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on RON Markets as heard on K101
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.
Cash price for canola was
$5.68 per bushel- (per Oklahoma Dept of
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
Latest Farm and Ranch News
Update from Ron Hays of RON
Monday, April 13,
Blessed Rainfall Continues
in Drought Hit Areas of Oklahoma
Friday morning, we have had significant rainfall
roll into Oklahoma- and apparently, much of Monday
may be wet. AND- the rest of the week has
rain chances in the mix.
to this point- we are not talking drought busting
totals- but amounts that could help rescue a
winter wheat and winter canola crop in areas where
it was slipping quickly into oblivion.
and Erick both have big rainfall totals- with a
lot of that from last night- these storms included
some damaging hail- daylight will help determine
areas where these storms that came in from Texas
had crops hurt by hail. As we mentioned- as
of 6:15 this morning- Cheyenne is looking at 3.66
inches of rain and Erick claims 2.70 inches of
east have had storms roll through- but not with
the rainfall totals seen out closer to the Texas
border. However, the rainfall totals
may pile up as the day wears on.
Click here for the Oklahoma Mesonet
Rainfall Total Map that takes us back
four days- and reflects what we have had rain-wise
since last Thursday-Friday- it is is realtime link
so the map will continue to be a rolling total for
the four day snapshot.
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Farm Shows is our longest running sponsor
of the daily email- and the week has finally
arrived- the 2015 Oklahoma City Farm
Show opens this
and parking are free once again- and there are a
great set of exhibitors for you to visit at this
year's show. We have spotlighted a couple of
them in recent days- WW Livestock
and Great Plains Kubota
- click on the
name of these exhibitors to hear the preview we
have recorded with them ahead of this week's
learn more about the 2015 Oklahoma City Farm Show-
Click here- included is the
always handy interactive map where you will find
all the exhibitors here in 2015.- the show starts
this Thursday- April 16- at 9:00 AM.
Beef Board Using Science to Fight Dietary
head of the Cattlemen's Beef
Board was in Oklahoma Thursday meeting
with young cattle leaders through the Cattlemen's
Leadership Academy. Chief Executive Officer
Polly Ruhland discussed several
topics including dietary guidelines and the battle
the beef industry is facing. This includes red
meat being reduced to a footnote in the advisory
council's recommendations to the Secretaries of
the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
and U.S. Department of Agriculture. Ruhland said
it's important to remember that the final dietary
recommendations have not come out.
"So, what the lean meat issue right
now is, it was not included in the dietary
guidelines report, but we still have a lot of
opportunity, not in the checkoff, but in other
policy groups to go to the departments of HHS and
USDA and talk about meat in the diet," Ruhland
said. "On the checkoff side, what we will be
doing, is continuing to submit science-based
comments in anticipation of these guidelines and
helping folks understand the science behind
inclusion of lean mean in a healthy
While an average consumer
doesn't have to follow or abide by these
recommendations, government entities must follow
the nation's dietary guidelines. Ruhland said
these guidelines form the basis of all of the
recommendations that medical professionals provide
to their clientele. These guidelines also direct
all of the government spending on food. This
includes schools, the military, nursing homes and
all of those public institutions that buy
featured Ruhland on the Beef Buzz feature. Click or tap here to listen
to today's Beef Buzz.
Expands Beef and Pork Trade with Mexico and
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack
announced Friday that the U.S. Department of
Agriculture (USDA) has recently reached agreements
allowing U.S. beef and pork producers greater
access to consumers in Mexico and Peru. The two
agreements announced Friday will allow U.S.
producers to export slaughter cattle to Mexico and
expand access to consumer markets in Peru for U.S.
fresh and chilled pork. The Secretary made the
announcements during a meeting with producers in
Des Moines, Iowa.
"Our priority at USDA
is not only to open or reopen markets for our
producers, but to help drive U.S. economic growth
through trade by supporting and creating American
jobs on and off the farm," said Secretary of
Agriculture Tom Vilsack. "Mexico is an important
market for U.S. cattle producers, with the
potential to import $15 million of live U.S.
cattle per year and we expect Peru's market could
generate $5 million annually in additional pork
The United States and Mexico
reached an agreement that takes effect immediately
and will allow U.S. producers to export slaughter
cattle to Mexico for the first time in over a
decade. The USDA has been working with Mexico
since 2008 to reopen this market and the final
agreement was reached between USDA Under Secretary
Ed Avalos and Enrique Sanchez-Cruz with SAGARPA
during meetings this week in Washington,
USDA has conducted extensive negotiations with
Peru's Servicio National De Sanidad Agraria
(SENASA) since 2012 to expand access for U.S.
fresh, chilled pork and pork products. USDA's Food
Safety and Inspection Service export library will
be updated to the new export requirements for
these pork and pork products exports.
Click here to read more about
these trade negotiations to eliminate trade
Credit Organizations Serving Oklahoma Donate
Mobile Disaster Relief Unit
state of Oklahoma's leading agricultural lenders
will unveil a new disaster relief resource at the
Oklahoma City Farm Show - a
mobile unit that can provide shower and laundry
facilities to victims and first responders
following tornadoes, wildfires, floods and other
The $60,000 unit was
donated by Denver-based CoBank
and the five Farm Credit
associations based in the state of Oklahoma to the
Fellowship of Christian Farmers,
a non-profit, nondenominational organization that
promotes fellowship, mission work and relief
efforts in agricultural communities. The unit will
be based in Oklahoma and used for disaster
response across the state as well as in Kansas,
Arkansas, Colorado and New Mexico.
ribbon cutting event will take place at 10:00 a.m.
on Friday, April 17, at the East entrance to the
Cox Pavilion, State Fair Park.
disaster hits, access to fresh water for cleaning
is often in short supply," said Dennis
Schlagel, executive director of FCFI.
"This new unit will make life easier for victims
and relief workers, and help alleviate the human
suffering that follows any disaster. We're deeply
grateful for this generous contribution from Farm
Click here to read more about
this mobile disaster relief unit.
USA Respins 2015 Advertising
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everyone loves cotton in its new global
advertising campaign. COTTON USA plans to inspire
consumers through the integrated campaign, both in
what they wear and how they wear it, and further
spread the benefits of U.S. cotton to markets
throughout the world. The campaign slogan, "I Love
My Cotton," encourages consumers and brands alike
to connect with the campaign, and inspires them to
share their own reasons for loving cotton.
To demonstrate how U.S. cotton is a
medium of personal expression through jeans, dress
shirts and everything in between, COTTON USA cast
five individuals from different corners of the
globe, wearing cotton in different ways.
"These portraits reflect the
authenticity and passion unique to COTTON USA: the
singular mark that symbolizes purity of fiber,
quality of fabric and responsibility for the
planet," said Cotton Council International
Click here to read more about
this COTTON USA campaign.
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Merck Animal Health Creating Connections Through
Animal Health has released an educational
video about cattle shipping and transportation as
part of its CreatingConnections program - designed
to help producers better understand cattle
behavior and use that knowledge to help reduce
stress, improve reproduction and foster stronger
immune responses. The first video in the series
presents a practical look at low-stress handling
techniques that capitalize on beef cattle's
natural behaviors. It also illustrates how to move
cattle calmly from the feedyard pens, through the
chute, onto the trailer and unloading at the
packing plant - utilizing a philosophy based on
communication with the animals.
CreatingConnections program and this video in
particular are designed to expand the
understanding of how human and cattle interactions
affect animal health and well-being," said
Paulo Loureiro, D.V.M., Merck
Animal Health. "Through calm, confident movements,
a handler creates a positive experience for the
cattle, which builds trust. As a result, the
cattle are easier to handle, diagnose and manage,
which makes interactions safer for the animal and
details about Creating Connections is available here.
Sets a Date for Release of RFS Volumes for 2015-
Biofuel Proponents Cheer
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it will
issue its proposed Renewable Fuel
Standard volume requirements for
2015 by June 1, and a final rule governing the
volumes for 2014 and 2015 by Nov. 30.
agreed-to-deadlines are part of a proposed
settlement of a lawsuit filed in March by the
American Petroleum Institute (API) and the
American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers
(AFPM) over EPA delays in setting the
requirements. Although not required by the
consent decree, EPA said it will also finalize the
standards for 2016 this year.
schedule is consistent with EPA's commitment to
get the RFS program back on track, while providing
certainty to renewable fuels markets and promoting
the long-term growth of renewable fuels," EPA said
in a statement.
sides of the biofuel debate have expressed
frustration over the inability of EPA to make a
call on the Volume numbers. With this
announcement- the supporters of ethanol and
biodiesel seemed pleased.
one has benefited from the delays in setting
annual renewable volume obligations; and while we
are sympathetic to the difficulty EPA faces in
promulgating annual targets, the statute is clear
about the volumes required and the agency simply
has to do a better job moving forward," said
Bob Dinneen, president and CEO of
the Renewable Fuels
Association. "The consent
agreement is a good start."
producers have faced ambiguity for too long and
today is welcome news that they are establishing a
level of certainty with this announcement," said
Tom Buis, CEO of Growth Energy,
which represents major ethanol producers.
"However, far more important than timing is that
that the EPA establishes a final rule that moves
our industry forward, and reflects the bipartisan
vision Congress intended for the RFS."
details of the EPA announcement and the timeline
they are laying down are available here.
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