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posted yesterday afternoon around 3:30 PM.
Oklahoma Cash Grain Prices-
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listing of cash canola bids at country points in
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National Daily Feeder &
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National Daily Slaughter
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Update from Ron Hays of RON
Thursday, July 23,
Vilsack Says 500 Cases of HPAI Could be Worse Case
Scenario This Fall- And Oklahoma Practicing How to
Respond if It Comes Our Way
House Ag Committee focused on the operations of
the US Department of Agriculture on Wednesday
morning- and hosted the US Secretary of
Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, as
their star witness for the Hearing.
pathogenic avian influenza) questions were
raised- and the Secretary told members that the
Department is glad that there have been no cases
reported since mid June- but is preparing for
round two this fall.
reported to the Committee that the government is
gearing up to deal with as many as 500
incidents of avian flu this fall, far
more than the number that devastated Midwest
producers this spring.
Vilsack added that
his department is working to increase the number
of incident response teams to deal more quickly
with outbreaks on farms.
"What we have
learned is that we do need a command and
communications structure that is organized and in
place as quickly as possible," Vilsack said.
"We're looking at ways in which we can identify
assets and increase the number of incident command
teams as soon as this thing hits."
Click here to read more-
and to hear Vilsack's comments on the Bird Flu
plans- plus his answers on Cover Crops being
eligible for safety new payments and where USDA is
on modernizing their computer systems.
Oklahoma is also getting ready for Bird Flu flying
into the state when those wild birds come south
for the winter- Bryan Painter at
the Oklahoma Department of Ag has an excellent
article you can find on our website about a
response exercise run this week in eastern
Oklahoma that allowed ODAFF to simulate how they
would respond to a case of Bird Flu being reported
in the state. Click here to read how
that practice session went.
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of Groups and Companies Urge House Members
to Approve H.R. 1599, the Safe & Accurate Food
coalition of Farm Groups, Agribusiness Firms and
more have signed onto a letter sent to members of
the US House ahead of floor debate and a likely
vote on HR 1599, the Safe and Accurate Food
that letter, the groups tell Congress "Today
interest groups across the country are pushing
state-level labeling mandates that will exacerbate
consumer confusion and drive up food prices.
Instead of informing consumers, these state
initiatives are filled with loopholes, exempting
as much as two-thirds of foods. The result will be
higher food prices for hard working American
families - as much as $500 a year for a family of
four, according to a study by Cornell University
Professor William Lesseri.
putting a stop to the patchwork of state-based
labeling requirements, the Safe and Accurate Food
Labeling Act will protect consumers from
unpredictable price variations and protect farmers
and food manufacturers from having to contend with
inconsistent and costly regulations.
have been an important part of our nation's food
supply for the past 20 years, and 70-80 percent of
the foods people eat in the United States contain
ingredients that have been genetically engineered.
In addition, the leading health and regulatory
bodies in the world, from the World Health
Organization to the American Medical Association,
have all concluded GMOs are safe."
Oklahoma groups signed onto the letter- including
the Oklahoma Farm Bureau, the Oklahoma
Grain and Feed Association, the Great Plains
Canola Association, the Oklahoma Ag Coop Council
and the Oklahoma Ag Retailers
Association. Over 475 groups and
companies signed the letter- the complete letter
is available here.
Connor of the National Council of Farmer
Cooperatives is one of the leaders signing off on
the letter- and his group also made a plea to
folks interested out in the country to make
contact with their House member and ask for a yes
vote on HR 1599. Click here to read his
comments along these
has a limited amount of time left to address
mandatory Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL).
Earlier this summer, the House of Representatives
voted to repeal COOL, now action waits on the U.S.
Senate. Some agricultural groups continue to say
the U.S. doesn't have to hurry in voting on the
matter. National Cattlemen's Beef
Association Vice President of Government
Affairs Colin Woodall said the
U.S. is getting closer to having a retaliation
number set by the World Trade Organization (WTO),
which would allow Mexico and Canada to retaliate
against the U.S. Once that figure is released,
retaliation will begin, then the U.S. will have to
go through the entire WTO dispute settlement
process, which could take two to five years.
Woodall said Canada and Mexico believe their
retaliation request will approved by the
"As soon as they get the OK from
the WTO, they will commence retaliation against
the U.S. beef industry and many other industries
that they have outlined as potential products to
have a tariff placed on that product, as it's
imported," Woodall said. "Now everybody needs to
understand that a tariff is basically a tax and
for beef we are looking at a 100 percent tax on
our product. That will in effect shut down the
trade that we have with Canada, which continues to
be one of the top five markets for export of U.S.
That's unacceptable to NCBA,
especially after the 300-131 vote by the U.S.
House of Representatives to repeal COOL. Woodall
said now the U.S. Senate needs to take up COOL.
Some agricultural groups believe Congress
shouldn't be so quick to repeal COOL and there is
a way to negotiate a fix. Woodall said there is
only one way to prevent retaliation, which is full
repeal of COOL.
was our guest on Beef Buzz- and you can hear his
comments by clicking or tapping
of the groups that Woodall is referring to is
R-Calf- and their Exec is begging their
supporters to call Senators and urge opposition to
any effort to repeal mandatory COOL.
a "Red Alert." Bill Bullard
writes "Tell all your consumer friends to stock up
on all the USA beef they can find because a
handful of Senators are trying repeal Country of
Origin Labeling and labels will soon disappear at
their favorite grocery stores.
Tonight we learned that Senators Debbie
Stabenow (D-MI) and John
Hoeven (R-ND) are planning to introduce
legislation tomorrow in the U.S. Senate
Agriculture Committee that would repeal COOL for
beef, pork, chicken and ground meat and then
convert mandatory COOL for beef, pork and chicken
into a voluntary program.
this deceitful bill are Senators John
Thune (R-SD), Amy
Klobuchar (D-MN), Chuck
Grassley (R-IA), Heidi
Heitkamp (D-ND) and Sherrod
are Senators that up to this point, have been
strong supporters of Mandatory COOL- but now are
responding to the likely retaliation that is
coming once WTO issues their final authorization.
have posted on our website parts of the email from
Bullard- click here to take a
Tulsa Hotel & Convention Center Chef Named
Oklahoma Taste of Elegance
got to taste the best pork dishes in the state
Tuesday night in Oklahoma City. Twelve chefs
presented their best pork dishes at the
Oklahoma Pork Council's "Taste of
Elegance" event at the National Cowboy
and Western Heritage Museum. For the second year,
the event benefited the Oklahoma chapter of the
"March of Dimes".
"Taste of Elegance"
supporters got to taste high-end pork from event
sponsor Smithfield Farmland, as
they showcased their latest product line called
Smithfield DURoC Pork. Vice President for
Specialty Programs Shane Ward
said said Smithfield utilizes their superior
genetic line influenced by Duroc genetics, the
product is minimally processed and meets the
stringent quality standards set by Smithfield.
This specialty pork product combines taste,
flavor, and tenderness in providing consumers the
very best pork. He said Smithfield DURoC Pork
represents the top two to three percent of their
pork products. This event also allows Oklahoma
chefs to cook with Smithfield DURoC Pork, so they
can taste the difference in this high quality pork
"We see that the trend
continues to move away from your general commodity
type products to more of a value added or story
type product and this is one of the programs that
we're marketing in order to meet that growing
niche," Ward said.
I caught up with
Ward at the "Taste of Elegance" event. Click or tap here to
listen to the full interview and to find the full
results of the chef competition.
Great Plains Invests in Oklahoma Healthy Soils
Great Plains, a transmission-only utility
operating in the Southwest Power Pool region and a
subsidiary of ITC Holdings, Corp., the nation's
largest independent electricity transmission
company, is joining forces with the
Oklahoma Association of Conservation
Districts (OACD) by investing in the
Oklahoma Healthy Soils Project.
pleased to support OACD's Healthy Soils Project as
both of our organizations are committed to the
long-term sustainability of our natural
resources," Brett Leopold, ITC Great Plains
president stated, "Upgrading our nation's outdated
power grid is critical to keeping the United
States economically competitive and provides the
infrastructure to develop renewable
ITC Great Plains currently
operates 436 circuit miles of transmission lines
in Oklahoma and Kansas. The company is currently
in the process of constructing new transmission
lines throughout the southern plains to reduce
system congestion, provide more efficient and
cost-effective transmission of energy and increase
access to a broader range of generation
Click here to read
more about ITC's investment in the Oklahoma
Healthy Soils Project.
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Pork Quarterly Q3: China's Shrinking Hog Herd to
Ignite Global Pork Trade
to the latest Rabobank Pork
Quarterly report, the global pork market recovered
during Q2, with rising prices in almost all main
exporting and importing
Supported by limited supply
growth, the supply/demand balance clearly improved
across the globe, with the most notable recovery
in the US, Canadian and Chinese markets. The EU
and Japan were the exceptions, as pork prices
dropped. This trend was supported by limited
exchange rate movements.
animal protein analyst Albert Vernooij says: "The
main questions are when Chinese import growth will
start, how much volume growth there will be and
what the support for pork prices will be across
Click here to read
more about the outlook for regional markets.
N That- Cattle Reports Coming Friday, Oklahoma FFA
Has Got Stars and TSCRA Has New Ranger in Oklahoma
afternoon, USDA will double up on cattle counting
reports for us to chew on- the monthly Cattle on
Feed Report as well as the twice a year Cattle
Nelson with Allendale offers us his take
on the Cattle on Feed count- due out at 2:00 PM on
Friday afternoon- " June
Placements are expected to be 6.8% smaller than
last year at 1.356 million head. This is the
smallest June placement in nineteen years. USDA's
cattle feeding margin ended the month with a $131
per head loss on outgoing cattle. This would be
seven months in a row of losses. Live cattle
prices fell from $160 at the end of May to $148 at
the end of June. Corn averaged $3.72 in Western
Kansas in June ($3.67 in May, $4.67 in June 2014).
June placements supply the November through
February slaughter period.
anticipates a Marketing total 5.9% lower than June
2014. There was one more weekday in June 2015 vs.
2014. This caused an artificial 4.6% higher
adjustment. Our 1.738 million head estimate is the
smallest June marketing since the current
data-series started in 1996. This is the sixth
month in a row of marketings at their respective
lows for modern times.
Cattle on Feed as of July 1 is 0.1% smaller than
last year. That is a decrease from the June 1
total that was 0.6% over last year."
also believes the USDA Cattle Inventory report
will show strong growth in the US Beef Cow
numbers- predicting a 4.2% increase in
the Beef Cow herd compared to a year ago- with a
predicted 30.88 million beef cows on the ground as
of July one in the US. The Cattle Inventory
report will also be released by Uncle Sam at 2:00
PM central on Friday.
news coming from Kent Boggs,
State Executive Secretary of the Oklahoma FFA
Association, as the state office in Stillwater has
gotten early word that Oklahoma will have a pair
of Star Finalists competing in Louisville this
Maltbie of Burlington will be a Star
Finalist in Agribusiness and Gatlin
Squires of Kingfisher is a Star Finalist
in Ag Science.
am biased- but I believe both of these young men
have a great chance of bringing home top honors in
these two categories, as they both have experience
in competing at the national level.
other name we will be talking more about as the
2015 National Convention draws closer is
Logan Johns. He is from the
Morrison FFA Chapter and won the right earlier
this summer to represent Oklahoma as a National
FFA Officer Candidate this year.
congrats to Brett Wellden of
Guthrie- who has joined the Texas and Southwestern
Cattle Raisers Association as a Special
Ranger for District 3 in south-central
on his appointment have been released by the
TSCRA- and you can read more about
Wellden by clicking here.
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