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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Friday October 23, 2009A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- Slade Nightengale of Cordell has been in the Spotlight All Week at National Convention as one of the Star Farmer Finalists
-- Also from Indianapolis- Spencer in Final Four and Noble FFA Wins Big
-- Strength in the Commodities May Be Linked Back to Inflation Fears- SO Says Dr. Kim Anderson
-- Hard Times as a Hog Farmer- Pork Producers Tell Congress About It.
-- Oklahoma Farm Bureau Leaders Work on Policy Proposals for State Convention
-- Angus Remains Well Ahead of Other Breeds in Registration Numbers
-- New Pfizer Animal Health is Unveiled
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Slade Nightengale of Cordell has been in the Spotlight All Week at National Convention as one of the Star Farmer Finalists
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Slade Nightengale of Cordell FFA has had a whirlwind of a national convention here in 2009. Two years ago, he won a National Proficiency Award in Beef Production. This year, he's reaching for the Gold Ring of the highest honor that FFA gives out annually, the coveted Star Farmer of America award. Nightengale is one of four finalists- and the results will be made known on Saturday morning. Final judging for the award happened on Thursday.
Nightengale runs the prototype of an Oklahoma stocker cattle operation in southwest Oklahoma.He runs cattle on wheat pasture in the fall and winter, will sometimes graze the wheat out- some years he will harvest the wheat for grain. He also has about 1,400 acres of permanent grass for summer grazing.
You can read and hear more on Nightengale's farm program, as well as
what he says that FFA has taught him as he heads towards being a full time
farmer in the years to come.
Click here for more on Star Farmer of America Finalist Slade Nightengale.
Also from Indianapolis- Spencer in Final Four and Noble FFA Wins Big
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We have a lot of other stories that are in the mix from the 82nd National Convention of the FFA this morning. For example, Spencer Struck of Kingfisher moved through the preliminaries on Thursday- and will compete this morning in the Final Four of the National FFA Creed Contest. We get final results on that Friday night.
Also to be known Friday night is how well McKenzie Walta of Kingfisher
did in the National Prepared Public Speaking Contest- She was in the Final
Four of that Contest on Thursday morning. And we get the results of the
National Proficiency Awards at 3 PM Indy time today. Oklahoma had six
national winners last year- it's hoped that there will be more than that
when all the names are revealed this afternoon.
High honors on Thursday for the Noble FFA Chapter. The Noble FFA Chapter of Noble, Oklahoma, was named the national Model of Innovation winner in Community Development at the 82nd National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind. Click here for the full story on this award for the Noble FFA Chapter.
We remind you that we are doing frequent updates on Twitter from the convention. You don't have to follow us on Twitter to get those updates- just check our website, OklahomaFarmReport.Com and look down on the lower right hand column- there you will see a Twitter widget that has our most recent "tweets" from this meeting. And, the place to go on our website for updates as they develop- the Blue Green Gazette- click on the link to jump there for our coverage from the National Convention, a service of the Oklahoma FFA Alumni and the Oklahoma FFA Association.
Click here for the Blue Green Gazette and coverage of the 2009 National FFA Convention.
Strength in the Commodities May Be Linked Back to Inflation Fears- SO Says Dr. Kim Anderson
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~OSU Grain Marketing Economist Dr. Kim Anderson of OSU says that the continued run up in commodity prices is all about the major hedge and index funds jumping back into both ag and non ag commodities with both feet- causing significant jumps in the prices of corn, soybeans, wheat, gold and crude oil in the last few weeks. He tells Clinton Griffiths of the OSU TV show, SUNUP, that he believes these big purchases by the funds is happening because "the funds are looking for a place to invest their money because of inflationary fears."
We have Kim's full interview with Clinton Griffiths as will be seen and heard on Saturday on the SUNUP program produced by the OSU Ag Communications Department- you can hear it by clicking on the link below.
You can also get the full lineup of what else is on SUNUP this weekend, besides those comments from Kim Anderson.
Click here for more with Kim Anderson on the current rise in commodity prices.
Hard Times as a Hog Farmer- Pork Producers Tell Congress About It.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The U.S. pork industry took its plight to Capitol Hill on Thursday, asking Congress to help an industry that says it is suffering its worst economic crisis ever. We have an audio wrap of that hearing with colleague Stewart Doan- you can hear that wrap with Stewart by clicking on the link below.
In written and oral testimony, the National Pork Producers Council and other industry representatives presented a bleak picture to the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture's Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy and Poultry. NPPC noted that producers have been losing some $23 per head in the last two years, which amounts to more than $5.3 billion in losses since September 2007. Moreover, the group cited Chicago Mercantile Exchange data pointing to losses of more than $30 per head for the remainder of the year, and $40 per head in November. Based on lean hog futures prices, the group also expects the cost of production to exceed cash hog prices in all but four months in 2010.
You can review more of what was told Congress yesterday- plus hear that audio overview from Stewart Doan by clicking on the link below.
Click here for more on the Hog Industry in Washington story.
Oklahoma Farm Bureau Leaders Work on Policy Proposals for State Convention
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Considering water as a valuable, natural resource should remain as a major priority for the state's largest farm organization in 2010. This was one of 625 resolutions proposed during Oklahoma Farm Bureau's statewide resolutions committee meeting Oct. 20-21 in Oklahoma City. The resolutions will be voted on during the annual OFB convention Nov. 6-8 in Oklahoma City.
The committee will submit a resolution to the convention's voting delegates to make protecting agriculture's sales tax exemption a priority issue in 2010. There also were resolutions proposed on international food safety standards, opposing federal climate change legislation and asking the news media to use scientific terminology on health issues. Rural health care, support for a farm tire recycling program, improved infrastructure in rural Oklahoma and animal health issues all drew discussion from committee members.
Approximately 60 county Farm Bureau leaders invested the better part of two days pouring over resolutions proposed by county Farm Bureaus. "This is one of the major things that makes me so proud of our grassroots policy development process," said Mike Spradling, OFB President. "Any individual can submit a resolution for consideration. Our members thoroughly study and research these resolutions before voting at our state convention."
Angus Remains Well Ahead of Other Breeds in Registration Numbers
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The American Angus Association remained at the top of the beef cattle industry in 2009, with the number of registrations far outpacing those of any other breed. "Our year-end statistics continue to demonstrate strong demand for Angus genetics and solidify our long-held position as a leader in the beef cattle industry," Bryce Schumann, American Angus Association CEO, said. "These results underscore our members' commitment to providing genetic solutions to the beef cattle industry, and record-breaking sales for Certified Angus Beef further substantiate Angus demand."
Despite a sagging U.S. economy, 282,911 animals were registered during fiscal year 2009, which ended Sept. 30, 2009. Transfers - representing sales of cattle to new owners - reached 176,199, indicating continued demand for Angus genetics. Embryo transfers accounted for 11.3% of registrations, and more than 52% of registered calves were a result of A.I.
We have more on the end of the fiscal year numbers for the Angus Association- click on the link below for their news release which goes into greater detail.
Click here for more on the Angus Breed and their just concluded Fiscal Year
New Pfizer Animal Health is Unveiled
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~A new Pfizer Animal Health has been unveiled as Pfizer's acquisition of Wyeth, including its subsidiary Fort Dodge Animal Health, was completed. Pfizer Animal Health is now the world's leader in the discovery, development, manufacture and sales of veterinary vaccines and medicines for livestock and companion animals.
The acquisition of many of Fort Dodge's U.S. products allows Pfizer Animal Health to greatly diversify its U.S. portfolio, as well as broaden its offering in all animal health segments. Pfizer Animal Health now offers an enhanced portfolio in beef, dairy, and companion animals, as well as a redefined product line for swine, equine and poultry.
As the leader for beef and dairy animal health solutions, Pfizer will
further enhance its position with the addition of FACTREL (gonadorelin
hydrochloride) and the proven and well-recognized pioneer line of SYNOVEX
implants. These products complement the current U.S. cattle portfolio that
includes DRAXXIN (tulathromycin), DECTOMAX, EXCEDE (ceftiofur crystalline
free acid), EXCENEL(ceftiofur hydrochloride), BOVI-SHIELD GOLD, LUTALYSE
(dinoprost tromethamine), ORBESEAL and SPECTRAMAST (ceftiofur
hydrochloride). Pfizer Animal Genetics also continues to explore
opportunities to apply genomics technology to livestock health and
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Let's Check the Markets!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Apache Livestock Market Auction on Thursday had a total run of 2328 cattle, with steer yearling prices higher and calves a little cheaper. Click here for the full rundown of prices in Apache as reported by USDA's Market News Service.
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