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Oklahoma Cash Grain Prices- as reported
by the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture.
cash price for Canola is $12.52 per bushel-
New Crop contracts for Canola are now available at
$13.00 per bushel- delivered to local
participating elevators that are working with PCOM.
Daily Market Wrapup from the Radio
Oklahoma Network with Ed Richards and Tom Leffler-
analyzing the Futures Markets from the previous Day.
Previous Day's Wheat Market Recap-Two
Pager from the Kansas City Board of Trade looks at all
three U.S. Wheat Futures Exchanges with extra info on
Hard Red Winter Wheat and the why of that day's
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
FDA Guidance Restricting
Antibiotic Use Could Be
and ranchers will have to get a prescription from
a veterinarian in order to use antibiotics in
cattle, hogs and chickens under final regulatory
guidance issued by the Food and Drug
Administration that also prohibits
medically-important drugs from being used to
promote animal growth.
National Pork Producers Council said the guidance
will disproportionately affect small
producers, have a negative effect on animal health
and increase the cost of producing food while not
improving public health. You can read a statement by the NPPC
by clicking here.
said the actions were necessary to preserve the
effectiveness of antimicrobial medicines used to
treat disease in humans.
is critical that we take action to protect public
health," said FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret
Hamburg. "The new strategy will ensure
farmers and veterinarians can care for animals
while ensuring the medicines people need remain
safe and effective."
numerous peer-reviewed risk assessments, including
at least one by FDA, show a "negligible" risk to
human health of antibiotics use in food-animal
"FDA did not provide
compelling evidence nor did it state that
antibiotics use in livestock production is
unsafe," said NPPC President R.C.
Hunt, who pointed out that the agency
already has authority to withdraw unsafe products.
"Pork producers work with veterinarians to
carefully consider if antibiotics are necessary
and which ones to use and we use them to keep
animals healthy and to produce safe food."
the National Cattlemen's Beef Association also
weighed in on Wednesday afternoon- saying "
NCBA is pleased that FDA has resisted unscientific
calls to completely ban the use of antibiotics and
antimicrobials in cattle and other livestock
species. However, we remain concerned with
regulatory actions that are not based on
peer-reviewed science or that set the precedent to
take animal care and health decisions out of the
hands of veterinarians." Click here for more details of
what NCBA member Tom Talbot of
California is saying about this latest move by the
Animal Health Institute, which represents drug
manufacturers, pledged to work with regulators to
implement the policy goals articulated in the
guidance documents. Click here to read AHI's response to
the FDA guidance.
You can also read about a Kansas
State study regarding misperceptions about
antibiotic use in livestock by clicking
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TV - Ideal Conditions Encourage New Canadian
County Canola Producer
for canola production have been almost perfect for
some growers in Oklahoma and Jerry
Lingo of Canadian County says he has high
hopes for this year's crop. Participants in OSU's
Canola Field Tour caught up with Lingo to take a
look at his fields and hear his story. This is
Lingo's second year to grow canola and his fields
are looking good.
"We're looking forward to
a great crop ahead of us. We haven't had many pest
problems this year and everything looks
said he decided to move away from continuous wheat
and include canola to improve his
"I had a few fields that needed to
be cleaned up of rye grass, so I thought I'd try
it on it. I also put it on a couple of places I
don't graze cattle just to try and learn how to
He said prices, also, helped in
the decision-making process.
prices are almost double what wheat is and so that
made it more appealing to plant more acres. I
doubled my acres from last year to this year."
You can check out Jerry Lingo's
interview on Canola TV by clicking here. You
can also find a link to pictures from the OSU
Canola Field Tour.
Specialists to be Featured at Upcoming Southern
Plains Farm Show
series of cattle extension specialists will speak
Friday, April 20, during Oklahoma City's
Southern Plains Farm Show April
19-21 at State Fair Park.
line-up of extension talks will cover topics such
as reinvesting in your beef herd and pasture
recovery from drought. The sale and speaker series
will be held in Carriage Hall, located in the east
end of the Travel and Transportation Building. All
extension presentations are free and open to the
The following is a schedule of
Friday's scheduled speakers:
10-11 a.m. -
Livestock Market Outlook and Reinvesting in the
Beef Herd with Rodney Jones
11-11:30 a.m. - Livestock and Forage Insurance
as Risk Management Tools with J.J.
12-12:30 p.m. - Pasture
Recovery Following Drought with Daren
12:30-1 p.m. - Current Tax
Issues with J.C. Hobbs
p.m. - Ag Leasing Issues with Shannon
Farm show hours are
Thursday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 9
a.m. to 4 p.m.
in the Carriage Hall, the Oklahoma Farm Bureau
returns with its three-day Herd Builder cattle
sale during the 2012 Southern Plains Farm
more information, contact Thad Doye at (405)
Williams, Others Nominated for Cattle
Production Veterinarian Hall of Fame
long-time Oklahoma veterinarian and four others
representing more than 200 years of service in
cattle production medicine, have been selected by
their peers as nominees for the Cattle Production
Veterinarian Hall of Fame.
Williams, the first company veterinarian
for Hitch Enterprises in Guymon, Okla., and Dr.
John Herrick were nominated in the beef cattle
division. Dr. Lee Allenstein, Dr. Jim Jarrett, and
Dr. Elmer Woelffer were nominated in the dairy
"This year's nominees are
true pioneers in cattle production medicine," said
Mark Spire, D.V.M., technical services manager for
Merck Animal Health. "Each nominee deserves this
prestigious award because of how his work has
changed the landscape of the industry."
Don Williams is a Texas native and received his
veterinary medical degree from Texas A&M
University. After 18 years in private practice in
Texas and Oklahoma, he became the first company
veterinarian for Hitch Enterprises in Guymon,
Okla. He later moved into feedlot management for
Henry C. Hitch Feedlot. Dr. Williams developed the
first national preconditioning program and was
instrumental in developing large-scale cattle
health programs, feedlot personnel training and
scientific-based approaches to animal-health
management. He is a founding member of AVC and
served on the organizing board of AABP. Dr.
Williams also served as president of the Oklahoma
Veterinary Medical Association, AABP and the
National Cattlemen's Foundation.
Click here to read more about the
Cattle Production Hall of Fame nominees.
Agricultural Leadership Program Class XVI Now
who are engaged in the agricultural industry and
are looking for a way to enhance their leadership
skills should consider applying for the Oklahoma
Agricultural Leadership Program Class
its inception in 1982, OALP has graduated 427
participants and continues to grow and offer class
members new and exciting opportunities, said
Edmond Bonjour, OALP director.
program is open to Oklahoma men and women between
the ages of 25 and 45 who are engaged in
production agriculture or a related agricultural
Applications for OALP's Class
XVI are available online by clicking here. The deadline for
submitting an application and letters of reference
is May 1. Those interested are encouraged to apply
early. The class size is limited to 30
many of you are aware- I was a part of Class One
of this program- and have been a part of it since
then as I have served on the Advisory Board that
helps OSU in guiding this program. This
program's graduates have done amazing things for
rural Oklahoma since it all began back in the
early 1980s- and I would encourage you to
seriously consider being a part of Class 16- my
phone number is at the bottom of this email- if
you have questions about taking that first step-
don't hesitate to give me a call- I would be
honored to talk to you.
Click here to read more about OALP
and its objectives.
Energy, OACD to Celebrate Stewardship Week in
part of their continued commitment to Oklahoma and
the health of its environment, Chesapeake Energy
Corporation and the Oklahoma Association of
Conservation Districts (OACD) announced they will
partner in celebrating Stewardship Week in
Oklahoma, April 29 through May 6, 2012.
are honored that Chesapeake Energy is partnering
with us to recognize the hard work of agriculture
producers and other landowners in conserving our
soil, water, air, wildlife habitats and other
natural resources," Joe Parker,
president of OACD said. "We are deeply
appreciative of Chesapeake's continued support of
our state's farmers, ranchers and other landowners
and all they do to protect the environment. It's
also important that we educate all Oklahomans on
the importance of the stewardship ethic and the
need to care for our environment. We are glad to
have Chesapeake working with us to do
Stewardship Week is one of the
world's largest conservation-related observances.
Since 1955, the National Association of
Conservation Districts (NACD) and OACD have
sponsored the national Stewardship Week program.
During the week, local conservation districts work
with media outlets, communities, faith-based
groups and local schools to promote the concept of
stewardship. The concept involves personal and
social responsibility, including a duty to learn
about and improve natural resources so we use them
wisely and leave a rich legacy for future
To read more about Stewardship Week,
please click here.
Ag Committee Chair Frank Lucas Files for
Reelection- No Opponent Yet
Chairman of the House Ag Committee, Oklahoma
Congressman Frank Lucas, has
filed for reelection for the Third District Seat
in the US Congress from the state of Oklahoma.
Wednesday was the first of three days where
candidates could file, and as of the close of
business on Wednesday, Lucas had no challenger for
another term in Washington. Candidates may file
until the end of the day on Friday, April 13,
a news release from his campaign organizers, Lucas
is quoted as saying "As a lifelong Oklahoman, I am
well aware of the issues that are important to my
friends and neighbors and will make certain those
issues are addressed. Oklahoma needs some one in
Congress who will stand up for American farmers
and ranchers as the Obama Administration continues
its very confrontational stance towards the
families who produce our supply of food and fiber.
I will continue my fight to encourage economic
growth for small businesses and American families,
and to ensure that our children and grandchildren
are not strapped with crippling debt, and will
proudly work to maintain a strong military and to
enact an 'all-of-the-above' energy strategy for
our nation." Lucas also cited the current
2012 farm bill negotiations as being critical to
the well being of the Third District of Oklahoma
as well. Of course, as Chairman of the House Ag
Committee, he is at ground zero of those dealings.
Click here for the news release
from Congressman Lucas as he begins his reelection
the Statehouse level- most rural Oklahoma
lawmakers received little or token opposition
after the dust cleared from day one of the filing
period. One race that did catch our eye was
State House District 63, where Rep. Don Armes of
Faxon drew a Republican challenger, cockfighting
advocate B.L. Cozad. Click here to jump over to the State
Election Board's full listing of all federal
and state races and who has filed for what after
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