From: Ron Hays []
Sent: Tuesday, October 16, 2007 06:39
Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Tuesday October 16, 2007!
A service of Cusack Meats, Farm Credit of East Central Oklahoma & Midwest Farm Shows
-- Thirty Million In Conservation Losses- No Help From Uncle Sam Likely!
-- Latest Crop Weather Update Does Not Reflect the Rains of Sunday Night/Monday Morning in Soil Profiles.
-- Preview of this Friday's Cattle on Feed Numbers- Placements will be the key.
-- Pushing the Peru Free Trade Deal
-- Farm to School Program Rings the Bell- Wins State and National Honors!
-- Crop Disaster Program Sign-up Underway
-- A School That Can Teach You to Make Money in the Cattle Business- Consistently

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Thirty Million In Conservation Losses- No Help From Uncle Sam Likely!
The torrential rains that ravaged Oklahoma this spring, summer and early fall generated an estimated $30 million in damages to conservation practices throughout Oklahoma according to early numbers compiled by conservation districts and the Oklahoma Conservation Commission. "The system that we have built over the last 70 years suffered extensive damage," said Mike Thralls, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Conservation Commission. "The work that has been done since the dust bowl to protect our natural resources and to control flooding in our state was really knocked for a loop. We have never seen this level of damage."

Information released by the Conservation Commission showed the need for over 8.8 million additional dollars to rehabilitate several high hazard dams. This figure was on top of the estimated $7.1 million for operation and maintenance of these and other flood control structures. The Commission also proposed that an additional $8 million should be made available to landowners on a cost-share basis to repair damaged conservation practices such as terraces, waterways, farm ponds and other erosion control measures with another $3 million needed to restore riparian systems in Caddo County. Additional funds are also required to address road-side erosion and to purchase equipment. While all of these numbers are subject to change as assessment of the damage continues, one thing according to the Conservation Commission is clear. A majority, if not all of these funds will have to come from the state.

Thralls, Clay Pope of the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts and other Conservation leaders are expected to meet with Governor Brad Henry this afternoon to talk with the Governor about this need. Pope tells us that discussions are already underway with lawmakers like Dale DeWitt and others about possibly dipping into the state's rainy day fund to help address what these Conservation leaders are calling a pressing need for our Conservation infrastructure in the state. We had a conversation on the phone with Clay Pope about these estimates- and we have some of that conversation linked below.

Click here to listen to Ron talk with Clay Pope of the OACD about the $30 million in damage to Oklahoma Conservation from the rains of 2007.

Latest Crop Weather Update Does Not Reflect the Rains of Sunday Night/Monday Morning in Soil Profiles.
The latest crop weather update for Oklahoma is out- but was compiled before the impact on soil moisture supplies could be calculated from the rains that came Sunday evening into early Monday morning. We do know that for the Panhandle and the western tier of Oklahoma counties- it remains very dry in the topsoil- a major concern for those wanting to plant winter wheat here in 2007 for 2008 harvest.

We now have 68% of the wheat crop planted in the state- a jump of 18 percentage points from the week before- but still lagging the 78% five year average. Kansas and Texas wheat planting came in at 71% and 67% respectively- both states also trailing their five year average planting percentages.

Harvest of the spring planted crops are underway- corn harvest, in fact, is about done at 96% complete. Milo harvest is 43% done, soybeans are 21% combined, peanuts are 48% dug and 30% combined, while cotton harvest is just beginning- 8% is the number given in the national report while the state report does not list that number but says that 92% of the bolls have opened.

Click here for this week's Oklahoma Crop Weather Update

Preview of this Friday's Cattle on Feed Numbers- Placements will be the key.
The next regular Cattle on Feed report will be out on Friday afternoon at 2pm Central time, with sources saying that the placement numbers should be higher in September of this year versus 2006- that may help to limit the expected drop in the total on feed numbers as of October first versus last year.

We talk about the upcoming COF report with Dr. Jim Mintert- Extension Livestock Marketing Economist at Kansas State as he is our guest on today's Beef Buzz fromt he Radio Oklahoma Network. You can hear the Beef Buzz on radio stations across the state as well as online on our web site on the Beef Buzz page at WWW.OklahomaFarmReport.Com.

We also have it linked below- click and take a listen to Mintert's opinion on what the report may mean to the cattle market.

Click here for the Tuesday Beef Buzz with Ron and Dr. Jim Mintert with a Cattle on Feed Preview

Pushing the Peru Free Trade Deal
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, as well as four former Secretaries of Agriculture, are voicing their support for the U.S.-Peru free trade agreement currently pending before Congress. In a joint letter sent to Congress, Bob Bergland, John Block, Dan Glickman and Clayton Yeutter expressed their "strong support" for the Peru Trade Promotion Agreement (PTPA), saying "it is the only mechanism by which the playing field in our agricultural trading relationship with Peru can truly be leveled."

Meanwhile, the Senate Finance Committee unanimously approved implementation language for the Peru Trade Promotion Agreement (PTPA) by voice vote on just before the beginning of the Columbus Day Recess. This vote follows the committee's "mock markup" of the measure on September 21st, during which the panel gave broad, bipartisan support to the draft legislation and offered no amendments. This vote concludes the panel's consideration of the pact. PTPA will next be considered by the full Senate for an up-or-down vote, in accordance with the Trade Promotion Authority Act, or "fast track" procedures.

The National Cattlemen's Beef Association is really promoting what they see as a great deal for cattlemen- working with a coalition of ag industry groups in support of this agreement . Under the PTPA:
- U.S. Choice and Prime beef will have immediate duty-free access.
- All tariff rate quotas will be eliminated within 12 years.
- Peru has committed to recognize the U.S. meat inspection system as equivalent to its own, thereby allowing imports from facilities approved by USDA.
- Specific Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) terms were agreed to in writing.

Beef comprises less than 8 percent of Peru's total agricultural gross domestic product, making it an exceptional export growth opportunity for U.S. beef. In 2003, Peru was a $6 million export market for U.S. beef, beef variety meats and beef products. This improved access could amount to roughly $15 million a year, about half the value of Peru's current total beef imports.

Farm to School Program Rings the Bell- Wins State and National Honors!
The Farm-to-School Initiative of the Kerr Center and the Oklahoma Food Policy Council received the 2007 "Champion of Children's Health" award Oct. 8 at an awards banquet in Oklahoma City. The center and the council were honored for their five year effort to establish a statewide farm-to-school program that would positively impact children's health. The popular program has brought Oklahoma-grown watermelons and honeydew melons into 35 school districts and almost 400 schools across the state. The goal of farm-to-school is to "grow healthy kids and a healthy rural economy."

The Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture is a nonprofit educational foundation based in Poteau. The Oklahoma Food Policy Council is a joint project of the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry (ODAFF) and the Kerr Center. The twenty seven council members and ad hoc members represent a cross section of Oklahomans. Kerr Center president and council chairman Dr. Jim Horne and ODAFF secretary Terry Peach accepted the award from Oklahoma Commissioner and Secretary of Health Michael Crutcher, MD. Dr. Horne thanked the council's members and supporters for their work and pointed out the potential benefits of the program for Oklahoma farmers. Secretary Peach voiced the hope that the program can be established in every Oklahoma school. "We're just getting started," he said.

Nationally-back in May, the Oklahoma Food Policy Council was named a "Partner in Advancing Public Health" by the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The award recognizes "substantial contributions by a state or local partner" to the state's efforts to prevent obesity and other chronic diseases. The CDC cited the council's "dedication to public health" and its "creative energy" in developing the farm- to-school program.

Chris Kirby coordinates Oklahoma's farm-to-school program at ODAFF. She says that research shows that students choose significantly more servings of fruits and vegetables when given the choice of high quality, farm fresh produce. Research in Oklahoma has shown that children who participate in school gardens eat more vegetables and less junk food. School gardens and cooking classes are often included in comprehensive farm-to- school programs. Kirby travels the state promoting such activities as well as connecting farmers with schools.

Crop Disaster Program Sign-up Underway
Eligible farmers who suffered quantity losses to their crops in recent years can enroll in the Crop Disaster Program 2005-2007 at their local FSA service centers. USDA Farm Service Agency Administrator Teresa Lasseter says this program will help many American farmers maintain viable businesses so consumers at home and abroad have the food and fiber they need to survive. The program focuses on certain crop producers that suffered major financial losses as the result of floods, tornados and other natural disasters during the last couple of years.

Producers who incurred qualifying losses in 2005, 2006 or 2007 must choose only one year to receive benefits. Producers may apply for benefits for losses to multiple crops as long as the losses occurred in the same crop year. Also, only producers who obtained crop insurance coverage or coverage under the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program for the year of loss will be eligible for CDP benefits.

Producers must have suffered quantity losses in excess of 35 percent to be eligible for the Crop Disaster Program. The payment rate is set at 42 percent of the established price. Assistance, together with any crop insurance or NAP payment received for the same crop and including the value of the crop production not lost, must not exceed 95 percent of the total value of the crop absent the disaster.

Check with your local FSA office for further details about what help is available to your county from this program and other aspects of the Ag Disaster package passed earlier here in 2007.

A School That Can Teach You to Make Money in the Cattle Business- Consistently
If you are losing sleep over the ups and downs of the cattle market, you may want to think about the Bud Williams Cattle Marketing School that will be taught by our friend Ann Barnhardt. Ann says that if "you are tired of breaking even on cattle - and feeling fortunate to have done so- and if you are you ready to control your own destiny in the cattle markets and be CONSISTENTLY PROFITABLE- then you are ready for the Bud Williams Livestock Marketing School at the Tulsa Airport Holiday Inn on November 9th and 10th.

Ann tells us that the real key is what you pay for the cattle you buy- that if you buy cattle for too much money- it's like hoping a lottery ticket will pay for your retirement. And she adds there are quite a number of things she will be teaching those in attendance on the 9th and 10th of November- some of the concepts covered at Bud Williams Marketing Schools include:
How to maximize cash flow while minimizing market risk. She contends that the cash flow from a livestock operation can be just as regular as any job and just as secure as any job "in town".
How to identify the best buys in today's market.
How to identify the classes of cattle that are the most overpriced and should be sold immediately.
Why grass in reserve is as good as money in the bank How to know if owning cattle through the feedlot will pay before you do it.

Ann says space is limited to 50 and a sell-out is expected, so call 1-8777994577 toll free or go their website for the Bud Williams Marketing School, which is linked below.

Click here for the Bud Williams Marketing School website- then click on the button in the upper right hand side of the page that says "Schools" for more information.

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