From: Ron Hays [] on behalf of Ron Hays []
Sent: Monday, December 29, 2008 3:30 AM
Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Monday December 29, 2008!
A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Farm Credit Associations of Oklahoma and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- Oklahoma Senate Ag Committee Set- Senator Ron Justice of Chickasha to Chair.
-- Oklahoma House Ag and Rural Development Committee Also Unveiled- Chairman for 2009 will be Don Armes
-- Curly Calf Test Now Available From Both Pfizer and Merial
-- Commodity Classic is Coming to the Dallas Metroplex in February
-- Some TV to Slip in Around the Bowl Games
-- Another Short Week Begins
-- Let's Check the Markets!

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Oklahoma Senate Ag Committee Set- Senator Ron Justice of Chickasha to Chair.
the Senate Committee Assignments came from announcements from Senator Glenn Coffee, the new Majority Leader of the Senate with the Republicans now in the majority as well as from Charles Laster of Shawnee, who will serve as the Democratic Leader in the Senate. The Senate Agriculture and Rural Development Committee will be chaired by Senator Ron Justice, who served as the Co- Chair of the Committee the last two years along with Democratic Senator Charles Wyrick, who will also continue to serve on the Committee.

The full Senate Ag Committee for the 2009 Legislature includes:
Sen. Ron Justice, R-Chickasha, Chairman
Sen. Mike Schulz, R- Altus, Vice Chairman
Sen. Patrick Anderson - R
Sen. Don Barrington - R
Sen. Bryce Marlatt - R
Sen. Anthony Sykes - R
Sen. Johnnie Crutchfield - D
Sen. Jerry Ellis - D
Sen. Earl Garrison - D
Sen. Tom Ivester - D
Sen. Charles Wyrick - D

To view the entire set of Committee assignments for the 2009 Session in the Oklahoma Senate- click on the link below.

Click here for the Announcement by Senator Coffee on the Committee Assignments for 2009.

Oklahoma House Ag and Rural Development Committee Also Unveiled- Chairman for 2009 will be Don Armes
The announcement on the full Committee lineup for all of the House Committees has been made by House Speaker Chris Benge. "This is obviously going to be a challenging session given our economic outlook, but I believe the members of the House are up to the job and look forward to beginning committee work in January," said Benge, R-Tulsa. "We have a very diverse membership with a wide range of experience and insight that will prove invaluable as we develop new policies and the state budget."

Benge has undone the previous umbrella Committee structure that has been in place this last year- with the Committees now back out from being under an umbrella group.
There are key appropriations subcommittees for the major areas of spending- and the Appropriations Subcommittee that has jurisdiction over agriculture will be chaired by Dale Dewitt of Braman- it's the Appropriations Subcommittee for Natural Resources and Regulatory Services.

The complete House Ag Committee for the Oklahoma Legislature for 2009 will include the following members:
Don Armes, Chair- R
John Enns, Vice-Chair- R
Eddie Fields- R
Dale DeWitt- R
Leslie Osborn- R
Charles Ortega- R
Mike Sanders- R
Phil Richardson- R
Harold Wright- R
Dennis Bailey- D
Steve Kouplen- D
Ryan McMullen- D
R.C. Pruett- D
Brian Renegar- D

Click here for the news release with the complete list of Committee Assignments in the Oklahoma House of Representatives for 2009.

Curly Calf Test Now Available From Both Pfizer and Merial
Both Merial and Pfizer Animal Health are now up and running in testing for the genetic defect found in the Angus cattle breed known as Arthrogryposis Multiplex (AM)- commonly called Curly calf Syndrome.

"A significant amount of collaboration with various industry partners has brought us to the point where we are now able to provide a test for AM," says Nigel Evans, Vice President of Animal Genetics, a business unit of Pfizer Animal Health. "Our team has worked incredibly hard to offer this service to the industry as quickly as possible. With the AM test now running, we can work with producers to help reduce the impact of this genetic defect."

Likewise, Merial is offering a test that will quickly establish whether the defective gene is present or not. "Merial's IGENITY division is the first DNA provider to make this analysis commercially available," says Dr. Stewart Bauck, research and development director, IGENITY. "Now producers can know definitively whether or not their cattle are carriers for this defect - helping make more confident mating and marketing decisions."

We have more on what both of these companies are offering in regards to this important test for the Angus breed on our website as our top story of the morning. Click below to jump there and to find additional resources and links on this latest Curly Calf Development.

Click here for more on the Curly Calf genetic test Available from Merial and Pfizer.

Commodity Classic is Coming to the Dallas Metroplex in February
It's not too early to make plans to attend next year's Commodity Classic. In fact, January 14th is the deadline to receive the early registration discount. The Commodity Classic experience provides growers an opportunity to "discover bright horizons" February 26-28 in Grapevine, Texas. It's the premier convention and trade show of the U.S. corn, soybean, and sorghum and wheat industries.

Between visiting hundreds of booths and learning through many educational programs, the various commodities hold major business sessions. Commodity Classic Co-chair Ron Kindred, invites you to come and learn what is new in our industry for 2009 and beyond by attending our "What is New" sessions.

Commodity Classic will also feature a pre-opening Learning Center Session with Jolene Brown called "Tough Question in a Tough Situation. That's on February 26th. During that session, growers are certain to "laugh out loud" while they learn about the current hot topics for agriculture. Brown will also present her media's "top ten pet peeves".
Click below to jump to our calendar listing for the 2009 Commodity Classic that is coming up in just a couple of months- it's an event that will never be closer than it will be in 2009 for most of our producers- right next the Dallas Fort Worth airport in Grapevine. Take a look at the information online that we have for you and think about being a part of the 2009 Commodity Classic.

Click here for more on the 2009 Commodity Classic to be held in Grapevine, Texas

Some TV to Slip in Around the Bowl Games
NCBA's Cattlemen to Cattlemen, will celebrate its 100th episode tomorrow night, Dec. 30. The half-hour program appears weekly on RFD-TV, debuting on each Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. Eastern and repeating on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. and Sunday at midnight.
Obviously, there won't be too many OSU Cowboy Fans watching Cattlemen to Cattlemen tomorrow night live since they may be slightly more interested in some of the doings in San Diego- but you might set your DVR or catch the show later in the week.

Highlighted in the 100th episode will be stories from the program's first two years, including George Bush's visit to the 2007 Spring Legislative Conference, a day in the life of NCBA officer Bill Donald of Montana, the cost of running a cow, the launch of the beef industry's new consumer advertising campaign and a view of premises registration at Hedge Apple Farms in Buckey's Town, Md.

The TV show does have a website to check out- we have linked it for you below.

Click here for more on the NCBA's Cattlemen to Cattlemen show.

Another Short Week Begins
This week we see the calendar turn over from 2008 to 2009, and we have another holiday shut down of the markets to mark that milestone. Our Ag Futures will trade normal hours today through Wednesday- then will shut down Wednesday afternoon for folks to have the chance to celebrate the New Year. Thursday, the markets and the Federal Government and State Government offices all will be closed to ring in 2009.

Ag Futures and the Stock Market will be back in gear and open on January 2, 2009- this coming Friday for the first trading session of the new year- and both Wednesday as well as Friday will see regular trading hours in effect for the open outcry sessions.

Our Cash livestock auction markets remain shuttered for another week- we will see the first sales of the new year kick off on Monday, January 5 for those regular Mionday sales- Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Joplin among others.
We will take Thursday off for our daily email service- but will have a special email planned on Friday to highlight some of the events you can see highlighted on our website, WWW.OklahomaFarmReport.Com.

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Let's Check the Markets!
We did get cash cattle trade on Friday afternoon after Christmas- and Texas and Oklahoma feedlots held for at least $86 for most of the pens of cattle they had on their showlists- and packers paid that price for almost 15,000 bovine critters- the range that the Texas Cattle Feeders reported was $85 to $86 with the bulk of the trade at that higher number. Earlier in the day- the reports we had from Kansas showed that feedlots in that state had largely settled for $85 for some 25,000 head of cattle sold out of that state- again on the the day after Christmas. To see details on the Texas/Oklahoma movement- go to the bottom link of those we list daily just below that is called the Daily Volume and Price Summary from the Texas Cattle Feeders Association.

Here are some links we will leave in place on an ongoing basis- Click on the name of the report to go to that link:
Our Daily Market Wrapup from the Radio Oklahoma Network with Ed Richards and Tom Leffler- analyzing the Futures Markets from the previous Day-
Ron on RON Markets as heard on K101 mornings with cash and futures reviewed- includes where the Cash Cattle market stands, the latest Feeder Cattle Markets Etc.
Previous Day's Wheat Market Recap- Two Pager From The Kansas City Board of Trade looks at all three US Wheat Futures Exchanges with extra info on Hard Red Winter Wheat and the why of that day's market.
Daily Oklahoma Cash Grain Prices- As Reported by the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture. <
The National Daily Feeder & Stocker Cattle Summary- as prepared by USDA.
The National Daily Slaughter Cattle Summary- as prepared by USDA.
Finally, Here is the Daily Volume and Price Summary from the Texas Cattle Feeders Association.

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