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Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Monday December 6, 2010
A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and Big Iron OnLine Auctions!
-- President Obama Proclaims Free Trade Deal with South Korea
-- Agricultural Groups Lining Up in General Support of the FTA with South Korea
-- Global Wheat Acres Likely to Grow in the Coming Year
-- The Battle is Not Over Regarding Proposition B in Missouri
-- OSU Researcher Will Continue the Search for the Switchgrass Silver Bullet
-- Calendar Reminders- Weed Plot Tour, Tulsa Farm Show and OWGA Annual Meeting
-- Redo on Kim Anderson's explanation of Dockage
-- Let's Check the Markets!

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President Obama Proclaims Free Trade Deal with South Korea
The Obama Administration announced Friday afternoon that a deal has been struck with South Korea to modify the free trade agreement first negotiated by the Bush Administration. Here is a statement from President Obama announcing the Agreement:

"I am very pleased that the United States and South Korea have reached agreement on a landmark trade deal that is expected to increase annual exports of American goods by up to $11 billion and support at least 70,000 American jobs. Last month in Seoul I directed our negotiators to achieve the best deal for American workers and companies, and this agreement meets that test.

"American manufacturers of cars and trucks will gain more access to the Korean market and a level playing field to take advantage of that access. We are strengthening our ability to create and defend manufacturing jobs in the United States; increasing exports of agricultural products for American farmers and ranchers; and opening Korea's services market to American companies. High standards for the protection of worker's rights and the environment make this a model for future trade agreements, which must be both free and fair."

Click on the LINK below for a factsheet from the Obama Administration for an overview of the deal cut by Ambassador Ron Kirk and his team representing the United States.

Click here for the factsheet from the Administration regarding the KORUS pact.

Agricultural Groups Lining Up in General Support of the FTA with South Korea
The US Beef industry is especially happy with word of this breakthrough. The key element for the US beef industry will be the elimination of current tariffs over a fifteen year period. The Chief Economist of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, Gregg Doud, released this statement after word came of the deal:
"It is encouraging to see the United States and Korea one step closer to a working free trade agreement that will create jobs and increase the profitability of America's cattlemen and women. For too long, we have missed opportunities to obtain a competitive advantage in Korea by sitting on the sidelines while our competitors complete deals." Doud goes on to remind one and all that this is not a done deal yet- that Congress needs to act quickly so that the Australians don't get a head start on the US in reducing duties gradually over the next fifteen years. We have a link further down in this story of today's Beef Buzz with comments from Gregg Doud on this agreement.

The US Meat Export Federation also released a statement of support: "I would like to take this opportunity to personally congratulate the U.S. negotiators for their dedication and commitment to pursuing these discussions to a successful conclusion," said USMEF President and CEO Philip Seng.

The American Meat Institute President and CEO J. Patrick Boyle also weighed in on the FTA- saying that AMI "supports the free trade agreement between the United States and South Korea announced today and urges the Congress to ratify it at its earliest opportunity."

We featured the announced deal of the KORUS trade agreement on today's Beef Buzz- CLICK HERE for that review of the deal cut by the Obama Administration that does not deliver on improved beef access over the Bush Administration deal- but does get the clock ticking on the tariff reductions- which is the reason the meat industry groups have asked for quick ratification.

Click here for our story that has the full statements of these three livestock/meat industry groups about the Free Trade Deal with South Korea.

Global Wheat Acres Likely to Grow in the Coming Year
The surge in wheat prices this year will lead to increased global wheat production area in 2011, according to the International Grains Council (IGC).
With wheat prices climbing nearly 20 percent (Gulf HRW FOB) from a year ago, the IGC expects total wheat production area to increase by 4 percent, from 216 million hectares (MH) (534 million acres) in 2010 to 224 MH (554 million acres) in 2011. With the exception of Russia, the IGC anticipates increased winter wheat plantings for all major exporters.

Russia will continue to feel the effects of this year's drought moving into 2011. The drought caused a late start to the planting season, and winter wheat plantings will be down this year as a result. The IGC estimates Russian winter wheat seeding will fall to 11.5 MH (28 million acres), approximately 14 percent below last year's planted area. The reduction in winter wheat sowing could lead to further export restrictions if spring sowing does not increase. Earlier this month, the Russian Grain Union stated that spring grain sowings would have to increase by at least 2.5 MH (6 million acres) to ensure domestic supplies are adequate in the upcoming year.

"Even though spring wheat prices in Russia are high, it is likely that some potential spring wheat production area will be lost to sunflower," said Valentina Shustova, USW Moscow Office Director and Marketing Specialist. "Sunflower is the most profitable crop for Russian producers this year."
Don Schieber, a wheat producer from Ponca City, Okla., and current USW Chairman, learned of another concern about spring wheat from a Russian official on a recent visit.
"I asked him if spring wheat could make up for some of the lost production area for winter wheat," Schieber said. "His answer was simple: 'Not enough seed.'"

Click here for more on the IGC's ideas on more wheat acres in the coming year- this from the US Wheat Associates Electronic Newsletter dated December 2.

The Battle is Not Over Regarding Proposition B in Missouri
A state senator has filed legislation to repeal the voter-approved law that creates new regulations for dog breeders in Missouri. State Senator Bill Stouffer, whose largely rural district covers part of central Missouri, says voters were misled about the state's dog breeding rules. The Republican said the approved ballot measure could loosen some existing requirements and would only affect breeders already following the rules. He says - it does nothing to solve the problem of dog abuse.

52 percent of Missouri voters last month approved Proposition B. The law limits people to 50 breeding dogs and requires the animals be fed daily, provided annual veterinary care and given unfettered access to an outdoor exercise yard. Dogs also cannot be bred more than twice every 18 months. The law, which takes effect next year, makes violations a misdemeanor, carries up to 15 days in jail and a 300-dollar fine.

David Martosko has written an op-ed piece that we have found on the web- and in it he says of the law- "The biggest change that Proposition B will bring is a cap on the number of dogs a breeder can own. Henceforth, 50 is the limit. Even if a breeder has two dozen employees giving 51 dogs daily massages, pedicures and catered meals, that won't be good enough."
You will enjoy Martosko's take on Proposition B- unless you work for the HSUS- and we have it linked for you below.

Click here to read more of David Martosko's opinion on what Proposition B means for Missouri if allowed to stand.

OSU Researcher Will Continue the Search for the Switchgrass Silver Bullet
There has been a recent push by the United States Department of Agriculture to provide funding for scientists whose main priority is to secure America's energy future. One of those scientists is Gail Wilson, associate professor of rangeland ecology and management in the department of natural resource ecology and management (NREM) at Oklahoma State University. She and her collaborators from around the country recently received a $920,000 grant through the USDA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative program for theirresearch related to using switchgrass and other prairie plants as biofuel.

"We will examine the response of different switchgrass cultivars with various management practices and environmental conditions onbelowground traits, assessing how we can most successfully enhance carbon sequestration," said Wilson. "The ultimate goal is to increase carbon sequestration without increasing nitrogen, fertilizer or water use."
As emitted carbon dioxide levels continue to rise, more and more programs are trying to find a solution. However, Wilson's proposal for a possible answer is a bit different.
"What we look at is what happens below ground," said Wilson. "We look at the interactions between the roots, the soil and the microbial communities."

The USDA found this research to be greatly beneficial and awarded Wilson and her team nearly $1 million over the next five years. Of the more than 100 proposals submitted in the sustainable bioenergy area, the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources proposal was top-ranked. "We didn't have to change our budget, or anything, because we were top-ranked," said Wilson. "Our goal is to help get carbon out of the air and into the soil by selecting for plant-microbial relationships that maximize soil carbon inputs."
Sustainability is the name of the game.
"This research is unique because it considers the ecological costs or implications of raising herbaceous plants for biofuels," said Keith Owens, NREM department head. "To maximize the potential gain in biofuels, we must keep the inputs low and Dr. Wilson is investigating how to do this in a sustainable manner."

Calendar Reminders- Weed Plot Tour, Tulsa Farm Show and OWGA Annual Meeting
There will be a Weed Plot Tour and Seminar being put on by Brad Tipton and the folks in Canadian County- it's tomorrow morning south of Banner- lots of good information to be had there- click here for our calendar listing for more on this event.

We are really excited about the 2010 Tulsa Farm Show that kicks off this coming Thursday, December 9 and runs through Saturday December 11 at the Quik Trip Center on the Tulsa State Fairgrounds in Tulsa. This is the 17th annual Tulsa Farm Show- and will activities now starting to fill the lower level- this mammouth building is very closed to being totally packed with everything new for the farm and ranch. We invite you to stop by and say howdy to myself and to Ed Richards during this year's show. I will be around Thursday afternoon and all day Friday- and Ed Richards will be in our booth on Saturday. Click here for the event listing for this year's show- the weather folks are talking about colder air for this weekend- but inside the Quik Trip Center Building- the weather is always perfect!

The 2010 Annual Meeting of the Oklahoma Wheat Growers Association is set for this coming Saturday at the Express Events Center in northwest Oklahoma City. The Growers will be working on their policy positions at the meeting this Saturday- and that will include a position on farm policy that will be a part of the 2012 farm bill debate. Will OWGA support direct payments or not for the next farm bill cycle? That will be decided this coming Saturday. They also have a great lineup of speakers- including the incoming Chairman of the House Ag Committee, Congressman Frank Lucas. Click here for our calendar item for the 2010 Wheat Growers meeting with a full listing of their speakers expected for this weekend.

One other event that is happening this Wednesday, Thursday and Friday is the fourth seminar for the current class of the Oklahoma Ag Leadership Program. They will be meeting in downtown Oklahoma City at the American Farmers & Ranchers headquarters- with an impressive group of ag leaders to speak to Class 15 on Wednesday- and several hours of media training being planned for this Thursday by yours truly.

Redo on Kim Anderson's explanation of Dockage
Some of you may have had trouble in getting to our story that had the audio of Lyndall Stout of SUNUP with OSU Grain Marketing Guru Kim Anderson. This was a story that a lot of folks clicked on from the Friday Email- and if you did have trouble locating the story that actually had the audio attached to it- we are sorry that technology misfired and it was not there.

We got the problem fixed early on this past Friday- but after the email had gone out with the link that may or may not have worked for you. So- click on the LINK below to get to that conversation today- as Kim does a really good job of explaining dockage and foreign matter as it relates to price discounts this past harvest- and some early ideas of what will be facing wheat producers this coming harvest as well.

Click here for our story with the audio imbedded with Lyndall Stout of SUNUP and Kim Anderson everything you need to know about dockage(at least all that Kim can tell you in a little over 2 minutes)

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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 $9.45 per bushel- as of the close of trade on Thursday, while the 2011 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $10.10 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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