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Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Friday July 24, 2009
A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- Big Monetary Lawsuit Is Out the Window for Attorney General Drew Edmondson
-- OCA Convention Is Underway in Midwest City
-- OSU Gets Money for AgrAbility Program
-- Double Beef Buzzing with Burton Eller of the NCBA Office
-- Kim Anderson Sees Little Hope for Wheat Above $6.00 Anytime Soon
-- Peterson Urged to Assert Ag Jurisdiction on Food Safety Legislation
-- Oklahoma Farm Bureau's YF& R Heading to Enid
-- Let's Check the Markets!

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Big Monetary Lawsuit Is Out the Window for Attorney General Drew Edmondson
It's a ruling that has been called "devastating" for the chances of success in Attorney General's Drew Edmondson's efforts to extract a big cash settlement from a group of northwest Arkansas poultry companies. That description comes from one of Edmondson's peers, Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel.

In checking with several folks at ground zero in eastern Oklahoma when it comes to this case, Rick Stubblefield, a board member for the Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission offers his ideas on the fallout of the ruling that came this week from Federal District Judge Frizzell. "My thought is that while Mr. Edmondson is focusing on "injunctive relief" I am not sure what he is hoping to achieve. The court has already ruled that his expert witnesses were not credible, the evidence he presented to the court to support a temporary ban on poultry litter use was rejected, and there is no reason at this point to think that the court would reverse itself and impose a permanent ban on the use of poultry litter based on the same evidence Edmondson presented the first time around. My best guess is Edmondson will shortly begin blaming the out of state attorneys he hired for screwing up the case and try to separate himself from it - it has run its course in helping his run for governor."

We have several things on our website as resources about this case, including a link to an excellent overview of the case in a news story written by an Arkansas journalist, the text of the full court ruling by judge Frizzell- and an Op-Ed piece offered by Rick Stubblefield. Click on the link below to check our story and these additional links out.

Click here for more on this significant ruling against the Oklahoma Court Case Against the Northwest Arkansas Poultry Companies

OCA Convention Is Underway in Midwest City
The 2009 edition of the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association Convention is underway at the Reed Center in Midwest City. The aisles were crowded at many spots in the trade Show, which occupies rooms and hallways both upstairs and downstairs at the Reed Center.

We talked with Ray Heldermon, the outgoing President of the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association, about his two years as President of the OCA, and Ray expressed a lot of appreciation for both the volunteer leaders of the organization that served with him, as well as the staff that supports the policy and direction of the group. He told us that he is proud the organization continues to grow, gaining membership over the last two years and has remained in sound financial shape even with the turmoil in the general economy. He says that you always have to be an optimist to stay in the cattle business, and the last two years have been no exception.

The opening session this morning will feature Keynote Speaker James Owen, who will advocate that a good dose of Cowboy Ethics could do a world of good if followed by our state and national leaders in this country. Click on the link below to learn more about this year's meeting, as well as to hear our conversation with Ray as we traveled around the Trade Show last night.

Click here for more on the 2009 OCA Annual Meeting at the Reed Center in Midwest City.

OSU Gets Money for AgrAbility Program
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that USDA is awarding $4.1 million in grants to 22 states to help farmers with disabilities through the AgrAbility program, which helps thousands of disabled people overcome barriers to continuing their chosen professions in agriculture. "Given the right resources, farmers with disabilities can run productive and profitable farms," Vilsack said. "The AgrAbility program can provide the resources and tools producers need to enhance their quality of life and be successful."

Among the Land Grant Schools that have received money in this current release, Oklahoma State University is receiving $199,000 for the continuation of their AgrAbility program.
USDA's Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service (CSREES) awards the funds to land-grant universities that have joined with nonprofit disability organizations to address the specialized needs of AgrAbility's customers. Projects include educating professionals on how to assist those with disabilities and directly training disabled agricultural workers. The program has improved customers' financial stability, access to life activities and the ability of states and regions to deliver timely services to those with disabilities.

Since initial funding in 1991, CSREES has awarded grants to more than 30 states resulting in on-farm assistance to more than 12,000 farmers while educating thousands of professionals on how to accommodate those with disabilities in agriculture. The typical award provides up to $180,000 per year for up to four years to qualifying universities.

Click here for more information on the AgrAbility Funding and a link to the national AgrAbility website

Double Beef Buzzing with Burton Eller of the NCBA Office
We have had Burton Eller join us the last two days on the Beef Buzz- and we invite you to click on and listen to either or both of these segments with the top hired hand for the beef industry in the NCBA's Washington, DC office.

The whole world has changed- and has changed a lot since last July. But the economic and political landscape has changed dramatically, and the head of the Washington office of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, Burton Eller, says that has resulted in the cattle group has switched out gameplans- from an offensive strategy on several fronts to being almost entirely defensive in its mindset. Eller says that now the key is to work to prevent things being done that will harm the industry today and in the years to come.

Click here to jump to yesterday's Beef Buzz to hear Burton's thoughts on where the beef cattle industry is in this different world of 2009

Meanwhile, The Beef Cattle Industry needs sound science on its side- and the head of the Washington, DC office for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, Burton Eller, says that means that the beef cattle business has some catching up to do in dealing with the hostile attitudes we are seeing on a daily basis in our nation's capitol. On today's Beef Buzz, we learn about fresh data the industry needs to help answer critics of raising cattle in the U.S. Click on the link below for today's Beef Buzz.

Click here to learn more about the Beef Cattle Industry's need to play catch up when it comes to current "sound science"

Kim Anderson Sees Little Hope for Wheat Above $6.00 Anytime Soon
Don't expect wheat prices to have a major rally any time soon, there simply is too big of a supply of wheat here in the US and globally. OSU Grain Marketing Economist Dr. Kim Anderson thinks we could move ten to twenty five cents higher, basis the September 2009 contract, which closed on Thursday at $5.61 a bushel. he does not see a big rally anytime soon, as the size of the US Wheat crop will continue to help build stocks, and the crops in southern Hemisphere are looking good.

Dr. Anderson also discussed corn marketing strategy as that crop approaches harvest in southern parts of our state. Dr. Anderson's comments are a part of the OSU Division of Ag program, SUNUP, and we have the audio conversation that Clinton Griffiths had with Kim at the link you see below.

We also have a full rundown of tomorrow's SUNUP TV show, which can be seen on OETA around the state. Jump to our story to see the program lineup that will be on the show this weekend.

Click here for Kim Anderson's look at this week's grain market- and SUNUP info to boot.

Peterson Urged to Assert Ag Jurisdiction on Food Safety Legislation
Oklahoma's Frank Lucas - Ranking Member of the House Ag Committee - wants Chairman Collin Peterson to assert the committee's jurisdiction on the Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009. In a letter to Peterson - Lucas notes none of the producer witnesses at last week's food safety hearing supported the current legislation. Along with asserting the Ag Committee's jurisdiction over the bill - Lucas asks Peterson to hold hearings on the impact of the measure on farmers and ranchers and proposals on ways to improve it - and hold a mark-up in the Ag Committee.

Lucas says the Ag Committee has the expertise to fairly and thoughtfully consider the benefits and costs of the Food Safety Enhancement Act. He says it's imperative that the committee work in a transparent and bipartisan manner to represent American agriculture's interests.

Oklahoma Farm Bureau's YF& R Heading to Enid
Oklahoma Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee will hold its annual Summer Conference this afternoon through Sunday in Enid at the Days Inn, 2901 S. Van Buren, Enid, OK 73703. This event is open to any young ag producer across the state.

Several tours are planned for the group- including stops at Advance Foods, Pollard Farms, Koch Fertilizer and Johnston Enterprises. Seminar sessions are planned as well, including a Legislative roundup on Sunday with State Representative Jeff Hickman as a special guest speaker.

Click on our link below for our calendar item on this event that includes the full schedule of the event for the next couple of days.

Click here for more on the Summer Conference of the Young Farmers & Ranchers of Oklahoma Farm Bureau.

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Let's Check the Markets!

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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