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around 3:30 PM.
Oklahoma Cash Grain Prices - as
reported by the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture.
Cash price for canola was
$6.05 per bushel- based on delivery to Oklahoma City
yesterday (per Oklahoma Dept of Ag).
Daily Market Wrapup from the Radio
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Leffler- analyzing the Futures Markets from the previous
National Daily Feeder & Stocker
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Latest Farm and Ranch News
Update from Ron Hays of RON
Monday, February 9,
Cattleman Brett Morris Elected as Cattlemen Beef
Oklahoma cattle producer is entering the officer
rotation of the Cattlemen's Beef Board, as
Brett Morris of Ninekah was
elected as the new Secretary-Treasurer of the CBB
at their Saturday Board meeting in San Antonio,
Texas. The CBB is the national board that is
responsible for collecting and investing the
dollar a head beef checkoff on behalf of their
fellow cattle producers.
Morris is a
third-generation dairy farmer and runs a dairy,
cow/calf and stocker operation, as well as the
Washita Fertilizer Company, in partnership with
his father. Theirs is a diversified farm
operation, including about 1,000 acres of alfalfa,
wheat and grassland, 65 registered Holstein cows
for milking, 100-125 beef cows, and 200 stocker
calves. Morris has served as chairman of the
Oklahoma Dairy Commission, vice chairman of the
Oklahoma Johne's Advisory Committee, as a district
voting delegate to DFA, a director of the
Federation of State Beef Councils, and as vice
chairman of the Oklahoma Beef Council. He has also
been active as the Chairman of the Policy
Committee of the American Farmers and Ranchers-
and has represented over this past year Oklahoma
on the National Farmers Union Policy
With his election as an
officer to the CBB, Morris will also be a part of
the Cattlemen's Beef Board Executive Committee-
and will be one of the ten members of the Beef
Promotion Operating Committee, the body that
decides which projects will receive Checkoff
funding on an annual basis.
talked with Brett after his election this past
Saturday in San Antonio- click here to hear his comments
and to read more about the other officers that he
will be serving with here in 2015.
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and Agricultural Groups Urge Quick Passage Of
wide variety of groups and companies- from Walmart
and Campbell's Soup to the American Farm Bureau
and National Association of Wheat Growers were all
a part of 70 food and agricultural organizations
in urging Congress to quickly introduce and
approve legislation renewing Trade
Promotion Authority (TPA) so that major
trade deals can be finalized and implemented to
help the U.S. economy.
TPA defines U.S.
negotiating objectives and priorities for trade
agreements and establishes consultation and
notification requirements for the president to
follow throughout the negotiation process. Once
negotiators finalize a deal, Congress gets an up
or down vote - without amendments - on it.
Congress has granted TPA to every president since
1974, with the most recent law being approved in
August 2002 and expiring June 30, 2007.
In the letter, the groups pointed
to TPA as a critical tool in establishing and
expanding trade agreements with foreign partners,
without undue legislative and bureaucratic
barriers. Specifically cited were the ongoing
negotiations over the Transatlantic Trade
and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and
a letter sent to all 535 congressional lawmakers,
the food and agricultural groups said the farmers,
ranchers, food and agricultural companies - and
workers - they represent are heavily dependent on
trade for their livelihoods.
pair of ag groups offered statements to the media
about the letter- you can read the comments from
the American Soybean Association, click here. To read more
from the National Pork Producers Council, click here.
Proved to be a Historic Year for U.S. Beef
of the things that was going on this past week at
the Cattle Industry Convention in
San Antonio, Texas was a celebration of what went
right in 2014 for the cattle industry. Cattlefax's
Randy Blach called 2014 a "perfect storm"
when it came to record high prices and
profitability- and part of that profitability can
be traced back to the export market for U.S. beef.
According to U.S. Meat Export Federation
Chairman Leann Saunders of Castle Rock,
Colorado, 2014 was quite a year.
been a tremendous year, we're seeing record
numbers across the board, so $7.1 billion in value
for exports this year across the beef complex,"
With record beef prices
in 2014, it was predictable thart the value of
exports could be at record levels. Beef export
value ended up with an increase of 16 percent and
nearly $1 billion over the previous record set in
2013. Export volume also remained strong, coming
in at 1.2 million metric tons in 2014. That was
short of the 2011 record, but up 2 percent
year-over-year. Saunders said both the value and
volume numbers were quite remarkable and it speaks
to the demand for high quality beef in these
have the opportunity to listen to the full
interview with Leann Saunders on how exports have
remained strong with record beef prices and
the outlook for 2015, by clicking here.
Vilsack Celebrates Report Showing Ag Exports
Support One Million Plus
Secretary Tom Vilsack Friday released the
following statement after USDA's Economic
Research Service issued new data showing
that agricultural exports support more than one
million jobs here at home:
one million people go to work every day thanks to
exports of American-grown products. Expanded U.S.
agricultural exports mean more new jobs, but our
farmers and ranchers will miss out on new markets
for American products if Congress doesn't act on
Trade Promotion Authority early this
Fiscal years 2009 to 2014
represent the strongest six years in history for
U.S. agricultural trade, with U.S. agricultural
product exports totaling $771.7 billion, despite
the fact that many other countries' markets are
not as open to American products as our markets
are to theirs. Agricultural exports last fiscal
year reached $152.5 billion, the highest level on
record. U.S. agricultural exports now support more
than one million jobs here at home, a substantial
part of the nearly 11.3 million jobs supported by
exports all across our country.
complete USDA ERS ag export report, click
Cotton Council Sees Almost Fifteen Percent Fewer
Acres Planted to Cotton This
cotton producers intend to plant 9.4 million acres
of cotton this spring, down 14.6 percent from
2014, according to the National Cotton Council's
32nd Annual Early Season Planting Intentions
Upland cotton intentions are
9.2 million acres, down 15.2 percent from 2014,
while extra-long staple (ELS) intentions of
236,000 acres represent a 22.8 percent increase.
The survey results were announced Friday at the
NCC's 2015 Annual Meeting in Memphis.
The planted acres in Oklahoma are
predicted to be down 15,000 acres from last year's
actual planted number of 240,000 acres, which is
off 6.2%. Texas plantings are expected to drop
13.8%- estimated for 2015 at 5.343 million acres.
Wheat is the expected beneficiary based on the
Oklahoma survey results. In south Texas,
respondents indicate a shift out of cotton and
into grain sorghum. Respondents from Texas'
Blacklands region are moving predominantly to
wheat, with a smaller shift to corn. In West
Texas, the acres shifting away from cotton are
split between wheat, corn and grain
The Mid South states are looking
at big acreage shifts away from cotton- as are the
states in the western part of the US Cotton
belt. Click here for our full story
that offers a detailed look at the acreage survey
released over the weekend.
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no opposition expressed during the voting on
Saturday morning, both Divisions of the National
Cattlemen's Beef Association voted to endorse the
Memorandum of Understanding that came from the
Beef Checkoff Working Group. The MOU is designed
to provide a pathway to increase the current beef
checkoff assessment rate from one dollar to two
dollars, if the current law authorizing the
checkoff is modified by Congress and if producers
then vote in favor of a new higher assessment.
vote of support came during the closing Business
meeting of the NCBA Board of Directors as the
Cattle Industry Convention in San Antonio came to
a close. The votes were held by first the
Federation Division and then followed by a
separate vote by the Policy Division of the
NCBA Past President Scott
George has been representing the NCBA in
the meetings of the Beef Checkoff Working Group
over the last three years- and he told NCBA
members that the next meeting of the Working group
is scheduled for March 12 and 13. George says that
is one day after the American Farm Bureau will
hold a Board of Directors meeting that will
consider the MOU- after the delegates at the Farm
Bureau convention in San Diego changed the group's
policy which could pave the way for their board to
potentially support the MOU.
can hear the comments (by clicking here) that Scott
George and Jennifer Houston of
Tennessee offered to the NCBA Board on Saturday
regarding the Beef Checkoff MOU- and review
additional interviews that we did this past week
regarding the Checkoff debate within the
industry. In the story we jump you to above-
we also have a link to a copy of the Draft MOU
that was voted on by NCBA and ANCW this past
today, weather permitting, the Oklahoma
Forestry Services (OFS) will conduct a
prescribed burn on approximately 1890 acres in the
McGee Creek Natural Scenic Recreation
Area (NSRA) near Antlers, Oklahoma in
McGee Creek NSRA will be closed to the public
Monday through Thursday. A determination of when
to reopen the NSRA will be made Thursday
More details are available here about the expected
prescribed burn planned in this southeastern
Oklahoma scenic area.
Sanders of the Great Plains Canola
Association released his perspective on the
condition of the winter canola crop across the
southern great plains at the end of this past
week- here are some of the highlights of his
OK: Canola Plants had greened up, moisture was
adequate, and stands looked good. Late planted or
emerged canola didn't look as good, but don't
count it out yet.
Central OK: Some
plant green-up, canola stands look good, drier
soil conditions, especially driving
Northern OK and Southern KS: Dry
soil conditions, very little plant tissue
green-up, canola plant stands have thinned, but
most stands remain acceptable for the potential of
a good crop, Late planted or emerged canola is
struggling, but should not be neglected or
abandoned. Varietal differences can be
on the status of the 2015 Canola crop is available here.
is getting short for groups and
individuals who want to nominate someone for the
Ag Hall of Fame in the State of Oklahoma. In
addition, the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture
has added three new awards that you can nominate
people for here in 2015 for the first time.
award that is tied to the Ag Hall of Fame is
called the Governor's Outstanding
Achievement Award in Agriculture- this
award was established back in 1998.
awards being presented for the first time this
year are the Agriculture Environmental Stewardship
Award, Outstanding Legacy in Agriculture Award and
Outstanding Public Service in Agriculture Award.
The Legacy in Agriculture Award is the only one
strictly for posthumous nominees.
for nominations is this Friday, February
more about the awards at
our earlier story that is available here- and
in that story is the link to the application
needed to nominate someone.
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