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Oklahoma Cash Grain Prices- as reported
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Cash price for canola was
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National Daily Feeder & Stocker
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National Daily Slaughter Cattle
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here is the Daily Volume and Price Summary from
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Update from Ron Hays of RON
Monday, May 5,
Census of Agriculture Reveals New Trends in
are now 3.2 million farmers operating 2.1 million
farms on 914.5 million acres of farmland across
the United States, according to the 2012 Census of
Agriculture, released Friday by the U.S.
Department of Agriculture. The agriculture census
presents more than 6 million pieces of
information, which provide a detailed look at the
U.S. farm sector at the national, state and county
"Once every five years, farmers,
ranchers and growers have the unique opportunity
to let the world know how U.S. agriculture is
changing, what is staying the same, what's working
and what we can do differently," said Dr.
Cynthia Clark, the retiring head of
USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service,
which administered the survey. "Today, we can
start to delve into the details."
data provide valuable insight into the U.S. farmer
demographics, economics and production practices.
Some of the key findings include:
sales and production expenses reached record highs
in 2012. U.S. producers sold $394.6 billion worth
of agricultural products, but it cost them $328.9
billion to produce these products
quarters of all farms had sales of less than
$50,000, producing only 3 percent of the total
value of farm products sold while those with sales
of more than $1 million - 4 percent of all farms -
produced 66 percent.
percent of all U.S. farms are operated by families
-- Principal operators
were on average 58.3 years old and were
predominantly male; second operators were slightly
younger and most likely to be female; and third
operators were younger still.
For more of
the key trends and a link to the full census
report, please click here.
You can click on the Map to
see the table that breaks down the average size
and number of dollars generated per farm based on
the 2012 Ag Census.
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Label GMOs or Not- CAST Asks the Questions and
genetically engineered (GE) products are used
around the world, the issue becomes contentious
when they are present in our food. A key part of
the resulting debate centers on proposals
regarding the mandatory labeling of GE
Many states are considering
legislation to mandate such labels. CAST Issue
Paper 54, The Potential Impacts of Mandatory
Labeling for Genetically Engineered Food in the
United States, examines arguments for and against
labels, the costs involved with labeling, and
experiences in countries that use mandatory
labeling. Led by Task Force Chair Dr. Alison Van
Eenennaam, the authors gather factual information
to produce a peer-reviewed publication that
clarifies the potential impacts of mandatory
Proponents of mandatory GE
labeling cite the right to know what is in their
food as an important attribute of a democratic
society. Opponents think that such a label will
increase the cost of food and confuse consumers
with no corresponding improvement in human health
or food safety. Seemingly contradictory studies
are cited to support opposing views-informed
discourse about this emotional issue is hard to
find. This paper looks at key aspects of the
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Practices Approved in Five Lesser Prairie-Chicken
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the
Department of the Interior Friday announced that
farmers, ranchers and landowners implementing Farm
Service Agency (FSA) Conservation Reserve Program
(CRP) practices intended to protect and increase
lesser prairie-chicken populations will not be
subject to additional regulations as a result of
the species' listing as threatened under the
Endangered Species Act.
The U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service reported that last year, the
range-wide population of the lesser
prairie-chicken declined to a record low of 17,616
birds, an almost 50 percent reduction from the
2012 population estimate. Producers participating
in CRP in lesser prairie-chicken states (Texas,
Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado and New Mexico) are
planting native grasses and vegetation that will
enhance nesting and brooding habitats, and taking
other steps to help restore the declining lesser
prairie-chicken population. Friday's announcement
provides that producers who voluntarily engage in
practices to protect the lesser prairie-chicken
will not be subject to additional regulations
related to protecting the species.
will find the rest of this story on our website by
Slated to Discuss Aflatoxin Dangers in Oklahoma
information session discussing the dangers of
aflatoxin in Oklahoma's corn crop is scheduled for
May 9th. It will be held at the Enid Convention
Hall, 301 South Independence from 2 p.m. to 4
p.m., immediately following the Lahoma Field Plot
This information session will provide
the latest information on why aflatoxin is
detrimental in the long term for Oklahoma
producers, and how the USDA is studying new
technology for aflatoxin testing at the elevator.
The speakers for the event will be: Dr.
Peter J. Cotty, Research Plant Pathologist and
Lead Scientist for the Agricultural Research
Service of the USDA, David Gibson and Scott
Averhoff of the Texas Corn board along with Dr.
Carol Jones, Professor and Research Engineer in
Biosystems and Agriculture Engineering from
Oklahoma State University.
Click here for more details on
to McCarthy: Oil Industry Letter on 2014 RVO is
Rife with 'Hypocrisy and
following is a news release distributed by the
Renewable Fuels Association:
industry's recent suggestion that outdated fuel
consumption projections should be used to
establish 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS)
requirements amounts to "the highest form of
hypocrisy and misdirection," according to a letter
sent today to the Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) from the Renewable Fuels Association
In a letter sent to EPA last week,
the American Petroleum Institute (API) requested
that EPA use October 2013 fuel consumption
projections-instead of the most current
projections-when setting the final 2014 RFS
renewable volume obligations (RVOs). Not
surprisingly, the Energy Information
Administration's (EIA) October 2013 projections
forecasted lower fuel consumption than current EIA
projections, meaning less renewable fuel blending
would be required if EPA adopted the outdated
"Common sense and the
principles of good rulemaking dictate that the
final RVOs should be based on the latest available
fuel consumption projections from EIA," wrote
Bob Dinneen, RFA President &
CEO, in the letter to EPA Administrator Gina
McCarthy. "Since the inception of the RFS2, EPA
has always relied on the most recent EIA
projections to set annual RVOs. API has never
objected to this-until now."
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Crisp Imagery Helps Farmers Grow and Protect
the midst of a busy growing season, farmers need
immediate information about crop conditions across
their fields. Now, the R7® Tool by WinField has
even greater satellite imagery and mapping
capabilities, allowing farmers to swiftly detect
in-season issues with nutrient deficiencies, pests
or disease to help protect yield potential.
Powered by GEOSYS® technology, the R7®
Tool is newly enhanced to provide imagery from
three times the number of satellite imagery
providers it had in 2013, targeting to deliver
approximately 3,000 images (up from approximately
700 last year) and up to 20 cloud-free maps per
field from April through August (versus an average
of 12 maps per field in 2013.) Cloud-free maps are
targeted to be delivered through the R7 Tool
within 72 hours of satellite acquisition.
An interactive, web-based platform that
performs detailed field-by-field analysis, the R7®
Tool is the industry's only provider of on-demand,
in-season satellite imagery. This bird's-eye view
helps farmers identify emerging crop nutrition and
agronomic problems, giving them and their local
agronomists the best opportunity to find potential
solutions that could help optimize return on
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at One Year- Seven Million Pigs Dead- and No End
been a year since PEDv was first identified in the
U.S. - and as of April 26th - the National Animal
Health Laboratory Network has reported 204 out of
779 PEDv tests conducted at nine veterinary
diagnostic labs came back positive. The latest
tests bring the confirmed PEDv count in the U.S.
to 6,226 since last May. Twenty-nine states have
at least one confirmed PEDv case - but the
American Association of Swine Veterinarians says
there have been cases diagnosed in Virginia -
which would bring the state count to 30.
Economics President Steve Meyer
estimates as many as 7-million pigs have died from
PEDv - but no firm numbers have been confirmed.
This is why retail pork and hog prices have
reached new record highs - and could potentially
increase more. Meyer says USDA's move to require
reporting of PEDv cases is a positive one he
wishes they would have taken last summer when it
became obvious the disease was rapidly
has the fifth most cases reported by USDA-
including cases reported before USDA took over the
actual counting of positive tests for PEDv-
Oklahoma has had over 400 cases of the disease
reported- Iowa has had the most cases, followed by
Minnesota, North Carolina, Illinois and then
conversations with the general public- one fact
needs to be emphasized- PEDV is only an
animal health issue, not a food safety issue and
people cannot get sick from eating pork.
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