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Cash price for canola was
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Latest Farm and Ranch News
Update from Ron Hays of RON
Tuesday, June 18,
Ag Groups Write Letter to Congress Supporting Farm
Oklahoma agriculture organizations have signed a
litter of support for the House version of the
2013 farm bill. The groups sent the letter to
House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas
The letter specifically
supports the safety net provisions and the
voluntary conservation programs written into the
bill, H.R. 1947.
The letter's signers also
said the believe passage of the current farm bill
would give them some measure of certainty so that
they could make long-range business
The ag groups said the bill goes
beyond just assisting farmers and, as a whole, is
good for taxpayers.
believe there are real reforms in this act while
still protecting the United States food supply.
FARRM offers reforms that are achievable only if
passed and implemented, and the bill will also
save taxpayer dollars though its budget savings.
We encourage your support of H.R.
bill is expected to be voted on this week, and may
come up for consideration as early as
You'll find the full text
of the letter and a list of the 15 signers on our
website. Click here to go there.
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Take Top Spots at LMA's 50th Annniversary World
Focht of Stillwater, Okla., proved
his world-class talent as a livestock auctioneer
at the 50th anniversary of the Livestock Marketing
Association's (LMA) World Livestock Auctioneer
Championship (WLAC) held in Montgomery, Ala., on
Saturday, June 15.
A late comer to the
livestock auctioneering profession, Focht, 43,
whose grandfather was a livestock auctioneer,
didn't begin selling until 13 years ago. He
credits fellow Oklahoma auctioneers Ralph Wade and
Greg Griffith with helping to form him into the
world champion auctioneer he is today.
had never sold anything or had a chant before I
met Ralph. He took a complete beginner and in two
days taught me the basics and put me in the block
at Oklahoma National Stockyards," Focht explains.
"Greg taught me all the values that exemplify an
auctioneer: professionalism, integrity, honesty
making a great showing were the Reserve Champion
Brian Little of Wann, Okla., and
the 2013 Audrey K. Banks "Rookie of the Year"
Award winner, Mike Godberson of
Click here for the full story
Slows Harvest Progress Across Oklahoma and
across most of Oklahoma late Sunday and early
Monday brought wheat harvest to a halt.
Progress before that had been substantial with 30
percent of the wheat crop reported harvested by
the end of last week. That's still 34 points
behind the five year average.
percent of the crop was listed in poor or very
poor shape, 28 percent was fair, and only 18
percent was listed in the good category.
canola crop was rated mostly fair to poor.
Ninety-two percent of the crop was reported as
mature at the end of last week, with 36 percent
harvested. Canola harvest was ending at this
time last year. (Click here to read more of the
Oklahoma Crop Progress and Condition
Kansas, the winter wheat crop was
turning color on 74 percent of the acreage, behind
100 percent a year ago and 86 average. Eleven
percent of the crop was ripe, compared to 97 last
year and 44 percent on average. The condition was
rated 24 percent very poor, 21 poor, 27 fair, 24
good, and 4 percent excellent. (Click here for the full Kansas,
showers and warmer temperatures prevailed across
much of Texas last week, with wheat harvest in
full swing across the state. Harvest was
temporarily halted in some areas due to
rains. Fifty percent of the crop in Texas is
considered to be in very poor shape, 25 percent is
in poor condition, 17 percent is listed in fair
condition, seven percent is in good shape and only
one percent is listed in the excellent
category. (The Texas report is available by
Helps Protect Oklahomans During
that flooding always follows drought, especially
in Oklahoma, for the past two years the USDA
Natural Resources Conservation Service, Oklahoma
Conservation Commission and local conservation
districts have worked to put in place the nation's
most advanced flood warning system -DamWatch. The
agencies joined together to initiate the DamWatch
system to help manage the 2,107 flood retarding
dams in Oklahoma built through the federal Small
Watershed Upstream Flood Control
The agencies partnered with
USEngineering Solutions, Corp., to implement its
DamWatch application that uses web-based software
to access real-time data sources and analyze the
data related to each of Oklahoma's 2,107 watershed
dams. A threshold rainfall amount is computed for
each dam based on its capacity to store storm
runoff. When the threshold is exceeded for
specific dams, DamWatch automatically sends an
alert to notify key personnel of a potentially
destructive event so they can inspect the dam and,
if appropriate, initiate an emergency action plan.
DamWatch team members receive an
automatically-generated priority list of dams
requiring monitoring, inspection and possible
operational actions. Those actions might range
from monitoring spillway flows and taking
protective measures to prevent erosion of the
spillway, to notifying law enforcement and local
emergency agencies of a possible need for road
closure or evacuation.
can read more of this story by clicking here.
Cattle and Beef Trade Continues to
S. Peel, Oklahoma State University
Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist, writes
in the latest Cow-Calf
Mexico has long been a
major beef industry trading partner with the U.S.
in roles that have continually evolved into deeper
and more integrated relationships. For many years,
Mexico has been the major source of imported
feeder cattle. U.S. beef exports to Mexico
developed in the late 1990s and Mexico has been
one of the top beef export destinations since
then. Most recently Mexico has emerged as a top
source of beef imports into the U.S. All of these
markets have been rather dynamic in recent years
and raise the question of what the nature of U.S.
and Mexican cattle and beef trade will be in the
Since 2009, U.S. imports of
Mexican beef increased by 268 percent to make
Mexico the fourth largest source of U.S. beef
imports. Mexico exports beef to a number of
countries including Japan, Russia and South Korea
and Mexican beef exports have more than doubled
since 2009. Beef exports to the U.S. represented
just over 40 percent of total Mexican beef exports
in 2012. U.S. imports of Mexican beef are up again
so far in 2013 and are on pace to increase another
30 percent by the end of the year. Most of the
beef imported from Mexico is middle meats from fed
cattle. The dramatic increase in Mexican beef
exports is the result of a rapid conversion of the
Mexican beef industry from a carcass to a boxed
beef marketing system. This has opened new market
opportunities in both domestic and international
beef markets. It is not clear how potentially
large the market for Mexican beef in the U.S. is,
but there appears to be room for additional
Click here to read more.
President 'Cautiously Hopeful' about Trade
Negotiations with Europe
following statement was issued by Bob
Stallman, president of the American Farm
"The beginning of
comprehensive trade negotiations, the
Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership
(TTIP), between the United States and the European
Union holds the promise of expanded market access
and an improved, science-based regulatory approach
for agriculture and food. A constant commitment to
removing barriers to agricultural trade is
necessary in order to achieve a worthwhile
agreement for U.S. agriculture.
misuse of sanitary and phytosanitary standards,
including the EU's restrictions on genetically
engineered crops, has long been a tactic to impede
trade. We will look closely to these negotiations
to move past this trade distorting tactic and
fully embrace a rules-based trading system with
standards based upon scientific assessment.
You can read more of Bob Stallman's
statement by clicking here.
Bill This N That- Obama Hates House Ag Committee
Farm Bill, SNAP Reform Graphic and Rules Committee
Links to Every Amendment and More
put- President Obama and his key
White House Cronies hate the 2013 House Ag
Committee Farm Bill- primarily because it makes
modest cuts in the nutrition title of the bill-
cuts that could stop rewarding some of their
supporters in back door ways. In a statement
released on Monday evening, the Obama White House
condemned the bill- threatening a veto if that
measure should come to 1600 Pennsylvania
Click here to read the statement
to get a feel for what the Administration is
thinking is "good" farm policy.
the House Ag Committee has released an graphic
that offers some of the ways that SNAP is reformed
under HR 1947- you can take a look at it by clicking here.
is our understanding that the Rules Committee has
a 1 pm Central time meeting to pull together the
amendments and decide which ones will get a floor
vote or not- there are 227 amendments listed on
the Rules Committee website- about thirty are
listed as being late (which you would think might
knock them out of consideration)- click here for that full list.
you care to read the full House Ag Committee Farm
Bill- that's also available on the House Rules
Committee website- click here for the PDF version-
all 1200 pages of it.
word we received this morning from the House Ag
Committee is that they are expecting the opening
of debate sometime this afternoon or early
evening- Wednesday is expected to be an all day
and maybe all night marathon on the bill- with
final votes for the week expected to be before 3
pm Thursday afternoon. A full vote on the final
bill could come in the wee hours of Thursday
morning- or perhaps a little later in the day on
speaks volumes that Eric Cantor
and John Boehner are willing to
bring the bill to the floor- that seems to say
that they believer there are enough votes to get
it passed this week. Stay tuned- we will be
tweeting and offering periodic updates on our App
and on our website.
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