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Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Friday October 1, 2010
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-- Talking 744 With Mike Spradling of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau
-- Verasun Creditors Back Off Demands that Farmers Pay Back Money Received From the Bankrupt Ethanol Maker
-- OSU Ag Economist Dr. Larry Sanders on Council to Advise Lisa Jackson at EPA
-- OSU Wheat Market Watcher Kim Anderson Worries About Drying Out of the Southern Plains Wheat Belt
-- As Congress Escapes From DC- NCBA's Colin Woodall Suggests Some Time in the Country
-- International Baking Industry Expo Shows Promise for Sorghum
-- Think About Some Aloha!
-- Let's Check the Markets!

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Talking 744 With Mike Spradling of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau
The President of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau, Mike Spradling, says his group is continuing to work to educate people statewide about the fiscal dangers of State Question 744. Spradling contends that voting yes on SQ 744 would result in less funding for existing state agencies and potentially higher taxes for farmers and ranchers. The question will be on the Nov. 2 general election ballot.

The One Oklahoma Coalition that is opposing State Question 744 says there are four main reasons that they believe voters should oppose this State Question:

No oversight or accountability of how millions of your tax dollars will be spent. No guarantee that any new funding is spent on children, computers, books, classroom needs or teacher pay raises.
No reforms in public schools or any type are included in SQ 744.
No way to pay for SQ 744 without massive tax and fee increases or without devastating budget cuts to all other state programs and services.

The Coalition concludes that State Question 744 is an unfunded mandate. It requires the Oklahoma Legislature to spend billions of dollars, but does not provide any mechanism for generating the money. It will have to come from cutting all other government services a minimum of 20% across the board (over 40% by some estimates) or the passage of significant tax and fee hikes.

Supporters of State Question 744 downplay the impact on other areas of the Oklahoma budget- and say that the state's children do not deserve being last in the region in the amount that the state spends on each pupil.

Click on the LINK below to hear the concerns of Spradling and the general farm organization that he represents. We will be talking to other leaders in the rural community about State Question 744 in the next couple of weeks and sharing their stories with you as well.

Click here for our conversation with Mike Spradling of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau on State Question 744.

Verasun Creditors Back Off Demands that Farmers Pay Back Money Received From the Bankrupt Ethanol Maker
Corn growers who faced a legal deadline to repay money from corn sold in 2008 to the bankrupt ethanol producer VeraSun received good news Thursday - the attorneys are dropping their questionable claims for payment.
"This is great news for farmers at a time when we need to focus on bringing in our crops," said National Corn Growers Association President Darrin Ihnen. "We're glad the lawyers saw the light and realized they had no legal justification to go after us. We had an excellent team working on this to make sure we had the right information, and to present our case."

Because of bankruptcy law, attorneys representing VeraSun creditors were able to seek repayment from farmers and others who received money from VeraSun within 90 days prior to the bankruptcy filing. In late August, hundreds of corn farmers received letters from attorneys threatening legal action. The letters offered to settle the matter with a payment equal to 80 percent of what the farmers received for their corn sales to VeraSun. Farmers had until September 30, 2010 to respond, and NCGA and several state corn associations provided information to growers, encouraged them to respond and helped them find legal resources.

Click on the LINK below for more on how this situation developed- and that it now appears these farmers that had valid contracts with Verasun will likely be able to keep the money paid to them for their crop.

Click here for more on the Verasun Creditors Attempted Grab of Money Paid to Farmers for their corn

OSU Ag Economist Dr. Larry Sanders on Council to Advise Lisa Jackson at EPA
On Thursday, U.S. Environmental Protection Administration Administrator Lisa P. Jackson addressed the newly-appointed members of the Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Federal Advisory Committee (FRRCC) during their first official meeting since being appointed. The FRRCC is an independent committee, established by EPA in 2008, that advises the agency on a wide range of environmental issues of importance to agriculture and rural communities.

EPA also announced the new committee members, who were appointed in May. Oklahoma State University Ag Economics Professor Dr. Larry Sanders is one of the new members selected to serve on this advisory panel. In addition, Tom McDonald with Five Rivers Cattle Feeders has one Oklahoma feedlot in their portfolio- Cimarron Feeders in Texhoma. And- Dennis Treacy of Smithfield Foods has hog operations in Oklahoma with their Murphy Brown subsidiary.

"EPA is working to ensure that American farmers, ranchers and rural communities are more environmentally sustainable and economically resilient than ever before," said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. "America's farmers have a broad impact on everything from daily food prices to widespread environmental impacts to emerging fuel technologies. We need them to be part of our decision making process, and this meeting is yet another step in our engagement with the agricultural community."

Click here for more details of the EPA Advisory Committee on farm and ranch issues.

OSU Wheat Market Watcher Kim Anderson Worries About Drying Out of the Southern Plains Wheat Belt
Wheat prices have retreated from the highs of late summer- Fund buying was a key component of the push higher as we learned about the ban on wheat exports out of Russia for the balance of 2010. Now, Dr. Kim Anderson of OSU says it seems like the funds are backing out of the market and prices have pulled back. It seems that Mr. Market is looking for a support level.

Anderson tells Dave Deken on this weekend's SUNUP program that he IS CONCERNED about dry weather and the wheat acres that have been planted thus far. Those worries stretch from Kansas down across much of Western Oklahoma. You can watch Kim Anderson on SUNUP Saturday morning on OETA- and you can listen before then the conversation that Kim had with Dave by clicking on the LINK below.

Besides listening to Kim Anderson- you can also check out the program lineup for SUNUP this Saturday morning in our webstory that we are directing you to. SUNUP is seen on the OETA system at 7:30 AM Saturday morning.

Click here to go and take a listen to Kim Anderson talking wheat crop conditions and marketing.

As Congress Escapes From DC- NCBA's Colin Woodall Suggests Some Time in the Country
National Cattlemen's Beef Association Vice President of Government Affairs Colin Woodall encourages members of Congress to take the opportunity to listen to rural Americans while on recess. Congress departed Sept. 29, 2010, for pre-election recess.
"As members of Congress hit the campaign trail, I encourage them to venture out to farms and ranches where folks are worried about the future of their operations," said Woodall. "They are worried because of the overwhelming increase of government intrusion into their businesses without any sort of logical reason."

Woodall said members of Congress need to listen closely to grassroots producers about the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration's (GIPSA) proposed rule on livestock marketing; the Environmental Protection Agency's "excessive" regulations on agriculture; and "burdensome and unnecessary" taxes. He said these three issues alone could put many farmers and ranchers out of business while also stifling younger generations from entering the family operation.
"The proposed GIPSA rule goes above and beyond the intent of Congress. This rule, which is void of any legal or economic analysis, has the potential to destroy creativity and innovation of U.S. farmers and ranchers. It could also subject producers to a whole string of expensive frivolous lawsuits. Congress needs to make USDA and the entire Administration aware of their dissatisfaction about the potential consequences their actions could have on agriculture," said Woodall. "Then we have an EPA running wild creating more than 1100 new rules in 17 months with little to no science. Congress must step in and get a solid grip on this Agency in short-order or be held accountable for damaging production agriculture."

The policymakers are not expected to return to their Washington D.C. offices until Nov. 15 for a lame-duck session. Although Woodall said the agenda for the lame-duck session is largely dependent upon the outcome of the Nov. 2 elections, he is hopeful estate tax relief for agriculture and other small businesses will be a topic of discussion. He said if Congress doesn't move on this issue by the end of the year, farmers and ranchers will be hit with a 55 percent death tax.
"If members of Congress listen to rural Americans during this recess period, I am hopeful priority issues like the estate tax will be tackled quickly and appropriately," said Woodall. "It is easy to forget the people working hard to provide food for this country. They have a voice and members of Congress desperately need to hear it."

Speaking of the November Elections- click here for polls of many of the Congressional and Gubernatorial Races Around the Country as detailed by

International Baking Industry Expo Shows Promise for Sorghum
The Sorghum Checkoff hosted a booth this week at the International Baking Industry Expo (IBIE) in Las Vegas, Nev., to promote sorghum as a whole grain, gluten-free solution for the commercial baking industry. "Interest in sorghum here at IBIE has been phenomenal," said Virgil Smail, Sorghum Checkoff executive director. "Producers don't always recognize the magnitude of certain industries, and this is a huge opportunity for sorghum. We want to deliver a quality product that helps meet the needs of the wholesale bakers as well as the needs of the end-user."

Smail, a past president of the American Institute of Baking, also said the Sorghum Checkoff is working with ADM Company and other contacts in the baking and snack food industries to promote sorghum as a whole grain flour, which offers many health benefits. ADM is working to produce sorghum flour in commercial quantities to make available to the American food industry. Because sorghum can be ground into gluten-free flour, it is especially useful to those with intolerance to gluten found in wheat flour. ADM is promoting sorghum in their booth at IBIE by distributing cookies made with sorghum flour.

"Consumers are requesting products that are gluten-free, whole grain or an old world grain," said Florentino Lopez, Sorghum Checkoff marketing director. "Judging by the interest generated at IBIE, that request is being heard. Sorghum can offer consumers a cost-competitive option for gluten-free, whole grain products." Lopez said many companies, both domestic and international, are interested in learning more about sorghum and how it can be utilized in existing and new food products. "There are still many questions to be answered and a lot of work has to be done in the sorghum food industry program," Lopez said. "This could be a viable international and domestic opportunity for sorghum."

Click here for some more info from the Sorghum Checkoff folks about Gluten Free possibilities

Think About Some Aloha!
If you have been to our website in recent days- you may have noticed the banner ad at the top of many of the pages that speaks of a trip that we are planning for early 2011. A travel agency that has worked with several of my colleagues in the farm broadcast community approached us earlier this year with the idea of promoting a trip with our viewers, listeners and readers.

After checking with our peers within the farm broadcast community and getting good reviews on the quality of work that Holiday Vacations does- we have decided to give it a go. It's a pleasure to invite you to think about traveling with Jan and I to Hawaii in January of 2011 for a three island tour- including several days where we will be making some agricultural stops to get a perspective of agriculture that can only be seen in Hawaii.

For example, we will be stopping at the Monsanto facility on Maui and have a chance to see their work which facilitates their research here on the mainland. With the weather conditions in Hawaii- they can perform trials year round- speeding the process of getting new products through the pipeline.
We will be staying in great locations- right on the beach- will see many of the famous sights of our 50th state- and we'll have some time built in to get out and do some exploring. We have been to Hawaii several times over the last fifteen years- and can help make your time there the best it can be. Click on the LINK below if you have any interest for yourself or perhaps for someone in your family. These folks are not going to pressure you- but simply let you know more about this great opportunity coming in January.

Click here for more on this Hawaiian Adventure coming January 2011.

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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 $8.85 per bushel- as of the close of trade on Thursday, while the 2011 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $9.15 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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