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Welcome to 2016- Hang Onto Your Hat as We Follow
These Beginning of the Year Cattle Markets!
It's our first email communication with you in the new year- and I am
excited about what 2016 may hold.
Today will mark the resumption of our auction markets for stocker and
feeder cattle- and this entire week is likely to be one where the
markets will jump a good bit higher to catch up with where the
livestock futures, the cash cattle trade and the wholesale boxed beef
trade has gone since mid December.
The Texas Cattle
Feeders Association is reporting that slaughter
cattle prices jumped $11 to $13 this past week- with sales of slaughter
steers and slaughter heifers both at $135- this after prices jumped
about $6 a hundred the week before.
Wholesale boxed beef moved higher every day last week between
Christmas and New Year's and both live cattle and feeder cattle ag
futures are trended higher since the last time we had cash trade in
our feeder and stocker cattle.
So- it should be an interesting week for our cattle and beef markets.
First up today- the Oklahoma National Stockyards in Oklahoma City,
the Tulsa Stockyards and the Joplin Regional Livestock Market.
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starts with P&K.
First Merger Creates Largest Ag Financial Cooperative in Oklahoma-
The state's largest agricultural financial cooperative, Oklahoma AgCredit,
has been formed by the merger of Farm Credit of East Central Oklahoma
and Chisholm Trail Farm Credit following approval from stockholders
of both associations and Farm Credit Administration.
"With the New Year, there is much to celebrate," said Butch McComas,
Chief Executive Officer of Oklahoma AgCredit. "Along with the
fresh start of Oklahoma AgCredit, the largest and strongest Farm
Credit Association in the state, 2016 marks the centennial of the
Farm Credit System."
Broken Arrow-based Farm Credit of East Central Oklahoma, which provides
loans and leases for agriculture and rural Oklahomans in the eastern
half of the state, joined Enid-based Chisholm Trail Farm Credit that
serves members in central Oklahoma, effective Jan. 1, 2016. Now named
Oklahoma AgCredit, the member-owned cooperative provides agricultural
financing in 60 of Oklahoma's 77 counties.
here to read more about the merger and the direction that McComas
and his team plan to take the new Farm Credit entity in 2016.
Assures 2015 is Wettest Year Ever for Oklahoma
According to Gary
McManus, Oklahoma State Climatologist, Mother Nature managed
to save some of the worst of 2015's weather for last, ending the year
with a powerful winter storm that, while significant for western
Oklahoma, was historic for the eastern half of the state. The
December 26-28 event prompted blizzard, ice storm and winter storm
warnings for western Oklahoma while the eastern half was awash in
McManus writes in his latest Mesonet Ticker (from January 2nd) that
"Flooding was the main concern across eastern Oklahoma where 6-12
inches fell over the three day period."
December ended as the wettest on record for the state according to
preliminary statistics from the Oklahoma Mesonet. The statewide
average precipitation for the month was 5.92 inches, 3.86 inches
above normal. The previous record of 4.87 inches was set back in
1984. Those records date back to 1895.
For the entire year- total precipitation came in on a preliminary
basis at a statewide average of 53.88 inches. The record prior to
2015 was held by 1957 at 47.88 inches.
The rainfall pushed Oklahoma out of a multi- year drought mid year-
saw flash drought jump back in by early fall- but then
November-December rains erased all drought again.
Gary's complete look at the weather year- and some early thoughts for
2016 are on our website- click
here to learn more.
We Talk with Food Writer,
Blogger, Mom AND GMO Proponent Julie Kelly
It's good to know that modern production agriculture is not
universally hated by folks not directly involved in farming and
ranching. Some days, it feels that way when you get bloodied by
the likes of HSUS, Chipotle, Whole Foods and others.
However, there are folks who have looked at the facts and the sound
science and are not buying the fear being sold by those who seem to
hate technology in food production.
For example- we have been following the tweets of Julie Kelly,
who is a cooking instructor, food writer, blogger and a Mom who lives
in the Chicago area. And, in 2015, she got passionate about GMOs. She
writes in a blog article that recaps the 2015 GMO debate that she
started the year not knowing much about GMOs- but as she has learned
about the battle over the technology, she has become an
"outspoken (and sometimes brash and unapologetic) advocate for
genetic engineering while trying to uncover the motives and funders
behind the anti-GMO movement."
Kelly explains her journey regarding the GMO issue- some of the
postives that have happened in 2015 in the battle over GMOs and in
her article mentioned above she makes reference to the misinformation
of a year ending op-ed found in the New York Times from a celebrity
chef who has made a key part of his reputation the vilifacation of
Colicchio. She writes "So I find it somewhat
amusing that 2015 wraps up with Colicchio's op-ed, which rehashes the
same hollow arguments I've heard from the anti-GMO movement all year.
No, Tom, GMO crops do not contribute to cancer and they haven't
resulted in more use of toxic chemicals; and yes, they do encourage
food security and new innovations that can lead to better
nutrition-if lobbyists like you would stop spreading
We have a fifteen minute interview that we did with Julie over this
past weekend on our website- and I would encourage you to go and take
a listen. If you are involved in producing food in any way- it
will be worth your time.
here for our Julie Kelly webstory- and the audio conversation
that I believe you will enjoy listening to.
Farm Shows wants to thank everyone who came to
the 2015 Tulsa Farm Show. The show has grown tremendously over
the past 22 years- and 2015 was the best yet!
Now is the time to
put on your 2016 calendar the date for the 2016 Oklahoma City Farm Show,
coming April 14,
15 and 16, 2016. Contact Ron Bormaster
at (507) 437-7969 for more details about how your business or
organization can be a part of the 2016 Oklahoma City Farm Show!
Click here for
more details about the 2016 Oklahoma City Farm Show- presented by
Midwest Farm Shows.
US Beef Producers
Encounter International Headwinds in 2015- But Anticipate a Better
For a lot of reasons, the beef cattle industry is glad that 2015 is
now in the proverbial rearview mirror. Cattle Prices fell during the
year for calves, yearlings and market ready cattle- and one of the
reasons for the weakness were weak exports for US Beef. Heather Buckmaster
with the Oklahoma Beef Council cites several reasons for the pullback
in beef exports- both in the value of the product shipped
internationally as well as in the actual tonnage.
She told us that a combination of a slowing global economy,
particularly in Asia a top export destination for U.S. beef along
with a stronger U.S. dollar makes U.S. beef less competitive than
beef from Australia or Brazil, two of our largest competitors in the
global marketplace. In addition, c commodity prices around the world
are under pressure and volatility in the global financial markets
spread to the commodity markets over the course of the year- and
cattle producers, like others in the agricultural arena, took a hit
The good news for 2016 in the international marketplace is the
expectation that US beef exports will grow in the coming year, according
to the current forecast from the US Meat Export Federation.
Besides international markets- we also talked about the digital
marketing being funded by the Beef Checkoff with Heather. She
was our guest this past Saturday morning on our In the Field segment
seen on KWTV News9 in Oklahoma City- and we also did an off camera
conversation with her as well.
here to see our video Q&A with her- as well as the chance to
hear our audio conversation as well about what the beef checkoff was
doing in 2015 in promoting beef- and what some of the plans are for
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Fuels Advocates Call Out Senators Cruz and Paul As Opponents of the
Renewable Future (ARF) released its final candidate
report card just before the start of the New Year. The report card
places each presidential contender into a good or bad category based
on their support for the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). ARF
will use the report card to let more than 50,000 pledged caucus-goers
and Iowans know which candidates will protect the state's economy or
which will be job killers. The tactics used will be a combination of
grassroots and paid efforts.
Sen. Ted Cruz
and Sen. Rand Paul stand out as the bad candidates on
the report card, while the rest of the candidates on both sides of
the aisle are graded as good. The report card designates a
"good" candidate as one who has demonstrated support for
the RFS and Iowa farmers and a "bad" candidate as one who
has stood against Iowa farmers and the RFS.
here for more on the report card as it relates to the RFS and the
A Big Thanks to
Croplan and and a Big Welcome to Oklahoma AgCredit
I am amazed and
humbled by the longevity when it comes to the support
our sponsors give us for this daily email- and as we start a brand
new year- I wanted to single out two entities that are among the
folks who help pay the bills which enables us to cover the
meetings, write the stories and compile them into what this daily
email has become, a daily review of the farm and ranch and agri-news
that is important to the agricultural community in our state.
First- I want to say thanks to Winfield
Solutions and Croplan for their incredible support
over the past three and a half years. They joined our group of
sponsors at a time when interest was rising among Oklahoma wheat
farmers about including winter canola as a part of their crop
We have had a tough couple of years in growing canola- some farmers
have rethought their interest in the crop- and Croplan has
decided to use their resources in other ways in our region. They are
a great organization- dedicated to working with farmers in our region
in several crops- and I want to say thanks for their extended support
for this email.
That said- their departure gives us a chance to include a new sponsor
on our team- and we are excited to welcome a brand new financial
institution that is coming on the scene as of the first of the year- Oklahoma AgCredit.
We will be sharing more about Oklahoma AgCredit in the days ahead- as
mentioned in their news release that we included in this email in an
earlier story- Oklahoma AgCredit is the result of the merger of Farm
Credit of East Central Oklahoma and Chisholm Trail Farm Credit. They
have both been great partners for farmers and ranchers they have done
business with- and strong supporters of agriculture in our
I know that Oklahoma AgCredit will be all of that and more in the days
Thanks- and welcome aboard!
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