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have a new market feature on a daily basis-
each afternoon we are posting a recap of that day's
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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 $8.64 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 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.
Latest Farm and Ranch News
Update from Ron Hays of RON
Friday, July 11,
Turns Up Stolen ATVs, Tractors, Narcotics and
investigation over the theft of ATVs and farm
equipment turned into much more when state and
federal officials executed a search warrant
Wednesday. Officials with the Oklahoma Department
of Agriculture, Food and Forestry Investigative
Services Division had obtained information that
the Triple S Wildlife Ranch and Resort in Calvin,
Okla. was attempting to sell stolen ATVs on
Officials executed a search
warrant at 5 am Wednesday. The agency was aided by
the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Oklahoma
Veterinary Medical Examiners Board with a
uniformed presence by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.
Chief Jerry Flowers says the
ranch owner was very cooperative.
Flowers says they found evidence of
the stolen ATVs that were advertised on Craigslist
and two farm tractors. One of the tractors was
stolen from McAlester less than a year ago. The
other was a backhoe. Both items were actively
being used on the ranch. Flowers says the tractors
had their VIN numbers removed or ground off, which
was attempt to hide the identity of the equipment.
As the officials searched the property
they also found thousands of animals mounted on
walls. Flowers says the US Fish and Wildlife
Service officials identified several animals were
extinct. Flowers says one mount was a Mexican
Eagle, which possession of is forbidden in
the state of Oklahoma and likely the US.
"We seized all these items," Flowers
said. "That part of this investigation is going to
be turned over to the US Fish and Wildlife Service
and they will continue their investigation to
determine the violations and of course those
violations will be presented to the United State's
Attorney's office out of the Fort Worth, Texas
In the search the Veterinary
Board Investigators found different narcotics.
Flowers says these were controlled substances that
were used to sedate or tranquilize animals. The
Veterinary Board Investigator determined the owner
can not have these items and these items came out
of Texas illegally. These items were seized and
the Veterinary Board will continue their
Click here to read more ( or
listen) from my interview with Jerry Flowers
about this investigation.
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Analyzes 2014 Cattle
hot time in the old town tonight, especially if
you are a cattle producer and you're selling
cattle at one of the auction markets- locally or
online. Oklahoma State University Extension
Livestock Market Economist Dr. Derrell
Peel says these high cattle prices have
caught a lot of folks by surprise.
"Markets at a record levels, feeder
cattle prices, fed cattle, box beef all pushed out
the spring highs," Peel said. "And so this is
something that really wasn't
"Slaughter has continued
to decline, beef production has continued to
decline and obviously that is the major support
for these prices at these levels," he said.
Peel is our guest on the Beef Buzz and
he tells us that with these record prices, there
is a lot of concern about how demand will react to
these higher prices.
"You know we've
never been here before, so we are in uncharted
waters, but the thing that may be a surprise to
some, certainly a pleasant surprise, is that beef
demand seems is holding up very well," Peel
Click Here to read or to
listen to Peel's comments on what he expects for
the rest of the year.
Vetter Confirmed by Senate as Chief Ag
Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack
today made the following statement on the Senate
Confirmation of Darci Vetter as U.S. Chief
"I am pleased
that America's farmers, ranchers and rural
communities will continue to benefit from Darci's
experience and background in her new role as U.S.
Chief Agricultural Negotiator. As Deputy Under
Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural
Services, she helped to facilitate record food and
farm exports that supported nearly one million
jobs here at home and expanded opportunity in
rural communities. I have no doubt that Darci will
continue to be a valuable advocate for rural
America." Click Here for more of Sec.
Farm Bureau Federation President Bob
Stallman also cheered Senate
approval of Darci Vetter's nomination as Chief US
approval of Darci Vetter's nomination as chief
U.S. agricultural trade negotiator is a win for
American agriculture," Stallman said. "She
brings a wealth of well-rounded expertise in the
trade arena to the position, including tenures
with the Agriculture Department, Office of the
U.S. Trade Representative and the Senate Finance
Committee." Click Here for more Stallman's
Ag Commissioner Addresses Reinstatement of Fire
Equipment Program and 'Waters of the
fire departments will have access to fire fighting
equipment, according to Oklahoma State
Commissioner of Agriculture Jim Reece. On
Wednesday it was announced the Environmental
Protection Agency and Department of Defense
reached an agreement that will allow local fire
and law enforcement agencies to continue to
receive surplus military equipment.
"It is a significant win," Reece said.
"Just out of the blue, they shut down the program
and some people thought we were exaggerating, but
they shut down the program down."
were not allowing us to have any vehicles and
where we get $15 million dollars of vehicles every
year to distribute to rural fire departments
across the state, its a very significant impact,"
Click Here to listen to our
conversation about the Rural Fire Department Win,
the 'Waters of the US' proposal and Secretary
Reese's take on the status of Oklahoma Agriculture
here at the mid year point of 2014.
THE WAY- Secretary Reese will be our guest on this
weekend's In the Field as seen on KWTV,
News9 in Oklahoma City during the Morning News
block at about 6:40 AM.
Ag Panel Examines Farm Bill Implementation
K. Michael Conaway, Chairman of the House
Agriculture Committee's Subcommittee on General
Farm Commodities and Risk Management, held a
hearing to examine the efforts of the U.S.
Department of Agriculture (USDA) as it implements
the new commodity and crop insurance titles of the
Agricultural Act of 2014, otherwise known as the
The Agricultural Act of 2014
made sweeping reforms to the commodity title
repealing several programs and providing producers
with an option between Price Loss Coverage (PLC)
and Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC). Neither
option triggers unless the producer suffers a
significant loss. The farm bill also improved crop
insurance, which now serves as the core risk
management tool for producers when disaster
Members of the Subcommittee
questioned USDA Under Secretary Michael
Scuse on the status of implementing key
"I commend USDA's initial
efforts to implement the Agricultural Act of 2014
and I challenge them to fully deliver on the
promises made to our farmers and ranchers in the
law. Specifically, USDA must make it a priority to
implement the Actual Production History (APH)
adjustment because it provides critical relief for
producers who have struggled with severe and
devastating drought conditions for the past four
years. Producers suffering from a drought
shouldn't have to wait until the third year of a
five-year farm bill to receive relief,
particularly when Congress intended for it to be
available immediately. Undersecretary Scuse told
us today he is committed to exploring partial
implementation of this provision and will provide
the committee with details about potential
timelines. That is encouraging and I look forward
to hearing those details. It is crucial we work
together to resolve some of these issues so that
our producers have the necessary information to
make plans for their farming and ranching
operations," said Chairman K. Michael Conaway
Click Here to read more about the
progress of the Farm Bill Implementation.
Reflects On Downward Trend of Grain Market
commodity market has taken a nose dive. In the
last two weeks wheat has dropped 70 cents, corn
has lost 50 cents and soybean are down $1.25. On
this Saturday's SUNUP program, Oklahoma State
University Grain Marketing Specialist Kim
Anderson considers some of the factors
that have resulted in this down turn.
Anderson says as you look at the wheat
market, the price decline is being caused at least
in part by the growing production of wheat around
"Those ending stocks just
keep going up as world production looks good,"
Anderson said. "Of course in the hard red winter
wheat area our harvest probably came in as we
expected, soft red maybe a little less, spring
wheat looks good and the deal is, we just got more
than adequate wheat around the world."
Anderson also offers his take on the corn
and soybean markets- and you can either hear his
comments now by clicking here or you can wait see
him on this weekend's SUNUP on OETA.
of SUNUP- we have the entire lineup for this
weekend's show at that link above. It will
be a great show- they are even talking Kudzu this
weekend- so check the program's details out and
then plan on watching Lyndall
Stout and her team this weekend!
Gina McCarthy Says Farmers & Ranchers
Administrator Gina McCarthy calls
the furor over the Waters of the US proposed rule
a big misunderstanding about what the EPA is
wanting to do. She claims it is all about giving
farmers and ranchers certainty when it comes to
being regulated or not regulated as the case may
be- and that farmers and ranchers won't be
regulated more aggressively under this new
Speaking to an Agribusiness
Roundtable in Kansas City on Thursday, McCarthy
spoke of her time on a farm in Missouri on
Wednesday when farmers and others expressed their
concerns about the rule. She told the group in
Kansas City "Yesterday, we heard very clearly some
of the concerns about our proposed rule. Let me
clear up some of that: We heard fears that EPA is
regulating groundwater. This is not true;
groundwater regulations do and will fall under the
purview of the states. EPA is not regulating all
activities in floodplains, or every puddle, dry
wash, and erosional feature. In fact, we're doing
just the opposite. If cattle cross a wet field -
let them. That's a normal farming practice, and
all normal farming practices are still exempt. The
bottom line is - if you didn't need a permit
before this proposed rule, you won't need one when
Click here to read more- and to hear
highlights or her comments made in Kansas City
also have the transcript of her speech and the
audio from the speech and some Q&A that
follows- click here for that.
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