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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Monday June 21, 2010A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and Big Iron OnLine Auctions!
-- Kyle Shobe of Montana Wins World Livestock Auctioneer Championship in Oklahoma City
-- We Beef Buzz with New President of the LMA- David Macedo of California
-- Lots of Pictures from the World Livestock Auctioneer Championship
-- Major Rule Proposed by Obama Administration That Some Like and Some Hate.
-- EPA says not so fast on ethanol
-- Canadian House Approval of FTA Threatens U.S. Market Share
-- Good Weekend for Harvest- tell us your stories.
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Kyle Shobe of Montana Wins World Livestock Auctioneer Championship in Oklahoma City
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The World Livestock Auctioneer Champion for 2010 is Kyle Shobe of Lewistown, Montana- meaning that the Montana can lay claim to two world champs in a row with 2009 Champ Ty Thompson of Billings, Montana announcing the name of the Auctioneer that succeeds him this coming year late Saturday night in downtown Oklahoma City. The huge cattle run at the Oklahoma National Stockyards slowed down the contest dramatically- with the drafts of cattle that had to be weighed and run through the auction ring in two segments made selling eight to ten drafts by each of the 33 contestants a very slow process.
Shobe talked with us briefly after his name was called as the best of the 33 Semi finalists at the 2010 competition, held at the Oklahoma National Stockyards in Oklahoma City. You can hear that interview as well as listen to several drafts of cattle auctioned off with the rapid fire delivery of Shobe. Just click on the LINK below.
The reserve World Champion for 2010 is Darren T. Carter of Ninety Six, South Carolina, while the Runner Up Champion was Charly Cummings who calls Yates Center, Kansas home. Two of the five Oklahoma auctioneers who were in the semifinals advanced to the final ten- Bailey Ballou of Elgin and Brian Little of Wann.
The World Champion won a bunch of stuff- including a special saddle, belt buckle, $5,000 and the use of a decorated pickup truck for a year that proclaims him as the World Champion in Livestock Auctioneering.
Click here to read more and listen to Kyle Shobe of Montana- the 2010 WLAC Winner
We Beef Buzz with New President of the LMA- David Macedo of California
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The 2010 meeting of the Livestock Marketing Association was not just the World Livestock Auctioneer Contest- although that's their spotlight event within their meeting each year. However, new President David Macedo of California visited with us about a couple of key issues that are on the minds of the livestock industry, including those that help market livestock through the auction process.
Animal well being has to be a priority for the livestock auctions of the country- as they are a very public place where livestock are handled- with the animals many times under a lot of stress due to being trucked into the market, having to stand on concrete for hours for the first time in their lives and then be moved through a series of gates and chutes and enclosed scales in a very confusing and loud environment. We talked with Macedo about how the livestock marketing business is approaching this subject and how we make sure the "bad actors" are dealt with.
Click on the link below to read more and to listen to our Monday Beef Buzz- as heard on many of our great radio stations across the state on the Radio Oklahoma Network.
Click here for our Monday Beef Buzz- featuring David Macedo of the Livestock Marketing Association
Lots of Pictures from the World Livestock Auctioneer Championship
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We have the pictures we took on Saturday at the World Livestock Auctioneer Championship- held at the Oklahoma National Stockyards. Those pictures can be found by going to our FLICKR page that is linked below and taking a look at them.
Click here for our FLICKR page and the set of pics we have from the 2010 WLAC
Major Rule Proposed by Obama Administration That Some Like and Some Hate.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The proposed rule that would expand on the Packers and Stockyards Act that is being touted by the Obama Administration as being a way to help the "little guys" compete against large livestock operations by forcing processors and packers to treat small producers the same way they deal with large producers.
The proposed rules address concerns that have been discussed for many years and were developed at the direction of the 2008 Farm Bill - which requires USDA to carry out specific rulemaking to improve fairness in the marketing of livestock and poultry.
The new rules will provide further definition to practices that are unfair, unjustly discriminatory or deceptive - including outlining actions that are retaliatory in nature, efforts that would limit a producer's legal rights or representations that would be fraudulent or misleading. Additionally - the proposed rules reiterate USDA's position that a producer need not overcome unnecessary obstacles and have to prove harm to competition when they have suffered a violation under the Packers and Stockyards Act.
Reaction is already rolling in- small farm groups(and some not so small) like what they are hearing from USDA- others say the red flags are flying all over the place- you can click on our link below- we have details of the USDA release and comments from about five or six groups total that are happy or distraught on this proposal- click on the LINK below to get both sides of this story.
Click here for the Obama Plan to Extend the Reach of the Packers and Stockyards Act
EPA says not so fast on ethanol
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis has expressed his organization's disappointment in the Environmental Protection Agency for delaying action on allowing an increase in the amount of ethanol that can be blended with gasoline. In a letter to President Obama - Buis wrote every day the decision on the Green Jobs Waiver for E-15 is delayed is another day the U.S. continues its addiction to foreign oil. Former Ag Committee Chairman Senator Tom Harkin says the EPA and Energy Department are showing a real lack of priority by delaying its decision on the use of E-15 blends. The EPA says initial tests on 2007 and newer vehicles look good and should be completed by the end of September.
This is EPA's second delay. Last December EPA promised a ruling by mid-year. Senator Harkin said further delay is inexcusable and unjustifiable. Buis agrees - calling the latest delay unacceptable. In his letter to the President - he said the fact the federal agencies involved cannot meet their own deadlines on a decision that means so much to the nation reinforces a public perception that government bureaucracy does not work in the best interests of the public.
Buis urged the President to direct the federal agencies involved in the waiver to expedite the testing process, add extra staff, additional shifts or whatever other steps necessary to accelerate the completion of the testing. Harkin says it's time for EPA and the Energy Department to get the job done, get out of the way and let Americans start fueling their vehicles with E-15.
In similar comments- the Renewable Fuels Association claim EPA is Dropping the Ball- Click here to read their comments.
Canadian House Approval of FTA Threatens U.S. Market Share
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Canada's House of Commons approved last Monday a trade agreement between that country and Colombia, taking a major step toward passage of a measure that could ultimately devastate the U.S. wheat industry's share in its largest Latin American market.
Canada and Colombia began negotiations toward their agreement in 2007 and signed it in 2008. By contrast, a U.S.-Colombia free trade agreement was signed in 2006 and approved by the Colombian Congress in 2007, but has since languished in the U.S. system along with two other agreements, with Panama and South Korea.
Colombia purchased $1.67 billion in U.S. agricultural products in 2008, sustaining thousands of U.S. jobs; in 2007/2008, U.S. wheat won nearly 70 percent of Colombian purchases. While the U.S. has maintained a strong foothold in the market since that time, U.S. wheat products are facing fierce competition from Argentina, which benefits from trade preferences under the Mercosur agreement, and Canada, which will have duty-free access once its agreement is finalized.
By contrast, tariffs on U.S. wheat to Colombia fluctuate between 10 and
15 percent and can be as high a 124 percent according to World Trade
Organization bound rates - meaning U.S. wheat producers stand to lose
export sales to Colombia worth up to $92 million per year, roughly half of
their current market share, if the U.S.-Colombia trade agreement isn't
quickly ratified. Unlike in the U.S., the Canadian Senate is an appointed
body that typically approves bills that have passed the House of Commons.
Good Weekend for Harvest- tell us your stories.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Hot and dry over the last few days- with more of the same for much of this week should mean a lot of wheat acres have been cut- or will be cut this week.
Send us your harvest reports- tell us how your various varieties are doing when it comes to test weights and yields.Pictures are always great as well.
Send us a note in an email to email@example.com- if it's easier to call and leave us a voicemail- you can do that as well by calling 405-841-3675 anytime and just leave us a message about what sort of harvest experience you have had in 2010.
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