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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.
Cash price for canola was
$9.18 per bushel- based on delivery to the Northern AG
elevator in El Reno Tuesday. The full listing of cash
canola bids at country points in Oklahoma can now be
found in the daily Oklahoma Cash Grain report- linked
Daily Market Wrapup from the Radio
Oklahoma Network with Jim Apel and Tom Leffler-
analyzing the Futures Markets from the previous Day.
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
Thursday, May 15,
Than Comments, Little Chance to Stop EPA Water
Rule, NCBA's McDonald
the juggernaut that is the Waters of the U.S. rule
proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency
advances, Ashley McDonald,
environmental counsel for the National Cattlemen's
Beef Association, says it's time for agricultural
producers to stand up and be counted during the
McDonald has reviewed the
EPA's proposal to expand its jurisdiction to cover
almost all water anywhere in the U.S. and she says
there are a lot of problems ahead for farmers, but
she encourages them to submit their comments to
"That's really the only hope that
we have for getting a change to this rule,"
McDonald says. "Ultimately, what we would like to
see at NCBA, we would like to see them withdraw
the rule. We think there are too many problems for
them to individually fix every single one.
Because, ultimately, what we think they've done
here is to expand their jurisdiction to every wet
spot in the country. We think that goes against
Supreme Court rulings. We think that goes against
common sense, frankly."
McDonald says that
despite her hopes to the contrary, pushing through
this EPA rule seems to be a priority for the Obama
administration. She says that the EPA has long
wanted to expand their jurisdiction over every
drop of the country's water, but Congress voted
down every attempt to grant the agency that power.
She says the faults with the proposed rule
are too numerous to keep up with. It would
regulate ditches and ponds, some as far as 20
miles from any moving source of water. McDonald
says that the EPA's philosophy seems to be that
since everything is somehow connected, therefore
the EPA should be allowed to regulate practically
McDonald says that such a
notion, "flies in the face of the law itself."
Ashley joins me on the latest Beef Buzz.
Click here to listen in.
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Foods, Inc., reported on Wednesday a first-quarter
net income nearly five times higher than the same
time last year. The wholly owned subsidiary of
China's WH Group Limited reported a net income of
$105.3 million compared with $18.2 million last
year. Sales during the period were up three
percent to $3.4 billion.
Pope, president and CEO of Smithfield,
said, "Our results reflect outstanding execution
at the operating level, better markets and an
improved export environment owing, in good
measure, to our strategic combination with WH
Group. On that front, we are opportunistically
pursuing exciting growth opportunities in the
enormous and rapidly growing Chinese pork market
that we expect will yield dividends for years to
Pope also said he was pleased with
the company's progress in the packaged meats
segment. He said his company was "able to maintain
margins in the face of historically high raw
material prices. We are continuing to build our
brands through investments in targeted,
high-impact consumer marketing, as well as capital
improvements in our manufacturing
Click here to read more details
from Smithfield's report of its
Producers Hit Hard by Policy Uncertainty; Nearly
Six in Ten Have Idled
setbacks in Washington are taking a major toll on
the most successful advanced biofuel in the U.S.,
according to a nationwide survey of biodiesel
producers released Wednesday.
conducted by the National Biodiesel Board, found
that nearly 80 percent of U.S. biodiesel producers
have scaled back production this year and more
than half have idled production at a plant
altogether. Additionally, two-thirds of producers
said they have already reduced or anticipate
reducing their workforce as a result of the
downturn. The cutbacks come in the face of a weak
Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) proposal from the
EPA and Congress' failure to extend the biodiesel
Biodiesel producers and
other advocates joined a group of U.S. Senators at
a press conference Wednesday in calling for
Congress and the Administration to act quickly to
restore the industry's progress by supporting a
strong RFS and reinstating the tax incentive.
can read more of this story by clicking
Selk Explores Economic Advantages to Implanting
Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus
Extension Animal Scientist, writes in the latest
technologies have been made available to the beef
industry over the last 75 years. Few have the
potential return on investment as do growth
promoting implants for nursing
calves. The term implant is used
to refer to a group of products used in the cattle
industry that increase rate of growth. Each type
or brand of implant has its own specific
applicator, which is used to properly administer
the implant. Implants contain natural or synthetic
anabolic compounds that produce physiological
responses similar to hormones that are already
produced in varying quantities in the body. Calves
intended for "natural" or "organic" markets can
not be implanted.
Implants cleared for use
in nursing calves contain a lower dose of the
active ingredient compared to products cleared for
use with older cattle. These "calf" implants are
typically administered when calves are between 2
and 4 months of age. Research summaries have shown
than implants given during the suckling phase will
increase average daily gain of steer calves by 0.1
pound per day. The response in heifer calves is
slightly higher at 0.12 to 0.14 pound per day.
Over 150 days of the remaining nursing period,
this additional gain can amount to 15 pounds in
improved weaning weights in steers and 18 to 21
pounds in weaned heifer calves.
Click here for more from Glenn
Companies Eligible for Branded Products Promotion
U.S. companies that are seeking assistance in
promoting their branded red meat products
internationally are eligible to apply for the 2014
USMEF Branded Products Promotion
The program provides financial
assistance to small (less than 500 employees)
for-profit companies or U.S. agricultural
cooperatives that own a commodity brand, with the
provision that products promoted under the program
must contain at least 50 percent U.S. red
During fiscal year 2013, the USMEF
program, which utilizes funding from the USDA
Market Access Program (MAP), provided support for
11 companies that targeted 13 international
markets, ranging from Aruba, China and Germany to
Indonesia, Singapore and the United Arab
Cumulatively, the 2013 program
helped produce more than 400 business contacts and
90 export trade leads, leading to significant
increases in exports by the participating
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Commission Seeks Candidates for District 3
Oklahoma Oilseed Commission will conduct an
election for the commissioner position
representing District 3 of the Commission.
District 3 consists of the following counties:
Woods, Alfalfa, Major, Blaine, Kingfisher,
Canadian, Grant, Kay, Garfield, Noble, Logan,
Payne, Oklahoma, and Lincoln. Voters in District 3
will elect one commissioner to serve a five (5)
year term beginning July 1, 2014. The election
will be conducted beginning May 22, 2014 and
ending June 6, 2014.
Anyone who is at
least 25 years of age, is a resident of Oklahoma,
has been actually engaged in the production of
oilseed (canola or sunflowers) in the state for a
period of at least two (2) years and derives a
portion of their income from the production of
oilseed is eligible to serve on the Commission.
Candidates must also reside and farm in one of the
counties comprising District 3.
member Oklahoma Oilseed Commission administers the
check off funds which are collected on oilseed
grown in the state. An assessment determined by
the Commission is collected and used to develop
programs that will enhance oilseed production,
provide for oilseed research, promote market
development and education, and improve
profitability of Oklahoma oilseed production.
You can read the rest of this story on our
website by clicking here.
N That- Superior Video Auction Gearing Up for
Friday Sale and Ag in the Classroom Catching Their
Breath After a Big Event
Friday, it's the next regular "every other week"
sale for the Superior Video Livestock Auction
team- with 33,500 to be offered for sale
lineup includes 300 Holstein steers & heifers
Calves on Cows
Replacement Heifers, Exposed Heifers, Bred Heifers
and Bred Cows & Heifers.
more information, you can call Superior at
800-422-2117 or click here for their website
where a lot more information can be had about
every lot being sold tomorrow.
got a great report via email from Dana
Bessinger of Ag in the Classroom fame
about their Oklahoma City area educational event
held this past Thursday and Friday. Dana
writes "Our event Kids, Kows, and More Super
Ag Day was a big success. 884 metro-area students,
45 teachers, a couple of principals, and tons of
students were greet by a big green tractor, thanks
to P&K Equipment and Scott
Eisenhauer, where they took a class
picture. The students learned about dairy, horses
(thanks to Doug Sauter),
chickens, sheep and wool, rabbits, fruits and
vegetables, and general agriculture.
to our partners at Farm Bureau, My American Farm
online learning games were shown to students.
Oklahoma County OSU Extension provided scenes from
the Farm to You exhibit. The Farm Bureau Women's
Leadership Team gave away a bicycle every day! The
faces on the winners were priceless.
received a barn full of Ag in the Classroom
resources connecting the hands-on activities of
the day to state standards. We appreciate the
folks at the State Fair Park for providing a venue
and the set-up for us. We plan to have this event
again next year with even more students
Doug Sauter saying "Go ahead, pet him, he won't
see more pictures from the AITC Super Ag Day at
State Fair Park last week, click here.
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