From: Ron Hays [] on behalf of Ron Hays []
Sent: Monday, May 04, 2009 6:32 AM
Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Monday May 4, 2009
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-- A Six Figure Pay Day for OSU Wheat Breeding Efforts with Check Handed Over from Ok Genetics, Inc.
-- NPPC Continues to Pump the Message Out About Current Flu Outbreak- It Ain't About Hogs.
-- If We Can Hold Wholesale Beef Gains- Better Cash Cattle Prices May Follow
-- What Direction Should be Taken in Animal Agriculture to Meet the Challenge of the HSUS?
-- USMEF is Arguing Safety of US Pork with International Buyers as Flu Scare Continues
-- CRP Extension Available for a Limited Number of Expiring Contracts
-- From the World of Twitter
-- Let's Check the Markets!

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A Six Figure Pay Day for OSU Wheat Breeding Efforts with Check Handed Over from Ok Genetics, Inc.
The Oklahoma State University Division of Agriculture has received it's first check ever for wheat variety royalties, as collected by a new non profit organization that has been formed for that purpose. Ok Genetics Inc. has a licensing agreement for five OSU developed wheat varieties, and expects to sign deals with OSU for two new varieties that will be available to wheat farmers this fall. The current variety list in their lineup includes Ok Bullet, Duster, Guymon and the two Clearfield varieties, OKField and OKClearfield- with the new varieties that they will be representing Billings and Pete.

The Executive Director of Ok Genetics Inc is Mark Hodges, and he says that very first check that has gone to OSU that will be plowed back into wheat breeding work was for $156,972.94. Hodges says that in these days of tighter budgets for University research and breeding programs, this money will allow Land Grants like OSU and K-State (who is represented by the Kansas Wheat Alliance) to stay competitive in hiring good people and doing the work to bring out higher yielding wheat varieties that also have other characteristics like drought tolerance needed by the wheat farmers here in the southern plains.

We have our full interview with Mark on our website- as we talk about Ok Genetics and why this relatively new effort in Oklahoma is so important in our push for new wheat breeding efforts in the future. Click on the link below for that story.

Click here for more on the six figure payday for the OSU Wheat Breeding Program.

NPPC Continues to Pump the Message Out About Current Flu Outbreak- It Ain't About Hogs.
In a Sunday News Release, the National Pork Producers continues to tell the story of "Non-Swine" flu to the general public- "Pork is safe to eat and handle," the U.S. pork industry continues to assure people in the wake of a report from Canada that pigs in an Alberta pork operation contracted an H1N1 virus. A worker who recently visited Mexico - and became ill with flu-like symptoms - is suspected of transmitting the virus to a pig. "People cannot get the flu from eating or handling pork," said Dr. Jennifer Greiner, director of science and technology for the National Pork Producers Council. "The flu is a respiratory illness, it's not a food-borne illness."

"Influenza is not uncommon in pigs," Greiner said, "but they recover, and it does not affect the safety or quality of pork. "It is well known that influenzas are transmissible, and it is not a surprise that a flu virus might have passed from people to pigs. The bottom line is pork is safe to eat and handle."

A similar release came from Smithfield on Sunday, assuring buyers of Smithfield Food products that they have no flu associated with their product- and that in the case of Canada- they have no Canadian connections at all when it comes to facilities or in even the processing of Canadian hogs. The Smithfield release is up on our website- and the link to it is below- click and take a look.

Click here for the Smithfield word- No Flu Connection Here.

If We Can Hold Wholesale Beef Gains- Better Cash Cattle Prices May Follow
The stronger whole boxed beef trade of recent weeks is setting the stage for a summer rally in cash cattle prices- at least that is the expectation being raised by Jim Sartwelle, Livestock Economist for the American Farm Bureau. He is encouraged by the $15 advance in the wholesale boxed beef trade, even though it has happened with fairly light volume to this point.

He does believe that now that we are in the $140s for the wholesale trade- if we can hold that level into the early part of summer- we may see a move into the 90s for slaughter cattle- and that will help yearling and calf prices as well.
Sartwelle does worry about the amount of red ink that the feedlots have endured- and wonders what kind of shake out that will mean for the feedlot industry in the months to come. The amount of loss per pen of cattle has gotten smaller this spring, and could narrow more if corn prices stay reasonable into the summer growing season.

You can hear Jim's comments on these cattle market issues on our Monday Beef Buzz, which is a regular feature heard on great radio stations around the state on the Radio Oklahoma Network. The Beef Buzz is also a regularly updated feature found on our website, www.OklahomaFarmReport.Com and we have the link to today's show with Jim Sartwelle below- check it out.

Click here for more on our Monday Beef Buzz on current market outlook with Jim Sartwelle of the American Farm Bureau.

What Direction Should be Taken in Animal Agriculture to Meet the Challenge of the HSUS?
"Animal agriculture needs to answer one very simple question: What is unacceptable to do to farm animals?" That's one of the bottom line statements from Candace Croney, who is an associate professor of animal behavior/bioethics in the department of veterinary preventive medicine at The Ohio State University in Columbus as she pens a commentary on the subject of animal welfare and the challenge faced by producers in several states- including Ohio, where she lives.

She is writing in Feedstuffs and offers her opinions on the efforts of the HSUS to push for state by state reform of animal welfare legislation. "Animal agriculture's leaders must stop waiting to see what happens next and respond quickly and appropriately. The problem of farm animal welfare is here to stay, and the current attempts to address it with legislation may bring unforeseen consequences along the lines of those encountered following the horse slaughter ban."

She adds that livestock producers must realize that consumers understand more than we are often willing to admit- and that it is very hard to argue against some of the language offered up by the Animal Rights Activists- even if sound science is on our side. She points to the Prop 2 Initiative in California that included the dictate that "animals should be able to stand up, lie down and turn around comfortably."
I have linked her entire commentary below- it's a most interesting read as we ponder the issue of animal well being and how animal agriculture gets the high ground back from the HSUS.

Click here to read the commentary "State-by-state welfare legislation not solution" from Feedstuffs

USMEF is Arguing Safety of US Pork with International Buyers as Flu Scare Continues
With all of the facts in hand, the U.S. Meat Export Federation is working in each of its markets to prevent expansion of overreaction to the H1N1 virus. Several or our trading partners have cut off or severely curtailed imports of U.S. pork. Philip Seng, president and CEO of the USMEF, says it is the goal of his organization to - limit the scope and length of any trade suspensions.

The federation is making frequent contact with trade and food safety officials in overseas markets in order to provide sound, scientific facts they are able to use to reassure the public about the safety of U.S. pork. In some cases, the results have been highly successful as several major trading partners have resisted pressure to impose bans or restrictions on pork imports.

Seng says, - the majority of our trading partners have stepped up to the plate and followed sound science on this issue. He says, - the bans imposed by Russia, China and some other markets are quite frustrating, however, because they have no scientific basis and are simply adding to the confusion and unfounded fears about pork.

CRP Extension Available for a Limited Number of Expiring Contracts
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says USDA's Farm Service Agency will offer certain producers the opportunity to modify and extend their Conservation Reserve Program contracts that are scheduled to expire on Sept. 30, 2009. USDA can only extend approximately 1.5 million acres out of a total 3.9 million acres expiring this year. This extension will ensure that FSA meets the statutory CRP acreage limitation of 32-million acres established in the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008.

FSA will notify participants by letter beginning Wednesday. The sign-up for this voluntary extension will begin on May 18 and run through June 30, 2009. Farmers and ranchers may apply for this extension at their FSA county office.

A general CRP signup is not scheduled during fiscal year 2009. However, producers may continue to enroll relatively small, highly-desirable acreages, including land that is not extended, into Continuous CRP. Continuous CRP includes such practices as filter strips and riparian buffers.

Here's the full news release from USDA on this CRP Reenrollment Coming for 2009

From the World of Twitter
I follow quite a few people on Twitter, which means when they do a "tweet" I see it on my computer or on my cell phone. A "Tweet" is a short 140 word message which may be a factual update or a mini commentary on just about any subject you can think of. I follow folks from here in Oklahoma, but also nationally when it comes to farm and ranch issues. I also have my computer set up with a program that allows me to see any mention of the word farm when it is used by one of the millions that now utilize this social media magnet.

From time to time- I will point out "Tweets" that may be of interest to you- I will mention them because I found them interesting. For example, a farmer in northwest Iowa that Tweeted yesterday signals today may be a corn planting day in his part of the world- " Should be a great day for planting corn 2morrow. After sows are fed and bred."

As for the world of commentary- there's always lots flying around in the argument over organic versus conventional farming practices- one from this weekend says "We grow 5x more corn w/ 20% less land than we did in1930s. Explain 2 me how modern ag. yields 'less' than organic?"
Of course, we have stuff on twitter as well- you can check us out at the link below- and we invite you to follow us if you would like- would love to have you along for the ride.

Click here for Ron's link on Twitter

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Let's Check the Markets!
The Woodward Livestock Auction sold 3,678 head of cattle on Friday, with yearlings going steady on the steers, and steady to $2 lower on the feeder heifers. Steer calves were steady, while heifer calves sold steady to $1 higher. Five weight steers sold $122 to $126.75, while seven to eight hundred pound steer yearlings cleared from $93 to $106.75. The entire Woodward report from this past Friday will be up on line from USDA by around 8 AM Monday morning- click here to review all of the numbers.

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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