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First Cattle on Feed Report of New Year Sets Negative
Tone For Markets
latest cattle on feed report, released this past Friday afternoon,
has a bearish feel to it with on feed and placements numbers coming
in higher than trade expectations. That's according to Market Analyst
of Leffler Commodities. The number of cattle and calves on feed for
the slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity
of 1,000 or more head totaled 10.6 million head on January first. The
inventory was slightly below last January and 5.1 percent below the
five year average.
It's interesting to note that heifers and heifer calves accounted for
3.41 million head, down seven percent from 2015. The January first heifers and
heifer calves inventory was the lowest percent of total January
inventory since the series began in 1996. That may be a precursor to
what USDA tells us later this week in the US Cattle Inventory report
when we learn how many beef cows we have added to the herd since the
January first number of 29.7 million head.
Leffler said placements were the most negative figure out of the
whole report. USDA reported placements in feedlots during December
totaled 1.53 million head, one percent below 2014. That was 8.3
percent lower than the five year average.
Net placements were 1.45 million head. During December, placements of
cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds were down 14.8
percent at 375,000 head, 600-699 pounds were down 2.7 percent at
355,000 head, 700-799 pounds was up 6.9 percent at 355,000 head, and
800 pounds and greater were at 440,000 head, up ten percent from last
"This was the second smallest December placements of the past 20
years, it's also the second lowest placement number for 2015,"
Leffler said. "This also comes in as the third lowest placement
of the past 34 straight months."
Our Leslie Smith interviewed Tom Leffler of Leffler Commodities. Click
or tap here to listen to the full interview as they discuss the
Cattle on Feed report, the latest cold storage report and how this
will impact the cattle markets- and we have links to the full reports
from USDA as well.
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Is There Opposition on
State Question 777? Yep, There is.
It is early in the year and there is not a lot of stir on the
internet about State Question 777, The Right to Farm Constitutional
Amendment that will be voted on in November by Oklahoma.
However, in looking around in cyberspace over the weekend, we did
find three opinion pieces out there that signal what opponents are
thinking and will be saying over and over in the weeks and months to
The Journal Record in Oklahoma City offered an opinion piece from
organic farmer Whitney
McClendon who owns of Provision Organic Farm.
If you were on the "no" side of the equation, you would be
planning on using this attractive young lady in your TV ads as one of
the faces against SQ777.In her opinion piece, McClendon says
"I'm part owner of a local, organic farm. I don't want my
government to place unnecessary rules and regulations on such things
as a minimum number of crops or animals we must produce in order to
exist, or how far we must be from the city, even if within proper
zoning limits. And this bill in no way protects those concerns.
"Instead, this bill makes it nearly impossible to regulate the
economic and health issues that profoundly affect local farms and
every Oklahoman. These include market monopoly, air and water
pollution, pesticide and other toxic chemical use, antibiotic use,
food additives, animal abuse and noxious animal waste. I welcome
government regulations or interventions on the issues listed
You can read her full commentary from the December 30th Journal
Record by clicking
On January 12th, the editorial
board of the Muskogee Phoenix newspaper advocated a
"no" vote- apparently deciding on their position by virtue
of STIR's (Save the Illinois River) contentions that SQ777 is bad for
the ecosystem of Eastern Oklahoma. The paper writes "STIR
has done a great deal for the environment and the Illinois River and
Lake Tenkiller. Its opposition says volumes."
You can read their editorial in full by clicking
Most recently, a "guest
column" was found this past week in the Enid newspaper
online- written by the Director of the Kirkpatrick Foundation, Louisa McCune.
While this opinion piece does not come out and call for a
"no" vote in November, McCune does say that "forever
is a long time" and questions the ability of Oklahoma to
regulate CAFOs in the future if SQ777 is approved in November.
McCune writes "While supporters say that 777 is needed to
protect family farmers and our rich agricultural heritage, the
opposition says 777 actually furthers the destruction of the family
farm by accelerating corporate concentration in the marketplace."
In searching the
web- no opinion pieces were found in Oklahoma media calling for a
"yes" vote for SQ777 as we begin the new year.
That will likely change in the days ahead, but these three articles
found via Google show the arguments that are going to seen and heard
a lot between now and November.
Department Sponsors Farmers Market Conference on March 10
Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry (ODAFF)
will host a Farmers Market Conference on March 10 from 9 a.m. - 3
p.m. at the Cole Community Center, 4400 NW Expressway, in Oklahoma
ODAFF, the Oklahoma
Nutrition Information and Education (ONIE) Project,
the Regional Food
Bank of Oklahoma and OSU-OKC are partnering for this
conference geared toward market managers, board members, growers,
vendors and individuals or city officials wanting to start a farmers
market in their town or community. Breakout sessions will include
nutrition education at the farmers market, a health regulations
panel, Supplemental Nutrition and Seniors Nutrition Programs at the
market, growing season planning, starting a farmers market,
recruiting vendors and marketing to the public.
Registration for the workshop begins at 8:30 a.m. The general session
begins at 9 a.m. The daylong workshop is scheduled to end at 3 p.m.
There is no charge for the conference and lunch will be provided.
Registration is due by March 3 using the site www.onieproject.org/FarmersMarket.
For more information, contact Meredith Scott at (405) 271-2091.
Fire Fighters Association Gathering Rural Volunteers for Meeting Next
State Fire Fighters Association will be gathering
next month. The OSFA
Volunteer Caucus will be held on Saturday, February
6th at the Wyndham Garden Inn in Oklahoma City. OSFA Executive
Ostrander said this allows volunteer firefighters the
opportunity to have direct input into the organization and determine
legislative priorities. The volunteer fire fighters will be divided
into small work groups, before the entire volunteer fire segment of
the OSFA prioritizes those needs. While OSFA represents most
volunteer fire fighters in Oklahoma, Ostrander wants as many
volunteer fire fighters at this caucus.
In the 2016 legislative session, budget cuts will be the top
concern. Ostrander said operational grants through
the Department of Forestry that provide annual support to small fire
departments will be targeted. Budget cuts to the forestry department
will affect the operations at local fire departments.
"For a fire department that's surviving on bean suppers and pie
auctions, it's massive," Ostrander said. "It makes a
difference whether or not they can put fuel in their truck."
With budget cuts, a tax credit program for volunteer fire fighters
will also take a hit. For fire fighters that completed a training
program, they were eligible for a $200 or $400 tax credit. Ostrander
has already seen several bills filed for the 2016 state legislative
session that will put the tax credit on hold for two years or reduce
the credits by 25 percent or more.
Our Leslie Smith caught up with Ostrander for a radio interview. Click
or tap here to listen or for more information on the OSFA
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
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details about the 2016 Oklahoma City Farm Show- presented by Midwest
for Certified Angus Beef Growing Around the World
One of the opportunities to grow the Certified Angus Beef
(CAB) program is continued expansion in the international
marketplace. International demand represents 120 million pounds of
Certified Angus Beef sales. A large portion of that is sold to Canada
and Mexico. CAB
President John Stika said they are also seeing
increasing CAB sales into South America. This includes Columbia, Peru
and Chile and in Central America, this includes Costa Rica and
Panama. The Middle East is also a growing market for CAB. Asia
remains to be a huge market for CAB as that market continues to
recover economically and CAB is excited about its future in that
region. In August 2015, CAB opened an office in Toyko.
In the United States, CAB continues to emphasize the need for the
nation's Angus producers to keep telling their story to consumers.
Stika said producers need to communicate a message about quality and
to help consumers differentiate the value of CAB from other Angus
programs. In promoting the best the Angus breed has to offer in the
form of Certified Angus Beef, he said then all ships float higher. In
response, cattlemen, ranchers and feeders have respond by producing
more Angus-influenced cattle that meet the 10-science-based
specifications. Stika said they plan to increase demand through more
resources, more creativity, and through their Culinary Center in
I featured Stika on the Beef Buzz feature. Click
or tap here to listen to today's Beef Buzz.
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RFA Issues One-Pager to Correct
Anti-Ethanol Rhetoric on the Presidential Campaign Trail
In response to the anti-ethanol rhetoric that has been
dominating the presidential campaign in the run-up to the Iowa
caucuses, the Renewable
Fuels Association (RFA) sent a one-pager to media
outlets to correct the misconceptions regarding ethanol in general
and the Renewable
Fuel Standard (RFS) in particular.
*First and foremost, there is no "corn ethanol subsidy."
The Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit (also known as the
"blender's tax credit") expired five years ago in 2011.
Further it was gasoline blenders - not ethanol producers - who
received a 45 cent per gallon tax credit for each gallon of ethanol
blended. The Small Ethanol Producer Tax Credit also expired in 2011.
*The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is not a "subsidy." The
RFS is not a tax incentive or subsidy in any way, shape, or form. The
RFS has absolutely no impact on the federal budget or tax revenues.
Rather, the RFS is a program that guarantees lower-carbon biofuels
will have access to a fuel market that is overwhelmingly and unfairly
dominated by petroleum.
Jim Inhofe's Committee
Moving Regulatory Relief for Farmers Forward in Sportsman Bill
It's an issue that agriculture has been working on for the last
several years. We are talking about a clarification that federal law
does not require a redundant permit for already regulated pesticide
applications. It appears that this clarification may move forward
within the Sportsmen's
Act of 2015- as approved this past week by the Senate
Environment and Public Works Committee. (Chaired by Oklahoma Senator
According to a report on the markup of the legislation in Feedstuffs,
"Pesticide users currently are subjected to the
court-created requirement that lawful applications over, to or near
"waters of the U.S." obtain a Clean Water Act National
Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit from the Environmental
Protection Agency or delegated states.
"According to a letter of nearly 100 organizations that support
the amendment, "Under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide &
Rodenticide Act, all pesticides are reviewed and regulated for use
with strict instructions on the EPA-approved product label. A
thorough review and accounting of impacts to water quality and
aquatic species is included in every EPA review. Requiring water
permits for pesticide applications is redundant and provides no
additional environmental benefit."
Fischer of Nebraska noted that EPA already regulates
pesticides through strict instructions on product labels. In a
statement, she said the additional permitting requirements provide no
environmental or water quality benefits, yet obtaining these permits
costs farmers and their families more than $50 million a year.
You can can read the full Feedstuffs report by clicking
BY THE WAY-
Senator Inhofe also was busy this past week- calling on the Justice
Department to do their job and investigate EPA over WOTUS- the EPW
Committee released a statement from the Senator saying:
"Something is tremendously wrong when a federal agency thinks it
can break the law and illegally spend taxpayer dollars," said
Senator Inhofe."But that is the situation we have right now with
EPA and their efforts to fool hardworking Americans about their
Waters of the United States rule. EPA must be held accountable, and I
look forward to hearing what the Department of Justice finds in their
Senator Inhofe made these comments as a result of the GAO legal
opinion that EPA broke federal law with their social media campaign
during the comment period for the Waters of the US Rule last
year. Read the full letter sent by the Senator to
Attorney General Lynch by clicking
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