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Let's Check the Markets!
on RON Markets as heard on
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 $8.33 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.
Daily Market Wrapup from the Radio
Oklahoma Network with Leslie Smith 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
Ag Committee Chair Lucas Talks Farm Bill
Implementation, Waters of the
of the new Farm Bill will continue to be a gradual
process. The first program to be rolled out was
the Livestock Disaster Assistance program that
begin in April. House Ag Chairman and
Oklahoma Third District Congressman Frank
Lucas says the program was set up with a
lot of language from the 2008 Farm Bill to
minimize complications of implementing the new
program, but so far signup has been very
challenging to date. We talked with Chairman Lucas
on Wednesday morning and you can get the full conversation with Lucas
"When it came time to
actually implement, USDA told me essentially as
they told producers across the country, that they
have three different platforms of computer
software that do not work together, that they have
been working nonstop with IBM and other folks to
try and perfect that, but what it amounts is
producers have been obligated to set down with
pencil and paper and work with local FSA office
folks," Lucas said. "It's a slow
process, but its worth your time."
wheat growers from Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas and
Colorado asked the Risk Management Agency to
implement actual production history adjustment
provisions of the Agricultural Act of 2014 in time
for the 2015 crop year. Lucas says representatives
from the US Department of Agriculture have said
they can't implement APH the process because they
have so much going on with implementing the Farm
Bill. Lucas has recommended USDA
at least look at the hardest hit areas impacted by
"If you can't implement it
for the whole country for this coming crop year,
at least look at Oklahoma and Texas, Colorado,
California, New Mexico, Kansas, the places that
have suffered from the drought," Lucas said. "If
you can't implement the whole thing at least
consider doing a partial implementation in the
hardest hit areas."
Click here to read more or to
listen to my conversation with Congressman Lucas
about implementation of the farm safety net,
the watershed rehabilitation project and
EPA's 'Waters of the US' proposal.
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Gentleman Christensen Highlights Agriculture at
First Gentleman Wade Christensen has
served as the Chairman of the Spouses Leadership
Committee (SLC) over the last year in conjunction
with Governor Mary Fallin's chairmanship of the
National Governors Association (NGA) and led the
spouses Summer Meeting program last week in
As chair, Christensen
focused a number of the spouses' business programs
on the topic of agriculture, including a session
titled "Agriculture and America's Youth:
Strengthening Communities." During the sessions,
spouses heard from several guest speakers and
students on how agriculture has impacted their
lives and empowered them to get involved in their
Christensen is a fourth-generation farmer from
Thomas, OK. His goal as chair of the SLC was to
highlight the important role that farmers and
ranchers play in not only feeding America, but
also in strengthening the national economy,
fighting obesity, impacting world hunger, and even
influencing today's youth to grow into strong
Click Here to read more about
Christensen's effort to promote agriculture.
Stress Reaches Dangerous Levels Across
dog days of summer can be really dangerous for
your beef cattle herds. Heat stress is a serious
problem, if you don't have your cattle in the
right situation. Temperatures in the 90's,
humidity and triple digit heat indexes are a
recipe for disaster if you don't have shade for
your cattle, if you don't some air moving over
them, if you don't have plenty of clean fresh
water available for them. On today's Beef Buzz,
Oklahoma State University Animal Welfare
Specialist Dr. Michelle
Calvo-Lorenzo says another thing
producers need to watch is the time of day you
work your cattle.
"Working animals and
getting them out of their home pens or home
pastures and putting them through a walk or a hike
to a working facility, it stresses them out,"
Calvo-Lorenzo said. "Just that alone can elevate
their temperature one to three degrees, which is a
Dr. Calvo-Lorenzo is with the
Animal Science Department at Oklahoma State
University and she talked in recent days with Dave
Deken of the OSU Ag Communications Department
about how you can help your cattle cope with the
heat. If producers have to work animals, she
recommends getting them worked as early as
possible in the day. In putting cattle into
working or holding facilities, Calvo-Lorenzo
recommends keeping that limited to a maximum of 30
have two Beef Buzz shows featuring Dr.
Calvo-Lorenzo- get Beef Buzz number one on cattle
and heat stress here and the followup Beef
Buzz on the subject of heat stress and cattle-
including details on Apps and Cattle Comfort can be heard here.
Highlight Entrepreneurship for Rural America
American Farm Bureau Federation, together
with the Georgetown University McDonough
School of Business Global Social Enterprise
Initiative, today announced a new online
business training resource for rural entrepreneurs
and Farm Bureau members. The series, launching
with five webinars in 2014, is a key component of
the Rural Entrepreneurship Initiative, a joint
effort between AFBF and GSEI.
webinar series has been developed to meet the
needs of our members who are already involved in
rural entrepreneurship enterprises as well as
those preparing to launch a business in their
local communities," said Dr. Lisa
Benson, AFBF's director of rural
development. "This continuing education initiative
will connect rural residents with cutting-edge
innovations, business development training and
resources that will yield immediate benefits."
An orientation workshop will kick off
the webinar series at the end of July. Featured
presenter Dan Durheim, AFBF's director of industry
affairs, will provide a comprehensive overview of
the national Rural Entrepreneurship Initiative.
Interested Farm Bureau members and others can RSVP
online by clicking here.
The educational series was created to
address the major challenges that rural
entrepreneurs are likely to face. Workshops are
scheduled throughout the year, with topics
Introducing AFBF's Rural
Entrepreneurship Initiative on Tuesday, July 29 at
3:00 p.m. Eastern
Finding and Using
Business Information on Tuesday, Aug. 26 at 3:00
Telling Your Business
Story on Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern
Finding Money To Grow on Tuesday, Oct.
28 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern
Keeping Talent on Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 3:00 p.m.
Companies Shine At Fancy Food Show in New
in Oklahoma food companies shined in The Big Apple
as they participated in the largest marketplace
devoted exclusively to specialty foods and
beverages in North America.
Fancy Food Show, held June
29-July 1, 2014, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention
Center in New York City, attracted record
participation with 2,730 specialty food makers,
importers and entrepreneurs representing the
latest new products and trends from across the
U.S. and around the globe.
Food Show is an amazing opportunity for
up-and-coming food companies to participate in,"
said Andrea Graves, business and marketing
specialist for Oklahoma State University's Robert
M. Kerr Food & Agricultural Products Center.
"The contacts that these companies make during the
show is incredible and the goal is that these
contacts turn into future sales."
Oklahoma food companies participated in the Fancy
Food Show and showcased their products to about
28,000 buyers in specialty retailing, restaurants
and foodservice. The Made in Oklahoma
companies included Stonegate Gourmet, Toasted Wine
Fruit Spreads and Kratos Beef Bars of Tulsa;
Gourmet Specialty Foods and Pepper Creek Farms of
Lawton; Diane's Signature Products and Southern
Okie Gourmet Spreads of Edmond; Griffin Foods of
Muskogee; and Leonard Mountain of
Click Here to read more
about Oklahoma companies participating in The
Fancy Food Show.
Secretary Vilsack Proclaims August 3-9 National
Farmers Market Week
Secretary Tom Vilsack has declared August
3 through 9, 2014, "National Farmers Market Week".
Throughout the week, USDA will celebrate our
nation's thousands of farmers markets, farmers who
make them possible and the communities that host
them. The declaration was made via an official proclamation signed by
Secretary Vilsack. This year marks the 15th Annual
National Farmers Market Week recognizing the
important role that farmers markets play in the
agricultural and food economy. The U.S. Department
of Agriculture began declaring National Farmers
Market Week in 2000.
Market Week is a great opportunity for farmers
markets across the country to host special events
to showcase all the tremendous services they
provide," said Secretary Vilsack. "Farmers markets
play a key role in developing local and regional
food systems that support family farms, and help
grow rural economies. They bring communities
together, connecting cities with the farms that
support them and provide Americans across the
country with fresh, healthy food."
of farmers markets across the country offer
consumers fresh, affordable, convenient, and
healthful products sold directly from the farm.
They also offer additional market opportunities
for local producers, especially smaller or newer
operations. Farmers markets increasingly offer
electronic benefits transfer technology that can
be used by recipients of USDA's Supplemental
Nutrition Assistance Program - as well as
low-income women, infants, and children and
seniors participating in the WIC and Senior
Farmers' Market Nutrition Programs - to get fresh,
Click Here to learn more
about the USDA's Know Your Farmer,
Know Your Food Initiative.
on Feed Expected to Show Seven Percent Drop in
Rich Nelson says in advance of
the Friday USDA Cattle on Feed report that June
Placements are expected to be 7.2% lower than last
year. USDA's cattle feeding margin ended the month
with $174 per head profits on outgoing cattle
(nine months in a row). While feedlots are still
bullish for live cattle prices they are seeing
tightening feeder supplies and pricing to be a
challenge. Corn averaged $4.68 in Western Kansas
in June ($4.97 in May, $7.17 in June 2013). June
placements help supply the November through
February slaughter period.
anticipates a Marketing total 0.4% higher than
June 2013. There was a one more weekday and one
less Saturday in June of 2014 which skewed numbers
Cattle on Feed as of July 1 now totals 2.8% under
last year- if Allendale's numbers line up with the
USDA number released on Friday.
projects a 541 million lb. total pork stock level
for the end of June. The five year average is 529
million lbs. for the end of June. Our estimate
represents a decrease of 34 million lb. from the
previous month. The five year average month to
month change for June is a 46 million lb.
decrease. Beef stocks, at 372 million lbs., are
below the five year average of 438. This month's
number represents a 7 million lb. drawdown from
the previous month. The five year average change
is a 3 million lb. decrease.
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