From: Ron Hays [] on behalf of Ron Hays []
Sent: Sunday, June 07, 2009 9:18 PM
Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Monday June 8, 2009
A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and Johnston Enterprises!
-- Sluggish Beef Movement Over Memorial Day Has Wholesale Beef and Cash Cattle Prices in Retreat
-- AFR Hands Out $25,000 in Scholarships to Oklahoma Youth
-- From the World Pork Expo- Too Many Piggies- Too Much Red Ink
-- From Twitter- We Find a Gem from Tweeten (Dr. Luther Tweeten, that is)
-- BBC TV Looking for an Oklahoma Farm Family to Show Off Parental Skills in Reality Show for British TV
-- I Need Your Help on TWO Issues
-- Heap Big Amounts of New Listings on Calendar!
-- Let's Check the Markets!

Howdy Neighbors!

Here's your morning farm news headlines from the Director of Farm Programming for the Radio Oklahoma Network, Ron Hays. It is wonderful to have as a regular sponsor on our daily email Johnston Enterprises- proud to be serving agriculture across Oklahoma and around the world since 1893. For more on Johnston Enterprises- click here for their website!

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Sluggish Beef Movement Over Memorial Day Has Wholesale Beef and Cash Cattle Prices in Retreat
We moved just an average amount of beef over the 2009 Memorial Day Holiday weekend- and that was not good enough to spark a rally after the holiday that is now in the rear view mirror. That's the opinion of OSU Livestock Market Economist Dr. Derrell Peel, who is joining us for a couple of Beef Buzz shows here at the beginning of this week.

Dr. Peel believes that we won't have the counter seasonal move that we saw last year in the cash cattle market, where we had late summer season strength last August. He sees little hope of a significant rally in the next several weeks as we begin to move next to the Fourth of July holiday weekend, and then hit the dog days of summer from Fourth to July to Labor Day.

He adds that supplies seem to be pretty well in line, but he worries about beef demand, and he believes that will hinge on the general economy. If we see an improvement of the macro economics in this country, that could allow the relatively tight market supplies to work higher, price wise, in the latter part of the year.

Click here for today's Beef Buzz as heard on the Radio Oklahoma Network, and as found anytime on our website at just click on the Beef Buzz button on the left hand side of any page.

Click here for the Monday Beef Buzz with Dr. Derrell Peel of OSU as our featued guest.

AFR Hands Out $25,000 in Scholarships to Oklahoma Youth
Oklahoma based American Farmers & Ranchers (AFR), general farm organization and insurance company, announced today the 2009 State AFR Scholarship recipients. AFR presented twenty-five $1,000 awards to active participants of the organization's youth program. In addition to AFR involvement, winners were selected based on academic achievement and leadership activities.

"Our scholarships are simply another way we support the leaders of tomorrow," said Terry Detrick, AFR President and CEO. "The premiums paid to Oklahoma based American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company enables the organization to have an active role in developing Oklahoma's youth through scholarships and other agricultural events like speech contests, livestock judging and leadership summits. We are happy to invest Oklahoma insurance premium dollars in Oklahoma youth rather than see those funds sent to an out-of-state corporate headquarters never to be seen again."

We have the full list of 25 scholarship recipients on our website- and invite you to go to the link below and jump to this listing of some of the best and brightest rural youth from across our state here in 2009.

Click here for the full list of AFR Scholarship Award Winners for 2009

From the World Pork Expo- Too Many Piggies- Too Much Red Ink
Leading Ag Economist Glenn Grimes gave pork producers at World Pork Expo an update on pork production economics, saying hog producers face at least another year of financial loses. He says the hog industry needs a cutback of five to ten-percent in the country's sow herd to boost hog prices. Grimes told producers they aren't getting the hog price increase they normally do this time of year - attributing some of that to the non-swine flu that has impacted consumer demand for pork.

Grimes says the U.S. hog industry has to downsize. Producers hoped prices could get to around 80-dollars per hundredweight by now - but the market isn't going above 60 - with the June futures price contract closing down on Wednesday at roughly 57-dollars in trading. But Grimes does believe the industry will be looking at financial recovery in a year and hopes hog prices will be profitable at that time.

Our full story that we have linked below also has comments from Iowa State's Dr. Bob Wisner, who says to fasten your seat belt for a wild ride of volatile corn and soybean markets this summer - as worldwide supplies of grain tighten.
We also have audio comments from Dr. Grimes about this past week's hog market.

Click here for more on the hog economics that were talked about at the World Pork Expo

From Twitter- We Find a Gem from Tweeten (Dr. Luther Tweeten, that is)
Our old friend and former Oklahoma State University Ag Economist Dr. Luther Tweeten is now well established at that other OSU- the Ohio State University. And, I picked up a link on Twitter about Tweeten and some work he has done this spring on the HSUS and the economic consequences they want to force upon Ohio agriculture- and eventually on the US livestock scene as well.

His work is called the "Economics of Animal Welfare Regulations Proposed for Ohio." Dr. Tweeten cites studies that show little correlation between the well being of the animals involved and the regulations that the HSUS has forced upon California and want to force on Ohio next. He zeros in on the caged hen part of the proposal from HSUS, saying that will have the effect of eliminating the egg business from Ohio, because it will make Ohio egg producers at least 20% less cost effective in their business. He adds that neighboring states will simply have an economic incentive to up production and that consumers will not actually see a lot of cost increase.

He adds that one tactic that is now being pursued in California as they try to help their chicken producers after the fact is an exercise in futility. "To protect its producers, California has proposed trade barriers to egg imports from other states. Such barriers seem unachievable because they conflict with the interstate commerce clause of the U.S. constitution and likely would be ruled unconstitutional."

He adds that HSUS will try to build enough momentum to enact federal regulations, but that too will simply push livestock practices that are most efficient to border countries and allow their production to flourish. Producers will pay, consumers will likely get stuck with some higher costs and animals will not be better cared for. And, Tweeten adds that large farms will still have a production advantage over smaller operations.

Click here to read his complete paper- which offers a lot of insight on the impact that the HSUS may achieve if they are successful in changing how animal agriculture operates in the US.

BBC TV Looking for an Oklahoma Farm Family to Show Off Parental Skills in Reality Show for British TV
We received an interesting phone call on Friday morning from a TV producer with the BBC in London. She was asking for help in finding an Oklahoma family that lives on a farm or ranch, has teenagers, and would be willing to take a couple of British teenagers and be a role model to them for a week. Sarah Rubin is the producers name and she has furnished us some details about what the BBC is looking for- perhaps you or someone you know might have some interest.

Sarah writes "Do you believe in instilling good old-fashioned values, discipline and boundaries in your children? Can you give two British teenagers the chance to have some much-needed structure in their lives? Following the huge success of the first series, the BBC are looking for role model families to take part in a second series of factual entertainment programmes on parenting. In each one-hour programme, two British teenagers will be sent to live with a family abroad, to experience life in their country under their rules. In the last series, the BBC sent overindulged teenagers from the UK to live with families over the world, from Jamaica to India, Alabama to South Africa. In this series we want to send two British teenagers to Oklahoma.

"We are looking for a traditional, conservative Oklahoma family (with children aged 14-16) who are proud of their strong parenting and family values and who would be willing to accommodate two British teenagers for one week in July 2009 and instill in them the values and morality they demand of their own children."
We have a few more details on our website below- and we have agreed to do an interview with the producer of the show- and we will have that up on the website later in the day on Monday.

Click here for more information the BBC wanting to come to Oklahoma for a reality TV show.

I Need Your Help on TWO Issues
First, I am looking for harvest reports now that the weekend is behind us. If you have already gotten harvest underway- or you are just ready to start or even another week or two away- drop me an email and let me hear about how your efforts are going. If you have a picture or two- we would love to see those as well.

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Thanks for your help on both of these issues- our email has gone out virtually every weekday over the last three years- and we appreciate how well it has been received. It's our hope to continue to reach more folks with this daily report, as well as make our website, a primary destination for those of you that are interested in farm, ranch and rural issues of importance to Oklahoma. If you know someone that needs to get this report- forward it to them- and invite them to sign up.

Heap Big Amounts of New Listings on Calendar!
We have added a multitude of items on the OklahomaFarmReport.Com calendar over this past weekend- especially things that are going on in June and July. For example this week, we have dairy field days planned for the Ayshire and Milking Shorthorns today in Cushing, the Oklahoma Holstein Field Day on Tuesday in Stillwater, a Cattle Grading Contest at Connors State on Thursday as well as the Pecan Valley Ranch Angus Dispersion on Saturday July 13 in Pauls Valley. (Click on the link below and you can see the full list and get details as we have them for everything)

In July, the OCA Annual Convention and Trade Show that happens once again in Midwest City, the Summer Cattle Industry Conference planned at 5280 feet in Denver as well as the Big 3 Field Days and the Oklahoma State 4-H Roundup- both planned for the campus of OSU in Stillwater.

As you take a look at the listings, if you don't see items that need to be included, please drop me an email and I will be happy to get them on line as we continue to strive to make this a comprehensive "all in one spot" calendar for Oklahoma Agriculture. Email me at the address found on the bottom of the email- and click on the link below to jump to our calendar page on OklahomaFarmReport.Com

Click here for the Calendar as found on WWW.OklahomaFarmReport.Com

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Let's Check the Markets!
The Woodward Livestock Market on Friday ended up with a total sales count of 8,860 cattle on June 5, with Feeder steers off $1 to $4 from a week ago, while steer calves called $1 to $5 lower than last week. The five to seven hundred pound steers cleared from $101 to $108.25, while seven to eight weights sold from $96 to $101. For the complete Woodward report from last Friday, Click here for the USDA market news report. It should be updated to the June 5 information by around 8 AM central time.

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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