From: Ron Hays []
Sent: Tuesday, January 02, 2007 06:42
Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Tuesday January 2, 2007!
A service of Midwest Farm Shows
-- Welcome to 2007 and another Market Holiday!
-- 2006 ended with another rain/snow event.
-- Wednesday will be check stuffing day at the Oklahoma Department of Ag for LAGP!
-- National Western Livestock Show cranking up in Denver
-- Today we welcome KWEY and KCLI to the RON Family
-- Genetic Engineering comes up with a way to turn OFF the gene that causes Mad Cow Disease
-- Oklahoma & Arkansas Horticulture Conference happening this weekend.

Howdy Neighbors!

Here's your morning farm news headlines from the Director of Farm Programming for the Radio Oklahoma Network, Ron Hays. Our email this morning is a service of Midwest Farm Shows, featuring the Southern Plains Farm Show in Oklahoma City April 19-21, 2007, as well as the Tulsa Farm Show held each December. Check out details of both of these exciting shows at the official website of Midwest Farm Shows by clicking here.

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Welcome to 2007 and another Market Holiday!
The New Year has arrived and this week ends up giving us not one but two market holidays. The first was expected- New Year's Day. The second holiday was announced last Friday as the major exchanges all elected to keep their doors closed as a National Day of Mourning was declared for former President Gerald Ford today.

The Chicago Board of Trade did have overnight Electronic Trading of ag commodities last night until 6 am this morning. The electronic market will not reopen during the day today even as open outcry for grains, oilseeds, livestock and cotton all closed for what has become a four day holiday weekend.

We will start to see livestock auction markets reopen this week after the Christmas holiday. One of the largest livestock auctions in the region, the Oklahoma National Stockyards remains closed and will have their first sale of the new year next Monday, January 8.

2006 ended with another rain/snow event.
The final days of 2006 brought a substantial amount of rain to much of Oklahoma- along with first rain then snow to the Oklahoma Panhandle. Biggest rainfall amounts according to the Oklahoma Mesonet included over four inches of rain in Hugo and Lane, while Hobart seemingly had the smallest amount of rain the final days of 2006- with just 15 hundredths of an inch of rain the last week of the year. Don't feel too sorry for the folks in Kiowa County- they did receive about two and half inches of rain just before Christmas.

The northcentral/northwestern sections of Oklahoma also received smaller amounts of rain- with Medford coming in with just seven tenths of an inch of rain, and Fairview with just six tenths. These areas of the state also received smaller amounts just before Christmas- so they have had some of their immediate needs met- but they still end 2006 with little if any subsoil moisture in the profile.

Wednesday will be check stuffing day at the Oklahoma Department of Ag for LAGP!
The audits are done- the final tallies are in- the checks have been cut and now all that remains is to stuff the checks in envelopes and get them mailed to livestock producers. We are talking about the latest word on the Livestock Assistance Grant Program, which will divide up $6.5 million from a USDA Block Grant to help with forage losses by livestock operators in our state. ODA will have an envelope stuffing party starting tomorrow after the Day of Mourning for former President Ford and will begin to get those checks out over the next couple of days- the checks are actually carrying a 2006 date on them.

The final stats on the LAGP shows 1,709,056 animal units qualified for the program from a total of 13,804 livestock producers. This means each animal unit is worth $3.80, with an average payout per livestock operation of $471, based on 124 animal units on an average operation that signed up for the program.

National Western Livestock Show cranking up in Denver
The 2007 National Western Livestock Show will be and running over the next several days. The International Livestock Congress that has been held for years and years in Houston during their annual Livestock Show has been relocated to the Denver event- and will be held this year on January 9. It will feature a packer panel with representatives from Swift, Tyson and Cargill Meat Solutions, a discussion on grid pricing based on carcass merit, workshops on age and source verification and additional methods of adding value to the ranch- just a few of the things planned for this year's Congress. Also, the day before, a special session with Temple Grandlin- the leading animal well being guru in the world is on the agenda as well. We have linked below details of this event and registration details.

We also expect to have quite a few top animals that Oklahoma Youth will be showing in 2007 during the Junior Livestock Show at the National Western. The Junior show gets underway with the Goats January 11th and will conclude Thursday, January 18th with the Grand Champion Selection for the Market Steer and Market Lamb- followed by the Premium Sale of animals at 6:30 the next evening. The 2006 Champions came mostly from Texas and Oklahoma in all the species categories.

In 2006, the Grand Champion Barrow was shown by Cody McNally of Guthrie and was sold for $29,000. The Grand Champion Lamb was shown by Kasten Urban of Roosevelt- selling for $28,000 while the Reserve Grand Champion Lamb was shown by Kaylee Turner of Elgin- fetching $21,000. Both of those lambs and ten others ended up being disqualified- accusing the youth involved of cheating by using injections that artificially enhanced their appearance.

Click here for more information on the International Livestock Congress in Denver.

Today we welcome KWEY and KCLI to the RON Family
The Radio Oklahoma Network is very pleased to welcome KWEY AM and FM in Clinton and Weatherford to our growing stable of radio stations that carry our agricultural reports daily. Starting TODAY, you will be able to hear Ron on RON on the Coyote, including our morning farm news at 5:50 am, morning market recap at 6:35 am, opening markets at 9:35 am and our midday Stocker Feeder Review at 1:03 pm. A total of nine reports a day will be heard on these signals that boom across much of west central Oklahoma. We have linked the full list of reports and the times they will air on KWEY 95.5 FM and 1590 AM below.

In addition, we will also have four reports a day on their sister AM radio station, KCLI AM, at 1320 on the AM dial. That will include our morning farm news to be heard twice in the 7 AM hour at 7:17 and 7:47 am, our morning Beef Buzz as well as opening and closing markets. KCLI offers the finest in news-talk programming for western Oklahoma!

We look forward to working with a long time supporter of our agricultural reports, Harold Wright, on these two great Oklahoma radio stations! Take a listen to the Coyote, KWEY AM 1590 and FM 95.5, as well as KCLI 1320 AM this week as Ron on RON joins the team!

Click here for a full schedule of ag programming on the Coyote!!!

Genetic Engineering comes up with a way to turn OFF the gene that causes Mad Cow Disease
U.S. and Japanese scientists announced over the New Year's weekend that they have used genetic engineering to produce cattle that can resist Mad Cow disease. They did so by "turning off" the gene that is pointed to as the one responsible for producing the prions that apparently cause the brain wasting disease. It's too early to tell, since the calves that have been born with this change are only two years old, if this engineering might cause unintended side effects. The Scientists say at this point- so far- so good.

While BSE as a disease is clearly on a decline in its incidence globally, if it should become a major factor- this would be an technological answer to respond this brain wasting disease. This project has been under way for some five years now, sponsored by the bio-engineering company Hematech, based out of Sioux Falls, S.D.

Oklahoma & Arkansas Horticulture Conference happening this weekend.
The 26th Annual Arkansas/Oklahoma Horticulture Industries Show is set for this Friday and Saturday at the Holiday Inn City Center in Ft. Smith, Arkansas. The theme for the 2007 show is "Horticulture for Food and Fun." The Co-leaders of the annual North American Farm Market Survey, Dr. Ed Mahoney and Carli Barbieri of Michigan State, will offer the two Keynote addresses the two days of the show.

Topics to be dealt with at the Horticulture show this year will include Christmas trees, Vegetables, Fruit, Herbs, Farmers Markets, and other direct marketing concepts. We have linked below more about the 2007 event- or you can call the folks at OSU at 405- 744-6460.

Click here for details on the 2007 Horticulture Industries Show

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