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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Monday December 15, 2008!A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Farm Credit Associations of Oklahoma and Midwest Farm Shows!
-- Back From Havana- Oklahoma Delegation Hopes Trip Results in Oklahoma Wheat Being Sold to Cubans
-- Pawnee FFA Claims Top Honors in Tulsa Farm Show Livestock Skills Contest
-- Mr. Wheat for 2008- Keith Kisling of Burlington
-- USMEF Calls the October Meat Export Numbers Very Positive for Pork and Beef Producers
-- Bits and Pieces- Mark Hodges- Lite Emails and more
-- EPA Gives Livestock Producers Exemption
-- Calendar Updates
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Back From Havana- Oklahoma Delegation Hopes Trip Results in Oklahoma Wheat Being Sold to Cubans
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~An Oklahoma agricultural trade team led by State Secretary of Agriculture, Terry Peach, returned from Cuba this past week saying negotiations have begun for future wheat sales as well as other commodities. Secretary Peach tells us that this was his fifth trip to the island nation.
"In addition to wheat, the Cubans wanted to explore possible sales of forest products and dairy cattle," Peach said. "There are some logistical areas that need to be worked out but we're confident that we will make a delivery of wheat sometime in the coming months." We talked with Secretary Peach about the group going to Cuba and you can hear Terry's comments by clicking on the link below..
Accompanying the agriculture secretary, trade team members included Mark Hodges, Oklahoma Wheat Commission Executive Director, Keith Kisling, Thomas McCreight, Robert McClendon, Joe Neal Hampton, Rep. Don Armes, Sen. Charles Wyrick and Kent Prickett. Peach said the group was impressed with improvements the Cubans have made in terms of electrical power and mass transit since last visiting in 2006. "The changes we saw were significant and positive," he said. "After they had been hit by two major hurricanes earlier this year we weren't sure what conditions we would find."
Click here to listen to our conversation with Terry Peach about this latest trip to Cuba and what it may mean to Oklahoma agriculture
Pawnee FFA Claims Top Honors in Tulsa Farm Show Livestock Skills Contest
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~A total of nine FFA Chapters fielded teams on Friday for the Livestock Handling Skills Contest at the Tulsa Farm Show. These thirty FFA members- three per team- qualified by testing that was held last July at the Big 3 Field days in Stillwater on campus at OSU.
Winning the Friday contest was the team that represented the Pawnee FFA Chapter and included team members Cole Collins, Chase Collins and Chris Griesel. Second place was claimed by the Dickson FFA- team members were Christy McGee, Julie Riner and Fed Chapman.
Third Place was the first of two Crescent FFA teams- their team included Kendall Harsh, Davis Bradley and Koti Ford. The other Crescent FFA team in the competition placed fourth overall and was represented by Josh James, Zac tarrent and Corey Crick. Fifth Place was claimed by Oktaha FFA- their three team members included Dale Guthrie, Ariel Allen and Mikaela Crawford.
Mr. Wheat for 2008- Keith Kisling of Burlington
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The 2008 Oklahoma Wheat Growers Association held their annual meeting this past Saturday- and OWGA handed out several awards, including the annual Mr. Wheat award, which is traditionally their highest award given during their annual meeting. The 2008 Mr. Wheat is Keith Kisling from Burlington. Keith is a past Chairman of US Wheat, a member of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission and is now serving as the Chairman of Plains Grains.
Saturday night, the OWGA and Oklahoma Wheat Commission joined forces to hold a special salute to Mark Hodges, who is leaving the Wheat Commission after 15 years of service as their Executive Director. The OWGA handed out a new special award to Hodges they are calling the "Golden Loaf" award. This award is being created to salute special long time achievement that has impacted the Oklahoma wheat industry.
Our own Ed Richards covered the OWGA meeting for us on Saturday- and he talked with Tim Bartram about these two awards and more- we have that conversation and more on the Wheat Grower meeting linked below on our website- www.OklahomaFarmReport.Com. Check it out.
USMEF Calls the October Meat Export Numbers Very Positive for Pork and Beef Producers
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~While the U.S. agriculture community undoubtedly has been feeling the significant effects of the global economic downturn, the export numbers for October continue to show progress over the previous year. Pork exports in particular held up extremely well, posting the third-largest monthly volume on record that equates to a 46 percent volume increase over exports from October of 2007 and a 55.5 percent increase in value. Specifically, pork and pork variety meat exports in October totaled 192,940 metric tons (425.4 million pounds) valued at $487 million - a new record for monthly export value. Export volume increased 18 percent over the previous month and trails only May and June of 2008 for most pork exported in a single month. For January through October, exports were up 67 percent to 1.7 million metric tons (3.8 billion pounds), with value surpassing $4.1 billion.
The story for U.S. beef also remains positive. Although smaller than the summer peak, beef plus beef variety meat exports were relatively strong in October, exceeding October 2007 volume levels by 16 percent. U.S. beef and variety meat exports for the month reached 89,205 metric tons (196.7 million pounds) valued at $348.3 million, exceeding year-ago export value totals by 31.4 percent. January through October beef exports, including variety meat, increased 31 percent to 840,121 metric tons (1.8 billion pounds), with value surpassing $3.1 billion, an increase of 43 percent.
We have a detailed analysis from Economist Erin Daley with the US Meat Export Federation- it's found on our website under today's Top Agricultural News. We have it linked below- click to check it out.
Bits and Pieces- Mark Hodges- Lite Emails and more
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We mentioned earlier that the Wheat Growers honored Mark Hodges on Saturday evening with their Golden Loaf award. On Friday evening, the ag organizations in the state joined with State Ag Secretary Terry Peach to honor Mark with a reception that was held at the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association building in Stockyards City. At that reception- Mark was presented with a specially engraved shotgun and the stuff that goes along with a shotgun- hunting vest and lots of shells- enough according to one attendee that Mark should be able to shoot at least a couple of birds.
Emails this week will be the "lite" variety- as my lovely wife and I are spending some time on the road- not at an agricultural event. I am writing this on a Sunday evening in south Florida- and later in the week- we will be flying from here to see family in my old state of Kentucky. We have some good stuff lined up for you this week on our daily emails- and I will be checking in to add in late breaking info as we have it.
That may include word on a new Secretary of Agriculture- maybe. We have heard from more than one source that we could see the Obama team announce their choice for the USDA job by December 20- which would be this coming Saturday. We shall see.
EPA Gives Livestock Producers Exemption
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~EPA is announcing a final rule providing an administrative reporting exemption for air releases of hazardous substances from animal waste at farms. However, notifications must still be made to response authorities when hazardous substances are released to the air from sources other than animal waste, such as ammonia tanks, and when hazardous substances are released to soil and water. Also, farms and other facilities are required to report any releases of hazardous substances above an EPA-established level to the Coast Guard National Response Center and state and local emergency response authorities.
EPA has never initiated a response based upon a notification of a hazardous substance release to the air from animal waste at farms. A number of states and localities have also indicated that they do not expect to take response actions in these situations. Because of these findings, EPA is providing a full exemption to the reporting requirement under CERCLA and a limited exemption to the reporting requirement under EPCRA for releases of hazardous substances to the air from animal waste at farms.
The limited exemption under EPCRA resulted from EPA receiving comments on the proposed rule from state and local officials indicating that, although they did not expect to respond to notifications of air releases of hazardous substances from animal waste at farms, some still wished to receive notifications from large concentrated animal feeding operations. EPA has addressed these comments by requiring large CAFOs to continue submitting emergency notification reports under EPCRA.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We have added several meeting to our calendar page at www.OklahomaFarmReport.Com- including details of the monthly board meeting of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission that happens later this week. We have also added several events that will be going on in the early part of 2009- check back on a regular basis and we will be adding stuff as we receive details.
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