From: Ron Hays [] on behalf of Ron Hays []
Sent: Friday, December 11, 2009 7:35 AM
Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Friday December 11, 2009
A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- Radical Change Not Coming on Payment Limit Language from USDA
-- Handling Horses Gently is the Right Thing to Do
-- Get Your Hand Up for Chocolate Milk
-- Dr. Kim Anderson Says Latest USDA Reports Confirm We Have Plenty of Wheat in Global Pipeline
-- Former Beatle Paul McCartney Should Stick to Singing- His Less Meat Campaign is Baloney.
-- Tulsa Farm Show Pics Up on Flickr
-- Last Call for OWGA Meeting on Saturday
-- 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. We are proud to have KIS Futures as a regular sponsor of our daily email update. KIS Futures provides Oklahoma Farmers & Ranchers with futures & options hedging services in the livestock and grain markets- Click here for the free market quote page they provide us for our website or call them at 1-800-256-2555.

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Radical Change Not Coming on Payment Limit Language from USDA
USDA Undersecretary Jim Miller told farmers at the USA Rice Outlook Conference in New Orleans on Thursday that USDA will have several major policy announcements before the end of the year. Things that will likely to be included in that list are final rules for the permanent disaster program- or SURE, as well as what USDA plans to do with the $300 million that Congress put in the USDA Appropriations bill for Dairy industry help.

He also predicted that USDA will have more information coming very soon on new Payment Limit rules, including what their revised definition of what an actively engaged farmer is. He told producers to not get too worried about these new rules coming- there will not be any radical changes in the mix, according to Miller.

A couple of other highlights from Miller's comments to the Outlook Conference as well as to reporters in an informal news conference- USDA is aware of DCP and CRP payment errors and related snafus- but has no plan to let county offices cut checks again.
USDA is starting to talk about potential strategy for the next farm bill debate, anticipates a inter departmental working group being established early in 2010.
China's Quarantine Agency has thrown up a roadblock to quick resumption of pork imports from the US and Canada.

Click on the link below for the full story on Miller's comments- including a segment from his speech in New Orleans that you can listen to and get some perspective of where Miller is on these various topics.

Click here for more on Farm Program Issues as talked about by USDA's Jim Miller

Handling Horses Gently is the Right Thing to Do
Gentle Horse Training is one of the daily highlights of the 2009 Tulsa Farm Show- and Craig Cameron has been offering this kind of show for folks at locations like the Tulsa Farm Show for years. He tells us that the key to being a better horseman is to take your time- be patient- and get a little done each day, and hopefully the animal and the horse owner will work a little better together day by day.

Cameron adds that gentle horse training is the right thing to do- and is a good answer to those who question whether animals are being treated humanely or not. Cameron says that horse owners, ranchers and cattlemen have always been the ones that know their animals best- and what makes sense for their well being. He adds that many of these folks also take the responsibility to care for wildlife on their property.

We've got a good conversation that we had with Cameron about these issues, as well as his pitch for horse lovers to check out his website at www.CraigCameron.Com. Click on the link below for all of this with Craig Cameron from the Tulsa Farm Show, which continues through Saturday afternoon.

Click here for our visit with Horse Trainer Craig Cameron at Tulsa Farm Show

Get Your Hand Up for Chocolate Milk
In response to criticism that Chocolate Milk is not much better than drinking soda pop by school age children, the Dairy industry is responding with a campaign they are calling "Raise Your Hand for Chocolate Milk."

Susan Allen with Dairymax says that there is very little nutritional difference between plain white milk and chocolate milk- and she admits that she is surprised that a few parents and others have called on schools to take chocolate milk out of school lunch programs altogether.

Allen says that studies show that when the option of chocolate milk is taken out of the school lunchroom- milk consumption drops sharply- and that means kids miss out on the vitamins and protein that only milk offers as a beverage.
Click on the link below for more on this story- including the chance to hear our conversation with Susan Allen. Susan will be our guest on Saturday morning on the In the Field as seen on News9, KWTV during their morning news block- around 6:40 AM.

Click here for more on Chocolate Milk Promotional Efforts.

Dr. Kim Anderson Says Latest USDA Reports Confirm We Have Plenty of Wheat in Global Pipeline
OSU Grain Marketing Economist Dr. Kim Anderson says that the Kansas City wheat market remains in a trading range, with current topside resistance around $5.50 per bushel, with prices early on Friday morning just above $5.30 per bushel. He says this means there is a little upside in the market right now, but not a lot.

The "take home" message that Anderson got from the latest USDA Stocks report that was issued on Thursday morning was that the global wheat market is telling wheat producers around the world- "don't produce as much wheat in the coming year as the one that is just now wrapping up."

Anderson also offered an economic perspective on top dressing wheat- saying that it takes about two pounds of "N" to produce a bushel of wheat- all other things being equal. Cost of that Nitrogen fertilizer put into the ground is about 80 cents. Dr. Anderson says the opportunity to pay 80 cents and get another bushel of wheat worth $5 is a good return on investment- and something to consider when you are figuring how the current nutrient makeup of your wheat fields.

Click on the link below for a chance to hear Kim Anderson's comments that will be seen on SUNUP on Saturday morning on OETA- and we also have the lineup for this week's SUNUP telecast, courtesy of our friend Clinton Griffiths, host of the OSU produced show.

Click here for Kim's look at the wheat marketplace- plus the SUNUP lineup for this weekend.

Former Beatle Paul McCartney Should Stick to Singing- His Less Meat Campaign is Baloney.
Despite oft-repeated claims by sources ranging from the United Nations to music star Paul McCartney, it is simply not true that consuming less meat and dairy products will help stop climate change, says a University of California authority on farming and greenhouse gases.

UC Davis Associate Professor and Air Quality Specialist Frank Mitloehner says that McCartney and the chair of the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change ignored science last week when they launched a European campaign called "Less Meat = Less Heat." The launch came on the eve of a major international climate summit, which runs through Dec. 18 in Copenhagen.

Mitloehner traces much of the public confusion over meat and milk's role in climate change to two sentences in a 2006 United Nations report, titled "Livestock's Long Shadow." Printed only in the report's executive summary and nowhere in the body of the report, the sentences read: "The livestock sector is a major player, responsible for 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions measured in CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalents). This is a higher share than transport." These statements are not accurate, yet their wide distribution through news media have put us on the wrong path toward solutions, Mitloehner says.

Click here for more on this story- including the truth on GHGs and Animal Agriculture

Tulsa Farm Show Pics Up on Flickr
We Tweeted several times yesterday from day one of the Tulsa Farm Show- and we were also busy getting several interviews and lots of pictures.

We sorted thru the pictures last night and have posted a bunch of them up on our Flickr account. Click on the link below to travel around the Tulsa Farm Show with me including a look at the Cattle Working Demonstrations, Gentle Horse Training with Craig Cameron, a look at some of the Bulls on sale via private treaty and lots of candid shots of just folks.

We are headed back to Tulsa today as well- and will be Tweeting once again- so follow us either on our website at the Twitter Update box on the lower right hand side of any of our webpages- or follow us on your own Twitter account. We would love for you to join the modern day version of the rural telephone party line.

Click here for our Flickr Set of Pictures from the Tulsa Farm Show

Last Call for OWGA Meeting on Saturday
Just a quick reminder about the 2009 Oklahoma Wheat Growers Annual Meeting at the Express Events Center in northwest Oklahoma City on State Highway 3. Registration will be up and running at 9:30, with the program expected to begin at 10 AM.

One of the early speakers for this year's meeting will be Congressman Frank Lucas, who is expected to speak in the 10 AM hour. Other speakers will include Dr. Brett Carver, OSU Wheat Breeder, US Wheat and National Association of Wheat Grower leaders- and a whole lot more.

OWGA has a great program lined up- and we hope to see you there on Saturday at the Express Events Center.

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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 $7.90 per bushel, while the 2010 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $8.15 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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