From: Ron Hays [] on behalf of Ron Hays []
Sent: Thursday, October 22, 2009 3:58 AM
Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Thursday October 22, 2009
A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- Stop Animal Movement Exercise Today in Oklahoma and Kansas
-- McKenzie Walta Advances to Final Four in National FFA Prepared Public Speaking
-- Also From Indianapolis- We Talk About the State of the FFA Nation with National Advisor Larry Case
-- Ryan McMullen's House Seat Goes Republican in Southwest Oklahoma
-- Oklahoma Department of Ag in the Spotlight at the Chicken Litter Litigation
-- Meanwhile- Oklahoma Conservation Commission to spotlight water quality improvement success stories.
-- No Trick- Just a Treat- The Shorthorn 500 Sale Happens Halloween
-- Let's Check the Markets!

Howdy Neighbors!

Here's your morning farm news headlines from the Director of Farm Programming for the Radio Oklahoma Network, Ron Hays. We are proud to have KIS Futures as a regular sponsor of our daily email update. KIS Futures provides Oklahoma Farmers & Ranchers with futures & options hedging services in the livestock and grain markets- Click here for the free market quote page they provide us for our website or call them at 1-800-256-2555.

We are also excited to have as one of our sponsors for the daily email Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, with 64 years of progress through producer ownership. Call Brandon Winters at 405-232-7555 for more information on the oilseed crops they handle, including sunflowers and canola- and remember they post closing market prices for canola and sunflowers on the PCOM website- go there by clicking here.

And we salute our longest running email sponsor- Midwest Farm Shows, producer of the springtime Southern Plains Farm Show, as well as the December 2009 Tulsa Farm Show. Click here for more information on the Tulsa Show, coming up December 10,11 and 12, 2009.

If you have received this by someone forwarding it to you, you are welcome to subscribe and get this weekday update sent to you directly by clicking here.

Stop Animal Movement Exercise Today in Oklahoma and Kansas
This morning, a joint exercise between Oklahoma and Kansas officials will begin at 9 a.m. near Turpin, OK and Sitka, KS. The exercise will involve officials stopping vehicles transporting livestock or suspected of transporting livestock. Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry animal health and law enforcement agents say people transporting livestock will be delayed as little as possible in the exercise. The exact locations of the exercises are three miles north of Turpin, OK on Highway 83 and the intersection of Highways 160 and 183 near Sitka, KS.
The Stop Animal Movement exercise will last approximately four hours.

In the exercise, Oklahoma and Kansas officials are trying to prevent an imagined outbreak of foot-and- mouth disease from affecting animals in their states. Foot-and-mouth disease is a highly contagious disease of cattle, sheep, swine, goats, deer and other cloven-hooved animals that causes blisters on the mouth, teats and soft tissue of the feet. Infected animals have difficulty eating and walking. While it is painful for infected animals, it does not pose a significant threat to human health.

The exercise, titled SAMS-KO, or Stop Animal Movement Statewide KS-OK, is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Oklahoma and Kansas are members of the Multi- State Partnership for Security in Agriculture, a consortium of 13 states that work together to protect the food and agriculture sector by sharing information and building interstate response capabilities. The partnership contracted with SES, inc. of Merriam, Kansas, to design and conduct the exercise to test the plans and coordination needed to successfully stop and screen livestock and livestock-related traffic involved in interstate commerce.

Foot-and-mouth disease was last identified in the United States in 1929. It is a primary concern for animal health officials because it could have potentially devastating economic consequences due to disrupted trade and lost investor confidence.

We talked a few days back with Commissioner of Agriculture Terry Peach about this exercise- and you can hear his comments about how this exercise will work and why it needs to be conducted if you go and listen to our audio interview in the audio interview linked below.

Click here for the story we have done with Commissioner Peach on this exercise.

McKenzie Walta Advances to Final Four in National FFA Prepared Public Speaking
Mckenzie Walta has been in a national contest finals before here in Indianapolis. A couple of years ago, she represented Oklahoma in the National Creed Speaking Contest- and came in second. Last year, she was part of the Kingfisher Parliamentary Procedure team that made the final five in the national competition, also here in Indy. This fall, she is hoping that the third time is a charm as she has come to this city with a speech about a genetically modified animal and its future in reducing water pollution in this country.

Walta advanced twice in the speech competition of Wednesday here in Indianapolis, which puts her into the finals of a National Contest once again as she touts the virtues of the Enviropig. In watching both of her performances on Wednesday, she dominated her rounds, as no one came close to matching her ability to quietly and calmly answer questions on her speech.

Walta will face off with this speech against three other contestants later this morning here in Indianapolis- and she will make her pitch one more time for this Canadian developed piggy. We talked with McKenzie about the speech and her involvement in FFA in advance of the contest- and we have a link to that conversation below. And, be watching our Twitter feed today- either directly on Twitter- or by going to our website and looking at the latest Tweets on the bottom right hand side of any page on our website. You will see the special widget there that has Ron_on_RON at the top and the latest messages we have posted from Indianapolis and the 2009 National FFA Convention.

Click here to learn more about Oklahoma Speech Contestant McKenzie Walta.

Also From Indianapolis- We Talk About the State of the FFA Nation with National Advisor Larry Case
National FFA Advisor Larry Case has been around a few of these national meetings- 26 of them to be exact- and he says that while the bells and whistles have changed- a lot of what is instilled into the lives of young people is still the same. Belief in yourself, leadership skills, public speaking and more are all a part of what Ag Education and FFA are all about.

After his address to the opening session, we sat down and talked with Larry Case for a few moments about where FFA has been- where it is and where it may be headed. Case is excited about trying new ideas and extending FFA into areas it has never been before. He believes that there is lots of opportunity along the food chain from the farm to the consumer's stomach- and that's where the FFA s- right in the middle of delivering food, fiber and even biofuels to consumers here in the US and globally.

We asked him about one of the concluding thoughts he shared with the audience this afternoon- he told members as he addressed them "I am Proud of You." He tells us that he has used that statement a lot in recent years- and it is not just a line- but a heartfelt opinion of the young people that make up this organization. He told us, "when you watch them in action, they blow you away."

Click on the link below for more on this story and the chance to listen to this man who who has spent a lot of his life, "Here by the Owl" at the National FFA level.

Click here to go and listen to our conversation with Larry Case of the National FFA here in Indianapolis

Ryan McMullen's House Seat Goes Republican in Southwest Oklahoma
Just a few months after Ryan McMullenresigned from the Oklahoma House of Representatives to accept the job of the head of the Oklahoma USDA Rural Development Agency, his house seat went from blue to red. Newly-elected state Rep. Todd Russ formally took the oath of office yesterday in the Oklahoma House chamber. "Taking the oath of office is both an exciting and humbling event, and I am eager to begin the work of serving the people of House District 55," said Russ, R- Cordell. "During the campaign I promised to work to diversify and promote western Oklahoma's agricultural base, strengthen our schools, create more jobs, protect our rural hospital, and uphold our traditional conservative values. I will work hard everyday to keep those commitments."

Republican leaders were all smiles as the party's control of the Oklahoma House grew a little stronger. "Todd's election is further proof that times have changed in Oklahoma and the Republican Party's message of conservative fiscal policy and support for family values is one that resonates with voters in all parts of our state," said House Speaker Chris Benge, R-Tulsa. "Todd was a great candidate with a great work ethic and a winning message," said House Speaker- designate Kris Steele, R-Shawnee. "He will be a valued member of our caucus and an important voice for rural Oklahomans."

Russ owned and operated a commercial nursery business in Cordell for 14 years and has been involved in banking since 1983.

Oklahoma Department of Ag in the Spotlight at the Chicken Litter Litigation
The trial before Federal Judge David Frizzell continues- and the latest witness for the state has, under crossexamination, admitted that Oklahoma could have gone to court long ago to enforce water quality standards in the Illinois River watershed. The decision to not use litigation until 2005 came during poultry company attorneys' questioning of Teena Gunter, the deputy general counsel for the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food & Forestry.

From the Associated Press account of the proceedings from Wednesday, "Gunter described a state agency that seemed overwhelmed and understaffed, with only two poultry inspectors responsible for dozens of chicken houses in the 1 million-acre Illinois River watershed, which spans parts of Oklahoma and Arkansas."

The companies have maintained their contract growers - the farmers who raise the birds - have broken no laws in their handling of the waste because they received permits from Oklahoma and Arkansas to spread the waste as an inexpensive fertilizer on fields or sell it to other farmers.
To read more on the latest from the ongoing trial that began last month and has no end in sight- click on the link below.

Click here for more on the Illinois River Chicken Litter Litigation underway in Tulsa.

Meanwhile- Oklahoma Conservation Commission to spotlight water quality improvement success stories.
Agriculture producers in northeast Oklahoma are invited to attend a Hog Fry at the Delaware County Fairgrounds on Tuesday, October 27 at 6pm to help celebrate the success of voluntary, locally-led water quality efforts in the Spavinaw Creek, Honey Creek and Illinois River Watersheds.

"We want to invite all agriculture producers and anyone interested in northeast Oklahoma water quality to come out and join us next Tuesday," Shanon Phillips, Director of the Oklahoma Conservation Commission Water Quality Division said. "We'll have a good meal, enjoy some fellowship and discuss the water quality success stories that have been documented in the Watersheds of north east Oklahoma." According to Phillips, the best management plans developed by the Conservation Commission in cooperation with local conservation districts have resulted in sizable reductions in nutrients and bacteria in the various watersheds where local producers have taken part in various water quality programs including the clean water act Section 319 (319) program, the United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) Conservation Reserve Enhanced Program (CREP), and the USDA Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). The program at the dinner Tuesday night will highlight these practices and celebrate the success they have shown.

"We are very excited to have the chance to say thank you to all those producers in the area who have worked with us on these programs," Phillips said. "Through 319, CREP, EQIP and other water quality efforts, farmer, ranchers and other landowners have made are continuing to make a real difference in addressing non-point source pollution through voluntary, locally-led means. We hope everyone comes out to hear about the good work going on in northeast Oklahoma.

Dinner will begin at 6pm and the meeting will last until 8pm. Those coming for dinner should RSVP to 918- 253-8550.

No Trick- Just a Treat- The Shorthorn 500 Sale Happens Halloween
The Shorthorn 500 Sale is being planned for October 31, 2009 at 1:00 pm in the Bruce Brooks Sale Facility, Marietta, Oklahoma. A great set of top notch Shorthorn cattle will be offered during the Saturday sale.

Consigners/Sponsors of the SHorthorn 500 Sale include Double J Ranch, Chickasha, OK - Jim and Beverly Freed, Jeepetta Cattle Company, Crow Creek Farms, Lawton, OK - Steven and Jerrell Crow and the Brady Family Shorthorns of Marlow, OK.

For sale details, you can call call: 405-222-0399 or 405-820-9725. Click on the link below and it will take you to the catalog for this Shorhorn event coming October 31. At our link below- we have a link that will take you to the Shorhorn website, where the catalog for the Shorthorn 500 has now been posted you can look at it there or can download it as a PDF file.

Click here for more on the Shorthorn 500 Cattle Sale on October 31 in Marietta

Our thanks to Midwest Farms Shows, PCOM, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy, Johnston Enterprises, AFR and KIS Futures for their support of our daily Farm News Update. For your convenience, we have our sponsors' websites linked here- just click on their name to jump to their website- check their sites out and let these folks know you appreciate the support of this daily email, as their sponsorship helps us keep this arriving in your inbox on a regular basis!

We also invite you to check out our website at the link below to check out an archive of these daily emails, audio reports and top farm news story links from around the globe.

Click here to check out WWW.OklahomaFarmReport.Com

Let's Check the Markets!
We've had requests to include Canola prices for your convenience here- and we will be doing so on a regular basis. Current cash price for Canola is $7.80 per bushel, while the 2010 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $8.00 per bushel- delivered to local participating elevators that are working with PCOM.

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.

God Bless! You can reach us at the following:
phone: 405-473-6144

Forward email

Safe Unsubscribe
This email was sent to by

Oklahoma Farm Report | 10700 Whitehall Blvd | Oklahoma City | OK | 73162