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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Thursday January 22, 2009A service of Johnston Enterprises, KIS Futures and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- Obama Administration Says Wait a Minute on COOL and Other Regs
-- US Wheat Associates Offers "wish list" to Obama Trade Team
-- Selling Beef to the Millennial Generation- You Gotta Know Them Before You Sell Them.
-- $25 Million and Rising
-- Thanks A Bunch
-- Calendar Items Galore for January and into February
-- Messner Annual Production Sale is Set for February 7 in Slapout
-- Grim Attitudes at the OKC West Feeder Cattle Market
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Obama Administration Says Wait a Minute on COOL and Other Regs
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The long-delayed mandatory COOL rule, Mandatory country-of-origin labeling, which was published on Jan. 15 faces a new delay in the wake of yesterday's decision by President Obama to put a hold on all pending and last-minute regulations of the Bush Administration. Many other rules at USDA - including an APHIS proposed rule on the official numbering system for the National Animal Identification that was published on Jan. 13 and several rules implementing new provisions in the 2008 farm bill - will go into limbo as well, according to USDA spokesperson Jerry Redding.
Additional rules at the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Food and Drug Administration are included under the White House instructions. But, it is unclear if an EPA rule that clarified when livestock operations were required to report air emissions is impacted by the White House memo. That rule, that includes provisions under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) and Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA) was published on Dec. 18 and was to go into effect on Jan. 20, the same day the memo was issued.
The White House memo from Obama's Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel asks each agency not to send any regulation to the Federal Register until it has been approved by an Obama appointee. It asks that any that have been sent, but not yet published, be recalled. And, agencies were instructed to "consider extending for 60 days the effective date of regulation that have been published in the Federal Register but not yet taken effect."
Within hours of that directive, the U.S. Cattlemen's Association delivered a letter to U.S. Senators Tim Johnson and Mike Enzi and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack seeking remedies to issues with the country of origin labeling Final Rule. USCA President Jon Wooster of San Lucas, California, says, - we believe improvements can be made that will strengthen the COOL program for consumers and cattle producers.
US Wheat Associates Offers "wish list" to Obama Trade Team
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Strong support for trade agreements that open market access, for lifting the embargo on Cuba, and for eliminating export state trading monopolies are among the trade policy priorities submitted recently by U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) to President Obama's transition team at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR). USW is the wheat industry's export market development organization, funded by producer checkoff dollars managed by 18 state wheat commissions and through cost-share funding provided by USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS).
"American wheat exports generated an estimated $11 billion in revenue to our industry last year," says Rebecca Bratter, USW Director of Policy. "This year, farmgate wheat prices have fallen while production costs have increased, but we still need to export about half the wheat we grow. In that situation, it is even more important that President Obama's trade officials understand where wheat producers stand."
A summary of what the wheat promotion organization is seeking from the new administration is on our website- as well as a link to their full report that was developed. Click on the link below for more on this story.
Click here for more on the US Wheat Trade Priorities that have been communicated to the Obama Administration
Selling Beef to the Millennial Generation- You Gotta Know Them Before You Sell Them.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Executive Director of Market Research for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, John Lundeen, says that one of the most important jobs for those that are promoting beef today is to learn and fully understand everything they can about the "Millennial" and their children. This generation is as big as the Baby Boomers(estimated at 80 million) and is the first generation to grow up fully immersed in the internet and all the things it brings into our lives.
We talk about the Millennial generation and their kids with Lundeen as we wrap up our conversation with him on this Thursday edition of the Beef Buzz. It's been a good series this week as we have looked at today's consumer through the filter of economic uncertainty and all the other factors that come into play here in 2009 when it comes to beef consumption.
We have the link to today's Beef Buzz below- and in that webstory, we not only have our Thursday Beef Buzz where you can hear Lundeen's thoughts on the Millennial- but we also have a summary and link back to our Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday Beef Buzz shows with him as well.
Click here for our Beef Buzz on this Thursday with John Lundeen of the NCBA.
$25 Million and Rising
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~That's the price tag to the state of Oklahoma thus far in the lawsuit that State Attorney General Drew Edmondson has brought against the northwest Arkansas poultry companies- and the Attorney General says that cost will rise unless the two sides settle out of court.
We have linked below a good article that talks about the importance of this case that will likely be decided by a jury later in 2009- unless it is settled early. Our friend Brian Brus of the Journal Record does a good job of framing this issue as a part of what might be major legal issues developing within the state this year.
Earlier this week, while in Fairview, we had the chance to speak to
their annual Chamber of Commerce banquet- and we heard one remark by an
area farmer expressing his disgust with the AG and the money spent in this
fashion. He told us that if we had spent that money solving the problem
instead of paying lawyers- we could have hauled every pound of chicken
litter out of that watershed and saved farmers in central and western
Oklahoma some money on fertilizer bills.
Click here for the Brian Brus story on big Legal issues for 2009 in Oklahoma
Thanks A Bunch
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Speaking of Fairview, I just wanted to say thanks to the Fairview Chamber of Commerce for their invitation to speak to their annual Chamber Banquet this past Monday evening- a great crowd and lots of optimism for this community by the leaders who are a part of their Chamber of Commerce.
I also want to thank the Guymon Chamber and others in that community that allowed me to be a part of their Panhandle Ag Days celebration this past Friday and Saturday- it's pretty cool getting to visit with folks who are involved in agriculture in a county that ranks as one of the top farm income counties in America.
Calendar Items Galore for January and into February
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We have been busy the last couple of days trying to add all of the many events that several of you have gotten to us to include on our Calendar listings. We appreciate the input- keep it up! We want your calendar items to add to the many many events already found at WWW.OklahomaFarmReport.Com.
A couple of the most recently added items include an Agricultural Winter Conference being put together by several Kay County ag agencies. That event is found by scrolling down to February 18. And we have added 8 grain Sorghum Production meetings in North Central and Northwest Oklahoma that start next Monday, January 26.
There are also details of the Cattle Industry Convention and Trade Show
that takes place next week in Phoenix, Arizona. We will be there much of
next week and will be covering the event from front to back for those not
able to get out to desert.
Click here to check out our Calendar page on WWW.OklahomaFarmReport.Com
Messner Annual Production Sale is Set for February 7 in Slapout
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Messner Ranch will hold their 48th Annual Hereford and Angus Sale- it's the Oldest Production Sale in Oklahoma. The sale is set for Saturday, February 7, 2009 Sale at 12:30 PM on the Ranch, Slapout, Oklahoma.
Van and Milt Messner and their families are proud to offer 75 Hereford and 50 Angus Bulls (yearlings and 2 year old bulls) as well as 50 spring calving bred Hereford and Angus heifers. EPD data is available on the bulls that will be offered.
We have details of the sale on our Auction page at WWW.OklahomaFarmReport.Com- which includes how you can watch the sale on the Internet if you are unable to be there in person. Click on our link below for more on the Messner Ranch Annual Production Sale.
Click here for details of the Messner Ranch Hereford and Angus Bull Sale on February 7
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Grim Attitudes at the OKC West Feeder Cattle Market
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Our market report at the OKC West El Reno cattle market had some interesting thoughts about this cattle market as she reported on their Wednesday sale yesterday. Tina writes "Feeder steers and heifers 2.00-4.00 lower. Demand for feeders moderate. Steer and heifer calves steady with good demand despite continued very dry conditions. Northern feed yards sold slaughter cattle cheaper today pushing feeders further into the red. Attitudes as a whole seem grim." She adds that lots of talk about the weather and need for moisture- with the good news that we might get some precipitation Monday- the bad news it may be the frozen kind. Click here to get the full rundown on the 5600 head of cattle sold Wednesday at OKC West in El Reno.
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