~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Wednesday November 24, 2010A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- This Thanksgiving- We Say Thanks to Our Farmer and Rancher Friends!
-- Deficit, Debt Reduction Plan Released
-- Oklahoma Wheat Growers Set for Annual Meeting December 11
-- Beef cattle conference slated for northwest Oklahoma in Early December
-- Arkansas Counties- All of Them- Declared a Disaster by USDA
-- Coming This Saturday- the Sparks- Kimbrough Dispersion Sale
-- Free Horse Training Session With Craig Cameron at the 2010 Tulsa Farm Show
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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This Thanksgiving- We Say Thanks to Our Farmer and Rancher Friends!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~It's a tremendous video that Monsanto has produced that is helping Americans understand that during this Thanksgiving season- it makes a lot sense to say "thanks" to farmers and ranchers all across this country.
The description on Youtube of this video says "Did you know this year, each American farm family will feed 155 people? Neither did consumers in many major U.S. cities. See their reactions to learning this fact -- and then see how grateful they became for America's farm families. This holiday season, don't forget to thank America's farmers."
Monsanto not only has a great video that we have linked to below for you- but we also have a link to their website where they celebrate America's farmers. One of those they celebrate with is the Farm Mom of the Year- our friend Carol Cowan of Watonga.
Click on the LINK below to jump to that video and celebrate the miracle of American agriculture on this day before Thanksgiving!
Click here to go and watch this wonderful video THANK YOU to America's Farmers.
Deficit, Debt Reduction Plan Released
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, D.C. has released a comprehensive deficit and debt reduction plan entitled, Restoring America's Future. Written by the Center's Debt Reduction Task Force. the plan aims to reduce national debt to below 60 percent of the economy, reduce annual deficits to manageable levels, and balance the primary budget, which includes everything other than interest payments, by 2014.
The proposal would impact agriculture by recommending: (1) elimination
of all support payments based on production history to large commercial
producers (with combined farm and non-farm adjusted gross incomes of
greater than 250-thousand dollars); and (2) lowering of the cap on direct
payments based on production history from its current 40-thousand dollars
to 20-thousand dollars. The counter-cyclical payments would remain
Finally, the Bipartisan Policy Center's Debt Reduction Task Force report would consolidate and cap conservation programs. According to the report, there is significant overlap between the various conservation programs that USDA funds, which creates inefficiencies that strain the federal budget. This proposal would eliminate that overlap by consolidating 16 of the programs into one capped entitlement that grows with inflation.
Click here for Bipartisan Policy Center website for details about their deficit reduction plan.
Oklahoma Wheat Growers Set for Annual Meeting December 11
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The 2010 Oklahoma Wheat Growers Convention is set for December 11, 2010 at the Express Event Center, 8512 NW Expressway in Oklahoma City. Coffee and donuts will be served at 9:30 am and the program will start at 10:00 am. A free steak dinner will be served at lunch.
According to OWGA President Jimmie Musick, "There are a lot of important issues facing Oklahoma Wheat Producers over the next several months and years and the participation of as many Oklahoma Wheat Farmers in OWGA is extremely important. We need your input to make the best policy decisions."
The program lined up by the OWGA is loaded. Headliners include the President of Oklahoma State University Burn Hargis, the incoming Chairman of the House Ag Committee Frank Lucas and Governor Elect Mary Fallin.
The leadership of the wheat industry nationally will be on hand as well, with Don Schieber leading that group as he serves as Chairman of US Wheat Associates here in 2010-2011. Schieber is a Kay County wheat producer and has traveled globally, serving as an ambassador for the US wheat industry to some of our major US wheat buyers.
Click here for our calendar listing of the OWGA meeting for a full list of speakers lined up for the December 11th meeting.
Beef cattle conference slated for northwest Oklahoma in Early December
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Cattle producers in northwest Oklahoma can mark their calendars for the Oklahoma Beef Cattle Conference - Managing Cost to Improve Ranch Profitability.
The conference will take place in four locations. The first meetings will be on Dec. 2 in Alva at the Woods County Fairgrounds from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and in Woodward at the USDA Southern Plains Range Research Station from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Dec. 6 is the date for the next set of meetings which will take place in Enid at the Garfield County Extension Center from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and in Ponca City at the Pioneer Technology Center from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Meetings are free to those who attend, but are asked to RSVP by Nov. 30 to the Woods County Extension for the Alva meeting at 580-327-2786 or Woodward County Extension at 580-254-3391 and RSVP by Dec. 3 to the Garfield County Extension at 580-237-1228 or Kay County Extension at 580-362-3194 for the Ponca City meeting.
Greg Highfill, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension area
livestock specialist, said those who attend will get the chance to listen
to specialists who can assist them in improving their bottom line.
Click here for our calendar listing on these beef cattle meetings coming in early December.
Arkansas Counties- All of Them- Declared a Disaster by USDA
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated the entire state of Arkansas, that includes 75 counties, as a natural disaster area because of losses caused by drought, excessive heat and related insects and diseases that began April 1, 2010, and continues.
Five Oklahoma Counties are adjacent to Arkansas on our eastern border- and farmers and ranchers in these five counties also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous. The Oklahoma counties are come under the Arkansas umbrella include Adair, Delaware, Le Flore, McCurtain and Sequoyah.
All counties listed above were designated natural disaster areas Nov. 19, 2010, making all qualified farm operators in the designated areas eligible for low interest emergency (EM) loans from USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA), provided eligibility requirements are met. Farmers in eligible counties have eight months from the date of the declaration to apply for loans to help cover part of their actual losses. FSA will consider each loan application on its own merits, taking into account the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability. FSA has a variety of programs, in addition to the EM loan program, to help eligible farmers recover from adversity.
Coming This Saturday- the Sparks- Kimbrough Dispersion Sale
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Sparks Kimbrough Complete Dispersion Sale happens this Saturday, November 27, 2010 at High Noon at the Brooks Cattle Company Sale Facility in Marietta.
At this Dispersion- 212 Head Sell as 129 Hereford Lots which includes:
Click on the LINK below for our Calendar listing of this sale that is found on our website, www.OklahomaFarmReport.Com. If you want to call for more information, contact Eddie Sims at National Cattle Services- that number is 580-492-4590
Click here for more on this Dispersion of some great Hereford Cattle
Free Horse Training Session With Craig Cameron at the 2010 Tulsa Farm Show
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~If you have a horse who needs a dose of some gentle horse training- your chance to get a free session with Craig Cameron at the 17th Tulsa Farm Show is just an email or a phone call away.
Craig Cameron will have two sessions each day at this year's Farm Show- and we need a couple of horses for those sessions. We need horses who are halter broke for these sessions with Craig.
If you have a horse that needs to be worked with in a positive way-
give us a call at 405-841-3675- or go to the bottom of this email where it
says that you can reach us at the following: use that email to drop us
some information about your horse and a phone number where we can reach
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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 $8.45 per bushel, while the 2011 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $9.25 per bushel- delivered to local participating elevators that are working with PCOM.
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