From: Ron Hays [] on behalf of Ron Hays []
Sent: Wednesday, October 07, 2009 8:33 PM
Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Thursday October 8, 2009
A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- Signup Now Underway for the 2010 Farm Program
-- Canada Decides to Push Protest Over COOL Into Formal Dispute Settlement Process at WTO
-- Oklahoma and Kansas Will Team Up on a Livestock Movement Lockdown Exercise
-- Class 14 of the Oklahoma Ag Leadership Program in Little Dixie
-- CRP Rental Payments Total $1.7 Billion in New Fiscal Year- Oklahoma Claims Just Over $31 Million
-- R-Calf Lobbies Justice Department to Say NO to the JBS Purchase of Pilgrim's Pride
-- Star Lake Cattle Ranch has Two Sales Coming on One Big Day- October 18, 2009
-- Let's Check the Markets!

Howdy Neighbors!

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Signup Now Underway for the 2010 Farm Program
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that enrollment for the 2010 Direct and Counter-cyclical Program (DCP) and the Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) program has begun and will continue through June 1, 2010. USDA urges producers to make use of the eDCP automated website to sign up, or producers can visit any USDA Service Center to complete their 2010 DCP or ACRE contract.

USDA computes DCP Program payments using base acres and payment yields established for each farm. Eligible producers receive direct payments at rates established by statute regardless of market prices. For 2010, eligible producers may request to receive advance direct payments based on 22 percent of the direct payment. USDA will issue advance direct payments beginning Dec. 1, 2009. Counter-cyclical payment rates vary depending on market prices. Counter-cyclical payments are issued only when the effective price for a commodity is below its target price. The effective price is the higher of the national average market price received during the 12-month marketing year for each covered commodity and the national average loan rate for a marketing assistance loan for the covered commodity.

The optional ACRE Program provides a safety net based on state revenue losses and acts in place of the price-based safety net of counter-cyclical payments under DCP. A farm's payment is based on a revenue guarantee calculated using a 5-year average state yield and the most recent 2-year national price for each eligible commodity. For the 2010 crop, the 2- year price average will be based on the 2008 and 2009 crop years.

The June 1, 2010, deadline is mandatory for all participants. USDA will not accept any late-filed applications.
Click on the link below for more on the signup process- and links to more info that USDA has up in cyberspace.

Click here for more on the Signup Window for the 2010 Farm Programs Now Open for Business

Canada Decides to Push Protest Over COOL Into Formal Dispute Settlement Process at WTO
The Canadian government asked the World Trade Organization Wednesday to rule on the legality of the U.S. country-of-origin labeling (COOL) law. "The U.S. COOL requirements are so onerous that they affect the ability of our cattle and hog exporters to compete fairly in the U.S. market," said Stockwell Day, Canada's Minister of International Trade. "That is why our government has no choice but to request a WTO panel."

You get two viewpoints from the cattle industry groups from the US and Canada when it comes to the Canadian government move to formally challenge the US COOL law in the World Trade Organization. As you might expect, the Canadian Cattlemen's Association gives the call for a Settlement Dispute Panel two thumbs up, while the National Cattlemen's Beef Association says it is "unfortunate" from the US Cattle Industry's viewpoint that the Canadians have had to take this action within the WTO. At the same time, as we talked with NCBA Chief Economist Gregg Doud on Wednesday afternoon, he did not seem to be surprised by the action from the Canadians- and adds that he thinks the Mexican government will likely join in the action against the US over the impact of COOL.

We have extensive coverage on our website of this story- and that includes our conversation with Gregg Doud of NCBA on this decision by the Canadians to move forward- Doud reminds us that once you start a WTO Dispute Panel- you don't stop- it will work its way slowly through the process over a two or three year period. We also have the Canadian news release detailing their complaints- links to a backgrounder from the Canadians as well as a brief statement from the Obama Administration on this move by Canada. Click on the link below and it will take you to our top story of the morning on the website with all of this stuff in there or linked from there.

Click here for the Gregg Doud interview and more on the Canadian decision to push for a COOL Ruling Against the US.

Oklahoma and Kansas Will Team Up on a Livestock Movement Lockdown Exercise
Oklahoma and Kansas officials are conducting the nation's first emergency response exercise to test interstate coordination and the logistics of implementing a stop livestock movement order when one is issued by state animal health officials. The real-time exercise will take place Oct. 22 in the Oklahoma and Kansas state capitals and on the Oklahoma-Kansas border. The scenario is based on simulated outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in the eastern United States.

"Oklahoma, like many states, has conducted exercises to test its plans to respond to a highly contagious foreign animal disease within its borders, but this exercise provides the new perspective of coordinating our activities with a neighboring state to stop animal movement across a shared border," said Terry Peach, Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture. "We have been planning our response to possible disease outbreaks for years and this exercise will be a good test for us."

This will be a very comprehensive exercise- with real time work going on in both state capitols- as well as at two border locations where livestock being moved will be screened. You can read more about this fascinating test being planned for later this month- including those border locations- just click on the link below.

Click here for more on the SAMS- KO Exercise Coming October 22.

Class 14 of the Oklahoma Ag Leadership Program in Little Dixie
It's a swing into southeast Oklahoma for the members of Class 14 of the Oklahoma Ag Leadership Program. Yesterday, they traveled through Shawnee and visited with Shawnee Feed, moved on to Wetumka and got a Harbin Fish Farm tour- and wrapped up the travel day in Poteau, spending time with the Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture.

Today will be devoted to touring Tyson's processing facility in Idabel and McCurtain County agriculture focusing on the forest industry. Friday, the class will visit pecan and sod farms in the Durant area as they wrap up their time in southeastern Oklahoma.

The OALP is a leadership development program that is a two year program that is administered by Oklahoma State University- and is designed to take farmers, ranchers and those involved in agribusiness and even in government positions relating to rural Oklahoma and help them see how Oklahoma Agriculture fits into the context of today's society and economy. By polishing leadership skills and exposing these young leaders to a variety of experiences, the intent is to challenge those that go through the program to then give back to their local community and farm or rural organization that they choose to be involved with. Click on the link below to jump to the OALP website- and learn more about the program and about class 14.

Click here for more on the Oklahoma Ag Leadership Program

CRP Rental Payments Total $1.7 Billion in New Fiscal Year- Oklahoma Claims Just Over $31 Million
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced on Wednesday that USDA will distribute approximately $1.7 billion in Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) rental payments to participants across the country in fiscal year 2010. Oklahoma landowners have 961,558 acres in CRP this new fiscal year- and those landowners will be getting rental checks totaling $31,693,228. "President Obama and I are committed to conservation and environmental stewardship and this program provides the tools and resources to enable America's producers to be responsible caretakers of their land," said Vilsack. "I encourage interested producers to consider enrolling their land through continuous sign-up opportunities."

Producers holding about 758,000 contracts on 424,000 farms will receive an average of $51.52 per acre. The number of contracts is higher than the number of farms because producers may have multiple contracts on a single farm. The payments allow producers to earn an average of $4,104 per farm enrolled in the program.

Currently, enrollment stands at approximately 31 million acres, making CRP the largest public-private partnership for conservation and wildlife habitat in the United States. This voluntary program helps agricultural producers safeguard environmentally sensitive land. Producers enroll in CRP and plant long-term, resource-conserving covers to improve water quality, control soil erosion and enhance habitats for waterfowl and wildlife. In return, USDA provides producers with annual rental payments. CRP contract duration is from 10 to 15 years.

We have more on the new fiscal year payments- and a link in our webstory to a chart that shows each state's place within the CRP. Click on our link below to jump to that story.

Click here for more on the CRP Rental Payment Rollout for Fiscal Year 2010.

R-Calf Lobbies Justice Department to Say NO to the JBS Purchase of Pilgrim's Pride
With regard to efforts by JBS S.A. (JBS) to acquire Pilgrim's Pride Corporation, the cattle group R-Calf USA has submitted more information to the U.S. Department of Justice to reinforce evidence that shows economic harm would hit the U.S. cattle industry if Justice does not block the merger of the competing protein industries, in this case chicken versus beef.

The fear of R-Calf is that the JBS purchase might decrease US Poultry prices- and that would also drive US beef cattle prices lower. R-CALF USA calculated a loss to cattle producers ranging from $7.50 per head to $89.38 per head. "A loss of anywhere from $7.50 per head to $89.38 per head to the U.S. live cattle industry would have severe ramifications, particularly given the long-run lack of profitability faced by U.S. cattle feeders who have experienced 22 consecutive months of horrendous financial losses," said R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard.

"The JBS/Pilgrim's Pride merger likely would result in lower cattle prices, and it's even more likely that the cost savings realized by JBS would not be passed on to consumers," Bullard said. "R-CALF USA is absolutely convinced that the proposed JBS/Pilgrim's Pride merger would severely reduce competition among and between the competing food proteins and would also significantly increase JBS' ability to exercise market power in the marketplace to exploit both cattle producers and consumers," he emphasized.
Click on the link below and you can read more about the R-Calf claims- and we have a link to the full letter sent to Attorney General Eric Holder by the cattle group.

Click here for more on the R-Calf arguments that JBS wants to trash the Cattle Market by Buying Pilgrim's Pride Chicken.

Star Lake Cattle Ranch has Two Sales Coming on One Big Day- October 18, 2009
It's the Star Lake Ranch Ready Bull Sale and Fall Celebration Female Sale in Skiatook, Oklahoma on Sunday October 18. Over 150 head will sell that day, including 80 bulls- mostly 20 month old ranch Ready bulls- ready to work.

Montie Soules and his team have several ways to be a part of the sale- including attending the sale via two different websites, as well as in person. They pride themselves on having some of the finest Hereford genetics not just in Oklahoma- but all across the United States. They plan on having video of the cattle to be offered after this Saturday on their website.

We have more details and the links you need for these two sales in one day at the Star Lake Cattle Ranch- just click on the link below and we will get you to that information on this exciting sale that you will want to check out.

Click here for more on the Star Lake Cattle Ranch Production Sale Coming Sunday October 18.

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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 $6.90 per bushel, while the 2010 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $7.20 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.

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