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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Friday, October 14, 2011A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and One Resource Environmental!
-- Homework Assignment Due to Super Committee Today
-- Canola TV - Canola Test Plots with PCOM
-- Oklahoma Rep. Steve Kouplen Urges Governor to Ease Regulations to Aid Farmers
-- As We Begin to Point to the 2011 National FFA Convention- Meet Oklahoma FFA President Courtney Maye
-- Grain Prices Recovering after WASDE Report - and we have your SUNUP preview
-- Celebration of Free Trade Agreements Continue
-- Bob Stallman the Lone Aggie- Drought Monitor Sees Exceptional Shrinking- AND A Calendar Reminder
-- Cast Your Net- and Catch a Tasty Deal at Bill's Fish House in Waurika
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Homework Assignment Due to Super Committee Today
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The deadline by which Congressional authorizing committees must submit budget cutting ideas and priorities to the debt-deficit super committee is today, Friday October 14.
Indications from Capitol Hill have been that the House and Senate Agriculture Committees are preparing to submit ideas to super committee members, who are charged with finding at least $1.5 trillion in cuts for deficit-reduction efforts.
According to an article found on the Politico website, "Agriculture Committee leaders in Congress are closing in on a 10-year savings target near $23 billion, about a third less than what House Republicans and President Barack Obama had proposed but still a significant change." You can read the full article from Politico by clicking here.
Working on the deal is Oklahoma Congressman Frank Lucas as Chairman of the House Ag Committee and Kansas Senator Pat Roberts- ranking member of the Senate Ag Committee. They are at the table behind closed doors with the Senate Ag Chairlady Debbie Stabenow of Michigan and the former House Ag Committee Chairman Colin Peterson of Minnesota.
Meanwhile, a large group of Democrats have written the Super Committee
and demanded of them to leave nurtition programs alone- Click
here for more on their letter to the Committee as written in
Another article that also suggests the $23 billion number is offered by Charles Abbot of Reuters- click here to get his take on the possible direction of Lucas and others.
Canola TV - Canola Test Plots with PCOM
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~In this latest edition of Canola TV, Gene Neuens and Heath Sanders are in the field near Grandfield, Okla., planting a variety of winter canola demonstration and test plots. Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Oklahoma State University and the Oklahoma Oilseed Commission are working together on these canola plots so they can host field tours in the spring.
Sanders says they are hoping to plant up to 10 plots in this area, if not more. Also, this year they are testing a variety of conventional canola versus no-till canola. Sanders says this will allow them to get a better idea of which practice is most beneficial for producers.
Sanders adds that they are also adding a sulfur and boron treatment to look at the necessity of sulfur and boron in Oklahoma canola fields.
Overall, Sanders says they hope to be able to discuss and talk about the results and what they have experienced and learned from these demonstration and test plots next spring.
Click here for more Gene Neuens and Heath Sanders on Canola TV
Oklahoma Rep. Steve Kouplen Urges Governor to Ease Regulations to Aid Farmers
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~State Rep. Steve Kouplen urged Gov. Mary Fallin to temporarily lift regulations that significantly impact Oklahoma farmers and ranchers during a time of severe drought.
"Due to the drought, many farmers have been forced to have ponds dredged and obtain other basic conservation services, but the associated permitting processes are increasing the cost by close to 35 percent," said Kouplen, a Beggs Democrat who is past president of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau. "I hope Governor Fallin will issue an executive order temporarily lifting that permit process to aid our state's agriculture producers."
The contractors who dredge ponds must currently obtain a permit costing about $350 for each job. Due to drought, the need for those services has increased dramatically with many property owners having multiple ponds dredged. Each project requires a separate permit.
"These are simple seven-to-eight hour jobs that typically cost about $90 per hour," Kouplen said. "You add another 350 bucks to that for a permit, and it increases the cost of the job about 35 percent. When so many farmers are already struggling to make ends meet because of the drought, that added cost is just adding insult to injury."
Click here for more on this request from Rep. Kouplan to Gov. Fallin
As We Begin to Point to the 2011 National FFA Convention- Meet Oklahoma FFA President Courtney Maye
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Oklahoma FFA delegation is gearing up for National FFA Convention in Indianapolis next week and Oklahoma FFA President Courtney Maye will lead the Oklahoma delegation while attending. Maye is from Haworth, Okla., and the Haworth FFA Chapter. She is also a sophomore at Oklahoma State University majoring in Agricultural Communications.
Maye says, coming from the Haworth FFA Chapter, their chapter tried to provide a wide range of areas for members to become involved in, such as livestock judging, dairy cattle evaluation, public speak, and parliamentary procedure. Maye says this allowed members within their chapter to really find their niche within the FFA organization.
Maye was elected Oklahoma FFA President last May and will be attending National FFA Convention for the second time as a state officer. On her last trip to National Convention, Maye says she was impressed by the structure of the convention, like the committees and the delegate process. Being able to see how it all works and to participate as a delegate was an opportunity that Maye says really impressed her.
Courtney will be our guest on Saturday morning during our In the Field
segment that is a part of the Saturday morning News Block on KWTV News9.
You can see that conversation with her about 6:40 AM.
Click here to watch our interview with FFA President Courtney Maye
Grain Prices Recovering after WASDE Report - and we have your SUNUP preview
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~After a rollercoaster of a week in the wheat and grain marketplace, Dr. Kim Anderson, Oklahoma State University Grain Marketing Specialist, says there was a big surprise this week with corn prices, wheat prices and soybean prices all up right before the USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report was released.
Anderson says it is unusual to see either a significant up move or down move with prices right before that report comes out. However, if you look at the WASDE report, Anderson says there are some other surprises in it. The corn production estimate was 38 million bushels below the average, while the soybeans were 21 million bushels below average.
When it comes to ending production stocks, corn was 60 million bushels above the trade estimate for ending stocks. Soybeans were 23 million bushels below and wheat was 104 million bushels above the trade expectations.
Overall, says Anderson, there was a marginally negative impact for
corn, slightly positive impact for soybeans, and a really negative impact
Click here for your audio preview of the Kim Anderson take on this week's grain prices- plus a look at what will be on SUNUP this Saturday morning.
Celebration of Free Trade Agreements Continue
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Many agricultural organizations continued to rejoice with the passage of the free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea. The President of the American Farmers & Ranchers, Terry Detrick, added his voice of approval on Thursday afternoon. "We are pleased that Congress has taken this step to pass key U.S. trade agreements for Korea, Panama and Columbia which will help level the playing field for U.S. farmers and ranchers," said Detrick. "This passage is expected to increase U.S. agricultural exports by over $2.3 billion which is very important to Oklahoma producers who export over half of their commodities annually."
The National Sorghum Producers were another group happy with the FTA passage. "We are extremely pleased to see Congress move so quickly to pass these long-standing free trade agreements," said NSP Chairman Terry Swanson of Walsh, Colo. "This is a big step for agriculture and our industry stands to benefit from this opportunity by creating new market access for U.S. sorghum producers." Click here for the balance of the statement from NSP.
Congressional ratification of three bilateral free-trade agreements
between the United States and Korea, Colombia and Panama, as well as
approval of Trade Adjustment Assistance, is welcome news for farmers and
ranchers, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation.
The American Soybean Association (ASA) applauds President Barack Obama
and Congress for working together to reach a final vote on the free trade
agreements and urges the Administration to ensure that these FTAs enter
into force by Jan. 1, 2012.
The American Meat Institute also voiced their opinion with the passage
the free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea. The
following is the statement from the AMI President and CEO J. Patrick
Click here for more the AMI President and CEO on the passage of the FTAs.
Bob Stallman the Lone Aggie- Drought Monitor Sees Exceptional Shrinking- AND A Calendar Reminder
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~If I remember correctly, American Farm Bureau President Bob Stallman is actually a Longhorn- but he was the lone farmer/rancher at last night's BIG White House shindig for the President of South Korea Lee Myung-bak- as he was the "date" of US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. Stallman, a rice and cattle producer from Texas, may or may not have been able to ID the main course for the party thrown by President Obama- and of course paid for by you and I. The White House says it was to be "Texas Wagyu Beef." For our pork producer friends, ham also made the cut, as a part of the appetizer course in the form of Virginia Cured Ham. Beef and Pork are expected to be among the biggest winners once the US- Korea Free Trade Deal is fully implemented. Hope the Wagyu doesn't give the honored guest from South Korea a bad impression of high quality US grain fed beef.
Drought watchers say that Oklahoma's drought conditions did have a
response to the rains received this past weekend- at least in that
corridor where three to four inches of rain fell.
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Cast Your Net- and Catch a Tasty Deal at Bill's Fish House in Waurika
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Legendary Restaurants of Oklahoma is kicking off again this Friday, Oct. 14, with Bill's Fish House in Waurika, Okla. Bill's Fish House started in 1962 on Red River in Waurika. Jeri Nell May, owner of Bill's Fish House, says the restaurant opened with her grandparents and her grandfather had always wanted to open a restaurant. And Bill's Fish House has been serving up that same delicious catfish that was a family favorite ever since. All of Bill's catfish are hand fileted in-house and battered in a secret family recipe. After that, they are fried until they are golden brown and still have a very light texture. Click here to buy a $50 coupon to Bill's Fish House for only $25 now.
Our very own Karolyn Bolay sat down with Jeri Nell May and discussed more about Bill's Fish House and why you should visit them. Click here to listen to their conversation.
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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 $12.10 per bushel, while the 2012 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $12.19 per bushel- delivered to local participating elevators that are working with PCOM.
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