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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Friday January 9, 2009!A service of Johnston Enterprises, American Farmers & Ranchers and Midwest Farm Shows!
-- COOL Rules Are Final- To Be Published in Federal Register Today
-- Sell 2008 Wheat Into Rallies- So Says Dr. Kim Anderson
-- Congressman Frank Lucas Organizing His House Ag Committee Minority Office- Names Nicole Scott as Staff Director
-- Blanche Lincoln Bluntly Tells Vilsack- Study Up on the South and Southern Agriculture
-- Next Week (and this Weekend)- AFBF, ILC and Crop Numbers
-- AFR Farm Bill Informational Meeting Today at 11 in Enid
-- The VERY BEST Radio Stations in Enid for Farm News and Markets- KOFM FM and KGWA AM!
-- Looking at our Agricultural Markets...
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COOL Rules Are Final- To Be Published in Federal Register Today
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~USDA Secretary Ed Schafer told reporters on Thursday afternoon that he has signed the final rule for Country of Origin labeling- and that the regulations will be published in Friday's Federal Register. We have what little was said by the Secretary on Thursday about this as he spoke with reporters mid afternoon on our Friday Beef Buzz. Schafer reminded reporters that COOL is not about food safety in shape or form- that it is simply information that could possibly help in marketing red meat and other products to consumers. he says that ultimately consumers will decide if the country from which their beef or pork or chicken comes from matters or not.
He added that he thinks that "all in all, the final rule is balanced." He adds that some groups will want stronger language, while others will be upset that USDA perhaps went too far in mandating what the labels must say and what packers must do in telling what country the product comes from.
We have comments from Secretary Schafer on the final COOL Rule on our Friday Beef Buzz- click below to jump to our website for that audio report on one of the final actions coming from the Bush USDA.
Sell 2008 Wheat Into Rallies- So Says Dr. Kim Anderson
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Dr. Kim Anderson of Oklahoma State University calls it opportunity. That's the volatile wheat market that has seen thirty cents up one day and thirty cents down the next- just this week. The opportunity lies in the rallies that the market makes some days. Those are the days that Dr. Anderson believes farmers should be selling the 2008 wheat they still own into the market.
Anderson's comments come from this weekend's SUNUP, as seen Saturday mornings on OETA. We have Kim's conversation with Clinton Griffiths of SUNUP on our website- he has more advice as well as some outlook on where the market may be going- so click on the link below to check that out.
We also have the list of topics for this week's SUNUP as well on that webpage- so click to find out what Clinton and his SUNUP team are up to this weekend.
Click here for more on Kim Anderson's Market Outlook for Oklahoma Wheat Prices
Congressman Frank Lucas Organizing His House Ag Committee Minority Office- Names Nicole Scott as Staff Director
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~With his new position as the top Republican on the House Ag Committee, Congressman Frank Lucas becomes the lead spokesman for the Republicans on ag policy in the House. He gets a full staff to help run the minority side of the committee, and he has chosen Nicole Scott, the talented lady who has run his legislative operations in Washington for the past decade, to be the Staff Director for the Minority office of the House Ag Committee.
Lucas also tells us that Bill O'Connor will remain with the Committee in the Republican offices- serving as a Senior Policy Analyst- or as Congressman Lucas called him- the "guru" for agricultural policy.
We talked at length with Congressman Lucas about his new position that became official earlier this week as the 111th Congress was sworn in- and what he hopes to see done in the months ahead as he settles in beside House Ag Committee Chairman Colin Peterson in this leadership role. We have our full conversation with Congressman Lucas up on our website as a Podcast- and the link to it is below- take a listen!
Click here for Ron's talk with Congressman Frank Lucas, the New ranking member of the House Ag Committee.
Blanche Lincoln Bluntly Tells Vilsack- Study Up on the South and Southern Agriculture
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Democratic Senator Blanche Lincoln, a member of the Senate Ag Committee, will be one of those questioning former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack next week when he sits before the Senate Ag Committee for his confirmation hearing to become the next Secretary of Agriculture.
Senator Lincoln, as she met with Vilsack this week in advance of that hearing, spoke plainly about her concerns of southern agriculture being ignored by the Obama Administration. In a statement after that meeting she says "Farmers in Arkansas and farmers in Iowa face many of the same challenges and agree on most issues at the federal level. Their disagreements often stem because of differences in our crops and production methods. I urged Governor Vilsack to learn more about what makes Southern agriculture special and invited him to visit the state and get to know our producers if he is confirmed."
Lincoln also is concerned about farm bill implementation. "I also made
Governor Vilsack aware of the concerns I have heard from producers about
the proposed payment limit regulation. While many growers are still
reviewing the proposal, it is clear that USDA went beyond congressional
statute in forming this regulation and it could be damaging to growers. I
emphasized the desire to continue a dialogue on the issue as USDA moves
forward with the rule-making process."
Click here for more on Blanche Lincoln's comments about meeting with two Obama Cabinet Nominees This Week.
Next Week (and this Weekend)- AFBF, ILC and Crop Numbers
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~There will be a huge crop report on Monday morning from the US Department of Agriculture- and we will be working with our friend Tom Leffler of Leffler Commodities to provide some insight on these numbers. Among the numbers we will be getting from USDA will be final crop production tallies on many of our spring planted crops of 2008, a look at winter wheat seedings for 2009 and lots of international data as well. We will have a preview of this report later this morning on our agricultural news found on our website, WWW.OklahomaFarmReport.Com.
Also this coming week, we are headed over the weekend to San Antonio and the 2009 American Farm Bureau convention. About 130 Oklahomans will be a part of the festivities, being led by OFB President Mike Spradling. We will have lots of coverage up on our website from San Antonio and this annual convention of the general farm organization.
Also this coming week is the International Livestock Congress that is being held in Denver as a part of the National Western Stock Show. The Congress will be held on Tuesday- and we plan to be there to cover where a variety of experts see our beef business going- not just here in the US, but globally as well.
One other weekend note- our guest this week on our In the Field segment as seen on KWTV News9 will be Mark Hodges, who is now a consultant with Plains Grains, Inc. We talk about how Plains Grains was formed to measure quality factors of our wheat- and then crunch the numbers to be able to offer more information on how our wheat will work best for our foreign customers. Tune in around 6:40 AM Saturday morning for our chat on the TV with Mark.
AFR Farm Bill Informational Meeting Today at 11 in Enid
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~It's being held during the Farm Show that is underway today in Enid at the Chisholm Trail Expo Center. This session will be similar to those already held in Oklahoma City at the AFR headquarters as well as at the Tulsa Farm Show back in December.
Francie Tolle of AFR, along with Vice President Terry Detrick will be providing the information about all the ins and outs of the farm law that passed Congress in 2008.
In addition to the AFR Farm Bill meeting, there will be a Women in Agriculture Conference today, also at the Garfield County Fairgrounds. We have details of this conference, as well as dozens of other events that happen the rest of this month and into the rest of 2009 on our Calendar page at WWW.OklahomaFarmReport.Com. Check it out by following the Link below.
Click here for more on what's going on in Oklahoma Agricultural Circles- check out our Calendar page by clicking here.
The VERY BEST Radio Stations in Enid for Farm News and Markets- KOFM FM and KGWA AM!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~If you are going to the Farm Show in Enid today or tomorrow, be sure and check out the best farm news and market information sources found in those parts- KGWA AM at 960 on the AM dial and KOFM FM at 103.1 on the FM dial.
Throughout each weekday, both stations have reports from RON with Ron Hays and Ed Richards keeping you updated with the latest agricultural information. The Radio Oklahoma Network is proud to be partners with both of these great stations- and I know that you will enjoy either the Hot Country music of KOFM or the nationally known talk shows along with great local information found on KGWA AM.
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