says, - NACD and its members support voluntary, locally-led conservation efforts to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. Many districts are already working with landowners on carbon reduction and sequestration efforts to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. NACD continues to support the development of technology that facilitates cleaner use of fossil fuels and expansion of renewable energy from wind, solar, biomass and geothermal sources.
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