From: Ron Hays [] on behalf of Ron Hays []
Sent: Friday, December 18, 2009 6:37 AM
Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Friday December 18, 2009
A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- Inhofe Tells Copenhagen Climate Change Gathering- Don't Expect Cap and Trade Approval in US Senate
-- State Lawmaker Dr. Phil Richardson Believes OSU Caving In To Animal Rights Extremists
-- Meat Export Promotion Efforts Helping Move US Beef into Pacific Rim Markets
-- Talking Wheat with Mark Hodges of Oklahoma Genetics Inc
-- Oklahoma Soybeans in 2009- "Exceptional"
-- Downside Risk on Wheat Rises This Week
-- $290 Million Dairy Disaster Assistance Program Rolled Out by USDA
-- Let's Check the Markets!

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Inhofe Tells Copenhagen Climate Change Gathering- Don't Expect Cap and Trade Approval in US Senate
Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, arrived in Copenhagen, Denmark yesterday morning to "make certain the 191 countries attending COP-15 would not be deceived into thinking the U.S. would pass cap-and-trade legislation." In his remarks, Inhofe described the political and policy issues that must be addressed before the U.S. Senate would ratify a new climate change treaty.

At this stage, as Sen. Inhofe noted, the prospect of achieving an overarching agreement-one that meets the conditions established in the Byrd-Hagel resolution-are bleak, mainly due to the intractable demands of China, India, and other developing nations. Those demands-more funds to deal with the impacts of climate change and the right to increase emissions, albeit at a slower rate of growth, among others-have repeatedly been raised by developing nations, but are simply too costly and unworkable for the United States to accept.

There is a short video that the Inhofe Press people have posted up on Youtube from the Senator interacting with media in Copenhagen- click here for that- and click on the link below for a copy of his complete prepared remarks he made during his brief time spent in Copenhagen.

Click here for more on Senator Jim Inhofe calling out the ability of the Democrats to have the ability to get a Climate Change bill through the US Senate.

State Lawmaker Dr. Phil Richardson Believes OSU Caving In To Animal Rights Extremists
Recent decisions by Oklahoma State University officials appear designed to curry favor with extreme animal rights groups and are damaging the school's academic reputation, a state legislator has said this week. As a result of those actions and the questionable legality of several appointments to the OSU Board of Regents, state Rep. Phil Richardson said several regents may have to be replaced.

"I bleed orange as much as anyone, but I am deeply concerned by the actions of OSU officials, which appear designed to cater to animal-rights fanatics instead of providing a sound education in agricultural sciences," said Richardson, a Minco Republican who received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from OSU in 1967.

Beginning in the 1990's, Richardson noted the OSU College of Veterinary Sciences launched a plan to become a leader in infectious disease research, which included the development of facilities and a laboratory that would allow for the research. The effort has been transparent and was implemented with the full knowledge of the OSU administration. However, that work was dramatically undermined when OSU officials recently announced the cancellation of National Institutes of Health (NIH) research to test anthrax treatments after complaints about the use of animal test subjects. The decision to cancel the anthrax study is one of several questionable calls by the OSU administration, Richardson noted.

We have the rest of this story linked below and found on our website.

Click here for more on comments from Dr. Phil Richardson on the OSU decision to renege on a National Institutes of Health research project.

Meat Export Promotion Efforts Helping Move US Beef into Pacific Rim Markets
October meat export results were recently finalized, and U.S. beef exports hit their highest monthly volume for the entire year. While still below year-ago levels, October beef exports rose 12 percent in volume and 5 percent in value over September, and exceeded the 2009 monthly average by 11 percent in volume and 7.5 percent in value.

U.S. Meat Export Federation Chairman Jim Peterson, a cattle producer from Buffalo, Mont., offers his comments today on the Beef Buzz on the rising performance in three key Asian markets - Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. Along with other members of the USMEF officer team, Peterson visited Asia earlier this fall to study market conditions and observe USMEF marketing efforts.

Peterson has some really good insight on several of these key markets- and you can hear his perspective by clicking on the link below and going to this Beef Buzz for this Friday- just one week out from Christmas.

Click here for our latest Beef Buzz featuring comments with Jim Peterson of the USMEF.

Talking Wheat with Mark Hodges of Oklahoma Genetics Inc
As the 2010 Hard Red Winter Wheat Crop begins to move into dormancy, we sat down and visited with the Executive Director of Oklahoma Genetics, Inc, Mark Hodges. Hodges agrees with others who have scouted the 2010 wheat crop in the state- things look much better than they did one year ago

Things also look very good for OGI, which will be presenting the OSU wheat breeding program with another substantial check to plow back into the research program led by Dr. Brett Carver. Over a $150,000 was paid back to OSU this past year- and Hodges believes it will be about the same amount of money that will be sent to the University in the first quarter of 2010.

Mark Hodges says the final numbers from seed sales do not have to come into the OGI offices until the end of the year, so nothing is known for sure at this point- but he does tell us that the OSU variety Duster saw the number of acres it was planted on here in the fall of 2009 rise- and will be the leading variety in terms of volume that OGI has a license on from OSU.

Click on the link below- we have our conversation with Mark Hodges up on our website as a Podcast- and you can link to it by clicking below. You can also check out our TV shot with Mark that will be seen on Saturday morning during our In the Field with Ron Hays segment on KWTV, News9 at about 6:40 AM.

Click here for more on the 2010 wheat crop and the efforts of OGI as we talked with Mark Hodges earlier this week.

Oklahoma Soybeans in 2009- "Exceptional"
Courtesy of Dr. Chad Godsey from the OSU Plant and Soil Science Department, we have the summary of the 2009 Oklahoma Soybean Variety Performance Tests. Dr. Godsey says that the 2009 soybean crop was an "exceptional" crop and yields that were reported across Oklahoma were well above best yields from recent years.

In the review of the 2009 Performance Trials, Godsey writes about the 2009 Oklahoma soybean crop in general as a tremendous crop- "In most cases high yields could be attributed to timely rainfall and normal temperatures during reproductive growth stages. Rainfall received in August had a positive influence on yield of this year's crop. The biggest problem many producers had was with harvest. Rainfall and cool temperatures delayed dry down of plants and pods."

You can review all of the data that OSU has compiled by clicking on the link below.

Click here for the 2009 OSU Soybean Performance Trials Report.

Downside Risk on Wheat Rises This Week
Dr. Kim Anderson , Extension Grain Marketing Economist with Oklahoma State University says that wheat prices are in danger of slipping under support levels that have been in place for the last several weeks- and that we could see wheat prices drop off thrty to fory cents per bushel. He adds that if you are still holding some of the 2009 wheat crop and you can't stand the risk of lower prices, you probably need to be selling some bushels.

Dr. Anderson says that US wheat continues to priced higher than wheat from several other countries- and we have seen several sales in recent days where supplies of wheat from other countries have been bought- and US wheat has been passed over in the marketplace.

Anderson's comments were with Clinton Griffiths, host of SUNUP and available only via the internet this week as the SUNUP program is a special yearender. If you want to see Clinton and Kim- you'll need to go to the SUNUP website, but you can hear his comments as you do each week by clicking on the link below and jumping to www.OklahomaFarmReport.Com. We also have the lineup for this special edition of SUNUP that will be seen Saturday morning on OETA.

Click here for more on the wheat market with comments online from Dr. Kim Anderson of OSU

$290 Million Dairy Disaster Assistance Program Rolled Out by USDA
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Thursday announced the implementation of the new Dairy Economic Loss Assistance Payment (DELAP) program. The 2010 Agricultural Appropriations Bill authorized $290 million for loss assistance payments to eligible dairy producers. "Through this program, eligible dairy producers will receive economic assistance that will help stabilize their operations during these tough economic times," said Vilsack. "I have personally heard from hundreds of struggling dairy farmers from all across our country who have been hit hard by declining prices over the past year, and now, we'll be able to offer them help."

Eligible producers will receive a one-time direct payment based on the amount of milk both produced and commercially marketed by their operation during the months of February through July 2009. Production information from these months will be used to estimate a full year's production for an operation to calculate the payments, using a 6-million pound per dairy operation limit.

More on this program by clicking on the link below- or go to your local FSA office and they can provide additional details as well.

Click here for more on the DELAP program for dairy producers- just announced by USDA

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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 $7.75 per bushel, while the 2010 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $7.95 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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