~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Friday November 23, 2007!A service of Cusack Meats, National Livestock Credit Corporation & Midwest Farm Shows
-- Wheat Market Blasts Off This Week(with some indicators suggesting more upside today)
-- Biggest Obstacle to Mike Johanns Becoming a Senator is Apparently Gone.
-- Bob Hartley of Vinita Honored by the American Angus Association
-- USDA's Chief Economist Keith Collins Set to Retire in Early 2008.
-- NCBA's Woodall on Conservation and That Group's Call to Action.
-- Can You Offer a Bit of Hope For the Skaggs family?
-- NACD President Olin Sims on KWTV with Us Saturday Morning!
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Wheat Market Blasts Off This Week(with some indicators suggesting more upside today)
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Pakistan wants to buy wheat- they almost seem to be waving their wad of money around in the air to get some attention- and that plus dryness concerns for the 2008 winter wheat crop drove us higher again on the Chicago and Kansas City Wheat Markets on Wednesday in a short session leading up to the Thanksgiving Holiday on Thursday. Here in the state of Oklahoma- cash wheat prices at Elevators jumped like a turkey with hypertension on the day before Thanksgiving- ending Wednesday 30 cents a bushel higher at most locations from $7.53 to $7.94 a bushel.
After the last two months of wheat seeing prices edge lower a little bit at a time- this week, we have seen big gains- especially on both Tuesday and again Wednesday. Overall volume in Kansas City was heavy in the short session- with the underlying concern being the declining crop conditions as we head towards the winter dormancy period.
One of the players in the Kansas City Wheat Market is CHS, and their marketing arm- Country Hedging- produces a daily Wheat Market Overview which we have linked below- they are indicating that we could see more up in these wheat markets in today's Holiday shortened session as we end this Thanksgiving week- click on the link below to take a look.
Click here to read the Country Hedging Wheat Market Page from Wednesday Afternoon.
Biggest Obstacle to Mike Johanns Becoming a Senator is Apparently Gone.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Former Nebraska Gov. Mike Johanns (R) appears like he will have an easier path to the nomination for retiring Sen. Chuck Hagel's seat (R-Neb.) than he once expected. The Lincoln Journal-Star is reporting that Johanns' primary opponent, Attorney General Jon Bruning is planning to withdraw from the race "sometime next week." Johanns, who just stepped down as Secretary of Agriculture, now would be the heavy front-runner for both the nomination and in the general election.
Bruning has raised about $1 million for the campaign, where has been critical of Johanns' position on immigration. If Bruning withdraws from the race, businessman Pat Flynn would be the only remaining challenger - and he poses little threat to Johanns. Another Republican challenger, former congressman Hal Daub, dropped out of the race in September.
We have a link on the story from the political blog "The Crypt" below- and in it- there is a link to the Lincoln newspaper story that we have referenced above.
Click here on the latest on Former Ag Secretary Johanns efforts to get back to Washington.
Bob Hartley of Vinita Honored by the American Angus Association
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The American Angus Association® Board of Directors has selected five individuals for induction to the Angus Heritage Foundation. Each year, a select group of individuals who have made significant contributions by dedicating their time, knowledge and efforts to the improvement and advancement of the Angus breed are inducted into the Heritage Foundation. Included in that group here in 2007 is Bob Hartley of Vinita.
Bob Hartley is a graduate of Oklahoma State University (OSU). He is a pioneer in performance testing and carcass evaluation. In 1958, he founded Spur Ranch, in Vinita, Okla., where he built a reputation for practicality, efficiency and performance. Hartley was involved in the initial planning of the Oklahoma BEEF, Inc. bull test station at OSU. In addition, he bred the 1971 International grand champion bull, Spur Emulous Master. He established H&H Land & Cattle Company LLC in 1994, and continues to raise commercial and registered Angus cattle and operates a stocker cattle program. Hartley served on the OSU board of regents from 1969 to 1971, and was honored as a distinguished graduate of the animal science department in 1972. He was named OSU Master Breeder in 2000.
A special recognition of the inductees was held during the American Angus Association's Angus Annual Banquet earlier this month in Louisville, Ky. Besides Hartley, others honored by the Angus Association included John Barton, Kansas City, Mo.; Blanford Pierce, Creston, Ill.; and T.D. Steele, Roanoke, Va. Fred Francis, formerly of Wilmington, Ill., will be inducted posthumously.
USDA's Chief Economist Keith Collins Set to Retire in Early 2008.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~He joined the USDA in the 1970s in the era of the Tractorcades and the Farm Strike Movement- he helped Ag Secretary John Block with his Farm Bill Task Force- and he has been the consistent voice advising Democratic and Republican Secretaries of the 80s, the 90s and now here in the current decade of the new century. Now the Chief Economist that has seen it all will be stepping down from government service as of January 3, 2008.
He originally had hoped to be around long enough to see Congress get a farm bill written here in 2007- but it now appears that goal will not be achieved. Dr. Collins told DTN that "as the USDA official in charge of commodity projections and economic forecasts, it's very gratifying to see today's commodity prices and exports. Maybe it's not such good news for consumers, but it's good news for farmers."
He is hoping for a farm bill breakthrough between now and the time that he is set to step down right after the New Year Day's celebration, saying "Never underestimate a Congress' ability to accomplish a lot as it nears the end of a session." Dr. Collins says he will not look at private sector options until after his January retirement date- to avoid any ethics rules issues at USDA.
NCBA's Woodall on Conservation and That Group's Call to Action.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~On our Beef Buzz on this day after Thanksgiving- we wrap up our conversation with Colin Woodall of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association's Washington office.
Today, we chat with Colin about Conservation elements of the farm bill proposals- as well as time line and a call to action that NCBA has for cattle producers to be a part of between now and December 3.
Our Beef Buzz is heard weekdays on great radio stations around the state on the Radio Oklahoma Network- plus we have many of our Beef Buzz programs over the last year available to review on our web site on our Beef Buzz page- that web site, of course, is WWW.OklahomaFarmReport.Com. AND- we have today's Beef Buzz with Colin linked for you to listen to below- check it out!
Can You Offer a Bit of Hope For the Skaggs family?
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Brian Skaggs and his wife Audra need our help- and a lot of friends are busy getting that accomplished. Their young son, Jhett, is ten months old and needs a heart transplant. The miracle is that we live in a day and age that this technology is possible- but that technology is not cheap and that's where you come in. Friends of young Jhett and his family are organizing a huge Benefit Auction this coming Wednesday evening, November 28 in Lawton at the Comanche County Fairgrounds. There will be cattle for sell, as well as boots, jewelry, hunting trips and a whole lot more.
You can go and check out the details of this Benefit Auction at the link we have provided below- I notice that our friend State Representative Don Armes will be one of the auctioneers- folks like the Holloways are involved- our thanks to Shari for tipping us off on this event- and so many more.
The Skaggs are Limousin breeders- and I know that many of you know this family. Others of you don't- but I know that you will want to help- go to the web site we have linked below- and you can get a little more of the story, see a picture of Jhett and learn about the benefit auction. This week especially- we are all in a thankful spirit- and you can let a little of that thankfulness overflow from your life into the lives of this family- I hope you will consider investing a little into this young life!
Click here to see more about the Benefit Auction for Jhett Skaggs
NACD President Olin Sims on KWTV with Us Saturday Morning!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~During the early Saturday morning news on KWTV, News9 in Oklahoma City, we will be talking conservation issues of the 2007 farm bill with Olin Sims, current President of the National Association of Conservation Districts. Sims is a producer from Wyoming- and is excited about the possible gains to be had for conservation in the next five years through new farm policy.
Ron and Olin will be on together In the Field with Ron Hays on News9 between 6 and 8 am tomorrow morning. Most weeks, the segment airs at 7:40 am- although some weeks- they will slide it a little earlier in the morning. We will have the segment linked on our website later in the weekend- so if you miss it, we will have it linked on the front page of our site- and will remind you with a link in Monday's email.
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