From: Ron Hays []
Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2007 07:31
Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Thursday March 15, 2007!
A service of Midwest Farm Shows
-- Supreme Champions named at Oklahoma Youth Expo!
-- Bi-Partisan Caucus of Judges select Representative Skye McNiel as Top Lawmaker Showperson!
-- Manure Definition to be moved through House on a fast track- Dale Dewitt supportive of Senate language.
-- Round the Clock with Pork Bellies (and other livestock contracts at the Merc)
-- Still no Groundbreaking Date for Beef Processing Plant in Hooker.
-- Here are the Breed Champions for Heifers and Gilts at the Oklahoma Youth Expo
-- April 19- Come join us for Breakfast!!!

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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Supreme Champions named at Oklahoma Youth Expo!
A pair of $5000 scholarships were handed out to a couple of young people yesterday at the Oklahoma Youth Expo, with lots of one and two thousand dollar awards earned as well in the show's breeding animal competition. In the 2007 Supreme Heifer Drive, the judge looked them all over, then named the Angus Breed Champion as the Supreme Beef Heifer of the 2007 Show. That Angus heifer was shown by Brooklyn Bell of the Nowata County 4-H, while the Reserve Supreme Beef Heifer was the Champion Maine-Anjou led by Macy Griswold of the Payne County 4-H.Macy earns $3000 in scholarships for her day's work.

In the swine division, the Supreme Champion Gilt was the Champion Duroc, shown by Kacy Hammock of the Soper FFA Chapter, while the Reserve Supreme Breed Champion Gilt was shown by Derek Storts of the Sapulpa FFA Chapter. Kacy receives $5000 in Scholarship monies, while Derek earns $4000.

The Crossbred gilts were still showing when I called it a night and went home last night- so we will have those results for you tomorrow. At the bottom of today's E-mail, we have the Breed Winners in both the heifers and the gilts listed for you.

Bi-Partisan Caucus of Judges select Representative Skye McNiel as Top Lawmaker Showperson!
With House Ag Committee Chairman Don Armes providing the friendly banter- lots of fun was had by more than 50 state lawmakers who matched up with Oklahoma young people and their animals last night at State Fair Park. It was the 11th annual Celebrity Legislative Show Competition- and Representative Armes was full of helpful tips for both those who were experienced, as well as those out for the first time to enjoy the experience.

Some of the lawmakers pulled the lead rope of some good looking heifers, while others chased porkers and still several more lined up and set up their sheep under the watchful eye of the young owners of the animals. House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Dale DeWitt of Braman said it was fabulous to have such an wonderful turnout of lawmakers for the encounter with agriculture.

As for the judging itself, State Representative Skye McNiel showed animals a decade ago as a youth- but now finds herself in the state legislature and she showed her fellow lawmakers how to show a beef heifer- then in the finals of the top lawmaker showmen from all three species- handled her lamb well enough to claim the traveling trophy donated by the Robert Kerr family as the top lawmaker showperson. We talked with her right after the victory and you can hear her comments by clicking below.

Click here to listen to Ron chat with Rep. Skye McNiel about bringing the lawmakers and the young people together at the Oklahoma Youth Expo.

Manure Definition to be moved through House on a fast track- Dale Dewitt supportive of Senate language.
We talked with the Chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee about not just the Oklahoma Youth Expo last night- but also spent a few minutes visiting with the Republican from Braman about the efforts by ag groups to get a clarification on the definition of manure- that it is NOT a hazardous waste.

Dewitt says that he and others will be working this measure that has passed the Senate through the House as quickly as possible, including the compromise definition put together by ag groups, the environmental community as well as the Attorney General's office, the Governor's office and others.

Dewitt says there are still several water related measures that are working their way through the legislative process- and that continues to be a high priority for the committees that he has oversight for as Chairman of the Natural Resources umbrella committee. You can listen to our conversation with Dale Dewitt by clicking on the link below.

Click here to listen to Ron talk with Dale Dewitt on the Youth Expo, Manure and more.

Round the Clock with Pork Bellies (and other livestock contracts at the Merc)
The Chicago Mercantile Exchange will begin offering electronic trading virtually 24 hours a day on the CME Globex beginning June 4th. John Harangody - Director of Commodity Products at the CME says the marketplace is dictating around the clock price discovery.

While this will help livestock producers globally to be able to step into our livestock futures in real time in their time zone, perhaps the real reason for the electronic trade is the increased inflow into the livestock producers of Commodity Funds- which are pouring incredible amounts of money into these markets- adding liquidity but also volatility.

We talk about this with Harangody on today's Beef Buzz on the Radio Oklahoma Network- and we have the show linked below- and you can review other Beef Buzzes by checking out our website, WWW.OklahomaFarmReport.Com.

Click here to listen to the latest Beef Buzz with John Harangody of the CME.

Still no Groundbreaking Date for Beef Processing Plant in Hooker.
Smithfield was expected to break ground on the state of the art beef processing plant in January 2007- but there have been several delays- and there is still no date certain for when groundbreaking might occur. We have talked to those in the cattle industry all along that have been skeptical that this plant will ever be built- they remain convinced that Smithfield will end up purchasing an existing plant in either southwest Kansas or perhaps Texas instead.

Smithfield issued a statement earlier this week that seemed to indicate they are still working on the project- but it's an open ended statement- with no date offered for groundbreaking of the plant that if built, would generate 2500 jobs as they process up to 5000 animals daily.

The statement is short and sweet and reads "We are continuing to move ahead with plans to construct the Texas County beef processing plant. There have been some delays in finalizing the engineering plans for the facility because we are looking at several options and enhancements, but this is a major undertaking and we want to get all the details right. We prefer to take the appropriate time up front and evaluate our options in order to make sure we have the most efficient, effective plant possible."

Here are the Breed Champions for Heifers and Gilts at the Oklahoma Youth Expo
Breed Champions at the 2007 Oklahoma Youth Expo in the breeding animal classes include the following young 4-H and FFA members:

The Beef Heifer Breed Winners include
Angus: Brooklyn Bell, Nowata County 4-H
Beefmaster: Dani Ozment, Tecumseh FFA
Brahman: Kyle Fanning, Anadarko FFA
Charloais: Megan Johnson, Laverne FFA
Chianina: Shawn Vick, Payne County 4-H
Commercial: Shelby Stidham, Stillwater FFA
Gelvieh: Cash Parsons, Fairview FFA
Hereford: Jason Alexander, Anadarko FFA
Limousin: Michael Mitchell, Mangum FFA
Maine-Anjou: Macy Griswold, Payne County 4-H
Salers: Breanna Duncan, Marlow FFA
Simmental: Peri McGill, Marietta FFA
Shorthorn: Brock Carter, Sentinel FFA

Breed Winners in the breeding Hogs- Gilt Champions include:
Berkshire: Ariel Leforce, Broken Bow FFA
Chester White: Kaitlin Rogers, Calera FFA
Duroc: Kacy Hammock, Soper FFA
Hampshire: Austin Kindschi, Mulhall-Orlando FFA
Landrace: Mccayla Brown, Beaver FFA
Poland China: Dakota Nusser, Alva FFA
Spots: Katlyn Garvie, Burlington FFA
Yorkshire: Derek Storts, Sapulpa FFA

April 19- Come join us for Breakfast!!!
Plan on coming to the opening day of the Southern Plains Farm Show and we will treat you to a delicious Oklahoma based breakfast! From 8 am to 10 am, the Radio Oklahoma Network will be hosting a Producers Appreciation Breakfast complete with Pancakes, eggs and beef sausage. We'll be showcasing one of the brand new venues at State Fair Park- the beautiful Cafe at the front of Barn 3- so make plans to come out and join us- we'll be giving you a quick farm news update as the morning goes along- and it will be an ideal way to start your Southern Plains Farm Show experience for 2007! Save the date- and we'll see you there!

And remember that today is the final day to sign up for crop insurance for spring planted crops- keep your options open by contacting your crop insurance agent today!

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