~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Wednesday September 15, 2010A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- CRP General Signup Announced- 225,000 Acres Accepted from Oklahoma
-- If You Are Going to Stillwater to See and Hear Temple or Not- Here's a Preview
-- US COOL Contested in Geneva
-- Oklahoma Farmers Grab Peanut Board Seats
-- GIPSA Workshops Planned by the National Ag Law Center of the University of Arkansas
-- Gotta Love Those Genomics!
-- Ratcliff Ranches Has Fall Event Sale Set for THIS Saturday
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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CRP General Signup Announced- 225,000 Acres Accepted from Oklahoma
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Francie Tolle, executive director for Oklahoma Farm Service Agency (FSA), announced Tuesday that USDA will accept over 225,000 acres offered by landowners under the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general sign-up. "I am pleased that Oklahoma's producers and landowners continue to realize the benefits of enrolling in this program which is critically important to preserving the land for future generations," said Tolle.
Oklahoma currently has 861,000 acres under contract in the CRP with
211,000 acres set to expire on September 30, 2010. Tolle noted, "With the
acceptance of the 225,000 plus acres Oklahoma will be able to maintain the
environmental benefits we have built in past years under the CRP."
CRP is a voluntary program that assists farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers to use their environmentally sensitive land for conservation benefits. Producers enrolling in CRP plant long-term, elected vegetative covers in exchange for rental payments, cost-share, and technical assistance. Participants voluntarily remove the land from agricultural production by entering into long-term contracts for 10 to 15 years. In Oklahoma, the average rental rate per acre for this signup is about $34. The Oklahoma figure is well under the national average per acre rate of $46- but in line with the rental rates of the plains states.
Click on the LINK below for more on the CRP signup nationally as well as here in Oklahoma.
Click here for the full rundown on the general signup of the CRP Announced This Week by USDA.
If You Are Going to Stillwater to See and Hear Temple or Not- Here's a Preview
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Her schedule is as packed as a politician in Stillwater today as Dr. Temple Grandin will teach a class, interact with students, address a crowd that will likely number into the thousands at Gallagher Iba Arena, hold a News Conference and hang out a bit with her friend Dr. Brad Morgan.
The Animal Science Professor from Colorado State University is spending all day today in Stillwater- with the highlight being a seminar planned for this afternoon at 2 PM at OSU- the public is invited and it's free to see the lady who has had an Emmy Award winning movie made about her life.
Earlier this summer, she was on the program at the National Junior Angus Show. The Angus Association folks have some video Q&A with Dr. Grandin about her views on animal handling and well being- thought you might enjoy checking out that conversation as a preview of what she will be talking about today on campus in Stillwater.
Click here for the video with Dr. Temple Grandlin About Animal Handling in Today's World.
US COOL Contested in Geneva
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Obama Administration has legal counsel in Geneva this week as both Canada and Mexico argue their cases before the World Trade Organization. The Canadian and Mexican delegations want the WTO to strike down Washington's country-of-origin labeling policy for beef and pork. The U.S. law currently requires firms to track and notify customers of the origin of meat and other agricultural products at every stage of production, including retail.
John Masswohl of the Canadian Cattlemen's Association says - a big part of the argument is to demonstrate there has been an economic disadvantage to marketing Canadian livestock in the United States because of this law. The Canadians claim the law has cost its beef industry an estimated 300-million dollars and cut live hog exports almost in half. Most of the impact on the Canadian beef industry has been in Alberta and Saskatchewan.
The Canadians claim U.S. livestock buyers have paid lower prices for Canadian cattle because they incur additional costs because of this law and there only way to recover those costs is to pay less for Canadian cattle. The WTO isn't expected to issue its ruling until next July, and whichever way the ruling goes- it will likely be appealed.
Click here for more on the arguments advanced this week by Canada in Geneva at the WTO
Oklahoma Farmers Grab Peanut Board Seats
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced the appointment of two members and two alternates to serve on the National Peanut Board from New Mexico and Oklahoma. The new appointees will serve three-year terms beginning Jan. 1, 2011 and ending Dec. 31, 2013. All of the 11 members and 11 alternates of the Board are peanut farmers and are responsible for the vision and guidance of the program
For Oklahoma, Gayle White of Frederick, Okla. will serve as board member. White has held the alternate board member position on NPB since Jan. 1, 2008. She is the owner/operator of White Farm and Ranch with her husband Joe D., chairman of the Oklahoma Peanut Commission, and has been engaged in peanut production for almost 25 years. They grow Virginia peanuts, cotton, corn, wheat and raise angus cattle. The Whites' three children are also involved in farming and agriculture. White has served as president of the Tillman County Farm Bureau Women's Committee, president of Ag Boosters and publicity chair of the Tillman County Junior Livestock Show board of directors. She has also served on the board of directors for the Oklahoma City Sirloin Club and the County Resolution Committee Farm Bureau.
Les Crall of Weatherford, Okla. has been appointed as alternate board
member for Oklahoma. Crall has been in peanut farming for almost 15 years
and currently serves as vice chair of the Oklahoma Peanut Commission. He
is also the associate dean for the School of Business & Technology at
Southwestern Oklahoma State University where he teaches business law and
Click for more on these appointements to the National Peanut Board as made by Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack
GIPSA Workshops Planned by the National Ag Law Center of the University of Arkansas
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~GIPSA, the federal agency responsible for issuing regulations that govern contracting, buying and selling of livestock and poultry has written new rules that- if finalized- would drastically change the way that producers, packers, dealers and contractors raise, buy, and sell livestock and poultry.
The National Agricultural Law Center at the University of Arkansas is hosting a series of workshops, including a webinar, for poultry and livestock producers. At these workshops, staff attorneys will provide an overview of GIPSA's proposed rule changes for poultry and livestock, review the UDSA rule-making process, explain how to submit comments on the proposed rules, and include a question and answer session. The webinar will be hosted via eXtension for participants around the country. All workshops are free and open to the public.
While the three on site locations are all in Arkansas- none of the three are that far from the state border. If you live in the eastern half of the state- you may well want to consider attending the one closest to you. Anyone with a good internet connection will be able to get involved in the National Webinar. Click on the LINK below for more details about these workshops and their dates and locations. AND Remember- you can catch up on many of the details of the GIPSA Rule by going to our "Primer" on our website- we call it READ The RULE- Click here to check it out.
Click here for the brochure that tells more about these workshops.
Gotta Love Those Genomics!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Genomics and EPDs are meeting and finding happiness in the Angus world- the happiness being generated by cattle producers who are getting a more accurate EPD in several economically important traits. Dr. Sally Northcutt, Genetic Research Director for the American Angus Association, says that the partnership between the Angus Breed and Merial's Igenity is working well.
After two years of work, Angus Genetics Inc. (AGI) and Merial now have an Angus-specific Igenity® genomic profile derived from a High Density Whole Genome Scan with 50,000 markers (HD WGS). Genomic-enhanced EPDs are calculated using the highly predictable American Angus Association database along with the Igenity profile for Angus results to provide a more thorough characterization of economically important traits and improve accuracy on young animals.
We zero in on some of this work in bringing genomic information down to the ranch level on today's Beef Buzz- click on the LINK below to check out the first part of our visit with Dr. Sally Northcutt of the Angus Association (and of course a former staffer at OSU). The Beef Buzz series is heard daily on great radio stations that are a part of the Radio Oklahoma Network- and you can also hear Beef Buzz shows on our website- just click on the Beef Buzz button on the left hand side of any page.
Click here for this latest Beef Buzz featuring Sally Northcutt of the American Angus Association
Ratcliff Ranches Has Fall Event Sale Set for THIS Saturday
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Fall Event at Ratcliff Ranches is scheduled for this Saturday, September 18th, 2010 in Vinita, Oklahoma. They will be selling over 1000 head including:
110 Range Ready Bulls
300 Registered Angus Young Mature Cows
and 40 Elite Open SimAngus and Angus Heifer Cows
Christi Collins, who's helping with the 2010 sale event, writes in their sale catalog that "Over 1000 cattle will sell in an effort to make this a great sale event, full of generations of Ratcliff Ranch leading cow families and genetics. The Ratcliff program is committed to continuing in the registered Angus and SimAngus business. All of the donor dams in production will be retained and the embryo program is full steam ahead. This offering of cows is an effort to present a powerfull set of cattle for this sale and to supply the current demand for good Angus and black hided animals."
If you make this sale- you'll have a chance to learn more about their new value added concept they are working on called "Heritage Ranch Premium Sourced Verified Beef." Early sales of this product has been through restaurants in a couple of states and the feedback has been great. Joe Unger with Unger Meat Company is working with Ratcliff Ranches on this- he will be at the sale and can tell you more. There is also more on this value added enterprise in the sale catalog which can be found at the LINK below. Click on it and it will tell you more about the sale planned for this Saturday.
Click here for more on the Ratcliff Ranches Fall Event Sale on Saturday September 18.
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Let's Check the Markets!
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