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We 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 futures- click
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around 3:30 PM.
Oklahoma Cash Grain Prices- as reported
by the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture.
Cash price for
canola was $6.57 per bushel- based on
delivery to Oklahoma City Friday(per Oklahoma Dept of
Daily Market Wrapup from the Radio
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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
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Latest Farm and Ranch News
Update from Ron Hays of RON
Bureau Approves Strategic Action Plan for
the delegate session of the American Farm
Bureau Federation's 96th Annual
Convention, which wrapped up last Tuesday
in San Diego, the organization's board of
directors set AFBF's strategic action plan to
address public policy issues for
The board-approved plan focuses
the organization's attention on: advancing
legislation that addresses agriculture's long- and
short-term labor needs; protecting farmers'
abilities to use biotech plant varieties and other
innovative technologies; opposing expansion of
federal jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act;
and advancing legislation that reforms the
Endangered Species Act.
"We will work
to advance all the issue positions approved by our
farmer and rancher delegates this week, but this
plan represents those issue areas where we believe
the American Farm Bureau Federation and its
grassroots members have clear opportunities to
achieve success at this time," said AFBF President
Bob Stallman. "These are
high-stakes issues that we must advance to help
safeguard our members and their abilities to
operate their farms and ranches."
said farmers and ranchers know first-hand the
importance of clean water. They usually live on
the land they work, and in many cases their water
resources are on or near their property. He said
they typically adopt new technology related to
conservation and frequently those moves also
enhance the performance of their businesses.
Click here to
read the rest of American Farm Bureau's Strategic
Plan for 2015.
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of communication is at the top of a list of
several challenges facing families as they look
into the future and work toward the passing of the
family farm or ranch to the next generation.
Oklahoma State University Department of
Agricultural Economics Professor Dr.
Shannon Ferrell says research at OSU is
showing that fewer than 30 percent of farms and
ranches are surviving intact in the first
generation of transfer and even some estimates
show that number is closer to 10 -20
In evaluating the farms and
ranches that did not pass successfully from one
generation to the next, Ferrell says that several
common threads were that there wasn't enough of an
estate plan in place, the farm may have been under
capitalized to support multiple family members and
there wasn't any communication between the
generations on how the transition will take place.
He adds that in many cases individuals were thrust
into roles they were not prepared for as the
estate plan was executed. To counter these
obstacles to success, Ferrell believes that
carefully planning well before the transfer
happens provides the family a less stressful game
plan of generational transfer.
old question of how you eat an elephant (one bite
at a time) can be applicable to farm and ranch
estate planning. Shannon Ferrell gave us some
great insights on the challenges and how you eat
them one bite at a time in the conversation that
we had with him at the recent Agrifest in Enid.
Read more or listen my full conservation
with him on how to plan ahead in passing down the
farm by clicking or tapping here.
Funding Three Oklahoma Conservation Projects
efforts have been repackaged in Oklahoma and
across the nation. This past week, US Agriculture
Secretary Tom Vilsack made a
funding announcement for USDA's Regional
Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP)
where state and federal funding is leveraged with
private dollars to address regional conservation
efforts. USDA will award more than $370 million in
funding for 115 high-impact projects across all 50
states and Puerto Rico. The funding was made
possible through passage of the 2014 Farm
On Friday, the Oklahoma
Conservation Commission (OCC), USDA
Natural Resources Conservation
Service (NRCS) and Oklahoma
Association of Conservation Districts
(OACD) announced three far reaching projects of
the RCPP. Two OCC-led projects will assist farmers
and ranchers with installing conservation
practices in the Elk City Lake and Grand Lake
watersheds and the OACD-led project will establish
conservation demonstration farms across the
I was in Elk City for the
announcement and talked with Oklahoma State
Conservationist Gary O'Neill of
USDA's NRCS. Click or tap here to learn more
about these projects. You can read or listen
to our full conservation.
Protein Content Boosts Value of Soybean
have often heard that higher-quality soybeans
could generate more value. Now, a new
soy-checkoff-funded study shows how much more.
The price of soybeans is driven by the
combined value of soybean meal, oil and hulls, a
measurement known as the estimated processed value
(EPV). The study, conducted by Centrec
Consulting Group LLC, shows how EPV
increases when farmers raise the protein content
in their soybeans. In fact, increasing protein
content by 1 percentage point, when yield and oil
levels remain the same, increases a crop's value
"Higher-quality soybean meal
is a win-win for both the soybean farmer and
livestock and poultry producers," says
Laura Foell, chair of the United
Soybean Board's Meal Action Team and a soybean
farmer from Schaller, Iowa. "Farmers can provide
animal ag with the quality of feed the industry
demands, and the value farmers get in return will
checkoff conducted the study in 13 states where
EPV increased by between $7.70 and $12.96 per
acre, depending on the state. Click here to read the state
by state results.
Pushes for Trade Promotion Authority to Grow
beef exports remained strong in 2014. When the
final numbers come out, it will likely show
about $6.5 billion worth of U.S. beef export sales
for the calendar year. That will
be a record for the value of beef exports, while
volume will near or slightly lower than a year
For beef exports to continue to
grow, the National Cattlemen's Beef
Association contends that Congress needs
to pass Trade Promotion Authority to allow the
Administration to negotiate more trade agreements.
NCBA Associate Director of Legislative Affairs
Kent Bacus is hopeful Congress
may act on that this year.
important that Congress takes that up immediately
and give our negotiators the legitimacy that they
need to go out and work these deals with these
other countries with the assurance that when they
come back they will get a straight up or down vote
from Congress in a very short time," Bacus said.
"The last thing we need is to have a big
negotiation take place, have an agreement filled
and then come back have 535 different opinions on
it in Congress."
I featured Bacus on
our Beef Buzz- as heard on great radio stations
across the region on the Radio Oklahoma Ag
Network. Read more and have the
opportunity to listen to Beef Buzz by clicking or tapping here.
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Deer Harvest Total Near
white-tailed deer is quite a bit easier when they
leave themselves vulnerable by scrounging around
for something to eat. The dry, hot summers in
years past, plus ample numbers of animals, sent
deer harvest totals through the roof.
However, the cooler and wetter summers in 2013 and
2014 produced more native forage, leaving them to
feast in private. This reduced deer harvest by
hunters, particularly in
"Temperature also affects deer
movement and therefore hunter success," said
Dwayne Elmore, Oklahoma
State University Cooperative Extension
wildlife specialist. "With warm fall temperatures
and abundant food, deer are not as likely to be
seen during daylight hours. Of course, the rut
also is related to deer
While archery season just
wrapped up Jan. 15, the Oklahoma Department of
Wildlife Conservation is reporting nearly 99,000
harvested for the 2014-2015 season. Since 2000,
the average number of harvested deer per year is
105,000. The 2013-14 harvest was just over
88,000. Click here to read more.
Luther King Day Provides Federal Holiday in the US
Federal holiday- as well as one that is being
celebrated by state and most local governments as
well. Banks are also closed for the day- and our
ag futures and stock markets also take MLK day
off, as well.
local businesses that you deal with may be closed-
while others will be open on this January 19th-
it's probably a good idea to check ahead.
the ag futures are closed today- most of the
livestock auction markets that trade on Monday are
open- for example the Oklahoma National Stockyards
in Oklahoma City is open today and is expecting to
sell between eight and ten thousand head.
impact for agriculture is that the reports that
are normally released by USDA on Mondays will be
delayed by a day- and will come out this week on
Tuesday because of the holiday today.
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