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Daily Oklahoma Cash Grain
Prices- as reported by the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture.
Cash price for
canola was $9.22 per bushel- based on delivery to the Northern AG
elevator in El Reno 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.
Our Daily Market Wrapup
from the Radio Oklahoma Network with Jim Apel and Tom Leffler-
analyzing the Futures Markets from the previous Day.
The National Daily Feeder
& Stocker Cattle Summary- as prepared by USDA.
The National Daily
Slaughter Cattle Summary- as prepared by the USDA.
Finally, here is
the Daily Volume and
Price Summary from the Texas Cattle Feeders Association.
Oklahoma's Latest Farm and
Your Update from Ron Hays of
Farm Groups Applaud House
Passage of Water Resources and Reform Development Act
The U.S. House
of Representatives yesterday passed a conference committee report on
the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014 on a 412-to-4
vote. The bill provides funding for the ports, channels, locks,
dams and other infrastructure that support inland waterway
transportation which is vital to America's ability to provide
affordable agricultural products at home and abroad. WRRDA will bring
$6 billion in total cost savings and important reforms ensuring
reliability of the waterway system. The bill now goes to the
Senate where it is expected to be voted on later this week.
of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act is a priority issue
for the American Farm Bureau Federation and our 6 million members who
depend on an efficient and reliable inland waterway system linked to
competitive ports," AFBF President Bob Stallman
said. (You can read more of his statement by clicking here.)
Mullin thanked the House for its passage of the bill
without earmarks. (You can watch his video comments by clicking here.)
Growers Association President Martin
Barbre hailed the passage of "this important
legislation, which makes concrete steps toward repairing and
improving our inland waterways." (Click here for
more of his comments.)
& Infrastructure Committee Chairman Shuster, Ranking Member
Rahall, Subcommittee Chairman Gibbs and Ranking Member Bishop have
done a wonderful job balancing soybean farmers' needs with the many
other industries well represented in the bill," said ASA
President and Iowa farmer Ray
Gaesser. "Now it's on to the Senate and to the
President's desk." (Click here for
more of Gaesser's remarks)
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the Face of High Prices & Tight Supplies- Certified Angus Beef on
Pace for Record Sales
Angus Beef is known as a gold standard when it comes to branded beef
programs. Speaking at the recent Animal Agriculture Alliance John Stika,
President of Certified Angus Beef. He says CAB is indeed been the
trail blazar when it come to branded beef programs in this country
and at the same time folks surrounding CAB are excited about the
"We have been very fortunate to have a very fruitful past and it
makes us excited about what's in front of us and there is no doubt
that in 1978 when this brand was started as the first branded beef
program out there, there were a lot of challenges," Stika said.
"But the early success and the ability to build a strong
foundation built on quality and things consumers value has really
been a big part of the momentum that we built as this whole brand
beef movement has really caught sail and really is growing rapidly in
the industry today".
Click here to read
more or listen to the first of three Beef Buzz programs with John
Announces School Meal Flexibility for Upcoming School Year
Agriculture Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services
Concannon announced new flexibility for school
districts working to meet updated whole grain requirements for school
meals. During the current school year, USDA received feedback from
schools that the whole grain rich products currently on the market
did not hold together when produced in large quantities for school
cafeterias. Based on this input, schools that demonstrate significant
challenges in serving whole-grain rich pastas can now continue
serving traditional enriched pasta products for up to two more years,
as industry works to develop healthy pasta that works for schools.
"Schools raised legitimate concerns that acceptable whole-grain
rich pasta products were not available. We worked to find a solution
which will allow more time for industry to develop products that will
work for schools," said Concannon. "We continue to listen
and work closely with schools and parents to implement common sense
nutritional guidance that supports a healthier next generation. But,
with one third of American children fighting obesity, we cannot
accept politically motivated efforts to undermine standards and deny
kids healthier options." (Click here for
more of this story.)
Senator Mark Pryor
(D-AR), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on
Agriculture, and Senator Debbie
Stabenow (D-MI), Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate
Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today responded to
"Helping our kids succeed starts by giving them the fuel they
need to stay full, healthy, and ready to learn. Unfortunately, our
school districts have had difficulty implementing the National School
Lunch Program's new rules. Today's announcement is a good first step,
but I'll continue to push to ensure our school districts have the
flexibility they need to meet their goals and keep our kids healthy
and successful," Pryor said. (You can read more from Pryor
and Stabenow by clicking here.)
Center of "Water Appreciation Day"
Water is among
Oklahoma's most precious resources. Earlier this week at the capital,
organizations representing water users celebrated "Water
The Radio Oklahoma Network's Leslie Smith talked with Junior Welch of
the Oklahoma Rural Water Association. Welch says the special day
at the capital is an opportunity to interact with lawmakers.
parts of the state have gotten moisture events, the state remains
drought stricken. In looking at future legislation, Welch says the
state will need to balance the interests of water users.
"I think we really need to work real close with the ag industry
and see if there is something we can do in that area," Welch
said. "And also just as a state overall -- cities, towns, rural
water districts, all of us, we need to be mindful of the situation
we're in and put together the best conservation practices we can put
Click Here to read
more or to listen to this feature interview.
Selk: Reducing Hay Storage Losses
Selk, Oklahoma State University
Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist, writes in the latest Cow-Calf
The very dry spring (that most of Oklahoma has endured) points toward
short hay production this summer and expensive hay feeding next
winter. As hay is being cut and put in large round bales, it is very
important this year to reduce hay storage
losses. University of Tennessee animal scientists
conducted a trial to compare different methods of storing large round
bales of grass hay. The hay was cut and baled in June in Moore
County, Tennessee. The bales were weighed at the time of harvest and
storage. Then they were weighed again the following January at the
time of winter feeding.
spring, summer, and fall rainfall in Tennessee will generally be
greater than that experienced in much of Oklahoma. However the
rankings in storage loss between the storage methods will be present
in Oklahoma as well.
Click here to read
the results of that study and to find a link to an OSU fact sheet on
Blocks Ardent Mills Venture
of Justice announced Tuesday that it will require ConAgra Foods Inc.,
Cargill Inc., CHS Inc., and Horizon Milling LLC to divest four
competitively significant flour mills in order to proceed with the
formation of Ardent Mills, a flour milling joint venture. The
department said that the divestitures will preserve flour milling
competition in four regions of the country encompassing large cities
such as Los Angeles, Dallas, Minneapolis and the San
Francisco/Oakland Bay Area, resulting in more competitive prices for
wheat flour purchasers and ultimately lower prices for consumers who
purchase wheat flour-based products, such as bread, cookies and crackers.
Ardent Mills would combine the flour milling assets of ConAgra Mills,
a subsidiary of ConAgra Foods, and Horizon Milling, a joint venture
between Cargill and CHS.
The department's Antitrust Division filed a civil antitrust lawsuit
Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to
block the proposed joint venture. At the same time, the department
filed a proposed settlement that, if approved by the court, would
resolve the competitive concerns alleged in the lawsuit. The department
was assisted in its investigation by the California Attorney
Click here to read the
rest of this story.
N That- Big Iron, Ag Approps Advances in House Committee and DC
Judges Are Skeptical About COOL Arguments from Obama Administration
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Items begin closing today at 10 a.m. and continue until
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If you'd like
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The House and
Senate Ag Appropriations Subcommittees have approved the Fiscal Year
2015 ag appropriations bill. The bill provides a total of
20.575-billion dollars for agriculture, rural development, FDA and
related agencies and 100-million dollars in disaster relief spending.
Acoording to observers of the process, several Democratic members of
the House subcommittee objected to the bill's provisions to establish
a program to grant some schools waivers from the school lunch and
breakfast rules implemented under the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act -
and force USDA to allow potatoes to be purchased under the SNAP's WIC
Representative Rosa De Lauro
of Connecticut is the only member who voted against the bill and says
she will offer a number of amendments at the full committee markup -
expected May 29th.
Senate Ag Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow
is strongly opposed to the effort in the bill to gut conservation and
energy programs passed in the farm bill. Stabenow says these
irresponsible cuts to some of the most important farm bill programs
can't be allowed to happen. She says the bill also unwinds the
landmark Child Nutrition law by undermining efforts to improve the
health of school children.
reports the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments from the
Obama Administration and lawyers representing North American meat
vendors earlier this week on Monday about the 2013 USDA regulation
requiring these vendors to list where the animals they sell as meat
are born, raised and slaughtered. The Country of Origin rule was
rewritten after the original version of the rule as written by the
Obama Administration was considered in violation of WTO rules because
of a case brought forward by Canada and Mexico.
the revised rule that became final last May, the administration says
the labeling requirement gives meat consumers information they want
and need about products coming from within the U.S. and those coming
from Canada or Mexico - but the judges said this argument was too
asked the administration's attorney to suggest a test that
could be used to establish when government agencies can require
companies to use labels, and the attorney said the government would
always be justified in label requirements as long as they are
providing important information to consumers to make informed
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