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Update from Ron Hays of RON
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Secretary Reports Progress at the U.S.-China Joint
Commission on Commerce and
Vilsack yesterday reported progress
on a number of trade issues with China as a result
of the 24th U.S.-China Joint Commission on
Commerce and Trade (JCCT), which wrapped up today
The JCCT is the highest level
bilateral forum for the resolution of trade and
investment issues between the United States and
China. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker and U.S.
Trade Representative Michael Froman co-chaired the
JCCT with China's Vice Premier Wang
"My discussions with Premier Li
Keqiang and other Chinese leaders laid the
groundwork for future cooperation related to our
shared interests in food security, food safety,
and sustainability, as well as the expansion of
export opportunities for American farmers and
ranchers," Vilsack said.
At the JCCT, a
number of high-priority issues for agriculture
were discussed, including access for beef and
horticultural products, the approval process for
biotechnology products, and import suspensions for
four states related to avian influenza.
beef access, the United States and China reached
consensus to continued dialogue, with the
intention to restore market access by the middle
On biotechnology, the Secretary
conveyed a need to streamline China's biotech
approval process, and gave his commitment to begin
implementation of a pilot program on the review of
biotechnology products. China also agreed to
discuss U.S. concerns regarding China's
requirement for the use of viable seed in
applications for biotechnology approvals.
click here to read the rest of
the story on our website.
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Wheat Growers and Sorghum Association Meeting
Cancelled for 2013- Groups Will Try Again in
you may recall- the second annual joint meeting of
wheat and sorghum groups in the state of Oklahoma
was planned for the first Friday in
December. It turned out to be an end of the
week that had snow and sleet and ice and a meeting
that was announced as being postponed with a new
date to be announced shortly.
the rescheduling of the joint meeting
between the Oklahoma Wheat Growers Association and
the Oklahoma Sorghum Association isn't in the
cards for the year. With the year rapidly
advancing to its end, officials from both groups
say they couldn't find a suitable date that would
work for both, but they will schedule a joint
meeting again next year.
Oklahoma Wheat Growers
Association is required by its bylaws to
have an annual meeting and it will take place at
the Canadian County Fairgrounds on Jan. 21 at
5:30pm with a steak dinner. The program will
conclude at 8 p.m. Speakers are still being
finalized for the
Markets Post Schedule of Holiday Trading
markets have posted a lighter schedule for holiday
trading. Trade will close early today and
continue through Christmas.
CBOT Grains and KC Wheat trade will stop at
noon. Minnesota wheat will close at 12:15
p.m. All three grain markets will reopen for
trade at 8:30 a.m. Thursday.
CME Livestock trade will close at 12:45 p.m.
today. Livestock trade will reopen at 9:05
similar schedule will be in place for New Year's
Click here to find a complete
list of all the electronic market closings and
openings this holiday season.
Christmas Video Features Oklahoma Agriculture and
OSU President Burns Hargis
greetings have been offered in this past weekend's
SUNUP TV show from the Division of Agriculture at
Oklahoma State University- and they were delivered
in the of a poem voiced by the President of OSU,
Burns Hargis. The segment was
entitled "Cowboy Christmas."
program segments are also posted regularly on
their YouTube channel- and the segment featuring
President Hargis is already one of the most
watched segments on their channel for all of 2013.
As of December 23rd, over 12,500 had viewed the
tribute to Oklahoma agriculture on
We have the video posted on our
webpage. Click here to go there.
How Do Santa's Reindeer Get the Job
Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus
Extension Animal Scientist, writes in the latest
Have you ever
wondered how Santa's reindeer can make that
monumental journey on Christmas Eve? Let's look
into some key facts about reindeer that may help
us understand how they get Ole St. Nick on his
appointed rounds over the
First of all,
historians report that reindeer have been
domesticated by humans for over 5000 years. Since
Santa himself is no spring chicken, we can assume
that they have worked together for quite awhile.
They should not have any trouble finding their way
around. There is no need to worry about them
We do know
that reindeer are ruminants. They are like cattle
in this regard. They have four compartments to
their stomach. Of course Santa gets them filled up
with hay and moss before he leaves the North Pole,
so they should have plenty of feed stored in the
four compartments to make it all around the globe.
Also, cattle nutritionists have known for years
that hay digests more slowly than grain, therefore
the big meal that the reindeer eat before the
journey should last even longer. Or just like your
mom says "It'll stick to their ribs!"
Click here for more of Glenn
Selk's ruminations on Santa's
Christmas Prayer from Samuel Guard
have written before and shared with our long time
readers of this daily communication some of the
prayers that have come from a little book I was
given back in the 1980s- it was a reprint by the
Moorman Feed folks of a 1947 book entitled "The
Farmer Gives Thanks" by a gentleman by the name of
Samuel Guard. Guard was a
multi media farm journalist before we hardly had
multiple mediums to choose from. Sam was a
writer for and eventually owned the Breeder
Gazette. He worked as the head of PR for the
American Farm Bureau and had a radio program on a
radio station that he helped sign on- WLS radio in
Chicago- the WLS standing for the World's Largest
Store- which at the time was Sears Roebuck.
radio station was dedicated to farmers- and Sam
was one of the early personalities on a program
called the National Barn Dance. (all of this
happening in the 1920s)
the way- in his later life- he assembled a set of
56 prayers organized with the calendar and it was
published in 1947.
wanted to share with you one of those prayers for
the Christmas season- old language and all- as the
truth of what was written then is still absolutely
valid today- when someone writes about the "honest
farm animals" he understands rural life in a very
of all, though born to earth a mere
man-child, swaddled in the fodder of a manger and
first heralded by angels to us keepers of sheep,
we thank thee for another birthday of God right
down here among us.
tenants who presently have this earth of
thine and every living thing that moveth in our
keeping are profoundly blessed that thou didst
choose as the birthplace of thy Son a stable,
bedded sweetly with bright straw and warmed by the
fresh breath of honest farm animals, with sore
shoulders, distended udders and gentle voices.
us ever better herdsmen so that all thy
children may have meat with their bread.
we follow the Star, may we scatter seeds
of good will so that peace may sprout all over the
(and I can only add- AMEN!!!!)
2013- My Thoughts and My Wish for You and Yours
early Tuesday morning on this Christmas Eve- and
while there is no snow on the ground here in
Central Oklahoma- we will start today with ice
crystals on the grass that will hopefully
disappear as we finally are promised by our
weather folks a day above freezing- I am thankful
for that as so many trees and bushes look weary
after several days of thick ice encasing their
Christmas arrives in the Hays household- it has
been a year unlike any I have experienced in my
sixty years on this earth. For most of my
adult life- I have never lived near my parents- I
left straight out of college for first Wichita and
then Oklahoma City- and have hopefully earned
citizenship as an Okie.
changed last year at the holidays as my Mom went
to heaven- and then after several months of
discussion- we convinced my Dad, who turned 90 on
December 14th, to leave his Kentucky home and come
live close to us.
has been a bittersweet blessing, as I have watched
my dad in a glide path down as he nears the end of
his time on this earth- the Ag Teacher and later
Science Teacher and then full time farmer as he
retired from teaching- the man who taught me about
hard work, the love of the land and love of God.
As we interact in person almost every day, I see
and hear glimpses of the man that I knew as a
child and teenager growing up in Kentucky.
good days- I hear stories- most that I have
already heard but several new ones along the way-
and on bad days- Jan and I try to help him through
his sorrow and confusion and his missing of his
helpmate of 60 years.
was expected as I grew up- to be a part of the
farm- to help with the chores- to be a part of
raising our yearly tobacco crop and more.
But, my dad encouraged and allowed me to explore
and stretch and figure out who I was and needed to
be in life. Church was part of the equation,
farming was part of the equation as was first 4-H
and then FFA and then early on I got interested in
radio. By the time I was a junior and senior
in high school- I knew I wanted to somehow link my
farm and radio passions together- and my Dad was
it's my turn to be the encourager to him.
Several of you have shared your stories of being
care givers- and that has been a blessing- and the
words shared have made the hard days easier. Thank
you for that.
as we arrive at Christmas 2013- I want to say
thanks to each of you that down through the years-
in one way or another- have been an encourager to
me. By reading this daily email- you
encourage me. By seeing us on the TV and hearing
us on the radio and letting us know that what we
say and report on is useful to you means all the
world to me- it validates that road that started
in Kentucky many Christmases ago.
prayer for you and yours this Christmas 2013- is
that you savor the season with family and with
friends- and that over the course of this past
year- that you have grown a little closer to the
Man who is the Reason for this Season. If
you don't know that Man or His Father- maybe
Christmas 2013 is the perfect time to ask some
questions and decide for yourself if the
Son of God, Jesus, is who He says He is-
and what role should He play in your life.
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