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Cattle market stands, the latest Feeder Cattle Markets
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 $9.82 per bushel- based on
delivery to the Northern AG elevator in Yukon yesterday.
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 Leslie Smith and Tom Leffler-
analyzing the Futures Markets from the previous
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.
Latest Farm and Ranch News
Update from Ron Hays of RON
Monday, June 16,
Comments on EPA Interpretive Rule on Clean Water
National Association of Conservation
Districts (NACD) submitted comments today
on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Interpretive Rule (IR) Regarding Applicability of
the Exemption from Permitting under section
404(f)(I)(A) of the Clean Water Act.
"Districts have more than 75 years of
experience in working on locally-led clean water
efforts in close partnership with the USDA Natural
Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) across the
nation," said NACD President Earl Garber. "Because
of this expertise and national perspective, we are
well positioned to provide comments regarding the
Interpretive Rule and the role of NRCS within the
NACD's comments address
three main issue areas within the IR: 1) the
importance that NRCS is not placed in a compliance
or regulatory role; 2) "normal farming,
silviculture, and ranching" activities are
exempted from permitting; and 3) producers are not
required to notify regulatory agencies nor NRCS
when they self-implement practices.
read more about NACD's comments Click Here.
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McNally with Oklahoma Farm Bureau Calls
Legislative Session a Success- We've Got Audio and
Oklahoma Farm Bureau is pleased with the outcome
of the 2014 Legislative session. LeeAnna
McNally, Director of National Affairs for
Oklahoma Farm Bureau sat down with yours truly to
talk about this year's session.
the highlights include legislation to protect
private property rights, the Drought Proof
Communities Act by Senator Mike Schulz and the
Gross Production Tax Bill introduced by Senator
Bryce Marlatt and Speaker Jeffrey Hickman.
"Our members are very excited about
that because believe it or our not a lot of the
landowners are also mineral owners too and gross
production taxes is a big issue for them," McNally
The home office tax credit was
also very helpful. McNally says Farm Bureau
received close to a $1 million dollar tax credit.
Click Here to read more or to
watch this week's segment with LeeAnna
McNally- you can also listen to our separate audio
conversation with LeeAnna as well.
Dismisses Proposed Lankford
Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) dismissed Rep.
James Lankford's (R-Okla.) short-sighted effort to
undercut the continued growth of renewable fuels
by eviscerating the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).
Rep. Lankford introduced H.R. 4849, the Phantom
Fuels Elimination Act that seeks to eliminate the
so-called "corn ethanol mandate" and require
domestic production of all other RFS blending
After hearing about the
legislation, Bob Dinneen,
president and CEO of the RFA,
"Congressman Lankford should get
his facts straight. In dropping this bill, Rep.
Lankford suggests ethanol is a 'phantom fuel.'
Wrong! There is more than enough ethanol to meet
the RFS. If it didn't exist, the oil companies
wouldn't be fighting so hard to protect their
monopoly over the nation's fuel supply.
the rest of the article Click Here.
Travels to Europe Next Week to Discuss Expanding
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will
travel to Europe next week to meet with
agricultural and trade officials and stakeholders
to discuss the expansion of agricultural trade,
the importance of agriculture's role in the
U.S.-European Union (EU) Transatlantic Trade and
Investment Partnership (T-TIP), and the benefits
the trade agreement will have to both the American
and European economies. The Secretary's trip will
include meetings and site visits in Brussels,
Luxembourg City, Paris and Dublin.
EU is the world's largest importer of food and
agricultural products," said Vilsack. "But despite
the continued growth of this market, U.S. market
share is shrinking because U.S. producers and
exporters continue to face numerous trade
barriers. The negotiation of the T-TIP offers a
major opportunity to address these barriers and
expand market access for U.S. farmers and
Since 2009, nearly one-third
of U.S. economic growth has been due to exports.
America has seen record agricultural exports over
the past five years, which has been critical to
creating jobs in rural America and helping our
country's economy recover. Agricultural exports
alone reached a record $140.9 billion and
supported nearly one million jobs in the United
States last fiscal year. U.S. agricultural exports
have set a new record every year for the past five
years, totaling $619 billion between 2009 and
2013. They are projected to reach another record
of $149.5 billion in fiscal year 2014.
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Wants Full Market Access Offer From
In written testimony
submitted today to the House Ways and Means Trade
Subcommittee, the National Pork Producers
Council reiterated the importance to U.S.
pork producers for countries, including those in
the current Trans-Pacific Partnership trade
negotiations, to eliminate tariff and non-tariff
barriers to U.S. pork.
NPPC is a strong
supporter of the TPP, but the trade talks have
bogged down over Japan's reluctance to eliminate
tariffs on a number of U.S. agricultural products,
The TPP is a regional
negotiation that includes the United States,
Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile,
Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru,
Singapore and Vietnam, which account for nearly 40
percent of global GDP.
of tariffs is the heart of an FTA," said Randy
Spronk, a pork producer from Edgerton, Minn., and
chairman of NPPC's trade committee. "U.S. pork
producers' support for a final TPP agreement has
been conditioned on the elimination of all tariff
and non-tariff barriers to U.S. pork exports in
each of the TPP nations. If the current Japanese
offer on market access were to become part of the
final TPP agreement, NPPC would not be able to
support TPP or Trade Promotion
For the rest of this
article Click Here.
Calf Stress with Fenceline
less stress you can put on a calf at weaning time,
the better off the calf is going to be, along with
your bottomline. That's according to Dr.
Glenn Selk, longtime Beef Cattle
Specialist at Oklahoma State University and now
Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist. On today's
Beef Buzz, Dr. Selk shares one of his favorite
ideas when it comes to weaning is the use of
"One of the real
advantages I think to fall calving is to have the
option of leaving the calves with the cows until
they are nine, maybe even close to ten months of
age," Selk said. "That way they are older and
heavier at weaning time and we can market a
With that concept that
also means fall-born calves will likely be weaned
in hottest months of the year and that extra heat
adds additional stress to that weaning process.
"We can reduce some of that stress by
a management practice, we call fenceline weaning,"
Selk said. "That is just the situation where
calves are weaned from the cows with only a fence
in between them, so they can see the mother, hear
the mother, but of course don't have access to
Click here to learn more about
N That- Ag In the Classroom Rolls On and Thanks to
friend Dana Bessinger with the
Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom program gives us an
update of the rolling educational efforts of both
last week and of this week for the AITC program
here in the state:
in the Classroom went on two one-day "Beef Is Good
For You" Rolling workshops this past week.
"On Friday, we started our rolling workshop at
Grissom's Implement in McAlester making pancakes
for all attendees and any customers that stopped
in. Todd Palmer, store manager
addressed the group and explained the implements
needed for the haying process. After we hopped on
the bus, the educators were tested on their
perception of the beef industry. Our next stop was
Lovera's Market in Krebs. The teachers were
introduced to cheese making.
"Back on the
bus we headed to Shero's Feed and Cattle in
Wilburton. The teachers got to witness first-hand
a working cattle ranch, even the branding process!
Gerald Shero told the teachers of
his family's commitment to producing safe,
available, and affordable food for an ever-growing
"Lunch was at the Buffalo
Creek Guest Ranch in Buffalo Valley. Dave
and Darlene Shaw have a beautiful
While we were at the ranch, state Ag in
the Classroom Teacher of the Year, Lisa
Storm taught lessons Pizza Portions and
Pizza for Everyone. Both lessons are great
connections to state education
"Our last stop of the day was
McAlester Union Stockyards. Teachers trekked
through the auction ring and the pens.
day of beef, the final post-test was
"This week we will be going
On the Road with Ag in the Classroom for 3 days
with 50 educators to the Oklahoma Panhandle. We
will leave from Woodward High School and head to
Beaver, Texas and Cimarron counties to learn about
Oklahoma's top commodities."
writer and editor for the Oklahoman, Bryan
Painter, contacted me a couple of weeks
ago and asked if he could do a spotlight on some
of the things I am involved in beyond what we do
in just covering farm and ranch news for you
everyday. What resulted was a feature for
what they call their "Character and Characters"
section seen on Sundays.
wanted to say Thanks to Bryan for allowing me to
showcase some of the areas where we give of our
time and money- our church to further the Kingdom,
Oklahoma FFA as we invest into the future of
agriculture and the Oklahoma Ag Leadership Program
where we invest into the development of men and
women who will be the leaders in rural America and
Oklahoma in the years ahead.
Click here and take a look- one
take away that Bryan picked up on and ended the
article with is one I leave with you this morning-
when you are sharing time with family, investing
yourself into causes that you believe in or God is
allowing you to see Him at work- never
take those times for granted.
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