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Let's Check the Markets!
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.
price for canola was $8.37 per bushel- based on
delivery to the Northern AG elevator in Yukon yesterday.
The full listing of cash canola bids at country points
in Oklahoma can now be found in the daily Oklahoma Cash
Grain report- linked above.
Daily Market Wrapup from the Radio
Oklahoma Network with Jim Apel and Tom Leffler-
analyzing the Futures Markets from the previous
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
Friday, March 7,
Annual Oklahoma Youth Expo Ready for Another
Oklahoma Youth Expo is right around the corner
with its 99th edition at the State Fairgrounds in
Oklahoma City beginning March 12. The show's
executive director, Tyler
Norvell, tells me interest is at an
"I can't believe it,
but we broke our entry record again-14,125 animals
entered, 7,000 kids, once again at least one
student from every Oklahoma county coming to
participate. Some counties have several hundred
kids coming to participate."
adjustments have been made to this year's schedule
due to construction and renovation in the
livestock barns at the fairgrounds, but Norvell
says he hopes to keep the schedule for the
Norvell says that
interest and focus on the kids is reflected in the
sponsorship dollars that underwrite OYE and in the
scholarships awarded to the students.
the last 12 years we've handed out over $2 million
in scholarships. And what's great about our
scholarship program is that money can only be used
at Oklahoma universities and colleges so those
kids that use that money are going to school here
and, more than likely, will stay in this state and
be an investment for this state in the
This year, Norvell says, they hope
to hand out over $1.5 million during the show's
As far as the future is
concerned, Norvell says the show will continue to
grow if it simply continues to do what it does
best and that is to showcase the students who make
the commitment and work so hard to get there.
Click here to read more or to
listen to my interview with Tyler Norvell.
He will also join me on this week's "In the
Field" segment on News 9 Saturday morning about
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Attorney General Scott Pruitt Joins Other States
in Egg Lawsuit Against
general for five states have joined the state of
Missouri in its lawsuit challenging egg production
standards in California. The original suit was
filed Feb. 3 in U.S. District Court in Fresno,
Calif. The states of Alabama, Iowa, Kentucky,
Nebraska and Oklahoma joined the suit seeking to
bar implementation of new regulations regarding
cage sizes for egg-laying hens.
states combined produce more than 20 billion eggs
per year and sell about ten percent of their
production in California.
AG Scott Pruitt says Oklahoma joining in
on this lawsuit is the right thing to do. "With
this law, California is telling farmers in our
state they must operate their Oklahoma farms
according to California's egg-producing
regulations. That places an undue burden on
Oklahoma farmers and violates the spirit of the
Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution which
prohibits states from regulating business and
industry outside their own borders," General
Pruitt said. "This lawsuit is about protecting the
ability of Oklahoma farmers to sell their products
in all 50 states without fear of other states
imposing burdensome new requirements or
regulations on cage size are the result of a 2008
ballot initiative called Proposition 2 that was
heavily promoted by the Humane Society of the
United States. Some agricultural groups say the
initiative was an attempt by HSUS to harm animal
amended lawsuit says the intent of the law was not
to protect the public health of California
consumers, but to force out-of-state egg producers
to incur the same costs imposed on California
farmers by Proposition 2.
Click here to read more of this
Budget May Be DOA, but Priorities Reflected Raise
Some Concerns, NCGA Says
the White House released a proposed budget which
has been deemed "dead upon arrival," as budgets of
this nature have been for many years now.
Primarily important in its symbolism, the budget
released by the Administration reflects current
values but is highly unlikely to impact policy in
the near future.
Notably, the budget
proposed by the Administration is not likely to
move forward for many reasons. Senate Democrats
expressed they do not find a reason to pass a
budget at this time as the agreement which
Congress came to in December on the matter will be
in place for two years. Additionally, the proposed
budget does not contain traditional enticements to
encourage bipartisan discussion.
National Corn Growers Association does see cause
for concern in the proposed cuts which would
negatively impact American agriculture outlined in
the budget released by President Obama. Proposing
cuts to crop insurance and to food inspection
budgets, the budget outlined by the Administration
would lead to greater risk for farmers and higher
prices for consumers.
click here to read the rest of
PEDV and Other Challenges, Pig Farmers Upbeat on
Future of Industry
pig farmers find optimism even though concerns
over hog health and disease rank as a top concern,
according to the results of a survey released this
week at the National Pork Industry Forum in Kansas
City, Mo. The survey, fielded late in 2013, found
30 percent of producers said hog health and
disease was the single biggest challenge they
faced. This result is not surprising given Porcine
Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV) continues to impact
farms across the country.
"In a year that
brought significant herd losses due to PEDV, the
survey underscores that the issue is still top of
mind for many producers," said Karen
Richter, National Pork Board president
and a producer from Montgomery, Minn. "But with
this concern comes opportunity for the Pork
Checkoff, with 27 percent of producers also saying
that the Checkoff was best positioned to fund
additional research into PEDV."
percent, providing PEDV research ranked first from
a defined list of choices when asked "How can the
Checkoff help you in 2014?" However, that
direction changes slightly when those surveyed
were asked to fill-in their own blank.
When asked the open-ended question of
"What is the single most important thing the Pork
Checkoff can do to help your operation be more
successful?, six of 12 answers related to
marketing pork. Advertising and promoting pork
ranked No. 1 at 23 percent, followed by educating
consumers about the safety of pork at 12 percent.
Additional marketing-related concerns included
improving export and international trade
potential, increasing demand, opening more markets
to pork and improving the sale price of hogs.
You can read the rest of this story by clicking here.
Year-end U.S. Pork Exports offer a "Bright
Outlook" for 2014 Demand
pork exports remained strong last year, exceeding
$6 billion for the third consecutive year,
although down from the record level set in 2012.
As 2013 drew to a close, 4.73 billion pounds of
pork and pork variety meats valued at $6.05
billion dollars had been exported, down 5 percent
and 4 percent, respectively, from
"Checkoff investments in helping tear
down trade barriers and promote U.S. pork with
international consumers are crucial to growing the
revenue we enjoy from exports," said Brian
Zimmerman, chair of the Pork Checkoff's
Trade Committee and a Beatrice, Neb., producer.
"In 2013, 26 percent of U.S. pork and pork variety
meat was exported, which added nearly $54 per hog
U.S. pork exports ended 2013 on
a positive note with strong exports in December,
demonstrating upward momentum going into 2014.
Mexico, Central and South America and the ASEAN
region posted particularly strong results to bring
the month's totals up slightly from levels of a
year ago. In addition, through December total
exports to South Korea, Australia and New Zealand
were the highest of the year.
You can read
more of this article by clicking here.
Bureau Kicks Off 'Our Food Link'
and rancher members of Farm Bureau from around the
country officially kicked off the organization's
new "Our Food Link" program in conjunction with a
conference for state leaders of Women's Leadership
and Promotion & Education programs.
"Our Food Link is a year-round program
that county and state Farm Bureaus use to provide
consumers of all ages and backgrounds with
information about today's agriculture," explained
Terry Gilbert, a Kentucky farmer
and chair of the American Farm Bureau Women's
Leadership Committee. The AFBWLC spearheads the
program with participation open to all Farm Bureau
"People want to know where their
food comes from and who is growing or raising it,"
Gilbert said. "Helping people connect with sources
of clothing, food, shelter and energy in their
communities is the foundation of this multi-faced
new program," she said.
Click here for more.
N That- Hall- Coyote Hills Sale on Saturday, Santa
Fe Here We Come and Your Invite to Keeping Calves
Hall- Coyote Hills Ranch All
Black All Polled Bull Sale is set for tomorrow-
Saturday, March 8, 2014 with the sale to start at
1:00 PM at the Ranch, Chattanooga,
The 2014 sale will feature
86Black, Polled Limousin and Lim-Flex Bulls
59 Fall Yearlings- 5 Purebred
and 54 Lim Flex
27 Spring Yearlings- All
Click here for more details and a
link to download the complete catalog- or you can
call Ken Holloway at 580-597-2419
for additional information.
will be heading for Santa Fe over the weekend as
we follow several members of the American Farmers
& Ranchers/Oklahoma Farmers Union out to the
112th annual meeting of the National
looks like they will have some excellent speakers-
this will be our first opportunity in several
years to get to a NFU convention- and we'll have
reports on Monday morning here on our email as
well as on the website and on our radio reports
heard on the Radio Oklahoma Ag Network. Click here for more details about
the 2014 event.
wanted to pass along a special invite from the
Boehringer Ingelehim Vetmedica folks- especially
their Rep in our area, Kara
Jet. Kara dropped us an email
yesterday afternoon and wrote "Keep Calves
Healthy", is a meeting designed for Oklahoma
cattle producers- it will be held on
Tuesday, March 11 at 1:00 PM in the
Conoco Phillips Center on the campus of OSU in
join us as, Shawn
Walter, Dr. Doug
Ensley and Dr. David
Pugh share the latest in keeping calves
healthy and improving herd management. In
addition, Boehringer Ingelheim will provide
tickets to the Oklahoma State University
baseball game vs. Wichita State University and
producers will receive a complimentary BIVI
product, with a retail value of more than $100.
For more information or to RSVP call Kara Jett
other sale that we wanted to briefly mention to
you is the Blackjack 2014 Bull
Sale- also coming up on Saturday- with the first
animal to sell at 12 noon. The sale being
held at the ranch, Seminole, Oklahoma. A
total of 67 Angus & SimAngus Bulls will
can click here for the National
Cattle website and learn more details.
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