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have a new market feature on a daily basis-
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Oklahoma Cash Grain Prices- as reported
by the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture.
price for canola was $9.33 per bushel- based on
delivery to the Northern AG elevator in Yukon Wednesday.
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
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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, July 7,
Wheat Farmers Race the Pig Weeds to Finish the
2014 Harvest Season
2014 wheat harvest is in its final stages across
Oklahoma- and wheat farmers have struggled with
historically low yields and a wet June which has
crushed quality expectations of the half crop that
has been harvested. Oklahoma State University
Wheat Extension Specialist Dr. Jeff
Edwards says before the rains started in
mid-May into June, many farmers had a decent
quality wheat crop- albeit a short crop on the
number of bushels.
harvest first started rolling we were cranking out
test weights anywhere from 60 to upwards of 64
pounds per bushel, which is great," Edwards said.
"Those numbers backed off slightly, but most of
the test weight numbers have been in the upper
"Especially with the
heat and drought we've had that was a pleasant
surprise, just wish we had more bushels," he
Some of the best
yielding wheat in the state was in north central
Oklahoma, but recent rains made harvest
difficult. Edwards says that
prevented harvest on a lot of acres due to having
a thin crop and there are a lot of summer weeds
like Pig Weed that are coming through the canopy,
which is presenting problems with
Oklahoma is looking at producing about half of a
can read the rest of this story and listen to my
interview with Jeff Edwards by clicking here.
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and Hog Producers Wait on Decision on COOL- and
WTO compliance panel has issued a confidential
"interim" decision to parties in the case that
Canada and Mexico brought against U.S.
Country-of-Origin Labeling rules. A finding that
the labels constitute an unfair trade practice
could lead to punitive tariffs on a multitude of
American farm goods and other products exported to
the two NAFTA partners. The contention of the US
Government is that the labels tell U.S. consumers
which countries their meat products come from and
are legal under WTO rules.
chair of the WTO panel has previously said a final
report could be expected toward the end of July.
The interim report gives the three parties one
last chance to comment before the decision is made
USDA issued a
final version of its new COOL rules in May 2013,
just making a deadline set by the WTO for
addressing the international body's earlier
finding that the rules unfairly discriminated
against livestock raised in Canada and Mexico.
Instead of doing away with the labeling
requirement, USDA responded by issuing new rules
that demand even more information be put on
labels, including the locations where each
production step occurred.
discussed these latest developments on COOL with
the lead lobbyist of the National Cattlemen's Beef
Association, Colin Woodall. Woodall and the NCBA
believe it is likely that the WTO will rule
against the US in this latest challenge brought by
two of our key trading partners, Mexico and
Canada. Woodall joins me on the latest Beef
Buzz. Click here to listen in or to
read more of this story.
Sanders: Pressure Needed to Undo Blow to Rural
Rep. Mike Sanders is joining the
efforts of the Oklahoma Congressional delegation,
Gov. Mary Fallin and other
officials to reverse a decision to end a
Department of Defense (DoD) program that provides
vehicles and equipment to rural fire
"It is absolutely
unacceptable for rural communities to be struck
such a blow from the federal government in order
to reduce greenhouse emissions," said Sanders,
R-Kingfisher. "Our rural firefighters are the
first responders to most major wildfires and
accidents. They are stretched thin as it is and
cannot afford to face further
agreement between the DoD and the Environmental
Protection Agency is finally being executed,
meaning excess DoD vehicles that are critical to
rural fire departments' ability to fight wildland
fires will no longer be
can read the rest of this story by clicking here.
The Way- in talking to various folks before the
holiday on this issue- several groups are ramping
up to bring more attention to this issue- and we
heard from Senator Jim Inhofe's
staff that he is up to speed on this- and will be
demanding answers from EPA's Gina
McCarthy and Defense Secretary
Hagel in the days ahead.
Takes Proactive Approach on Animal Welfare,
welfare and sustainability are not yet popular
topics of conversation in Asian markets, such as
South Korea, but it is only a matter of time
before the trends that take root in Europe and the
United States will find their way around the
The U.S. Meat Export Federation
(USMEF) office in Korea recently took a proactive
approach to these sensitive subject matters by
hosting a workshop for 230 Korean red meat
importers, distributors, retail and food service
operators to give them insights into the care that
the U.S. beef and pork industries take both in
raising livestock and in caring for the land that
supports the production of American red meat.
The progress that American agriculture has
achieved in the areas of efficient resource
utilization was highlighted by Travis
Arp, USMEF's manager of technical
services, who also addressed the industry's
ability to produce more high-quality red meat with
the same or fewer animals in a humane environment.
The educational program was provided with funding
support from the USDA Market Access Program (MAP),
the Beef Checkoff Program and the Pork
Click Here to learn about how
positive environmental impacts that both the U.S.
pork and beef industries have made, resulting in
significant reductions in water use, land use,
greenhouse emissions and energy consumption.
Pleased with EPA Approval of Corn Fiber as
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has
released a final rule approving additional
Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS)
Dinneen, president and CEO of the
Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), commented, "We
are very pleased that EPA has finalized its
determination that the cellulosic fiber found in
the corn kernel qualifies as crop residue. This
clarification effectively approves corn fiber as a
qualifying feedstock for cellulosic biofuel
The final rule
comes one day after Quad County Corn Processors
began production of the first gallons of
cellulosic ethanol from corn fiber in Galva,
find the rest of this story on our website.
Please click here to go there.
Checkoff Celebrates Beef -- and
producers and importers who invest in the Beef
Checkoff Program have a lot to be thankful for as
we approach the Fourth of July holiday - one of
the strongest beef-buying weekends of the year -
with a thriving market and robust prices that
reflect strong consumer preference for
Producer support for the
beef checkoff is 78 percent - its highest in 21
years, according to the latest producer attitude
survey. The checkoff program includes things like
promotion and education to and for consumers,
retailers and restaurant owners; extensive
beef-safety, product-enhancement, human-nutrition
and market research to identify and respond to
consumers' changing demands for beef and beef
products; beef-industry training, from farm to
fork, to help everyone in the production chain
take responsibility for their roles in maintaining
a desirable product; and foreign-marketing efforts
in about 80 countries across the globe - all with
a $1-per-head investment.
are some of the results that beef producers and
importers have helped bring to fruition through
their beef checkoff:
Consumer demand for beef has remained strong
throughout the latest recession and despite one of
the tightest beef supplies in history. Consumer
demand for beef advanced 2 percent in 2013,
according to ag economist Glynn Tonsor of Kansas
remain steadfast in their willingness to pay more
for beef, even as beef prices set new highs. In
June 2014, they said they would pay $7.52 per
pound for steak, up 18.4 percent from May 2014,
according to the Oklahoma State University's
monthly Food Demand Survey.
Click here for more.
Women in Agriculture and Small Business Conference
set for Aug. 7-8
Statewide Women in Agriculture and Small Business
Conference will take place Aug. 7-8 at the
Moore-Norman Technology Center.
focus of the two-day conference is to assist women
and producers to successfully manage risk for
their agricultural enterprises or small
businesses," said Damona Doye,
Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension
farm management specialist.
registration saves you $10 and must be done by
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