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Commodity Communicator Weekly

May 4, 2012

CME ANNOUNCES EXPANDED HOURS…..Beginning Monday May 14 electronic trading hours for the CBOT grain and oilseeds futures and options will be expanded. This will increase access to CBOT Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Soybean Meal, Soybean Oil, Oats, and Rough Rice to 22 hours per day. Trading hours will be:
   
    Sunday to Monday         5:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. CT
    Monday to Friday            6:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. CT

Open outcry trading hours will continue to be 9:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. CT. Monday to Friday.

FORAGE AND GRASSLAND TOUR SET FOR MAY 17-18 IN NW ARKANSAS
. . . . .The Arkansas Forage and Grasslands Council will host their spring forage tour May 17-18.  The tour headquarters is the Embassy Suites Hotel in Rogers.  This activity will be conducted jointly with the American Forage and Grasslands Council and will include:  insightful tours of area forage production practices, viewing of the National Hay Show, and networking with producers professionals and vendors from the region.  You can register online and get more details at www.afgc.org 

CORN WEBINAR


Weekly Corn Producer Update - The Arkansas Corn and Grain Sorghum Board and Extension Service are teaming up to provide a weekly update to corn producers.  This is designed to give help producers timely information to help maximize yields and provide a forum to ask questions.  The next of these meetings will be Thursday, May 10, 2012, at 11:00 am.  You have 3 options to join:

Option 1:  Click on one of the links below
Option 2:  Open the app, Enter Meeting Number: 572 822 694 and Password: WCPU12
Option 3:  Call 877-668-4490 and enter Meeting Number/access code: 572 822 694 when asked for attendee Id press #

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To join from your Computer
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1. Copy the link below into you web browser
https://arfb.webex.com/arfb/j.php?ED=198284012&UID=0&PW=NMzEzZTJkMmI3&RT=MiM3
2. Enter your name and email when prompted
3. If you are asked, enter the meeting password: WCPU12
4. Click "Join Now".
5. Say Yes or OK to any boxes which pop up
6. When asked to connect enter your phone number area code first
7. Then you are connected

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To join from your iPhone, Ipad, or android device
First download WebEx App to your phone
(Available at the App Store/MarketPlace)
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1. Click the link below
https://arfb.webex.com/arfb/j.php?ED=198284012&UID=0&PW=NMzEzZTJkMmI3&RT=MiM3
2. The program will automatically call you back
- Answer the call and follow the instructions
3. Once connected to the meeting, go back to main screen click the WebEx Ap
4. Now you will be receiving the presentation as well as the audio

or

1. Open the app
2. Enter Meeting Number: 572 822 694
3. Enter Password: WCPU12
4. Click Join
5. The program will automatically call you back
- Answer the call and follow the instructions
6. Once connected to the meeting, go back to main screen click the WebEx Ap
7. Now you will be receiving the presentation as well as the audio


ARKANSAS FARM BUREAU FEDERATION 2012 SUMMER DIVISION MEETING SCHEDULE

 Commodity    Date
Place   
    Time  
Coordinator
Dairy 
June 05
 Conference Call  9:00 AM Bruce Tencleve
Horticulture June 05  Conference Call  8:00 PM Bruce Tencleve
Forestry  June 06  Baucum Nursery, Little Rock 10:00 AM Matt King
Beef Cattle  June 07   Agora Conf. Center – Conway   9:30 AM Travis Justice
Equine June 07   Agora Conf. Center – Conway   9:30 AM Travis Justice
Poultry June 07  Agora Conf. Center – Conway   9:30 AM  Bruce Tencleve
Swine June 07   Agora Conf. Center – Conway   9:30 AM  Evan Teague
Rice   June 18  Rice Research & Ext. Center – Stuttgart
10:00 AM   Brandy Carroll
Soybeans June 18   Rice Research & Ext. Center – Stuttgart  10:00 AM   Brandy Carroll
WFG 
June 18  Rice Research & Ext. Center – Stuttgart  10:00 AM   Matt King
Cotton June 19 
 Conference Call   8:00 AM  Gene Martin
Aquaculture  June 21   Conference Call   1:00 PM  Gene Martin
         















2012 STATE DAIRY FOODS CONTEST DEADLINE MAY 11, 2012
. . . . . The 55th Annual Arkansas Dairy Foods Contest will be June 6, 2012 in Little Rock.  This annual event is sponsored during June Dairy Month by Arkansas Farm Bureau, Southwest Dairy Museum and Arkansas Dairy Cooperative Association.  The Dairy Foods Contest booklet can be downloaded from the Farm Bureau Web site for more information.   All recipes should be sent to: Dairy Foods Contest, P.O. Box 31, Little Rock, AR  72203-0031.  Recipes must be received no later than May 11, 2012 for selection of state finalists.

GENERAL MOTORS PRIVATE OFFER . . . Members can save $500 on qualifying 2011/2012 model year Chevrolet, GMC or Buick vehicles. Complete details at http://www.arfb.com/member_services/gm/

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