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have a new market feature on a daily basis-
each afternoon we are posting a recap of that day's
markets as analyzed by Justin Lewis of KIS
here for the report posted yesterday afternoon
around 3:30 PM.
Oklahoma Cash Grain Prices- as reported
by the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture.
price for canola was $8.83 per bushel- based on
delivery to the Northern AG elevator in Yukon Friday.
The full listing of cash canola bids at country points
in Oklahoma can now be found in the daily Oklahoma Cash
Grain report- linked above.
Daily Market Wrapup from the Radio
Oklahoma Network with Jim Apel and Tom Leffler-
analyzing the Futures Markets from the previous Day.
National Daily Feeder & Stocker
Cattle Summary- as prepared by USDA.
National Daily Slaughter Cattle
Summary- as prepared by the USDA.
here is the Daily Volume and Price Summary from
the Texas Cattle Feeders Association.
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Update from Ron Hays of RON
Monday, April 7,
Host House Ag Committee Chair Frank Lucas at Ag
Townhall During OKC Farm
Radio Oklahoma Ag Network hosted an Ag Townhall
Meeting featuring a conversation between yours
truly and the Chairman of the House Ag Committee,
Frank Lucas.The Chairman
looked at the evolution of the 2012, 2013 and
finally the 2014 Farm Bill- which eventually was
passed into law earlier this year as the
Agricultural Act of 2014.
Lucas summarized the three year journey of
developing a new five year farm bill, offering
some insights of the highs and the lows he felt as
the House Ag Committee passed a bill that was not
considered on the floor in 2012, passed a bill
that was defeated in June 2013 on the floor of the
US House- and then finally a measure was approved
in the House, went to Conference Committee where
common ground was found and sent back to the House
and Senate for a final vote- then signed into law
by President Barrack Obama.
talked about many aspects of the bill, including
the federal farm safety net, the crop insurance
aspects of the measure, conservation and
nutrition. Questions and comments were also put to
the Congressman by representatives of the Oklahoma
Wheat Growers, the Oklahoma Cattlemen, Oklahoma
Farm Bureau, the Oklahoma Association of
Conservation Districts and American Farmers and
Click here for our webstory where you
can go and listen to the entire hour plus of
the Ag Townhall- Chairman Lucas offered some great
stories and some great information about the
process of getting the bill turned into law and
the process of getting it implemented- now
Good at FarmPolicy.Com has compiled a transcript
of the first part of the Ag Townhall where
Chairman Lucas gave an overview of the evolution
of the Agricultural Act of 2014- and some of the
keys of the law as it begins to be implemented- click here to read that
transcript. Thanks Keith!!!
have a couple of the highlights of the morning in
our Monday morning farm news, which you can listen to by clicking
here- that includes Lucas on Livestock
Disaster Assistance and then Lucas on the EPA and
Fish and Wildlife as they try to put strictly
rules onto the backs of farmers and ranchers.
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Headed to the Desk of the Governor to Move Toward
a State Beef Checkoff
Oklahoma Legislature has been moving a bill this
session that would allow the beef industry in
Oklahoma (as well as other federally authorized
checkoff programs) the right to petition for a
state level checkoff. In the case of the Beef
industry, this state beef checkoff could run
parallel with the federal dollar a head beef
Kelsey of the Oklahoma Cattlemen's
Association is pleased that the measure has passed
both the state House and Senate and will soon be
sent on to the Governor for her expected
He explains what the measure
is, why it is needed and how the process of
getting a vote by cattle producers of such a
checkoff would work. Kelsey offers this
explanation on today's Beef Buzz.
Click here to read more and to LISTEN
to Michael Kelsey explain the measure and what
can result if the bill is signed into law- a
process that could eventually lead to cattle
producers voting yes or no on a state beef
Transitions Workshops Help Producers Pass Farms
Down More Effectively
for a passing a farm from one generation to the
next often occurs in the context of estate
planning. Oklahoma State University's Dr.
Shannon Ferrell says such a transition is
not a very effective way to ensure the
survivability of that farm. Ferrell is an attorney
and is a faculty member in the Department of
Agriculture Economics. He is conducting a series
of workshops across the state to help farmers and
ranchers transition their operations to the next
generation in a more effective manner.
"Research shows that about 30
percent of the farms and small agribusinesses that
get transferred at death, only 30 percent of them
make it to that next generation," Ferrell said.
"And, so, nearly two-thirds of them aren't. And
the reason for that is that we don't have a really
good sense of communication between the
generations about what their goals and objectives
are. And then, secondly, you're sort of thrusting
that next generation into a management role when
they really haven't had a chance to grow into
He said the farms that have a
succession plan in which management and ownership
shift over time drastically increases the odds of
that those businesses will survive far into the
can read more of this story or listen to my
conversation with Shannon Ferrell by clicking here.
Crushes Canadian Canola to Replace Dwindling
continuing drought across cotton country in
southwest Oklahoma continues to take its toll on
farmers, but it has also put the squeeze on
everyone down the line including Producers
Cooperative Oil Mill in Oklahoma City.
Gene Neuens of PCOM tells me they
are now finishing processing on the cottonseed
they did have and are beginning to work on
had a short year on cottonseed again. We started
the year with nothing. And so, probably at the end
of this month, the end of April in this area,
we'll start up on canola."
As producers in
the southwest are once again facing drought
conditions, Neuens says his facility is also
feeling the pinch.
"It's a big deal. Our
biggest area, which is Altus, 50,000 acres of
irrigated cotton is in its third year now where
they won't get any water. And, so, we're going to
be hurting for next year, too, unless we do get
some decent rain out here."
As PCOM gears
up for canola season, Neuens said this is the
eighth year they have been crushing it. Their
canola volume has grown along with production
You can hear my interview
with Gene Neuens or read more of this story by clicking here.
Secretary Announces More than $300 Million in
Rural Schools Payments
Secretary Tom Vilsack announced
Friday that over $300 million will be paid to 41
states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico in
support of local schools and roads as part of the
Congressional reauthorization of the Secure Rural Schools and Community
Self-Determination Act. The disbursement
includes $30 million in Title II funding to
complete special conservation projects on Federal
lands proposed by resource advisory committees.
Funding is provided through the U.S. Forest
"The Forest Service's century-long
support of America's public schools and roads is
one of many ways in which USDA contributes to
rural communities becoming self-sustaining and
prosperous," Vilsack said.
from the Forest Service may be used for supporting
public schools and public roads, for projects to
help maintain and improve the health of forests,
and for county projects including "Firewise
Communities" programs, reimbursements for
emergency services on national forests and
development of community wildfire protection
plans. These forest projects were reviewed and
recommended by resource advisory committees made
up of local residents working together to improve
the environment and help provide jobs in rural
Click here to read more of this
Leases Provide Many Benefits for Landowners
have a great opportunity to gobble up some extra
cash through hunting leases as spring turkey
season inches closer in Oklahoma. The season
begins April 6.
"Leasing for recreational
hunting has become a major source of revenue for
landowners," said Dwayne Elmore,
Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension
wildlife specialist. "In fact, in many areas,
revenue generated for hunting leases has surpassed
lease rates for more traditional agriculture
While leasing land for hunting
seems very simple, there are some precautions that
need to be considered by landowners to have a
It is important for a
landowner to carefully screen and select good
lessees to reduce liability. To do so, it is
advised that landowners take time to visit with
Read more of this story
by clicking here.
N That- Congrats to the Winner of the Round Pen
and Extension Ready to Whistle Stop This Coming
want to say congratulations to John
McAlexander of Kingfisher- whose name was
drawn from the entries for the Priefert Round Pen
that the Radio Oklahoma Ag Network gave away at
the 2014 Oklahoma City Farm Show.
Click here to see a picture of
our winner after his name was pulled from over a
thousand entries on Saturday afternoon after the
final Horse Training Session at this year's OKC
will experience a blast from the past with a
modern twist this Saturday, April 12, with the
Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service's
Centennial Whistle Stop and Festival in Wellston.
The 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. outdoor event
is open to the public and free of charge. It will
take place at the Rock N Rail yard, located off
Highway 66 east of Wellston. Lunch will be
provided to the first 500 guests.
Guests will be able to visit a variety
of tents and booths offering demonstrations and
hands-on activities representative of Extension
Click here to learn more about
the historic day of celebration.
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