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Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Monday October 8, 2007!
A service of Cusack Meats, Farm Credit of East Central Oklahoma & Midwest Farm Shows
-- Terry Detrick with AFR- Don't Call It Permanent Disaster Because It's Not!
-- Premium Auction At Tulsa State Fair- Logan Davis Sells Top Steer for $22,000
-- Back in the Penalty Box with South Korea
-- State Inspected Meat Plants Should Be Allowed to Sell Across State Lines- SO Says State Secretary of Ag Terry Peach.
-- What Wheat Pasture?????
-- AgriTourism Is "Hot Hot Hot" Here in Oklahoma!
-- Bits and Pieces- Germany Bound, OFB Previews and New Animal Science Head Almost Official!

Howdy Neighbors!

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Terry Detrick with AFR- Don't Call It Permanent Disaster Because It's Not!
This past Thursday, the Senate Finance Committee passed a whole set of tax provisions that could free up monies for the 2007 Farm Bill- up to sixteen billion dollars over a ten year scoring process. The very top priority for the Chairman of that Committee, Max Baucus of Montana, is what he is calling Permanent Disaster Assistance. Price tag for it if it should survive the process is $5.1 Billion.

However, Terry Detrick, Vice President of American Farmers and Ranchers, says there is a problem in that he does not believe that this is really what should be called a Permanent Disaster Program. Detrick says that its a fix for the problem of not being able to buy full coverage in your crop insurance policy- you insure for seventy percent of losses in crop insurance- this measure would cover you for the thirty percent you can't buy coverage on.

We talk with Detrick about this as we caught up with him at the Tulsa State Fair midday Friday- and we have linked our conversation below. We also talk about the attack on Direct Payments by Senate Ag Committee Chairman Tom Harkin and Terry offers us his thoughts on that issue as well.

Click here to listen to Ron and Terry Detrick on the latest Farm Bill Issues.

Premium Auction At Tulsa State Fair- Logan Davis Sells Top Steer for $22,000
Eighth Grader Logan Davis of the Newcastle FFA showed the 2007 Tulsa State Fair Grand Champion Steer, which sold for $22,000 to Phyllis Raines as the kickoff of the annual Premium auction Friday midday at the Tulsa State Fair. Following Logan was Matt Dowdy of the Bristow FFA, who was driving the Grand Champion Barrow, a Hamp that sold for $8500 to the Oklahoma Pork Council, represented by our friend Roy Lee Lindsey.

The Grand Champion Market Lamb was owned by Paige Van Meter, a sophomore from the Fairview FFA- and her animal was purchased by Mr. and Mrs Jerry Murphy for $6000. Carly Smith from Lexington and a part of the Cleveland County 4-H Clubs, exhibited the Champion Broiler Pen- also purchased by the Murphys for $4500.00.

Finally the Grand Champion Wether Meat Goat was shown by Cierra Staats of Alva FFA (her dad is the new Head of Ag Education at Career Tech in Stillwater) and Cierra, a Senior, claimed a very nice payday of $12,500 for her goat from Bank of Western Oklahoma, Texas Transco and Oklahoma Farm Bureau.

All told, 172 animals were sold- and while the top animals brought less than a year ago, the overall average was actually up some, acording to Tulsa Fair officials. We have an audio recap of the top winners and the sounds of the sale, along with a rundown in our audio report of what the Reserve Grands Brought as well- click on the link below for that.

Click here to listen to Ron describe the action at the 2007 Tulsa State Fair Premium Auction from this past Friday!

Back in the Penalty Box with South Korea
South Korea on Friday halted US beef imports, a little over a month after resuming them, following another shipment found to contain banned bones. Beef has become one of the most sensitive issues in trade relations between the United States and South Korea, which have reached a controversial draft free trade agreement. An agriculture ministry spokesman said South Korea found a box containing backbones, which are prohibited, in a shipment of beef that arrived last month. The ministry expressed regret at the incident and told the United States it has stopped quarantine inspections, effectively meaning a suspension in imports.
A Korean official indicates that there will be no further inspections of US beef until the two sides work out new rules.

USDA is sending a team this week, to be led by Dr. Chuck Lambert, to meet with South Korean officials in the hope of dealing with this latest stoppage. Ag Undersecretary Bruce Knight tried to downplay this latest problem with South Korea, calling it a "hiccup" and adding "we are still trying to sort through that."

Lynn Heinze, vice president of information services for the U.S. Meat Export Federation, told said this latest stoppage is very disappointing. "The indication was we were doing 3 million pounds a week, or close to 100 containers a week, for a whole two weeks now," he said. "Clearly, the product that was coming in was moving through the pipeline, it was being sold, and more was being ordered. It's unfortunate that we were running hot and heavy for a short period and have to start all over again."

State Inspected Meat Plants Should Be Allowed to Sell Across State Lines- SO Says State Secretary of Ag Terry Peach.
The House version of the 2007 Farm Bill has a provision that did not seem controversial at the time it was inserted into the proposal- a measure that would allow State Inspected Meat Processors to sell their products across state lines if the State in question has lined up their State Inspection to be as rigorous or even more rigorous than the Federal Inspection standards.

Several Senators have had this called to their attention by the Labor Union that represents Federal Inspectors and lawmakers like Senator Barbara Boxer of California are threatening to block the farm bill if that measure is in there. Senator Tom Harkin, the Chairman of the Committee, also does not like the provision and says that Federal Inspection is not hard to get- and we should leave the law alone.

Well, our State Secretary of Agriculture Terry Peach likes the idea and says it makes a lot of sense to him- he explains why in our Monday Beef Buzz from the Radio Oklahoma Network. We have today's Buzz on line on our web site- and we have it linked for you below- take a listen and see if you agree with the arguments advanced by Secretary Peach.

Click here to listen to today's Beef Buzz, featuring Ron and Terry Peach on Interstate Shipment of State Inspected Meat.

What Wheat Pasture?????
Wheat Pasture is proving to be a challenge here in the fall of 2007- and Dr. Derrell Peel of OSU provides us with his thoughts on this rite of fall- wheat pasture for our cattle. "Wheat production challenges and uncertainty continue to delay producer interest in wheat pasture grazing in Oklahoma and suggests wheat pasture grazing may be less than previously thought. This is despite the fact that stocker budgets suggest strong value of gain potential over a wide weight range for feeder cattle. It is testament to the unusual and dynamic market and production conditions right now."

"The latest Crop Progress report confirms that wheat planting continues slow in Oklahoma. As of the last day of September, the percent of wheat planted in Oklahoma was 41 percent, compared to 48 percent a year ago and a five year average of 56 percent. The percent emerged is even more delayed with 14 percent emerged, compared to 20 percent last year and a five year average of 28 percent. Some producers have delayed planting because of the short supply of seed leaving producers unwilling to take the risk of needing to replant. Although it is hard to imagine after all the rain earlier this year, some parts of the state, notably the northwest and part of the Panhandle and the south central part of Oklahoma are quite dry at this time. Producers are waiting for surface moisture before planting, once again because the risk of dry planting and the possibility of having to replant is too great this year. Some producers have already decided that the wheat production difficulties, the high cost of fertilizer and the risk of negatively impacting yield makes grazing too risky when wheat prices are so high. For all these reasons and more, it appears that wheat pasture grazing is not developing as fast, nor to the degree anticipated earlier.

"Wheat production difficulties notwithstanding, the overall cattle market situation favors forage based gains and offers considerable return potential. Using auction prices this week in Oklahoma, the average value of gain for a 475 pound steer gaining a total of 440 pounds (ending weight over 900 pounds) was $0.89/lb. That is a total gross margin per head of $390. It is not often that feeder cattle markets offer this high of value of gain nor this wide of weight range, let alone both at the same time. Producers with any and all types of forage resources should be evaluating potential stocker cattle or calf retained ownership programs. Risk management should not be overlooked but the generally good potential for forage based stocker programs is likely to persist for the foreseeable future. High grain prices make forage resources more valuable and gives cattle producers a chance to market more forage through cattle. These are unusual times in agriculture and, while that can be frightening, it also opens up new opportunities."

AgriTourism Is "Hot Hot Hot" Here in Oklahoma!
Agritourism is the fastest growing segment of the travel market- and according to Abby Cash, Director of Agritourism for the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, there is a world of opportunity for those that are interest in bringing in some cash flow from the wide range of concepts that make up agritourism.

Abby suggests that you look at your farm or ranch to see what is unique on your place- and ask the question, what is on my property that would appeal to our in town neighbors? Here in the fall, there are a bunch of great seasonal activities that can attract folks to your place- whether it is leasing land for hunting, growing a corn maze- setting up to do hay rides and bonfires (make sure you can keep those fires under control!), and maybe just to enjoy the scenery that Mother Nature gives us in the fall months.

To help get you thinking about how this might work on your place- you may want to take advantage of the State Agritourism Conference that Abby and her team are hosting next month in Ardmore. We have details of that event linked on our calendar page of our web site, WWW.OklahomaFarmReport.Com. And linked below- we have a conversation with Abby about all the great possibilities that are out there that make up the world of agritourism here in 2007- check it out!

Click here to listen to Ron and Abby Cash talk Agritourism for Oklahoma!

Bits and Pieces- Germany Bound, OFB Previews and New Animal Science Head Almost Official!
As you read this, we are well on our way to Germany to participate in a special series of events planned by Bayer Crop Science for myself and three other radio broadcasters from across the country, four or five print journalists and a group of agronomists and crop consultants. They will be taking us to the Bayer headquarters and to their research facilities in their Motherland as well. It should prove to be an interesting week. We will be updating you on some of the things we are seeing all week long in this email- as well as giving you a regular dose of what else is going on in the world of agriculture.

One thing that we will be sharing with you later in the week are the two interviews that we have done with the Oklahoma Farm Bureau Presidential candidates- Mike Spradling and Bob Drake. They will be seeking the office of President for the general farm organization since Steve Kouplen is "Term Limited" from seeking another term as OFB President. Be watching for those interviews later in the week.

The Division of Agriculture at OSU apparently has a prospective Animal Science Department Head- and Dean Bob Whitson says he is waiting until Board of Regents action on the candidate before releasing details on the man that will step into the role handled for a bunch of years now by Don Wagner. We do understand that he has a great first name (you know like the abbreviation for the radio network I am a part of), comes from back east and has a dairy background. One of the cattle industry folks who have had interactions with the candidates says of this anticipated hire- "just get him a cowboy hat and boots and he will be just fine!" The OSU Board of Regents next meet October 26, so this important position should be finalized at that point- we understand his first day on the job will be January second.

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