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Let's Check the Markets!
on RON Markets as heard on
with cash and futures reviewed- includes where the Cash
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 $7.07 per bushel- based on
delivery to the Oklahoma elevator 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
Thralls, recently retired Oklahoma
Conservation Commission executive director,
received the Oklahoma Water Pioneer
Award at the Governor's Water Conference
hosted by the Oklahoma Water Resources Board at
the Cox Convention Center.
the award has been presented annually to honor
Oklahomans who have made significant contributions
in the planning, development, management and
conservation of Oklahoma's water resources. During
his 17 years of service to the Conservation
Commission and on his own farm, Thralls has made
considerable contributions. His vision led to the
creation of the state's first Locally-Led
Conservation Cost-Share Program, enabling almost
10,000 Oklahoman's to participate in voluntary
natural resource conservation since 1998. He also
oversaw establishment of the Conservation Reserve
Enhancement Program, which has improved water
quality in northeast Oklahoma by planting 107,773
trees that filter water runoff from 9,588 acres of
"Mike's public service to
Oklahomans has manifested in many ways throughout
his long and distinguished career," said OWRB
executive director J.D. Strong.
"The Oklahoma Water Pioneer Award has been awarded
to a renowned group of Oklahomans, who just like
Mike, have gone above and beyond to ensure that
all Oklahomans have access to clean water
resources for many decades to come. Having worked
alongside Mike for many years, it is an honor for
me to be a part of recognizing his dedication and
service to Oklahoma's water users."
Click here to read more about
Thralls and Past award recipients of the Water
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new provision included in the 2014 Farm Bill has
the potential to be a "lifeline" for farmers
following crop losses due to severe weather events
and natural disasters. The Actual Production
History Yield Exclusion, or APH, allows farmers to
exclude yields from exceptionally bad years, such
as those brought on by severe weather or natural
disasters from their production history when
calculating yields used to establish their crop
rollout of the APH program is a lifesaver for
soybean farmers in so many parts of the country.
It quite literally means the difference between
continuing to farm following disastrous years, and
being forced out of business," said
American Soybean Association First Vice
President Wade Cowan, who farms in
Brownfield, Texas, and has experienced significant
drought in each of the last four growing seasons.
"Weather is the single biggest external factor in
soybean farming. We have no control over its
effects, but with the APH program, we can better
respond to its impacts." Click here for more reaction from
behalf of NAWG and the 22 states we represent, I
thank Secretary Vilsack for working with his team
to implement the APH provision for 2015 spring
crops," said Paul Penner,
National Association of Wheat
Growers President and wheat grower
from Hillsboro, Kan. "This provision will be
another tool for wheat growers across the country
to strengthen their safety net, particularly for
growers who have experienced multi-year disasters.
We are hopeful that USDA will continue to work on
implementing this provision for our winter wheat
growers this year." Click here for more from
Cotton Council Chairman Wally
Darneille said, "Many producers across
the Cotton Belt have incurred yield losses due to
severe weather, particularly the past three years.
This will greatly assist our producer members who
are already making plans for next season." Click here for more from
Launches Climate Hubs
US Department of Agriculture
launched their Climate Hubs
website Wednesday. The new site provides
a portal for farmers, ranchers, forest landowners,
and others to find useful, practical information
to help cope with the challenges and stressors
caused by a changing climate. The site provides
resources related to drought, fire risks, pests
and diseases, climate variability, and heat
stress, and links users to the network of USDA
conservation programs and resources that provide
producers with technical and financial assistance
to manage risks.
Each region also has
its own site. For more information, see the "USDA
Climate Hubs Website: Connecting Stakeholders to
the Hubs". Click here to access the USDA
Climate Hubs website. To read more about the
website from USDA Climate Hubs National Leader
Randy Johnson, click here.
Demand Continues to Make Higher
never been a better time to be in the Angus
business. That's according to American Angus
Association Chief Executive Officer Bryce
Schumann, who reports the organization has
experienced growth in nearly every category in
fiscal year 2014.
"We just closed our
2014 fiscal year and its a very successful year
for Angus," Shumann said. "Our key processing
areas are up with registrations up over 9,500
registrations. We're nearing 300 thousand
registrations, which is quite significant given
the fact that the national cowherd cattle numbers
are at 50 year plus record lows and we're
increasing business. That's very positive."
Angus seedstock sales reported to the
Association set a record this year, generating
nearly twice as much income as they did four years
"Everybody knows that we had a
good year in the cattle market but not ever more
than what we are seeing in the Angus business,"
Shumann said. "Total gross sales top 326 million
dollars. That's up 61 million dollars in the Angus
business over last year. That's a 23 percent
increase in value. Those are real dollars back to
record year also included Angus bull sales
and Certified Angus Beef. Click here to read or to listen
to this Beef Buzz feature.
2014 National FFA Convention in Louisville,
Kentucky will be a defining moment in the life of
42 individuals vying to become a National FFA
officer. Kyle Hilbert of the
Depew FFA Chapter will represent the state of
Oklahoma. He is excited for the opportunity
because of the influence and impact national
officers have on FFA members.
from the opportunity to serve as a chapter and
state officer, there's a unique way to connect
with members that happens that's only available in
the blue jacket," Hilbert said. "There is
something really special about that and the way
that younger FFA members will come up to you and
ask for advice and help and the way you are able
to convey your life stories to help them deal with
whatever they have going on in their life."
I interviewed Hilbert about his
FFA experience. Since June he has been
training and preparing for the extensive interview
Click here to hear or to read about the full
interview as he talks about trying out to
become a National FFA Officer.
that link- we also have the video of the In the
Field segment that we had with Kyle and Gatlin
Squires this past Saturday morning on KWTV, News9
Interest in US Beef and Pork at Paris Food Show
as one of the largest international food shows in
the world, SIAL 2014 in Paris is
an outstanding venue for showcasing U.S. beef and
pork. The U.S. Meat Export
Federation (USMEF) participates in SIAL
through support from the USDA Market
Access Program (MAP).
150,000 participants from more than 100 countries
are in attendance at the five-day event. A
majority of those attending are from the European
Union, but SIAL also attracts a large number of
buyers and other food industry professionals from
Russia, the Middle East and many Asian countries
including Japan and China.
and pork are strongly represented at SIAL," said
Dan Halstrom, USMEF senior vice
president of marketing and communications. "We
have NHTC-approved suppliers here on the beef
side, but we also have several pork packers in
attendance and a large number of traders and
purveyors as well. SIAL is an excellent
opportunity for them, as the event provides access
to many prospective buyers."
Click here to read more about
international beef and pork trade to Europe,
Russia, Middle East and Japan.
N That- Jack and Zach, Joni and Her Porkers and
Stupid Is as Stupid Does
posted this picture yesterday on our Facebook
page- and it's a reminder of our upcoming coverage
of the 2014 National FFA Convention.
Zach Weichel is one of more than
a thousand FFA members from Oklahoma that will be
Louisville next week for the Convention and Expo-
and he will be busy meeting the media, top donors
of the organization and more- as Zach- from the
Cordell FFA Chapter- is a Finalist to become the
Star Farmer of America for 2014. Here, Zach gets
some advice from State FFA Advisor Jack
Staats during the "Workout" hosted by the
Oklahoma FFA yesterday for individuals and teams
to practice and fine tune their presentations
ahead of the judging that will come next week.
remind you our coverage is sponsored by the
Oklahoma FFA Association, the Oklahoma FFA Alumni
and your Oklahoma Ford Dealers. Watch
for stories here in the Email, on Twitter (Jack
promises he will be following Ron_on_RON there), Facebook, our website, our National FFA
Convention FLICKR page and our reports on
the Radio Oklahoma Ag Network.
going to be a fun week.
pigs have grown up. Last spring, Iowa US
Senate candidate Joni Ernst
produced an ad that featured her remembering those
times on the farm when boar pigs needed to be
castrated- it went viral on Social Media and
helped her to become the GOP candidate. Now,
in the final days of the campaign, she is dead
even in the polls with her Democratic
opponent- so it's time to show the pigs again-
here ya go-
in the words of Forrest Gump
twenty years ago- "Stupid is as Stupid
Los Angeles City Council has approved a proposal
to ask the City Attorney's office to draft a
measure to make the city GMO free. The proposal,
largely supported by council
would ban the sale and planting of any genetically
modified seeds within the city boundaries,
according to the Los Angeles Daily News. While
acknowledging the vote would be largely symbolic
due to the small amount of agriculture within the
city, Koretz said "I want to see all 503 square
miles of Los Angeles be a GMO-free growing zone."
The council approved the proposal that asked for a
draft measure on a 13-1 vote. The lone vote in
opposition was because the councilmember believed
it w as beyond the city's scope of
Koretz said "let's
see what this does for our health, for soil
health, for pollination - and let's see what it
does for economic development." He has argued
genetic modification reduces the diversity of
seeds, makes food unsafe to eat and is linked to
the decline of the bee population. The measure
would also ban the planting and sale of fruit
plants that are genetically
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