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mornings with cash and futures reviewed- includes where the Cash Cattle market stands, the latest Feeder Cattle Markets Etc.
Feeder steers sold mostly steady to weak, with exception of cattle suitable for grazing trading with a higher undertone. Feeder heifers traded 1.00-3.00 loweron Wednesday at OKC West Livestock in El Reno, compared to last week's sale. Click here to jump to yesterday's complete sale report.
FedCattleExchange.com offered 500 head Wednesday with 0 cattle actually selling. Click here to see their complete market results.
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Thursday, March 28, 2019
| Featured Story: Oklahoma Department of Ag Ready to Celebrate Ag Day at the Capitol April Second
The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry will coordinate the 2019 Oklahoma Ag Day inside the Capitol on Tuesday April 2nd. Secretary Arthur and I talked for a few moments on the phone about the Ag Day plans for 2019- you can hear our conversation by clicking or tapping here.
Oklahoma State Secretary of Agriculture Blayne Arthur told me that it will be a day to celebrate farming and ranching in the state, to reward kids in multiple contests under the Ag in the Classroom banner and honor the newest member of the Oklahoma Ag Hall of Fame that will be inducted as he receives the Governor Stitt Outstanding Achievement in Agriculture Award.
New Hall of Fame Member and recipient of the award is Jimmy Harrel, a rancher, farmer and banker. He is CEO and chairman of the board of directors of the Bank of Western Oklahoma in Elk City and Vici.
The day includes Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom recognizing the winners of the 2019 AITC Coloring and Poster Contest and the new AITC Teacher of the Year, Christie Puckett of Maysville Elementary School, starting at 10 AM in the second floor rotunda area.
Commodity organizations and several Made in Oklahoma companies will have products for display and for sampling from 10 am til 2 pm in the 4th floor rotunda area.
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Make Plans to attend the Oklahoma City Farm Show, coming April 4th, 5th and 6th 2019. Admission and Parking are free.
Exhibits include all of the latest in agriculture with a full line of displays, including tractor, sprayer, tillage, harvest equipment, cattle management products, and more. In addition to indoor and outdoor exhibits, daily horse training seminars, cattle chute demonstrations, cattle grading competitions, and prize drawings make the Oklahoma Farm Show a don't-miss event.
Click here for more details about the 2019 Oklahoma City Farm - presented by Midwest Farm Shows.
House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Michael Conaway and committee member Rep. Vicky Hartzler led 30 of their colleagues, including all House Agriculture Republicans, in a letter yesterday addressed to House Agriculture Appropriators expressing their collective support of Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue's plans to relocate the Economic Research Service and National Institute of Food and Agriculture out of the Washington, D.C. metro area. Despite this show of support, the proposed relocation of these offices has been highly scrutinized by other stakeholders.
The letter cites that the relocation efforts are designed to improve the department's customer service, strengthen its offices and programs, and save taxpayer dollars. The letter also cites the precedent of the USDA's ARS and NASS offices which are already located outside of DC and have a proven track record of quality service.
We believe relocating ERS and NIFA would build upon USDA's capacity and improve the agency's ability to recruit top talent from universities across the nation while being closer to rural America and reducing taxpayer expenditures," the letter stated in its request that no relocation limitation be included in the FY 2020 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill. "While we understand Congressional oversight is appropriate, we are ready to work with you to ensure any logistical complications or issues that may arise are overcome. We appreciate your time and attention to this matter and strongly support this effort."
Among those leaders who signed the bill were Roger Marshall (KS-1), Ann Wagner (MO-2), Kevin Brady (TX-8), Rick Crawford (AR-1), Sam Graves (MO-6), Bill Flores (TX-17) and Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-3). To review the complete text of the letter, click or tap here.
In a statement by the American Soybean Association, leadership of the organization say the group "is not pleased" with recent comments by the President regarding tariffs and the China trade talks. President Trump has suggested that he could leave tariffs in place under an agreement with China.
However, ASA considers the removal of tariffs on China part of an exchange for China to lift its retaliatory 25 percent tariff on U.S. soybean imports. ASA President Davie Stephens questioned, "How can the U.S. and China reach any deal without doing so?"
ASA in prior statements said "it's not enough for China to make one-off good will purchases," of U.S. soybeans over the last three months. Any longer-term plan to manage soybean trade under which China would guarantee to buy specified amounts of soybeans over an extended period-but still keep its 25 percent tariff in place-"is not an acceptable alternative to full market access," according to ASA.
Click over to our website for the full story from the American Soybean Association.
Earlier this week, the US Senate voted down the highly controversial Green New Deal authored by U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. Senate Republicans were joined by two dissenting Democrats in voting NO on the bill, while the rest of their Democratic colleagues voted PRESENT - effectively abandoning the Green New Deal to its fate, according to Scott Yager, chief environmental counsel for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association.
Yager says the threat this movement poses though is far from over, insisting new legislation will continue to pop up in various forms as time goes by. What was most telling about this entire ordeal from an agricultural perspective though, is that a rally in support of the bill was attended in large part by anti-agriculture activists.
"That's important to note, because often times they try to hide what the agenda is," Yager pointed out. "It was good to see it up front and personal and keep that reminder going that people who are behind this Green New Deal do not have the best interests of farmers and ranchers in mind. They want to change everything you're doing on a daily basis to achieve climate change reductions. We expect more of these misguided climate change policies will come forward."
Listen to Yager's full recount of the US Senate's vote yesterday on the Green New Deal and how it impacts the ag industry, on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here.
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Their Vision Statement explains the highest priority of the organization- "Leadership that serves, strengthens and advocates for the Oklahoma cattle industry."
To learn more about the OCA and how you can be a part of this forward-looking group of cattle producers, click here for their website
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A Day in the Life of National Pork Board Marketing Director and Industry Advocate Kylee Deniz
Kylee Deniz is director of marketing for the National Pork Board and the National Pork Checkoff. Currently residing in Oklahoma, she spends most of her time on the job supporting the 42 state pork associations as well as producers on the farm, providing them with the tools and resources they need to successfully market their product. In addition to these duties, a significant aspect of her role is communicating with consumers about the quality of US pork. In a recent conversation with us at the OYE, she explained in depth what her role is at the NPB and how the industry is working around ongoing challenges it is faced with currently.
With pressure from tariffs, anti-agricultural activism and the constant risk of a disease outbreak with African Swine Fever running rampant in other parts of the world, Deniz says US producers are demonstrating their resiliency. Now more than ever, she describes how important it is to reach producers - propping them up with the information they need to stay on top of these issues - but also to stay in touch with the consumer.
Like other checkoff programs, Deniz says the NPB has too found that the digital space is uniquely suited for reaching both producers and consumers in a most effective way. According to her, what's proved most successful in their multifaceted digital strategy, has been the NPB's work with influencers or popular vloggers that have helped reach audiences with the pork industry's message.
Listen to Deniz explain how this strategy has been used to advance the pork industry's agenda in our full conversation, which can be heard by clicking here
National Wheat Improvement Committee Attends Washington Fly-In to Discuss Research Priorities
This week a group of researchers, growers, and millers took to Capitol Hill to discuss the importance of wheat research and appropriations priorities for FY 2020.
"To maintain an adequate food supply and food safety, ensure farmers can battle disease and pest pressures, and to keep the United States as the world's source of premier quality wheat, we must have robust and stable federal, state, and private investment in wheat research," said NAWG President and Lavon, TX farmer Ben Scholz.
NAWG urges Congress and the Administration to prevent cuts to funding levels for these research programs as they are vital to the entire wheat value chain.
"We very much appreciate the support of Congress for continued investments in research over the years, and in particular for key provisions in the Farm Bill research title that will help wheat farmers," continued Scholz.
Read more on the over 60 meetings held this week by clicking or tapping here.
A lot of the information at Cattlefax.Com is behind a paywall and intended for members of the group- but one of their analysts, Lance Zimmerman, has penned an interesting free article on calculating death losses in primarily Nebraska caused by the recent floods that may not be done yet.
Lance writes "There have been wide range of numbers thrown around in the last week to 10 days, and that has created a lot of confusion. So, let's highlight a few of the sources CattleFax has seen. A major rural television network reported cattle losses around 700,000 to 750,000 head, and that number seems overstated. The Nebraska Farm Bureau has been quoted as saying $500 mil. in livestock losses and $400 mil. in crop losses. Those numbers are probably more realistic when you consider the math on the Farm Bureau number includes all livestock (beef, pork and poultry) and crop-related losses (current crop losses and future productivity losses)."
Zimmerman emphasizes that NO ONE really knows at this point- and it will be awhile before a death tally will be anywhere close to accurate.
Cattlefax says that the total cattle herd in Nebraska is just under seven million head- and the TV Network guess would be a 10% Death Loss- way out of line.
The Market Analysis group says their best guess today would be a lot lower number that is still a huge loss for the Nebraska cattle industry- "If CattleFax would be forced to pick a number today, an argument can be made that the head count losses are probably going to be around 100,000 head or less. That is 1.5% death loss on all cattle inventory in the state, but in the interest of full disclosure, that is a complete guess."
Read Lance's full article by clicking or tapping here. And I would suggest that if you have not already- consider helping those ranchers up there who have cattle alive and will need help in the days ahead with hay, feed, fencing and other supplies to keep their herd and survive this disaster.
Both of our general farm organizations in Oklahoma are collecting money that will be sent to Nebraska to help- if you want the money to go to cattle producers- the best bet may be to go to the Nebraska Cattlemen's website by clicking or tapping here.
If you have hay, feed or fencing donations- that is apparently being coordinated by the Nebraska Dept of Ag- here is their resource page with info on how to provide help
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