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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Friday November 26, 2010A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- Students Statewide Working on Entries to 2011 Ag in the Classroom Contest Entries
-- A Look at Funds in the Ag Futures Markets- As Explained by OSU Grain Guru Kim Anderson
-- Death Tax News Conference Scheduled for Tuesday
-- Japanese to Use DNA Testing to Detect Foreign Beef
-- Winter Grassy Weeds in Wheat Plot Tour and Meeting
-- McAlester Special Stock Cow and Bull Sale on December 4th
-- Free Horse Training Session With Craig Cameron at the 2010 Tulsa Farm Show
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Students Statewide Working on Entries to 2011 Ag in the Classroom Contest Entries
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The 2011 Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom Ag Day Contests have students all across Oklahoma very busy these last few school days of 2010. According to Ag in the Classroom Coordinator Dana Bessinger, there are four different contests that young people can participate in- based on what year in school they are here this fall.
Those contests include the Bulletin Board, the Ag Posters, Ag Storyboard and Ag Essays. The theme for all four contests leading up to the recognition that the students will receive next March during Ag Day activities is "I believe in Oklahoma Agriculture."
Click on the LINK below to listen to our conversation with Dana Bessinger about the contest and the upcoming deadline of December 17, 2010 for all four contests. AND- you can watch Ron's conversation with Dana on his In the Field segment on KWTV News9 this Saturday morning (November 27) at 6:40 AM.
Click here for more on the Contests for Ag Day being conducted by Ag in the Classroom
A Look at Funds in the Ag Futures Markets- As Explained by OSU Grain Guru Kim Anderson
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~For this weekend's SUNUP TV Program that will be seen on OETA Saturday morning, Oklahoma State University Extension Grain Marketing Economist Dr. Kim Anderson offers a tutorial on the "funds" that trade in today's agricultural commodity markets.
Dr. Anderson tells Austin Moore with SUNUP that there are several different types of funds that have participated in the agricultural markets- including the hedge funds, the index funds and the managed funds.
Anderson says the market experts are divided on whether the funds have had a good or bad effect on the markets. He says you can point to their entrance into the wheat market as one of the keys to higher wheat prices at several points in recent years. As a result, he tells wheat producers that you have to pay attention to when the various types of funds are entering into the ag markets, as that will possibly inject an upward push on the prices of that ag commodity.
Click here to jump to our webstory to hear Kim Anderson with his description of funds that have swarmed into our commodity markets- and get the full SUNUP lineup for tomorrow to boot!
Death Tax News Conference Scheduled for Tuesday
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Ten major agricultural organizations will gear up for the continuation of the lame duck session with a press conference next Tuesday to stress the importance of meaningful estate tax reform. The event is scheduled for noon central time in the Zenger Room at the National Press Club in Washington. It will also be available to reporters via teleconference and anyone will be able to take a look at what is going on via the NCBA Blog- Beltway Beef. They plan to stream in live.
Participants scheduled to be at the conference are from the National
Association of Wheat Growers; American Farm Bureau Federation; American
Soybean Association; National Cattlemen's Beef Association; National Corn
Growers Association; National Cotton Council; National Farmers Union;
National Milk Producers Federation; National Pork Producers Council; and
Public Lands Council.
Many of the groups scheduled to participate in the press event next week signed on to a letter sent to Congress earlier in the month supporting permanently raising the estate tax exemption to no less than $5 million per person and reducing the top rate to no more than 35 percent. Those groups also supported provisions to index the tax to inflation, provide for spousal transfers and include a stepped-up basis.
Click here to read that letter sent earlier in the month by several groups wanting Congress to stop ignoring the Death Tax issue and get it resolved before January first.
Japanese to Use DNA Testing to Detect Foreign Beef
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Japan's Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry will start using DNA tests to check whether beef has been produced in Japan or overseas as a way to head off future labeling scams, according to the Japan Today website.
The method, which could be used as early as fiscal 2011, is the first to use DNA to determine the origin of beef, according to Kobe University professor Hideyuki Mannen, who led the research team.
The team conducted research on cows bred in Japan, Australia and the United States to discern different DNA patterns. After trying out the new testing method on 400 Japanese cows, 278 Australian cows and 107 American cows, the team was able to determine with 100 percent accuracy where originated, according to the newspaper report.
The Ministry plans to use the method at the Food and Agricultural Materials Inspection Center in Saitama that checks food safety and labeling. Amid growing demand for domestic food products, Japan has been plagued by a series of false labeling scams in recent years that embroiled major food producers who labeled beef produced abroad as domestically produced.
Click here for the Japan Today article from earlier this week- and be sure to scroll down and read the dialogue in the comments- most interesting.
Winter Grassy Weeds in Wheat Plot Tour and Meeting
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Last year dockage for weed seed contamination hit many wheat producers right where it hurts worst, in their pocket book! Some amazing dockage took place last harvest and by all indications the dockage schedule for elevators will be even more severe for the 2011 wheat harvest.
Because this issue is costing wheat growers an extensive amount of profits, OSU Extension has placed this hot topic at the top of our list to address. Currently, Canadian County Extension has a set of herbicide plots out on Bornemann Farms near the South Canadian River.
The plot tour will include Dr. Joe Armstrong, OSU Extension Weed
Specialist and a host of chemical company representatives discussing
exactly what we are seeing in each treatment throughout the demonstration.
Click on the link below for more on this winter plot tour and wheat industry update. If you have weeds in your wheat anywhere in Central Oklahoma- this will be worth the drive. We have the details on our calendar listing below on how to let Brad Tipton and his team know that you are coming.
Click here for more on the Canadian County Weeds in Wheat Plot Tour on Pearl Harbor Day.
McAlester Special Stock Cow and Bull Sale on December 4th
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The McAlester Union Stockyards will hold a Special Cow & Bull Sale, Saturday, December 4th at noon in McAlester, Oklahoma. The stockyards are located on the south side of McAlester, OK, on Highway 69
The consignment list is already very impressive, with some 1400 bred cows and cow-calf pairs have been consigned. Add to that about 300 bred heifers and also more than 70 bulls, and this is a sale you need to know more about.
Click on our link below for our calendar listing for the McAlester Stockyards Special Stock Cow and Bull Auction set for a week from Saturday on December 4th. We have a link on to their website where they continue to update the full listing of this special sale.
Click here for our calendar update for the McAlester Stockyards Special Cow and Bull Sale.
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. We appreciate those who responded on Wednesday- and we wanted to issue a final call for those that want to offer a horse for this December event.
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 $8.65 per bushel- as of the close of trade Wednesday, while the 2011 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $9.45 per bushel- delivered to local participating elevators that are working with PCOM.
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